Oracle Open World Report, Days 1 and 2

October 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment

Hello everyone,

This is OrclTestGuy checking in with my first impressions of the Oracle World conference being held this week in San Francisco. One word that immediately comes to mind is “huge.” The number of attendees at the keynote sessions, the count of exhibitors on the trade show floor, the number of sessions to choose from, and the number of countries represented by this year’s participants was nothing short of overwhelming. In fact, the entire city of San Francisco, with its booked-up hotels and closed down streets, are indicative of the pride the city and the entire Bay area exhibit in being the home of Oracle Corporation, especially this week, where San Francisco can welcome all the customers and partners of Oracle in a big way .

On Tuesday I saw Larry Ellison speak live with a few thousand of my closest friends at the Moscone Center. Larry spoke on the virtues of combining the hardware and software platforms into a single solution where the two are explicitly designed to take maximum advantage of each other. The Exadata server is the result of that effort, and Larry quoted performance statistics ranging from 5 to 10 (and sometimes even 15) times faster than other hardware solutions available today. The whole concept of the machine is “parallel everything” so you end up with a box that can support 5 to 10 times the number of users running at 5 to 10 times faster in a box which provides high availability through all the redundancy and parallelism in the box as it’s built, with a much smaller footprint than all the current players in this server market. Larry touted a number of customers using the Exadata machine along with an Oracle database along with the performance gains that these customers are reporting.

In our after conference hours we’ve been enjoying some of the great perks that San Francisco has to offer, but definitely don’t forget to bring lots of plastic. While I work on my second half of the report, you may want to check out some of the videos posted on YouTube for additional updates on some of the major announcements at this year’s Open World.

–Bob the OrclTestGuy

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