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What's New for Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service

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What’s New for Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service

Welcome to the new Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service! This service provides you a dedicated Oracle Pluggable Database (PDB) running Oracle Database 12c Release 2 Enterprise Edition (with options) on Oracle Exadata engineered systems in the Oracle Cloud.

Exadata Express is a fully managed service with options up to 4 OCPU and 1 TB of database storage. New cloud databases are provisioned for you within minutes. Exadata Express is ideal for production applications that consist of small to medium sized data as well as developers, testers, evaluators and other users who are looking for a full Oracle Database experience at an affordable entry-level price.

To learn about recent enhancements in Oracle Cloud, see What’s New in What’s New for Oracle Cloud.

October 2017

Feature Description
Hourly metered prices using Universal Credits now supported Exadata Express now can be consumed by the hour using Universal Credits. See About Universal Credits in Getting Started with Oracle Cloud to learn further details about Universal Credits and hourly metered pricing plans.
Free Credits now supported Exadata Express is now included in the Free Credits promotion for Oracle Cloud. Customers who sign up for this promotion are able to quickly try out one or more full-featured Exadata Express cloud databases, choosing any of the supported shapes. See here or Requesting and Managing Free Oracle Cloud Promotions in Getting Started with Oracle Cloud to learn further details about the Free Credits promotion and sign up today.
Larger database shapes now available New larger database shapes are available to Exadata Express customers who purchase using Free Credits or Universal Credits. These shapes provide up to 4 OCPU, 1 TB storage, and 40 GB RAM. See Resource Restrictions in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service for a list of available metered database shapes and their resources.
Integration with Oracle Developer Cloud Service

The "Invoke SQLcl" build step in Oracle Developer Cloud Service has been enhanced to accept client credentials for Exadata Express cloud databases. You can now define complex orchestrations that connect seamlessly to one or several cloud databases. See Oracle Developer Cloud Service and Invoke SQLcl from Oracle Developer Cloud Service in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service to get started. A bundled entitlement for Oracle Developer Cloud Service is included with the purchase of Exadata Express and in the Free Credits promotion.

Import schemas from Oracle Storage Cloud Service

Customers can now import schemas from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic containers and Database Schema Service to Exadata Express. See Importing Database Schemas from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic and Migrating Database Schema Service Schemas to Exadata Express in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service.

September 2017

Feature Description

Updated version of Oracle Application Express

All existing Exadata Express customers in North America data center (US2) and EMEA data center (EM2) have been upgraded to Oracle Application Express (APEX) version 5.1.2.

SQL*Loader direct path load support

The SQL*Loader direct path load method is now supported. See Using SQL *Loader Utility in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service.

DBMS_CRYPTO is enabled

Customers now can use the DBMS_CRYPTO PL/SQL package to non-transparently encrypt data stored in their Exadata Express cloud PDB. Execute privilege on DBMS_CRYPTO is granted to PDB_ADMIN by default and PDB_ADMIN can grant this privilege to other user schemas as needed.

To utilize this PL/SQL package in APEX applications, grant execute privilege on DBMS_CRYPTO to schemas associated with the APEX workspace.

Support of multiple APEX workspaces

Exadata Express Service Administrators can now create additional APEX workspaces. Access APEX Instance Administration from the Manage page of the Exadata Express service console.

Export schemas to Oracle Storage Cloud Service

Customers can now request export of schemas to be sent and delivered to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic containers from the Manage page of the Exadata Express service console. See Exporting Database Schemas to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service.

August 2017

Feature Description

New service console UI

Exadata Express has a brand new look for the service console. The landing page of the UI console now displays three categories: Welcome Tour, Develop, and Manage. The console also displays the current database, APEX version, and storage usage. There are step-by-step product videos for new users and a YouTube video playlist option under the Welcome Tour page. You will also notice easy navigation tabs on the left to jump to Home, Develop, and Manage. Contextual links for easy access to the online documentation are available and other miscellaneous usability enhancements are available in the new console UI.

Updated version of Oracle Database

All existing Exadata Express customers in North America data center (US2) have been upgraded to Oracle Database version 12.2.0.1. All new customers will be provisioned on Oracle Database version 12.2.0.1.

April 2017

Feature Description

Updated version of Oracle Database

Newly provisioned Exadata Express service instances in EMEA data center (EM2) now include Oracle Database version 12.2.0.1.

Note: As of now, this item does not apply to Exadata Express service instances created in North America data center (US2).

Updated version of Oracle Application Express

Newly provisioned Exadata Express service instances in EMEA data center (EM2) now include Oracle Application Express (APEX) version 5.1.1.

Note: As of now, this item does not apply to Exadata Express service instances created in North America data center (US2).

Multiple cloud databases in the same Identity Domain

It is now possible to purchase multiple cloud databases in the same Identity Domain. The flow for creating a service instance has been modified. See Creating a Service Instance in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service

March 2017

Feature Description
Integration with Oracle Developer Cloud Service A bundled entitlement for Oracle Developer Cloud Service is included with the purchase of Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service. See Oracle Developer Cloud Service to get started.

January 2017

Feature Description
Service Console now supports translation into different languages. Service Console can be translated into ten different languages by selecting the desired language at the bottom of Service Console. The following languages are now supported: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

September 2016

The initial release of Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service was available on the Oracle Public Cloud this month.

For a list of important Exadata Express features, see Key Features of Exadata Express in Using Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service.


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