During Oracle Open World 2019, a partnership between Oracle and VMware was announced. From now on customers can extend or migrate their VMware operations to bare metal server clusters on the Oracle Cloud while maintaining full control of the environment (this is unique). This collaboration is a great...

  Meet Peter and Jelle Peter and Jelle, two junior Oracle database engineers at Monin, each with their own journey. Where Peter, 25 years old, already had some work experience in marketing automation, he had no experience with databases at all. Peter searched for a vacancy which...

  History   Since December 2015, Oracle released Oracle Standard Edition 2 (SE2), replacing the previous Standard Edition (SE) and Standard Edition One (SE1) releases. Customers on versions before 12.1.0.2 (running Standard Edition or Standard Edition One (SE1)), and who want to upgrade to a more recent version,...

Again 4 new execution side-channel vulnerabilities were disclosed by Intel on May 14th. Each of them has its own name but collectively they are referred to as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (mds): CVE-2019-11091: Microarchitectural Data Sampling Uncacheable Memory (MDSUM): part of RIDL CVE-2018-12126: Microarchitectural Store Buffer...

From 2008 onwards, Microsoft appears every two years with a new version of SQL Server. A new version means new functions, a better security model, a more efficient database engine, etc. For example, you can, unlike previous versions, install SQL Server 2017 on Linux and Docker. Since...

  After the Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities (see https://monin-it.be/2018/01/17/meltdown-spectre-solution-linux-windows/) at the beginning of 2018, Intel now tackled 3 applications of another big vulnerability in their microcode: the L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) vulnerabilities. All three applications of L1TF are speculative execution side-channel cache timing vulnerabilities: CVE-2018-3615: Affecting Intel Software...