Oracle Digs in On NoSQL, Hadoop, End-to-End Big Data

This week at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle execs unveiled what the company called an “end-to-end solution” for big data, designed to make massive data volumes readily available to BI, analytics and data warehouses. The announcement also begins to spell out Oracle’s commitments to Hadoop and NoSQL.

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oow_2011This week at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle execs unveiled what the company called an “end-to-end solution” for big data, designed to make massive data volumes readily available to BI, analytics and data warehouses. The announcement also begins to spell out Oracle’s commitments to Hadoop and NoSQL.

In specific, the execs revealed plans for the Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine. Together, these solutions are designed to help customers acquire, organize, analyze and maximize the value of big data investments.

Under the covers, the Oracle Big Data Appliance includes an open source distribution of Apache Hadoop, the Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop, Oracle Loader for Hadoop, and an open source distribution of R, a programming language and software environment widely used for statistical software development and data analysis.

The latest Oracle solutions run Hadoop and NoSQL workloads, take all the data companies have gathered, filter or MapReduce it and then move it to the Oracle database, according to Oracle’s group vice president Bob Shimp.

“Traditionally, customers have not been able to deliver business intelligence performance to so many.”

Bob Shimp
Vice President
Oracle Corp

Oracle’s announced pre-engineered big data solutions are designed to provide real-time intelligence to thousands of employees, he added. “Traditionally, customers have not been able to deliver business intelligence performance to so many,”  Shimp said.  

The Oracle Big Data Appliance is designed to be easily integrated with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, and Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine.

To accelerate performance, Oracle’s Big Data Appliance leverages Oracle Coherence to move data caching closer to the user; parallelism in the JVM (java virtual machine), and connectors to Exologic and Infiniband for throughput back and forth to end users. 

Early details on Oracle’s plans for big data, Hadoop and NoSQL include:

The Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition is a distributed, highly scalable, key-value database, designed to be easy to install, configure and manage.

Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop aims to simplify data integration from Hadoop and an Oracle Database through Oracle Data Integrator’s easy-to-use interface.

Oracle Loader for Hadoop designed to enable customers to use Hadoop MapReduce processing to create optimized data sets for efficient loading and analysis in Oracle Database 11g. It also generates Oracle internal formats to load data faster and use less database system resources.

Oracle R Enterprise integrates the open-source statistical environment R with Oracle Database 11g. Analysts and statisticians can run existing R applications and use the R client directly against data stored in Oracle Database 11g, boosting scalability, performance and security.

Oracle NoSQL Database, Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop, Oracle Loader for Hadoop, and Oracle R Enterprise will be available both as standalone software products independent of the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

“The goal, it seems, is to let customers acquire data from whatever sources they please and then feed it into an Oracle Exadata data warehouse system,” Derrick Harris, Structure Editor at GigaOM, wrote last week. “Once there, data can be analyzed via a number of means, including existing Oracle technologies such as in-database MapReduce, mining and statistical analysis with R.”

With regard to Hadoop, CEO Larry Ellison made it clear during the September earnings that Oracle is working on a connector that will let customers load unstructured data from Hadoop into the Oracle Exadata appliances. “Now we have proof — and Oracle’s big data plans don’t stop with Hadoop,” Harris added.

 

Meanwhile,  NoSQL players are welcoming Oracle to the party. IDN heard from two major NoSQL players at presstime:

  • 10gen President, Max Schireson told IDN: “I am excited to see large players like Oracle recognizing the need for alternatives to the relational database. Their entry into the field makes it clear to all large enterprises that this is an important trend. I think the market is dynamic enough that success will require more than brand. This market is developer led and developers are smart; they will evaluate Oracle's offering on its merits and use it if it is compelling.”
  • Datastax CEO Billy Bosworth said there is “nothing like having Oracle validate your mission”  He noted that Oracle’s warm embrace of NoSQL comes only 4 months after Oracle warned  customers, “Don’t be risking your data on NoSQL database.”  

    “I’ll give Oracle this much — they are fast learners!  Based on their announcements at [at Oracle OpenWorld], it seems…they have figured out that databases like [Apache-Based NoSQL] Cassandra represent an amazing opportunity for customers tackling their big data problems in performant, cost-effective ways for their mission critical environments.  In response, they have gone from slamming NoSQL databases to releasing their own!  That’s big news for the market.  It speaks volumes. In all seriousness… the following statement is not tongue-in-cheek or sarcastic:  I am honored and excited to have Oracle in our space.”



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