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Oracle
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Interactive One Meets High-Traffic Demands with Oracle Database Appliance to
Achieves Savings Through Server Consolidation, Reduced Power and Cooling Costs
Interactive One, the digital link to millions of Black and Latino urban audiences with more than 60 unique brands on both a national and local level, deployed Oracle Database Appliance with Oracle Real Application Clusters. The Oracle implementation replaced a legacy system that consisted of a full rack of storage, servers and switches, including components from 3PAR and SGI that ran six database instances of a custom-built application running approximately 20 million OLTP queries per day. Replacing a full rack of servers and storage hardware that ran six database instances with just two Oracle Database Appliances running two database instances, enabled Interactive One to significantly increase performance with ample capacity to grow while reducing its rack footprint by 80 percent, and its power and cooling costs as well.
Understanding Oracle Strategy, the Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems
Three Brief Video Introductions to the Subjects
Three brief videos are gathered in a compendium by Eric Bezille on Oracle Strategy, the Oracle Cloud, and Oracle Engineered Systems. All told, the three animated presentations take less than 15 minutes and constitute a useful introduction to the subjects mentioned above.
Features
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Now Developers Can Use Java for Both iOS and Android Devices
Oracle Application Development Framework Makes this Possible

Oracle ADF Mobile solution enables developers to use the Java language to develop applications that install and run on both iOS and Android mobile devices. Shay Schmeltzer explains that the solution is based on a thin native container that installs as part of your application and makes it possible to run the same application unchanged on both Android and iOS devices. One element of the container is a headless lightweight JVM based on the Java ME CDC technology that allows the execution of Java code on your mobile device, he writes. Furthermore, ADF Mobile makes the UI development experience simpler as well.

MySQL
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Three MySQL December Webinars
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, December 12, 13 and 14
There are three MySQL webinars on tap during the week of December 10-14 Bertrand Matthelie announces. They include:

  • MySQL Replication: Simplifying Scaling and HA with GTIDs on Wednesday, December 12 at 1500 CST

How GTIDs enable users to simplify MySQL scaling and HA.

  • MySQL 5.6: Building the Next Generation of Web/Cloud/SaaS/Embedded Applications and Services on Thursday, December 13 at 0900 PST

A focus on the improvements in MySQL 5.6 performance, scalability, and availability

  • Getting the Best MySQL Performance in Your Products: Part IV, Partitioning

Increasing the performance of queries, managing very large tables

'MySQL and Hadoop: Guide to Big Data Integration'
New Publication Deals with Big Data Acquisition, Analysis and More
"MySQL and Hadoop: Guide to Big Data Integration" is a new publication announced by Mat Keep, who explains the powerful combination of the two solutions as a tool for big data analysis. The guide covers three aspects of the subject, explaining how users can unlock the value of big data with technologies that enable seamless, high performance integration between MySQL and the Hadoop platform, discussing:
  • The lifecycle of Big Data, from acquisition through loading, analysis and delivering operational insight - Tools and technologies to integrate MySQL with Hadoop
  • Best practices in data analysis
Cloud Computing
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'Oracle Practitioner Guide: A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud Adoption'
Directions on the Creation of a Roadmap to Cloud Architecture
Oracle has published version 3.0 of its "Practitioner Guide: A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud Adoption," whose contents cover the subject in the following aspects:

  • A Pragmatic Process for Cloud Adoption
  • Forces for Cloud Adoption
  • Key Architectural Decisions
  • Roadmap Essentials
  • Cloud Maturity Model (Appendix A)
  • Cloud Candidate Selection Tool (Appendix B)

The guide is not a step-by-step process for the creation of cloud architecture. Instead, it presents steps essential to the creation of a tailored roadmap to cloud including an assessment of cloud capabilities and the identification of key transformations to the operations and management of the IT environment.

Exadata
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Second Generation Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Released
Delivers 60x Increase in Application Deployment Density
Oracle has released Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X3-2, which builds on the recent release of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0. Oracle Exalogic X3-2 supports up to a 60x increase in application deployment density through the combination of hardware-assisted Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), server virtualization and increased physical RAM. By fully leveraging the latest Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) Xeon processors, Oracle Exalogic X3-2 delivers 3.5x better application performance than the original Oracle Exalogic X2-2 and incorporates 33 percent more CPU cores per configuration, increasing from 360 to 480 in an Oracle Exalogic Full Rack.
SPARC
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Video Interview: How Oracle Engineers Make SPARC Chips Fast
Comprehensive Approach to System Design and Integration Pays Off
Rick Ramsey of OTN interviewed Brad Carlile, Senior Director of Performance Engineering, Oracle, at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 on the subject of designing the SPARC T4 Processor. Carlile clarified the nature of several recent benchmarking results, noting that it is not the chip alone that is under scrutiny but an three-tier stack. He further assured Ramsey that, in benchmarking virtualized environments, security measures were solidly in place. Security encryption on the Oracle Database, he said, is very easy on the SPARC T4. Carlile also stressed the comprehensive approach to integrated systems within Oracle that helps ensure customers of no overheads in virtualization operations.
Software Enhancements Enhance Capabilities for Oracle SPARC SuperCluster
Consolidation, Cloud Deployment Are Accelerated
New software enhancements to SPARC SuperCluster allows it to deliver 10x application consolidation ratios using the new layered, zero-overhead virtualization combined with the database offload functions of Oracle Exadata Storage Servers. SPARC SuperCluster customers can now deploy mission-critical, multi-tenant applications faster, using Oracle Solaris Zone workload isolation capabilities; virtualize Oracle Databases running on Oracle Exadata X3 Storage Servers within Oracle Solaris Zones; deploy multiple Oracle Database and enterprise application domains on each SPARC SuperCluster compute node; and re-allocate CPU and memory resources across existing SPARC SuperCluster domains and zones.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 177 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 176 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5
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:

  • List of Free and OpenSource Software in Oracle Solaris 10, 11.1 at OTN
  • TCO Comparison: Oracle Exadata vs IBM P-Series
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1 Blog Post Roundup
  • ILOM: Oracle's Solution to Fault Management
  • Oracle Takes Its Cloud Services Portfolio on the Road
  • Would You Leave the Keys in Your Parked Car's Ignition?
  • Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to Update Solaris via Live Upgrade
  • Technical Whitepaper 'Exadata Database Machine X3'
  • Webcast on Using Live Upgrade to Update Solaris by Leon Shaner
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Utilization Management

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

    LibreOffice
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    Triumph and disaster: Two migrations to OpenOffice
    Simon Phipps Sorts Out the Experiences of Munich vs. Freiburg RE: Microsoft to LibreOffice
    Simon Phipps analyzed a tale of two migrations -- Microsoft to LibreOffice. One resulted in a successful, cost-effective move; the other in a costly reversion to Word 2000. Freiburg, Germany was the site of the unhappy outcome; Munich the locale where things went right. Phipps speculates that Freiburg had one thing in mind: cost cutting -- an invitation to failure. Munich invested in training and securing freedom from proprietary constraints. Moreover, Munich's migration was categorical. Freiburg's was piecemeal, with some users opting out of the migration altogether. Phipps cautions against relying too heavily on the possibility of "interoperability" in productivity migrations.
    The Document Foundation Announces 6-Day Marathon Testing of LibreOffice 4.0
    December 14 - December 19, 2012

    The Document Foundation announces the LibreOffice 4.0 Test Marathon, running for six days from December 14 to 19. Users and supporters around the world will be testing the first beta of the upcoming LibreOffice 4.0, which is scheduled for release in February 2013. The LibreOffice community has organized various bug hunt sessions before, during which the many people involved found bugs and performed tests. This has contributed considerably to the overall quality of the product. By organizing this big Test Marathon early, the developers will be able to fix many bugs before the release candidates and the final version are made available.

    Publications
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    Oracle Special Edition eBooks - Cloud Architecture & Enterprise Cloud
    Michael Wessler Authors Two New Titles for Readers New to the Cloud
    Michael Wessler has authored two new titles (available as free e-Book downloads from Oracle) in the "Dummies" series: "Cloud Architecture for Dummies" and "Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies." The cloud architecture title covers cloud architecture principles and guidelines; scoping your project and choosing your deployment model; moving toward implementation with vertically integrated engineered systems; and learning how to architect and model your cloud implementation to drive efficiency and leverage economies of scale. The second title instructs the reader in realizing the benefits of consolidation with cloud capabilities; simplifying deployments and reducing risks with proven guidelines; and achieving up to 50% lower TCO than comparable multi-vendor alternatives.
    Virtualization
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    OS-Level Virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers
    Requires No Additional Software Layer
    In the third article of a series on Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VM Server for x86 Detlef Drewanz posts about the operating system level of virtualization. Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers offer a lightweight virtualized runtime environment for applications. Unlike hypervisor-based virtualization, they do not add an additional software layer. With Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers, there is one OS kernel that is shared by many zones or containers. Oracle Solaris Zones technology has existed since Oracle Solaris 10, and Linux Containers technology is available as a Beta version for Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
    Linux Journal Readers Name Oracle VM VirtualBox Best Virtualization Solution Readers' Choice 2012
    Download the Solution Now
    Readers of the December 2012 issue of Linux Journal have named Oracle VM VirtualBox the "Best Virtualization Solution for 2012. Chris Kawalek points out these attributes of Oracle VM VirtualBox:

    • Free for personal use and open source
    • You can download it in minutes and start running multiple operating systems on your Windows PC, Mac, Oracle Solaris system, or Linux PC.
    • It's fast and powerful, and easy to install and use.
    • It has in-depth support for client technologies like USB, virtual CD/DVD, virtual display adapters with various flavors of 2D and 3D acceleration, and much more.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 111: Bruno Souza and Fabiane Nardon on StoryTroop
    Allows Readers to Create New Narrative Perspectives
    StoryTroop is a space that combines multiple perspectives about a story, creating an understanding of that story like never seen before by re-organizing elements of the story in time and space and allowing everyone to add a different perspective. Bruno Souza is a Java Developer and Open Source Evangelist at Summa Technologies, and a Cloud Expert at ToolsCloud. Fabiane Nardon works as a tools expert at ToolsCloud and in companies she co-founded, where she is helping to shape new disruptive Internet based services. Host Roger Brinkley discusses StoryTroop with both Souza and Nardon in Episode 111 of the Java Spotlight.
    Security
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    Oracle, LexisNexis Combine to Provide Powerful Defense Against Fraud and Identity Abuse
    Oracle Identity Management and LexisNexis Instant Authenticate Create a Bulwark
    LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the Oracle Validated Integration of its Instant Authenticate product with Oracle Identity Management, Mark Karlstrand reports. Oracle provides the most complete Identity and Access Management platform, Karlstrand writes, emphasizing that it is the only provider to offer advanced capabilities including device fingerprinting, location intelligence, real-time risk analysis, context-aware authentication and authorization. LexisNexis Risk Solutions' Instant Authenticate dynamic knowledge-based authentication (KBA) service offers customers a secure and cost effective means to authenticate new users or prove authentication for password resets, lockouts and such scenarios. Together, they now offer an integrated solution that can stop identity fraud in its tracks.
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