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High-performance businesses are using analytics to uncover insights from disparate internal and external data sources. The new Oracle Exalytics solution, which combines hardware engineered with Oracle Business Analytics software, offers a solution that combines speed, performance tuning and scalable architecture. The Accenture Analytics Innovation Center puts Oracle Exalytics through its paces.
The demand for faster analytics has never been greater. An increasing number of connected devices and the growth of mobile and wired broadband makes immediate access to information more commonplace than ever. But it’s hard for IT organizations to provide fast analytics. Tuning the data takes time and can be out of the analytics administrator’s control. User habits are constantly changing and users need faster analytics. Accenture sees these challenges consistently across our clients and increasingly those clients want to leverage in-memory databases to improve performance.
Oracle Exalytics makes it easier to provide faster analytics to more people. Consumer electronics has shown the value a systems implementer can provide when it develops the end-to-end system.
Oracle Exalytics consists of Oracle hardware engineered with Oracle Business Analytics software. The hardware is an impressive array of specifications, including 40 processor cores, 1 terabyte of RAM, and Infiniband networking for 40 gigabits per second network throughput. The hardware runs optimized versions of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Essbase, and the Oracle TimesTen in-memory database, all of which work together to provide maximum performance and significant scalability.
Oracle also created features unique to Exalytics, like the “Summary Advisor,” which enhances Oracle BI on Exalytics. This combination of software and hardware creates a new level of flexibility to solve business needs for analytics at speed.
Oracle Exalytics includes the Summary Advisor, which will analyze all of the possible aggregate tables, and make recommendations on which to create based on the best data compression ratios and which hierarchy level combinations are most frequently queried by users. Summary Advisor also helps administrators tune the performance of individual aggregate tables by examining user behaviors across any specified time period, marrying those usage behaviors with its knowledge of the business intelligence metadata to make the most beneficial recommendations.
Oracle Exalytics also offers new customers alternative options for designing their business intelligence environments.
Oracle Exalytics provides robust hardware and optimized versions of OBIEE and Oracle Essbase, which allow for more parallel threads, leverage more server cores simultaneously, and leverage large amounts of RAM for server caching, block access, and more. While Accenture has found the Exalytics platform delivers significant performance gains over traditional solutions, there are a number of different variables in the quantifiable results. We will share more details later this year on the quantifiable results companies should expect from the platform.
As organizations’ business needs dictate new demands for how we use analytics, Accenture is driving the evolution and redefining the way organizations use their data in the analytics and business intelligence space. In the Accenture Analytics Innovation Center for Oracle, we are building analytics solutions that are helping organizations maximize the power of Oracle Exalytics and OBIEE and move to a new level of high performance.
The future is bright for Oracle customers looking to leverage the power and flexibility of Oracle Exalytics to provide a more robust, adaptive, and fast analytics platform. Accenture expects Oracle to build upon their initial offering to make Oracle Exalytics more capable for those who invested early and more attractive for those who waited.
If you would like to test drive your BI environment to see how it runs on Oracle Exalytics, or if you are interested in learning how Oracle Business Analytics and Oracle Exalytics can mature your analytics capabilities, contact us to schedule a visit to our Accenture Analytics Innovation Center for Oracle with your Oracle or Accenture representative.
October 2, 2012
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