Announcement: Oracle Database 12c Release 2 on Exadata and SuperCluster

The last 10 days have been very exciting for Exadata. First we released Exadata Software 12.2.1.10 with over 30 features and enhancements. Then we launched Exadata SL6, unleashing the power of Software-in-Silicon for Exadata systems.  Now we are releasing the on-premises version of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 exclusively on Exadata and SuperCluster.

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 enhances every aspect of the Oracle Database. Let’s take a look at some highlights: Oracle Multitenant gets a boost with support for Application Containers. Multitenant users can now manage memory resources for their Pluggable Databases in addition to CPU and IO resources. Database In-Memory gets faster joins. In-Memory users can now run in-memory queries on JSON data. In-Memory formats are now persisted in storage thus enabling faster restarts. This release also makes the database more secure as now tablespaces can be encrypted online without the need to export/import existing unencrypted tablespaces. Oracle Database 12c Release 2 also includes the much-anticipated Oracle Native Sharding. There are hundreds of other features that make the database more secure, more available, faster, easier to manage, and more developer friendly.

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 further differentiates the Exadata platform. Building on Exadata’s unique resource management capabilities and IO optimizations the following two features are exclusively available on Exadata and SuperCluster:

  • In-Memory processing on Active Data Guard standby databases
  • Support for more than 252 Pluggable Databases per Container Database  

 

This release also enables support for many unique Exadata features such as hierarchical snapshots, Smart Scan offload for compressed indexes, Smart Scan enhancements to XML operators, end-to-end IO latency capping, and extended distance clusters. For more details please refer to this slide deck or tune in to this webcast or read our prior blog post

To take advantage of the full potential of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 we encourage customers to upgrade to the latest Exadata Software release 12.2.1.10 before upgrading their database to 12c Release 2. Exadata Software 12.2.1.1.0 supports Smart Scan functionality for Oracle Database 12c Release 2 and is available via OSDC.

For the Oracle Database 12c Release 2 release schedule on platforms other than Exadata and Supercluster please refer to MOS Note 742060.1.

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