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Ellison Start-up Introduces Storage System

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 Stacks Linux with Oracle and JBoss

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.

Oracle-Retek Integration Begins

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.

Flashback Query Not Returning Correct Data After 9i To 10g Migration

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 Eases Solaris Pricing

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.

Oracle Details Plan for Next-Generation Apps

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.

Q&A: Oracle’s security head talks from the trenches

In this edited transcript of her interview with IDG News Service, Oracle’s Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson discusses issues surrounding maintaining the security of sensitive data. She covers the importance of auditing, difficulties with security researchers, and how her experience as a Naval Officer helps her fight the security war.

White Paper: MS SQL 2005 (Yukon) and Oracle 10g Comparison

David Gornshtein and Boris Tamarkin of WisdomForce Technologies, Inc have written a very current technical white paper providing a comparison between MSSQL 2005 and Oracle 10g. It also discusses new features developed by Microsoft in order to compete with the Oracle database, and considers factors from the DBA’s perspective.

OPR Beta Version 1.16 Released

A new version of OPR (Oracle Password Repository) is out on beta. OPR is a Unix based secure tool for storage and retrieval of Oracle database passwords that replaces hardcoded passwords in scripts with a call to OPR. It is designed to keep your Oracle environment secure and easier to maintain.

EnterpriseDB Brings Open Source to the Enterprise Database

Hot on the heels of Fyracle, Oracle-mode Firebird, there’s now a similar project for PostgreSQL. EnterpriseDB 2005 (EDB2005) is now available in beta. Compatible with many Oracle database applications, EDB2005 is an enterprise-class relational database management system that supports update-intensive high-volume applications.

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