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Oracle speeds up its databases — and challenges SAP — with in-memory support

Above: Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison.

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Oracle databases around the world, used for recording critical business transactions and performing analytics, are about to get faster.

Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of the legacy database vendor, announced the introduction of in-memory capability for the Oracle Database 12c software at a press event at company headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., today.

With this update, admins can arrange for information to be stored in the memory of a server, rather than on disk drives that can live farther away from chips. Memory performs faster than disk, so this means applications using the new technology will respond more quickly.

The move positions Oracle to go right up against SAP when it comes to fast-acting in-memory databases. SAP has been improving its reputation with its HANA in-memory database software in the past couple of years, and now HANA is becoming easier for companies to consume in cloud-based versions. So souping up Oracle databases for speed to keep up with SAP makes good sense.

Oracle said developers won’t have to rework their applications that use Oracle databases should they want to incorporate in-memory capability.

Of course, Oracle thinks its new in-memory technology will run best on its own hardware. But it can run on servers from other vendors, too, Oracle said.

The option will become generally available in July. Oracle did not say today how much it would cost.

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Mr. Lawrence J. Ellison, Larry Co-founded Oracle Corporation. In June 1977 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since its incorporation. Mr. Ellison is responsible for product strategy, development and delivery of the database prod... read more »

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8 comments
Neil Jackson
Neil Jackson

Wasn't this always possible with a RAM disk? Maybe a dumb question but I'm not a DBA.

Ajay Desai
Ajay Desai

Kinda sad news for all those startups out there attempting to move ahead in performance where Oracle has been the biggest boat anchor in performance and capability. Even so, with such an announcement. Larry Ellison's lack of carrying through on his absolutely noteworthy vision has caused America in general to suffer.

Kumar Thason
Kumar Thason

Any Oracle gurus out there? Will Oracle's Coherence be phases out, since it looks like Larry is making in-memory a standard in 12c?

Jordan Berg
Jordan Berg

Please elaborate why you think this is s*it Gaurang?

Joe Azure
Joe Azure

Lol... You really need to ask ?