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Virtual Developer Day: MySQL - July 31st
Design, develop, and manage your MySQL databases
Virtual Developer Day: MySQL is a one-stop shop for you to learn all the essential MySQL skills. With a combination of presentations and hands-on lab experience, you'll have the opportunity to practice in your own environment and gain more in-depth knowledge to successfully design, develop, and manage your MySQL databases.

This FREE virtual event has two tracks tailored for both fresh and experienced MySQL users. Attend the sessions on July 31st and sharpen your skills to:

  • Develop your new applications cost-effectively using MySQL
  • Improve performance of your existing MySQL databases
  • Manage your MySQL environment more efficiently

Read on for details.

Blazing Performance: SPARC Microprocessors
Diana Reichardt's cover story in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine
An article by Dianna Reichart in the July/August issue of the Oracle Magazine says, "Oracle unveiled two new SPARC microprocessors, SPARC T5 and SPARC M5, and introduced a portfolio of systems based on these chips at a live event in Redwood Shores, California, on March 26. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison introduced the SPARC T5, calling it "the world's fastest microprocessor," and reported that the new SPARC T5-based systems have set 17 world records.

Specifically, the SPARC T5-8 server achieved more than 8 million transactions per minute on the TPC-C benchmark,2 Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler told the audience. "It's simply an astonishing level of capability at a cost and performance point that no one has ever seen before, and it's a huge step for us," Fowler said.

Oracle SuperCluster T5-8
Overview and Frequently Asked Questions
Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 is Oracle's fastest engineered system for running both database and enterprise applications. Combining powerful virtualization and unique Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic optimizations, Oracle SuperCluster is ideal for consolidation and enterprise private cloud infrastructure deployments. Oracle SuperCluster is a complete system integrating Oracle's servers, storage, network and software - all optimized and ready to run.
Availability Best Practices on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
By Jeff Savit
Jeff writes, "This is the first of a series of blog posts on configuring Oracle VM Server for SPARC (also called Logical Domains) for availability. This series will show how to how to plan for availability, improve serviceability, avoid single points of failure, and provide resiliency against hardware and software failures.

Availability is a broad topic that has filled entire books, so these posts will focus on aspects specifically related to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The goal is to improve Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS): An article defining RAS can be found here."

The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Better Performance, Greater Efficiency, Tighter Integration
Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance delivers higher performance, greater efficiency, lower TCO, and deeper integration with Oracle Database and Oracle Applications than NetApp's equivalent products.

Five Reasons to Choose Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance over NetApp:

  • Performance - Get up to twice the performance for half the price of comparable NetApp solution
  • Storage Efficiency - Achieve a 3x to 5x reduction in storage footprint
  • Oracle Integration - Gain up to 3x better throughput in Oracle environments
  • Simplified Management - Spend 36 percent less time managing your storage
  • Systems Engineered Together - Experience seamless integration with storage developed for the Oracle stack

Oracle is integrating storage into its entire software and hardware stack to bring applications, data, and storage closer together. Oracle's goal is to help enterprises dramatically accelerate applications while using less physical storage capacity.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 184 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 183 Issues 1, 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:

  • Linux-Containers - Part 1: Overview
  • Oracle Database 12c is Generally Available
  • and Oracle Announce New Strategic Partnership
  • SuperCluster T5-8
  • LibreOffice 4.0.4
  • Boot Environments for Solaris 10 Branded Zones
  • How to Set Up a MongoDB NoSQL Cluster Using Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
  • Java Spotlight Episode 138: Paul Perrone on Life Saving Embedded Java
  • MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.8.2

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

    IBM "per core" comparisons for SPECjEnterprise2010
    By John L. Henning
    John Henning writes, "I recently stumbled upon a blog entry from Roman Kharkovski (an IBM employee) comparing some SPECjEnterprise2010 results for IBM vs. Oracle.

    Mr. Kharkovski's blog claims that SPARC delivers half the transactions per core vs. POWER7.

    Prior to any argument, I should say that my predisposition is to like Mr. Kharkovski, because he says that his blog is intended to be factual; that the intent is to try to avoid marketing hype and FUD tactic; and mostly because he features a picture of himself wearing a bike helmet (me too).

    Therefore, in a spirit of technical argument, rather than FUD fight, there are a few areas in his comparison that should be discussed...:

    • Scaling is not free
    • Choosing the denominator radically changes the picture
    • SPEC Fair use requirements
    • Substantiation and transparency
    • T5 claim for "Fastest Processor"

    Read on for details...

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3
    Introduces Advancements in Cloud Lifecycle and Operations Management and Expanded Partner Ecosystem
    Cloud adoption is on the rise across many industries as organizations are seeking the agility benefits inherent in cloud computing. However, private and public cloud service providers are not able to take full advantage of cloud because of inefficiencies in IT management. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 addresses these challenges with new enhancements for managing infrastructure, middleware, and applications, allowing IT service providers to be more agile while further reducing the costs and complexity of their cloud and enterprise IT environments.

    Further extending its leadership in cloud computing, Oracle today announced general availability of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3.

    Now available for download, the release introduces unique capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise private cloud, such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for Engineered Systems such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 fully supports Oracle Database12c, including new multitenant capabilities.

    Oracle SDN (Software Defined Networking)
    Data Sheet
    Oracle SDN (Software Defined Networking) boosts application performance and management flexibility by dynamically connecting virtual machines (VMs) and servers to networks, storage devices, and other VMs. With it, you can gain the performance benefits of up to 80 Gb/sec server-to-server throughput and realize up to 19 times faster live migration, 12 times faster database queries, and 30 times faster backups than legacy systems. Oracle SDN provides virtual networking flexibility that costs 50 percent less than legacy networking systems.
    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.71
    Bug fix release

    Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.71. This version includes several bug fixes and also updates to components of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server. Specifically, the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server now supports Apache HTTP Server 2.2.24, OpenSSL 1.0.0.k, mod_jk 1.2.37, Tomcat 7.0.37 and JDK 1.6.0_43.

    For information on downloading Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.71, please visit here.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
    maintenance release
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16 was released last night.

    It fixed a regression that impacted Vagrant and other appliance users, and now supports Windows 8.1 Developer Preview out of the box.

    This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

    • OVF/OVA: don't crash on import if no manifest is used (4.2.14 regression; bug #11895)
    • GUI: do not restore the current snapshot if we power-off after a Guru Mediation
    • Storage: fixed a crash when hotplugging an empty DVD drive to the VM
    • Storage: fixed a crash when a guest read from a DVD drive attached to the SATA controller under certain circumstances
    • EFI: don't fail with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11456)
    • Autostart: fixed VM startup on OS X

    Read on for details.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 139: Mark Heckler and Jose Pereda on JES based Energy Monitoring
    Weekly Podcast
    Roger Brinkley writes that the latest podcast includes an, "Interview with Mark Heckler and José Pereda on using JavaSE Embedded with the Java Embedded Suite on a RaspberryPI along with a JavaFX client to monitor an energy production system and their JavaOne Tutorial- Java Embedded EXTREME MASHUPS: Building self-powering sensor nets for the IoT

    Mark Heckler is an Oracle Corporation Java/Middleware/Core Tech Engineer with development experience in numerous environments. He has worked for and with key players in the manufacturing, emerging markets, retail, medical, telecom, and financial industries to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Currently, he works primarily with large government customers using Java throughout the stack and across the enterprise. He also participates in open-source development at every opportunity, being a JFXtras project committer and developer of DialogFX, MonologFX, and various other projects. When Mark isn't working with Java, he enjoys writing about his experiences at the Java Jungle website and on Twitter (@MkHeck).

    José Pereda is a Structural Engineer working in the School of Engineers in the University of Valladolid in Spain for more than 15 years, and his passion is related to applying programming to solve real problems..."

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