I remember when Oracle made a big fuss about implementing the BLAST bioinformatics tools into Oracle 10G; it was then dropped quietly in 11G. I hope these tools are supported for longer!
Everything OK down there in the Oracle trench? Good. Big Red has a cloud-based data science platform for you
After securing a lofty position in enterprise applications and databases, Oracle has fixed its eyes on data science. And though analysts have expressed doubt about whether Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle's software …
Monday 17th February 2020 11:09 GMT TVU
"Big Red is producing technologies new to the field, its shiny Cloud Data Science Platform might appeal to those already heavily invested in Oracle's software"
...and to those not yet already heavily invested in Oracle's software, do not even think of even going there for you will be fleeced/threatened/sued/all three.
Monday 17th February 2020 11:40 GMT Pascal Monett
Monday 17th February 2020 13:41 GMT Anonymous Coward
>So why favour full Hadoop integration?
The answer is simple, but wonky. "Hadoop" as an ecosystem encompasses quite a bit more than just the venerable Apache Hadoop. A modern data scientist operating at scale expects to have a full toolkit available, including multiple storage options, a schema store, schedulers, record readers/writers, feature dictionaries, provenance repos and so on. They will expect it all to work naturally with both cloudy and on-premises technology flavours. Oracle knows that if they just sold Oracle tools, they'd all stop being used as soon as someone found out you're expected to re-write all your data into an Exadata-on-cloud (and all the cost that entails). They have to be able to talk to S3 or ADLS2 or GCS. They have to be able to interchange data at no cost. They have to be able to share with tools outside of Big Red's core portfolio. Unfashionable they may be, but the Hadoop ecosystem projects has been doing that for donkeys years now.
That last point is telling: "The Oracle platform can query object storage, but the vendor doesn't make clear whether it ingests data into object storage directly in the new data science platform."
The Hadoop tech sitting alongside the big red bits allow the users to pretend the Oracle bits don't exist without the entire sale being invalidated. It's there to let them tick many, many boxes on RFPs they otherwise would not.