Oracle Introduces Big Data Appliance Applications

Available this May, Oracle has announced the release of new applications which will put the company in close competition with SAP. Taking advantage of in-memory computing, applications available next month include Oracle SCM In-Memory Consumption Driven Planning, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor. Other applications that will be released soon are the PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery and the E-Business Suite In-Memory Cost Management.

All the new products will be executed on Oracle’s Exalogic and Exadata. Last year, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced the launch of Exadata’s new version which lets users run different databases in-memory. In 2011, Oracle launched Exalytics which uses in-memory computing. These in-memory applications use inifiniband networking, flash memory, and RAM and are said to run at most 20 times faster than the regular commodity hardware.

With the release of the in-memory applications, Oracle is expected to encourage more users to buy its engineered systems as well as to provide incremental applications to users who don’t want to expand or upgrade but want to complement their basic implementations with new features. The new applications will compete with SAP’s HANA in-memory applications.

Oracle also announced the release of its Starter Rack, a scaled-down version of X3-2, its Big Data Appliance. The new version can load 6 servers in a rack thereby lowering initial purchase cost and providing the capacity to grow later on. The In-Rack Expansion, on the other hand, includes 6 servers which expands the Starter Rack to additional 12 nodes and eventually to 18 nodes. The new appliances include Oracle NoSQL Database, Cloudera Manager, and Apache Hadoop.

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