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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wades into the in-memory database wars

Chris Kanaracus | June 11, 2014
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking the fight to IBM, Microsoft and SAP in the burgeoning in-memory database market with a new option the company says can deliver dramatic performance boosts without requiring changes to applications.

Exalytics should be seen as a dedicated platform for running Oracle's BI (business intelligence) stack and Endeca data-discovery tool, with data being pulled into the system from multiple locations, he said. The in-memory option, meanwhile, helps speed up multiple applications that share the same database server, he added.

One observer gave the new option a measured thumbs up.

"The two standard concerns about Oracle are cost — product and administration alike — and scaling difficulties," said analyst Curt Monash of Monash Research. "Both apply to this option in spades. But otherwise, it sounds great, for all the usual RAM performance reasons."

Ellison, who is well-known for the barbs he throws at competitors, may not have nearly as kind words for rival products during Tuesday's webcast.


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