Architecture Overview

Oracle Database 12c is the next generation self-managing database that helps businesses lower their IT operational costs while providing maximum performance and availability. This self-managing database automatically monitors, diagnoses and tunes itself. The Oracle Database 12c manageability features allow DBAs to become more productive, and helps their organizations reduce management costs and scale to manage the Enterprise Computing Grid.

Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c is faster and easier than ever before. The database upgrade process has been streamlined over the past several releases and the development effort required to upgrade, test, and verify an application has been greatly reduced. For more information on the right planning, preparation, and upgrade steps, please go to the Oracle Database Upgrade page on OTN.

Some of the features referenced below are part of separately licensed Diagnostic Pack, Tuning Pack and Real Application Testing Option. Please refer to the Oracle Database Licensing Documentation for more details.


Oracle has a very active research organization (Oracle Labs) that is charged to 'Identify, explore, and transfer new technologies that have the potential to substantially improve Oracle's business'. One part of the organization is the External Research Office (ERO). The ERO is charged to ' ... invest in research collaborations that fit Oracle's long-term strategic goals. These collaborations are between university researchers and engineers/researchers throughout Oracle's various organizations'. The ERO webpage lists numerous current and past collaborations. Oracle provides funds and direct interactions with highly experienced developers.

If you are interested in the ERO program please contact Steve Jeffreys at

If you would like to explore opportunities for a research collaboration with the database team please contact Dieter Gawlick at

or Garret Swart at
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