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Oracle releases Solaris 11.2, Database 12c R

In a round-up of recent Oracle news events, Oracle released Oracle Database 12c Release, along with Oracle Solaris 11.2 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2. Oracle also acquired TAO Technologies.

Oracle has been busy over the past week, with three general releases within a day of each other and a new acquisition. On July 30, Oracle released the latest iteration of its flagship database, Oracle Database 12c Release One day later, Oracle released the next version of Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris 11.2, and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2. On July 31, Oracle also signed an agreement to acquire cloud-based Software as a Service company TOA Technologies.

Oracle released Oracle Database 12c Release

The new release of Oracle Database 12c includes Oracle Database In-Memory and the just-released Oracle Big Data SQL. Other features include Oracle JSON document store, which allows Oracle Database customers to store JSON document data in the Oracle Database and query it using SQL or REST as an interface.

The addition of Attribute Clustering ensures that related columns in a database are stored close together for quick access. A new feature for Rapid Home Provisioning simplifies the maintenance, upgrading and provisioning of a multitenant database cloud environment.  Oracle Database also includes improvements to Oracle Multitenant for simplifying data consolidation in the cloud. Other features include Oracle REST Data Services, Advanced index Compression, Zone Maps, Approximate Count Distinct and Full Database Caching.

Release is a full issue and does not require Oracle Database It will be available for download via OTN and eDelivery. Currently, Release is for enterprise editions only.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 released

Oracle Solaris 11.2 uses OpenStack's open source software, which is designed for building scalable cloud operating systems. It also uses clustering, application-driven SDN and virtualization. Oracle Solaris 11.2 has virtualization with support for Solaris Zones at different levels in the kernel patch, as well as built-in compliance reporting. Oracle boasts the ability to get a cloud running in as little as 10 minutes using OpenStack's distribution.

A new feature of Oracle Solaris 11.2 is the Unified Archive template, which is a new native archive file type. Archives are created from a deployed server instance. Unified Archives allow the user to decide what zones in the server instance, if they are installed, are included or excluded.

Oracle released Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2

On July 31, Oracle released Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2, to be paired with Oracle Solaris 11.2. Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 is high-availability software. It comes with new features, including disaster recovery orchestration, which allows the user to manage more than one Geographic Edition protection group at a time.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 also features a new graphic user interface, the Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager Graphical User Interface, secure automated installation and support for the Unified Archives and Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones. Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 uses enhanced Oracle Solaris Cluster APIs to provide better support for the high availability data services for live migration.

Oracle acquires TOA Technologies

On July 31, Oracle signed an agreement to acquire TOA Technology, which provides cloud-based SaaS targeted to field services. TOA's Field Service SaaS monitors field service requests in real-time as they come in from contact centers. Then, it dispatches the appropriate field service representative. The Field Service SaaS uses business analytics to predict service windows, monitor inventory and improve the efficiency of field operations.

Oracle intends to pair TOA's technology with the Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Relationship Management (ERP) Cloud. Oracle hopes that the addition of TOA will improve the Oracle Cloud's effectiveness for customer service organizations.

This is Oracle's second acquisition of a cloud-based company since the 2014 Q4 report on June 19. The first was LiveLOOK, one day after the Q4 report on June 20.

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