Based on your feedback, Oracle is planning to include a Standard Edition High Availability solution with Oracle Grid Infrastructure that provides cluster-based failover for Standard Edition Oracle Databases using Oracle Clusterware. Oracle’s Standard Edition 2 (SE2) customers thereby benefit from the high availability capabilities and storage management solutions that are already part of Oracle Grid Infrastructure, such as Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and the Oracle ASM Cluster File System (ACFS), free of charge.
Standard Edition customers can use the maximum supported 16 CPU threads per instance during normal operations as well as after failover. Using Oracle Grid Infrastructure and today’s hardware, the failover is expected to be faster than using any alternative solution. Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) will provide ODA-specific enhancements that further simplify, automate, and optimize Standard Edition High Availability.
Using integrated, shared, and concurrently mounted storage management solutions such as Oracle ASM for database files and Oracle ACFS for database files as well as unstructured data, enables Oracle Grid Infrastructure to restart an Oracle Database on a failover node much faster than any cluster solution that relies on failing over and remounting volumes and file systems, which typically requires file system recovery prior to starting the database instance.
Further, Oracle Grid Infrastructure Standalone Agents for Oracle Clusterware can be used in conjunction with Standard Edition High Availability to manage the failover of complete application stacks for certain applications, such as Oracle WebLogic and Apache.
The release of Standard Edition High Availability in addition to the recently announced inclusion of the formerly extra-cost options to Oracle Database Enterprise Edition: Oracle Machine Learning, Oracle Spatial and Oracle Graph, demonstrate Oracle’s ongoing commitment to Oracle Database Standard Edition. Extending the already compelling functionality of Oracle Database Standard Edition, these new features help ensure that SE2 continues to provide great value to Oracle’s customers.
Update: Standard Edition High Availability has been officially released with Oracle Database 19c, Release Update (RU) 19.7 for Linux, Microsoft Windows and Solaris.