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Oracle Big Data Appliance Released Features Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop: What You Need to Know

Oracle Big Data Appliance hardware specification

Klint Finley for ServicesANGLE:

18 Oracle Sun servers with a total of:

  • 864 GB main memory;
  • 216 CPU cores;
  • 648 TB of raw disk storage;
  • 40 Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity between nodes and other Oracle engineered systems; and,
  • 10 Gb/s Ethernet data center connectivity.

Joab Jackson for PCWorld Business Center:

The package includes 40Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity among the nodes, a rarity among Hadoop deployments, many of which use Ethernet to connect the nodes. Lumpkin said InfiniBand would speed data transfers within the system. Multiple racks can be tethered together in a cluster configuration. There is no theoretical limit to how many racks can be clustered together, though configurations of more than eight racks would require additional switches, Lumpkin said.

Oracle Big Data Appliance software specification

  • Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop
  • Cloudera Manager
  • Open source distribution of R
  • Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition
  • Oracle Big Data Connectors
  • Oracle Linux

Joab Jackson for PCWorld Business Center:

Along with the release, Oracle also released Oracle Big Data Connectors, a set of drivers for exchanging data between the Big Data Appliance and other Oracle products, such as the Oracle Database 11g, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

Derrick Harris for GigaOm:

However, Oracle isn’t blind to the fact that not everyone will be gung ho about buying an appliance. Its custom-built Big Data Connectors are available as separate products for those customers wanting to connect existing Hadoop clusters to Oracle database environments or R statistical-analysis environments.

Klint Finley for ServicesANGLE:

According to Oracle’s announcement “The integrated Oracle and Cloudera architecture has been fully tested and validated by Oracle, who will also collaborate with Cloudera to provide support for Oracle Big Data Appliance.”

Oracle Big Data Appliance Services

George Lumpkin, Oracle’s vice president of data warehousing product management:

Oracle will provide first-line support for the appliance and all software (including the Hadoop distribution and Cloudera Manager) through its case-tracking support infrastructure. But when particularly tough support cases arise, Oracle will tap Cloudera’s expertise.

What’s more, Oracle will refer customers to Cloudera for Hadoop training and consulting engagements.

Oracle Big Data Appliance Positioning

George Lumpkin, Oracle’s vice president of data warehousing product management:

We are positioning this as something that runs alongside other Oracle-based systems. Big data is more than just a cluster of hardware running Hadoop. It is an overall information architecture for enabling companies to analyze data and make decisions.

Doug Hanshen for Informationweek:

Oracle highlighted the Big Data Appliance as a complement to a growing family of “engineered systems” that now includes Exadata, Exalogic, and the Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

Merv Adrian (Gartner analyst) cited by Informationweek:

But what’s more remarkable is the fact that Oracle is finally looking beyond its core database. Oracle’s TimesTen and Essbase databases, which were recently upgraded for use in the Exalytics appliance, and BerkeleyDB, which was Oracle’s development starting point for the new NoSQL database, are examples of that shift.

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.

Joab Jackson for PCWorld Business Center:

Oracle is positioning the appliance for managing and analyzing large sets of data that may be too large, or otherwise unsuitable for keeping in databases, such as telemetry data, click-stream data or other log data. “You may not want to keep the data in a database, but you do want to store it and analyze it,” Lumpkin said. The appliance is intended for those organizations that want to undertake Big Data-style analysis but may not have the in-house expertise to assemble large Hadoop or NoSQL-based systems.

Pricing

Kurt Dunn, Cloudera’s chief operating officer told InformationWeek.

Oracle has put together a very comprehensive product that is priced very well.

Brian Proffitt for ITworld:

The cost of the Big Data Appliance is what will really stand out. At $500,000, this may not seem like a bargain, but in reality it is. Typically, commoditized Hadoop systems run at about $4,000 a node. To get this much data storage capacity and power, you would need about 385 nodes… which puts the price tag at around $1.54 million—three times the price of Oracle’s Cloudera-based offering (which, I should add, excludes things like support costs and power).

Doug Hanshen for Informationweek:

The hardware and software combined will sell for $450,000, with an annual support fee for both hardware and software of 12%. That’s highly competitive, working out to less than $700 per terabyte and being in line with the low costs big data practitioners expect from deployments built on commodity hardware.

Oracle - Cloudera Parternship

I wrote earlier my take on what this partnership means to both Oracle and Cloudera.

Doug Hanshen for Informationweek:

But by releasing the product early in the year in partnership with Cloudera, which has more customers and years in the market than any other Hadoop software and services provider, Oracle has made it clear that it is wasting no time and taking no chances with unproven technology.

“Cloudera brings us a couple of very important missing pieces, including its management software and assistance for a deeper second- and third-tier level of support,” said George Lumpkin, Oracle’s vice president of product management, data warehousing.

Speculations about the future of the Oracle - Cloudera partnership

Brian Proffitt for ITworld:

Students of Linux history will well remember that’s exactly what happened when Oracle partnered with Red Hat to introduce commoditized Oracle offerings… and then Larry Ellison and crew decided to roll their own Oracle Enterprise Linux in 2006 when they decided to cut Red Hat out of the stack.

This is strong historical evidence that Oracle will do the same with Cloudera, because frankly the big data market is too big for Oracle not to want to own. Big Data Appliance customers should note this, and be very prepared that future versions may not be tied to Cloudera at all, but rather Oracle’s version of Hadoop.

A few people suggested on Twitter that this partnership is a sign of a possible Oracle’s acquisition of Cloudera. TechCrunch’s Leena Rao links to an old post by Matt Asay suggesting this acquisition.

Media coverage of Oracle Big Data Appliance

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