Just as summer calls for a wardrobe refresh, different databases across the tech world are getting updates as well.
Over the course of the past year or so, there have been many incidents where government and enterprise information became accessible to hackers. There was outcry from across the country, claiming that these institutions should have done more to protect the personal information of citizens and consumers.
There are lots of trends in the technology world that fade into the background before long. In the early 2000s, cell phones were popularly tiny - the smaller the better. Of course, now that people want the most bang for their buck, screen sizes have increased, thus rendering small phones passe. However, not all fads go out of style. For instance, PostgreSQL has been around for the better part of 15 years and has remained a strong competitor in the database game the entire time. Only recently has the server been making strong moves upward.
Letting go of a good thing can be tough to do. Much like an old favorite sweater that has seen better days, software programs will run their course and no longer be able to serve well. Though it can be sad to see a beloved member of the team be put out to pasture, 10 years is considered ancient in database years. By this time next year, product support for SQL Server 2005 will be no more, and businesses will have to make do with updated services.
Because SQL is the de facto option for interacting with relational databases, knowing this language is valuable for everyone from DBAs to engineers to product managers.
Oracle has always been a leader in enterprise IT, as its database acts as the foundation of many applications. Now, Oracle is integrating with OpenStack, and that can only mean good news for developers and DBAs.
On April 15, 2015, Microsoft released and then shortly thereafter recalled SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 after citing some installation issues. Today, there is good news.
Enterprise IT has long been an industry that plays it safe. This statement applies directly to database management systems more so than any other technology, as these essential tools act as the repository for the most prized possession an organization can have: corporate data.
With less than 70 days until the end-of-support date for Windows Server 2003, a surprisingly large number of organizations have yet to migrate to a new system. InfoWorld cited data from Bit9 indicating that there are about nine million Windows Server 2003 installations around the world, and once July 14, 2015 rolls around, there will be approximately 2.7 million unprotected servers left vulnerable to zero day exploits.
Starting with a Windows 10 preview event, moving to its own developer-focused Build 2015 and finishing with the enterprise IT-oriented Ignite, Microsoft has recently shown its tech hand.