Oracle has shifted the discussion on in-memory options and systems.
First, they announced an option to run their databases and applications in-memory. They are noting that this will accelerate performance :
- 100 times queries with real-time analytics
- two times increase in transaction processing rates
- row insertions will happen three to four times faster
- compatibility with existing applications
- architectural scale-out
A nice write-up describing this from Rachel King.
Second, new hardware. Think of a server that holds 32 SPARC 3.6Ghz processors – each with 12 cores (and 96 hardware threads per processor), it holds 32 TB memory. This is the killer server Oracle announced. The M6-32. The interconnect architecture provides a 384 port silicon switching network with monster bandwidth. Three numbers Larry Ellison showed in his announcement of the new systems, the Oracle M6 offers 1 TB per second IO bandwidth, 1.4 TB per second memory bandwidth and 3 TB per second system bandwidth.