New Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Database capabilities, ready for CloudWorld Tour 2023

April 13, 2023 | 3 minute read
Leo Leung
Vice President, Product Marketing, OCI
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We’re excited to announce new capabilities to make it easier to migrate to Oracle CIoud Infrastructure (OCI), secure critical workloads, and distribute content. New Oracle Database features also help simplify the development of modern data-driven applications, and new expanded machine learning (ML) capabilities in Oracle MySQL HeatWave including unsupervised anomaly detection and recommender systems.

Oracle Cloud Migrations

The Oracle Cloud Migrations service provides an end-to-end comprehensive self-service experience for migrating virtual machine (VM)-based workloads from on-premises to OCI. In 2022, we launched with support for VMware VM migration. We’re now adding support for seamless migration of VMs from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to OCI, significantly reducing the effort and complexity involved. This support lowers the barrier for AWS customers to adopt a multicloud strategy and move to OCI.

Using Oracle Cloud Migrations is simple. You set up the source environment and install an OCI agent. The service recommends OCI VMs to migrate and a cost estimate. It then performs the replication and launch the new VMs into the OCI target environment. The service has no management fee, but the VM conversion process incurs a small resource charge. General availability of AWS VM migration support is planned for May 3. 

Confidential Computing

Confidential Computing helps protect data. It encrypts data while it’s being processed using AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) or AMD Secure Memory Encryption (SME). This feature is ideal for workloads that need extra security and is now available for OCI Compute shapes with AMD, including E4 Flex, E4 Bare Metal Standard, E3 Bare Metal Standard, and E4 Bare Metal DenseIO.

Using Confidential Computing is easy and happens during the creation of instances. In the Console, as you start creating an instance, navigate to the Security section and turn on “Confidential Computing.” You then select a compatible image and Compute shape. (Look for the lock icons). You can’t add Confidential Computing to existing instances. Confidential Computing is now available in select regions and has no extra cost.

Oracle Database 23c Free—Developer Release

Oracle Database 23c Free—Developer Release gives developers free access to innovative Oracle Database app and dev features, such as JSON Relational Duality, SQL support for Graph queries directly on OLTP data, JavaScript Stored Procedures, and more. Whether you’re a developer, a data scientist, a database administrator, an educator, or just interested in databases, Oracle Database 23c Free—Developer Release is the ideal way to get started. It provides native support for all modern data types, analytics, and the latest development paradigms, all built into one product.

Oracle Database 23c Free—Developer Release is available for download as a Docker image, VirtualBox VM, or Linux RPM installation file, without requiring a user account or login. A Windows version is planned to follow shortly.

MySQL HeatWave

New MySQL HeatWave capabilities for machine learning and multicloud provide more ML use cases for MySQL HeatWave AutoML, such as multivariate time series forecasting, unsupervised anomaly detection, and recommender systems, while a new interactive AutoML console enables business analysts build, train, run, and explain ML models and explore “what if” scenarios using a visual interface—without using SQL commands or any coding. Enhancements in MySQL HeatWave on AWS include a new scale-out data management layer that improves data availability and speeds up error recovery and MySQL Autopilot auto shape prediction in the console. MySQL HeatWave on OCI now offers a smaller, 32-GB entry-level shape and improved price-performance for larger workloads.

Learn more

You can learn more about the CloudWorld Tour and keep up to date on our review in the Release Highlights. You can also try the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Always Free services, including a 30-day trial period with expanded services and credits.

Leo Leung

Vice President, Product Marketing, OCI

I'm an experienced product manager and product marketer at both large and startup vendors. I've been an cloud application, platform, and infrastructure end user and website developer, enterprise storage system product manager and marketer, cloud storage and cloud application product manager and operations manager, and storage software product marketer. I've managed business partnerships with many infrastructure ISVs, as well as large systems vendors like Cisco, Dell, EMC, HPE, and IBM.

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