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Access and Analyze Big Data at Lower Cost with Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2
Engineered System Simplifies Big Data for the Enterprise
It is now possible to get more value from Big Data less expensively with Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 hardware and enhanced Oracle Big Data Connectors, jgelhaus posts. The X3-2 features the latest 8-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 series of processors, and its 18 compute and storage servers with 648 TB raw storage now offer 33 percent more processing power; 33 percent more memory per node; and up to a 30 percent reduction in power and cooling. The Oracle Big Data Connectors software suite provides Oracle SQL Connector for Hadoop Distributed File System and offers transparent access to the Hive Query language from R.
Top 10 OTN Tech Articles for 2012
Compare Your Favorites to the Readers' Choices
Among the Top 10 OTN articles of 2012 as reported by Bob Rhubart are:

  • "Getting Started with Java SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi" by Bill Courington and Gary Collins
  • "Exploring Oracle SQL Developer" by Przemyslaw Piotrowski
  • "How to Get Started (FAST!) with JavaFX 2 and Scene Builder" by Mark Heckler
  • "How to Use Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates" by Yuli Vasiliev
  • "Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server" by Lenz Grimmer and James Morris
  • "How to Create a Local Yum Repository for Oracle Linux" by Jared Greenwald

Rhubart's post provides links to all 10.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Ensures Employee Productivity During Environmental Challenge
Results in Business Continuity During Snowstorm
During a recent heavy snowstorm, employees of one of Capgemini's customers that had deployed the Oracle Secure Global Desktop gateway were able to access corporate applications and desktops from home and elsewhere outside the office in record numbers without adversely affecting the level of service available. Oracle Secure Global Desktop assured employee productivity and business continuity in the face of environmental challenges that, in the past, would have crippled an enterprise.
Oracle Solaris Remote Lab (OSRL) Fact Sheet
Available to Oracle Partner Network Gold Member ISVs

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab allows ISVs who are Oracle Partner Network Gold members with a specialization in the Solaris knowledge zone and can apply for free access in OPN to test and qualify their applications in a self service Solaris cloud. Among the features the lab offers are:

MySQL Newsletter
December 2012
This Edition's Content December 2012

  • News
  • Spotlight: MySQL for the Cloud
  • White Papers
  • Case Studies
  • On Demand Webcasts
  • Blogs

Read on for the "December Issue".

Cloud Computing
Cloud Reference Architecture: White Paper
A Guide to Matching Resources with Demand
A new white paper in the Oracle Enterprise Transformation Solutions Series, "Cloud Reference Architecture," expands on the assertions in the Gartner article "Five Cloud Computing Trends That Will Affect Cloud Strategy Through 2015" and addresses the concerns of an enterprise seeking to attain higher levels of cloud maturity by providing a reference for building enterprise-class, highly scalable cloud infrastructures. The paper concentrates on the attributes of the hybrid cloud, one capable of integrating either with other private clouds or public clouds. Oracle solutions deliver the capabilities necessary to provide the means to implement exactly the level of resource capacity necessary for enterprise-class operations.
Do Your Next Upgrade from the Cloud
Save Time, Money, Reduce Risk
Using a video that cites the experience of civil construction firm Colas in implementing JD Edwards, Yaldah Hakim offers three reasons to move to the cloud before your next upgrade. With the cloud and a focus on core business initiatives rather than the implementation of complex environments, it is easier and cheaper to scale IT resources to changing business requirements. The second reason is reducing risk by consulting Oracle Managed Cloud Services whose experts can provide guidance leading to faster, more assured implementation of business applications. Finally, reduced downtime is a certain result of employing Oracle's best practices and tools across the technology stack.
Securing the Cloud for Public Sector: Webcast
Panel Discusses Public Sector Cloud Adoption R, Common Challenges, Security Issues, Identity Management
Oracle Enterprise Security Architect Spiros Angelopoulos assembled a team including himself and Darin Pendergraft, Principal Product Marketing Director, Identity Management; Glenn Brunette, Cloud Architect, Enterprise Solutions Group; and Girish Venkataraman, Sales Consulting Senior Manager, Platform Advanced, to discuss such issues involving "Securing the Cloud for Public Sector" as adoption rates for cloud in public sector, common challenges, security issues, Identity Management issues, and public vs. private cloud, just to name a few. Darin Pendergraft provides a link to a replay of the discussion.
Oracle Exalogic vs. IBM PureApplication System: A Dramatic Comparison
And the Winner Is ...
A post comparing Oracle Exalogic engineered systems to IBM’s PureApplication System from the customer's point of view in terms of the three critical areas of performance, simplicity and cost finds Oracle's Exalogic the clear winner. The post concludes with a lengthy graphical comparison of the two approaches that demonstrates advantage Oracle in every category. Yes, the writer concedes, IBM has adopted an engineered systems approach but was a little late in arriving at the party. While adoptions of Oracle Exalogic have taken place in 43 countries and across 22 industries, IBM was still in the development stage of its PureApplication System.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 178 Issue 1, 2 and 3 ; Vol 177 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 176 Issue 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:

  • Analyst Report - Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c : The First Year of Adoption
  • Re-sizing Your VirtualBox Virtual Disk
  • Underground PHP and Oracle Manual Available on OTN
  • Nike Achieves Scalability and Performance with Oracle Coherence & Exadata
  • Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 Available for Download
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Advanced I/O Virtualization Architecture for Consolidating High Performance Workloads
  • NoSQL Now Interfaces Directly to the InnoDB and MySQL Cluster (NDB) Storage Engines
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 and Enhanced Oracle Big Data Connectors Are Released
  • MySQL 5.6.9 Release Candidate Available: Download Now
  • Oracle Reports Q2 GAAP EPS up 24% to $.53; Q2 NON-GAAP EPS up 18% to $.64

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

    Libre Office: Linux Journal Best Office Suite 2012
    LibreOffice Writer Tops in Its Category
    With a modest amount of chest thumping, The Document Foundation announces the preference, by a wide margin, for LibreOffice as the best free office suite of reference for the Linux environment, and LibreOffice Writer as the best single office program. LibreOffice Writer shares the top spot with OOWriter. The results come from the Linux Journal.
    'Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Center Chaos'
    New Title from Packt Publishing Offers Guidance Toward Panic-free DataCenter Management
    "Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Center Chaos" is a new title from Packt Publishing by Porus Homi Havewala, Senior Manager, Database Management, in the Enterprise Technology Program Singapore Office of Oracle Corporation. The book undertakes a deep dive into crucial topics concerning Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control including Provisioning and Patch Automation, Performance Management and Exadata Database Machine Management. Specifically, the book shows how to discover components automatically, collect configuration information and allow configuration comparisons. Readers will learn how to enforce security compliance with frameworks, standards and rules, and mastery of Oracle Enterprise Manager techniques for automated provisioning and patching.
    Increase Performance and Agility with Oracle's Data Center Fabric Solutions: Oracle Webcast
    Register for On-demand Link to S.K. Vinod's Presentation
    If you missed the December 11, 2012, Oracle Webcast "Increase Performance and Agility with Oracle Data Center Fabric Solutions" with S.K. Vinod, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle Virtual Networking products, register to receive the on-demand link. Vinod shows viewers how the fast, simple, and agile architecture of Oracle Fabric Interconnect provides dynamic network and storage connectivity to thousands of servers. He demonstrates as well how to use Oracle Software Defined Network (SDN) to connect any resource on the data center fabric quickly—without incurring downtime or requiring network reconfiguration.
    What's up with LDoms: Part 6 - Sizing the IO Domain
    Overcoming the Bottleneck with More Precise Compute Resource Allocation

    Continuing his series on "What's Up with LDoms," Stefan Hinker turns to Sizing the Control DomaIn and the IO Domain, asking how much CPU and memory the Control and IO-domain need to provide bottleneck-free virtual network and disk services to the guests. The bulk of the CPU resources will be used by disk services, network services and live migration. A single core on T4 for each IO domain should be sufficient. On larger systems with higher networking demands, two cores for each IO Domain might do. If your CPU resource allocation requires additional adjustment, Hinker recommends using mpstat (1M) and DimSTAT for further analysis.

    Java Technology
    The Java Source: 2012 in Review
    Top Articles All Concern Software Releases

    The year-end review of the most read Java Source blog entries for 2012, according to Tori Wieldt (all of them about software releases and all but the last by Wieldt), were the following:

    • "Java SE Updates"

    • "End of Public Updates for Java SE 6"

    • "Five Java Update Releases"

    • "Early Access of Java SE 8 for ARM Now Available"

    Java Spotlight Episode 114: Holiday Greetings 2012
    Holiday Wishes in 10 Languages from Java Enthusiasts Worldwide
    In Episode 114 of Java Spotlight Host Roger Brinkley extends the traditional montage of holiday greetings to his audience in 10 different languages from 13 countries from all over the world. "The Java Spotlight Podcast would like to wish Java developers around the world a special Merry Christmas and Happy New Year," Brinkley writes.
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