OpenWorld 2012: What’s in store

Database 12c: Despite its forays into business applications and hardware, Oracle remains a database company at its core, and it will announce version 12c, with the c standing for “cloud,” during OpenWorld.

CEO Larry Ellison already publicly revealed this fact recently and also described some of the release’s new features, which include support for multitenancy and “pluggable” databases.

But the deep-dive into 12c probably won’t come until Monday, when co-president Mark Hurd and database chief Andy Mendelsohn deliver a joint keynote.

While Oracle will no doubt make sure 12c’s debut is nice and splashy, as with past versions most customers probably won’t upgrade until 12c release 2, preferring to feel comfortable that the bugs have been worked out.