Eye on Oracle

Jul 19 2012   3:34PM GMT

A rare feel good week in the world of Oracle

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

Oracle’s having a busy week. Instead of their usual legal fracases, they seem to actually be getting some work done.

First, they announced their first scalable, entry level tape library, the Oracle StorageTek SL150. It’s targeted at small-to-medium sized businesses with remote offices, and will be replacing SL24, SL48 (which were both entry-level libraries) and the SL500 (which was midrange). The tape hardware is StorageTek, but the SL150 runs on Oracle’s Fusion Middleware Software. It’s also designed so end users can install it themselves. This is an exciting development in both the midmarket and storage parts of Oracle’s business.

In other news, Oracle released 78 security patches as a part of its Critical Patch Update (CPU) advisory for July, and the general consensus seems to be that it was about time. Of one of the vulnerabilities in Oracle JRockit, Marcus Carey, security researcher at Rapid7, said, “This is like a perfect storm… You can access it over multiple protocols, and it opens you up to remote exploits without a password. It can be accessed across the network unless there is an access controller in the middle to block the attempt. And, the attacker can get control over the full range of data. So this would, in essence, be ‘game over.'”

So, you heard it here- If you don’t want your game to be over, download those security patches! Oracle usually deploys its security patch updates every three months; the next one is expected in October.

Also, Oracle published the results of a study they did where they found most organizations are woefully unprepared for the deluge of big data many companies are experiencing. The study was based on a survey of 333 American and Canadian C-Level execs from 11 different industries. On a whole, the public sector, utilities and healthcare were the least prepared, while communications, manufacturing and retail leaders generally reported feeling fairly prepared.

Well, it’s been another exciting week, with mostly good, upbeat news for once. Don’t worry, folks- This is Oracle, it can’t last for long.

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