Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise, stated that by his estimates around 8000 companies were already signed up to try SQL Server 2016 on Linux, with at least 25% of that being fortune 500 companies.
Given that companies like Amazon and Oracle offer similar services, the fact that so many are interested in what Microsoft could provide shows the reputation their software has for businesses. With the move showing that Microsoft is serious not only about the open source community that is commonly found using Linux but also offering alternatives to the cloud for companies to use.
While the cloud offers scalable solutions and choices for companies all over the world, many companies are hesitant to take it on board due to the fact that they lose control over its security and access. Being able to run SQL servers on Linux, using Microsoft’s software would help businesses keep their servers in-house, offering that little bit of choice that companies are often forced to forgo in exchange for cheaper rates.
Microsoft is well-known for three things, their hardware (such as the Microsoft Surface series), their operating systems and their software. The problem being is that a lot of these are closely tied together, their hardware uses their operating system and normally come pre-installed with their software. You can get their operating systems or software alone, but putting their software on another operating system tends to work quite badly (or if you are using the Mac version of Windows Office, you may be missing some of the features available on Windows). This is set to change with Microsoft announcing that their SQL database software will be coming to Linux soon.
With open source software being a big part of companies and governments, Microsoft may be looking to not only get community support in increasing their software capabilities but possibly winning back some of the markets that are going to open source solutions.
On Thursday night, UK ISP TalkTalk fell victim to a massive hack on its servers, during which unencrypted user data, including credit and debit card details, may have been stolen. TalkTalk CEO and Dido Harding – or Baroness Harding of Winscombe as she’s known in her role as Conservative Peer and Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England – has confirmed that parties claiming to be responsible for the hack have attempted to blackmail the company, bemoaning the emergence of “cyber-criminals” to the BBC yesterday.
It seems, though, that TalkTalk needs to take its share of responsibility for the hack, since the technique used was rudimentary and more than 15 years old. According to developer Tim Almond, the hackers used an SQL injection to compromise TalkTalk’s servers, the application of which is “like leaving a door unlocked in an office building” on the part of the ISP.
“It was using a technique called a SQL Injection attack,” Almond says. “Without going into detail of how it works, this is a very well-known and in computing years, a very old attack. I first had it explained to me in the early part of the 2000s.”
To make it clear that TalkTalk was negligent in not protecting against such an attack (let alone not encrypting user data), Almond says, “Many people wouldn’t even think of trying it because they wouldn’t expect a large website to miss it,” adding, “if you have good security policies, SQL Injection attacks shouldn’t be a problem.”
Given their recent acquisition by Toshiba, the tech world has been eager to see how OCZ will continue its presence in the SSD market. We stopped by their booth at CeBIT 2014 to see what they had on display and as far as we can tell, they’re still going very strong indeed and have a nice range of new products, some of which were released recently and others that have been tweaked and revised for 2014.
The Vertex 460 and the Vector 150 (pictured above) are both feature 19nm Toshiba NAND flash, SATA III and are designed to target everything from the desktop market to server applications.
The Deneva 2 products have been around a little while now, but their mixture of cost effectiveness and industry leading endurance and reliability make them a prime choice for enterprise storage environments such as cloud storage, web-serving and data warehousing. Not exactly the play thing of your average consumer, but there is no reason why you couldn’t enjoy the 64GB – 512GB capacities if you’re interested in building a high end NAS or rendering rig.
The Intrepid 3000 SATA III series continues their range for data center solutions.
Then we have the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator integrated flash and hardware solution, ideal for boosting the performance of existing SQL Server deployments and it comes in capacities of up to 1.6TB.
The Z-Drive 4500 is OCZ’s fastest and most robust PCIe SSD ever thanks to new Toshiba flash which can boost performance via OCZ WXL software and flash virtualization.
That’s all from the OCZ booth today, but we’ll be back very shortly with even more coverage from this weeks CeBIT 2014 here in Hanover.