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Oct 4 2011   1:48PM GMT

Oracle Exalytics a better comparison with SAP HANA

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

SAN FRANCISCO – In August I did a podcast with Alex Gorbachev of Pythian and John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions on whether comparing Oracle Exadata to SAP HANA was valid. They both agreed that at that time, it really wasn’t. Well, that has changed this week at Oracle OpenWorld.

Oracle’s announcement of Exalytics, an in-memory business analytics server, brings it more in line opposite the in-memory appliance SAP HANA (High-Performance Analytics Appliance), Gorbachev said this week.

“I think there was something missing before for the Oracle BI customer,” he said. “To have a complete end-to-end solution for a data warehouse they would still need to install something. Now they can have a pre-installed OBIEE (Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition) stack. This is now probably something that you could put up against SAP HANA.”

Oracle consultancy Pythian this week won the North American Titan Award from the Oracle partner network for its help in implementing Exadata at LinkShare, a marketing company in New York. Company officials also told me this week what it will do for potential customers who buy an Oracle database appliance through Pythian.

“We will migrate anybody’s database from any version on any hardware to a new database appliance for free,” said Executive Chairman and Founder Paul Vallèe. “The benefit for us is we get to demonstrate our expertise to a new account. The customer for us is more meaningful than a single upgrade.”

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