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Oracle NoSQL Database Now Available for Download from OTN

Oracle NoSQL Database is now generally available and can be downloaded from Oracle Technology Network. Database Insider Newsletter sat down with Willie Hardie, vice president, Oracle Database product marketing, to discuss Oracle NoSQL Database, and how it fits into Oracle’s big data strategy.

Database Insider Newsletter: Can you give us a quick primer on Oracle NoSQL Database?
Hardie: Oracle NoSQL Database is ideal for processing high-volume, real time data, such as Website click streams or device generated data. It stores data in a very flexible key-value format, and is also highly available and scalable. So if, for example, you are storing membership information for your online Web property, a single key might be a customer ID that lets you pull up anything you want to know about that customer. It enables you to perform simple queries very fast, and because it’s distributed across multiple machines, you can execute queries on a massive scale and handle large volumes of data.

Database Insider Newsletter: What’s the significance of Oracle NoSQL Database for managing big data?
Hardie: The volume of information, or “big data,” generated from sources such as blogs, social media feeds, smart meters, and other devices is generally massive, dynamic, and unstructured. Oracle NoSQL Database is a very good match for what we think of as big data and handles it nicely. It’s fast, efficient, and supports simple queries, delivering consistent performance for a broad set of workloads and data set sizes.

Database Insider Newsletter: How is Oracle NoSQL Database different from other NoSQL databases?
Hardie: Oracle NoSQL Database brings enterprise quality storage and performance to the highly available, widely distributed NoSQL environment. It uses Oracle Berkeley DB as the underlying storage system, so it is more robust than many other NoSQL databases. It’s also a commercial product fully supported by Oracle, so there is a lot less risk in deploying Oracle NoSQL Database in production environments. And finally, it has a very simple programming model, not leaving things such as durability and consistency entirely up to the application, as is often the case with NoSQL today.

Database Insider Newsletter: How does Oracle NoSQL Database fit within Oracle’s overall big data strategy?
Hardie: Oracle addresses the full spectrum of enterprise big data requirements, including acquiring, organizing, and analyzing big data. Oracle NoSQL Database addresses the “acquire” phase requirements, but it’s important to note that Oracle NoSQL Database easily integrates with the technologies used in the “organize” phase, too. Previously, integrating NoSQL solutions with an enterprise application architecture required manual integration and custom development. But Oracle-provided adapters allow Oracle NoSQL Database to integrate with a Hadoop MapReduce framework or with Oracle Database in-database MapReduce, R-based analytics, or whatever business needs demand.

Database Insider Newsletter: What has customer interest been in Oracle’s big data solutions?
Hardie: Our customers are really interested in learning how to integrate big data into their enterprise data warehouse environments, both from a business and a technology perspective. In fact, Oracle was just at Hadoop World, held in early November. We spent a lot of time meeting customers and getting their input on the latest updates with Hadoop and how it can be best used in a unified data strategy. It’s a big part of why we have worked to integrate Hadoop MapReduce as part of Oracle Big Data Appliance.

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