Oracle Ends Year by Unveiling New Big Data Appliance
Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 is the company's latest engineered-together system that has been upgraded to include Intel’s newest processors and the latest release of Cloudera.Oracle, not one to be left behind in any data center trend, took a couple of steps forward Dec. 17 as a big data hardware and software supplier by unveiling a new Cloudera-powered big data appliance and some new data center connectors to go with it. Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 is the company's latest engineered-together—read that "proprietary"—system of hardware and software that has been upgraded to include Intel’s newest processors and the latest release of Cloudera, which includes both Apache Hadoop and Cloudera Manager. It also includes a new Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in to connect and orchestrate the appliance with servers in the base enterprise system. Please note: The new appliance is expressly designed to be used with Oracle's Exadata Database and Oracle Exalytics servers, so one or more of those need to already be on hand.
The new Big Data Connectors, also part of the Dec. 17 announcement, have been enhanced to enable greater SQL database server access to Hadoop from Oracle Database and to enable more transparent access to Hadoop from R, Oracle said. R is an open-source programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
- support for CDH 4.1, including software upgrades developed collaboratively with Cloudera to simplify NameNode High Availability in Hadoop, eliminating the single point of failure in a Hadoop cluster;
- updated distributions of Oracle Linux and Oracle Java Development Kit; and
- an updated distribution of open source R, optimized to work with high-performance multi-threaded math libraries.