January 10, 2012
Today, Oracle releases its Big Data Appliance, but it’s hitting the market sooner than many expected it would. The appliance included key software from Cloudera, a leading provider of Hadoop system management tools and support services.
Back in October, Oracle announced its Big Data Appliance, but had no release dates disclosed, nor details about its planned distribution of open-source Apache Hadoop software. Releasing the product early in the year with its partnership with Cloudera, Oracle made it clear it was taking no chances with unproven technology.
"Cloudera brings us a couple of very important missing pieces, including its management software and assistance for deeper second- and third-tier level of support," said George Lumpkin, Oracle's vice president of product management, data warehousing.
Oracle’s Big Data Appliance software will include Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop and Cloudera Manager. The appliance will also include the Oracle NoSQL database and an open-source distribution of R software.
With the Big Data Appliance, customers will have the option to configure and use the software as they need it. Some will run Hadoop exclusively, and others will run the NoSQL database, or use both simultaneously. One of the biggest benefits of using Hadoop, however, is its data processing platform that has a combination of flexibility, scalability, and low cost.
Oracle highlighted the appliance as similar to a growing family of “engineered systems” that include Exalogic, Exadata, and the Exalytics In-Memory Machine, and analysts like Merv Adrian from Gartner have noticed and are quite impressed.
"Oracle is suddenly beginning to act as a data-management portfolio company, not just a company with a big brother and a bunch of starving siblings," Adrian said.
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