I will explain Oracle 21c is Available and Oracle 21c New Features in this post. Let’s review the Oracle 21c New Features .
Oracle 21c New Features
Oracle has released 21c after Oracle 20c. Before Oracle 18c, Oracle has released 12c, 11g and 10g and so on.
Oracle 21c New features are as follows.
- Blockchain Tables
- Binary JSON Data Type
- Per-PDB Data Guard Physical Standby (aka Multitenant Data Guard)
- Per-PDB GoldenGate Change Capture
- Self-Managing In-Memory
- In-Memory Hybrid Columnar Scan
- In-Memory Vector Joins with SIMD
- Sharding Advisor Tool
- Property Graph Visualization Studio
- Automatic Materialized Views
- Automatic Zone Maps
- SQL Macros
- Gradual Password Rollover
Oracle was released new major version in a every 3-5 years until Oracle 12c.
But now Oracle has started to release new major version number every year with 18c 🙂
Oracle 21c release date
Oracle has released 21c at the December 8, 2020.
Oracle 21c Documentation
Oracle has also published 21c’s documentation. You can access Oracle 21c documentation on IT Tutorial and Docs Oracle using the following link.
Which Releases of Oracle support the Direct Upgrade to Oracle 21c ?
Oracle 21c supports the minimum Oracle 12.2 version for direct upgrade.
- Oracle Database 22.214.171.124
- Oracle Database 18c
- Oracle Database 19c
Oracle Database 21c for on-prem platforms (Exadata, Linux, and Windows) will be in 2021.
Oracle Database 21c is the latest Innovation Release. It is initially available on Oracle Autonomous Database Free Tier and Oracle Database Cloud Service.
Oracle announce that Oracle 21c will NOT be a Long Term Support release but an Innovation Release instead.
Oracle 21c Downloads
You can access Oracle 21c Clients and database setups from the following link.
Oracle Patching End Dates for Roadmap
|Release||Patching End Date||Notes and Exceptions|
|June 30, 2023|
Long Term Release
|April 30, 2024 with no ES/ULA|
April 30, 2027 with ES/ULA
|Jun 30, 2021|
|March 31, 2022 (Limited Error Correction from Dec 1, 2020 through March 31, 2022)|
|Jul 31, 2022 with paid ES, ULA, or EBS waiver|
* One additional year (01-Aug-2021 through 31-July-2022) has been added to the 126.96.36.199 DB Extended Support time frame with the following exceptions: For Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms, the patching end date (Error Correction end date) is still July 31, 2021.
|188.8.131.52||Aug 31, 2016|
Terminal Release for 11.2
Oracle Database Release Roadmap
There are two types of Oracle Database releases: Long Term Release and Innovation Release.
- Long Term Release:
Oracle Database Long Term Releases are ideal for use cases that benefit from less frequent upgrades to newer releases. Long Term Releases offer the highest level of stability and the longest length of error correction support. These releases have 5 years of Premier Support followed by 3 years of Extended Support. When combined with Extended Support, customers typically have almost 4 years to upgrade from one Long Term Release to the next Long Term Release.
- Innovation Release:
In between Oracle Database Long Term Releases, Oracle delivers Oracle Database Innovation Releases that include many enhancements and new capabilities which will also be included in the next Long Term Release. Innovation Releases are designed to enable customers to continuously use leading-edge technologies to rapidly develop or deploy new applications or augment existing applications. Support for Innovation Releases includes 2 years of Premier Support, but there is no Extended Support. Production workloads can be deployed on Innovation Releases if upgrading within 2 years to a newer release is factored into the deployment plan.
To help you plan ahead, below is a visual roadmap that captures Oracle Database Releases from 11.2 onward, showing the lifetime support stages (Premier, Extended) and the Error Correction windows for each release. Note, not all releases are eligible for Extended Support (i.e. 184.108.40.206, 18c).
Oracle 20c release date
Firstly, Oracle has released 18c at the 2018, and released 19c at the 2019.
Now, Oracle will release 20c at the end of 2020 year for all platforms, now it is available on only Oracle Cloud.
Actually, I don’t like these so many versions but we will have to get used to this situation 😉
Well, What are the new features of Oracle 20c ?
- the non-CDB architecture will be desupported with Oracle 20c
- The usage of Multitenant architecture will be mandatory.
- A New JSON Datatype for SQL and PL/SQL in 20c
- Lots of machine learning algorithms
- Native Blockchain tables
Oracle 21c, 20c, 19c Life Time – Release and Support Timelines
As soon as Oracle released 21c, I will install it and write Oracle 21c Installation article.
Do you want to learn Oracle database 19c Installation, then read the following articles.
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