InterSystems has performed various system and application benchmarks to determine the potential performance impact after the corrections for Meltdown have been applied.

Overall our tests have shown at worst a performance degradation of less than 2% and in some cases slightly better performance, but within the margin of error of testing. All tests confirm that the specific performance impact to a deployed application is directly related to how this application is using system resources. Specifically, this means that in certain cases (e.g. a query)  a larger performance impact is possible.

While InterSystems has no evidence of significant performance degradations for customer applications, we strongly recommend that customers perform their own performance evaluation.

InterSystems continues to work with our OS, hypervisor, and processor partners on performance testing and further upgrades will be provided if/when necessary

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InterSystems continuously monitors our systems for any evidence of attempts to exploit vulnerabilities such as the newly announced Meltdown and Spectre attack vectors.
 
At this time we have seen no indications of attempts to target InterSystems systems or technology using these vulnerabilities.
 
·         InterSystems is aware of recently reported cybersecurity vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre that affect a wide range of computer processors (See US-CERT Alert TA 18-004A, Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Vulnerability Guidance, https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-004A).
·         As is the case with other technology companies, InterSystems is examining our products to assess and understand the direct impact of the vulnerability and what appropriate actions to take to remediate any discovered risk.
·         Same as with many other companies, I
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Stable Releases of the Atelier plugin are now available from the Eclipse Marketplace. Just search for Atelier on the Eclipse website (https://marketplace.eclipse.org) or - even better - in the Eclipse IDE.

This is an convenient way to install this plugin, because you no longer have to enter the URL.

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Project related quality assurance efforts have revealed a number of concerns for the current release of 2017.1.0 and 2017.1.1 on all OpenVMS platforms. In certain situations, the impact can be severe. InterSystems will address these issues with the upcoming 2017.1.2 release, and in the meantime, will remove all 2017.1.x kits for OpenVMS from our Download Servers.
 
If you have immediate needs correcting existing deployments of this version, please contact the InterSystems WRC (support@intersystems.com).
 
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With the recent release of Caché and Ensemble 2017.1, InterSystems customers can now create configurations where the data-at-rest cryptographic library used is compliant with FIPS 140-2.

Caché and Ensemble now provides you with the option to enable FIPS mode on RedHat 6.6, 7.1 on x86-64. This means is, that InterSystems products will no longer use the supplied crypto libraries that come with the kit, but will use the FIPS validated libraries provided by the Operating Systems vendor.

To configure your system, RedHat must operating in FIPS mode. This can be done be following the steps provided by RedHat. This process should also create symbolic links to the two libraries that will now be used: libssl.so.1.0.1e and libcrypto.so.1.0.1e.

In the /usr/lib64 directory:

            libssl.so should point to libssl.so.1.0.1e

            libcrypto.so should point to libcrypto.so.1.0.1

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The last version of Caché, Ensemble released for VSI OpenVMS is 2017.1. Unlike HP OpenVMS (Alpha and Itanium), VSI OpenVMS on Itanium continues to be supported. This means that critical corrections or changes required to support customer’s hardware purchases will all be based on 2017.1 or earlier versions.

Related announcement: https://community.intersystems.com/post/platform-compatibility-hp-open-vms

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Beginning with the next release after 2017.1, InterSystems products will no longer be offered on macOS (OS X) as a Server platform. This platform has been re-classified and will be available as a Development platform in future releases.

Products: Caché, Ensemble
 
Expected Availability: next major release after 2017.1
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Post has been edited for clarification: Both HP Open VMS versions (for Itanium and for Alpha)  are discontinued for future InterSystems releases.
 
Future product releases, beginning with the next major release after 2017.1, will no longer be offered for the following platforms:
 
HP OpenVMS  for Itanium
HP OpenVMS  for Alpha
 
Products: Caché, Ensemble
 
Expected Availability: next major release after 2017.1
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Starting with 2017.1, InterSystems is adding Ubuntu (64-bit) as a third linux server platform. Prior to 2017.1 Ubuntu was already available as a development platform and customers could use InterSystems distributions build for SUSE to run on Ubuntu. As a result there are a few license key implications for 64-bit linux versions starting with Caché and Ensemble 2017.1:

a) Customers using RedHat will observe no changes

b) Customers using InterSystems products(1) for SUSE on SUSE will need new license keys (no charge)

c) Customers using InterSystems products(1) for SUSE on Ubuntu will need new license keys (free of charge for 12 month(2))

(1) Caché, Ensemble, HealthShare, and TrakCare

(2) Starting with the Release of 2017.1

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Starting with the Field Test of 2017.1 InterSystems products will include Feature Tracker. It is enabled by default during the Field Test and is explained more fully in the product documentation included below. Information collected by Feature Tracker is limited to technology usage information and instance identification.  This tool has been carefully crafted to not transmit sensitive information related to customer applications or data. It is important to note that sharing of information about your system is under your control and the information being shared with InterSystems is always visible to you.

With this post we would like to solicit your thoughts on the Feature Tracker in general and its default setting of “on”

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