Premier Support Extension for Oracle 19c – and more

Wait a bit. Oracle Database 19c is not out yet (only in beta right now) but how can we initiate a Premier Support Extension for Oracle 19c already? Well, Oracle 12.2.0.1, Oracle 18c and Oracle 19c all together sail under the cover of the “Oracle 12.2 Release Family” and hence have a common support frame. What has been announced? The single-source-of-truth MOS Note:742060.1 got updated. Roy tweeted about it already. And the major change in the note is the extension of the Premier Support for Oracle 19c until March 2023. That is one year more than it was before. And…

How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? – NEW

A few weeks ago I published a blog post about provisioning dates in Oracle Cloud environments for different databases releases. As we did an important update, I rewrite today: How long can you provision database version X in the Cloud? – NEW. What has changed since the original post? The key point in the previous blog post was: “And by end of this calendar year, the option to provision an Oracle 12.2.0.1 instance will go away. The same will happen in less than 1 year with Oracle 11.2.0.4 instances.”. With “this calendar year” I pointed to end of 2018. That…

Why Release Update Revisions (RUR) are tricky

A while ago we introduced Release Updates (RU) and Release Update Revisions (RUR). And despite the fact that not only we but also well known external experts such as Ludovico Caldara recommend to stay with Release Updates and simply ignore the Revisions, some people use them. There may be reasons for doing so. But in this blog post I will explain why Release Update Revisions (RUR) are tricky. Differences between Updates and Revisions? I tried to explain the differences between Updates and Revisions a while ago – and also compare them to PSUs and BPs. Differences between PSU / BP…

Oracle Database 18c released for Oracle Cloud and Engineered Systems

Oracle Database 18c has been released Friday, February 16, 2018 in the Oracle Cloud and for Engineered Systems. What is new in Oracle Database 18c? Please read this comprehensive description by Dominic Giles, Master Product Manager for Oracle Database on https://blogs.oracle.com/database/oracle-database-18c-:-now-available-on-the-oracle-cloud-and-oracle-engineered-systems. Dominic summarizes the most important features in the areas of Multitenant, In-Memory, Sharding, Performance, High Availability, Security, Spatial/Graph and of course Developer features. You’d like to read more about New Features? In case you’d been now interested please see the New Features Guide for more details in Oracle Database 18c. Well, and there’s not only a New Features Guide…

Why you seriously can’t wait for the second release!

Premier Support for Oracle Database 11.2 has ended 4 weeks ago at 31-January-2015.  I think most Oracle DBAs are aware of it. And I have stressed the topic about the need to upgrade to Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 a lot in the past months via the blog, in workshops and in discussions and customer meetings. But there are still plenty of people out there you would like to wait for Oracle Database 12.2, the so called “second” release. From looking backwards I can understand this thinking. Neither Oracle 9.0 nor Oracle 10.1 were the best and most stable releases ever. If…