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Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching". Java EE is already open source, with support led by Oracle, but in recent years there have been concerns that the firm was funnelling engineers onto other projects. Although Oracle …
Rebecca Hill, 18 Aug 2017
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Pssst, wanna know a secret? MongoDB has confidentially filed for IPO, reports suggest

NoSQL business MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, according to reports. The document database company started life as 10gen in 2007 and has secured a total of $303.4m in equity funding to date. According to Crunchbase, its last round, for an undisclosed amount, was in August 2015, having gained $80m in the January of …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Aug 2017
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What's your point, caller? Oracle fiddles with major database release cycle numbers

Analysis Big Red has changed its database release cycle, scrapping names that see decimal points and numbers added on for an indeterminate amount of time, instead plumping for annual releases numbered by the year. So what would have been Oracle Database 12.2.0.2 will now be Oracle Database 18; 12.2.0.3 will come out a year later, and …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Aug 2017
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Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate

Oracle has revealed that John Fowler, a Sun veteran who stayed to serve as Oracle's executive veep for systems, has left the company. An SEC filing [PDF] dated July 27, 2017 says “John F Fowler resigned his position as Executive Vice President, Systems effective as of August 2, 2017.” No reason is offered for Fowler's …
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Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

+Comment Oracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales. Oracle all-flash FS1 The FSI-2 was introduced in September 2014 as a sort of redesigned Pillar Axiom. It was a hybrid flash/disk array in a rack with dual active/active controllers, fans, power, and non-volatile mirrored cache. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Head in the clouds? Apparently there's now space on Oracle's sales team

Oracle is continuing to head into the cloud, kicking off another recruitment drive for 1,000 fluffy white services sales people – but the news comes amid talk of reorganisation and layoffs elsewhere. The company is flying high on its latest quarterly results – released last month – that had much of Wall Street finally singing …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jul 2017
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Solaris, Java have vulns that let users run riot

Oracle's emitted its quarterly patch dump. As usual it's a whopper, with 308 security fixes to consider. Oracle uses the ten-point Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 3.0, on which critical bugs score 9.0 or above. The Register counts 30 such bugs in this release. Not all can be laid at Oracle's door. For example, a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2017
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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

Analysis Oracle recently launched its dedicated Government Cloud in the UK - duly wheeling out the Home Office as an example of an early adopter. But to what extent are its new services just vendor lock-in under a cloudwash veneer or a change for the better? The size of Oracle’s footprint has loomed large across government for many …
Kat Hall, 17 Jul 2017
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Rimini Street: Dispute with Oracle is contract law, not copyright

The latest installment of the years-long legal battle between software support company Rimini Street and Oracle was acted out in the US Ninth Circuit court yesterday. In a ruling issued last October, Rimini Street was fined £27.7m for infringing Oracle's copyright and slapped with an injunction banning Rimini from accessing …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Jul 2017
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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

When Bernd Dorfmueller was offered a job in Amsterdam with Oracle, he thought he had lucked into a dream situation that would boost his professional career in IT. Weeks later, the former network admin was homeless, in debt, and without health insurance. The experienced techie says his story began back in March when, while …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd scoops up $17.4m from 350,000 share sales

Oracle head honcho Mark Hurd has sold 350,000 shares in his company for a cool $17.4m. That's the same as the second Guardians of the Galaxy film took at its previews back in May. Hurd is no doubt looking to take advantage of Big Red's recent boost in share prices after a very healthy, cloud-fed Q4. The Reg wondered what he …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Jul 2017
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Perl devs solve ancient Riddle: 'What's a vuln we caught from Oracle?'

The Perl 5 database interface maintainers have issued an important patch for DBD—MySQL: in some configurations it wasn't enforcing encryption. As CVE-2017-10789 explains: “The DBD::mysql module through 4.043 for Perl uses the mysql_ssl=1 setting to mean that SSL is optional (even though this setting's documentation has a 'your …
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U wot M8? Oracle chip designers quietly work on new SPARC CPU

Oracle engineers are seemingly working on a new SPARC processor: the M8. This is judging from a series of patches submitted by Oracle developer Jose Marchesi to the widely used free-as-in-freedom compiler toolkit GCC. The code "adds support for the SPARC M8 processor to GCC. The SPARC M8 processor implements the Oracle SPARC …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jul 2017
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Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

Java 9's Java Platform Modular System, that's caused Oracle so much trouble has passed the community vote and will ship in September. The final vote had all members of the community process voting “yes” for the platform, save Red Hat, which abstained. Explaining its abstention, Red Hat remains concerned about the “impact on …
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What hardware? Oracle is on cloud nine, er, twelve right now – $200,000,000,000

Oracle says it has finally turned the corner with its cloud compute transition as it reports big gains for the business, both in the quarter and the fiscal year. The database giant said that its cloud and SaaS units now account for more than 10 per cent of its total revenue haul and will take on an even larger share of the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2017
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Data shepherd Rubrik herds Microsoft, Oracle users towards its Alta

Secondary data storage protection and management supplier Rubrik just added a host of extensions to its product to broaden its appeal to Microsoft, Nutanix and Oracle users. Products like Rubrik's Cloud Data Management (CDM) offer to make a customer's management and use of all of the data behind its tier-1 systems easier and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2017
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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

Oracle's cloud has been judged too risky, too expensive and not up to scratch by Specsavers, which is aiming to complete an AWS and Azure combo next year. And, in another plus for Microsoft, Specsavers (the British optical retail chain) is adopting Office 365 over Google Docs, saying Microsoft is cheaper. The move comes as …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jun 2017
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Oracle asks for more time to finish Java 9

Oracle's asked for more time to sort out Java 9 in light of the community's rejection of the proposed Java Platform Module System. The chief architect of Big Red's Java Platform Group, Mark Reinhold, has hit the openjdk mailing list to address the vote against JPMS (JSR 376 , aka “Jigsaw”) due to land with JDK 9. In his post …

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