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How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata

Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.
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Oracle identifies products affected by Heartbleed, but work remains on fixes

Oracle has issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be affected by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products.

With MongoDB 2.6, NoSQL database gets a speed boost

Working to keep its place in an increasingly heated competitive landscape, MongoDB has updated its namesake open-source NoSQL database system with considerable performance improvements, a new automated management module and stronger security tools.

Teradata's QueryGrid built to power multi-database analytics

Teradata is hoping to gain ground in the hotly competitive data-warehousing and analytics market with QueryGrid, a new product that allows users to run a single SQL-based query across multiple data stores, from Teradata's own system to Hadoop and rival databases.

Researchers publicly disclose vulnerabilities in Oracle Java Cloud Service

Security researchers released technical details and proof-of-concept code for 30 security issues affecting Oracle's Java Cloud Service, some of which could allow attackers to compromise business-critical Java applications deployed on it.

Oracle overtakes IBM as second-largest software vendor, Gartner says

Oracle has overtaken rival IBM as the world's second-largest software vendor by pulling in $29.6 billion in software revenue during 2013, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Oracle doubles speed of MySQL query handling

For the next release of its open source MySQL, Oracle is making a number of changes designed to vastly boost the speed of the open source relational database management system.

Google, Facebook, others join to upgrade MySQL

Facebook has joined a number of other Internet services heavyweights, such as Google and LinkedIn, to better equip the MySQL relational database management system for large- scale work.

Red Hat adds Nginx and MongoDB to Software Collections update

The next version of Red Hat's Software Collections package includes Apache httpd and Nginx Web servers, Ruby 2.0, and NoSQL database MongoDB.

Oracle reverses decline in hardware revenue during Q3

Oracle's third-quarter revenue rose 4 percent to US$9.3 billion while net income increased 2 percent to $2.6 billion, buoyed by growth in new software licenses and cloud subscriptions as well as a long-anticipated rise in hardware product revenue.

Databases In Depth

In-memory tech key to moving databases to real time

Last week, application-performance monitoring service provider New Relic launched an offering that allows customers to mine its operational data for business intelligence.

Enterprise apps in 2014: What's in store

If recent history is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for the enterprise applications industry as vendors jockey for position and customers ponder moves from legacy ERP and CRM implementations to cloud-based services. Here's a look at what some of the sector's main players are likely to do as the year unfolds.

SAP's Q2: The hot topics

SAP is set to release its second-quarter results on Thursday, and as usual market watchers will be paying close attention given the vendor's bellwether status within the enterprise software market.

Oracle and Salesforce.com's love-fest: The ripple effects

Oracle's string of high-profile cloud-computing partnership announcements with Microsoft, Salesforce.com and NetSuite dominated tech news headlines this week.

Computerworld Honors 2013: Fighting disease with better tech gets better results

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for world good, implements an integrated ERP system that allows it to focus even more resources on its core mission.

Computerworld Honors 2013: Combating pirate attacks near the coast of Somalia with statistical modeling

The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for safety & security, uses technology to forecast the probability of pirate activity.

Computerworld Honors 2013: Critical health data sent to rural Ghana via mobile

This mobile health platform, the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for health, aims to improve the availability and quality of healthcare services in rural Ghana and demonstrate best practices.

SAP in 2013: Five things to watch

It was a typically busy year for SAP, with the company making headlines for strong sales of its HANA in-memory database, high-profile acquisitions and aggressive moves into cloud computing.

Cloudera CEO: We're taking Hadoop beyond MapReduce

In an exclusive interview, the voluble CEO of Cloudera, Mike Olson, holds forth on the company's new Impala project and the boundless potential of Hadoop.

Six free databases with commercial-quality features

Free or open source databases run hundreds of millions of public-facing and private applications worldwide, but how effective is this technology and how do these products compare? For answers, we reviewed six popular free or open source database products: Microsoft SQL Server Express, PostgreSQL, Oracle's MySQL, MariaDB, Apache Derby and Firebird SQL.