Cisco UCS Ecosystem for Oracle: Extend Support to Big Data and Oracle NoSQL Database

March 23, 2012 - 2 Comments

Many Big Data related innovations have been developed by Web 2.0 companies, resulting in a growing collection of open source technologies that dramatically change the culture of collaborative software development and the scale and economics of hardware infrastructure. These technologies enable data storage, management and analysis in ways that were not possible before with traditional technologies such as relational database management systems, in a cost-effective manner.

NoSQL is one such technology that has emerged as an increasingly important part of big data trends for applications that demand large volumes of simple reads and updates against very large datasets (Hadoop is the other innovation, a generic processing framework designed to execute “read only” queries and batch jobs against massive datasets). NoSQL is often characterized by what it is not, and definitions vary. It can be Not Only SQL-based or simply Not a SQL-based relational database management system. NoSQL databases form a broad class of non-relational database management systems that are evolving rapidly, and several solutions are emerging with highly variable feature sets and few standards.

While these technologies are attractive from the standpoint of the innovations they can bring,  not all products meet enterprise requirements. Many organizations require robust, commercially supported solutions for rapid deployments and the ability to integrate such solutions in to existing enterprise applications infrastructure.

To address these needs, Cisco and Oracle are the first vendors collaborating to deliver enterprise-class NoSQL solutions. Exceptional performance, scalability, availability and manageability are made possible by the combination of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and  Oracle NoSQL Database. Together, this powerful solution provides a platform for the quick deployment along with predictable throughput and latency for most demanding applications.

Best of all, this solution blends with Cisco UCS infrastructure for enterprise applications. This is enabled by the unique capability of Cisco UCS to transparently integrate and manage infrastructure for running traditional enterprise applications including Oracle RAC on Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers (typically deployed with enterprise SAN storage arrays) with infrastructure for deploying Oracle NoSQL Database on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers (with internal storage capacity and bandwidth). In addition, this solution provides data integration between Oracle Database and Oracle NoSQL Database with no additional hardware requirements.

A joint white paper is available at

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  1. Good to know that Cisco is one of the pioneers to deliver enterprise-class NoSQL solutions. This could prove to be very lucrative for Cisco as more companies adopt the technology long term.