Highlights and Take-Aways: Intel at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

By Prabha Ganapathy and Juan Roche

Intel President Renee James kicked off Oracle OpenWorld 2014 with a fascinating keynote address that identified cloud computing, mobility, and big data as the most significant computer architectural transitions in the past two decades—disruptive technologies that will define our era and expand the horizons of computational science. Renee reaffirmed Intel and Oracle’s strong, 20-year alliance, and stated that Intel is aligned both technically and strategically with Oracle to further evolve these technologies and harness their potential. (Watch Renee’s full keynote address here.)

Renee cited that 90 percent of all the data that exists today was created in the last two years—and today’s enormous mass of data will double in just two more years. But the question is not simply how to store or manage this data, but how to analyze it to uncover meaningful insights and create strategic assets for business and our broader culture. To illustrate the potential of these insights, Renee introduced a video from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in which scientists describe the potential of modern data information technologies in the search for a cancer cure. She also presented a video that showed how WestJet Airlines use Oracle Exadata*, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, to secure transactions and customer data using pervasive data encryption, without incurring a performance penalty.

Renee also announced the McAfee Next Generation Firewall for Oracle VM* (planned for H1’2015) from Intel® Security, which creates firewall protection for virtualized workloads and can run in solutions such as the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance*.  Thanks to the close collaboration with Oracle, Intel Security plans to include Oracle VM templates for rapid deployment in environments with software-defined infrastructures. She also showed how Intel® Silicon Photonics networking technologies can move large data sets faster across the data center. Renee also demoed speed-of-thought analytics with the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine* on an optimized Intel® Xeon® processor E7 platform co-engineered with Oracle. To learn more about the Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine joint collaboration, download our white paper Extending the Reach of Real-Time Analytics: Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together.

Renee wasn’t the only Intel executive to grace the stages at Oracle OpenWorld. Intel CIO Kim Stevenson joined Oracle Co-CEO Mark Hurd on stage to discuss how leveraging leading technologies such as cloud, mobility and big data analytics help companies become nimble and agile. Michael Greene, Intel vice president and general manager of Systems Technologies and Optimizations in the Software and Services Group, addressed a standing-room-only audience in his JavaOne Community keynote, in which he announced that Intel is joining the OpenJDK community.

Intel’s strong collaboration with Oracle and its partner ecosystem delivers solutions to help customers harness the potential of cloud computing, mobility, and big data and channel the power of these disruptive technologies into business success. 

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