Oracle is moving fast after its Oracle Open World announcement, releasing its NoSQL Database software and promising the Big Data Appliance in early 2012.
Oracle released its own
NoSQL database and said the planned Big Data Appliance was poised to launch in
the first quarter of 2012.
The Oracle NoSQL database is
available for download on the Oracle Technology Network, Oracle said Oct. 24.
The new database software will also be a key component of the Oracle Big Data
Appliance, which will be shipped in the first three months of 2012, Oracle
The Oracle NoSQL Database is
based in part on the open-source BerkeleyDB database, which Oracle gained
through its Sleepycat Software acquisition in 2006. Oracle NoSQL includes a new
programming interface and support for partitioning for highly distributed
processing. Oracle said its new NoSQL database will be easier to install,
configure and manage than competitive offerings.
"As customers look to
manage the huge explosion in data from new and evolving sources, such as the Web,
sensors, social networks and mobile applications, Oracle is helping them unlock
the value of this data by providing a highly available, reliable and scalable
NoSQL database environment," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president
Both a free community
version of the database and a commercial version with additional features will
be available. Full enterprise support will be offered only for the paid
versions, Oracle said.
Less than a month after
announcing the Oracle NoSQL database and Big Data Appliance at Oracle Open
World in San Francisco, Oracle has moved aggressively to push forward its
large-scale data processing platform. The database giant is investing in
NoSQL databases because of their scalability and flexibility.
"Oracle NoSQL database is
a key component of Oracle's big data strategy," said Mendelsohn.
The Oracle NoSQL database
would allow customers to manage large amounts of data with dynamic schemas such
as Web log data, sensors and smart meters, the company said. Oracle's Big Data
Appliance is expected to include both the NoSQL database as well as an Oracle
distribution of Apache Hadoop. Oracle will also bundle in Oracle Linux and the
Oracle Java HotSpot Virtual Machine, and it will license a new Oracle Data
Integrator that will tap into Hadoop.
companies and social networking providers rely heavily on NoSQL products to
support applications that deal with dynamic changes in large amounts of data.
Facebook runs open-source Cassandra, a transactional NoSQL database that can
handle frequent schema changes and allows the developers to add new attributes
and features to profiles and social network interactions rapidly. Cassandra and
other products are also designed to scale out on commodity hardware.
NoSQL allows organizations
to easily add and exploit new data attributes within the database schema as
needed, unlike conventional relational databases, such as Oracle's flagship
database, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL, that have to be revised to
accommodate each new type of data.
"NoSQL in general
deserves a place in Oracle shops, so it makes sense for Oracle to try to co-opt
it," wrote Curt Monash, an analyst with
Monash Research. A NoSQL database would be a good addition for large
organizations that are already using Oracle databases, especially in cases
where relational databases aren't the best option, such as tracking Web
interactions, according to Monash.
NoSQL would also play a
large role in splitting out essential systems from nonessential data
collection, Monash said. "If a better architecture is to dump the clicks
into some NoSQL store, massage the information and eventually put some derived
data into a relational DBMS, then Oracle will naturally try to own each step of
the data pipeline," Monash said.
Open-source vendors aren't
the only ones embracing the new ways to process large amounts of data. Oracle's
rivals have big data plans of their own, as Microsoft on Oct. 12 announced
plans to release software based on the open-source Apache Hadoop. IBM and EMC released
their own Hadoop-based applications earlier this year.