October 3, 2011 – At its annual conference, Oracle rolled out a few new solutions for big data and business intelligence warehousing, and hinted at its forthcoming cloud roadmap.

Held from Sunday through Thursday, Oracle OpenWorld 2011 counts more than 45,000 attendees and 475 exhibitions in San Francisco. Keynote speeches on technology innovation are slated from leaders from Oracle as well as Cisco, Dell, EMC and Infosys. The opening came only days after another verbal dust-up between Oracle and rival HP, this time related to HP’s intended acquisition of U.K. analytics provider, Autonomy.

Oracle launched its Oracle Big Data Appliance for sources and devises that pull in large data volumes not otherwise easily accessible in data warehouses or BI applications. The appliance acquires, organizes and loads unstructured information into Oracle Database 11g, and includes an open source distribution of Apache Hadoop, Oracle NoSQL Database, R, and others, according to a news release.

“With the explosion of data in the past decade, including more machine-generated data and social data, companies are faced with the challenge of acquiring, organizing and analyzing this data to make better business decisions. New technologies, such as Hadoop, offer some relief, but don’t provide a holistic solution for customers’ Big Data needs,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

In another release with a BI slant, Oracle unveiled Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, an in-memory hardware and software system for real-time and predictive analytics with extended BI visualizations for all users. In his blog for Information Management, David Menninger of Ventana Research assessed Exalytics, saying that if is part of a trend of converging hardware and software offerings being propelled by the cloud market. He noted other recent releases that embrace this convergence from IBM and a combined release by Teradata and Information Builders.

“Exalytics is designed to handle BI only and to work in conjunction with Exadata for data warehousing capabilities. It can also work with other databases, but the point is that Oracle has designed its systems to separate the workloads,” Menninger wrote.

The provider – ranked No. 4 in terms of information management revenues in our annual listing – also released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the update to its solution for enterprise cloud lifecycle management. The new version includes new data consolidation and capacity planning capabilities, enhanced testing and monitoring, and a new centralized console, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

Oracle also teased its forthcoming cloud strategy and roadmap, with senior executives expected on Thursday to outline Oracle’s plans for enterprise private and public clouds, and as-a-service offerings. That will be part of OpenWorld’s Oracle Powers the Cloud break-out event, which includes 25 cloud-based sessions and 15 cloud demos.

In announcements from other vendors, storage provider GridIron Systems announced its own big data virtualization appliance, TurboCharger. TurboCharger is installed transparently in the storage network between servers and storage that eliminates “most or all of the I/O gap caused by traditional storage bottlenecks,” said Mark Peters, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, in a news release. Simba Technologies Inc. announced Monday enhancements to its BI and data reporting solution for Oracle OLAP, Simba MDX Provider for Oracle OLAP 3.0. New features include support for pre-defined data queries, customizable report layouts, as well as refined drill-through support and query performance.

In addition to a database performance best practices white paper, EMC released its EMC Proven Oracle Performance Solution, tooled to double performance of Oracle Database 11g RAC.

For more on Oracle OpenWorld 2011, click here or, on Twitter, use the hash tag #oow.


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