January 22, 2010

Two cornerstones of Oracle’s database hardware strategy

After several months of careful optimization, Oracle managed to pick the most inconvenient* day possible for me to get an Exadata update from Juan Loaiza. But the call itself was long and fascinating, with the two main takeaways being:

And by the way, Oracle doesn’t make its storage-tier software available to run on anything than Oracle-designed boxes.  At the moment, that means Exadata Versions 1 and 2. Since Exadata is by far Oracle’s best DBMS offering (at least in theory), that means Oracle’s best database offering only runs on specific Oracle-sold hardware platforms.

*E.g., I was sitting upstairs in my parents’ apartment in Columbus, OH having the call while their doctor, who I’ve never met, was visiting downstairs. He offered to make a special trip back Saturday afternoon because he missed me Wednesday, but he’s notorious for not coming when he says he will. Update: He didn’t come Saturday. On Saturday he said he’d come Sunday. He didn’t do that either.

Other high- and lowlights of our conversation included:

Highlights specifically in the area of parallelization included:

OK. That’s all I can get done tonight (see above re: inconvenience of timing). Follow-on subjects I’d like to and indeed plan to post about include:

Comments

13 Responses to “Two cornerstones of Oracle’s database hardware strategy”

  1. Netezza Skimmer | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on January 25th, 2010 10:39 am

    [...] I previously complained, last week wasn’t a very convenient time for me to have briefings. So when Netezza emailed to [...]

  2. Flash, other solid-state memory, and disk | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on February 21st, 2010 7:02 am

    [...] Oracle’s and Teradata’s beliefs about the importance of solid-state memory. [...]

  3. Some business trends in the data warehouse market | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on March 19th, 2010 9:49 am

    [...] Oracle Exadata has become a formidable competitor, on the strength of Exadata 2. Exadata 2’s positioning and perception among Oracle users seem to be pretty much in line with what Oracle portrayed to me. [...]

  4. Notes on the evolution of OLTP database management systems | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on April 5th, 2010 4:22 am

    [...] The big brand vendors try hard to keep as many of those databases for themselves as they can. Enterprise-wide license pricing helps. Going forward, so will virtualization/consolidation strategies, such as Oracle’s Exadata-centric approach. [...]

  5. Thoughts on IBM’s anti-Oracle announcements | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on April 7th, 2010 12:10 pm

    [...] that are obviously directed competitively at Oracle/Sun, and more specifically at Oracle’s Exadata-centric strategy. I haven’t been briefed, so I just have those to go [...]

  6. Various quick notes | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on May 23rd, 2010 4:39 am

    [...] in January, Oracle finally briefed me on Exadata 2. I also requested and got permission to post what I regarded as pretty interesting slides, then [...]

  7. EMC is buying Greenplum | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on July 7th, 2010 2:44 am

    [...] Oracle, with Exadata [...]

  8. Breakthrough: Exadata now has as many reference accounts as Aster Data! | DBMS2 -- DataBase Management System Services on July 14th, 2010 9:22 am

    [...] Andy Mendelsohn characterizes the sweet spot of Exadata’s market as “virtual private cloud.” That matches what Juan Loaiza told me six months ago. [...]

  9. EMC Is Buying Greenplum on September 20th, 2010 3:22 am

    [...] Oracle, with Exadata [...]

  10. Exadata notes | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 2nd, 2011 2:05 am

    [...] an Andy Mendelsohn webcast. I agree with almost all of it. At first I was a little surprised that Exadata’s emphasis shift from data warehousing to OLTP/generic consolidation hasn’t gone more quickly, but on the other [...]

  11. Oracle and Exadata: Business and technical notes : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on May 3rd, 2011 3:19 am

    [...] Database consolidation, especially on Exadata. [...]

  12. Oracle and IBM workload management : DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on May 3rd, 2011 5:00 pm

    [...] *Recall that “degrees of parallelism” in Oracle Parallel Query can now be set automagically. [...]

  13. Notes on the Oracle OpenWorld Sunday keynote | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on October 1st, 2012 6:12 am

    [...] Tonight’s news is closely in line with what Oracle’s Juan Loaiza told me three years ago, [...]

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