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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016

Oracle points patching firehose at 154 vulnerabilities

Sysadmins forced by circumstance or folly to support Java can get busy again, with 25 fixes for the product among the Scarlet Letter's regular patch notice. The good news is that Oracle says none of the vulnerabilities in its mammoth bug-splat had been exploited as of 19 October. The fixes to Java SE and Java SE Embedded …
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015

Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

Mac fans now have one more thing in common with their Windows-using bosses: their Oracle Java updates now try to smuggle in Ask's browser toolbar. The upgrade, version 8u40 of Java for OS X, tragically tries to install the plugin, which hijacks the user's default web search engine and homepage to Ask.com. Windows users of the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight. Although Sun …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm. Oracle's gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel

Oracle-Sun anniversary A headstone in Santa Clara carries the names of the fallen in Sun Microsystems’ once illustrious reseller channel – it is five years this week since grim reaper Oracle bought the server giant. It’s not that these companies hit the wall, more that some realised quickly that an agreement with Larry’s lot wasn’t going to work out …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015

BOOM! Seagate attacks storage array hardware market

Analysis Remember Dot Hill, LSI/Engenio, and Xyratex when they were all independent? They made storage array hardware for the storage system suppliers such as Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Sun and others. Yes, it was that long ago. The business was hard because storage system suppliers could use contract manufacturers to make their own …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2015
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Done with Microsoft and Adobe patches? Good, here's Oracle's load

Oracle is piling on this month's Patch Tuesday with a collection of security fixes for 16 of its enterprise software platforms. Among the massive wad of updates will be a package of 25 bug fixes for Java SE, 22 of which are remotely exploitable without authentication and 12 of which allow an attacker to take complete control of …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014

Comcast dragged into muck in Oracle's Solaris fix-it lawsuit

Comcast is caught in the crossfire in Oracle's ongoing lawsuit against Solaris fix-it companies Maintech and Terix, but the broadband giant is trying to stay out of it – illegally, Oracle claims. A filing [PDF] with the US District Court of the Southern District of New York last week reveals that Oracle subpoenaed Comcast last …
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014
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Oracle melds its 'cloud OS' with OpenStack in Solaris 11.2 release

Former Unix server customers are continuing the march toward Linux and for many there's no looking back, but that hasn't stopped Oracle from continuing development of Solaris Unix – albeit slowly. On Tuesday, the database giant staged an event in New York to announce Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
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SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

Oracle has quietly published a roadmap for its legacy Sun SPARC and Solaris platforms. Big Red's not offered a whole lot of detail, confining itself to the single slide below. The slide is available here as a PDF or as an embiggened image here. Oracle's SPARC and Solaris roadmap Oracle's SPARC and Solaris roadmap. Bigger …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014

Tech Data goes for big gun credit man amid accounts probe

Tech Data UK has opted for a big hitter to head up its credit function amid the continued probe into accounting irregularities. Blighty's largest distributor has hauled in former Sun Microsystems global credit manager Kevin Corcoran as director of credit services and after sales management. The second element to the title is …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2013

Ex-Sun Micro CTO reveals Greenbytes 'world-beating' dedupe

El Reg has managed to take a peek at an as-yet-unpublished white paper, written by former Sun Microsystems CTO Randall Chalfant, which claims the storage company's deduplication tech has near-zero latency and possibly offers the world's fastest inline deduplication. It works with 4K blocks of data. This is the sequence of events …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013
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How do you solve a problem like LibreOffice: From Excel to slab fever

Analysis A senior bod behind LibreOffice says the open-source suite's spreadsheet app lags behind much-nippier rival Microsoft Excel - but the hardware acceleration announced this month should close that gap. And that acceleration could give the freely available productivity suite a leg up on tablets, smartphones and other mobile gadgets …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2013
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Sun sets on Oracle VDI products

Oracle has let it be known that the sun will soon set forever on desktop virtualisation (VDI) products including some it acquired from Sun. After an internal support document bearing the news made it into the public eye, the company has blogged to confirm a raft of Sun-derived VDI kit will soon be pining for the fjords. Big Red …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013

One day your datacentre will get you to the pub on time

You are an IT manager and it is late Friday afternoon. You are in the lift descending from the fifth floor and you can already hear the gentle buzz of your friendly local bar. But then the lift stops at level three and the director of human resources gets in. “I’ve been meaning to talk to you,” she says.“Can you explain why I’m …
David Gordon, 10 Jul 2013
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HP techies reject latest pay offer, closer to industrial action

Unionised engineers at HP Customer Delivery Services - which provides support for customers including Barclays, BT and Tesco - have moved a step closer to industrial action after rejecting its latest pay offer. HPCDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the company and effectively came about through the acquisition of third-party …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2013

Oracle's Sun rises over ZFS and Pillar

Oracle says version 12c of its database works better with Oracle's own Sun ZFS and Pillar Axiom storage, with better performance, easier storage config, and faster test and development set-up. But the ZFS product seems preferred over the Axiom. Oracle shoots out the following claims: The Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013
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Intel previews future 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor with integrated memory

ISC 2013 X86 processor and now coprocessor maker Intel is determined make possible an exaflops of aggregate computing capacity within a 20-megawatt envelope. "We believe that we have the capability and the responsibility to drive innovation faster and faster," says Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing Group, which …
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ServiceKey, Oracle end 'grey market' code spat without bloodshed

US managed services provider ServiceKey has walked away from legal action brought by Oracle over an alleged "grey market conspiracy" without having to cough a bean in compensation. The software titan's legal eagles filed a lawsuit against two US channel firms in February 2012, including Georgia-based ServiceKey and Delaware- …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2013
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Oracle critical patch plugs 128 security vulns

Oracle is issuing a hefty patch batch that seals 128 serious security vulnerabilities across the database company's vast product suite. The Critical Patch Update for April 2013 is due to come out on Tuesday and "Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply Critical Patch Update fixes as soon as possible," the company warns. …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2013
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Oracle's new T5 Sparcs boost scalability in chip and chassis

Oracle is launching its much-awaited Sparc T5 processors for entry and midrange servers, along with Sparc M5 processors to effectively replace the iron it currently resells from server and chip partner Fujitsu. That Japanese supplier furnished Sun's and then Oracle's brawny-core Sparc Enterprise M midrange and big iron systems …
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Oracle's hardware wing keeps on bleeding

Oracle's shares dropped 7 per cent in after-hours trading in response to an quarterly earnings report that showed muted adoption for its latest software offerings and a continued shrinkage in its troubled hardware division. The database giant reported on Wednesday third quarter earnings of $2.504bn on revenues of $8.958bn – down …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013
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Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?

Analysis It is hard to believe that three whole years have passed since software giant Oracle instantly became a systems player by snapping up beleaguered Sun Microsystems for a cool $7.4bn – about $5.6bn net of Sun's cash hoard. No one took El Reg up on our suggestion to start up a Sun clone we called Moon Macrosystems by grabbing all …

Ellison: Oracle will grow hardware biz soon

It is hard to watch the continuing decline in the Oracle systems business and not be concerned, but that is precisely what Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison wants you to do. Oracle is focusing on making the Sun businesses it has pruned (as distinct from the ones it has culled) profitable, and will worry about growth later …
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Oracle won't pull plug on Java SE 6 until 2013

Oracle is extending the official end-of-life date for its aging Java SE 6 software development platform a second time as it struggles to get the Java language development process onto a consistent, two-year release schedule. Had it stuck to its original roadmap, Oracle would have stopped providing public support and software …
Neil McAllister, 09 Aug 2012
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M-Tech Data: Grey import battle with Oracle has ruined us

M-Tech Data's boss has claimed the "crippling" legal bill for its spat with Oracle over allegations of parallel importing left management with no option but to shut up shop. The Manchester-based distie was involved in a long running case with Sun Microsoftsystems, and subsequently the vendor's new parent Oracle over the …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2012
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Oracle lowers the flag on Fortress language project

Oracle is shuttering the long-running Fortress programming language research project, in the database giant's latest move to divest itself of the less-profitable pieces of Sun Microsystems' software portfolio. "After working nearly a decade on the design, development, and implementation of the Fortress programming language, …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2012

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Sun dying on its arse behind the Oracle walls

Analysis Playing with the annual revenue numbers Oracle has just released indicates Sun HW-related revenues fell by $1.4 billion from 2011 to 2012. We'd better explain our reasoning. Oracle hardware products and support revenues were $6.944 billion in its fiscal 2011. They were $6.302 billion in fiscal 2012, a fall of $642 million. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012

All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box

Flash strikes again. IBM's newest storage array, the Storwize V7000, has trounced an Oracle/Sun ZFS array, delivering almost the same performance for less than half the price and 4 per cent of the capacity. The SPC-1 benchmark tests the performance of a storage array doing mainly random I/O in a business environment. IBM's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2012
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Tape lives: LTO-6 rolls out – with more than TWICE the capacity

Licensing specs for the sixth generation of LTO tapes should be ready in August, and make LTO-6 suitable for exabyte-level cloud archive needs. LTO is the Linear Tape Open organisation and there are three technology provider companies: HP, IBM and Quantum, with HP and IBM in the driver's seat. The LTO format has been effectively …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2012
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Exabyte era nigh for Nexenta

The exabyte era is hurrying closer for ZFS storage supplier Nexenta, which hopes to have its partners ship more storage boxes than NetApp in five years time. We were briefed by CEO Evan Powell following a Nexenta customer and partner shindig in Amsterdam. He said Nexenta was running at around $500 million a year in partner sales …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2012
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HP started then spiked HP-UX on x86 project

As part of the ongoing lawsuit about whether or not Oracle had committed itself to supporting its software on Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based servers, the software giant did a core dump of very interesting documents that show what many of us suspected: that HP did indeed mull acquiring the Sparc/Solaris business and that HP did …
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Rowdy clusters put to the grindstone by Grid Engine 8.1

The advent of virtualized and cloudy infrastructure has not diminished the need for scheduling software like Grid Engine. It's obvious just how necessary such schedulers are for orchestrating and aggregating capacity of server computing pools. That's the plan from Univa, the company that's providing a fork of the Grid Engine …
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Oracle forges Xeon E5 racks and blades

Oracle has launched five new servers – three rackables and two blades – based on Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 two-socket server processors. HP and Dell tried to jump the gun and get ahead of Intel's launch of the Xeon E5-2600s with their respective ProLiant Gen8 and PowerEdge 12G machines. But Larry Ellison's Oracle, a relative …
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Oracle: 'US Navy tricked by illegal Solaris touts'

Oracle has launched legal action against channel firms in the US, accusing them of a "gray market conspiracy" to nick its software and flog Sun Solaris OS support. The allegations were made against Georgia-based managed services provider ServiceKey and Delaware-based DLT Federal Business Systems Corporation in a lawsuit filed …
Paul Kunert, 24 Feb 2012
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Who will be David to EMC's external disk Goliath?

For seven years EMC and NetApp have increasingly dominated the external storage industry. Can they stay at the top? Charts produced by Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers using his own and IDC numbers and company data show EMC and NetApp as growing at the expense of other mainstream suppliers, including Dell, HP, Hitachi Data …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Oracle whips out Solaris 11 system lasher

Oracle has duly announced the high availability clustering companion to the new Solaris 11 operating system, and as you might expect from a company that is pitching its own SPARC-based "engineered system" stacks, a whole bunch of third-party software and hardware that was supported with the prior Solaris Cluster 3.3 code has not …
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Java's 'Steve Jobs' moment in 2012?

Open-source Java: Part Two Five years after Sun Microsystems finally released Java under the GPL, Oracle has been pushing hard on the OpenJDK. The OpenJDK project followed shortly after Sun’s open-sourcing of Java in November 2005; it’s both a free-and-open-source implementation of Java Standard Edition (Java SE). The project has seen a fresh lease of …
Matt Stephens, 17 Nov 2011
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Oracle gives Solaris 11 final spit and polish

Systems maker Oracle is getting out the dogs and ponies and hauling them to New York City for the official launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11 operating system next week. The operating system, formerly known by the internal code-name "Nevada" when it was under development at the former Sun Microsystems, is not coming out at …
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China fires up homegrown petaflops super

The Chinese government has booted up the first of three homegrown, petaflops-class massively parallel supercomputers based on indigenous technology. The Sunway Bluelight – or Divinity Blue-Ray depending on how you want to translate its name from Chinese – is based on a 16-core processor, rumored to be a derivative of the DEC …
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IBM woos Oracle punters smarting from price hikes

IBM is trying to exploit a series of Oracle software and hardware price hikes in recent years to woo firms into using its database appliances. Following an OpenWorld week that has seen Oracle CEO Larry Ellison fire a couple of salvos at rivals, IBM has lifted the covers off a Stop, Think and Save migration programme. "The …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2011
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Maguro+ zombie resurrected as Oracle beast

The genesis of Oracle's mini-Exadata – its new Database Appliance – was quite involved. The appliance is a pair of Sun Fire X4270 M2, 2-socket Xeon X5675 server nodes, which contain the DRAM, flash and disk drive storage, clustered across 1Gbit/s Ethernet instead of grown-up Exadata's QDR InfiniBand cluster connect. These …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2011
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Axiom to boot out NetApp at Oracle

Analysis It's surely axiomatic: Oracle will replace the NetApp E Series-sourced 6000 line of storage arrays with the Pillar Axiom. Oracle dislikes OEM supply deals, seeing no good reason to send part of a customer's purchase money to another supplier. The company has bought the Pillar Data startup, which was funded by Oracle CEO Larry …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Oracle slates 'extreme' system kickoff

Oracle has scheduled a systems announcement ahead of its early October OpenWorld conference, and has just released a patch for its Solaris 10 operating system ahead of the expected launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11. As usual, Oracle is vague about what the September 26 announcement will be about. "Oracle senior executives …
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Oracle warns hybrid sales model could force down revenue

Oracle is prepared to risk a reseller revolt over a planned hike in direct sales and expects relationships with some to "deteriorate" as a result, despite acknowledging the go-to-market strategy may not be a hit with some customers. The frank admission – made in an annual report 10k form recently filed with the SEC – is in stark …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011