April 18th, 2017
Released in 2013 to all customers (on-premise and cloud / DBaaS), 12c was available for purchase or upgrade for any customer. However, Oracle 12C R2 is Oracle Corporation’s first database release available only to database cloud (DBaaS) customers, in October 2016. In order to boost ‘cloud’ revenues, the Oracle 12c R2 version was no where available to download for supported customers for months.
However, recently Oracle made available, Release 2 of 12C, to the on-premise customer. Linux customers were the first to benefit from the wait while Windows customers were appeased later, in March 2017.
With this new release of 12C, customers can expect:
- The elimination of downtime with specific features
- The ability to perform maintenance without taking the system offline
- Improved performance
- Improved Multitenant architecture allowing for more databases per virtual or physical server.
- Further streamlining of space consumption and overhead of indexes
- The ability to perform simulations with a timeline predictor
- “Hot cloning” (a copy made without shutting down the source database)
- Ability to perform simulations for enabled features
- Ability to split items up across multiple databases, or to offload one thing into multiple databases
- Increased memory
Moving organizations forward
Oracle understands the demands on business and organizations to do more with less. Their commitment to improved systems allows customers to do just that.
With ever-expanding features, this is a good time to assess your organization’s database and support timeline. It may be time for an upgrade. Though upgrading may seem expensive, when compared to the loss of productivity due to system downtime or inability to access data, the long-term benefit is often well worth the expense.
If you are considering upgrading to Oracle 12C or have general questions about your database, please let us know. We offer a wide range of services to assess what you have and help you plan what you need as your business scales.
Oracle 12c Whitepaper
April 4th, 2017
Effective December 2015, Oracle launched Standard Edition 2 (SE2), intended to replace Standard Edition 1 (SE1).
We’ve recently seen an increase in customers asking questions about upgrading to this version. So, with that in mind, let’s take another look at SE2.
Oracle has always offered a database option for small and medium sized businesses with Oracle Database Standard. When compared to Oracle Enterprise, the cost savings alone made it the obvious choice for targeted users.
Customers using Standard Edition 1 (SE1) should be aware that this version is no longer supported. For customers using other versions, they may be seeing limitations on performance and limited processor capability.
Oracle says that SE2 is:
- An affordable, full-featured database
- Built for ease of use, power, and performance
- Available on servers supporting a maximum of two sockets
- Optimized for small business
- Zero-cost license migration from either SE or SE1
SE2 vs. Enterprise Edition
It’s important to understand the differences between Oracle’s two types of databases.
This version is the small business edition. It is scalable as your business grows. However, you should be aware of possible licensing requirements when changing from one version to another.
Affordability is a hallmark of this version. Prices range from $700 to $17,500. Though it has a maximum support of two sockets, this is typically a good option for small and medium sized businesses.
For those businesses needing greater scalability, Enterprise Edition will be the better choice. This version is available on single and clustered servers. There is no socket limitation.
Cost is a consideration with this version, as prices range from $4,750 to $47,500.
Migrating from SE1 to SE2
As Oracle moves forward with SE2, customers may have questions about migrating from their old edition to the new. Oracle says they expect this to be a seamless process. Though, as with any new database, delays or challenges may arise. It is important to fully understand the transition, and how it will affect your business before the migration.
We at LSG Solutions look forward to speaking with you and working with you through this change. Please contact us with any questions or simply to discuss your options.