Remember when you were 15 and about to get you’re your first beat up car or were about to build one from scratch. Fast forward a few decades and your needs and tastes changed. You want a car with all the latest features. You want integrated electronics, performance, speed, and safety and security when handling. You didn’t want that old car or the one you fixed up due to reliability, maintenance costs, and time concerns. You have a need today to get where you want, when you want, as fast as you can without additional headaches and costs.
Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is just 2 weeks away! If you've been before, congratulations, you probably remember the exciting keynote announcements from Larry Ellison, Dave Donatelli, John Fowler, and other converged infrastructure visionaries. Perhaps you've participated in our hand-on labs where you get to interact, face-to-face, with product experts and customer evangelists. Or maybe you remember the amazing food, venues, and entertainment (like Elton John!) we get year after year. If this will be your first time at Oracle OpenWorld, then you already know you're in for a treat.
"When Linus Torvalds sent his first email on August 25, 1991 announcing a project to create a new operating system, who could have imagined the impact it would have on the technology industry and how it would propel the concept of open source software development. Today, open source and Linux are used across the globe in almost every data center, powering trading platforms, processing millions of transactions each day and embedded in devices, from cell phones to televisions to refrigerators.
Database engineering is not a common term you hear in the news when reading about the hottest startup in Silicon Valley or the latest app that Kim Kardashian is using. But behind every new technological innovation, big or small, is the infrastructure that makes it work. End-users rarely, if ever, get to see what goes on behind the scenes as DBAs and IT staff address scalability, attempt to reduce the latency of an OLTP database, try to make the data warehouse run faster, or bring the latest innovations in silicon technology to database systems.
Let’s take a step back and look at the current state of virtualization in the software industry. X86 hypervisors were built to run a few different operating systems on the same machine. Nowadays they are mostly used to execute several instances of the same OS (Linux), each running a single server application in isolation. Containers are a better fit for this use case, but they expose a very large attack surface. It is possible to reduce the attack surface, however it is a very difficult task, one that requires minute knowledge of the app running inside.