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R with Oracle

r1The data presentation graphic at right, and many of those sprinkled throughout this article (click them for better resolutions), are highlights from an enthusiast’s gallery which have been produced by the R statistical software package. R is an open-source programming language and environment which has gained much popularity among academics who want to apply statistical methods     Continue…

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12c Debut Impressions

12c dog & pony show freebie

12c dog & pony show freebie

June 25 was the official first availability day for Oracle’s new multi-tenant release of it’s database. The slogan for this release is “Plug into the Cloud”. The companion enterprise manager, EM 12c, became available one week later. Oracle is conducting a multicity user group tour of one day marketing shows to unveil 12c consisting of a half dozen or so slick slide presentations given mostly by longtime Oracle hands. I attended the recent one in Ottawa and this post details some of my impressions.     Continue…

Exadata Speed Claims Exaggerated?

withdrawn ad from july 2012

withdrawn ad from july 2012

Oracle’s recent ad guarantee of $10M against not finding at least a 5-fold performance increase over IBM database machine hardware has been discredited by NAD, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. This was in response to a complaint filed by IBM.

ReadWriteWeb has a summary article describing three such Oracle advertising snafus during 2012 while also claiming that the company’s hardware sales have been underwhelming.     Continue…

Cloudy PaaS/IaaS Concepts

True or False? If your company buys into a cloud provider for deployment of a big new database-driven business app, you will not have to incur new hardware costs or increase your on-premises rackspace consumption. You probably will be able to enjoy simpler or reduced software licensing as well, right? …POP goes the cloud-in-a-box!     Continue…