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For years, Oracle(s orcl) wowed Wall Street with its fat margins on software licenses and maintenance. The fact was, many large companies depended on Oracle relational databases and paid what it took to keep them running. They still do.

Oracle’s problem is that relational doesn’t go far enough in the era of big data, which requires the handling of unstructured, semi-structured and all manner of information from Twitter, Facebook, server logs, you name it. And, for once, Oracle can’t jam all that stuff into the relational mold. Instead, it launched a Cloudera-based Big Data appliance, in January.

While the pricing was low compared to what analysts expected, it’s still a big “scale-up” sort of appliance. List price for the Big Data Appliance is $450,000 plus another $54,000 for hardware maintenance and $36,000 for operating systems maintenance. That’s a lot less than the Oracle Exadata appliances, but it’s still a significant…

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About danalgardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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