Oracle first introduced its Big Data Appliance as well as the NoSQL database at the company’s OpenWorld user conference last October. According to analyst David Menninger of Ventana Research, the appliance was created to manage and analyze data sets deemed to be too large for storing in standard databases. The Big Data Appliance boasts a lineup including Sun server hardware (18 Linux-based x86 Sun servers with 216 processor cores, 648TB raw disk storage, 864GB working memory), Oracle NoSQL database, Oracle’s Java HotSpot Virtual Machine, and an open-source distribution of R.
George Lumpkin, Oracle’s VP of data warehousing product management, said the Big Data Appliance allows users to tether multiple racks together in a cluster configuration and offers 40Gbps InfiniBand connectivity among the nodes. In addition, Lumpkin noted that Oracle has already initiated the shipment of Big Data Connector drivers to facilitate the exchange of data between the Big Data Appliance and Oracle Database 11g, as well as some of the company’s other products.
Menninger said Oracle’s big data solution is a solid example of a bundled system that could attract IT managers. He also believes that Oracle’s decision to choose Cloudera’s distribution of Hadoop will pay off in the long run not only for the company itself, but also for corporate users. Many expected Oracle to run an Oracle distribution of Hadoop when the Big Data Appliance was first announced, making the Cloudera selection a bit of a surprise. “If Oracle had created its own distribution, it would have given the competitors a potential weakness to exploit,” added Menninger.
If IT managers lean towards adopting the bundled nature of the Big Data Appliance, analyst James Kobielus of Forrester Research believes other vendors could be forced to follow Oracle’s lead. Since many top vendors have already invested extensive capital in the development and research of big data, the move would be logical. “[Multiple bundled systems would be] good for the market. It gives customers a choice of commercially available products,” Kobielus said.
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Oracle Releases Communications Data Model 11.2.5
Oracle recently announced the release of Oracle Communications Data Model 11.2.5, the latest version of its solution that gives communications service providers (CSPs) enhanced capabilities in the realm of data analysis. Released in response to customer feedback, version 11.2.5 comes with several improvements to help CSPs better meet customer needs and give them the upper hand over competitors through instant data analytics.
Oracle Communications Data Model represents one of the key components of the Oracle Exadata Intelligent Warehouse Solution. Its status as a pre-built data warehouse with easily expandable capabilities gives it an edge over competitors who often deliver clients expensive, custom professional services solutions. Besides being easy to install and upgrade, the Communications Data Model is certified by the TM Forum.
The list of improvements found in Oracle Communications Data Model 11.2.5 is extensive, beginning with support for event detail records, internet protocol detail records, and call detail records that fall into the billed, mediated, rated, or raw classifications. The added support gives CSPs insight into possible processing problems that could result in revenue loss. Oracle also increased storage and analysis capabilities for CSPs by enhancing the model to include over 1,500 tables and 30,000 columns.
Version 11.2.5’s list of features continues with the addition of a pre-built extract, load, and transform (ELT) adapter in the form of the Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control Adapter for Oracle Communications Data Model. Described as the first pre-built ELT of its kind, Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control Adapter contains data maps for customer balances, marketing vouchers, and more. The adapter also supports standard and real-time data loading to help reduce deployment time and integration costs. Other 11.2.5 improvements include support for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition plus new order management reports and supporting analytics for the company’s Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution.
Liam Maxwell, VP of products for Oracle Communications, commented on the advantages supplied by the latest Communications Data Model release: “Communications service providers are increasingly facing a data challenge and having the ability to process and analyze that data to make timely, informed decisions is more critical than ever before. Oracle Communications Data Model 11.2.5, along with the Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control Adapter for Oracle Communications Data Model, provides CSPs with the analytical capabilities and unified system they need to help ensure optimal efficiency and drive real business results.”
Larry Goldman, a partner and head of telecoms software research at Analysys Mason, added: “Today, CSPs are often frustrated in their efforts to apply analytics due to the difficulty of obtaining data from multiple sources and fitting it into usable models. With this release, Oracle is providing an adapter product that bridges the gap between its charging system and its analytic platform.”