Intel and other companies are upset over an Oracle software licensing scheme that could potentially hinder the adoption of new dual-core processors and raise the price of software for customers. Many customers pay for software based on the number of processors in the system. Since these new chips have two cores, Oracle wants to charge customers for two licenses per dual-core chip.
Bull and Oracle announced a record-setting TPC-H one terabyte data warehousing benchmark that sets the bar for the best performance result on the Windows operating system for a 16 processor system. This result outperforms in both performance and price, utilizing the same number of identical processors, the recently announced best performing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 TPC-H one-terabyte result for a 16 processor system on Windows.
SAP is beefing up its Silicon Valley presence as the company fights with Oracle to grab larger chunks of a $24 billion-a-year market. SAP is adding staff to its Palo Alto research and development force and launching a strategy to boost sales through an array of partnerships.
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.
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.
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.