Larry Ellison promises new in-memory database with "ungodly speeds"

Back from the America's Cup, Larry Ellison (ORCL -0.6%) was his usual self during an Oracle OpenWorld speech, trash-talking rivals and promising upcoming Oracle products will blow away existing offerings.

Grabbing the most headlines: Ellison's boast that an expected in-memory version of Oracle's flagship 12c database will improve analytics query speeds by 100x, and transaction-processing rates by 2x, over a standard relational database. Ellison also stated customers will have to "just flip a switch" to turn a regular 12c database into an in-memory database.

The product is aimed squarely at archrival SAP (SAP -0.2%), whose market-leading Hana in-memory database is expected to post 2013 sales of €650M-€700M (that's up from 2012's €392M, but some think the figures are inflated).  Though not applicable to all traditional database deployments, Hana is viewed as a long-term threat to Oracle's database cash-cow.

SAP has been busy expanding Hana's reach this year, adding support for its core Business Suite apps, expanding 3rd-party app support, and launching a Hana managed cloud service for migrating on-premise SAP apps.

Ellison also promised Oracle will launch a new high-end server, known as the M6-32 Big Memory Machine, for in-memory deployments; the server will support up to 32TB of RAM, and cost a hefty $3M. Oracle's hardware product sales fell 14% Y/Y in the Aug. quarter, easily missing guidance.

Also on tap: a database backup appliance and a related cloud backup/recovery service. By constantly receiving database logs and supporting restores to any log points, Ellison asserts the appliance is a better solution for databases than standard backup systems.

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  • RicJensen
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    Larry's problem is Oracle got fat and slow. They need new technologies (not sailing related) and need to leverage OSI since they have an advantage because of MySQL (MariaDB is ready to pounce). Too bad that the old guard has pretty much left. All he has left is a dividend to keep people around. Time for him to go on the shelf with Bill G.
    25 Sep 2013, 04:12 PM Reply Like
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