2023 in Review for Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure

December 29, 2023 | 4 minute read
German Viscuso
Director of Community - Autonomous Database / Dedicated
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As we approach the end of 2023, it's a great time to look back at the features and enhancements we delivered in Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure and Cloud@Customer (ADB-D/ADB-C@C). This year brought significant enhancements in disaster recovery, backup and recovery, operations and management, security, scalability, performance, and developer features. Let's briefly recap these key innovations as we prepare for an even more groundbreaking 2024.

  1. Disaster Recovery: This year, ADB-D enhanced its DR capabilities with new Autonomous Data Guard features including:  flexible failover lag times for a zero to customer controlled data loss window with long distance regional deployments, snapshot standby database allowing databases to be used in read-write mode for testing, and multi-region registrations for Cloud@Customer deployments to provide post event resilience of service API operations.
  2. Backup and Recovery: In backup and recovery, ADB-D introduced backup innovations such as long-term backups with up to 10 year retention periods, simplification in cloning from backups, and enhanced integration with external storage solutions like NFS and OCI FSS. These features collectively enhance data safety and recovery options.
  3. Operations and Management: We introduced Oracle Home version control for increased governance of software change management, configurable maintenance version preference for hands free update management, and enhanced resource usage tracking for improved capacity planning. These features streamline operations and provide more control and transparency.
  4. Security and Compliance: We expanded security and compliance configuration choices (see our new interactive graphic) with the introduction Kerberos Authentication for centrally managed users, Bring Your Own Certificate (BYOC) capabilities for SSL/TLS and REST Data Services, and added Password Profile support with PVF for custom password security. We introduced flexible SCAN listener ports and TLS modes for increased customization of data transmission security. We added container scope control to our Operator Access Control feature that puts any human access to a runtime stack under the control of the customer.
  5. Scaling, Performance Optimization, and Infrastructure: Key developments include VM cluster node subsetting for higher density application consolidation, base shape support for lower cost entry into the dedicated deployment model, Database In-Memory Column Store support for faster analytic queries, and online storage server expansion to help cost effectively manage growth over time. Plus, we added next generation X10M systems for Cloud@Customer deployments, and online vertical compute scaling for Autonomous VM Clusters, both which further highlight our commitment to high-performing, scalable and flexible database environments.
  6. Developer Features: 2023 brought several developer-focused features: the ability to save Autonomous - Dedicated resource configurations as stacks to enhance DevOps workflows, certified Oracle Client for Microsoft Tools to simplify Oracle database connectivity with Microsoft data tools, SQL tracing capabilities to aid in performance tuning, enhanced data type workflows with support for Avro, ORC, and Parquet files, ability to disable backups to save costs on test databases, and Oracle Real Application Testing (RAT) with Database Replay to further empower developers in testing and validating the effectiveness of their use of Autonomous Database.

Looking Ahead to 2024

Our focus for 2024 remains on delivering user-centric features that simplify database modernization to Autonomous Database, improving cost, efficiency, security, observability, and overall database management.

Stay tuned for more innovative solutions tailored to our users' evolving needs.

Additional Resources

ADB-D technical blog posts for developers:

  • Migrating to the Autonomous Database - Dedicated using Database Links" (link)
  • Language bindings for Autonomous Database: An overview for Developers (link)
  • Autonomous Database - Dedicated Observability for Mission Critical Workloads (link)
  • Autonomous Database Observability (part 1, part 2)
  • User Assistance Enhancements in 2022 for Autonomous Database On Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure (link)

Explore a range of webinars for developers, covering various aspects of Autonomous Database:

  • "Unlimited data-driven collaboration with Oracle Data Sharing" (link)
  • "Oracle Autonomous Database for Rust Developers" (link
  • "The Developer advantage, Autonomous Database under the covers" (link)
  • "Observability & Management for Autonomous Databases" (link)
  • "Advanced customer deployment for Oracle Autonomous Dedicated Infrastructure" (link)
  • "DevOps meets DataOps: Oracle's End-to-End OpenTelemetry Observability across Apps, Kubernetes, and Database" (link)
  • "Autonomous Database observability with Grafana" (link)
  • "Prometheus and Grafana for Oracle Autonomous Databases" (link)
  • "Unified Observability with Autonomous Database" (link)
  • "Achieve Observability for Autonomous Database and Cloud@Customer" (link)
  • "Accelerate Developer productivity with Oracle Autonomous Database" (link
  • "Going Autonomous to accelerate developer productivity for Oracle Database" (link)


We thank our community of developers, administrators, Oracle ACEs and field representatives for their engagement and feedback in 2023. As we move into 2024, we are excited to continue our journey of innovation, ensuring that our Autonomous Database offering remains at the forefront of cloud database services.

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German Viscuso

Director of Community - Autonomous Database / Dedicated

I have experience fostering developer communities at scale. I have a software development background and previous experience with database systems (mostly OODBs and NoSQL). I'm a techie and believe that rather sooner than later we'll be surpassed by AI. You can follow me via Twitter: @germanviscuso

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