Salesforce has been increasingly looking into PostgreSQL, an open source database, and hiring people who could provide some alternative to Oracle. The rationale is clear: Salesforce needs to diversify away from Oracle's databases and potentially rearchitect for the future. In a research note, JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens floated two tidbits about Salesforce, which acquired ExactTarget for $2.5 billion on Tuesday. Walravens noted: We did come across two interesting comments in our Oracle due diligence that relate to salesforce.com: 1) Oracle may have closed a nine figure deal with salesforce.com during F4Q, and 2) that former Oracle EVP of North America Keith Block may be considering joining salesforce.com once his non-compete expires later this month. The most interesting nugget from Walravens revolves around the nine-figure Oracle deal. At the moment, no one is confirming this deal, but rest assured that Oracle execs will yap about it during an earnings call if true. … [Read more...] about Salesforce’s Oracle database dependence: Can it open source its way out?
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Oracle announced the availability of its Oracle 10g database on Tuesday and cut prices, in an effort to gain more customers among midsize businesses. As previously reported by CNET News.com, Oracle released the Unix and Linux versions of its Oracle 10g database and dropped the price of its entry-level database to about $5,000 per processor, matching the cost of Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 database. A Windows version of Oracle 10g is slated for completion in a "few weeks," according to company executives. Get Up to Speed on...Open sourceGet the latest headlines andcompany-specific news in ourexpanded GUTS section. For the first time, the database giant also is offering its Real Application Clusters (RAC) for free to smaller businesses that purchase Oracle's midlevel database offering, called Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition. Clustering software, used to run an application across many connected servers, was previously available as a $20,000-per-processor option for the … [Read more...] about Oracle ships 10g database, cuts price
Part of the Oracle Internet Developer Suite ($3,995 direct), JDeveloper 3.1 is a streamlined, powerful tool, but only for work using Oracle databases. Developers willing to accept this limitation will find strong middle-tier capabilities and a surprising level of support for JSP-based Web apps. Proprietary enhancements make using EJBs and JSPs surprisingly easy. As a relative newcomer to the Suite, JDeveloper has a potentially significant role to play in Oracle's plan for "Java on all tiers." You can experiment with JDeveloper first by downloading it from http://otn.oracle.com before you make the switch from the more traditional solution, Oracle Developer. The JDeveloper IDE looks a lot like JBuilder (which Oracle licensed from Inprise), but has its own personality, particularly in its middle-tier wizards and other tools. You can build and run JSP-based Web applications in a standalone development mode effortlessly. Generally, the tool makes good use of syntax highlighting, … [Read more...] about Oracle Internet Developer Suite with JDeveloper 3.1
A funny but combative Larry Ellison spoke on the evolution of Oracle, the company's new cloud platform, cloud computing, and many other Silicon Valley issues at the All Things D conference Wednesday afternoon. Above: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Ellison has been CEO of Oracle since 1977, making him the longest-running tech CEO in Silicon Valley. Conference host Kara Swisher asked him what he thinks has changed in his time there and he commented that innovation is slowing down. Nearly 20 years ago, he championed the "network computer." The connection of PCs to the Internet marked the first time a very complex device was attached to a complex network. It took a while, but the idea of simpler devices with more things running in the network has clearly happened. Swisher asked why Ellison has been quoted as not liking cloud computing. "I started NetSuite," he replied. "NetSuite was my idea," noting that he called up Evan Goldberg to do ERP as a service. Marc … [Read more...] about D10: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison “Just Likes Competing”
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced a lot of new products last week during Oracle’s OpenWorld conference. They included a new set of applications and database offerings, a new public cloud, and hardware for both databases and analytics. While Ellison’s repeated jabs at competitors such as Salesforce.com were entertaining, after watching the keynotes online, I was more impressed by the sheer scope of Oracle’s vision for applications that could run both in the cloud and in traditional data centers. In Wednesday’s keynote, Ellison announced the general availability of Oracle Fusion Applications, which includes ERP, CRM, and human capital management tools. The concept modernizes existing applications from PeopleSoft, Seibel, Hyperion (which Oracle has acquired over the past several years), and the company’s own E-Business Suite. The result, Ellison said, is over 100 separate products "all rewritten on top of modern … [Read more...] about Oracle Steps On Salesforce.com While Introducing Fusion Applications at OpenWorld