Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

Recent SPARC/Solaris Security Blog Posts

Over at the Oracle PartnerTech Blog, I've begun a series of posts on SPARC/Solaris Security, including threads on SPARC M7 cryptography and the benefits of IBM software using Solaris and SPARC for End-to-End Security. Check 'em out -- there are more on the way, too!

Friday Nov 13, 2015

Security - It's Not Just About Keeping Your Password Safe Anymore

Well, really, it never was. It's just that, nowadays, everyone needs to be aware and pro-active, especially enterprises.

So, recently my company, Oracle, had an intimate get-together in San Francisco. Maybe you've heard of it -- it's called "Oracle OpenWorld". And at that cozy little gathering our boss, a one Mr. Larry Ellison, spoke about the need for end-to-end Security. Everywhere. All the time. By default.

Always on, as it were.

Now, I don't usually comment on, or even pass along, things that come down from the C-Suite of my company. Because there are plenty of places to hear about it. Plenty of sales folk willing to talk to you about it, for example. Yes, our new servers powered by SPARC M7 and Solaris 11.3 are cool and the more secure than ever and have a raft of whizzy new features, and new security features, all the way down to the CPU level. But that's not what I'm doing. I'm doing something much simpler here. 

I simply wanted to say "Yes." It resonates with me, the grizzled, jaded veteran of thirty-five years (I dare not write that in numerals)  in the business. It's time. It's past time. It's not something "someone else should probably do." We all need to do it, lest those inconvenient breaches bring havoc to all our lives.

Whoa. That sounds deep and serious. Well, it is. Technology, no matter how cool, how enabling, how freeing -- can be hijacked and misused, and the potential negative impact can be just as severe, if not more, than the positive impact.

So, yeah. I'm going to be talking a bit more about this stuff starting today. In part because the combination of our platforms and our partners' software offerings can address this issue to a modest degree. In part because I work with some of those partners on these platforms, and have seen this need merge with this potential of late.

Imagine systems that encrypt your data without a huge performance penalty, without expensive hardware add-ons. Imagine systems that do that with record price-performance, with unrivaled availability, with the software frameworks and offerings you use in your enterprise. Imagine end-to-end security from the start.

Always on, as it were.

Thursday Nov 12, 2015

SPARC M7 Software In Silicon - Useful Webinar

Beyond the hoopla and hype behind the release of Oracle servers based on the SPARC M7 chip, the Software in Silicon features are just flat out cool.

There was a free webinar recorded yesterday which helps explain the real value of Software in Silicon to our current and potential customers. It's worth a look.

Industry-leading price/performance, availability and security. And some nifty technology to boot!

Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

T5 -It's Coming

Here's the scoop about what we inside Oracle have known for a while, and which will be available to our customers and partners soon. Our new T-Series CPU is world-class, and it making people sit up and take notice. It's a beast, folks, trust me.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/04/oracle_sparc_t5_processor/ 

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