January 10, 2012

Notes on the Oracle Big Data Appliance

Oracle announced its Big Data Appliance. Specs may be found in the Oracle Big Data Appliance press release. Beyond that:

Peter Goldmacher argues that, because of size and price point, the Oracle Big Data appliance is targeted for high-end deployments rather than starter/test/development set-ups. To first approximation, that makes sense, in that:

Surely the Oracle Big Data Appliance isn’t designed for the 4-8 node play-with-Hadoop crowd.

On the the other hand, if you’re at a big, committed Oracle shop, and you want to do your first serious Hadoop deployment, why not go with the Oracle Big Data Appliance? You probably could save money with an alternative approach — but if your employers are committed to Oracle, saving money is surely not their greatest concern. Overpay by a bit; make your management happy with the Oracle logo; get Hadoop on your resume; prosper. That seems like a winning plan all the way around.


5 Responses to “Notes on the Oracle Big Data Appliance”

  1. unholyguy on January 11th, 2012 12:39 pm

    Kurt, you may want to revise the “number of pedabyte scale is in their 10’s” quote that was 7 months ago, which is roughly forever in hadoop world.

    My feeling from anecdotal evidence is that most big customers are closing in on a pedabyte at this point, it isn’t hard to get there through normal growth.

  2. Albert Fall on January 11th, 2012 11:28 pm

    Anybody who has a 4 node Hadoop cluster is either doing training, experimenting, or building a departmental prototype. If the prototype is successful, then they’ll need to call a hardware vendor to build a larger cluster.

    It’s very good news that Oracle is embracing Cloudera Hadoop rather than building something themselves. Also, their new box has Infiniband, which could solve the network saturation issues that stop clusters from scaling. It will be interesting to hear from customers who use Hadoop with Infiniband to get field reports of how well it works.

  3. Aaron on January 12th, 2012 11:08 am

    Albert raises a point – Oracle is positioning itself as an Infiniband system integrator. This technology has mostly failed because of the migration/education cost, but these large preconfigured systems provide justification and economies of scale.

    Whether this is justified from a client perspective is unclear. I suspect there is no benefit for coarse grain MR tasks, but there may be for short HBase queries.

    It certainly benefits Oracle in creating integrated massive data islands in data centers (until the manageability issues raise questions about abandoning the traditional “divide and conquer” data management strategy). It also is to Oracle’s advantage to simplify noSQL to a few vendors it can position itself against.

  4. Curt Monash on January 12th, 2012 3:35 pm

    If Infiniband is what they need to get the job done, I have no problem with Oracle going there.

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