IT & Network Infrastructure : Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Showcases Big Data, Big Machines
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 yearalthough Oracle has not yet confirmed that time frame. Oracle's longtime (16 years) partner, EMCwith which it has a complicated relationship, to say the leasthas 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.
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.