Security is a hot topic in the news today, and we believe Oracle has chosen a dangerous, troubling and unethical strategy of hyping security threats using a security scare campaign of misleading and inaccurate statements and hyperbole. The campaign is being executed via a multi-faceted approach. For example, Oracle has sent letters to client executive management, authored blog posts, published a special web site and has even cited cyber-attacks that do not relate to Oracle products.
We believe Oracle has chosen to pursue using this scare campaign for its own business purposes – such as to try and pressure customers into performing otherwise unwanted and expensive software upgrades or purchasing otherwise unneeded product licenses. We also believe Oracle is attempting to protect its very profitable annual support revenues as an increasing number of Oracle licensees switch from expensive and poorly-rated Oracle support to a more innovative, responsive and award-winning annual support program like Rimini Street support that that can save customers up to 90% in total annual support costs and has been successfully utilized by more than 2,600 clients around the world for over a decade.
Further evidence that we believe makes Oracle’s true intentions clear includes the fact that, unlike many major software companies such as SAP, Microsoft and Cisco, Oracle does not provide security patches and updates to their paid licensees without cost.
However, unfortunately for Oracle, their scare campaign is also giving customers the opportunity to learn about the significant potential risks and challenges with Oracle’s dated, costly and ineffective software patch and update model for security remediation, and learn more about the alternative modern, innovative and holistic security solutions available from Rimini Street Global Security Services and other leading security vendors.