Oracle Expands Big Data Appliance Family

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To help jump start customer projects for big data, Oracle (ORCL) announced new additions to its Big Data Appliance product family, promising faster performance for all Oracle applications. The announcements were made in Denver this week from Collaborate13, the technology and applications forum for the Oracle community.

Big Data Appliance Enhancements

Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and X3-2 In-Rack Expansion. This allows customers to select an optimally sized appliance, and the expansion helps them easily and cost-effectively scale their footprint as their data grows. These new configurations contain six Oracle Sun servers within a full-sized rack with redundant Infiniband switches and power distribution units; as well as Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion, which includes a pack of six additional servers to expand the above configuration to 12 nodes and then to a full rack of 18 nodes. Both systems include  Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH), Cloudera Manager and Oracle NoSQL Database.

The Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 in a full rack configuration is now available through Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), offered as on-premise, behind a customer firewall, or for a monthly fee. The X3-2 product family is comprised of Engineered Systems that simplify the implementation and management of Big Data by integrating hardware and software to acquire, organize and analyze Big Data.

Oracle In-Memory Applications

Oracle announced new In-Memory applications for Oracle Engineered Systems, leveraging DRAM, flash memories and the near zero latency InfiniBand network fabric. Many applications within PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Supply Chain Management and Siebel product families are now available as Oracle In-Memory applications. Existing Oracle Applications run as much as 16X faster on Oracle Engineered Systems and deliver tangible business benefits for customers by providing extreme performance, energy efficiency, lower total cost of ownership, reliability and scalability.

“Oracle continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation that produces business results and value for Oracle Applications running on Oracle Engineered Systems,” said Steve Miranda, Oracle Executive Vice President of Application Development. “The release of Oracle In-Memory Applications will help organizations not only complete load runs faster, but also discover new insights for efficiencies that would have been previously overlooked.”

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