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Oracle
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Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 Available for Download
Adds Efficient Support for Storage and Retrieval of Large Objects

Oracle has released Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0, a highly scalable,low latency, key-value database for real-time big data workloads that adds efficient support for storage and retrieval of large objects such as documents and images, as well as dynamic elasticity and automatic rebalancing for allocating storage and compute resources in response to changing production data processing requirements. Tighter integration with both Oracle Database and Hadoop environments, enables Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 to fit seamlessly into an enterprise IT stack. Download a free evaluation version of NoSQL Database 2.0.

MySQL
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MySQL 5.6.9 Release Candidate Available: Download Now
Changes Incorporate Feedback from MySQL Connect
Responding to the feedback gathered at MySQL Connect in September, the MySQL Team has produced MySQL 5.6.9, which is now available for download, Rob Young reports. He writes that MySQL 5.6 is designed to meet the agility demands of the next generation of web apps and services and includes across the board improvements to the Optimizer, InnoDB performance/scale and online DDL operations, self-healing Replication, Performance Schema Instrumentation, Security and developer enabling NoSQL functionality.
NoSQL Now Interfaces Directly to the InnoDB and MySQL Cluster (NDB) Storage Engines
Writes Key-value Data Directly to MySQL Tables up to 9X Faster
MySQL has implemented NoSQL interfaces directly to the InnoDB and MySQL Cluster (NDB) storage engines, Mat Keep reports, enabling users to bypass the SQL layer completely. Now Key-Value data can be written directly to MySQL tables up to 9x faster, while maintaining ACID guarantees. Users can continue to run complex queries with SQL across the same data set, providing real-time analytics to the business or anonymizing sensitive data before loading to big data platforms, while still maintaining all of the advantages of their existing relational database infrastructure. Keep provides a link to "Guide to MySQL and NoSQL: Delivering the Best of Both Worlds."
Exadata
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Whitepaper: Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Advanced I/O Virtualization Architecture for Consolidating High Performance Workloads
Explains High Performance, High Availability Impact of Infiniband I/O Interconnects
One of the key enhancements in the current generation of Oracle Exalogic systems, according to Javier Puerta, is Oracle’s incorporation of virtualized InfiniBand I/O interconnects using Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology. These permit the system to share the internal InfiniBand network and storage fabric between as many as 63 virtual machines per physical server node with near-native performance simultaneously, resulting in both high performance and high workload consolidation. A new white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Advanced I/O Virtualization Architecture for Consolidating High Performance Workloads,"focuses on the tightly integrated server virtualization layer in the current release of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software.
Nike Achieves Scalability and Performance with Oracle Coherence & Exadata
Nike+ Fuel Band Community Numbers 8 Million Users
In a brief video Nicole Otto, Senior Director, Consumer Digital Tech at Nike, explains how the company achieved scalability and performance with Oracle Coherence and Oracle Exadata for users of its Nike+ FuelBand, which measures everyday activity and turns it into NikeFuel. It tracks calories burned, steps taken, running, walking, dancing, basketball and dozens of everyday activities. Otto reports some 650,000 users daily of the FuelBand product.
Servers
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Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 and Enhanced Oracle Big Data Connectors Are Released
An Engineered System for the Acquisition, Organization and Analysis of Big Data

Oracle's release of Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 and the Enhanced Oracle Big Data Connectors provides users with a cost-effective, engineered system of hardware and software upgraded to include Intel’s new processors and the latest Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager, plus the new Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in for Big Data Appliance. The enhanced Oracle Big Data Connectors enable greater SQL access to Hadoop from Oracle Database and more transparent access to Hadoop from R. Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle Big Data Appliance with Oracle Big Data Connectors provide an engineered system to acquire, organize, and analyze big data.

Sun Tape
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StorageTek SL150 wins Best Business Storage at V3 Technology Awards 2012
Oracle Is Named Best Business Intelligence Vendor
One of the winners of the V3 Technology Awards 2012 was Oracle's StorageTek SL150 modular tape library, which was named by readers as the Best Business Storage product, and Oracle itself was named Best Business Intelligence Vendor.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 178 Issue 1 and 2 ; Vol 177 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 176 Issues 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:

  • DTrace for Oracle Linux Brings Powerful New Tool to Customers
  • A Primer on ZFS Transaction Groups
  • New Kid in the Cloud: Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service
  • StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives Now Available in StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 Tape Libraries
  • Oracle Releases Amazon Web Services (AWS) Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Database Insider - December 2012 Issue Available Now
  • Oracle's Big Data Page Offers Users Guidance, Insight
  • Oracle Exadata Gives PayPal 10X Improvement in Processing Speed
  • Documentation Changes Accompany Release of JavaFX 2.2.4
  • Replication and Cloning Software Licenses No Longer Mandatory with Sun ZFS Backup Appliance

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

    Developer
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    Underground PHP and Oracle Manual Available on OTN
    Download this Free PDF with the Latest Information on PHP OCI8 Extension, Oracle Database 11g R2
    The Underground PHP and Oracle Manual has been updated for Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2, co-author Christopher Jones announces. He and Alison Holloway wrote the manual for PHP programmers developing applications for Oracle Database. According to Jones, the manual, which contains unique, updated material about PHP's OCI8 extension for Oracle Database XE 11g, bridges the gap between the many PHP and Oracle books available. The revised edition contains new chapters about using PHP with Oracle TimesTen, NetBeans and Oracle Tuxedo, along with a new chapter about installing PHP on Oracle Solaris. This free 347-page pdf is available for download on OTN.
    Sysadmin
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    The USE Method: SmartOS Performance Checklist
    Comprehensive System Performance Analysis Tool: Cloud, Physical Resources and Software

    The USE Method, as Brendan Gregg describes it, provides a strategy for performing a complete check of system health, identifying common bottlenecks and errors. For each system resource, metrics for utilization, saturation and errors are identified and checked. Identified issues are then investigated further. Gregg provides check lists for cloud limits, physical resources and software resources. His example employs a USE-based metric list for use within a SmartOS SmartMachine (Zone), such as those provided by the Joyent Public Cloud. These use the illumos kernel, and so this list should also be mostly relevant for OmniOS Zones, and to a lesser degree, Solaris Zones.

    Analyst Report - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c : The First Year of Adoption
    Solution Matures to Become Application-to-Disk Management Tool
    A year out, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is scrutinized by IDC Link's Tim Griesler, who describes the solution as a comprehensive multifunction full-stack, application-to-disk hardware and software manager featuring a broad set of cloud-enabling and management capabilities. Oracle Enterprise Manager is, he writes, a key part of the Oracle strategy to produce integrated hardware and software systems engineered to work together in appliance-like integrated system solutions. A competitive differentiator for Oracle versus competing integrated systems, Oracle Enterprise Manager provides the key management functions for Oracle's integrated, engineered solutions, becoming the foundation for defining Oracle platforms and messaging, Griesler concludes.
    Virtualization
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    Re-sizing Your VirtualBox Virtual Disk
    Two Simple, "Easy" Steps, Says Fat Bloke
    Here's a couple of steps that allow users running inside VirtualBox to resize the virtual disk and provide a larger disk for guest uses. Fat Bloke provides the procedure and illustrates it with screen shots. He characterizes the steps as very easy to accomplish and provides steps tailored to Linux guests, as well as Windows 7 and 8 guests and Windows XP.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 113: John Ceccarelli on Netbeans @JCeccarelli1
    Head of Engineering for NetBeans Open Source Project
    The current guest on Java Spotlight Episode 113 is John Jullion-Ceccarelli, head of engineering for the NetBeans open source project and for the VisualVM Java profiler. Host Roger Brinkley discusses Netbeans @JCeccarelli1 with Ceccarelli, who started with Sun Microsystems in 2001 as a technical writer and has since held a variety of positions including technical publications manager, engineering manager, and NetBeans IDE 6.9 Release Boss. He recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after 13 years living in Prague, the Czech Republic.
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