The Oracle Big Data Appliance, released in January, combines an Oracle-Sun distributed computing platform with Cloudera's distribution of Apache Hadoop and the Cloudera Manager admin and management console, an open-source distribution of R analytics software, and the Oracle NoSQL database. Oracle also includes connectors that enable data to be passed back and forth between the Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exadata, or conventional Oracle database deployments. Oracle provides first-line support for this combined hardware-software "engineered system," but if tough Hadoop challenges arise, Oracle will tap Cloudera's expertise, and it will also refer customers to Cloudera for Hadoop training and consulting.
Customers will be able to configure and use the Big Data Appliance bundled software as they like. It could be all Hadoop, all NoSQL or a split of nodes on the same platform. The appliance is offered exclusively in full-rack configurations, with each rack having 864 gigabytes of main memory, 216 CPU cores, 648 terabytes of raw disk storage, and 40 gigabit-per-second InifiniBand internal connectivity between nodes. The hardware and software combined will sell for $450,000, with an annual support fee for both hardware and software of 12%. That's competitive, working out to less than $700 per terabyte.