In his keynote speech at this week’s Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison fired a shot across the bow of SAP’s HANA. The fourth generation of Oracle’s Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine was announced as part of the company’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution offerings. The marketing battle heated up when Mr. Ellison let slip that SAP has something a bit smaller. “I think her name is HANA.”
The in-memory computing solutions offered by both companies offer incredible performance improvements for companies with application and analytics performance challenges. It’s great to see SAP and Oracle (and other industry players) investing huge amounts in the race for the fastest boat in the infrastructure waters. The technologies are now mature enough and the price point is now accessible enough for most medium and large companies to seriously consider adding in-memory databases to their infrastructure. And love him or not, it’s always exciting to have Mr. Ellison take us along for the ride.