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At Oracle, November was a month of continuing to prepare for greater cloud impact. For the second time in less than two months, Oracle hired a development executive who had previously worked at a cloud-based company to help pave the way for a bigger move into the cloud services market. In other November news, Oracle released the latest version of its Oracle Solaris Studio development environment and continued its legal battle with the state of Oregon over a failed health insurance website project.
Oracle brings in former Joyent VP to help develop public cloud
In mid-November, Oracle hired Mark Cavage to be senior director and architect of engineering for its public cloud infrastructure. Cavage previously worked for cloud platform vendor Joyent Inc. as vice president of engineering. He announced on his Twitter feed that he was joining Oracle and said he will be building a new cloud engineering team as part of the company's efforts to develop an enterprise-class cloud platform.
Cavage isn't the only recent high-level hire for Oracle's cloud team. In late September, Peter Magnusson, who had left his job as vice president of engineering at Snapchat Inc. last summer, signed on to become Oracle's senior vice president of cloud development. Cavage said via Twitter that Oracle will go beyond its main campus in Redwood Shores, Calif., to try to attract additional cloud engineering talent, with new offices planned in San Francisco and the Berkeley/Oakland area.
At first, Oracle was something of a cloud computing bystander. But the company announced an upgraded cloud services portfolio, including an Oracle Database cloud platform, at its OpenWorld conference in September. Founder Larry Ellison, now CTO and executive chairman, said just before the event that Oracle's goal is to be "bigger in the cloud than Salesforce is." In an interview with Gigaom, Cavage said Oracle is also targeting cloud platform market leaders Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google: "We are going to go big or go home," he told the site.
Oracle says Solaris Studio 12.4 can boost developer productivity
Last month, Oracle released Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4, a new version of its development tool set for Solaris and Linux systems. Oracle targeted the updates in the new release at increasing developer productivity. Solaris Studio 12.4 supports C++ 2011. It also has a completely redesigned Performance Analyzer tool that includes features such as intuitive data organization, timeline visualization, versatile data filtering, remote data analysis and cross-architectural support.
Oracle said the Solaris Studio Code Analyzer has also been updated and now protects against memory leaks and memory access issues; it also includes a feature that ranks untested functions and is meant to help increase code coverage and application reliability. Solaris Studio 12.4's compilers support code generation for Oracle's SPARC M6 and T5 systems, as well as Fujitsu's SPARC-based M10 servers and systems based on Intel's Haswell processors. Oracle claims that Solaris Studio 12.4 can generate code as much as 4.8 times faster on its systems than rival open source tools can, based on standard benchmarks.
Oregon, Oracle fight over right court for Cover Oregon case
On Nov. 21, Oracle and Oregon's state government had a hearing in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., on their dueling lawsuits over the failed development of Cover Oregon, the state's planned health insurance exchange website. Oracle, which was the primary technology provider on the now-scrapped project, had moved to consolidate the two lawsuits and have them both be heard in federal court. While Oracle filed its suit there, Oregon brought its countersuit in a state court. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Anna Brown rejected Oracle's motion due to procedural problems with the request, which raised the issue of copyright infringement.
Only federal courts can decide copyright infringement cases. Oregon's suit in state court didn't contain any references to alleged copyright infringement, but Oracle added a copyright claim to its lawsuit in September. According to the AP, Oracle said it intends to file again to consolidate the two cases and move them to federal court.
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