Oracle has announced a batch of servers based on new Sparc processors and in the process has begun an expected shift toward converging its two families of Unix servers onto a single chip architecture.
The new M-series server, called the M5-32, is a high-end SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) machine that Oracle will position against IBM’s Power 795 Unix server, its biggest. It supports up to 32TB of system memory — a huge amount — and runs on a new, six-core Oracle processor called the Sparc M5, which shares the same core as the Sparc T5 chip also announced Tuesday.
But [analysts] also wondered how much longer it will be economically viable for Oracle to keep developing its own microprocessors. Sales of its Unix hardware have been declining, and last quarter were at about half the level they were when Oracle bought Sun Microsystems three years ago.
Good old Sun technology…
March 25th, 2013
For the record, I’m a NoSQLer and a big data guy. After nearly 20 years of dealing with what I’ve come to refer to as “the beast” (aka Oracle), I’ve turned coat and decided I prefer solving the problem rather than mitigating it.
That said, many companies I work with have spent 20 years painting themselves into an Oracle corner. While they may have one eye on a brighter future, they still must ensure their Oracle database is high-performance and highly available — and scales as well as possible. Despite what you may read in NoSQL vendor marketing materials [...], it is possible to scale Oracle.
There’s just one catch: Nothing I’m going to suggest costs less than my house for a nontrivial installation. Heck, when you include the hardware and data center resources, some cost more than my whole neighborhood
Go see the Oracle MAA for a lot more details.
February 28th, 2013
Pluggable databases give developers and administrators the ability to create a database container and provision multiple databases within that single container. This is also known as multi-tenancy. The cloud environment is a prime candidate for pluggable databases.
Shot against Oracle… well done, but not answering the call for Oracle compatibility.
October 31st, 2012
It’s never too late to change important terminology and confuse customers, that’s what Oracle must’ve been thinking…
Security Patch Update (SPU) terminology is introduced in the October 2012 Critical Patch Update as the term for the quarterly security patch. SPU patches are the same as previous CPU patches, just a new name. For the database, SPUs can not be applied once PSUs have been applied until the database is upgraded to a new base version.
October 4th, 2012
November 8th, 2011
Oracle buying WebOS from HP to power Exadata? Well not exactly, but still interesting rumour – what would Oracle do with WebOS?
September 30th, 2011
September 23rd, 2011
Mike Hogan uses the following to suggest a move to NewSQL: Lack of Business Visibility Cripples Traditional SQL DaaS, Drives NewSQL.
the shift to a database as a service (DaaS) severely reduces the DBAs visibility into the business, thus limiting the ability to hand tune the database to the requirements of the application and the database. The solution is a cloud database that eliminates the hand-tuning of the database, thereby enabling the DBA to be equally effective even with limited visibility into the business and application needs
I agree with the problem positioning, but feel strongly that NewSQL is not a requirement to address the problem here, you can equally work a little services layer and put all the control into the hands of the user, essentially replacing (a lot of) the DBA tasks with automation and APIs.
What NewSQL gives you though, and we see that with Xeround and supposedly also ScaleDB, is the elasticity and transparent sharding that’s difficult to achieve with the more traditional Oracle, Sybase or SQL Server databases that are still often required in the enterprise space.
September 21st, 2011
And another one leaving the relational world for their DBaaS offering. It’s probably easier to manage as a service than Oracle…
Today SAP announced that they are using MongoDB as a core component of SAP’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. MongoDB was selected for the enterprise content management (ECM) section of the platform, as its flexibility and scalability will enable SAP to scale its content management service on its PaaS offering to meet customers’ requirements while managing data from different applications
September 21st, 2011
It turns out that Oracle’s new small appliance isn’t really an Exadata Mini-Me. Rather, the Oracle Database Appliance is — well, it seems to be a box with an Oracle DBMS in it. Plus Oracle RAC and so on.