Eye on Oracle

May 20 2010   8:01PM GMT

Oracle continues buying spree with acquisition of Secerno

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Last year Oracle made six acquisitions. With an announcement today that it plans to close on the purchase of database firewall provider Secerno in June, Oracle will make six acquisitions in just the first half of 2010.

The big one everyone knows about, of course, is Sun Microsystems. Others signal Oracle’s desire to broaden its reach, so to speak – telecom service broker Convergin and healthcare science application provider PhaseForward come to mind. U.K.-based Secerno, however, brings Oracle back to its core in databases, with a focus on security.

Secerno products include database activity monitoring, data protection, data auditing and compliance, both for Oracle databases and non-Oracle databases. Their products are expected to be integrated with Oracle’s own security software, including Database Vault and Audit Vault.

“Secerno’s DataWall product blocks against unauthorized database activity in real-time, over the network — before attacks reach the database,” Oracle said in a letter to customers. “Secerno provides a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access by creating a defensive perimeter around Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase ASE databases.”

One thing I found interesting was in Secerno’s own description of its company, which mentions virtualization and VMware high up, saying that its DataWall product is “available as a range of either hardware or virtual appliances on the VMware platform.” Nowhere in the Oracle literature of its Secerno acquisition does it mention virtualization or VMware, or at least that I could find. I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but it seems to signal Oracle’s indifference – some might say hostility – toward virtualization, especially on x86 platforms.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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