— along with an Oracle NoSQL database, an open-source distribution of R statistical software and a copy of
Oracle’s Java HotSpot Virtual Machine.
The appliance provides 40Gbps InfiniBand connectivity among the nodes, a rarity in Hadoop deployments,
many of which use Ethernet to connect the nodes.
Multiple racks can be tethered together in a cluster configuration, noted George Lumpkin, vice president of data
warehousing product management at Oracle.
Lumpkin added that the company this month also
started shipping Big Data Connector drivers for exchanging data between the Big Data Appliance and several
other Oracle products, including Oracle Database 11g,
the Exadata data warehousing and online transaction
processing appliance and the new Exalytics business
Oracle unveiled the Big Data Appliance, along with
the NoSQL database, at its Open World user conference
David Menninger, an analyst with Ventana Research,
said the offering will likely prompt IT managers to look
more closely at bundled systems that could be “one-stop
shops” for corporate data needs.
The Oracle system is designed to manage and analyze
data sets, such as telemetry data, click-stream data or
other log data, that are too large or are otherwise unsuitable for keeping in databases, Menninger said.
James Kobielus, an analyst at Forrester Research, said if
IT managers do in fact take to the bundled Hadoop system,
the other top tech vendors, many of which have already
spent considerable sums on big data research and development, could be pushed to follow suit. “[Multiple bundled
systems would be] good for the market. It gives customers
a choice of commercially available products,” he added.
Most enterprise Hadoop deployments have so far been
custom built by internal IT engineers — companies had
to buy the hardware, license the software and integrate it
on their own, Kobielus noted.
Kobielus said the growing popularity of the open-source Apache Hadoop framework should in time help to
further increase the number of packaged big data options
available to IT managers.
Menninger said Oracle’s unexpected decision to use the
Cloudera implementation of Hadoop could prove beneficial to
corporate users — and Oracle. When Oracle first announced
the appliance, it was expected to run an Oracle distribution of
Hadoop, he said.
The selection of an established implementation means that the
vendor won’t have to “fight to establish another distribution,” Menninger added. “If Oracle had created its own distribution, it would
have given the competitors a potential weakness to exploit.” u
Jackson is a reporter for the IDG News Service. Chris Kanaracus of
the IDG News Service contributed to this story.
Oracle Move Could
Push Rivals Toward
Big Data Bundles
Analysts say Oracle’s delivery of a Hadoop
appliance could force IBM, HP and SAP to
follow suit. By Jaikumar Vijayan and Joab Jackson
THE SHIPPING of Oracle’s Big Data Appliance earlier this month could pressure major rivals like IBM, Hewlett- Packard and SAP to come up with Hadoop offerings that tightly bundle hardware, software and other tools, analysts say.
On the day the appliance shipped, Oracle announced that its
new offering will run Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop implementation
and management software.
The tightly bundled Big Data Appliance includes Sun server
[Multiple bundled systems would be] good for the market. It gives customers a
hardware — 18 Linux-based x86 Sun servers with 216 processor
cores, 864GB of working memory and 648TB of raw disk storage
choice of commercially available products. — JAMES KOBIELUS, ANALYST, FORRESTER RESEARCH