July 25, 2012

Thoughts on the next releases of Oracle and Exadata

A reporter asked me to speculate about the next releases of Oracle and Exadata. He and I agreed:

My answers mixed together thoughts on what Oracle should and will emphasize (which aren’t the same thing but hopefully bear some relationship to each other ;)). They were (lightly edited):


7 Responses to “Thoughts on the next releases of Oracle and Exadata”

  1. Martzin on July 27th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Question asked: why You need Exadata while there is an Big Data appliance, with os db system ? This bumps from time to time on Oracle’s internal meetings when Management pushs sales of Exa.

  2. Curt Monash on July 27th, 2012 8:06 pm

    I imagine it would depend on the use case.

  3. shrikanth shankar on July 28th, 2012 11:54 am

    On the “Anything that makes schema change easier” front – Oracle did a lot of work on this in the 11 & 11.2 releases. A number of the DDL operations were changed to have significantly less impact (in many cases no impact) on the other operations happening on the system. 11.2 also introduced Edition Based Redefinition which allows end users to script complex transformations with little to no impact on running applications

  4. George on September 10th, 2012 5:09 am

    Mmm. Adding nodes to RAC is pretty easy. Not sure how it could be easier actually. In fact what do you mean by ‘ongoing DBA work’? Oracle is a lot easier, with less to do, than other DBMSs I have worked with such as db2 or SQL. Also what do you mean by ‘tighter integration’? Again, I cant see how they’d be tighter than they already are. For columnar – what would be the improvement over what is there today? It already outperforms teradata by some margin from what my company has seen, and the compression works very well. Not sure how well informed this article is…..:-)

  5. Curt Monash on September 11th, 2012 7:02 am


    Is it your opinion that Oracle should stop investing in R&D, because all possible improvements have already been made?

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