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Oracle announces Exalytics BI, big data systems

Oracle launched two new systems on Sunday, one called Oracle Exalytics with in-memory technology and another, the Oracle Big Data Appliance for Hadoop and NoSQL.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle introduced two new appliances on Sunday, one an in-memory server for business intelligence and another a big data appliance for Hadoop and NoSQL.

The Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine is a server that runs the company’s own TimesTen in-memory technology and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite. It includes 1 TB of DRAM memory and 40 Intel Xeon processor cores. The company said it ties into Oracle Exadata or Exalogic using InfiniBand technology it also allows organizations to connect to existing data center hardware via a built-in Ethernet connection. Secondly, Oracle announced its Big Data Appliance meant to run Hadoop and Oracle’s new NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition. It is a full rack and has 216 processor cores, 864 GB of memory and 432 TB of storage.

CEO Larry Ellison said that with the TimesTen in-memory technology, the business analytics are “instantaneous.”

“This is hardware and software engineered together to deliver data analytics at the speed of thought,” Ellison said. “Instantaneous results, faster than you can type.”

Alex Gorbachev, CTO of Pythian, said Exalytics is an appliance pre-installed with Oracle BI and Essbase stacks.

“Connect it to Exadata and it provides users with a user interface to do analytics,” he said. “Oracle BI interfaces to databases like Exadata and Essbase can load some data into the Essbase server – that’s as much in-memory analytics as you get from it.”

Regarding big data, analyst Curt Monash from Monash Research recently commented that a Hadoop big data appliance doesn’t make much sense because it doesn’t provide the elasticity that you might expect.

“I don't see appliances as offering attractive TCO for Hadoop,” he added Sunday. “Hadoop is optimized for hardware much cheaper than appliances commonly feature. That's the big reason.”

Ellison said that with its server hardware announcements over the last two years – Exadata, Exalogic, Oracle Database Appliance, Sparc SuperCluster and now Exalytics and Big Data Appliance – Oracle has shown that it is committed to being a player in the server hardware market.

“I remember when we first bought Sun, a lot of people said we were going to get out of the hardware business,” Ellison said. “I guess we didn’t get the memo.”

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