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November 26, 2007  10:44 PM

Can business take open source seriously?

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Enterprise architecture, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, MySQL, Open source, Oracle

I was speaking to Marten Mickos, chief executive officer of MySQL last week about open source and the enterprise. Can businesses take open source seriously? A database like MySQL is often a major component of a software infrastructure. What's interesting from speaking to Mickos is that MySQL is...

November 12, 2007  7:41 PM

Cognos: and then there was one

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BI, Business Intelligence, Business Objects, Cognos, Data, Hyperion, IBM, information society, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Another week and another independent business intelligence software company is snapped up by a major provider. This time it is Cognos' turn, following swiftly on from SAP's plans to acquire Business Objects and the acquisition, earlier this year, of Hyperion, by Oracle. Of the significant BI...

October 12, 2007  7:28 PM

Oracle Buying BEA: what’s that say about Fusion?

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BEA, Fusion, IBM, Oracle, WebLogic, WebSphere

The big news today is Oracle has plans to acquire BEA. BEA's flagship product, WebLogic is a direct rival to Oracle's Fusion middleware, on which it has based its entire service oriented...

August 8, 2007  9:55 PM

Green is not in Oracle’s vocabulary

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Green IT, inefficiency, Oracle, Software Quality

As I mentioned yesterday, I met up with Oracle president Charles Phillips this morning. As I suspected, Phillips discussed

August 7, 2007  8:00 PM

Have you seen Oracle h?

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11g, 12i, Hyperion, Maintenance, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Retek, Siebel

Tomorrow, Oracle president Charles Phillips is in London. It's an interesting time for Oracle. No doubt he'll be covering how good the new 11g database is; why the 12i enterprise software is brilliant and how well Fusion middleware and the Fusion strategy are doing. I guess he won't be talking...

July 10, 2007  10:15 PM

VMWare London Symposia: let’s tackle the issues

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IBM, Licensing, Microsoft, Oracle, Support, VMware

Around 800 people turned up at The Brewery, Chiswell Street for what was VMWare's largest UK event. The company gave a quick overview on some of the new areas it was working on like memory...

June 29, 2007  4:45 PM

Microsoft’s second class support for virtualisation

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Licensing, Microsoft, Oracle, Support, Virtual Server, Virtualisation, VMware, Windows

Microsoft has not updated its support policy covering the use of third-party virtualisation products since October 2005. The company's support policy is as follows:

Microsoft does not test or support Microsoft software...

June 27, 2007  4:34 PM

Virtualisation licence – Big Deal

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Oracle, Transparency, VMware

When I last quizzed Oracle UK managing director, Ian Smith, about his Oracle's licensing policy, he admitted some user may not wish to deal with the complexity of Oracle's licensing. To simplify matters, Oracle offers a site...

June 26, 2007  5:11 PM

Licensing must support virtualisation

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IBM, Licensing, Oracle, Virtualisation, VMware, Xen

As my Computer Weekly article points out today, people running server environments like VMWare and Xen are having to pay more than they should for applications running on...

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