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Oracle announces Exalytics BI, big data systems | TechTarget

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle introduced two new appliances Sunday, one an in-memory server for business intelligence and the other 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 dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) 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 through a built-in Ethernet connection.

Oracle also 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, business analytics is “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, chief technology officer of The Pythian Group Inc., said Exalytics is an appliance preinstalled 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 you might expect.

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

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