Oracle adds In-Memory option to Database 12c

In-Memory option will speed processing and enable rapid analytics for all applications running on Oracle Database 12c

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Oracle adds In-Memory option to Database 12c Mendelsohn: The in-memory option will enable enable near instant analysis of data in existing applications.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 24, 2013

Oracle has announced a new Oracle Database In-Memory option for Oracle Database 12c, which will allow high performance processing for big data analytics.

The new In-Memory option will dramatically accelerate database performance, Oracle says, enabling new business insights, real-time decision making, and much faster online transaction processing response times without changes to existing applications.

"Organisations that make data-driven decisions have a distinct competitive advantage," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Development. "The Oracle Database In-Memory Option will enable near instant analysis of data in existing applications allowing users to make better decisions faster and with complete confidence."

Oracle Database In-Memory option is compatible with any application running on Oracle Database 12c, and will provide accelerated performance for performance for analytics, data warehousing, reporting and online transaction processing (OLTP). Oracle Database's leading reliability, scalability, availability and security technologies will also work transparently with Oracle Database In-Memory Option.

Oracle's unique ‘dual-format' approach enables real-time ad-hoc analytics on live transactional data while also accelerating OLTP. Data is maintained in both the existing Oracle row format, and a new purely in-memory column format optimised for analytical processing. Both formats are simultaneously active and transactionally consistent. The Oracle database automatically uses the new in-memory column format for analytic queries and the existing row format for OLTP operations. 

The new technology was announced at Oracle OpenWorld, which is running in San Francisco until the 26th September. More than 60,000 attendees expected to attend the event, which includes presentations from more than 3,500 speakers.

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