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Articles by Roger Smith
posted in September 2008
A day after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced Oracle's first-ever hardware product, the HP Oracle Database Machine, which he touted as the world's fastest database machine, I sat through an OpenWorld session that promised to revolutionize query processing.
Two of the biggest announcements from the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco this week were that customers could run some Oracle products within Amazon.com's AWS cloud computing environment, and that the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based software giant would be supporting other cloud environments in the future.
An overflow crowd of 400-plus people at an Oracle OpenWorld Executive Solution session at Moscone Center in San Francisco today heard Jörg Tettenborn, director of the Oracle Strategic Alliance for Fujitsu Siemens Computers, describe how to create a lean and agile IT infrastructure by virtualizing and consolidating Oracle Application Server and Database applications with FlexFrame for Oracle (FF4O).
Since Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) at Moscone Center in San Francisco this week has at least 100 people doing live blogs, I thought it would be a more productive use of my time to focus on what's newsworthy in Oracle's enterprise product releases.
In December 1999, I remember trying to reassure a friend's brother -- who had just bought a pair of new shotguns from the local sporting goods store that he was planning to use for self-protection for himself and his teenage son -- that "the Y2K bug" was not likely to cripple the daily functioning of our society.
The Distributed Management Task Force's VMAN Initiative is aimed at making it easier and less expensive to keep rapidly expanding virtualized infrastructures under control.
At VMworld 2008, VMware's user conference held this week in Las Vegas, the Distributed Management Task Force announced a new virtual-management initiative VMAN, aimed at making it easier and cheaper to manage virtual environments.
Innovative global companies like Emerson are increasingly consolidating their underutilized computer server resources in order to overcome server, storage, and application sprawl.
Microsoft sees the adoption of virtualization technology accelerating at a blistering pace, from the desktop to the data center, in the next few years.
Microsoft is betting many IT shops won't pay for VMware's more sophisticated features.
During the free "Get Virtual Now" event last Monday, September 8th that attracted over 1000 attendees, Microsoft made several key System Center and virtualization software announcements, highlighted customer success stories, and outlined a new Microsoft "vision statement" that will be supported by $8 billion in annual software research and development spending that will be spread across entertainment software, Vista-enabled desktop computing, and clo
Amazon Web Services evangelist Jeff Barr coined a new term last week for an old concept. Provisioning data center resources to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand is nothing new, but Barr's hybrid application hosting model, which he calls "cloudbursting," goes a step further in combining both private data center resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon Ec2, which provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.
By most accounts, the Google Chrome development team has dramatically achieved its goal of building a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier.