Oracle Announces General Availability of the HeatWave GenAI Platform

Oracle is introducing HeatWave GenAI, offering in-database large language models (LLMs), an automated in-database vector store, scale-out vector processing, and the ability to have contextual conversations in natural language informed by unstructured content.

According to Oracle, these new capabilities enable customers to bring the power of generative AI to their enterprise data—without requiring AI expertise or having to move data to a separate vector database.

HeatWave GenAI is available immediately in all Oracle Cloud regions, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Dedicated Region, and across clouds at no extra cost to HeatWave customers.

With HeatWave GenAI, developers can create a vector store for enterprise unstructured content with a single SQL command, using built-in embedding models.

Users can perform natural language searches in a single step using either in-database or external LLMs. Data doesn’t leave the database and, due to HeatWave’s extreme scale and performance, there is no need to provision GPUs. As a result, developers can reduce application complexity, increase performance, improve data security, and lower costs, according to the company.

“HeatWave’s stunning pace of innovation continues with the addition of HeatWave GenAI to existing built-in HeatWave capabilities: HeatWave Lakehouse, HeatWave Autopilot, HeatWave AutoML, and HeatWave MySQL,” said Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, Oracle. “Today’s integrated and automated AI enhancements allow developers to build rich generative AI applications faster, without requiring AI expertise or moving data. Users now have an intuitive way to interact with their enterprise data and rapidly get the accurate answers they need for their businesses.”

New automated and built-in generative AI features include:

  • In-database LLMs simplify the development of generative AI applications at a lower cost.
  • Automated In-database Vector Store enables customers to use generative AI with their business documents without moving data to a separate vector database and without AI expertise.
  • Scale-out vector processing delivers very fast semantic search results without any loss of accuracy.
  • HeatWave Chat is a Visual Code plug-in for MySQL Shell which provides a graphical interface for HeatWave GenAI and enables developers to ask questions in natural language or SQL.

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