Oracle brings out new system optimized for analytics, the Exalytics in-memory appliance based on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 server. A four-socket box based on Intel’s ten-core “Westmere-EX” Xeon E7 Processor, it crams 1TB of DDR3 main memory and a mere six disk drives into a 3U rack chassis. What transforms this server into an Exalytics appliance is its parallelization of the TimesTen relational OLTP and Essbase multidimensional OLAP databases, as well as parallelizing the analytics algorithms so that they run well across the 40 cores and 80 threads in the X4470 server.
The system can suck data in from ERP systems as well as unstructured data such as emails or documents. “Whatever you want to analyze, you can compress and analyze,” Larry Ellison said, taking a jab at companies such Autonomy (soon to be acquired by HP for $10.3bn ) that sell software for analyzing unstructured data. The Exalytics appliances are also aimed at IBM’s own Smart Analytics Systems, which pair its InfoSphere data warehouse with its Cognos BI tools. Now, with Exadata and Exalytics, Oracle can sell one-on-one against Big Blue.
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