Short takes from this week's technology news
PeopleSoft release links to Oracle platforms
Oracle has released new versions of PeopleSoft accounting and supply chain applications. The PeopleSoft 8.9 releases are part of Oracle's ongoing Project Fusion, which aims to more closely integrate PeopleSoft systems with Oracle platforms. PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management 8.9 includes project management, risk mitigation and asset tracking features, as well as meeting changing regulatory compliance needs.
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Check Point acquires open source specialist
Check Point has bought open source intrusion prevention software supplier Sourcefire for £132m. Sourcefire was set up in 2001 to commercialise open source intrusion detection systems. Check Point plans to keep Sourcefire's Snort traffic scanning technology open source and to integrate the company's technology into its own security products. Sourcefire also sells the Defence Centre event management console and the Real-Time Network Awareness sensor, which analyses threats in relation to network traffic flows.
Oracle buys open source database developer
Oracle has acquired Finnish open source database technology developer Innobase. The company has developed InnoDB, an add-on storage engine for the open source MySQL database. InnoDB is distributed under the open source GNU general public licence. The software is bundled with MySQL through a contract that is up for renewal in 2006.
Internet standard to reduce misconfiguring
The Internet Engineering Task Force is to ratify a standard designed to help reduce the amount of misconfigured network equipment. The group has produced a specification to handle the transfer of configuration data to and from a device, and for examining device state information. The specification aims to be extensible so that all configuration data can be accessed from a single device and provide a programming interface.