Eric Lai and Chris Kanarcus put up an article on Oracle’s announcements next week. Much of the speculation revolved around generic grid/clustering, with more detail than I posted yesterday. Most interesting to me was the last section of the article, which sounds as if it could be talking about the same thing Luke Lonergan referred to in a comment thread when he said:
Oracle is about to unveil a secret project that uses HP DL185 servers as storage devices with some predicate pushdowns to implement a data warehouse “appliance”.
Later in the thread, Chuck Hollis seemed to indicate that EMC too is aware of this forthcoming product.
What Computerworld said is:
Oracle officials are also scheduled to discuss a “new database accelerator” during three OpenWorld sessions Sept. 25, as well as in a separately titled technical overview session later that day.
The frequency “sort of implies that we’re talking about an actual new product here rather than just a marketing exercise,” wrote Mark Rittman of Rittman Mead Consulting, a U.K. Oracle data warehousing and BI (business intelligence) specialist, on his blog.
“Supporting ever-larger databases, with ever-increasing demands for getting ‘answers’ faster and faster requires a new way to approach the problem,” a description of the technical overview session, boldly subtitled “query processing revolutionized,” reads in part. “This session looks at the intersection of database, data warehouse, and storage solutions that will deliver on these requirements.”
A person familiar with Oracle’s plans confirmed Rittman’s speculation that Oracle plans to announce important initiatives in data warehousing appliances, storage, and query acceleration.