I am looking forward to OpenWorld next week because I am very curious what Larry Ellison will say about the Oracle Database Machine – Exadata.  Also, Oracle will be releasing their fiscal Q1 financial results on Thursday this week, so there too will be an opportunity to hear more about what Larry Ellison will say about Exadata.  I am sure there will be a lot about Mark Hurd and HP but the Exadata story is definitely interesting for those of us in the data warehouse/OLAP/analytics space.  Some good background on Oracle's Exadata business can be read here:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/interviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701468

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