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.
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.
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.
Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson writes about the myths and misunderstandings surrounding security and how security researchers can actually become the problem. The three misguided notions Davidson focuses on are that fixes can be done in a matter of days, that researchers increase their business by finding more bugs, and that researchers deserve credit for every bug they find.
The latest next-generation product in EMC’s high-end Symmetrix storage line is DMX-3. Scheduled to ship in September, DMX-3 currently supports up to 960 disk drives, and will be capable of supporting up to 1,920 disk drives by the first half of 2006. By the end of 2006 it should be up to 2000, and will be able to store a petabyte of data once fully configured.
Security firm Red Database Security has decided to publish in detail six vulnerabilities that Oracle has not fixed in over 650 days. The flaws range in severity, with three classified as high risk with the potential to compromise a server or overwrite files.
The ‘skip tablespace’ command when doing an RMAN duplicate database will work for self-contained tablespaces, but not for a set of self-contained tablespaces. In other words, if each tablespace can be individually dropped, its fine, but where the indexes are placed separately from the tables, this won’t work for the duplicate. Oracle calls it “not a bug”.
Although nearly 50 vulnerabilities were fixed with Oracle’s most recent quarterly patches, experts are saying that numerous critical issues haven’t been addressed at all.
Pete Finnegan, renowned Oracle security expert asks “Where are the large numbers of fixes expected? Alex Kornbrust and Esteban Martinez Fayo have big lists of bugs, some reported over 18 months ago, some high risk, that have still not been fixed. Will Oracle never get around to fixing these bugs?”
Oracle ACE Arup Nanda presents his list of the top new Oracle Database 10g Release 2 features for database administrators.