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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