Today, April 25th, Oracle Database 19c became available to downloaded from Oracle.com.
Oracle Database 19c is the final member of the 12.2 family a.k.a 18.104.22.168 and is, therefore, the ‘long term support’ release. This means it will come with 4 years of premium support and 3 years of extended support. Making this release the version of the database that most folks are going to upgrade to next.
So, what can you expect?
There are hundreds of useful enhancements in Oracle Database 19c as well as several new features. Dom Giles‘s latest post on the Oracle Database Insider blog has all the details on the new release, while I’ve listed just a couple of my personal favourites below.
Getting started with Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing is actually much easier than you might think. In fact, with Oracle’s $300 in free cloud credits you can probably get your first 30 days on the service for free. Please note, you will require an active email address and credit card in order to sign up for a trial account. Of course, if you have existing cloud credits you can skip this step.
Once you sign up for trail account you’ll get an email with your tenancy, username and password. Armed with this information, head on over to https://cloud.oracle.com to sign in. The video below explains in detailed the simple steps needed to provision a new Autonomous Transaction Processing database. I’ve also listed these steps below the video, for easy reference.