Critical Patch Update April 2005 for Database 9.2 and 10.1
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 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.
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.
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.
According to Gartner, Inc., worldwide new license sales for relational database management systems (RDBMS) grew 10.3 percent in 2004 for a total of $7.8 billion. As far as new license revenue, Oracle and IBM landed in a virtual tie. IBM’s DB2 had nearly 9 percent growth in sales on the Z Series and Unix platforms, whereas Oracle saw nearly 15 percent growth, largely due to its performance on the Linux platform
Although database vendors have claimed for years that their relational offering supports unstructured XML data, IBM’s upcoming Viper release of DB2 may be the first to truly allow structured and unstructured data to maintain their respective native formats and be queried using SQL or XQuery statements.
Although many are eagerly anticipating Oracle Database 10g release 2, some pros feel the new automated features will only create more work in the long run. A group of DBAs got a preview of the new 10g release 2 at the IOUG conference in Orlando. Reponses ranged from excitement to trepidation. Also at IOUG and prompted by the ever-increasing automation, DBAs participated in a debate over the question: Are DBAs needed anymore?
Doug Burns has written a great paper on parallel execution and posted it in his weblog.
Tony Jedlinski shares his impressions of the events at IOUG Live 2005. Events discussed include presentations by new Oracle CIO David Thompson and “walking Oracle encyclopedia” Tom Kyte, as well as a debate entitled “Oracle 10g – Do you really need a DBA anymore?