Oracle Integrates Cloudera Apache Distro, MySQL Support

Cloudera, a provider of Apache Hadoop-based software, consulting, and other services, has teamed up with Oracle to provide enterprise users the full range of Hadoop’s functionality on a platform that is easy to deploy and user-friendly. Through the partnership, Oracle has integrated Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager software into the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

The move expands Oracle Big Data Appliance’s offerings of hardware and software offerings geared towards high performance and scalable data processing for Big Data by two solid products.  Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop is the industry’s most widely deployed distribution of Hadoop in both commercial and non-commercial settings.  Described as being 100 percent open source, CDH is also regarded as the most tested, reliable, and stable product of its kind.  Big Data Appliance’s portfolio already included Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition, an open source distribution of R, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Java HotSpot Virtual Machine. 

The integration between Oracle and Cloudera products has already undergone full testing and validation from Oracle.  As part of the agreement, Cloudera will also offer support for Oracle Big Data Appliance.  Beyond the major announcement of Cloudera’s product integration into its Big Data Appliance, Oracle also introduced its Big Data Connectors offering that lets clients integrate data they have stored in Oracle NoSQL Database or CDH Hadoop Distributed File System with Oracle Database 11g.

Mike Olson, CEO and co-founder of Cloudera, spoke of the newly formed partnership in the official press release: “The blending of Oracle Big Data Appliance with CDH and Cloudera Manager is a natural and highly complementary fit. Together, our products form an exceptional solution that is poised to transform the marketplace.  Cloudera is delighted to be teaming with Oracle to deliver the first engineered system designed to make Apache Hadoop work together with Oracle’s product stack to address the most demanding analytic workloads.”

Senior VP of Oracle Server Technologies Andy Mendelsohn added: “As the leader in Apache Hadoop-based data platforms, Cloudera has the enterprise quality and expertise that make them the right choice to work with on Oracle Big Data Appliance.  Cloudera offers mature, reliable, and innovative products and services and we look forward to working with them to deliver the industry’s most complete Big Data solution for our customers.”

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Oracle Database Firewall Now Includes MySQL Support and Improved Reporting

Oracle has just announced the release of its new and improved Oracle Database Firewall that now features MySQL Enterprise Edition support plus enhanced reporting capabilities to help clients comply with privacy and regulatory standards.

The threat of SQL injections is real, as many applications and websites have been the unlucky targets of such attacks in recent times.  With all the threats in place, many administrators still fail to ensure proper protection is in place.  A recent Data Security Survey released by the Independent Oracle User Group revealed that just 36 percent of respondents took the proper steps to protect their applications from SQL injections.  Oracle Database Firewall addresses this problem by creating a barrier around databases and exercising real-time monitoring of application behavior to keep SQL injection attacks at bay.

The newest edition of Oracle Database Firewall maintains its prized functionality, but adds to it protection for MySQL databases.  Best of all, no changes to the target database’s underlying operating system, infrastructure, or applications are needed for the service to work.  Oracle Database Firewall’s latest inclusion of support for MySQL Enterprise Edition adds to the following list of existing supported platforms: IMB DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database 11g and its predecessors, Sybase ASE, and Sybase SQL Anywhere.

As mentioned, the other major highlight of the Oracle Database Firewall release is its enhanced reporting capabilities.  This includes a fresh infrastructure for running and modifying existing reports, as well as a host of new reports that are easy to customize to fit the needs of various organizations.

Vipin Samar, Oracle’s VP of database security, discussed the new improvements in the official press release: “Organizations can further enhance enterprise database security with Oracle Database Firewall.  With new MySQL support, Oracle Database     Firewall extends the combination of databases that organizations can secure across their enterprise. The improved reporting capabilities automate time-consuming regulatory compliance reporting functions.”

President of the Independent Oracle User Group Andy Flower added: “Since most customers are at risk of SQL injection attacks, the Oracle Database Firewall provides much needed security.  Oracle Database Firewall is an example of the necessary first line of defense for large and small customers that can monitor database activity and
block threats before they even reach the database. This new release shows Oracle listens to the customer community with inputs like the IOUG Security Survey. I’m sure our members are pleased with Oracle’s commitment to investing in securing Oracle and non-Oracle databases.”

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