If anyone doubted Oracle's seriousness about competing in the big data arena, those doubts should be removed by Tuesday's release of the Oracle Big Data Appliance.
The appliance is hitting the market sooner than many people expected it would, and it includes key software from Cloudera, the leading provider of Hadoop system management tools and support services.
When Oracle announced its Big Data Appliance at October's Oracle Open World, the company offered no release dates or details about its planned distribution of open-source Apache Hadoop software. Some took that as a sign that Oracle was stalling. But by releasing the product early in the year in partnership with Cloudera, which has more customers and years in the market than any other Hadoop software and services provider, Oracle has made it clear that it is wasting no time and taking no chances with unproven technology.
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