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Microsoft Azure Integration Services

By now, the ideas of virtualization, the cloud, and connected applications are mature. While the providers of these solutions try to get you to come to them, there is something holding this endeavor back. Perhaps, it’s security. And we’ve covered that. To recap, many cloud-based services are even more secure than your own set up. They must be. Because beyond the financial harm that could come their way, there is ever present risk to their reputation should their services be […]

Non-Microsoft­ Support of Microsoft Products

While not naming names, it is important to understand how ­non-Microsoft­ product support works. ­Non-Microsoft­ support can be reactive. That is, if all is going well, no one from the ­non-Microsoft­ support will reach out. ­Non-Microsoft­ support doesn’t include all products. For example, during our analysis, Miro identified an offering that supported only Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Teams. Or, in other words, subscriptions. But what happens when the deployments on-premise or in a hybrid environment go awry? There […]

Microsoft Price Increase for Microsoft 365

Since 2011, Microsoft’s pricing for business subscriptions to its line of Microsoft 365 products has been stable. But effective March 1, 2022, that ends. Because effective then, Microsoft is raising its monthly prices: Product Cost Per User per Month Current Planned Microsoft 365 Business Basic $5 $6 Microsoft 365 Business Premium $20 $22 Microsoft 365 E3 $32 $36 Office 365 E1 $8 $10 Office 365 E3 $20 $23 Office 365 E5 $35 $38   One thing that Microsoft is not […]

Oracle JDK (Java Development Kit) Free for Use

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Oracle announced that it is making its “Oracle JDK available for free” even for commercial and/or production use, but the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is still a licensed product for a fee That’s welcome news. Let’s examine what that means. First off, this is only the Java Development Kit or “JDK” which again will be a separate download. Since Java SE 10, there has been a single download, but Oracle will now make the JRE […]

KVM Replacing OVM for Oracle Virtualization

Oracle is phasing out Oracle Virtual Machine (OVM) in favor of Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) End of Premier Support for OVM Many Oracle customers adopted Oracle Virtual Machine (OVM) as their virtualization platform taking advantage of hard partitioning capabilities of OVM. It may sound alarming to them that Oracle will not offer Premier Support for OVM 3 beyond March 2021 and Extended Support beyond March 2024. There are no new releases of OVM planned either. Sustaining Support for […]

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Compliance Warning: Customizations

Making even one small customization can put you out of compliance when using Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Oracle E-Business Suite comes with “a restricted-use license for the Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition, which includes WebLogic Server Basic, and a limited set of other products.” According to Oracle, Organizations using an Oracle EBS Application must use them in their “vanilla”, or “out-of-the-box” state, and modifications exceeding the restrictions of the embedded licensing will result in additional […]

Oracle Pluggable Databases; aka Multitenant

Pluggable databases were one of the new features of 12c. All Oracle databases before Oracle Database 12c were non-CDBs. Oracle has termed “multi-tenancy” to describe the process of creating a CDB that contains many “tenant” PDB’s. Starting at 12c, this was available as a paid Enterprise Option called Multitenant (NUP $350, Processor $17,500). The multitenant architecture enables an Oracle database to function as a multitenant container database (CDB). A CDB includes zero, one, or many customer-created pluggable databases (PDBs). Multitenant […]

Oracle Spatial, Graph & Machine Learning Now Free

The core spatial features in Oracle Spatial and Graph have been included in Oracle Database Locator feature for over a decade. Now, all Oracle Spatial capabilities are available with both Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2. According to the announcement, all Spatial features are included. https://blogs.oracle.com/oraclespatial/spatial-now-free-with-all-editions-of-oracle-database Previous to this announcement, Spatial and Graph was a paid for option of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, $350 per Named User Plus, and $17,500 per Processor license. Oracle Spatial is an extension to the […]

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