As Oracle is moving to an annual release schedule, most of the industry will be migrating to Oracle 18c and 19c. The differences between the two releases are minimal. Likewise, as the new Major release of Db2 is likely coming, upgrades to Db2 are likely as well. By back porting wrapper support for Oracle 19c to both 11.1.4 as well as 11.5.1, this will facilitate the opportunity to upgrade once and support the latest Oracle releases (include Oracle 19c that was just released). This will help IBM maintain maximum compatibility during this difficult shift from Oracle 11g and 12c that are going EOL 2H of 2020 and 1H of 2021.
Why is it useful?
|Who would benefit from this IDEA?||Data Scientists, Data Engineers|
How should it work?
The differences in a wrapper that supports Oracle 18c and 19c should be minimal. Likewise both versions of Oracle are available so backporting both for 11.1.4 and 11.5.1 will maximize IBM customer upgrade benefits.
|Priority Justification||See above. But by maximizing the flexibiltiy of Db2 Oracel support you also maximize the benefit of Db2 Federation Server and Fluid Query capabilities, especially now as the entire industry evaluates thier upgrade path.|
|Customer Name||Nicolas Robins|