Big Data Lite Virtual Machine is the most straight-forward way to start learning about Oracle Big Data Stack or even develop demos/proof of concepts on top of it (don't forget however that BD Lite only emulates Big Data environment and while it provides the functionality, it can't be used for any kind of performance benchmarks).
As it's a VM, it has some limitations and potential issues, such as:
- the machine running it needs to have at least 16GB RAM
- migrating from one machine to another (e.g. from developer's machine to a customer's demo machine) is a slow process
- sharing isolated snapshot environments of a version among team members is equally slow and painful
Migrating the VM to Oracle IaaS environment is one way to handle some, but not all of those issues.
Turns out there is a better way: Oracle Ravello. Ravello is an overlay cloud service that brings data-center like capabilities to public cloud – enabling one to run VMware and KVM VMs with data-center like Layer 2 networking. Ravello brings these capabilities through a nested virtualization engine and networking & storage overlay that is built into its built-for-cloud hypervisor HVX. With Ravello’s capabilities one can run an existing data-center based VMware / KVM application on public cloud without any modifications, there by accelerating the move.