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Cloud Scale

Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service sets a new cloud standard.

By Tom Haunert

November/December 2016

Oracle Database 12c added c—for cloudto the name of the industry-leading enterprise database. The latest release, Oracle Database 12c Release 2, ups that cloud commitment by being generally available in the cloud first, via the new Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service. Exadata Express is a great way for customers to start small and see the new standard for cloud-scale databases in action.


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Exadata Express is available in three configurations, with the smallest featuring 20 GB of storage. Why offer such a “small” version of a database that can support orders of magnitude more? Because, simply enough, midsize companies in the cloud are starting with small to medium-sized databases. Because big companies are evaluating cloud services and doing DevTest with small to medium-sized databases. And because the data compression available in all configurations makes it possible to store and process much more data. Exadata Express combines the enterprise-scale performance of Oracle Exadata engineered systems with Oracle Multitenant pluggable database containerization technology, which has been updated in Oracle Database 12c Release 2.

Developer Scale

Application developers don’t focus on database storage capacity, but they do have favorite application environments and programming languages. And Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in Exadata Express delivers loads of choices for modern application development.

The database can natively store JSON, XML, and relational data, and developers can access data via RESTful, SQL, and schema-less documents and collections interfaces. Oracle Database 12c Release 2 provides client drivers for application environments and programming languages including Java, .NET, Python, Node.js, PHP, C/C++, and Ruby. If scale for database developers is the number of development choices available, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in Exadata Express is definitely cloud-scale.

 

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Scale Out

The “Your Move” cover feature in this issue of Oracle Magazine digs deeper into Oracle Database 12c Release 2 and Exadata Express. Hands-on, how-to technical articles in this issue, “JSON in Motion” and “The Power of Cloud PL/SQL,” explore how to use new JSON and PL/SQL development features in the latest database release. And, of course, Oracle Magazine will continue to scale out its coverage of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in future issues.


Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief
tom.haunert@oracle.com

Next Steps
 LEARN more about Oracle Database 12c Release 2.
 READ more about Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service.
 

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