Oracle Database Standard Edition 19c – New upcoming changes

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Oracle released its Oracle Database Standard Edition version 19c in February 2019. While in its whitepaper Oracle mentions innovations of previous releases and new functionalities added, Oracle Database Standard Edition 19c also loses an important feature: Real Application Clusters.

This is an important change if you previously chose the “cheaper” Oracle Database Standard Edition instead of the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and decided that you only need to make use of Real Application Clusters as an option. Upgrading Oracle Database Standard Edition databases that use Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) functionality from earlier releases to Oracle Database 19c is not possible.

Oracle Database Standard Edition – What changed from 18c to 19c?

Oracle Database 19c was built on the 18c version with a focus on stability and fixing existing issues, while new features were added and others were removed. A complete list of all the changes can be found here.

Some of the most important new features in version 19c are the Root Scripts Automation Support for Oracle Database Installation and the Optional Install for the Grid Infrastructure Management Repository, while the de-supported features include de-support of Direct File Placement for Oracle Cluster Registry and Voting Disks, de-support of Leaf Nodes in Flex Cluster Architecture and of Oracle Real Application Clusters for Standard Edition 2 (SE2) Database Edition.

We detailed these, as well as the financial implications of the new changes in Oracle Database Standard Edition 19c in our recent whitepaper “Oracle Database Standard Edition 19c – New upcoming changes”. You’ll also find there an overview of the licensing rules, deployment restrictions and technical support end dates of Oracle’s Database Standard Edition programs.

This article was published on 13-06-2019