OOW 2008: The Database – really BIG announcement (industry shocking …)

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All the tell tale signs are there: nervous Oracle staff – looking around them to check out whether no one can read their minds, some intriguing but very unspecific rumors, quiet anticipation building like a low rumble in the distance that preceeds a hurricane, the series of Thursday sessions on one new topic that seems to appear out of thin air – and is not mentioned in the sessions prior to Thursday… The conclusion seems unavoidable: on Wednesday, Larry E. will make a big (let’s make that BIG) announcement regarding the database. One that will shock the industry. And until Wednesday: all lips are sealed.

(apparently, some months ago, Larry Ellison said to analysts: “We are not going to sit on our laurels; we have a major database
innovation that we will announce in September of this year. It is going
to be a very big and important announcement for us so we are not
standing still in database.” (see: http://kevinclosson.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/of-gag-orders-excitement-and-new-products/ )

From looking at the conference program, a second conclusion pushes itself to the front: Thursday has at least four sessions on a topic that is not presented on earlier in the week. And that seems to be new. So is that topic then the BIG announcement? Well, the topic is:

‘Database Accelerator’ and one of its taglines: query processing revolutionized.

“New and revolutionary solutions and methodologies are coming together
to handle the exploding data volumes real-world systems are being
required to store and serve up. Supporting ever-larger databases, with
ever-increasing demands for getting “answers” faster and faster
requires a new way to approach the problem. Taking a fresh look at the
challenge reveals new insights. This session looks at the intersection
of database, data warehouse, and storage solutions that will deliver on
these requirements. ”

Wednesday afternoon will tell us more…

(note: if this really is the big announcement – the guys over at Mythics are going to have an interesting time ahead of them: Database Accelerator.)

I just noticed Mark has some premonitions about this topic as well: http://www.rittmanmead.com/2008/09/12/so-what-is-oracles-new-database-accelerator/ .

 

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Lucas Jellema, active in IT (and with Oracle) since 1994. Oracle ACE Director and Oracle Developer Champion. Solution architect and developer on diverse areas including SQL, JavaScript, Kubernetes & Docker, Machine Learning, Java, SOA and microservices, events in various shapes and forms and many other things. Author of the Oracle Press book Oracle SOA Suite 12c Handbook. Frequent presenter on user groups and community events and conferences such as JavaOne, Oracle Code, CodeOne, NLJUG JFall and Oracle OpenWorld.

1 Comment

  1. Toon Koppelaars on

    Could it be the long awaited support for CREATE ASSERTION 🙂 ?
    It would definitly revolutionalize query processing: assuming Oracle delivers SEMANTIC QUERY OPTIMIZATION at the same time….
    Very probably not though.

    It might be support (at the storage) level for the transrelational model. It hyped a few years ago, but then suddenly disappeared from stage. It’s a radical concept on which Chris Date has already written a book. But is not allowed to publish yet….

    Intriguing indeed.