IOUG Podcast 04-APR-2012 Exalytics In-Memory Machine Launch / Engineered Systems / Big Data Trends

For April 4th, 2012 up this week:
The Exalytics In-Memory Machine Launched by Oracle
Oracle Says The Bookings Pipeline for Engineered Systems is Strong
Trending Now: Big Data – A Challenge or Opportunity?
And Upcoming Collaborate 2012 Activities

IOUG Podcast 04-APR-2012

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As First introduced at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a high-speed engineered system featuring combined in-memory business intelligence software and hardware, is now generally available. Oracle Exalytics features Oracle BI Foundation Suite 11.6, which includes 87 new product capabilities and enhancements, and also the Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics, enhanced for Oracle Sun servers designed for ultra-speed in-memory analytics.

Oracle Corporation announced that GAAP total revenues for fiscal Quarter 3 2012 , which ended February 28th, were up 3% to $9.0 billion, and non-GAAP total revenues were up 3% to $9.1 billion. Oracle’s engineered systems were among the highlighted sales for the quarter. Hardware revenue for engineered systems grew 139% in the third quarter and bookings are strong going into the fourth, said Oracle president Mark Hurd in a statement released by the company with the announcement of its quarterly financial results

According to John Matelski, CIO and director of IT Services for Gwinnett County, Georgia, Organizational focus has been placed on the emergence of “big data” the large-scale data sets that businesses and governments use to create new value with today’s computing and communications power. Big data poses many opportunities, but managing the rapid growth adds challenges, including complexity and cost. Leaders must address the implications of big data, increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, the rise of multimedia, social media, and the internet.

Analysts suggest that worldwide information volume is growing annually at a minimum rate of 60%, and although this by itself poses a significant challenge in managing big data, business and IT leaders must focus on data types and how quickly data streams must be processed to meet demand. IT leaders should educate their business counterparts on these challenges while ensuring some degree of control and coordination so that big data is leveraged as an opportunity, rather than looked at only as a problem that raises compliance risks, increases costs and/or creates more organizational silos.

And now some of the IOUG Forum highlights for Collaborate 12

On Sunday we’re featuring Complimentary Deep Dive Education for all IOUG Registrants
Oracle Exadata Database Machine in a Nutshell
presented by Vinod Haval, of Bank of America, and Daniel Liu, from Oracle Corp.

Participants in this 6-hour technical session will learn the key capabilities and features of Exadata and Database Machines, including key architecture and capabilities of Exadata, configuring Exadata Storage Server and the Exadata Machine, and best practices for ongoing maintenance, backup and optimization of the product

The Exadata SIG meets on Tuesday, April 24th so meet with your fellow users and get more insight into what the Exadata SIG has in store for 2012!

Even More ExaEducation comes with Our Wednesday IOUG Boot Camp
Planned and managed by Oracle ACE Vinod Haval, this 1-day set of sessions will make you an Exadata expert! Learn about Oracle Exadata and how it helps to reduce IT challenges and increase your overall Oracle ROI.

Hear real life examples on topics such as: best practices for Exadata deployment;  Performance Tuning; and Data Migration tips and techniques. And Finally, discover what additional Services you need for a successful Exadata implementation All IOUG Boot Camps are complimentary for all COLLABORATE registrants.

And Remember What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay There with Our Virtual Conference!
If you can’t break-out of the office to attend Collaborate this year, we’ll be Broadcasting live from Las Vegas, with our Plug-in to Vegas, IOUG’s week-long virtual conference which includes the Wednesday Exadata Boot Camp sessions! So Get your team together and have a virtual group training session where you can watch sessions as they happen, ask questions, and access the session recordings on-demand.

Visit our website at ioug.org and click on the Collaborate Banners for more information on all of these exciting events.