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Oracle Information InDepth
The May edition of the Oracle "Database Insider" newsletter is now available.


  • Oracle Remains #1 in RDBMS Market Share Worldwide for 2012
  • Oracle Exadata Customers Speak About Real-World Value
  • New: Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack Helps Jumpstart Big Data Initiatives
  • New Study: Increased Security Spending Still Not Protecting Right Assets

Other sections include

  • Featured Video
  • Webcasts
  • Podcasts
  • Customer Buzz
  • Oracle Excellence Awards
  • Featured Training
  • Oracle Magazine Spotlight
  • Events

May Edition

Building Consolidation Efficiency into Operations Support Systems
How to use SPARC SuperCluster and operations support system (OSS) applications to build an OSS platform
Communication service providers (CSPs) face increasing pressure to contain costs while meeting the growing demand for services. Critical to their success is an operations support system (OSS) platform that can handle large order volumes in a predictable way. Using Oracle SPARC SuperCluster and OSS applications that are part of the Oracle Communications product line, CSPs can deploy their service fulfillment solution on a highly available, integrated, and secure platform.

Want to comment on this article? Post the link on Facebook's OTN Garage page. Have a similar article to share? Bring it up on Facebook or Twitter and let's discuss. To validate the performance and scalability of this solution, Oracle engineering conducted an OSS service fulfillment order throughput benchmark supporting 20 million subscribers. This article reviews the results and key findings...

Big Data Gets Real-time with Oracle Fast Data
Video from the Oracle Fast Data Product Marketing Team
If you have been following Oracle Fast Data Product Marketing Team on #OracleFastData you know that in order to keep up with today's high volumes of data and the ever-increasing number of mobile and device connections, every organization needs to process very large volumes of dynamically changing data. Though high-velocity data brings high value, especially to volatile business processes, some of this data loses its operational value in a short time frame. To extract the maximum value from highly dynamic and perishable data, data needs to be processed very quickly so that timely actions can be taken.

In previous posts the team talked about the main ingredients for implementing Fast Data architectures. If you missed our screencast, you can watch it now...

NetMotion Wireless Migrates Product from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL
Reduces Costs and Increases Flexibility
NetMotion Wireless develops software to manage and secure wireless data deployments for organizations with mobile field workers. Founded in 2001, NetMotion Wireless is one of the fastest growing wireless and technology companies and the recipient of over 25 awards for outstanding technology. NetMotion Wireless has over 2,500 customers, including Advocate Healthcare, Comcast, and Unilever.

NetMotion Wireless had used Microsoft SQL Server with Mobility Analytics, their mobile VPN product's analytics module, but found it was too costly and lacked the platform and language flexibility to be a good [embedded] database. As a result, when the NetMotion Wireless product team was developing Locality, a cellular network management product, they decided to find an alternative database to use with it and with Mobility Analytics. The team compared MySQL with Microsoft SQL Server on a number of key criteria and, after finding nothing in the 'con column', decided to use MySQL...

Cloud Computing
Is Cloud ERP Right for Growing Organizations?
SaaS and Cloud ERP Observations report from Aberdeen Group
Organizations are more willing now than ever before to consider Cloud and SaaS ERP deployment models. As a growing company it is integral that you have a deployment model that best fits your requirements for cost, scalability, and flexibility.

This insightful research by Aberdeen will help you make more informed decisions by providing:

  • Analysis of adoption trends
  • Clear definitions of deployment models
  • Pros and cons associated with each model

Over the past six years, Aberdeen Group has been measuring organizations' willingness to consider a SaaS deployment model for their ERP implementations. Using this research, Aberdeen has created a short report to help organizations as they review their options and provide key takeaways to consider during the process.

Register Now and download the free SaaS and Cloud ERP Observations report from Aberdeen Group.

Oracle Linux
Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2012
Recently Gartner published a report highlighting among other things ,Operating System revenue, growth and marketshare.

Below is an estimation by Gartner based on hardware sales, customer momentum info, etc

  • Oracle Linux has @6% of Linux market in 2012
  • Oracle Linux grew @83% since 2011
  • Oracle Linux revenues from 2012 estimated @$81 million

If you have access to Gartner Research, view the full report with the following info: "Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2012" Published: 29 March 2013, Doc ID:G00250553

Best Practices For Database Consolidation On Exadata Database Machine
32-Page White paper
Within IT departments, consolidation is one of the major strategies that organizations are pursuing to achieve greater efficiencies in their operations. Consolidation allows organizations to increase the utilization of IT resources so that idle cycles can be minimized. This in turn lowers costs because fewer resources are required to achieve the same outcome. For example, applications that experience peak load at different times of the day can share the same hardware, rather than using dedicated hardware which will be idle during the non-peak periods.

Consolidation can minimize idle resources and lower costs when you host multiple schemas, applications or databases on a target system. Consolidation is a core enabler for deploying Oracle Database on public and private clouds.

This paper provides the Exadata Database Machine (Exadata) consolidation best practices to setup and manage systems and applications for maximum stability and availability.

How to Build A Cloud for Family and Friends Using Oracle Solaris 11
by Suk Kim, Oracle ACE Director
Oracle Solaris 11 is a cloud operating system that is very powerful. Using Oracle Solaris 11, you will be able to provide various services. For example, it is possible to create storage that can be utilized by AjaXplorer, which provides Web-based access to files.

If you'd like to download software, participate in forums, and get access to other technical how-to goodies in addition to content like this, become an OTN member. No spam! This article describes a PHP-based open source solution that uses AjaXplorer, Oracle Solaris 11.1, and Apache Web server (although other Web servers can be used) to build a cloud-based storage service that is similar to Dropbox.

Of course, you can also build the storage in the same way using AjaXplorer with other operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. However, when using Oracle Solaris 11.1, you will be able to configure the storage in a more powerful and secure way by taking advantage of ZFS.

After you implement the solution described in this article, you will be able to use any Web browser to access the Web-based storage. In addition, you can use apps on Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets to access the storage...

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 183 Issue 1; Vol 182 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 181 Issues 2, 3 and 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:

  • SAS Traffic for ZFS Solutions
  • Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator
  • Four Key Features in Selecting a Hybrid Storage Array
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance provides superior unified storage platform
  • More SPARC T5 Performance Results
  • Addressing the Top 5 Cloud Security Challenges
  • Cloud Storage: the Next Frontier for Tape
  • Oracle VM 3.2.3 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC updates
  • Oracle Partners Fuel Growth in Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Sales

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

    Achieving Unmatched Value and Performance from Oracle's T5 Servers: The Real Story
    60-Minute Webcast
    IT organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver new services to grow the business, support new requirements for mobile, social networking and cloud services, as well as provide the business with unique competitive advantage through better IT services. And they are expected to achieve all this with better application performance, availability, and security, and within flat or shrinking IT budgets.

    Oracle's new T5 servers redefine the economics of enterprise computing with a whole new line up of midrange and high-end servers designed and integrated to address these IT challenges head-on, and at a fraction of competitor's costs.

    Attend this webcast and you will:

    • Learn Oracle's strategy to accelerate application performance by 2X or greater every 2 years
    • Learn how Oracle designs and builds HW to run Oracle SW more securely and efficiently, and how the new T5 and M5 servers deliver unmatched performance and value
    • Understand the details of Oracle's 17 world record benchmarks for T5, and how this directly benefits Oracle HW customers
    • Understand how Oracle's T5 servers consistently and decisively deliver better performance and value than IBM systems that sell for much higher prices

    Learn how Oracle designs and builds Hardware to run Enterprise Software faster, and how Oracle's new SPARC servers deliver industry leading price performance while simplifying IT.

    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Supports iPad
    Using HTML5
    Oracle has added support for what has been one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most widely anticipated features - support for iPad via Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.0! Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 provides anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops (workspaces) from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client. In addition, since we leverage HTML5 to provide browser-based access inside Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, users need not download, maintain, configure and update specific client applications from the App Store.

    This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide simple mobile access, enhanced security, full user productivity, security enhancements, session mobility, improved performance and expanded server, client and browser support.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 131: Nigel Deakin on JSR 343
    Feature Interview with Nigel Deakin on JSR 343: Java Message Service 2.0.
    Roger Brinkley writes, "Nigel Deakin is the Specification Lead for JSR 343, Java Message Service 2.0. He is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle. In addition to his responsibilities for leading the next versions of the JMS specification, he is a member of Oracle's JMS development team, working on Open Message Queue and the GlassFish application server. Prior to joining Oracle, Nigel worked for Sun Microsystems, SeeBeyond, SpiritSoft, and GemStone Systems on a variety of JMS and Java EE products. Nigel has spoken recently at JavaOne in San Francisco, USA, and at Devoxx in Antwerp, Belgium. He is based in Cambridge, UK..."
    Secure Access for 75,000 IT System Users at UPMC
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Committed to developing and delivering life-changing medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a US$10 billion, integrated, global health enterprise and one of the leading health systems in the United States. UPMC operates more than 20 academic, community, and specialty hospitals and 400 outpatient sites; employs more than 3,200 physicians; and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities. It is also Pennsylvania's largest employer and the first nonprofit health system to fully adopt Sarbanes-Oxley standards.

    A recognized innovator in information technology, UPMC has deployed an electronic health record across its hospitals and has implemented a semantic interoperability solution to unify information from multiple systems...

    CSO Online Study: Threats are Outside, Risks are Inside
    Oracle recently worked with CSO Online to study the economics of security
    Oracle recently worked with CSO Online to study the economics of security. Despite the the increasing IT spend on security, many organizations don't feel any safer. According to the study, organizations allocate up to 67% of their IT security spend protecting network resources. However, the biggest risk in many organizations is weak governance controls on user access and application security. According to the latest Verizon Data Breach Report 2013 , 76% of attacks utilize lost or stolen credentials as a means of entry or propagating the attack.

    According to the survey, 40% believed that implementing fragmented point solutions created gaps in their security and resulted in vulnerability. Fragmentation creates latency in security processes and latency introduces risk. According to a similar study by Aberdeen Research, organizations that take an integrated platform approach had 35% fewer audit deficiencies and were more responsive.

    The findings underscore the relevance of Oracle's "security inside-out" approach which means focusing attention on the organization's most strategic assets which include applications, databases, systems, and users.

    Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS1
    An all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities
    Etienne Remillon writes, "Oracle Unified Directory is an all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities. While unifying the approach, it provides all the services required for high-performance enterprise and carrier-grade environments. Oracle Unified Directory ensures scalability to billions of entries, ease of installation, elastic deployments, enterprise manageability and effective monitoring.

    Some of the new features provided by this Patch Set:"

    • Extensibility framework via Plug-in API
    • Support for Macro ACIs
    • Additional use cases for Oracle database enterprise user security (EUS) including Proxy mode to other - directories and Kerberos and Certificate based authentication
    • ODSM console supported on IBM WebSphere
    • Increased performance

    Oracle Unified Directory is part of Oracle Directory Services Plus which provides comprehensive directory solutions for robust identity management deployments.

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