During the last days, the the fight over MySQL’s future has heated up. The European Commission still hasn’t approved it, and Michael Widenius is calling upon all MySQL users to help “save” the popular open source database from Oracle. As a response, Oracle has published some promises about MySQL’s future that were meant to provide some counterweight to this call for help. I think these provide some interesting insights into what Oracle has planned. Continue reading Future of MySQL: How serious is Oracle about open source?
Switch vendor Brocade is reportedly looking for prospective buyers. HP and Oracle are named as interested parties; the Wall Street Journal that first reported this doesn’t provide much additional information about why this particular moment was chosen too look for buyers. Seeking Alpha thinks the timing isn’t that good, and that they should finish integrating their Foundry Networks acquisition first. Continue reading Brocade reportedly up for sale; is Oracle serious enough to buy them?
After watching the webcast in which Larry Ellison unveiled their new “Sun Oracle Database Machine”, I was left wondering what the news was. Let’s summarize:
- There’s a bundle of Sun hardware and Oracle software that’s called the Exadata v2. Or “Sun Oracle Database Machine”, and a bunch of other names.
- It is built up of storage servers and database servers, connected via Infiniband switches
- The database servers are Sun Fire X4170‘s, with two quad-core CPU’s. Interestingly, these are not maxed out; according to Oracle these use 72GB of memory each, instead of the 144GB listed as the maximum capacity.
- The storage servers are not the rumored F5100 machines; instead, they are using X4275 machines.
Continue reading Oracle Exadata server: where is the FlashFire technology?
After the discovery of documentation about Sun’s F5100 flash array two weeks ago, the internet was full of speculation about when it would be launched. The Register expects the final product to be revealed by Oracle as part of a demo machine that will shatter the TPC-C performance benchmark: Continue reading More (and less) about the Sun F5100