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.
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Today Oracle officially released Oracle Database 18c for download on Linux x86-64.
As you may recall, we originally released 18c on the Oracle Public Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems back in February.
So, when will you be able to get your hands on 18c on-premises for other platforms?
You can check the Oracle Support document 742060.1 for more details!
18c is the first version of the database to follow the new yearly release model and you can find more details on the release model change in the Oracle Support Document 2285040.1.
Before you freak out about the fact you haven’t even upgraded to 12.2, so how on earth are you ever going to get to 18c – Don’t Panic!
Oracle Database 18c is in fact “Oracle Database 12c Release 2 18.104.22.168”, the name has simply been changed to reflect the year in which the product is released.
So, what can you expect?
As you’d imagine a patchset doesn’t contain any seismic changes in functionality but there are lots of small but extremely useful incremental improvements, most of which focus on the three key marquee features in Oracle Database 12c Release2:
More details on what has changed in each of these areas and other improvements can be found in the Oracle Database blog post published by Dominic Giles or in the video below with Penny Avril, VP of Database Product Management.
You can also read all about the new features in the 18c documentation and you can try out Oracle Database 18c on LiveSQL.