When the Internet and World Wide Web finally went mainstream in the mid-1990s, new Unix-like operating systems running on PCs went mainstream too.Developers working on these systems had access to a wide range of development tools, but these platforms didn't initially offer anything like the mature, SQL-based and 4GL-based database frameworks common on traditional platforms of the time; commercial database vendors were in no hurry to remedy this situation. Ironically, several commercial RDBMS products were originally based on open source code developed by Michael Stonebraker's Ingres project at Berkeley.Open source databases were the inevitable result. Early systems like mSQL were primitive, but suitable for entry-level applications. They were also free for people to use and develop. A memory of mSQL survives today in MySQL, whose C-language API was based closely on that of mSQL to ease migration. The MySQL system was started by Swedish developers TCX, as an ISAM data store … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Open Source Databases Have Come of Age
Two years in the making, the Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) this week debuted online, providing the public with a constantly updated catalog of the Internet's ever-changing security vulnerabilities.The project is sponsored by Digital Defense and Winterforce and is available at osvdb.org.The open-source vulnerability project was launched in 2002 following a realization in the security community that no independent, community-operated vulnerability database existed."There were, and still are, numerous vulnerability databases," said a statement on the osvdb.org site, which went live March 31st."Some of these databases are managed by private interests to meet their own requirements, while others contain a limited subset of vulnerabilities or have significant restrictions on their content. None are simultaneously comprehensive, open for free use, and answerable to the community."The OSVDB's organizers set out to implement a vulnerability database that meets all those … [Read more...] about New Database Tracks Open-Source Security Threats
Open source database vendorMySQL released new functionality and services under an "enterprise" moniker, reflecting the Swedish company's aggressive strategy for acquiring bigger and better customers.Taken together, all of the open source databases -- including MySQL, Ingres and PostgreSQL -- occupy only a sliver of the enterprise market. However, they are quickly growing in terms of market share and enterprise capabilities."It's getting better," Gartner Principal Analyst Colleen Graham told LinuxInsider. "They've actually come very far, very quickly," she said, referring both to functionality and third-party support.That said, "they still have a long way to go," Graham added.With features such as a monitoring and advisory service, MySQL Enterprise will "supercharge" database administrators (DBAs), Chief Executive Officer Marten Mickos said."It provides a heat chart of all your MySQL servers, and it has a set of rules that it tests against the databases to detect anomalies and … [Read more...] about MySQL Enterprise Database – Ready or Not?
Social networking Web site MySpace and verification companySentinel Tech are teaming up to help protect children from online predators.The companies announced on Monday that they will donate the Sentinel Safe database technology program, designed to let users identify and remove convicted sex offenders from online communities, to theNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).While sex offender data is generally collected by individual state authorities, MySpace and Sentinel Tech jointly developed new technology that combines close to 50 state registries, aiming to help police keep track of an estimated 600,000 convicted sex offenders."We believe it's an extremely useful law enforcement tool and want to see it used as broadly as possible," said Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer at Fox Interactive Media. MySpace is a unit of Fox Interactive.The steady increase of online activity among increasingly younger segments of society over the past decade has brought with it … [Read more...] about MySpace Donates Database to Child Advocacy Group
Bento is one of those applications that's an enigma -- it's mysterious, puzzling and yet astoundingly simple at the same time. It's a personal database for regular people, not the kind of database used for big business. As you might expect from any Apple-related product, it's easy to use.Bento is made by FileMaker, which is a subsidiary of Apple. It's the company that makes the business-class FileMaker Pro database. Bento is designed to help you organize a variety of non-structured data, including contacts, calendar events, projects, tasks, photos and media -- just about anything you can think of. Entering data is easy and intuitive, but the trick isn't so much understanding how to drag-and-drop your content, how to import data and make hyperlinks. The key to unlocking the enigma of Bento is figuring out how you can make it work for you -- personally.Bento only works with Mac OS X 10.5, a.k.a. Leopard, so if you're on Tiger, you're out of luck. Bento is able to integrate and keep track … [Read more...] about PRODUCT REVIEW Sorting Out Life’s Little Complexities With Bento Personal Database
Information Technology is a project-centric industry. Every task is either performed as a part of a project or constitutes rollup toward creating a new project. No individual, organization, department or company can escape the rigor of discipline and perseverance that project management enforces as prerequisites for success. However, information Technology often receives a bad rap for the relatively small number of successful initiatives as a percent of the total initiatives launched, compared with other departments.Technologists are viewed as inherently more disciplined -- and more capable of thinking and planning in a structured manner -- than their "non-technical" counterparts.I believe this classification is unjust. No matter how trained the human mind, it still cannot replace the uber-productivity tools that assist project discipline today. Initiatives fail mid-stream or fail to take off not because they are not good initiatives, but because of the improper amalgamation of the … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The IT Project-Tracking Database: Keep Your Key People in the Loop
Salesforce.com on Tuesday unveiled Database.com, which it called the first enterprise database for the cloud.This is "the exact same database technology" as Salesforce.com's existing database but is "being packaged and provided as a standalone product so people can build platforms on their own technologies," Ariel Kelman, a Salesforce vice president, told CRM Buyer.It uses "a lot of Java, some open source technologies and some third-party software apps," Kelman said.The database is automatically scalable and has a high level of security, according to the company. It lets developers create software ranging in size from small mobile apps to large enterprise applications.Databse.com also has a pre-built social data model.Database.com has a relational data store that includes tables, relationships, support for a variety of field types, triggers and stored procedures, a query language and enterprise search.It offers file storage for content in various formats, including video and … [Read more...] about Salesforce.com Sends the Database Skyward
It's sort of like the funny story about a young person discovering that Paul McCartney was in another group before Wings. Marc Benioff had another company sandwiched in between his Oracle days and founding Salesforce.com. So for those of us who knew that, Database.com had the same kind of retro vibe when it was announced at Dreamforce.Database.com was Marc's other company, and I had assumed that they'd simply kept renewing the URL registration for the last 10 years, but I was told differently. At any rate, Salesforce is now in the database business. I guess if Larry Ellison can buy Sun Microsystems and jump into the hardware business, then Marc can get into the database business.In truth, Database.com is more of a confirmation of what Salesforce had been doing through Force.com for a long time. The big difference now is that anyone with almost any application development tool can build an application that leverages the database in the cloud. There are some other differences too. … [Read more...] about INSIGHTS What to Make of Database.com?
Oracle earlier this week announced the availability of its Exadata platform on its next-generation cloud infrastructure, which essentially means the company is providing Exadata as a Service.The Oracle Cloud infrastructure is a comprehensive set of integrated, subscription-based services that let businesses run any workload in an enterprise-grade cloud managed by Oracle.It enables self-provisioning of multiple bare metal servers in less than five minutes, with each supporting more than 4 million Input/output operations per second. It also allows block storage that scales linearly by 60 IOPS per GB, Oracle said.The Oracle Cloud offers the following:Elastic compute capacityOnline storageExadata database on demand, on high-performance bare metalLoad balancing Developer portalExadata on Oracle's cloud lets enterprises run high-demand applications using real-time targeting, analytics or personalization with extreme performance, Oracle said.Enterprises can migrate mission-critical database … [Read more...] about Oracle Unveils Exadata Database as a Service
A Dun & Bradstreet database, 52 GB in size and containing more than 33.6 million records with very specific details, has been exposed.Cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt, who received the database for study, on Wednesday confirmed that the records already were organized and developed as if intended for distribution to a potential client.The database belonged to NetProspex, a firm purchased by Dun & Bradstreet in 2015 for US$125 million, ZDNet confirmed. NetProspex had compiled the database -- which included personal information including names, job titles, job responsibilities and work email addresses and phone numbers -- for e-marketers, by all accounts.It presumably was meant as a tool to target customers via email campaigns and other communication methods. It is the type of data that can be purchased by clients and broken down either via bulk email addresses, or by specific records such as by company or industry.No highly sensitive personal information was included in the … [Read more...] about Dun & Bradstreet Marketing Database Exposed