Thursday, September 25th, 2008

OpenWorld 2008: Day 3

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Ellison Unleashes HP Oracle Database Machine
In his much-anticipated keynote address, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced Oracle’s first-ever hardware product, the HP Oracle Database Machine. Introduced as the world’s fastest database machine, the HP Oracle Database Machine improves data warehouse query performance by a factor of 10 or more. The machine is a combination of smart storage software from Oracle and industrystandard hardware from HP; it consists of a grid of Oracle Database servers and a grid of new Oracle Exadata Storage Servers packaged in a single rack along with the required InfiniBand infrastructure and related hardware.
“Talk about extreme performance—you’re looking at the world’s fastest database machine,” said Ellison, as the HP Oracle Database Machine rose from beneath the stage next to him. “For the first time, customers can get smart performance storage designed for Oracle data warehouses that is 10 times faster. And this is 1,400 times larger than Apple’s largest iPod,” he added, prompting laughter from the standing-room-only crowd.
Enterprise data warehouses are experiencing phenomenal growth, explained Ellison, as data volume triples in size every two years. “The issue is, you still have to get at that data to run your business, but the pipes are real bottlenecks,” said Ellison. “We’ve developed software that does more database processing directly at the disc drive, so less data has to travel over pipes, and combined that with HP’s extreme hardware—wider pipes and more of them. The performance improvement is truly amazing,” he added. Read the full story in today’s newspaper

Larry goes eXtreme!

Two years after the moment that Oracle went into Operating Systems – Unbreakable Linux – today Larry announced that Oracle (partnering with HP) will sell hardware also. And it’s not a simple commodity server… It’s the HP Oracle Database Machine. This beast contains 8 database servers (with 64 cores in total) and 14 eXadata servers (with 112 cores). And an enormous amount of storage: 1400 times more than the largest iPod! I think it could contain all mp3′s in the world…
An eXadata Server (officially known as the HP Oracle Exadata Programmable Storage Server) contains 2 processors with 8 cores each, 12 disks, Enterprise Linux and – and this is the coolest part – Parallel Query processing capability for every disk. By bringing processing capability close to the storage, the amount of data going through the wires from a storage server to a database server is dramatically reduced – because results are passed instead of data blocks. Because of this architecture the performance will remain the same as the database is growing – just add some more servers and it will be fine. So this is the last piece of the grid-puzzle: Next to Fusion Middleware grid and Database Grid, Oracle can provide us now with Storage Grid.
The performance of this thing is gigantic: tests proved that queries will run 10 to 50 (!) times faster than on current available hardware.
And now of course the closing question: What does it cost?
A Database Machine costs $650,000 – which is $4,000 per terabyte, and that is much cheaper than other storage around. Apart from that there is ‘some’ license involved for the software : $1,680,000 (and surely an annual fee of 15% of that amount). So it’s not for free…but it can replace a room full of your current hardware!

Some impressions from our inside reporter
• When Logica focus on “Committed, Innovate & Open” (CIO) it inspired oracle to “Complete, Open & Integrated (COI)”
• The main news was about Hardware. Co-operation between oracle and HP for storage systems
• Charles Philips had dinner with customers but couldn’t cook ….. score for Paul Schuijt.

Also check the photo impressions.

Here you can find the keynote schedule. It looks like no special Apps key note is planned.

Follow our Logica colleague Roel Hartman on OpenWorld.
Download and read the OpenWorld Daily Newspaper: Thursday, 25 September

by Peter Slager

Oracle’s Fusion app suite may not ship until 2010
Oracle may not deliver the first suite of its long-awaited Fusion Applications until 2010, according to Steve Miranda, senior vice president of Fusion application development.
“We’re going to be with early customers at the end of next year, and we’re going to be very, very cautious on the [general availability date],” Miranda said in an interview following a session Wednesday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. “We’re going to make sure [the applications] are successful. Period.” Read the full story…

E-Business Suite
by Wouter Schaap

No specific E-Business Suite news today.

by Tom Altena

New Feature
….PeopleTools 8.50 includes a number of noteworthy features, but the one with the most immediate impact is the new Ajax-based User Experience…..

PeopleTools Roadmap Presentation
Here is Part 1: Download file
Here is Part 2: Download file      

Human Capital Management
…Even though 9.1 is a little later than expected, they plan to add quite a bit of functionality including cascading goals in Performance Management as well as a new Succession Management capability (delivered with core HR — so no additional licensing required). …

Interesting sessions on OpenWorld 2008 for today

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise: A Panel Discussion

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise Performance Tips and Techniques

Microsoft SQL Server for PeopleSoft Enterprise

Business Intelligence in a PeopleSoft World

Person Model: From a Human Resources Perspective

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Enterprise Integration Broker Deep Dive

PeopleSoft Time and Labor

Tips and Tricks for Working with PeopleSoft System Tables

PeopleSoft Web Servers: A Deep Dive

Customer Success with PeopleSoft Financials Release 9.0

by Rick van Haasteren
Oracle Business Intelligence Suite based on Siebel Analytics
Oracle continues using elements of Siebel in other applications. The new version of Oracle BI Suite EE Plus is based on Siebel analytics software .

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