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APIs exist for a reason: They act as the communication channel, the lingua franca, the boundary, between the provider of the implementation and users of that implementation — developers. Will our economy thrive and be more competitive because companies can easily switch from one… → Read More
Oracle continues on its acquisition trail to build out a more full-service operation targeting the carrier market. Today it announced that it would acquireTekelec, a provider of network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management solutions. It says it plans to integrate Tekelec’s solutions into its Communications portfolio, and specifically with products from Acme Packet, a business… → Read More
Something is seriously wrong in Larry Land. Oracle does not command absolute control like it once did. You can see what is happening pretty clearly when you review the earnings the company posted last week and the growth that startups like Datastax are witnessing as more customers seek alternative databases for online applications. → Read More
Oracle is buyingNimbula, the cloud OS startup started by some of the original creators of Amazon Web Services (AWS). But contrary to the reactionary hype, the purchase is for the team and the company’s technology and not as a means to join OpenStack, the open cloud organization that Nimbula participates in as a member. → Read More
After my panel on Friday at SXSW, Paul Underwood of Deloitte and Will Lovegrove, CEO of Datownia, approached me to talk about their companies. Their viewpoints demonstrate the direction of enterprise app development and the shift to a developer-centric IT world. → Read More
Databases aren’t sexy, but they’re the absolute foundation of the tech world, the ground on which all of its edifices are constructed. You probably use a hundred every day. At least. They’re like the Spice in Dune: “S/he who controls the database, controls the universe!” Well, don’t look now, but that universe is beginning to quake. → Read More
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is a charismatic guy for someone who leads a company that serves the stodgy world of the enterprise. He’s so well-recognized that he was put on stage this past week in Las Vegas to give a keynote at CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show. → Read More
The enterprise — I get a sideways glance when I tell people it’s what I cover. People want to know why I find it so compelling. They ask because truly they have no goddamn clue what the hell the enterprise is in the first place. → Read More
Amazon Web Services has added a new storage instance for data intensive applications. The new storage instances are designed for applications that require high storage depth and I/O performance. → Read More
For Oracle, it’s about the machine, not the user; this became abundantly clear this week at Oracle Open World. Oracle talks the cloud talk but what the company is really doing is protecting its base, and building engineered systems that by all accounts is extraordinary technology.
But its principles are wrong. I see little proof of humanity. What I do see are calibrated machines – homogenous… → Read More
Larry Ellison said today that Oracle does not plan to do any acquisitions in the next few years but would not rule one out down the road. He made the remarks in a CNBC interview at OracleOpenWorld in San Francisco. Ellison was also asked about a successor to the company he has run for the past three decades. He only said there are several who could take his place. → Read More
Oracle made a gesture to developers today with a new platform play it unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld. But a closer look shows Oracle is lumping developer services with every possible “cloud” offering you can imagine that the company sells. It’s all of course still on the Oracle cloud, a beast of sorts – part cloud, part hosted and something in between. → Read More
MindTouch is a services company that has done what innovative companies do: taken the concept of the user manual and turned it on its head. Its technology exemplifies what Oracle lacks and the advantage that Salesforce.com has in the market by developing an app ecosystem. → Read More
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has added a new pricing option for its Relational Database Service (RDS) running on Oracle with a micro instance. The addition follows announcements over the past few months about Oracle on AWS. → Read More
I sat down with Scott McNealy today after he spoke on a panel here at TUCON, the Tibco annual conference here in Las Vegas.
McNealy covers a lot of topics. He discussed his new startup WayIn that provides a corporate social media experience. He jokingly says Larry (Ellison) never calls, referring to Oracle, which acquired Sun Microsystems, the company he co-founded. → Read More
Oracle just announced mixed third quarter earnings this afternoon, reporting that revenues were down 2% to $8.2 billion. GAAP earnings per share were $0.41, up 15% compared to last year while non-GAAP earnings per share were up 11% to $0.53. Analysts expected $0.53 in earnings per share on $8.4 billion in revenue
GAAP new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues were up 5% to… → Read More
Hackers have exploited a gaping identity flaw that allows them to easily crack Oracle databases. The flaw allows anyone to do a brute force attack and access the data. A researcher presented the findings of the proof of concept attack at a security conference today in Argentina. → Read More
Oracle has acquired SelectMinds, a provider of cloud-based, social talent sourcing apps that allow companies to use social networks such as Facebook to recruit employees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Walt Disney Corporation added a bit of nonsensical anti-open source fear, uncertainty and doubt to a kid’s sitcom that it aired this past weekend. But the dialogue is so ridiculous that you have to wonder if they have any clue about what they are doing.
In an episode that aired Friday on the Disney Channel, the show Shake It Up features two teenagers begging the stereotypical geeky kid for help… → Read More
Oracle is holding back test cases in the latest release of MySQL. It’s a move that has all the markings of the company’s continued efforts to further close up the open source software and alienate the MySQL developer community.
The issue stems back to a recent discovery that the latest MySQL release has bug fixes but without a single one having any test cases associated with it. That creates… → Read More
Bob Evans has a colorful past. He works at Oracle these days as what I would call a king’s blogger except that he isn’t doing very well even with the apparent influence of the king himself.
Bob used to write for SAP where he penned his own gems about Oracle. The watchmen at Oracle thought Bob did such a good job that they decided to hire him. Now Bob turns on his blog flame against Oracle’s… → Read More
Oracle said today they have bought a company called Xsigo that leverages the growing popularity of a new form of technology that virtualizes the network. It’s called software defined networking (SDN) and it is shaking up the way we view IT and the cloud.
The acquisition points to a shift in the market that will eventually make Oracle the loser. The cloud is opening up while Oracle is folding… → Read More
Oracle is stopping a marketing campaign attacking IBM in wake of a national advertising board‘s recomendation that the company made false claims when comparing its Exadata technology to competing IBM products.
It’s the second time in four months the National Advertising Division (NAD) has taken action against Oracle for making false claims when comparing its Exadata products to IBM’s… → Read More