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Articles by Barbara Darrow
posted in April 2006
The company appears to be gearing up to sacrifice some earnings growth to reinvest in other projects, according to analysts at this week's briefing with Microsoft executives, who talked about financial guidance over the next few quarters.
Scheduled to ship in a few weeks, Database Vault allows companies to put firewalls around financial data so DBAs and systems administrators can't see data they shouldn't.
At next week's MySQL users conference, the company will discuss its own storage engine, currently in development and code-named Falcon, as well as new deals it has recently inked to allow others to play nicely.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP1 packs a few surprises along with the promised data mirroring and Express management perks.
MySQL users can now choose the SolidDB storage engine. The storage engine MySQL had been using, Innobase, has been acquired by Oracle, but still remains a MySQL option, at least for the time being.
Paul Flessner, Microsoft's senior VP of data and storage platforms, takes exception to the categorization of databases as "commodity items" and talks about the technology's future. This includes the need to support pictures and sounds as well as text and data.
A preview is due this summer, and final shipment is slated by year-end. It’s unclear how the new software differs from the current Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine, which is the lightest existing database option from the company.
The newest version of the hosted ERP/CRM suite promises more flexibility and will let even nontechies customize implementations and business processes, the company promises.
Oracle makes a DB2 plug-in available for Enterprise Manager and pledges to work with IBM on JD Edwards sales and implementations.
Open-Xchange's Samba "OX-tender" lets companies consolidate user mail and files in one place, reducing the need to deploy Windows Server systems dedicated to such tasks.