Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

New Model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4

Oracle announced at OpenWorld, the availability of the new model Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 to dramatically increase performance and capacity; leveraging the Oracle Database In-Memory option for faster data driven insights.

The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine includes Intel Xeon processors customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores and 50 percent more memory compared to the previous generation. The X4-4 model still sells at the same list price as the prior X4-2 of $175,000 for the 2Tb model: additional RAM can be added.

Oracle also announced certification of Oracle Database In-Memory for the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, expanding the scope of in-memory analytics to include the full capabilities of the Oracle Database, as well as continueing support for Times Ten.

Oracle continues to invest in Exalytics In-Memory Software, including several Oracle Essbase in-memory features, such as patented lockless algorithms, Oracle Exalytics-specific thread pool and resource management, and background multiuser write that help to improve dramatically overall Oracle Essbase performance and scalability.

The Exalytics X4-4 is engineered to support the widest range of reporting and analytics capabilities, out of the box, with support for new releases of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Oracle Real-Time Decisions, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database and Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management, speeding time-to-value.

For more information see:

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Database In-Memory Is Officially Released

Oracle Database 12.1.0.2, which includes the Oracle Database In-Memory option, is officially released and is now available for download. Collateral that explains in detail how all of the new Oracle Database In-Memory functionality works is on The In-Memory page on Oracle.com including this technical whitepaper.

There is also the Blog dedicated to Oracle Database In-Memory @ https://blogs.oracle.com/In-Memory/ , with articles such as:

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

Oracle Database In-Memory

Larry Ellison unveiled the next major milestone in database technology, Oracle Database In-Memory, on June 10, 2014.

Oracle Database In-Memory will be generally available in July 2014 and can be used with all hardware platforms on which Oracle Database 12c is supported.

  • This option will accelerate database performance by orders of magnitude for analytics, data warehousing, and reporting while also speeding up online transaction processing (OLTP).
  • It allows any existing Oracle Database-compatible application to automatically and transparently take advantage of columnar in-memory processing, without additional programming or application changes.

Benefits

  • Fast ad-hoc analytics without the need to pre-create indexes
  • Completely transparent to existing applications
  • Faster mixed workload OLTP
  • No database size limit
  • Industrial strength availability and security
  • Robustness and maturity of Oracle Database 12c

To find out more see

 ... and I will let you know how this unfolds in regards to advantages for OBI11g and Exalytics and Big Data over the coming months.

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Exalytics In-Memory Machine Specialization for Partners

The Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Certified Implementation Specialist certification is now available, designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation and expertise in implementing Oracle's Exalytics In-Memory Machine solutions. This certification covers topics such as: Oracle Times Ten for Exalytics, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, Oracle Essbase, Oracle Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Endeca Information Discovery.

Check the Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Implementation Specialist Study Guide (PDF)

OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists. This certification qualifies as competency criteria for the Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 Specialisation.

Benefits:

  • Free vouchers for OPN members upon request and subject to approval.

  • OPN Specialist Certification offered after passing the exam.

Register Now at Pearson VUE for Exam Number: 1Z1-484

See also:

Monday Oct 07, 2013

New Bigger Model Exalytics T5-8 Introduced

You can read here the full Press Release for the new Oracle Exalytics T5-8.

We now have two Exalytics models on the price list, the X3-4 and the T5-8, which in summary offer:

  • Exalytics X3-4 – 40 cores, 2Tb Ram and 2.4 Tb of flash storage, running Linux
  • Exalytics T5-8 – 128 cores, 4Tb Ram and 3.2 Tb of flash storage, running Solaris

Also check out the other New Exalytics In-Memory Software License Changes on the price list. And some external to Oracle comments:

With this enhanced storage and processing power, the ExalyticsT5-8 supports massive server and application consolidation to run combinations of OBI Foundation, BI-Apps, Essbase, Endeca and Hyperion applications together, while scaling to many thousands of users with overall lower total cost of ownership.

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

· Oracle Exalytics T5-8 Data Sheet

· Oracle Business Analytics

· Oracle and Big Data

Monday Aug 05, 2013

New Exalytics In-Memory Software License Change

In the latest Oracle Engineered Systems Price List, there are some changes to the licenses for Oracle software products running on the Exalytics in-Memory system.

· There is a new “Exalytics In-Memory Software” product which is now mandatory for all valid configurations of OBI and EPM software running on Exalytics (but not for Endeca only configurations). This Exalytics In-Memory Software includes the software-specific enhancements created and enabled on Exalytics including Summary Advisor, hardware accelerations for OBI Server and Essbase and enhanced BI-Publisher bursting.

· If licensing by Named User Plus (NUP), the minimum is now 20 NUP licenses per Customer. The licensing prerequisites for Exalytics In-Memory Software are Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, or Business Intelligence Foundation Suite for Oracle Applications, or Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus or Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus for Oracle Applications and / or Essbase Plus and / or Hyperion Planning Plus.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

New Exalytics X3-4 System and Patchset 3 Released

Just announced, we have the news of Oracle Exalytics X3-4 Powers Real-Time Analytical Insights (July 15, 2013). This launches a new release of the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, called the “X3-4” model. The new system features significant software enhancements and hardware updates, dramatically expanding the capabilities of this high-speed engineered system for business analytics.

The new Exalytics X3-4 system features 2 TB of main memory, 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 5.4 TB of hard disk. Oracle also released system upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers, and updated software for all Exalytics customers.

Oracle Exalytics Patchset 3 Software is Now Available

The fourth major release of Exalytics software and associated certifications is  now available for use with Exalytics X2-4 and X3-4 engineered systems. 

What’s New

The new patchset includes a full software version stripe for Exalytics that has been tested together and is delivered as one Engineered System.  Exalytics customers can now access significant enhancements across the whole complement of Exalytics software.  

· New Software improvements of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11.1.1.7. This release has more than 200 enhancements across the suite and many features targeted exclusively for Exalytics, such as extremely fast ‘hot-data’ recommendations from the database cardinality estimate feature, and BI Publisher high-volume bursting that can enable the generation of an extremely large number of personalized reports and documents for business users in time periods that were previously not achievable. In addition, Essbase, a component of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, benefits from Flash memory and expanded main memory available with Exalytics X3-4 or with hardware upgrades for Exalytics X2-4. Multiple cubes can run concurrently with up to 25X improvement in load times and 9X improvement in calculation times when compared to the previous release running on Exalytics X2-4 without Flash storage.

· New release of TimesTen In-Memory Database 11.2.2.5 enhancements and new functionality for Exalytics, including a new TimesTen import utility for analyzing data in the Oracle Database and importing to TimesTen in Exalytics with recommendations for optimal data types, columnar compression, and indexes, enhanced parallel inserts for compressed tables and data loading time reduction. These capabilities speed up data load times. In-memory join optimizations in TimesTen result in up to 3x improvement over regular workloads in BI Applications, for instance.

· New Software Certification of EID 3.0.  Exalytics now supports the new, major release of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery, which enables rapid insights into structured and unstructured data including social media, websites, content management systems, raw text from documents, email, and more. By correlating this data to the structured data in data warehouses and enterprise applications, users will be able to more accurately manage data and meaning form unstructured sources, ultimately driving better business decisions and innovations.

· New release of BI Applications 11.1.1.7.1.  This major release features new content across all the BI Applications, two new analytic applications—Student Information Analytics and Indirect Spend Planning—and new use of Oracle Data Integrator and GoldenGate. 

· New Software Certification of EPM 11.1.2.3 Exalytics now supports the latest version of Oracle Hyperion EPM.  In addition to taking advantage of all of the new user experience, integrations and functional enhancements Exalytics now supports 11.1.2.3 versions of Hyperion Planning, Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management and connections to Hyperion Financial Management.

· Support for Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.1: Hyperion Planning customers with EPM 11.1.2.1 deployments can now take advantage of Exalytics without needing to upgrade to EPM release 11.1.2.2 or 11.1.2.3. With an existing deployment of Hyperion Planning 11.1.2.1, customers can now leverage the performance and scalability of Essbase deployed on Exalytics. 

· NEW Exalytics In-Memory Software.  Software optimizations specific to Exalytics, and not available on generic hardware or other Engineered Systems, are now packaged as part of a new priced item, “Exalytics In-Memory Analytics”.  This new line item provides rights to use Summary Advisor, Essbase Flash optimizations, BI Publisher enhanced bursting for Exalytics, TimesTen for Exalytics unique features, and other capabilities unique to Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

For more information:

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

· Oracle Exalytics X3-4 Data Sheet

· Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine White Paper

· Webcast: Lowering Your Total Cost of Ownership with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

Thursday Feb 21, 2013

Partner Resell Exams for Exalytics In-Memory Machine

The examinations are now available for Oracle Partners to take on-line, so that they can add Exalytics resell rights to their OPN distribution agreements.

Check the criteria and apply now to distribute Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone products.

In order to apply to distribute Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone products, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork in good standing with a valid OPN Agreement.
  • Have confirmed acceptance from Oracle into the Exalytics In-Memory Machine Knowledge Zone.
  • Have a valid Full Use Program Distribution Agreement (FUDA) with Oracle, or be in the process of applying for one.
  • Have met the resale competency criteria set forth below, by passing these on-line exams:

Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Sales Specialist

2

Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Presales Specialist

1

Exalytics In-Memory Machine X2-4 Support Specialist

1

Friday Nov 02, 2012

Exalytics Increases Customer Revenue, and Saves Time, Risk & Cost

We are getting some great proof point stories now from our customers who are succeeding with the Exalytics in-memory system for OBI and Essbase.  See below for some recent testimony:

  • San Diego Unified School District Harnesses Attendance, Procurement, and Operational Data with Oracle Exalytics, Generating $4.4 Million in Savings: according to independent assessment by Mainstay Salire, the district is on track to achieve substantial benefits from the Oracle Exalytics solution, including an $8.25 million increase in attendance revenue, $75,000 a year savings in operational efficiencies, and $1 million in hardware cost avoidance.
  • NilsonGroup chooses Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine as their solution to access critical data to keep its stores competitive with real-time Mobile BI: it took only “3 days to get up and running” with Exalytics.  Video
  • Nykredit, in the Danish Financial Sector, describes their experiences from testing the Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine: “it was up and running within 4 days” with “more intuitive dashboards” and “up to 70x better performance” and “cheaper maintenance and lower total cost of ownership”. Video
  • Sodexo chose Oracle Exalytics as their business analytics platform; accelerating Essbase “more than 8x” performance for more than 2,000 Excel-addin users, “significantly changing how people in information management now deal with data”.  Video
  • Polk, Savvis, Nykredit, and Key Energy describe testing of the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine: to “reach more users than we ever have before”, “to fly through the data without impeding the analytic process”, “drive our enterprise groups into this tool instead of having departmental solutions”, and the “advanced visualisation this product enables”.  Video

Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

These FREE to OPN Partners hands-on workshops highlight both the hardware and software components that are engineered to work together to deliver Oracle Exalytics - an optimized version of the industry-leading Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database with analytic extensions, a highly scalable Oracle server designed specifically for in-memory business intelligence, and Oracle's proven Business Intelligence Foundation (OBI 11g v 11.1.1.6 and Essbase) with enhanced visualization capabilities and performance optimizations.

Priority will be given to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) exam, and to Partners who have purchased an Exalytics for their own data centres to demonstrate it to their clients.

Topics covered will include:

  • Exalytics Architectural Overview
  • Upgrade and Lifecycle Management
  • Times Ten for Exalytics
  • Summary Advisor Utility
  • Essbase and EPM System on Exalytics
  • Dashboard and Analysis Interactions
  • OBIEE 11.1.1.6 Features and Advanced Topics

After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Exalytics solution.You will also be able to extend your current analytical and enterprise performance management application implementations with numerous Oracle technologies specifically enhanced to take advantage of the compute capacity and in-memory capabilities of Oracle Exalytics.

Prerequisites

  • Experience and understanding of OBIEE 11g is required

·       Previous attendance of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite Workshop or BIEE 11g Introduction Workshop is highly recommended, and priority will be given to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials (1Z1-591) exam.

  • Good understanding of data warehousing and data modelling for reporting and analysis purpose.  Strong experience with database technologies preferred


Attendee to provide their own laptops which must meet the following minimum hardware/software requirements:

Hardware

  • Minimum 8GB RAM
  • 60 GB free disk space (includes staging)
  • USB 2.0 port (at least one available)
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring a mouse. You will be working in a development environment and using the mouse heavily.

Software

  • One of the following operating systems:
    • 64-bit Windows host/laptop OS
    • 64-bit host/laptop OS with a Windows VM (XP, Server, or Win 7, BIC2g, etc.)
  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x or Firefox 3.5.x
  • WINRAR or 7ziputility to unzip workshop files:
  • Oracle VirtualBox 4.0.2 or higher
    • Downloadable from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    • CPU virtualization mode needs to be enabled. We will provide guidance on the day of the workshop.  Attendees will be given a VirtualBox image containing a pre-installed Oracle Exalytics environment.

Register Here for 3-day Workshops:

11-Dec-12

Birmingham

UK

29-Jan-13

Utrecht

NL

12-Feb-13

Frankfurt

Germany

12-Mar-13

Moscow

Russia

Tuesday Oct 09, 2012

Clock is Ticking for OBI 10g Supported Customers to move to OBI 11g

Now is a perfect time for Partners to approach existing OBI 10g customers, to encourage and help them to upgrade to all the great new features in the current OBI v 11g; including the ability to go Mobile, to be in-memory on Exalytics, and to get tighter integration with Hyperion applications, Strategic Scorecards and Essbase.

Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle BI Suite, version 10gR3, will end ‘normal’ support in July 2013.

The final point release of Oracle Business Intelligence EE & Publisher 10gR3 was 10.1.3.4.x, which was generally available from July 2008 and will end “Premier Support” in July 2013.  From this time, customers may purchase “Extended Support” until July 2015, and from then “Sustaining Support”  indefinitely.

For more information :

Price Drop for Processor based License on Exalytics

·       33% reduction in the list `per processor` license pricing for the Oracle BI Foundation Suite

·       New capacity-based licensing which allows customers to think big & start small, significantly lowering the entry price point for an Exalytics.

Oracle BI Software List Price changes

In response to new powerful platforms like the in-memory Oracle Exalytics with 40 cpu cores (counted under Oracle pricing policy as 20 “processors”), the list price of “Oracle BI Foundation Suite” (BIFS) is reduced by 33% from $450K per processor to $300K per processor.

Capacity-based licensing on Exalytics (Trusted Partitions)

“Capacity-based pricing” for the BIFS, Endeca, Essbase and Times Ten for Exalytics software is now available for Exalytics systems.

This is delivered using “Oracle VM” (OVM).  We still ship a full Exalytics machine to all customers, but they may choose to only use and license a subset of the processors installed in the machine.   Customers can license Exalytics software in units of 5 “processors”: 5, 10, 15 or the full capacity 20.   As the customer’s implementation and workload increases, it is a simple matter to license additional processors and, using OVM, make them available to the BI or EPM application.

Endeca Information Discovery now available on Exalytics

Oracle has also announced the certification of “Oracle Endeca Information Discovery” (EID) on the Exalytics machine.    EID can be licensed alone or in combination with the BIFS & Times Ten for an Exalytics stack, and also participates in the capacity based pricing outlined above.   The Exalytics hardware is the perfect platform for EID, and provides superb power and performance for this in-memory hybrid text-search-analytics.

 

For more information :

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Exalytics at Partners in EMEA

Many partners have got Oracle Exalytics systems on their premises where they can help customers with proof-of-solution demonstrations to show how fast this engineered in-memory analytics solution can be, and how this translates into tangible business benefits.  Any customer with Oracle Analytics (OBIEE, Essbase, Hyperion Planning, Oracle BI-Applications) who is seeking to upgrade their hardware infrastructure, looking for a quick, low risk and cost effective implementation, should contact one of these to test what an Exalytics can do for them.

Below is a list of some of our specialist Oracle Partners who have an Exalytics:

http://www.arrowecs.fr/produits/index.php?id=82

France

http://www.ise-informatik.de/

Germany

http://www.hotitem.nl/

Netherlands

http://www.gfi.pt/pt/ofertas/engineering-a-systems-integration/servicos/1077

Portugal

http://bi.fors.ru/

Russia

http://www.synchrotech-group.com/

Switzerland

http://www.sumit.ch/

Switzerland

http://www.linkplus.com.tr/

Turkey

http://www.rittmanmead.com/

UK

Friday Feb 24, 2012

Exalytics OBI11g Partner Training 3-day hands-on Workshops

These FREE hands-on workshops highlight both the hardware and software components that are engineered to work together to deliver Oracle Exalytics - an optimized version of the industry-leading Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database with analytic extensions, a highly scalable Oracle server designed specifically for in-memory business intelligence, and Oracle's proven Business Intelligence Foundation (OBI 11g v 11.1.1.6 and Essbase) with enhanced visualization capabilities and performance optimizations.

Priority will be gived to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the OBI Foundation Essentials specialisation Exam.

Topics covered will include:

  • TimesTen In-Memory Database and the new Summary Advisor for Exalytics,
  • Latest release of visualization enhancements for OBI-EE v 11.1.1.6 
  • Technical updates on Essbase.

After taking this course, you will be well prepared to architect, build, demo, and implement an end-to-end Exalytics solution.You will also be able to extend your current analytical and enterprise performance management application implementations with numerous Oracle technologies specifically enhanced to take advantage of the compute capacity and in-memory capabilities of Oracle Exalytics.

Register Here for 3-day Workshops:

EMEA Events
March 20-22, 2012 - in Colombes, Paris, France
April 3-5, 2012 - in Reading, Berkshire, UK
April 17-19, 2012 - in Ultrecht, Netherlands
May 22-24, 2012 - in Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, Italy

North America Events
April 10-12, 2012 - in Chicago, IL
May 8-10, 2012 - in Dallas, TX

Priority will be gived to Partner individuals who have passed or scheduled to take the OBI Foundation Essentials specialisation Exam.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

OBI 11g version 11.1.1.6 Release is Generally Available

The latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, 11.1.1.6 is now downloadable from OTN for Windows, Linux, Solaris, and AIX @ http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/bi-enterprise-edition/downloads/biee-111150-393613.html

And, the OBIEE 11.1.1.6 Documentation Library is online @ http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/bi.htm

This is the OBI Foundation version that is used to support the new Exalytics in-memory BI machine. 

There are some interesting comments already from some of our BI partners such as:

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