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McAfee raises a ruckus; Oracle shills stack

McAfee update slams Windows XP machines; Oracle pushes, users hang back, on software stack.

IT channel news in brief for April 22, 2010

McAfee update slams Windows XP machines

A McAfee antivirus update made quite a splash Wednesday when it caused millions of PCs running Windows XP Service Pack 3 to suffer network outages and reboot problems. Some of the problems continued into Thursday.

Kentucky law enforcement agencies, Rhode Island emergency rooms and SANS Internet Storm Center were just a few of the organizations affected across the U.S., according to Security Bytes blogger Marcia Savage.

Although McAfee Inc. isolated the issue to a virus definition file that was released at 6 a.m. PST on Wednesday, the company is still unsure of how the faulty update made its way into its DAT files.

Oracle pushes, users hang back, on software stack

Surprise! Oracle wants its customers to install the complete Oracle stack -- from Solaris (or Linux) to applications on (preferably) Sun hardware. But users aren't necessarily rushing for their checkbooks.

One issue is that they're still waiting for the long promised Fusion Applications that were to bring along the best and brightest capabilities of Siebel, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and all of the other acquired software brands.

As for Oracle's hard sell at this week's Collaborate 2010 show, attendees were underwhelmed.

"It's nothing new. It's the same thing we've been hearing," said Tracy C. Mueller, a CPA with Towers Watson in Philadelphia. "When you mention the word Fusion at my company, there's laughter in the room. Hopefully, the time they're taking means they're being prudent."

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