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.
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.
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.
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.
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.