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Very Large Databases Growing Faster. Winter Corp. has released its annual study of large-scale database implementations, "The Winter TopTen Program." The largest database reported in the survey was a whopping 828.3 terabytes, on an Objectivity DBMS at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. The study shows that database size for transaction processing and decision-support systems (DSSs) has grown dramatically in the last few years on all operating systems, but the most striking increase shows up for DSSs on Unix. Survey participants expect DSS peak workload sizes to begin increasing at a faster rate by 2005. To view all the results, go to www.wintercorp.com.
Spate of Data Security Blunders. High-profile data security breaches have been hitting the news. Among them: A computer was stolen from a Wells Fargo consultant, containing unencrypted personal information for thousands of the bank's customers. Days later, an annual inventory showed storage disks were missing from the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico.
HP Reorganizes Enterprise Offerings. Hewlett-Packard has decided to combine its healthy Services unit with the struggling Enterprise Systems Group. The new unit, Technology Solutions Group, envelops services, software, and hardware for enterprise servers and storage.
PeopleSoft and Oracle Still Locked in Battle. Oracle won't relent, even in the middle of the holidays, from pursuing a hostile takeover of PeopleSoft. On Christmas Eve, Oracle raised an additional $1.5 billion in revolving credit to augment funds for its extended offer to acquire PeopleSoft. The acquisition attempt has been delayed pending antitrust regulators' approval. PeopleSoft, barely a week into the new year, filed with the Alameda (Calif.) County Superior court a request to interview and collect documents from Oracle executives, according to a local newspaper. The Contra Costa Times reports that the request is "part of PeopleSoft's lawsuit that accuses Oracle of launching its bid to create havoc with PeopleSoft's business."
Business Objects Produces Roadmap. Crystal Decisions is now officially part of Business Objects, with an integrated sales force and public product roadmap. The company will integrate the two product lines in three phases. The first phase will be reached during the second quarter of 2004; the final phase in 2005. Many pundits initially speculated that the two product lines were unlikely to be as deeply integrated as the company now says they will be. The company has also announced the Version 10 Suite of Crystal products, as yet not integrated with the Business Objects line.
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