Oracle Database is available!!!

Oracle Database is available for download now. It is the most comprehensive patch set we've ever built. Look up the list of inclusions - and it includes the new marquee feature OracleDatabase In-Memory.

Three things important to mention:

  • It is a full release - no need to get Oracle Database
  • Even though it is a patch set it will be available on OTN and eDelivery - and Oracle Database will be removed instantly
  • For now it is an Enterprise Edition install only - SE and SE One may follow later.
    Please see MOS Note:1905806.1 for further details.

And it contains a bunch of new things and improvements:

  • Oracle Database In-Memory
  • Oracle Big Data SQL
  • Oracle JSON Document Store
  • Oracle REST Data Services
  • Improvements to Oracle Multitenant
  • Advanced Index Compression
  • Zone Maps
  • Approximate Count Distinct
  • Attribute Clustering
  • Full Database Caching
  • Rapid Home Provisioning
Availability is for the following platforms right now:

Time to upgrade!!! 


PS: Kudos to Morohashi-san for alerting me about the link to the internal MOS - exchanged the link address!
PPS: Updated entry on Sept 30 with links for MS Windows


Any word on when the Windows version will be released?

Posted by guest on July 23, 2014 at 03:19 AM CEST #

Hi Mike,

this is really great news!
Do you have any idea when we can expect the Windows version? Are we talking about days or months?

Posted by guest on July 23, 2014 at 09:11 AM CEST #

Thanks :-)

Tough question - please understand that I can't give you any schedules :-( But it is right now in the hot phase ...

Sorry ;-)

Posted by Mike on July 23, 2014 at 03:35 PM CEST #

+1 for a Windows release. It's a real shame that Windows Server 2012 R2 is still not supported over 10 months after its release. It's delaying at least one major project and lost out to SQL Server on some recent work that we have undertaken.

Posted by guest on July 24, 2014 at 12:38 AM CEST #

You should expect announcements about Server 2012 R2 in the near future :-)


Posted by Mike on July 25, 2014 at 03:43 PM CEST #


great story - and if the article is:
"according to analysis by EMC's Kevin Closson"
Oracle's former Exadata champ it must be true, right?

Well, I don't comment on Kevin's postings (some are excellent, others ...) but in fact the feature is linked into the kernel (correct) but has not on. You'll have to set inmemory_size to a different value than the default. If you'd never touch it inmemory_size=0 and therefore the feature is not enabled.

Cheers, Mike

Posted by Mike on July 29, 2014 at 10:22 PM CEST #


in regards to your post Maria Colgan asked me to point you and others to her blog explaining the facts:

So as I said, In-Mem is not enabled by default.

Thanks, Mike

Posted by Mike on July 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM CEST #

An interesting observation:

It would be very interesting to know how this would be treated in an Oracle software audit. Any comments from the LMS scripting guys?

Posted by guest on August 04, 2014 at 02:52 PM CEST #

Software usage audits can get rather interesting with this rather expensive new feature:

Any comments from the LMS script guys?

Posted by guest on August 04, 2014 at 02:55 PM CEST #

Just an update on the In-Memory Column Store feature enablement. Check this out -

Posted by guest on August 05, 2014 at 05:37 PM CEST #

Thanks for all your hints to the news about the DBA_FEATURE_USAGE_STATISTICS doing a false report on In-Memory-Usage when you'd alter a table with the inmemory attribute.

I'd leave this to Maria, our PM. And I appologize but I can't speak for LMS.


Posted by Mike on August 05, 2014 at 07:47 PM CEST #

Hi Mike

Any update on the Windows release?


Posted by guest on August 14, 2014 at 01:12 AM CEST #

Please be patient - of course I can't give you a date as this is not in our hands but it may be there in less than 1 month (no guarantee of course!)


Posted by Mike on August 14, 2014 at 03:46 AM CEST #

Hi Mike,

time is running ... "less than 1 month" does only have 3 more days!!! :-)

It would be interesting to know why Windows is so neglected in terms of Oracle Database. Is it so much worse than a linux installation? If so, in which ways? Performance?

... Desperately waiting to test on Windows.


Posted by Ben on September 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM CEST #

As I've said: No guarantee ;-) Please just be patient for another 2 weeks ... (no guarantee!!).

Simply reason:
Oracle on Win is so different from any other platform. Service concept, threads, mem model etc. As we develop on Linux x86-64bit the porting to Intel Solaris and SPARC is done asap to release the 3 Oracle-owned OS ports at the same time. We know that we have a HUGE customer base on Windows - but due to the above reasons usually the porting on Win takes a bit - and of course we'll have to do the entire massive regression testing on Windows as well again. Advantage: usually Oracle on Win drop has some fixes already included which were not in the initial drop for Linux.

Please be patient - Win is very important as an OS port to Oracle, believe me.


Posted by Mike on September 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM CEST #

Thank You Mike for the explanation!
Appreciate it.

Posted by guest on September 10, 2014 at 01:06 PM CEST #

Mike, are there any news on path for the SE and SE1 editions?

Posted by Pazus on September 12, 2014 at 08:23 PM CEST #

Sorry but everything I can say is written into the above note: MOS Note:1905806.1


Posted by Mike on September 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM CEST #

When is likely to get to IBM Linux on z? All our databases are on this platform and I would prefer to upgrade to this directly rather than going via

Posted by guest on September 26, 2014 at 04:20 PM CEST #

As you may know I couldn't give you a date or so. But it shouldn't be that far away anymore.


Posted by Mike on September 26, 2014 at 08:23 PM CEST #

Dear Mike,

I can see is now available for Microsoft Windows x64 ..!!! I don't know why still Doc ID 742060.1 is not updated..


Posted by guest on September 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM CEST #

Sorry Chirag,

but this is not in our hands. Maybe Support people will update it after OOW.

Thanks for the hint - I have updated the above blog post with the liks to Win as well!


Posted by Mike on September 29, 2014 at 07:42 PM CEST #

Dear Mike,

I have seen that, even Certifications Matrix is also not updated in Oracle Support. As this movement i'm not sure which Windows OS (2008, 2008 R2, 2012) is supported with ? :)

Posted by guest on September 29, 2014 at 07:57 PM CEST #

Dear Mike,

I have seen that, even Certifications Matrix is also not updated in Oracle Support. So at this movement i'm not sure which Windows OS (2008, 2008 R2, 2012) is supported with ? :)

Posted by Chirag on September 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM CEST #

Thanks for the info Mike. Is there a doc that shows the upgrade path/steps for upgrading existing to for production environments?

Posted by Woody on December 17, 2014 at 08:56 PM CET #


the doc would be the same as we use for the regular 12c upgrade (if you are asking regarding the database only).

For the software home it will be a fresh install into a new Oracle Home. Afterwards you can clean up the old home with the OUI's "detach" option.

Regarding the database upgrade please grab our slide deck from the right side (Slides Download Center) called "Upgrade, Migrate and Conslidate to 12c" and check the CASE 1 (with the Iron Man picture) in the Upgrade/Migration Cases section of the deck. This will apply to a upgrade, regardless if you are coming from or from 11.2.0.x etc.

Hope this helps - cheers

Posted by Mike on December 19, 2014 at 09:18 AM CET #

Hi Mike.
Sorry for asking this. I know you have answered the same question earlier, but that's been a while ago.
Our Java application is running against the Oracle database, but most of our installations are based on Standard or Standard Edition One.
Several customers are asking if they can install (of course enterprise edition), but we are not spending time testing this when it is not available in SE and SE/One, as this is the major customer base install.
So why won't Oracle release any news on this topic? was released in July (Linux) and September (Windows). This is highly unusual in my opinion - and very frustrating.

Morten (based in Denmark)

Posted by Morten on March 04, 2015 at 09:04 AM CET #


thanks for your comment. I fully see your point, I know it is frustrating - and I don't know any further details about SE/SEone. As soon as we get to know anything be sure that we'll publish it as we want you to upgrade as soon as possible.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Kind regards

Posted by Mike on March 04, 2015 at 03:32 PM CET #

To piggyback on Morten's comment, something very scary is going on - according to MOS note 742060.1, will no longer be patched after July 26th of THIS year! That means when does come out for SE, we'll have less than 5 months to get all systems upgraded to or else risk not getting patches anymore (including, I assume, the October security patch that will follow).

Can you please ask internally whether that patch date will be extended because of this delay? I would also love to hear what the hold up is and/or an expected release date - I'm having to make planning decisions for clients without any idea when for SE will be out. Thanks so much!

Posted by Tom on March 07, 2015 at 01:42 AM CET #


I fully see your point. But in fact I can't do anything here. May I ask you please use the two important communication channels to Oracle, (a) your Oracle sales rep and (b) SRs logged via MyOracle Support?

Of course I will post news about SE as soon as I have them.

Thanks and kind regards

Posted by Mike on March 09, 2015 at 12:31 PM CET #

Hi Mike,

Do we have released only for Enterprise Edition. Any near date for release of for Standard edition.

Thanks in Advance

Posted by Ruchi on April 29, 2015 at 03:27 PM CEST #

The only thing I can say about SE is written into this MOS Note:1905806.1 - I appologize but you'll have to get in touch with your Oracle contacts. At the moment I don't have any other information. There will be an SE but I don't know when it will be released. As soon as I have more information I will post it here on the blog.


Posted by Mike on April 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM CEST #

Does citrix 4.5 support oracle 12c?
Want to migrate from 10 to 12c? Possible?

Posted by Niranjan on May 14, 2015 at 06:49 AM CEST #

Sorry but you may please check with the support portal - check for certifications. In addition a service request may tell you the details.


Posted by Mike on May 18, 2015 at 09:32 AM CEST #

What is Oracle's position on using for an application that only certifies version so far?

Posted by guest on October 28, 2015 at 05:30 PM CET #

I'd say as long as you leave COMPATIBLE="12.1.0" there should be no issues (you could set in addition optimizer_features_enable= but this is not a 100% solution as you' already use optimizer code but run with the old parameters".

But finally it's not Oracle's decision as we didn't certify the 3rd party software.


Posted by Mike on November 02, 2015 at 02:16 PM CET #

Hi Mike,

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 has been released. When will this be available for download?



Posted by guest on November 26, 2015 at 04:11 PM CET #


are you sure? Oracle Database is supposed to get released within 12 months from OOW 2015 (i.e. sometime between Oct 2015 and Oct 2016).

You can be 100% super-sure that I will post a message once 12.2 is ready to fly. Currently we are in beta state.


Posted by Mike on December 01, 2015 at 09:44 AM CET #

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