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Oracle launches ‘first database designed for cloud’

Oracle Database 12c introduces multitenant architecture, said to simplify migration

Oracle launches ‘first database designed for cloud’
Oracle said the 12c platform introduces 500 additional features.

Oracle Corp this week announced the latest generation of its flagship database management system.

Oracle Database 12c, is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and introduces a new multitenant architecture that is said to simplify the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud, thereby enabling the management of many databases as one without changing their underlying applications.

Oracle Database 12c forms the foundation of Oracle Public Cloud Services and is chiefly aimed at Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors and organisations deploying private database clouds.

Oracle said the 12c platform is optimised for SPARC and Intel Xeon processors and introduces “500 additional features and is the result of 2,500 person-years of development and 1.2m hours of testing, plus an extensive beta programme”.

Oracle Database 12c is also co-engineered with Oracle’s own SPARC T5 servers and is said to enhance big data functionality through SQL pattern matching to enable “immediate and scalable discovery of business event sequences such as financial transactions, network logs and clickstream logs”.

“The innovations in Oracle Database 12c were developed with our customers’ cloud requirements very much in mind,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Database Server Technologies, Oracle.

“The new multitenant architecture makes it easier for customers to consolidate their databases and securely manage many as one. It also offers customers other capabilities for cloud computing such as simplified provisioning, cloning and resource prioritisation without resorting to major application changes.”

“Oracle's User Group Communities actively participated in the development and testing of Oracle Database 12c,” said Michelle Malcher, president of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).

“We are delighted to see across the board enhancements, and the new architecture will make it so much easier for customers to consolidate their databases onto the cloud.”

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