As of today 20th October, Oracle has finally released Oracle 18c XE aka Express Edition
A very important word associated with Oracle 18c XE is the word ‘FREE’
Yes it is FREE
This FREE product is backed full of features. Think of all the features that come with the Enterprise Edition of the Database. It comes with most of those features, including some of the extra add on features.
I said it comes with most features. There are a few features that don’t come with XE, so go check out the full list here.
There are a few restrictions:
- Up to 12 GB of user data
- Up to 2 GB of database RAM
- Up to 2 CPU threads
- Up to 3 Pluggable Databases
I know of so many companies and applications that easily meet the above restrictions.
For the Data Scientists and Machine Learning people, the Advanced Analytics option is now available with Oracle 18c XE. That means you can use the in-memory features for super fast analytics, use the in-database machine learning algorithms, and also use the embedded R feature called Oracle R Enterprise.
Yes you are limited to 12G of user data. That might be OK for most people but for those whose data is BIG then this isn’t an option for you.
There is a phrase, “Your data isn’t as big as you think”, so maybe your data might fit within the 12G.
Either way this can be a great tool to allow you to try out machine learning for Free in a test lab environment.