Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine hits market

Summary:Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine should set up an interesting customer and marketing duel with SAP's HANA systems.

Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine---an effort aimed directly at SAP's HANA system---is now generally available.

The Exalytics system was introduced at Oracle's OpenWorld powwow in October. The system is designed to be a real-time business intelligence machine. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said the Exalytics system could dish out intelligence at the "speed of thought" or at least "as fast as you can type."

In any case, Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine should set up an interesting customer and marketing duel with SAP's HANA systems.

With the Exalytics launch, Oracle also made available the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, which includes 87 new features and optimization for Exalytics, which is also integrated with the TimesTen In-Memory Database.

Among the key Exalytics details:

  • The system features Oracle's Sun Fire server with 1 terabyte of RAM and Intel's Xeon E7-4800 processors. There are 40 cores total.
  • BI Foundation and the TimesTen databases are the latest releases and packaged into Exalytics.
  • Management is aided by "heuristic adaptive in-memory caching," which is designed to figure out what data should be included in-memory for fast recall.
  • Hyperion and a bevy of industry focused Oracle applications will work with the system.
  • Mobile support for the iPad and iPhone are included.
  • Exalytics will support third party enterprise data sources---IBM DB2 and Netezza, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP Business Information Warehouse, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise and Teradata.


Topics: Oracle, Data Centers, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Servers, Tech & Work


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