Structured vs Unstructured Big Data Architecture

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A Petabyte of Data Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Inspired by a T-shirt he got from Splunk, Alex shares his thoughts on Big Data, data storage and the changing landscape with emerging technologies like Hadoop.

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New Year, New Big Data Appliance

Shortly before we all went on break for the holiday, Oracle announced the new BDA X3-2. Now I have time to properly sit down with a glass of fine scotch and dig into the details of what is included in the release. Turns out that there are quite a few changes packed in. We are getting new hardware, new Hadoop, new Connectors and new NoSQL. Tons of awesome features are included. Let’s get into it.

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IOUG Big Data SIG — Kick-Off Meeting at OOW12

We have the SIG meeting at Oracle Open World Everyone is welcome. Gwen Shapira is the SIG leader and expect lots of great things in that space. The SIG is also looking for volunteers — that’s going to be hot space so if you want to engage early come and let us know.

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A First Foray Into Hadoop Territory

Before I dig into the mechanics under the hood of the Hadoop beastie (which is the part, I assume, that is going to be heady as hell), I thought it would be a good idea to play a little bit with some of its applications to give me a feel for the lay of the land.

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Roll Your Own Big Data Appliance

The chances of getting my hands on 18 servers each with 12 cores, 48g RAM and 84T storage each all connected by InfiniBand are not that great. But I can play with the software, and so can you. Unlike Oracle’s Exadata, almost every software component that is available on the Big Data Appliance is also available for download. So, lets roll our own Big Data appliance!

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Looking for BigData, NoSQL or Exadata slides?

It was fun presenting today at Portland and I’m looking forward to continuing my user group marathon at Denver tomorrow and on Thursday. Since many people asked me where they can find my slides, and I predict that few more will keep asking about them over the next few days, I uploaded my Big Data and NoSQL presentations to SlideShare. You can find them here:

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Oracle Database or Hadoop?

Whenever I tell an experienced Oracle DBA about Hadoop and what companies are doing with it, the immediate response is “But I can do this in Oracle”. Let’s compare.

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Oracle Connects Big Data to Medium and Small Data

With the announcement of the Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle also comes up with some really cool technology stack which is being termed as Oracle Big Data Connectors (OBDC). This piece of software can be used with both Oracle Big Data Appliance and other Apache Hadoop-based systems.

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Comparing Hadoop Appliances

At this time there are three Hadoop appliances in the market:Oracle’s Big Data appliance, Netapp’s Hadooplers and EMC’s Greenplum DCA. It looks like a lot of companies that did not already adopt Hadoop in 2011, are looking to do so in 2012, and some of them may be considering going with an appliance. I want to take a look at some of the reasons a company will be interested in a Hadoop appliance, and what are the differences between the different appliances.

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