The Oracle Database is the #1 database among SAP customers around the globe, with a large customer base that gains long-term cost benefits from the two companies’ integrated technologies. Organizations can run SAP applications with Oracle databases on the same code base on Unix, Linux, and Windows operating systems.
Oracle Database 12c (including Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c and Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c) is certified for NetWeaver-based SAP products.
To ensure sufficient overlap with Oracle Database 11g, SAP has certified Oracle Database 18.104.22.168, thereby breaking the "terminal release" custom (certification of Oracle Database release x.2, no certification of release x.1) valid for previous releases. This initial certification (base certification) did not include major new options.
For implementation details see the white paper Using SAP NetWeaver with Oracle Database In-Memory (PDF)
For implementation details see the white paper Using SAP NetWeaver with Oracle Database 12c Automatic Data Optimization and Information Lifecycle Management (PDF)
For more information: Oracle Database 12c for SAP: Latest Database Technology and Support for Application Optimizations (PDF) (extract from Oracle for SAP Technology Update 2016).
With the most recent SAP NetWeaver version released in September 2014 and in accordance with SAP's "commitment to openness and innovation," SAP has begun to provide an Oracle-specific implementation of SAP's Core Data Services (CDS). This will allow SAP applications and application developers to push application functionality down to the database, i.e. to call procedures stored in the Oracle Database.
With Oracle Database 11g Release 2, SAP customers benefit from innovative features such as self-tuning database components, sophisticated partitioning schemes, and data compression that enables high performance, greater scalability, and optimal hardware resource allocation for enterprise applications. Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition comes with a wide range of options to extend the world’s #1 database to help fuel business growth and meet your users' performance, security, and availability service-level expectations. By deploying Oracle Database 11g Release 2 within their IT architecture, SAP customers can reduce server and storage costs, eliminate idle redundancy, and improve quality of service.
The Extended Support fee for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (22.214.171.124) will be waived for the period of February 2015–May 2017. During this period, customers will receive Extended Support as described in the Oracle Software Technical Support Policies. See also SAP Note 2098258.