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Oracle is trying to persuade users of JSON document-based databases to migrate to its own cloud-based Autonomous Database service. For this purpose, the cloud and data giant introduces the Oracle Autonomous JSON Database service.

With the introduction of Oracle Autonomous JSON Database, users of JSON document-based databases will receive a document-based version of the cloud-based Oracle Autonomous Database via the Oracle Cloud. This service stores data native as JSON documents and collections. These documents can be consulted with SQL, without any knowledge of SQL being required. All basic functionality as a create-read-update-delete can be executed with programming languages such as JavaScript, Node.js, Python, C or via REST API.

Access to the files is obtained via Oracle’s own target-specific API, Simple Oracle Document Access (SODA API). According to Oracle, this is equivalent to MongoDB. Users can access the files using the programming languages described above.


The newly released Oracle Autonomous JSON Database is based on the existing Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing Database. It is a serverless platform based on large business SLAs and an extremely high availability of 99.995 percent.

After a simple login page, developers can set up the required computing power in OCPUs, the total number of storage in TBs and an access password. Then, like most DBaaS solutions, the Oracle JSON Database automatically sets up and rolls out. As a result, no database administrator is required to use or manage the database. Because of automation, the Oracle JSON Database takes care of these tasks itself through self-healing, software patching, automatic updates in combination with machine learning.


Oracle Autonomous Database gives users several advantages. For example, they not only benefit from database automation functionality such as resource and memory management, but also from intelligent functionality such as machine learning. The latter functionality mainly helps users to relieve them of the operational side of using the database service. This allows them to focus on more strategic aspects such as modelling the data and designing the right application, according to Oracle.

The Autonomous Database also enables users to automatically scale up and down in computing power and storage. This is based, among other things, on the capacity required by the various workloads.

The Oracle Autonomous JSON Database is offered at a lower price than the full version of Oracle Autonomous Database. Eight OCPUs of computing power and 1 TB of storage will set the users back 2.74 dollars per hour.

Automatic functionality is most distinguishing

The introduction of a cloud-based JSON-based database is not a new development. Companies such as IBM and SAP also offer this type of service. However, Oracle wants its service to respond strongly to the automatic functionality that the cloud and data specialist can provide for cloud-based databases.

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