What's New: May 2024

May 22, 2024 | 4 minute read
Kenna Kettrick
Program Manager
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Welcome to our May round up of news highlights, including links and resources for more reading. Don’t forget to bookmark the Whats New blog homepage for easy access to our monthly blog posts. We have news on AI, Database@Azure, security, networking, and more. Let’s see what’s new!  

AI innovations 

First up is the release of Oracle Database 23ai. This version introduces AI Vector Search, which makes it incredibly simple to query vectors alongside your existing business data by utilizing Oracle Database 23ai's advanced analytical capabilities. This release also integrates with large language models (LLMs) to allow you to ask questions using natural language, allows you to load your own trusted AI models directly into the database to keep sensitive information within your own control, and more. For details, check out the full release blog, “Announcing Oracle Database 23ai : General Availability.”  

Next up is the announcement of Oracle Code Assist, an AI companion to enable developers to build applications faster by combining what Oracle does best with the power of gen AI. It’s powered by LLMs on OCI, and optimized for Java, SQL, and application development on OCI. With Code Assist by your side, you can build applications at lightning speed, unleashing your creativity and productivity like never before. Stay tuned for its general availability, but in the meantime, check out its incredible capabilities in Oracle Code Assist: AI companion to boost developer velocity.

Finally, Oracle and Palantir announced a partnership to deliver mission critical AI solutions to governments and businesses around the world. This collaboration will help organizations maximize the value of their data, increasing efficiency and addressing sovereignty requirements. Read more in the Press Release, Oracle and Palantir Join Forces to Deliver Mission Critical AI Solutions to Governments and Businesses. 

Validations and migrations 

We’re thrilled to announce that Red Hat Openshift is validated on OCI. Our teams have responded to customer requests, and made it possible to bring Red Hat OpenShift workloads to OCI.  We did it across our distributed cloud, so this feature applies not only to OCI’s public cloud regions, but Sovereign Region, Dedicated Region, and Oracle Alloy too. For more details on current and upcoming validations, see It’s here—Red Hat OpenShift on OCI. 

Following from our news last month, read about how Database@Azure is helping businesses including Conduent, Vodafone, and Voya Financial, to accelerate their cloud migrations. Check out the details in our press release, Major global businesses adopt Oracle Database@Azure worldwide. 

Security updates 

We have three security-related updates for you this month. We recently added Oracle Cloud Guard Instance Security to provide runtime security for workloads in your OCI Compute virtual machine (VM) and bare metal hosts. Instance Security enhances Cloud Guard with support for cloud workload protection and helps you address your security requirements with a single-pane-of-glass view of your security posture. For full details and information on how to enable this in your tenancy, check out the blog, Instance Security now available in Oracle Cloud Guard.  

Oracle Universal Authenticator is another new offering, facilitating single-sign-on (SSO) with multifactor authentication (MFA) and passwordless authentication options. Oracle Universal Authenticator also bolsters security by supporting modern adaptive authentication methods. With more key features like a centralized admin console, self-service portal, sensitive application protection, and customization, Oracle Universal Authenticator enables organizations to enhance security across diverse devices and applications, whether on-premises or in cloud. 

We’ve also just announced the addition of network security groups (NSGs) to OCI Cache that help provide a refined control over your data traffic. With granularity, flexibility, and isolation, NSG support for OCI Cache provides an extra mechanism for controlling network-level access to your data caches and helping to protect sensitive information. For use cases and full details, see the blog, Elevating OCI Cache security with network security groups.   

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In other news, we have two additions to the OCI Network Load Balancer service in commercial regions globally: A DNS health check and support for backends in some remote networks. The DNS health check significantly expands the utility of our network load balancer into a specific and commonly requested use case: The load balancing and fault tolerant handling of DNS traffic to more than one DNS server. To learn more, check out Using OCI Network Load Balancer to provide highly available DNS services. At the same time, we announced our expanded support for network load balancer backends to anywhere reachable by the network load balancer through an OCI dynamic routing gateway (DRG), including cross-VCN connectivity, cross-region support, and on-premises backends. For more details, see OCI network load balancer enhancements for backends support. 

We’re also pleased to announce Oracle OS Management Hub, our next-generation operating system (OS) management service. Built on a highly available and scalable service architecture, offering at-a-glance views of security compliance and vulnerability reports, OS Management Hub lets you manage instances and groups with ease and gives you simplified control of Oracle Linux updates across the lifecycle. To learn more and see how to get started, check out OS Management Hub simplifies management of enterprise systems across distributed environments.   

See you next month!  

Thanks for joining us for this latest update. Don’t forget to check back in June, and bookmark our What's New blog page to stay current on all the news. 

Kenna Kettrick

Program Manager

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