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Oracle: what to expect in 2020

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Published on: 16/12/2019

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With 2020 just around the corner, we’ve put together a roundup of what you can expect from Oracle over the next year.

Oracle roadmap

Oracle release a new database version every calendar year, but there is currently only a small amount of official information available on the release of 20c. Version 19c continues to be the main focus, since it has now been released on most major platforms. However, users of versions older than 18c will need to take note of their upgrade options going forward, as outlined in Oracle’s roadmap:

There will be no Extended Support for 18c. The reason for this is to encourage users of older versions of Oracle to make the jump to version 19c and take advantage of the new features that come with it, such as:

  • Multitenant - 19c allows three pluggable databases without the need for a Multitenant license, previously you could only use one pluggable database per container.
  • Automatic Indexing in 19c detects the need for indexes, creates them, and drops them automatically.
  • Zero-downtime Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patching - enables patching of Oracle Grid Infrastructure without interrupting database operations.

Avoid costly support exceptions

As well as encouraging you to take advantage of the new feature benefits available in the latest product releases, Oracle’s recommendations also seek to help you stay within the guidelines of Lifetime Support and Error Correction Policies, avoiding costly support exceptions.

If you are currently running 11.2.x/12.1.x, Oracle recommends you upgrade to the terminal release for the product you are running and then continue the upgrade process by upgrading to the 19c Database. Users currently running 12.2.0.1 should upgrade to 19c before the error correction grace period expires.

Launch of Oracle 20c

We would expect to see the launch of version 20c no earlier than the first quarter of 2020. However, this is pure speculation on our part and we would always recommend waiting for the next quarterly release when initial bugs should hopefully have been fixed.

Autonomous database products

Aside from the product roadmap, what else can we expect from Oracle in 2020? There has been much speculation about the direction the major players in the database world will take, with advances in areas such as autonomous database, cloud and machine learning showing no signs of slowing down.

As far as Oracle is concerned, ZDnet predicts that in 2020 the focus will be on its Software as a Service (SaaS) and autonomous database products, recommending Azure for general-purpose cloud development services like AI/machine learning, Kubernetes/containers, internet of things, and other emerging innovations. The article also suggests that a high-speed connectivity deal with AWS or Google may be on the cards in order to better serve Oracle customers going forward.

Development platform

Oracle’s partnership with Microsoft in 2019 could be indicative of where they are headed in 2020, according to TechRepublic’s analysis of Forrester’s Predictions 2020: Cloud Computing report. This move by Oracle potentially indicates a shift of focus away from the cloud provider space and more to the development platform space.

It’s an exciting time for Oracle and as an Oracle Gold Partner, we endeavor to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to our team’s knowledge and expertise so that our services are of the highest standard.

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