What’s New in Oracle Exadata Database Service on Dedicated Infrastructure

Oracle is constantly adding new capabilities to Exadata Cloud Infrastructure.

Exadata Database on Dedicated Infrastructure: Key Management Service for Cross Region Data Guard

Service: Database

Release date: Aug 8, 2022

You can now have the encryption keys used for the primary and standby databases to be available in the primary and standby regions respectively so that it provides protection against a single point of failure for the OCI Vault key. This is possible if the keys are in OCI Virtual Private Vault. So, cross-region Data Guard can be set up between two databases if their keys are residing in a virtual private vault (VPV) and are managed by the OCI Vault service.

Concurrently Create or Terminate Oracle Databases in a VM Cluster

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: July 27, 2022
With this enhancement, you can now concurrently create or terminate Oracle databases even if the VM cluster is in the Updating state.
  • The number of databases that can be created on a cluster depends on the available memory on the VMs. For each database, by default, 12.6 GB (7.6 GB for SGA and 5 GB for PGA) is allocated if the VM has greater than 60 GB of memory. If the VM has less than or equal to 60 GB, then 6.3 GB (3.8 GB for SGA and 2.5 GB for PGA) is allocated. Also, Grid Infrastructure and ASM consume some memory, approximately 2 to 4 GB.
  • A database that is being created cannot be terminated. You can, however, terminate other databases in the VM Cluster.

VM Guest Exadata OS Image Major Version Update

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: July 11, 2022

In addition to performing minor version updates to the Exadata VM Cluster images, you can update to a new major version if the currently installed version is 19.2 or higher. For example, if the VM cluster is on version 20, then you can update it to version 21.

Database Service Events capability for Exadata Database

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: July 8, 2022

This feature allows customers to use OCI Console or API/CLI/SDK/Terraform to receive event notifications about health issues with your Oracle Databases or other components on the Guest VM.

Customers currently have basic lifecycle management events like backup begin, backup end, patching begin, etc. We are extending that capability to include a comprehensive set of Database Service events to help customers troubleshoot issues.

Database Service Events monitor guest VM operations and conditions and generate diagnostic notifications for customers by leveraging the existing OCI Events service and Notification mechanisms in their tenancy. Customers can then create topics and subscribe to these topics through email, functions, streams, etc. For more information about using the Events Notification Service, see Notifications Overview

Key Customer Benefits

  • Ability to receive notifications for Guest VM operations via an opt-in mechanism.
  • Allows customers to proactively address issues before they may become serious.

OCI Console Experience

Customers can navigate to the VM Cluster details page from the OCI console menu by selecting Oracle Database → Exadata at Oracle Cloud → a specific VM Cluster to enable Diagnostics Notification for a VM Cluster.

Exadata Database on Dedicated Infrastructure: 'Create database from backup' now available for databases using customer-managed encryption.

Service: Database

Release date: June 29, 2022

Oracle Exadata Database Service on Dedicated Infrastructure (ExaDB-D): Now allows you to create a database from backup, when the backup is of the database using customer-managed encryption. This is in addition to the existing ability to create a database from backup, when the backup is of the database using oracle-managed encryption

Support for DB Home Minor Version Selection (N-3)

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: May 23, 2022

Provision a DB Home using a major version and RU version of your choice.

While provisioning, if you opt to use Oracle Provided Database Software Images as the image type, then you can use the Display all available versions switch to choose from all available PSUs and RUs. The most recent release for each major version is indicated with a latest label.

For the Oracle Database major version releases available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, images are provided for the current version plus the three most recent older versions (N through N - 3). For example, if an instance is using Oracle Database 19c, and the latest version of 19c offered is 19.8.0.0.0, images available for provisioning are for versions 19.8.0.0.0, 19.7.0.0, 19.6.0.0 and 19.5.0.0.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Operations Insights Support for Oracle Cloud Databases

Operations Insights now allows you to use the Capacity Planning and SQL Warehouse functionality to gain insight into Oracle Databases deployed in Oracle Cloud (Bare Metal, Virtual Machine VM, and Exadata Cloud Infrastructure).

Specify the Same SID for Primary and Standby Databases in Data Guard Association

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: March 14, 2022

The same SID prefix used for the primary database can now also be used for the standby database when creating a Data Guard Association.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: Pluggable database lifecycle support

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Jan. 12, 2022

You can now create and manage pluggable databases (PDBs) in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure using the OCI console and APIs. See Create and Manage Exadata Pluggable Databases for details.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: Set DB_UNIQUE_NAME and Oracle SID prefix during database creation

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: January 12, 2022

You can now specify the DB_UNIQUE_NAME value and the Oracle SID prefix when creating a new Oracle Database in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure. You can also set these values when creating a standby database in an Oracle Data Guard association. See the following topics for instructions:

To create a database in an existing Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instance

Using the Console to Enable Data Guard on an Exadata Cloud Infrastructure System

Elastic Expansion

Services: Database

Release Date: December 23, 2021

With elastic provisioning and expansion, you can dynamically increase your CPU and storage capacity to meet your growing workload requirements.

Expand the infrastructure capacity on-demand by scaling up the infrastructure with additional database or storage servers without being constrained by the standard supported shapes. You can allocate CPU and storage capacity available on X8M and X9M servers up to the system limits when you provision new VM Clusters on the infrastructure, or to already deployed VM Clusters without disrupting the current running workloads.

For more information, see:

  • -- To scale CPU cores in an Exadata Cloud Infrastructure cloud VM cluster or DB system
  • -- To add compute and storage resources to a flexible cloud Exadata infrastructure resource
  • -- Using the API to Manage Exadata Cloud Infrastructure Instance
  • cloud-exadata-infrastructures
  • Storage Expansion Event Types
  • -- CPU Expansion Event Types (TBD)

Oracle Database: Encryption key options updated for bare metal, virtual machine, and Exadata Cloud Infrastructure databases

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Nov. 17, 2021

When provisioning a new Oracle Database or a new virtual machine or bare metal DB system, the TDE wallet password parameter is now optional, and it is not used if you configure an Exadata Cloud Infrastructure database to use customer-managed keys with the OCI Vault service. For more information on creating Oracle Databases and virtual machine DB systems, see the following topics in the documentation:

For information on using the Vault service to store and manage encryption keys and other secrets used by OCI resources, see the Vault service documentation.

Performance Hub Exadata Tab

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Nov. 16, 2021

The Exadata tab provides a unified view of Oracle Exadata hard disk and flash performance statistics with deep insight into the health and performance of all components such as the Oracle databases, Oracle Exadata storage cells, and Automatic Storage Management (ASM). It is available for Exadata Cloud deployments.and external databases that use Exadata infrastructure. For more information, see Using Performance Hub to Analyze Database Performance.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: custom SCAN listener port for VM cluster

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Nov. 3, 2021

You can now specify a custom SCAN listener port for your Exadata cloud VM cluster. See SCAN Listener Port Setting for more information.

Performance Hub & metrics available for databases running in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure, bare metal DB systems, and virtual machine DB systems

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Sept. 9, 2021

You can now use the Performance Hub tool and view metrics on cloud databases that run on the following systems: Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instances, bare metal DB systems, and virtual machines DB systems. This feature provides additional monitoring and management functions to these databases. For more information, see Analyzing Exadata Cloud Service Database Performance and Analyzing Virtual Machine / Bare Metal Database Performance .

Maintenance advisory contacts for Exadata infrastructure

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: July 28, 2021

You can choose to specify up to 10 valid email addresses to which Oracle sends maintenance notifications when updates are made to an Exadata infrastructure. The email addresses you specify are used only for service-related operational issues. See Oracle-Managed Infrastructure Maintenance Updates for more information.

Data Guard protection mode enhancement for Exadata, Bare Metal, and Virtual Machine Database Cloud services

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: July 21, 2021

You can now specify the Data Guard protection mode for Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instances and bare metal and virtual machine DB systems. See the following topics for more information:

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: Non-rolling infrastructure patching option now available

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: May 26, 2021

You can now configure Exadata infrastructure patching to take place in a non-rolling fashion across the database nodes. This option allows you to reduce the total time your system is undergoing quarterly maintenance, but does involve system downtime. See Oracle-Managed Infrastructure Maintenance Updates for more information.

Customer-managed encryption keys available with Oracle Data Guard-enabled databases in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: April 16, 2021

Customer-managed keys for Exadata Cloud Infrastructure is an encryption key management service that enables you to encrypt your data using encryption keys that you control. You can use customer-managed keys on databases you provision in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure that are enabled with Oracle Data Guard.

ExaDB-D OS/DomU Patching Project

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Feb. 5, 2021

DomU OS Patching is a feature which enables ExaDB-D customers to upgrade the Exadata OS image on their domU nodes in an automated manner from their OCI console and APIs. The following information explains about a recent change in the feature that could not be added to the docs in time for release, but will be added soon.

Rollback required if the patch fails.

On multi-node systems, if one of the nodes fails the patch, you must roll back all nodes to get them all on the same version. Then run precheck, fix any problems, and run the patch again.

Example: If you run precheck on Monday and all nodes pass, but do not apply the patch until Wednesday, it is possible that one or more of the nodes may fail the patch because of changes on the nodes or a maintenance conflict.

To prevent this from happening, Oracle recommends that you run precheck right before applying the patch.

For more information, see Updating an Exadata Cloud Service VM Cluster Operating System.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Vault service integration with Exadata Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Vault service integration with Exadata Cloud Infrastructure enables database encryption with customer-managed keys. For more information, see Customer-Managed Keys in Exadata Cloud Service.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: Oracle Database 19c upgrade feature available

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Dec. 3, 2020
  • API Versions Affected: 20160918

You can now upgrade Exadata Cloud Infrastructure databases to Oracle Database version 19c using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console or API. For information and instructions, see Upgrading Exadata Databases.

Create custom database software images for Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instances

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Nov. 10, 2020

You can now create custom Oracle Database software images to use for provisioning Database Homes and and patching databases in Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instances. For more information, see Oracle Database Software Images.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: grid infrastructure upgrade for cloud VM clusters

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Oct. 15, 2020

You can now upgrade the grid infrastructure (GI) of an Exadata Cloud Infrastructure VM cluster using the Console. For more information, see Upgrading Exadata Grid Infrastructure.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: the flexible X8M shape now available

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Oct. 15, 2020

You can now provision an Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instance using the flexible X8M shape. This shape allows you to expand your system after provisioning, as your databases grow and you need more storage servers, compute servers, or both. For more information, see Overview of X8M Scalable Exadata Infrastructure.

Exadata Cloud Infrastructure: use an existing Database Home when setting up a Data Guard standby database

  • Services: Database
  • Release Date: Oct. 15, 2020

You can now choose to use an existing Database Home when setting up a Data Guard standby database in your Exadata Cloud Infrastructure instance. See Using Oracle Data Guard with Exadata Cloud Service Instances for information on setting up Data Guard for your Exadata databases.