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Oracle unveils Exalytics In-memory Machine

Engineered system combines Oracle BI and TimesTen In-Memory Database

Oracle's new Exalytics In-Memory Machine offers a fast and cost effective way to use in-memory computing.
Oracle's new Exalytics In-Memory Machine offers a fast and cost effective way to use in-memory computing.

Oracle has announced the launch of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, an engineered system that combines in-memory business intelligence with hardware, to deliver high end analytics and performance management applications.

The solution has been designed to run both custom and packaged analytic solutions, to give user organisations a fast, easy to deploy and cost effective analytics capability.

The system features 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 Oracle Sun Fire server comes with 1 Terabyte of RAM, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 with a total of 40 processing cores, 40 Gb/s InfiniBand and 10 Gb/s Ethernet connectivity, and Integrated Lights Out Management.

The system includes heuristic adaptive in-memory caching, which calculates what data is best stored in-memory for overall best performance, and adapts to changing workloads.  Unlike other appliances or in-memory tools, Oracle Exalytics does not constrain applications only to data that fits in-memory, but also leverages connected databases, data warehouses and OLAP sources.

The system is also compatible with Oracle or third-party relational, OLAP or other data sources including IBM DB2, IBM Netezza, Microsoft SQL Server and Analysis Services, SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW), Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), and Teradata Warehouse, among others, in any combination.

Oracle also announced a new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite that features 87 new product capabilities and enhancements including new visualizations, contextual interactions, performance and scale improvements, optimizations for Oracle Exalytics, and simplification for end users, developers and administrators.