Taken together, these products address three key Big Data areas: advanced andlarge-scale analytics, Hadoop-based data classification and extraction, and scalablein-memory database(IMDB)technology.
On February 8, 2012, Oracle announced general availability of Oracle Advanced Analytics. This option of Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition includes OracleData Mining and a new component called Oracle R Enterprise, which embeds Ranalytic capability in the database server. Previously, Oracle announced the OracleExalytics In-Memory Machine and the Oracle Big Data Appliance at OracleOpenWorld 2011. In mid-January 2012, the company announced pricing and generalavailability for these two products plus a greatly enhanced version of the in-memoryrelational database management system (RDBMS), Oracle TimesTen. Takentogether, this database option and thesethree productsaddress key areas of the BigData space and represent a significant move by Oracle to establish itself as a major Big Data player. IDC identifies three key areas of Big Data as:
Large-scale advanced analytics
Hadoop-driven Big Data processing
Scalable in-memory database managementThis combination represents a comprehensive approach to the Big Data problemspace. This Insight considerseach areain turn,focusing on how Oracle is addressingit.
Oracle describes its approach to the Big Data space as encompassing four keystages:
Collect, ingest, and format data for analysis
Put data into an order that supports either deep analysis or integrationinto a larger structured data collection, such as a data warehouse
Perform either standard query-based/online analytical processing(OLAP) analysis or deep statistical analysis on the resulting data set
Yield results that can drive both tactical and strategic business decisionsThe Oracle Big Data Appliance takes the user from the
stage, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine (or other Oracle Database 11gEnterprise Edition installation) with the Oracle Advanced Analytics option takes theuser from the
stage, and the Oracle Exalytics In-MemoryMachine takes the user from the