Oracle’s Exalytics Intelligence Machine: move to RAM, challenge SAP, IBM

Ok, this may not sound a brand new idea but Oracle’s Larry Ellison has strongly pushed the concept of its flagship products by packing up three items.

The Exalytics Intelligence Machine Ellison introduced will run Oracle’s Times Ten and Essbase databases, both gained through past acquisitions, in its terabyte of main memory.
The system analyzes business data many times faster than on machines that store information on disk drives, Ellison told customers at the company’s OpenWorld event.

So, in a nutshell, it’s a massive RAM-based DB system relying on Sun assets, namely the latest Sparc processors.

Should this really bother IBM or SAP? I don’t know but it’s another step towards faster solutions in business intelligence – bringing more intelligence in business, that is.
My guess is that RAM-based DBs is more evolutionary than revolutionary than legacy disk-based system, even SSDs.

[Via BusinessWeek]

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