Oracle Introduces Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

Posted by · February 27, 2012 11:23 am

Oracle Exalytics HardwareIn a Monday morning press release, Oracle announced the debut of the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. According to Oracle, this announcement marks the release of the first engineered system for in-memory decision support, online analytic processing, forecasting and planning in the industry. Such increased capabilities, says Oracle, will allow companies to produce customized, packaged analytic and performance management applications that execute at higher speeds in a more user friendly manner—opening the door to support a wider range of users.

“One of the real advantages of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is of course the speed,” commented Nykredit Senior VP John Moeller. “Oracle Exalytics will give us around 35x to 70x faster reports.”

In addition to being faster, easier to use, and more interactive, Oracle suggests that it will also carry significantly lower cost of ownership.

“Oracle Exalytics is architected as an engineered system featuring the industry-leading Oracle BI Foundation Suite and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics enhanced for an Oracle server designed for in-memory analytics,” the announcement added.

All of this, Oracle anticipates, will result in increased profitability for organizations that choose to invest in Oracle Excalytics. By being able to react more quickly to changing economic conditions, the company suggests that customers will be able to boost revenues and increase market share more effectively.

As for specs, Oracle Exalytics features the company’s Sun Fire server with 1 full Terabyte of RAM and is powered by an Intel Xeon processor E7-4800—including forty processing cores. Additional features also include 40 Gb/s InfiniBand and 10Gb/s Ethernet connectivity and Oracle’s own Integrated Lights Out Management.

The new machine will also include mobile support for the iPad and iPhone, as well as third party enterprise data sources, including Microsoft SQL Server, SAP Business Information Warehouse, and others.

According to ZDNet’s Larry Dignan, the announcement is likely to create a “duel” between Oracle Exalytics and SAP’s HANA systems—a marketing and customer battle that promises to be “interesting,” to say the least.