Thursday, September 25, 2008

Exadata and the Database Machine - the Oracle "kilopod"

There has already been plenty of interesting posts about Oracle Exadata - notably of course from Kevin Closson here and here (update: and this analysis from Christo Kutrovsky)- but I just have one thing to say.

Larry Ellison was quoted in a number of reports saying the Oracle Database Machine "is 1,400 times larger than Apple’s largest iPod".

Larry, when you want to get over that something is big - really big that is, industrial scale even - just don't compare it with a (however wonderful) consumer toy. Not even with 1,400 of them. 1.4 kilopods is so not a useful measure.

By the way, can I trademark the word kilopod please? (presumably not - a quick google found a 2005 article using the same word, and there is some kind of science-in-society blog at

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