The biggest news at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, held Oct. 2-6 in San Francisco, was the introduction of Oracle's Exalytics big data analytics appliance, which is expected to be out early next year. And Oracle's longtime (16 years) partner, EMC-with which it has a complicated relationship-produced a competing big data analytics appliance with its Greenplum group.
Here are the highlights of the conference, as compiled by eWEEK:
Oracle unveiled Exalytics.
This new in-memory appliance is Oracle's latest whiz-bang IT machine. Exalytics includes 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 amount of 5TB to 10TB of deduplicated, compressed data. It's due out in early 2012.
Oracle introduced Big Data Appliance.
Oracle's Big Data Appliance offers customers an end-to-end solution for big data. Used in conjunction with the Exadata Database Machine and the new Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, it delivers everything users need to acquire, organize, analyze and maximize the value of big data within their enterprise.
The Big Data Appliance is a new engineered system that includes an open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop, Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop, Oracle Loader for Hadoop and an open-source distribution of MapR.
EMC demonstrated new analytics platform.
The data storage provider announced the Greenplum Modular Data Computing Appliance Sept. 22 (but demonstrated it at the show) as the industry's first "complete" big data analytics platform that can handle several petabytes of data. This is a plug-in appliance that enables IT shops to combine a shared-nothing macro pre-processor (MPP) relational database with enterprise-class Apache Hadoop in a single unified box to process both structured and unstructured data.
Oracle and EMC appeared to be getting along.
Even though storage is a dicey topic when the two IT giants get together, EMC's Joe Tucci and Pat Gelsinger spoke onstage in glowing terms of EMC and Oracle's many common customers (some 70,000) and how they remain committed to servicing those installations for years to come. (I guess it doesn't matter that Oracle eventually wants to supply all the hardware and software for those same customers.)
Emerson and Oracle teamed up for a new data center control package.
Trellis, which runs on Oracle Java middleware and is expected to become available early in 2012, is an open architecture-based data center infrastructure management (DCIM) package with real-time event analysis capabilities across all physical and logical systems in the data center. It is being tested on a selected-customer basis at this time.