Oracle has been trying to fight off in-memory databases for quite some time now, and probably on the same level as the threat from NoSQL systems.
With an in-memory database, your storage lives in your main memory, in contrast to traditional database management systems that make use of disk storage mechanisms. As a result, in-memory databases work faster because they need less CPU instructions and it is easier to optimize internal memory.
In-memory allows you to work with data that is stored in your RAM instead of retrieving it from elsewhere. The increased speed is significant enough to make way for a better environment for a wide range of applications, including those used for financial algorithms and data visualization. In-memory computing simply performs extremely well when you have a high volume of data to work with and you need a faster response time.
What’s more, the prices for memory have dropped drastically, making in-memory computing very affordable. In fact, it is the decreased prices that helped fuel in-memory computing’s popularity among enterprise users.
Oracle has finally jumped on the in-memory bandwagon when Larry Ellison of the company’s new in-memory database option at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference held in September 2013.
So what does the new Oracle Database In-Memory Option mean for Oracle Database 12c users?
Better performance for real-time analytics
Oracle Database In-Memory option greatly speeds up your systems by making sure your data is stored in optimized columnar formats. This way your analytics run in real time, giving you the most up-to-date data.
Oracle Database In-Memory option makes use of two formats: the older row format that is best suited for OLTP operations and the new columnar format from in-memory for better analytics. These two formats are both active at the same time. So what does this mean? You do not only get fast and real time analytics, but you also have great OLTP performance.
Even applications are faster with Oracle Database In-Memory option. What’s more, you do not need to do anything for these apps to run faster.
This also means that you can now use new apps that you thought were impractical because of performance limitations. No longer is performance a problem; you could build all the apps you need using the tools you have.
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With Oracle Database In-Memory option, you can finally have a faster and higher performing database that can support even the most demanding applications! There is no more reasons why you could not do what you want to do. You can even make better decisions by having up to date and real time information in your hands. Plus, upgrading to this faster solution does not mean that you would be neglecting your old OLTP operations. Instead, the Oracle Database In-Memory option makes it even better!
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