Larry Ellison lifts the lid on Oracle's in-memory database

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has taken the wrappers off the company’s in-memory database, trumpeting its 'real-time' performance capability.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has taken the wrappers off the company’s in-memory database, trumpeting its “real-time” performance capability.

The company said, in a statement: “Oracle Database In-Memory transparently extends the power of Oracle Database 12c to enable organisations to discover business insights in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance.”

The database is a counterpart to rival SAP’s Hana database-platform, encompassing online transaction processing and analytics. Ellison announced its advent at Open World last year.

Sudhi Vijayakumar, principal Oracle database architect at Yahoo, said: “We joined Oracle’s beta programme to understand how memory optimisation could sharpen our big data processing. Full support for Oracle Real Application Clusters’ scale-out capabilities means Oracle Database In-Memory can be used even on our largest data warehouses.”

Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice-president of Oracle's Database Server Technologies division, commented: “Oracle is the only supplier in the industry to embrace in-memory computing from applications to middleware to database to systems. Oracle Database 12c In-Memory uniquely delivers unprecedented performance for virtually all workloads with 100% application transparency and no data migration.”

And Paul Zolfaghari, president of MicroStrategy, welcomed the launch of the in-memory database. “We are delighted that our MicroStrategy Analytics Platform is among the first third-party applications to be certified with Oracle Database In-Memory,” he said.

The company said: “a dual-format in-memory architecture combines the best of row format and column format to simultaneously deliver fast analytics and efficient OLTP.”

It also confirmed that “Oracle Database In-Memory allows any existing Oracle Database-compatible application to automatically and transparently take advantage of columnar in-memory processing, without additional programming or application changes.”

The database is scheduled for general availability in July and, the company said, it can be used with all hardware platforms on which Oracle Database 12c is supported.

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