Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-06-16

  • PostgreSQL delivers alternative for MySQL users wary of Oracle’s Sun acquisition
    The latest version of Postgres Plus, being released today is touted by EnterpriseDB as “the fifth-generation of Oracle compatibility technology,” which allows Oracle customers to move applications to the EnterpriseDB database. This version of Postgres Plus is designed to require “minimal migration effort” for Oracle customers looking for a low-cost, open source-based RDBMS as an alternative to giant vendor’s proprietary database products.
  • Gartner Advises Organisations to Monitor IT Service Providers’ Actions to Increase Their Flexibility and Avoid Bankruptcy
    IT service providers are facing some challenges that include the rise of renegotiation of multiyear and outsourcing contracts, the development of alternative delivery models, and the need to balance price reductions. Gartner predicts price erosion in infrastructure outsourcing from 5 per cent to 20 percent through 2010. For application services, there has been a broad set of price reductions, from the single-digits in India to the high of 10 per cent to 20 per cent in China, and intermediate levels in Europe and the US. Gartner expects that spending in these areas will contract the consulting and integration market by 3 to 5 per cent during 2009.
  • EnterpriseDB Named to SD Times 100 for Second Consecutive Year
    EnterpriseDB, the leading enterprise open source database company, announced today that it has been named to the SD Times 100 list in the Databases and Data Tools category for the second consecutive year. The SD Times 100, awarded annually, recognizes companies, non-commercial organizations, open source projects, and other influencers for their innovation and leadership. EnterpriseDB is the leading provider of enterprise-class products and services based on PostgreSQL, the world’s most advanced open source database. The company’s Postgres Plus products are ideally suited for transaction-intensive applications requiring superior performance, massive scalability, and compatibility with proprietary database products. More information about EnterpriseDB is available at http://www.enterprisedb.com/.
  • ‘Everything’ as a service future means transforming IT for efficiency and scale, says HP’s Livermore
    Hewlett-Packard opened its Tech Form 2009 conference here Monday evening with a portrait of a future in which everything in IT is delivered — and perhaps consumed — as a service. Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President for HP’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG), said the recession and technology advances have combined to offer a new era in computing, one where a hybrid of sourcing and delivery means moves all IT assets to the level of a service.
  • Elance: Programming, design & writing dominate skills in demand
    Elance said that based on data from more than 100,000 jobs posted on its site over recent months, the June Elance Online Work Index reveals the following hiring hot spots:
  • IBM releases new enterprise cloud portfolio
    The basic CloudBurst package includes: * 1 42U rack * 1 BladeCenter Chassis * 1 3650M2 Management Server, 8 cores, 24GB RAM * 1 HS22 CloudBurst Management Blade, 8 cores, 48GB RAM * 3 managed HS22 blades, 8 cores, 48GB RAM * DS3400 FC attached storage * IBM CloudBurst service management pack * IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager v7.1 * IBM Tivoli Monitoring v6.2.1 * IBM Systems Director 6.1.1 with Active Energy Manager; IBM ToolsCenter 1.0; IBM DS Storage Manager for DS4000 v10.36; LSI SMI-S provider for DS3400 * VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 U4; VMware ESXi 3.5 U4 hypervisor
  • Antenna Software Quietly Buys Mobile Enterprise Software Company Dexterra
    However, the sale sounded like anything but a positive exit. “A knowledgeable source” said that Dexterra was selling to Antenna for as little as $18 million, according to TechFlash, which added that reportedly “no one is making money off of this deal.” Dexterra had raised $21.5 million as recently as October 2008 from investors including New Enterprise Associates, Canaan Partners, Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital, Mesirow Financial, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Ventures and Sigma Partners.
  • Microsoft to announce Azure business plan next month | Beyond Binary – CNET News
    In an interview on Monday, Corporate Vice President Allison Watson said that the company will get concrete about the financial details and say how partners can help sell Azure at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference which runs July 13-16 in New Orleans. Until now, Microsoft has said merely that it plans to be “competitive with the marketplace” when it comes to pricing Azure.
  • IBM and Siemens PLM to Collaborate on Sales, Tech
    The first product designed as a result of an IBM and Siemens PLM alliance inked over a year ago will debut next week. Version 8 of Teamcenter, Siemens’ flagship PLM product suite, is pre-configured to run on IBM’s DB2 database and its WebSphere infrastructure software, which the companies said will ease the deployment and management of multiple integration points and support the entire product lifecycle, from concept creation through development, manufacturing, and aftermarket sales.
  • Microsoft Kills Its Oracle Data Provider for ADO.NET
    Microsoft said yesterday it decided discontinue its System.Data.OracleClient because a significant percentage of its MVPs tend to use alternative third-party offerings. Himanshu Vasishth, the company’s program manager for the ADO.NET OracleClient, made the announcement in a posting on the ADO.NET team blog. Microsoft will still make System.Data.OracleClient available in .NET Framework 4, but it will be labeled as “deprecated,” according to Vasishth. “This will have no impact to existing applications and these applications will continue to work as expected,” Vasishth noted.
  • Why Oracle Wants Solaris
    My guess is that the “Industry in a Box” vision mentioned by Charles Phillips, Oracle’s co-president, will actually become the next wave of cloud computing. In a previous column, I recommended that Google ( GOOG – news – people ) get into the appliance business. My guess is Oracle will follow this path with a vengeance. Solaris will power Oracle’s cloud offerings, but through appliances, Oracle will bring the cloud to the data center.
  • EnterpriseDB Pushes Performance, Oracle Compatibility with Updated Database
    In Postgres Plus Advanced Server Version 8.3 Release 2, the company has added a feature called “infinite cache.” Built on Memcached, the technology is designed to increase performance and scalability for read-mostly applications. With infinite cache, users can increase the amount of data maintained as in-memory cache by distributing the cache across existing inexpensive commodity hardware farms, the company said. … The company’s newest release also includes Asynchronous Pre-Fetch, a high-performance query solution designed to optimize commodity RAID solutions. For security purposes, EnterpriseDB added support for LDAP and PAM (pluggable authentication module) authentication infrastructures, and a new feature called EnterpriseDB*Wrap protects stored procedures for secure distribution of proprietary or sensitive code.
  • Oracle securities lawsuit dismissed
    A federal judge allowed an eight-year-old securities lawsuit against Oracle Corp. and its chief executive, Larry Ellison, to be dismissed, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday on its Web site. The suit alleged that Oracle and Ellison misrepresented the company’s financial performance during 2001. Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that the charges were without merit and granted a request for summary judgment, according to the Journal.
  • Judge dismisses shareholder suit against Oracle
    U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco threw out the claims Tuesday, saying lawyers failed to show that Oracle had deceived shareholders when it said an economic slump caused the company to miss an earnings forecast. Investors alleged that problems with a software product, improper accounting practices and unrealistic sales projections, all known to senior management, were hidden from them. Oracle shares dropped 21% to $16.88 on March 1, 2001, when the company disclosed that it would miss a fiscal third-quarter profit forecast. Shareholders, including a nurses union pension fund, alleged that Ellison improperly sold $900 million in company stock before the announcement. They accused Oracle of hiding problems with the Suite 11i database-management system released in 2000 and misleading investors about the company’s financial condition.
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One Response

  1. Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for sharing the news about Micrsoft dropping its Oracle Data Provider for ADO.NET. I work with DataDirect Technologies, and if you're skeptical about Microsoft's announcement you might consider Connect for ADO.NET from DataDirect Technologies. Connect for ADO.NET offers a client-less solution for .NET platforms – free from OracleClient or so called Instant CLlient. Go grab a copy of our install and check out what a true pedigree, 100% managed provider, can offer while supporting the latest .NET technologies such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework provider for Oracle — http://blogs.datadirect.com/category/net-connections

    Thanks,
    Mike
    mnelson@crt-tanaka.com

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