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Amazon Relational Database Service
User Guide (API Version 2014-10-31)

Oracle Multimedia

Amazon RDS supports Oracle Multimedia through the use of the MULTIMEDIA option. You can use Oracle Multimedia to store, manage, and retrieve images, audio, video, and other heterogeneous media data. For more information, see Oracle Multimedia in the Oracle documentation.

Important

If you use Oracle Multimedia, Amazon RDS automatically updates your DB instance to the latest Oracle PSU if there are security vulnerabilities with a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 9+ or other announced security vulnerabilities.

Amazon RDS supports Oracle Multimedia for the following editions and versions of Oracle:

  • Oracle Enterprise Edition, version 12.1.0.2.v6 or later

  • Oracle Enterprise Edition, version 11.2.0.4.v10 or later

Prerequisites for Oracle Multimedia

The following are prerequisites for using Oracle Multimedia:

  • An Amazon RDS DB instance that's running Oracle Enterprise Edition version 12.1.0.2.v6 or later, or 11.2.0.4.v10 or later.

  • Your DB instance must be inside a virtual private cloud (VPC). For more information, see Determining Whether You Are Using the EC2-VPC or EC2-Classic Platform.

  • Your DB instance must be of sufficient class. Oracle Multimedia is not supported for the db.m1.small, db.t1.micro, db.t2.micro, or db.t2.small DB instance classes. For more information, see DB Instance Class Support for Oracle.

  • Your DB instance must have Auto Minor Version Upgrade enabled. Amazon RDS updates your DB instance to the latest Oracle PSU if there are security vulnerabilities with a CVSS score of 9+ or other announced security vulnerabilities. For more information, see Settings for Oracle DB Instances.

  • If your DB instance is version 11.2.0.4.v10 or later, you must install the XMLDB option. For more information, see Oracle XML DB.

Best Practices for Oracle Multimedia

The following are best practices for using Oracle Multimedia:

Adding the Oracle Multimedia Option

The following is the general process for adding the MULTIMEDIA option to a DB instance:

  1. Create a new option group, or copy or modify an existing option group.

  2. Add the option to the option group.

  3. Associate the option group with the DB instance.

There is a brief outage while the MULTIMEDIA option is added. After you add the option, you don't need to restart your DB instance. As soon as the option group is active, Oracle Multimedia is available.

To add the MULTIMEDIA option to a DB instance

  1. Determine the option group that you want to use. You can create a new option group or use an existing option group. If you want to use an existing option group, skip to the next step. Otherwise, create a custom DB option group with the following settings:

    1. For Engine, choose oracle-ee.

    2. For Major Engine Version, choose 11.2 or 12.1 for your DB instance.

    For more information, see Creating an Option Group.

  2. Add the MULTIMEDIA option to the option group. For more information about adding options, see Adding an Option to an Option Group.

  3. Apply the option group to a new or existing DB instance:

Removing the Oracle Multimedia Option

You can remove the MULTIMEDIA option from a DB instance. There is a brief outage while the option is removed. After you remove the MULTIMEDIA option, you don't need to restart your DB instance.

To remove the MULTIMEDIA option from a DB instance, do one of the following:

  • Remove the MULTIMEDIA option from the option group it belongs to. This change affects all DB instances that use the option group. For more information, see Removing an Option from an Option Group.

  • Modify the DB instance and specify a different option group that doesn't include the MULTIMEDIA option. This change affects a single DB instance. You can specify the default (empty) option group or a different custom option group. For more information, see Modifying a DB Instance Running the Oracle Database Engine.

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