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Oracle Extends Database Leadership with Oracle Database 21c

Oracle announced that Oracle Database 21c, the latest version of the world’s leading converged database, is available on Oracle Cloud, including the Always Free tier of Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle Database 21c contains more than 200 new innovations, including immutable blockchain tables, In-Database JavaScript, native JSON binary data type, AutoML for in-database machine learning (ML), and persistent memory store, as well as enhancements for in-memory, graph processing performance, sharding, multitenant, and security. Unlike other vendors’ single-purpose databases in the cloud or on-premises, Oracle Database 21c provides support for multi-model, multi-workload, and multi-tenant requirements – all within a single, modern converged database engine. In addition, Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle APEX (Application Express) Application Development, a new low-code service for developing and deploying data-driven enterprise applications quickly and easily. The browser-based, low-code cloud service enables developers to create modern web apps for desktops and mobile devices using an intuitive graphical interface.

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“Oracle Database 21c continues our strategy of delivering the world’s most powerful converged database engine,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, database server technologies, Oracle. “It provides leading JSON document processing performance. It provides breakthrough operational database performance with Intel® Optane™ Persistent Memory support. It provides industry-leading analytic database capabilities with new Self-Managing In-Memory Column Store, highest performance graph processing, and AutoML for simplest machine learning model development. It provides Immutable Blockchain Tables for tamperproof SQL tables. Competing vendors require separate JSON document, operational, analytic, graph, ML, and blockchain databases and services to support these capabilities. Oracle’s converged database approach makes developers far more productive when building new applications, and makes it easy to later evolve applications to meet new business requirements.”

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What Analysts are Saying about Oracle Database

“With the launch of Database 21c, Oracle has elevated its flagship database to a new level of convergence with broad support for a wide variety of data types and workloads,” said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President, Data Management Software, IDC. “The 200 new built-in innovations, including immutable blockchain tables and AutoML for in-database machine learning, elevate Oracle Database 21c to a new level of functionality, eliminating the need for specialized, isolated cloud services and tools to do those jobs. Users can avoid the compounding of costs and operational complexity that comes with each additional cloud service that organizations ordinarily use. In this way, Oracle is effectively slicing away at this disjointed set of services with a simplified, more technically elegant, and integrated approach that is far better suited for the enterprise needs of 2021.”

“Oracle’s latest converged database—Database 21c—focuses on making life dramatically easier for both users and developers. It supports and integrates an expanded range of data models and workloads, and includes built-in machine learning to eliminate the need for separate tooling and services by enabling organizations to run inference directly on their database, right next to their data. This is a refreshing contrast for organizations that leverage the likes of AWS, which has more than a dozen different databases, each requiring customers to deal with different APIs, ETL approaches and data integration processes. Oracle Database 21c transcends the barriers of a multi, isolated, and intrinsically non-converged, database approach,” said Mark Peters, Principal Analyst & Practice Director, ESG.

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