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Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is Exhibit A for Oracle’s emerging cloud-first strategy.


  • Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is a poster child for Oracle’s new cloud-first product strategy.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses why cloud is the major theme of Release 2 of Oracle Database 12c.
  • Discusses why features like sharding were designed with cloud deployment in mind.

Key questions answered

  • What are the new features of Oracle Database 12c Release 2?
  • How is big data support expanded in Oracle Database 12c Release 2?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Scaling out for the cloud

  • Cloud-first
  • Expanding the pluggable container envelope
  • Securing data in the cloud
  • Introducing sharding

Operational enhancements

  • Less administrative overhead
  • Enhancements for in-memory


  • Extending multimodel support
  • Better-fidelity JSON
  • Oracle Spatial and Graph
  • Partitioned external tables
  • Approximate query processing


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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