Bringing in-memory transaction processing to the masses: an analysis of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in-memory OLTP

1Executive Summary The emerging class of enterprise applications that combine systems of record and systems of engagement has geometrically growing performance requirements. They have to support capturing more data per business transaction from ever-larger online user populations. These applications have many capabilities similar to consumer online services such as Facebook or LinkedIn, but they need ...

Who wants a suite? Oracle, Salesforce.com, Adobe, every software vendor, that’s who

  photo: Shutterstock/Helder Almeida SUMMARY:Enterprise software companies, eager to soak up more of their customers’ IT budget are building out sales and marketing suites to do just that. Oracle’s intention to buy BigMachines, a provider of cloud-based sales automation services, fills in yet another box in the software giant’s application wish list. This deal, announced Wednesday and for ...

Flash storage: Everything it’s cracked up to be, and probably unnecessary

photo: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com SUMMARY:EqualLogic and now DataGravity Co-founder Paula Long is very smart about storage technology. Right now, she’s looking at things like flash and cloud storage with a skeptical eye. They’re valuable and will become more valuable, she says, but only when they’re done right. Paula Long is no novice when it ...

FlexPod – a Highly Available Infrastructure for Oracle

  Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is larger than ever, with 60,000 attendees expected this year. One of the largest technology shows, this one will cover a wealth of topics including Cloud and Big Data, but primarily centered on Business Applications and what’s news for them.  This emphasis on Business applications is what makes this show so important ...

Oracle, the leader in relational databases, is playing catchup everywhere else

  photo: Getty Images SUMMARY:Oracle leads the league in relational databases but it’s far from clear that the company can replicate its success in non-relational and in-memory categories. That’s why Larry Ellison’s no-show matters. You’ve got to hand it to Larry Ellison. The Oracle CEO has his priorities and so when it came down to a ...

Oracle databases now supported on Windows Azure cloud, Hyper-V

The partnership agreement between Microsoft and Oracle this week could give large companies an incentive to move their cloud computing strategies forward, particularly those who plan to use public clouds. The agreement between the two computing giants sets the stage for users now able to deploy key Oracle Corp. software, including Oracle databases, Java and Oracle Linux, ...

Windows Azure and new Oracle DB up in a tree

  photo: Flickr / Carlos Gutiérrez G. SUMMARY:Microsoft Windows Azure relies heaviily on SQL Azure, but it looks like another surprising database (from a rival) is about to enter the big Azure tent. Sometimes it helps just to look at the obvious when you’re trying to sort out a news story.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has ...

End of days? Oracle to announce pacts with Salesforce, NetSuite and (gasp!) Microsoft

SUMMARY:Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pre-announced new tech alliances with companies “like” Salesforce.com, Microsoft and NetSuite, with details expected to come Monday. Talk about strange bedfellows. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison signaled Thursday night that his company is about to announce an alliance with Salesforce.com and Netsuite, two companies founded by former Ellison lieutenants, but also with ...

‘Other’ server vendors keep gaining momentum, while HP, Oracle slide

  SUMMARY:HP and other server vendors lost more ground in the war against lesser known manufacturers in the first quarter of the year, new Gartner figures show. New sales figures out from Gartner Tuesday show that server shipments from no-name vendors other than Hewlett-Packard,, IBM, Fujitsu gained marketshare in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the ...

SAP to world: We’re a cloud company, no really!

  photo: Shutterstock user Rechitan Sorin SUMMARY:To the surprise of very few, SAP plans to put make its HANA analytical database available as a cloud service. SAP, the enterprise software giant, has been beating the cloud drum for years. Last year it put its All-in-One ERP application on Amazon Web Services.  Five months later it did the same ...