How to step up performance with Oracle in-memory database options

Last updated:March 2014

Editor's note

With its in-memory database add-on to Oracle Database, Oracle projects querying speed increases of more than 1,000%. Users can implement the add-on with their existing Oracle database, avoiding a large data migration or full replacement of the database infrastructure. Oracle continues to offer the Oracle TimesTen in-memory database as well, which has gained popularity in vertical industries such as telecommunications and financial services. Both tools facilitate business analytics and business intelligence reporting by enabling increased flexibility and response times. An added business benefit of in-memory analytics is the reduced reliance on IT staff.

However, businesses must examine the actual benefits of in-memory analytics tools for their particular database architecture, weighing the advantages with the potential costs and specific business objectives. The performance boost may not be as dramatic as expected in some situations.

The articles in this guide offer a close examination of the potential benefits of the Oracle in-memory database options, as well as expert insights into practical uses and possible drawbacks.

1Speed promised by in-memory technology

Perhaps the most touted benefit of in-memory analytics is the great potential for increased processing speeds for business intelligence operations. In the articles in this section, learn more about the reality of these expedited processing times, as well as related considerations such as cost, business goals and varying architectures.

2Uses for in-memory technologies

In-memory processing can enhance performance in more ways than one. Organizations confronting large data sets -- big data -- and data-intensive projects have been using in-memory applications and data grids to perform analytics tasks. The articles in this section offer user experiences and advice.

3Definitions of in-memory database terms

Check out these terms to enhance your understanding of in-memory technologies.