Cary Millsap has announced that the call for papers is now on in what is considered the industry’s most intensive performance-oriented annual conference, the Hotsos Symposium.
In a move that’s sure to spark interest, Sun and Oracle have partnered up to sell “Database Packs”, essentially pre-configured Sun servers including a licensed and working Oracle database install. They are being targeted to the SMB and mid-range space.
BEA finally gave up on their multi-core pricing formula of charging a 25% premium for dual-core CPUs. Oracle is still holding out with their “every core is .75 CPUs and we’re rounding up” pricing model. Interestingly, The Register isn’t shy about coming right out and saying what most of us have been thinking for some time: “Oracle has become somewhat of a multicore pricing laughingstock”. Link to article.
When Oracle took over Peoplesoft earlier this year, there was much doom and gloom in PropleSoft’s home town of Pleasanton, California because Peoplesoft employed 3000 people out of the total population of around 60000. It turns out that the end result has not been all bad for Pleasanton, other high-tech companies are moving in, taking advantage of the highly skilled workforce that Oracle laid off in its quest for acquisition-related efficiency and the overall impact on the community of the merger has been mild at worst.
In a major move, Oracle has released a vastly enhanced version of OCFS to the open-source community as a significant new entrant in the fully open-sourced cluster file system arena. To our delight, they’ve actually chosen the GPL as the release license!
At ITJungle.com we noticed this interesting article informing us that EMC subsidiary VMWare will not charge a premium for multi-core CPUs, opting instead to keep its licensing charges on a “”per-socket basis””. In his article, Timothy Prickett Morgan concludes that VMWare has decided to “”make it up in volume, as the old saying goes, and this straightforward approach as well as the rapid adoption of virtualization technologies on servers (and probably soon on desktops and workstations) should make it a lot easier for VMware to sell its wares.””
A survey by Yoh Services LLC reveals that there is little momentum in U.S. IT salaries through 2005 so far. Salaries have remained flat and although some momentum, so far it has not shown itself to be sustainable. However, costs are steadily increasing in a few fields, and among them is Oracle database administration.
Judith Hurwitz raises a red flag about Oracle’s new acquisition strategy. It appears Larry Ellison himself has now clearly articulated a plan that involves buying “companies with a narrow profit margin that have attractive maintenance revenue.” Ms. Hurwitz astutely points out that this type of strategy, coupled with neglecting cash cows, is exactly how Computer Associates faded to irrelevance at the same time that they saddled themselves with several thousand software products to maintain.
As the Oracle/SAP battle wages on, analysts eagerly anticipate each company’s next strategic move. For SAP, Forrester is predicting an acquisition of DemandTec, which would “allow SAP to offer a more comprehensive merchandise solution.” On the Oracle front, Forrester predicts Oracle will acquire Khimetrics “to gain traction in grocery and general merchandise,” as well as Zilliant “to provide non-retail price optimization.”
An interesting review of Oracle 10g for Mac OS X. Pros include much improved management over previous versions and a proven scalability. On the con side, optimal performance remains achievable solely in the hands of a highly skilled DBA. Additionally, the installer needs a lot of manual intervention and the Linux version is significantly ahead of other releases.