Oracle is getting ready to debut Oracle 10g Release 2.0, the latest version of its flagship database with improved data-management and backup capabilities. Some of the new features are also geared toward helping companies comply with data-protection regulations.
Although Larry Ellison has poured millions into his personal storage start-up Pillar Data, it doesn’t appear to be good enough for Oracle – at least not yet. Oracle will continue using Network Appliance and EMC rather than switching to competing systems from Pillar. Pillar’s inability to push NetApp out of Oracle hits especially hard since Pillar has billed itself as a cheaper, more efficient alternative to NetApp.
Pythian, in partnership with a client, has discovered an apparent bug in the Oracle 10.1.0.4.0 JDBC thin driver that was not present in the 10.1.0.3.0 driver.
Oracle has gobbled up smaller database player TimesTen in the hopes of using the firm’s ultra-fast transaction technology to speed its software.
TimesTen makes a specialized database that speeds up many types of transactions by storing data in memory as opposed to disk. Customers in the financial services, telecom and networking industries have been the biggest fans of TimesTen’s products. Deutsche Bank, Cisco, JP Morgan and the Nasdaq exchange are just some of the high-profile clients claimed by the company.
Pillar Data Systems, the company where Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has put approximately $150 million of his own money, is launching its first product. According to the company, Pillar Axiom system is a box that can store more than 300 terabytes of data for less than half the price of other data storage systems.
Novell has combined Linux with proprietary offerings from Oracle and JBoss to create what the company is calling a “mixed source” software stack. Designed to minimize risks for customers deploying integrated multi-application solution stacks on Linux, this configuration is the first step in Novell’s new Validated Configuration Programme.
The first product integration between Oracle and its new acquisition Retek has been completed. In this first step Oracle Portal provides a single sign-on and common user interface for Retek systems.
There is a major issue with flashback query, one of the key features of Oracle 10g. Although flashback is greatly improved in 10g (accurate within 3 seconds rather than 5 minutes in 9i), if the user actually tries to upgrade from 9i to 10g flashback query won’t work and gives wrong results. Additionally, the “transaction history” feature in 10g will be broken, giving wrong results without warning.
Oracle has adjusted its licensing terms for users of Sun Microsystems Solaris 10 operating system—a move that should help Sun better compete with rivals Hewlett Packard and IBM. Like users of rival software, Sun users will now be charged on a per processor basis. If a system has been partitioned so that it only runs Oracle on some of its CPUs, the user will be charged accordingly only for those CPUs used. At a licensing rate of $40,000 per CPU this change could represent substantial savings to some Sun customers.
According to Charles Phillips, president of Oracle, the next wave of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards releases will be certified on rival software stacks including Microsoft SQL and IBM’s DB2 database, in addition to Oracle’s Fusion middleware. In the future, however, Phillips has suggested that Oracle may simplify infrastructure management by optimizing applications on its own middleware rather than on oustide offerings.