Friday, October 14, 2011

OpenWorld Database General Session and Exalytics

The Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine (White Paper), announced at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, was also featured in Andy Mendelsohn's (Senior Vice President, Oracle Database Server Technologies) Database General Session. This is also the session where Andy Mendelsohn showcased the Oracle Big Data Appliance, "an engineered system optimized for acquiring, organizing and loading unstructured data into Oracle Database 11g.".

Also see my previous posts:
Here are screenshots from the Database session:

Do take a minute to read this disclaimer, since this pertains to future functionality.

The software consists of the Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, the secret-sauce, so to say, that enables the in-memory capabilities of Exalytics. TimesTen is the market leading in-memory database solution. Exalytics is also tightly integrated with and can connect to an Oracle Exadata machine via Infiniband. The software foundation, of course, is the market leading analytics suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite (informally known as OBIEE).

40 Intel processor cores, 1TB RAM, and an ultra high-speed 40Gb Infiniband connection to Oracle Exadata.

This is Jacques Vigeant, currently my manager, demonstrating Exalytics in the session. Ultra industrial-scale Master-detail linking is just one of the ingredients here. Another of the features I wrote about and defined as a product manager. Others being advanced data visualizations, and mobile analytics. Feels good :-)

Geo-spatial visualizations in the Exalytics demo. Zoom into the Map View. This particular example shows store locations in the city of San Francisco. The map data has been provided by NAVTEQ.

You can add or remove formats from the Map View, with a mouse-click. Color-code by quartiles, quintiles, deciles, or any other arbitrary number of bins. Select from percentile binning, value binning, or even continuous fill bins. Choose variable shaped markers, or pie graph or bar graph overlays. Even use images as markers.