Get started with Oracle Application Continuity


Oracle Application Continuity is the high availability feature for your application. Database planned maintenance and outage events no longer impact applications availability.

Do you want to learn how, try it, and implement it in production? But where to start from documentation, white papers, blog posts, videos, demos, and hands-on labs? This blog post gives an overview of available resources and an example learning path, starting with the simplest test, going into technical details, and progressing to production.

See it in Action

If you are completely new to Application Continuity and never have seen it in action, watch these two very short demos to have an idea of why you should learn and use it:

Implicitly, now you already know that Application Continuity works with Oracle RAC and Active Data Guard.

Autonomous is Simple

If you have never tried Application Continuity yourself before, I highly encourage you to do so.

How do you try it without learning more about it first? The answer is simple: Autonomous. All you need is SQL*Plus and an Autonomous Database that can also be an Always Free resource. Follow this blog post, and you will be done in less than 5 minutes:

After that, you can say, “I used it myself, and it works”.

Do it! Yourself!

Do it yourself again. This time the “classical” way using Oracle RAC on VM DB System, where you can cover more scenarios like stopping and relocating a service or causing a database instance or node to crash. Follow these free workshops on Oracle LiveLabs:

You don’t even need your own tenancy. Click “Start”, then “Run on LiveLabs Sandbox”, and Oracle provides you access to a preconfigured Oracle Cloud environment for free:

Time to Read

Now it’s time to go into more detail and understand the Application Continuity features and related technologies. The following blog posts provide technical insights:

Lean Back! Stay Focused!

In the world of TikTok and YouTube Shorts, it’s becoming harder for many to continue focusing while watching videos longer than a minute. So, this is a good exercise 😉 And it will pay off!

Don’t play the video on one screen while you answer your emails on another. I do so sometimes. But it really doesn’t make any sense. If you don’t have the time, pause, and get back later.

Single Source of Truth

Whenever it comes to production, and actually, development and test environments as well, as you want to have the same setting across all stages, read the documentation as a single source of truth.

Blog posts are a good starting point to give you an idea and get you started. But for production work, always go to the official Oracle documentation:

For JDBCS driver and Universal Connection Pool (UCP):

Check the Checklist

Ok, there is another “Single” source of truth: White Papers, or, now called Technical Briefs, officially released by Oracle. They provide recommendations, best practices, and checklists to follow to ensure the best configuration for the best high availability:

Always Remember

The product page for Application Continuity, which you can notice very easily:

Here you find more demos, videos, technical articles for current and older releases, Oracle Open World presentations, and more.


Learn about Oracle Application Continuity and achieve higher availability for your application. Start small and get an idea about the feature and its benefits, do it yourself following hands-on labs, take the next step into the technical details, and always refer to the official documentation and technical briefs for production deployments. FOLLOW BEST PRACTICES and SUCCEED!

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