Database In-Memory is Generally Available

Oracle Database 12c’s newest patch release 12.1.0.2 is generally available today.  In addition to a number of new enhancements for efficiency, performance, availability, and simpler application development, the most exciting aspect of this new release is the general availability of Oracle Database In-Memory.

If you missed Larry Ellison’s introduction to Oracle Database In-Memory, you can find watch a short summary of his keynote here. Oracle Database In-Memory delivers breakthrough analytical performance without any compromises to your OLTP environment and without requiring any application changes. And when I say breakthrough performance, we’re talking about queries that once took hours now happening in less than a second!

Let’s set some context here – because sometimes I feel like business analytics is thought of some kind of adjunct second tier project. A lot of this is because of our experience with the way data warehousing/analytics solutions have been delivered until now. It was somewhat inevitable that you had to move data around, build indexes, construct aggregate objects like OLAP cubes to deliver analytics to the business. That is increasingly becoming impractical as business users just can’t wait to get access to information.

And this is the power of Oracle Database In-Memory – that the business users don’t have to wait for the data to be moved and for intermediate objects to be built. Oracle Database In-Memory processes queries on the same server where the transactions are happening. That means business analytics can literally happen in the moment of the business transaction instead of happening at some later time after the fact. This enables business users get instant and up-to-date answers all the time. And this is the promise of the real-time enterprise.

And you don’t have to necessarily move to a mixed workload setup immediately. If you have data warehousing infrastructure today, you can modernize it with Oracle Database In-Memory by accelerating query performance on the data warehousing systems. This eliminates much of the tuning and object creation done today while delivering business intelligence substantially faster.

To learn more about Oracle Database In-Memory, check out our web page on Oracle.Com as well as some of the new assets on our technical page on Oracle Technology Network and In-Memory blog. Oracle Database In-Memory and all the other enhancements that are part of Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2 can be downloaded right here. Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c today to plug into the cloud and power the real-time enterprise!

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