IT & Network Infrastructure : Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Showcases Big Data, Big Machines

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-05 Print this article Print
Oracle Unveils Exalytics

Oracle Unveils Exalytics

This new in-memory appliance is Oracle's latest whiz-bang IT machine. Exalytics comprises a Sun Fire X4470 M2 server, which is a four-socket, 3U-size box running Intel's multicore (in this case, 10 CPUs) Westmere-EX Xeon E7 processor. As such, it features 40 processors. Each box can store an impressive 5TB to 10TB of deduplicated, compressed data.
Oracle OpenWorld 2011, which continues through Oct. 6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, is by far the largest conference that San Francisco hosts each year. Although there have not been a great number of big news stories coming out of the show, there still have been a high number of significant stories affecting both large enterprise and midrange businesses that run Oracle systems. The biggest news has been the Oracle Exalytics big data analytics appliance, which is expected to be out early next year—although Oracle has not yet confirmed that time frame. Oracle's longtime (16 years) partner, EMC—with which it has a complicated relationship, to say the least—has produced a competing big data analytics appliance with its Greenplum group. We'll see how the market reacts. This eWEEK slide show covers the major "Big Data" and "Big Systems" news that emerged from the OpenWorld conference.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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