While Oracle Exadata and Exalogic have been around for some time, it is now clear that Oracle is focusing on an appliance or "engineered" system like approach. While industry cynics say it is Oracle's approach to "lock" the customer into single vendor, really speaking the trend was started by likes of Teradata and Netezza who build machines for specific purposes be it data warehousing or something similar. Greenplum, Vertica, Aster Data, PacAccel are some of the ones to follow and their subsequent acquisitions ( IBM-Netezza, HP-Vertica etc) states that "appliance" like trend is no longer an exclusive club. It is just as fashionable as each large player acquiring a BI company (Oracle-Siebel, IBM-Cognos, SAP -Business Objects). More recently SAP launching HANA ( in-memory platform for high performance analytics), clearly set the tone for extending these boxes to more specific uses and Oracle Exalytics for in-memory BI and Big Data appliance for extending the enterprise to unstructured data with "not only SQL" or "NoSQL" approach.
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With the announcement of so many appliances, some of the other major announcements like:
- General Availability of Fusion Applications with 200 early adopter customers for parts of Fusion Apps
- Oracle Public Cloud offering
- Oracle Social Network
- Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
- and few other ones that I have missed