Daily Tech Briefing: June 12, 2014

Oracle has unveiled its new Oracle 12c Database In-Memory Option and in doing so has caught up with competitor SAP's HANA 3-year-old in-memory database. The In-Memory Option is already optimized so it can be added directly into Oracle databases, saving IT managers from having to rewrite or re-install applications, retrain administrators or change any policies.

Installing the In-Memory Option is as simple as flipping a switch-simply plug in the option and it will work properly, Oracle CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison said during the launch briefing. Also, Oracle Executive Vice President for Database and Server Technologies Andrew Mendelsohn told eWEEK that the In-Memory Option is just as fast as SAP HANA.

Oracle has also launched new x86 servers - the Sun Server X4-4 and X4-8 systems. These systems have Oracle's elastic computing features, which according to Oracle officials, enable the servers to dynamically adapt. For instance, they can change server core count or core performance to the specific requirements of the workloads running on them. improving utilization and efficiency.

According to Cisco System officials, global Internet traffic will continue to climb steadily between now and 2018. What's more, during the five years between 2013 and 2018, the majority of that traffic will come from devices other than PCs.

Wireless traffic will surpass traffic coming over wired networks, and high-definition video will generate more traffic than standard definition video. These findings and more were part of Cisco's ninth annual Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption report.

In response to last year's National Security Agency spying revelations and the discovery of the high-profile "Heartbleed" vulnerability, Microsoft is hardening its Azure Web Sites service with support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography.

Erez Benari, an Azure Web Sites program manager, explained that Elliptic Curve Cryptography is an encryption technology that is based on the algebraic structure of elliptic curves over finite fields. The idea is that the symmetry and computational complexity in the function will let Microsoft create a public and private key set that are much harder to break.

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