Oracle Sets Date for Database In-Memory Release

  • Written By: Ted Rohm
  • Published On: June 2014



Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took center stage at a special event to announce the planned release of the Oracle Database In-Memory. The Oracle Database In-Memory is Oracle’s answer to the in-memory database race that has been heating up over the last couple of years. Oracle originally announced the in-memory solution during last year’s Oracle OpenWorld conference. The Oracle Database In-Memory demonstrated from 100x to more than 1000x speedup for enterprise application modules in performance tests including Oracle’s E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and Fusion Applications.

Oracle’s in-memory database solution has a dual-format in-memory architecture that combines the best of row format and column format to simultaneously deliver fast analytics and efficient online transaction processing (OLTP). This ability—combining real-time data analysis with subsecond transactions—will enable organizations to get closer to real-time enterprises.

Oracle is not rushing the product to market and ensures that the solution has undergone extensive validation testing by hundreds of end users, ISV partners, and Oracle Applications teams over the past nine months. Oracle Database In-Memory is scheduled for general availability in July and will run on all hardware supported by Oracle Database 12c.

The timing and not so subtle messaging of the announcement— only a few days after SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW 2014 conference—shows that Oracle is not going to allow the upstart database vendor SAP to take any more wind out of its sails. Oracle Database In-Memory has been long anticipated, and with its release, Oracle plans to overtake the competition for in-memory database installations over the next twelve months. However, SAP has a big head start with HANA as it was released in 2010 and is continuing to gain strong momentum, particularly within the large installed SAP base. It will be interesting to see how this race takes shape over the coming year.
 
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