Oracle Goes BigWay in Big Data Analytics, NoSQL and Hadoop

In his keynote at Oracle Open World 2011, Mark Hurd announced new Exalytics analytics appliance that is geared to execute OLAP and MOLAP. It is for online application processing or multi-dimensional online application processing, for deriving business intelligence. Cloud, Big data are among the key themese on this year’s Oracle Open World. Oracle’s Co-president Safra Katz declared, “We are big data. We are also the cloud.”. The push on Cloud is much more significant on the background of last year’s statement by Larry first ridiculing the usage of term Cloud and then claming that Oracle is already providing cloud. But this year is the real delivery of Cloud BI, Cloud based Apps, etc. Fitting in its vision of e2e in a box, in addition to Exadata and Exalytics, Oracle announced Big Data Appliance. The Oracle Big Data Appliance integrated Apache Hadoop, Open Source R, Oracle’s NoSQL Database, ODI adapter for Hadoop and Oracle Loader for Hadoop on Linux and Oracle Java VM in a Big Box. This combination provides a good for big data processing of unstructured / strucutred data. For more on Big Data Appliance: https://texploration.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/oracles-big-data-appliance-puts-hadoop-nosql-r-in-a-box/

With the advent of NoSQL database and MapReduce infrastructures, I already thought that Oracle cannot be left behind in the latest NoSQL train. Hadoop is gaining significant traction in batch oriented applications like unstrucutred data processing, Warehousing, etc. Hadoop provides a way to distribute data and processing logic on nodes in server cluster. It takes the processing logic close to the data. Hadoop, originated from Yahoo, is based on Map Reduce architecture introduced by Google. Anyway, I predict that usage of Hadoop in Oracle stack would go adding it in Big Data Appliance . Oracle may do some acquisition in the same.

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GITPRO’s tech talk on Cloud Computing

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Yesterday was a beautiful day for spending a weekend with family and play outside. And there were many programs in Indian community in the bay area. There was a concert of Sanjeev Abhyankar arranged by Swarasudha. However, many Indian techies sacrificed all that to attend GITPRO’s session on Cloud Computing. The attendance would have been huge if there was not another free event with free food- free fun and many speakers at Microsoft on the same topic. However, the GITPRO tech talk was more successful due to two prominent and speakers: Anant Jhingran CTO-VP of Managing IS and Co-chair of IBM Cloud Computing Initiatives and Sheng Liang, CEO of Cloud.com

Anant helped the enthusiastic audience to walk through the concepts and value propositions of Cloud Computing covering various types of cloud computings including IAS, PAAS, SAAS as well as Public-Private-Hybrid cloud. He focussed on the impacts of these types of Cloud on large enterprises where number of apps vary from 2000 to 10,000 where CIOs and IT departments would need to carefully analyse which type is suitable for which app. He also covered the stack with great clarity. While covering basic intiatives in Cloud, he emphasised on Standardizations at various levels. At the end, He gave many  suggestions to help profesionals and businesses to appropriately leverage cloud and navigate through the cloud. Anant regularly blogs his thoughts on this and other topics at jhingran.typepad.com/

Sheng focussed more of opensources in Cloud Computing along with market leading propritery players. Starting from networking opensources like HAProxy for load balancing,  Open FLow for core switching, Vyatta for Firewalling, Zen for Hypervisor, CloudStack-OpenStack Nova-and-Ecalyptus for IaaS, Rightscale, Enatraus, Tivoli (commercial and not open source since there are less open sources for Cloud management) for Cloud Management. He then outlines Microsoft Azure, GAE for PaaS.  BTW Sheng covered Cloud Opensource and Asia in an interview.

(http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/1814930)

May be we would be able to host the presentation on GITPRO site later.