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Oracle Secure Backup 10.2 Available

Oracle is now shipping Oracle Secure Backup 10.2, a high-performance tape backup for Oracle databases and network-attached storage (NAS) file systems. Oracle Secure Backup is a complete enterprise solution for centralized tape backup management with advanced features such as encryption, vaulting, and dynamic drive sharing. Customers can achieve high-quality, low-cost data protection for their entire IT environment with Oracle Secure Backup's security policies that safeguard data stored on tape and control access to backup systems and data.

This new release provides policy-based encryption at the domain, host, backup, or tape level. Oracle Secure Backup 10.2 provides automated management of all encryption keys associated with tape backups. Encryption keys are centrally stored on the Oracle Secure Backup Administrative Server, which manages decryption during restoration.

Oracle Secure Backup 10.2 automates tape management throughout its lifecycle, from creation to expiration to reuse. Existing tape storage pool concepts have been extended to include policy-based management for tape vaulting, duplication, and migration from virtual tape library to physical tape. In addition, Oracle Secure Backup automates tape management according to user-defined policies, which may include duplicating tapes that leverage the same or different retention and vaulting schedules as original tapes and scheduling rotation of tapes between multiple locations.

Did You Know?

Security Skills Most Needed for IT

A telephone and online survey of more than 3,500 IT professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia showed that security-related skills are considered most important to today's IT organizations. In countries with established IT industries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K., and the United States, 73 percent of survey respondents said security was most important, but just 57 percent said that IT employees were proficient in these areas. The gap was wider in countries with emerging IT industries, including China, India, Poland, Russia, and South Africa, where 76 percent said security skills were important but only 57 percent had those skills.
Source: CompTIA

Server Virtualization Important, but Hard to Measure Return

More than half of large enterprises worldwide—54 percent—think managing their virtual server environment is a critical or high IT priority, but just 45 percent think they're doing an effective job of it. In a survey of 300 CIOs and IT executives in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific working for companies with more than US$250 million in annual revenue, 56 percent of respondents said they are using multiple platforms or vendors for server virtualization management, while 35 percent have standardized on a single vendor. Just 28 percent of CIOs responding have a method in place to measure virtualization return on investment.
Source: CA

Evaluation Software Popular, Useful

95 percent of software developers download evaluation copies of software from vendors, according to an online survey of 386 IT developers. A full 70 percent evaluate what they download, and 80 percent of evaluators end up buying at least some of the software.
Source: Developer Marketing Patterns 2008, Evans Data Corp.

"Performance is the No. 1 concern of most customers focused on backup and recovery," says Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, systems technology, Oracle. "Customers will be able to achieve up to 40 percent faster Oracle Database backup to tape using Oracle Secure Backup 10.2."

Oracle Database Vault Certified for Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle has certified Oracle Database Vault for use with the Oracle E-Business Suite, which enables customers to better protect sensitive application data from unauthorized access by users—including privileged users who are misusing their privileges. Oracle Database Vault is an advanced database security product designed to enforce when, where, how, and by whom data can be accessed.

Many Oracle E-Business Suite applications, including Oracle Human Capital Management, Oracle Financial Management, Oracle Supply Chain Management, and Oracle Customer Relationship Management, contain personal identification information, Social Security numbers, or credit card numbers. Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Basel II, and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards require companies to consider separation of duty and strong controls on access to sensitive information. The certification of Oracle Database Vault for use with Oracle E-Business Suite enables customers to better address their security and regulatory challenges.

Oracle Database Vault transparently defends against unauthorized access to application data as well as intentional or accidental harmful database changes by any users, even DBAs, by considering factors such as time of day, authentication, and application. It can also be used to enforce separation of duties within the database. For example, Oracle Database Vault can block a DBA's access to sensitive application data, while permitting the DBA to perform day-to-day operations such as database backup and recovery, tuning, and replication. With Oracle Database Vault, customers can consolidate application databases and enforce strong boundaries and policies around access to that data.

"Oracle Database Vault monitors activity inside the database and enforces real-time preventive controls," says Vipin Samar, vice president of database security, Oracle. "Organizations can now protect sensitive Oracle E-Business Suite application data at the source—the database."

Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 Released

Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 is now generally available. This release provides streamlined system management, faster performance for client browsers, and improved reporting based on XML standards, to enable JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers to achieve a lower total cost of ownership. It also provides an open platform for customers to choose hardware, operating systems, and database technologies based on their IT strategies and business requirements. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 supports Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 continues the evolution of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne toward a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and provides customers with expanded functionality, performance, and usability.

"Our customers are under constant pressure to achieve substantial productivity gains with fewer resources. Through an evolving and more comprehensive technology platform, we are delivering a better ownership experience to our customers at a lower cost," says Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle vice president of product strategy. "JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 also continues our delivery on the Applications Unlimited commitment and allows customers to take advantage of the latest technology, in many cases without having to upgrade their applications."

One of the new features in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 is server manager, a centralized Web console for the monitoring and management of all JD Edwards EnterpriseOne server components. Other enhancements include simplified menu navigation, use of browser tabs, easier import/export of data in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application forms, and support for the Firefox browser.

Thanks to the latest tools release, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications can operate in an SOA natively, without dependency on third-party products. Design tools, wizards, and reference implementations are provided to help customers and partners leverage these new integration capabilities.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 also delivers improved embedded reporting with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher. Users can launch a complete run-publish-distribute cycle from a single user interaction, output multiple objects such as invoices from a single batch of data, and produce reports in multiple formats including Adobe PDF, HTML, RTF, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, XML, and eText.

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Oracle Unveils New Oracle Identity Manager 10g Release

A new release of Oracle Identity Manager, a key component of the Oracle Identity Management 10g Release 3 suite of products, is now available. It addresses the growing concerns organizations have regarding compliance and the time it takes to complete an audit. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Identity Manager is a user-provisioning and administration solution that enables organizations to automate the process of adding, updating, and deleting user accounts from applications and directories. It improves regulatory compliance by providing granular reports that indicate exactly who has access to specific data, resources, and information.

The new release features enhanced attestation capabilities to automate the ongoing certification of access privileges to meet compliance requirements. It also offers 19 new compliance and operational report templates that help organizations streamline the audit process.

In addition, a graphic workflow designer simplifies the creation and maintenance of provisioning and approval workflows; an inbound gateway based on the Web Services Service Provisioning Markup Language (WS-SPML) 2.0 standard supports rapid integration across heterogeneous environments; and updated connector wizards ease the creation of new connectors and streamline integration.

"The new release of Oracle Identity Manager further delivers on our commitment to provide customers provisioning software that helps them more efficiently meet compliance requirements while improving security and the overall user experience," says Hasan Rizvi, vice president, identity management and security products, Oracle. "With this release, organizations can more rapidly experience the benefits identity provisioning delivers across their diverse IT environments." 

Oracle Acquires Captovation

Oracle has agreed to acquire Captovation, a leading provider of document capture solutions that streamline the process of capturing mission-critical content for access from within business applications and processes. Captovation's software will be part of Oracle Enterprise Content Management, an Oracle Fusion Middleware component that provides comprehensive capabilities for managing dynamic, transactional, and historical content. "By adding document capture to Oracle's leading content management, process automation, and back-office applications, Oracle will be the only vendor that can provide customers with a fully integrated solution for automating back-office operations," says Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

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