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New Oracle Data Cloud and Data-as-a-Service Offerings Redefine Data-Driven Enterprise.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1.

The UK makes ODF its official documents format standard.

Oracle Linux 7 Now Available.

Read about Identity Management in the Cloud.

Oracle Database In-Memory is Generally Available - offers 100x Faster Queries

Popular Articles in Vol 197, Issue 4
New Oracle Data Cloud and Data-as-a-Service Offerings Redefine Data-Driven Enterprise
Oracle's Innovative Data Services Fuels Competitive Advantage for Marketing and Social

In the digital economy, data fuels companies' ability to create new products and services. This proliferation of social channels, mobile devices, and sensor-enabled technologies, in conjunction with the unbundling of data from applications, creates new opportunities for innovative companies to gain competitive advantage through the use of data. Once limited to their internal data, enterprises can now gain valuable business insights by adding external data sources to enhance customer experience and operational efficiency. Today, Oracle announced it is combining its BlueKai Audience Data Marketplace and other Oracle data services to create Oracle Data Cloud, a platform that provides customers access to world-class data-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings, including Oracle Data as a Service for Marketing (Oracle DaaS for Marketing) and Oracle Data as a Service for Social (Oracle DaaS for Social).

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
Hurd presented Oracle's cloud strategy and progress to analysts this week
Chris Kanaracus writes in Computerworld, "Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.

As part of its earnings announcement, Oracle trumpeted that at an annual cloud subscription revenue run rate of nearly $2 billion, it is now the industry's second-largest cloud vendor behind

But meeting with analysts to lay out the company's cloud software strategy, progress in the market and expectations for its fiscal 2015, Hurd made it clear that Oracle isn't quite satisfied, telling them, 'Make no mistake, we're laser-focused on being No. 1 in the cloud.'"

Oracle Expands Footprint in Seattle with New Cloud Engineering Center
Craig Kelly and Don Johnson, will lead
Oracle unveiled its new cloud engineering center in downtown Seattle, Washington, where developers will focus on building new cloud computing services as part of Oracle's comprehensive cloud offerings.

Oracle expanded its presence in Seattle to take advantage of the deep expertise in cloud computing available in Seattle's rapidly growing technical community. The company plans to hire more than 100 top-tier engineers in this new location.

The state-of-the-art facility was designed to support a startup-focused, entrepreneurial culture and offers an exciting working environment with numerous amenities.

Local cloud engineering veterans, including Oracle's Craig Kelly and Don Johnson, will lead the Oracle cloud engineering center.

A HackerX open house and recruitment event will take place at Oracle's new Seattle facility on Tuesday, July 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

vBeers South Florida - August Schedule
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
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Oracle Big Data SQL - Your All-Access Pass to Big Data
By Thanos Terentes
"What if a single Big Data breakthrough could enable you to simply reuse the skills you already have to access all your data in Hadoop, allowing you to leverage existing applications to query Hadoop, while keeping new data as secure as your existing enterprise data?

Oracle recently introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, an essential part of a big data management system. Oracle's unique approach to providing unified query over data in Oracle Database, Hadoop, and select NoSQL datastores.

Oracle Big Data SQL offers you the capacity of One Fast SQL Query for All Your Data, extending Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL and the security of Oracle Database to all your data. It also includes a unique Smart Scan service that minimizes data movement and maximizes performance. Big Data SQL has been in development for quite a while now, and will be generally available in a few months..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.2 RC has been released
Not suitable for production environments

MySQL for Visual Studio is a product including all of the Visual Studio integration functionality. The 1.2.2 version is a release candidate version of this product which is feature complete but still can contain minor bugs and is not suitable for production environments. This version is appropriate for use with MySQL server versions 5.5-5.6.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Managed Cloud Services Earns Elite Status for Federal Deployments
By Dori DiMassimo
"Oracle Corp. has been approved to deliver a sophisticated new type of highly secure managed cloud services to federal customers that will help them rapidly and confidently comply with "Federal Cloud First" initiatives.

Three federal agencies - the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration - plus an outside company, participated in the rigorous review of solutions from technology vendors. Having met those stringent requirements, Oracle's Managed Cloud Services was granted provisional authority to operate under the federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

This new status makes Oracle Managed Cloud Services the first private-cloud services provider to be given authority to offer federal customers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering using a hybrid-cloud environment encompassing both private cloud and community cloud..."

Oracle Linux 7 Now Available
New Release Continues the Tradition of Delivering an Operating Platform to Support Business-Critical Applications Across the Data Center and into the Cloud
Oracle introduced Oracle Linux 7, an open source operating platform that gives customers and partners the capabilities, tools, and features they need to innovate, collaborate, and create solutions across traditional, cloud-based, and virtual environments.

As with previous releases, Oracle Linux 7 is easy to download, free to distribute, and the only major enterprise Linux distribution that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly, providing more flexibility and choice than other commercial Linux distributions.

With extensive testing for demanding workloads such as Oracle Database, a flexible free-to-use and paid support model, and strong uptake, Oracle Linux is the best general-purpose open source operating platform for the modern data center.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 197 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 Issue 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle prepares to unveil next-gen SPARC 7 processor
  • Oracle's Improved Systems Are Great for Business
  • Get Your ZFS On
  • Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5: 10X faster, 10X lower cost
  • Oracle's x86 Systems, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Database: Engineered to Work Together
  • New Oracle Exadata Database Machine Optimized for Large-Scale In-Memory and Database Cloud Workloads
  • Mirantis And Oracle Collaborate, Because My Enemy's Enemy Is My Friend
  • Oracle CIO Mark Sunday Gives an IT Perspective on HR Technology
  • Oracle Big Data SQL: One Fast Query, All Your Data
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud Expands the Industry's Most Comprehensive Marketing Technology Ecosystem

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    UK makes ODF its official documents format standard
    Turning its back on Microsoft Office's native formats, the UK government has adopted the Open Document Format for all its sharable documents
    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in ZDnet, "In 2006 and 2007, there was an enormous documents standards war between Microsoft, with its OpenXML documents format, and the open-source community with its Open Document Format (ODF).

    In the end, Microsoft, while eventually supporting ODF, won. ODF, while still supported by such popular open-source office suites as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, became something of an after-thought.

    Until, the UK government announced on Tuesday, that it will now require all official office suites to support ODF.

    The document format world has just been turned upside down..."

    Understanding Oracle Solaris 11 Package Versioning
    by Glynn Foster

    "Oracle Solaris 11 uses a new network-based packaging system called the Image Packaging System to manage the complete software lifecycle - including the installation, upgrade, and removal of software packages. This article summarizes how to interpret package versioning using Oracle Solaris 11 so you can better understand the state of software installed on your systems..."

    Ops Center Version 12.2.1 Released
    Performance and Feature Improvements

    "There are a number of improvements in this version. The big ones are:

    • Support for discovering x86 64-bit Oracle Sun X4-8 servers through the ILOM SP.
    • Additional options for adding users from an external LDAP, using characteristics like full name or email addresses as Ops Center user names.
    • Audit logs let admins track Ops Center jobs, user logins, and changes to a user's roles.
    • A generic CPU architecture lets you migrate logical domains between systems with different architectures.

    We've also made a number of performance enhancements - cutting the start-up times for several parts of Ops Center - and a number of bug fixes. You can find the full listing of what's new here..."

    Identity Management in the Cloud
    Leverage New Whitepaper to Learn About this Important Topic
    IT security and access management have never been greater challenges. These new challenges can't be solved with yesterday's user access models. To mitigate risk and control costs, comprehensive Identity Management solutions, designed for today's diverse computing environments and mobile workforce, are taking center stage.

    With so much at risk, it's no wonder that this new, hot topic is occupying a top position on every CIO's security agenda. Gail Coury, VP Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services has written a whitepaper entitled 'A High-Level Guide to Effective Identity Management in the Cloud.'

    This paper helps CIOs explore the options so that they can better formulate the right Identity Management strategy for their company today and in the future.

    Migrating Oracle Databases
    23-Page Oracle White Paper
    "This technical introduction document addresses managers and executives of IT organizations considering a database migration. Business requirements, benefits, and risks will be discussed. An overview of the most-common methodologies and tools will give an understanding of a variety of options for the migration of Oracle databases. This document outlines in detail Oracle Migration Service, its features, benefits, and delivery architecture. An example customer scenario will further describe the capabilities of this service..."
    Database In-Memory is Generally Available
    100x Faster Queries

    Oracle Database 12c's newest patch release is generally available today. In addition to a number of new enhancements for efficiency, performance, availability, and simpler application development, the most exciting aspect of this new release is the general availability of Oracle Database In-Memory.

    If you missed Larry Ellison's introduction to Oracle Database In-Memory, you can watch a short summary of his keynote here. Oracle Database In-Memory delivers breakthrough analytical performance without any compromises to your OLTP environment and without requiring any application changes. And when I say breakthrough performance, we're talking about queries that once took hours now happening in less than a second!

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