During the Oracle OpenWorld keynote address, Oracle's Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled the latest version of the company's flagship database. Ellison says the new Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud is the world’s first 100% self-driving autonomous database. It can defend itself against cyber-attacks and automatically upgrade, patch and tune itself while running.
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Oracle continues to see its traditional software revenues decline while it races to move its customers to the cloud. But it may have a plan to shore up those shrinking revenues.
Oracle's latest quarterly security update contains 253 patches for 76 of its enterprise products including databases, operating systems, Java and networking components. Among the security bugs that the update addresses, 15 of them are rated critical, some of which allow for remote exploitation by attackers without authentication in Java Standard Edition (SE) and Oracle's database offerings. Here's what you need to know.
The software development community can breathe a small sigh of relief; the legal stoush between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system's use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) is pretty much over after the US courts sided with Google, yet again. The ruling is a huge step in confirming that APIs are protected by "fair use" under the copyright law. Here's some more background and details on the latest court decision.
Remember those Java plugin pop ups that always appeared at the most inopportune moments? Well you never have to think about them ever again because Oracle has decided to kill off the Java browser plugin technology entirely. Popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox have already switched old plugins including Flash, Java and Silverlight, by default but this move is a solid recognition by Oracle that plugins are indeed archaic.
The Java programming language, which has just turned 20 years old, provides developers with a means to write code that is independent of the hardware it runs on: "write once, run anywhere". But, ironically, while Java was intended to make programmers' lives easier, the court case between Oracle, Java's owner, and Google over Google's use of Java as the basis of its Android mobile operating system may make things considerably more difficult.
For a while it appeared development on Oracle's virtualisation product, VirtualBox, had all but ceased. The start of April however has seen it given a new lease on life, with the company releasing a beta version of 5.0, packed with new features and improvements.
I've jumped between various virtual machines over the years -- Virtual PC was my go-to choice until Microsoft stopped supporting it and my needs grew beyond Windows emulation. These days VirtualBox and VMWare Player do the job, but a lack of major updates to the former could see the Oracle-owned VM left on the sidelines.
Most server rollouts are built on commodity hardware: using standard Intel-based systems running general-purpose stacks, which offer the promise of being able to easily switch between providers. That model isn't disappearing, but in some contexts engineered systems -- platforms which have a much tighter integration between hardware, server and application layers -- can be more helpful.
If there's one word you could easily use to describe Oracle, it would be acquisitive. Here's a very partial list of its most notable tech acquisitions: Sun, Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA, RightNow, Hyperion, Eloqua. Is that ongoing pattern of buyouts a problem for customers of the acquired businesses?