The “City of Brotherly Love” Loves Exadata. I Love That.

BLOG CORRECTION: I misread the announcement. Oracle’s own Robert Stackowiac is presenting Exadata at the PAOUG meeting. I have all the confidence in the world that he’ll do a fantastic job.

According to this post on, the excitement level over Exadata Storage Server is increasing. It seems the Philadelphia Area Oracle Users Group is featuring Mark Rittman to discuss the future of Oracle BI/DW architecture. There will also be a presentation on Oracle Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server. I’m glad to hear interest is building in the product, but I have to admit I’m a bit confused because I think Exadata is the future (present) of Oracle BI/DW. I also don’t know how anyone outside Oracle Corporation could so quickly amass the required expertise to present Exadata. I suppose I’m being petty. Nonetheless, I’m excited Exadata is deemed important enough to make the keynote address at this gathering. The abstract for the keynote reads:

Data volumes are exploding generating larger and larger databases, and getting to the right data instantly requires a new way to manage today¿s systems. New and revolutionary solutions and methodologies are converging to address this need, and taking a fresh look at the challenge reveals new insights. This keynote will examine the intersection of new database, data warehouse, and storage solutions that deliver on these requirements.

Hmmm…”new database, data warehouse, and storage solutions…”

I hope they get it right.

11 Responses to “The “City of Brotherly Love” Loves Exadata. I Love That.”

  1. 1 Pete Scott October 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I don’t think that Mark is speaking about your baby – that bit is down to one of the Oracle VPs (Robert Stackowiak). Mark will be mainly speaking on the those other bits of the BI stack – the bits that serve up all those rapidly delivered results to the users (consumers) of the data

  2. 2 Dan Norris October 15, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I’m listening to Bob right now in Sears Tower in Chicago–always a good presentation from him. Surprised there are only about 15 people here, though. Guess we didn’t get the word out well enough…

  3. 3 kevinclosson October 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for that, Pete. I hope you can understand my trepidation.

  4. 4 Tim Hall October 15, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    So you think I should cancel my Exadata masterclass then? 🙂



  5. 5 kevinclosson October 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Is that one you are taking or offering? 🙂

    Now that I’ve been informed who the presenter is for the Exadata piece I should have no reason to worry. I’ve never met Robert Stackowiak (actually I’ve never heard of him) but I’m sure he’ll do a great job.

  6. 6 yavor October 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Plamen Zyumbyulev will present Exadata next week on the conference of Bulgarian Oracle Users Group:
    But AFAIK he is one of the testers of that technology. He is very wise guy, and I’m sure he will never present something he doesn’t know well.
    Also I don’t think some Oracle VP will ever come to Bulgaria to persent anything.

  7. 7 kevinclosson October 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm


    Plamen was one of the customer beta testers, yes.

  8. 8 Mark Rittman October 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Kevin, good to catch up with you again.

    As Peter noted, it’s actually one of your colleagues from Oracle that is doing the presentation. Originally, it was just myself speaking at the event, and given that I was presenting a talk on (future) Oracle BI&DW architecture, I obviously had to make a mention of Exadata given the annoucement at Open World. However since the original request for me to visit, Oracle also asked to go on the bill and it is they they are doing the main talk on Exadata.

    best regards, Mark

  9. 9 kevinclosson October 16, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I wish I could be there to listen to your talk! Always informative. Thanks for stopping by. I might see you at UKOUG?

  10. 10 Mark Rittman October 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Ah yes, I’ll be there, no doubt our paths will cross down at the pub around the corner from the ICC. I’d love to pick your brains about the Exadata stuff, look forward to seeing you in a couple of months time.

  11. 11 kevinclosson October 16, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Gotta get a speaking slot first. 🙂

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