Rewind the clock to New Years Eve 2018 and if anyone had said to me that in 2019 Oracle would announce new and meaningful partnerships with Microsoft and VMware for Cloud collaboration, announce the availability of free Autonomous Cloud Services AND make Goldengate and Oracle Data Integrator FREE in the Cloud I would be extremely cynical and demand a sip of whatever they were drinking!…alas, I was proven wrong! Read on for more details…
Goldengate and ODI available for FREE until May 2020 in Oracle Cloud!
Following the deprecation of the “Data Integration Platform Cloud” Service (DIP-C) earlier this year, Oracle have moved Goldengate and ODI to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace and available without the need to license either product. Usually, Marketplace images require customers to “Bring Your Own License” (BYOL), however Oracle has wavered this license requirement until the end of May 2020. This is ideal for customers looking at moving and/or transforming data sets to/in the Oracle Cloud in the short term! More information here:
Autonomous Cloud Services Free Forever!
Announced at Open World, Oracle have made Autonomous Cloud Services available for free forever. Obviously, this is based on certain limitations similar to what we are used to with Oracle Express Edition, but it’s an extremely positive move by Oracle and ideal for developers! Especially APEX developers! More information here:
Exadata gets a major overhaul and Oracle announce Exadata X8M…
Exadata is, and always has been, the most performant platform for running mission critical Oracle Database workloads. Since the earliest version, Exadata has benefited from Infiniband networking for low latency and high throughput. As of this new release Infiniband is replaced and in comes RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) Network Fabric. Furthermore, Oracle introduce Intel Optane DC persistent memory for considerable more performance gains over the previous version. More information here:
Autonomous Preview Mode – don’t let auto-upgrades catch you out…
How do you ensure automatic upgrades don’t impact availability or functionality of your applications running on Autonomous Cloud Services? Preview mode! Oracle periodically provides a preview version of Autonomous Database that allows you to test your applications and to become familiar with features in the next release of Autonomous Database. More information here:
Oracle Databases can support up to 3 Pluggable Databases (PDB’s) before needing to License Oracle Multitenant…even SE2 customers!
Following the announcement that non-container database architectures were deprecated in 12c, Oracle have announced that from 20c (version 13) will de-support non-CDB architectures completely. Therefore, if you are not licensed for Oracle Multitenant, then you may have up to 3 user-created PDBs in a given container database at any time. Even Standard Edition Databases! More information here:
Hard Partitioning now supported on Oracle Linux KVM to help customers drive down the cost of running Oracle software on virtualised platforms.
This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. More information here:
Oracle and Microsoft expand Multi-Cloud engineering collaboration to London region.
It is almost as if someone was watching our OCEAN announcement and realised we were onto something! Microsoft and Oracle have partnered to provide low latency, high throughput cross-cloud connectivity, allowing you to take advantage of the best of both clouds. Run applications in Azure and Database on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to leverage maximum performance and simplicity across the enterprise. More information here:
Oracle and VMware agree new partnership to support customer running in the Cloud…
This doesn’t mean you can now run Oracle on VMware without any license constraints on-premise, but it does mean that Oracle will now support VMware deployments in Oracle Cloud. Is this an early indicator of what’s to come? More information here:
Other blogs to read, which might be of interest…
- Explorer recognised by Oracle with Global Excellence Award – https://explorer.co.uk/explorer-recognised-in-global-oracle-excellence-awards-for-volume-sales-in-emea/
- How to access free Autonomous Cloud Services – https://explorer.co.uk/how-do-i-access-my-free-oracle-cloud-database/
- How to generate reports in Oracle Cloud – https://explorer.co.uk/can-i-generated-pdfs-from-apex-in-the-always-free-oracle-cloud/