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Oracle UK's profits have more than halved

Oracle's vital statistics in the UK have moved in the wrong direction – at least from Big Red's perspective – with sales and profits slumping in the year ended 31 May 2017, accounts filed at Companies House this week reveal. According to the accounts (PDF), revenues fell by 8 per cent year-on-year to £788.1m. This was "due to …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Mar 2018

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

The open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has been renamed Jakarta EE to satisfy Oracle's desire to control the "Java" brand. The renaming became necessary after Oracle moved Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, a shift it hoped would see developers become more engaged with the project. But Oracle wouldn't …
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Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

Canada is about ready to pull the plug on its IBM-built error-plagued Phoenix payroll system that has cost the nation nearly CAN$1bn ($790m). According to the latest version of the Canadian government's spending plans, the Trudeau administration will move to dump the ailing platform in the coming years, but not before blowing …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2018
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Hubris, thy name is Oracle: So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right?

Comment If Larry Ellison earned a dollar for every cloud-hyped phrase he made, Oracle's market share in cloud infrastructure wouldn't be the miserly 0.3 per cent – by Gartner's calculations – that it is today. Big Red has spent years playing make-believe with cloud, trying to convince the world that it could simultaneously underinvest …
Matt Asay, 26 Feb 2018
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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since. As noted by developer Mark J. Wielaard, this commit by an Oracle developer shows that something is afoot. Big Red recently listed DTrace as one …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2018

Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge

Oracle is to gobble Zenedge, a cloud security start-up, for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum. Zenedge flogs 'integrated management of businesses' cybersecurity', centred on bot management and protection against malware and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Feb 2018
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This Valentine's day Oracle's given you 12 big red data centres

Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said if it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's shares ticked up just under half …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2018
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Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products. The company launched its self-driving database, available in the latest version, 18c, at the OpenWorld conference last year. At the time, execs promised customers "a freedom from drudgery", as the …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Feb 2018

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project. Last summer, Oracle said it had begun working with the Eclipse …

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly. After dabbling with blockchain internally for a year before joining the Hyperledger consortium in August, it had reached the point where its customers – and a market intrigued by what looks like …
John E Dunn, 1 Feb 2018
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Oracle point-of-sale system vulnerabilities get Big Red cross

A vulnerability has been unearthed in Oracle MICROS point-of-sale (POS) terminals that allowed hackers to read sensitive data from devices. The flaw (CVE-2018-2636) was fixed in Oracle's January 2018 patch batch, allowing business app security firm ERPScan to go public with its findings. Left unresolved, the bug would enable …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Larry's steely grip on Oracle led to 'conflicts of interest' in NetSuite buy-out, court told

Oracle's acquisition of NetSuite was a "stage-managed" process rife with conflict of interest, lawyers for one of Big Red's shareholders have argued in a case alleging the biz overpaid for the cloudy ERP firm. NetSuite was snapped up by Oracle in 2016 for $9.3bn, which equated to $109 per share – about 60 per cent more than …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jan 2018

Rimini Street attempts to claw back more cash in Oracle copyright dispute

Oracle botherer Rimini Street has filed a court petition to recover another $32m from Big Red in the long-running copyright case. Fresh from its victory in clawing back $50m from Oracle earlier this month, the software support biz has filed a petition for a rehearing before all the judges of the Court of Appeals. The …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jan 2018
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And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by cryptocurrency miner

A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit. Security outfit Onapsis warns that Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is vulnerable to the cryptocurrency miner exploit that was recently used to hack Oracle's PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers. Campaigns based on these security shortcomings have …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018
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Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

Oracle has told users of its SPARC-powered platforms that they have the Spectre processor design flaw. A support document buried in Oracle’s customers-only portal, but seen by The Register, states: “Oracle believes that certain versions of Oracle Solaris on SPARCv9 are affected by the Spectre vulnerabilities.” The document, …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2018
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Oracle still silent on Meltdown, but lists patches for x86 servers among 233 new fixes

Oracle still has nothing to say about whether the Meltdown or Spectre vulnerabilities are a problem for its hardware. Big Red today offered The Register another “no comment”, making it a notable absentee from the Intel’s list of x86 vendors’ advisories on how to handle the twin problems. Oracle of course also operates an x86 …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018
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Intel’s Meltdown fix freaked out some Broadwells, Haswells

Intel has warned that the fix for its Meltdown and Spectre woes might have made PCs and servers less stable. Chipzilla has slipped out a statement to the effect that “we have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates.” The problems have hit “Broadwell and Haswell CPUs for …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jan 2018
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Shared services plan: UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering

Another year, another government shared services strategy. This time Whitehall wants to roll out Oracle Cloud across departments - a move it says will require "substantive negotiations" with the Sopra Steria-run joint venture. No estimated cost savings or timelines were included in the strategy (PDF), naturally. The Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 11 Jan 2018

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