Tag: DBA Lounge

IBM Looks To ‘Viper’ Database to Combat Oracle, Microsoft

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.

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DBAs Differ on Oracle’s Automation Efforts

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?

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Tuning Parallel Execution

Doug Burns has written a great paper on parallel execution and posted it in his weblog.

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Tony Jedlinski’s Weblog – IOUG Live 2005

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?

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The Oracle Applications Users Group and Quest form Fusion Council

The Oracle apps usuers group (OAUG) has joined with Quest International Users Group, an association for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards users, to create a Fusion Council. The Council will act as bridge between Oracle and users of Oracle’s Fusion software, offering a forum and educational tool for learning more about the middleware.

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Oracle, SAP Wage Bare-Knuckle Fight for Dominance

Although Oracle is currently running a distant second to SAP in market share, the company seems committed to unseating its rival. SAP currently holds 45% of the global market for HR, accounting, and basic business software, while Oracle stands at 19%, but Oracle remains undeterred.

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A Call To Arms

The arrival of radically restructured database architectures is now finally at hand. Data and procedures are finally being joined, but traditional relational databases were never designed for the commingling of data and algorithms. Databases are transforming and the inside the database/outside the database dichotomy has become a thing of the past.

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The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities

Several Oracle vulnerabilities have made the SANS Top Twenty List, updated for the first quarter of 2005. The Database section of this “living” document outlines the current Oracle issues to watch for and contains links to patches or further information.

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Oracle and Siebel Held Acquisition Talks, Reports Say

The talks are no longer active, but sources say that Oracle was recently meeting with Siebel Systems about a possible buyout. Neither Siebel nor Oracle representatives could be reached for comment regarding the discussions between the two companies.

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Oracle Database Bests IBM DB2 by Delivering High-Performance and Scalability

Oracle announced another world record today, this time for SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark result, outperforming IBM DB2’s best result.

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