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Oracle
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MediSwitch makes the switch to Oracle Database Appliance
Podcast with Margaret Hamburger
Margaret Hamburger writes, "MediSwitch chose Oracle Database Appliance over competing solutions to replace a legacy database system of hardware and software from many different providers. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Wayne Botha, IT Manager of MediSwitch as he discussed their experience with Oracle Database Appliance.

Not only did they complete a complex migration using Oracle GoldenGate to facilitate a near zero downtime migration in a very short period of time they upgraded their database to Oracle Database 11g. Listen as Wayne describes how simple Oracle Database Appliance was to install and deploy and how the capacity-on-demand licensing played a key factor in their decision to purchase. Best of all they were able to consolidate all of their development testing and pre-production databases and can now use a single resource to patch everything in one go over their legacy system. Their big surprise was the significant performance benefit running reports that use to take 4 hours and now only take 45 minutes.

If you are considering Oracle Database Appliance, you won't want to miss this podcast..."

Partners
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Online Solaris Forum
Replay
Larry Wake writes, "Earlier this week, we had the latest Oracle Solaris web forum. Is it possible that you weren't there? Was something more pressing on your agenda, such as, I don't know: work? Or, if you're in a different time zone: sleep?

Did you, in fact, miss out on the whole thing?

No. No, you did not.

Thanks to the power of computers, the Internet, and our great behind-the-scenes teams, we now have the on-demand replay of the web forum available, for you to replay. On demand!

You can see all three sessions:

  • Oracle's Investment in Oracle Solaris - Best Enterprise UNIX for Oracle Systems and Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle's Enterprise Systems

Plus, you'll have access to the transcripts from the live Q & A..."

Features
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Embedded Software: Disruptions Ahead
Blog Post by Terrence Barr
Terrence Barr, Senior Technologist and Principal Product Manager for Oracle's small embedded Java Products, writes, "There is an interesting discussion happening on the LinkedIn 'Internet of Things' group right now, in response to the InfoWorld article a few days ago titled 'Oracle hitches Java to "Internet of things"'.

The discussion touches on some interesting details on why Java may or may not be a good choice for embedded. Besides the fact that Java is already proven to be one of the most widely deployed embedded technologies ('10 billion and Counting..") I think the discussion misses a key point: The coming disruptive shift in the embedded industry..."

MySQL
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Top 10 Reasons to Attend MySQL Connect
San Francisco September 21-23
MySQL Connect is taking place in San Francisco September 21-23; Counting over 85 sessions and tutorials, the event represents a unique opportunity to boost your MySQL skills and hear from Oracle's MySQL engineers along with customers, partners and MySQL community members.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should do so:

  • Better understand Oracle's MySQL strategy. Hear straight from the source how Oracle is driving MySQL innovation, and what are the latest developments and roadmaps.
  • Learn about real-world experiences from other organizations. Find out about the mistakes you should avoid and the best practices they've developed. You'll get the chance to hear from MySQL experts at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, PayPal, Verizon Wireless, Booking.com, Ticketmaster, Mozilla, Big Fish Games, Tumblr, MercadoLibre, NetMotion Wireless and others.
  • Meet the engineers developing and supporting the MySQL products. You'll have the opportunity to ask them all your questions, which can save you significant time and money.

Read on for more reasons, details and registration details and discounts ...

MySQL Connector/C 6.1.1
A new version of the C API for client/server communication for the MySQL DBMS

MySQL Connector/C 6.1.1, a new version of the C API for client/server communication for the MySQL database management system, has been released. This version of Connector/C provides full support for MySQL 5.6 protocol. Connector/C is compatible with the client libraries (libmysql).

It includes all the features in the MySQL client library shipped with MySQL servers 5.6 as well as prior versions. You can recompile existing code linked with Connector/C 6.1.0 without any code changes. You can use Connector/C to run and build client applications which communicate with MySQL server versions from 4.1 to 5.6 without a need to do a complete server installation.

The release is now available in source and binary form for a number of platforms from the download page.

Linux
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Switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in Minutes
Migration Made Easy Webcast August 27th 9am PST
Monica Kumar writes, "Join us for a live webcast on August 27 at 9am PT and find out how you can switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in minutes..."

In this webcast, you will learn about:

  • The why and how of switching from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Industry-leading Linux management and high-availability tools (included with Oracle Linux subscription at no charge)
  • Differentiated features, including Ksplice and DTrace
  • Deep testing and integration with the Oracle stack
  • Customer-use cases

"With Oracle Linux, you get free access to the most advanced Linux operating system, better testing, integration with enterprise infrastructure and applications, and world-class support at a fraction of the cost.

Speakers:

  • Monica Kumar, Senior Director, Product Marketing Linux, Virtualization and MySQL, Oracle
  • Michele Casey, Director, Linux Product Management, Oracle

Register Now.

Using Ksplice for diagnostic purposes
Enable additional debugging functionality on your production system
Lenz Grimmer writes, "We've been emphasizing the benefits of using Oracle Linux with Ksplice rebootless updates several times already. The ability to minimize downtime when applying rebootless patches to the Linux Kernel is a feature unique to Oracle Linux, and a growing number of customers realize the benefits of this technology...

But did you know that we use Ksplice for diagnostic purposes, too? As part of our Oracle Linux Premier Support offering, we can make use Ksplice to enable additional debugging functionality on your production system, if we need to track down an issue in your environment..."

Exadata
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Unveiling Oracle's Latest Engineered System
Live webcast August 13th, 2013, 10am PT/1pm ET
Install and Deploy Your Virtual Infrastructure in Just Hours

Join Wim Coekaerts - Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization - and learn about Oracle's latest engineered system. It provides a converged infrastructure powered by Oracle VM server virtualization and Oracle Virtual Networking, dramatically enhancing data center operations.

Discover how this system can:

  • Accelerate time to value, with rapid infrastructure deployment
  • Reduce business risk by reducing the application deployment and maintenance complexity
  • Provide infrastructure flexibility by enabling dynamic provisioning of virtual machine resources
  • Lower costs and improve user service levels
  • Support a mix of applications and operating systems

Join Oracle Experts and Chat Live Throughout the Webcast

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • 10:00 a.m. PDT

Register "here."

Storage
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Oracle Storage Expert Center: Database Management
Papers, Videos, Demos, and more
Oracle invite you to check out the new Oracle Storage Expert Center for Database Management. Test drive the ZFS Storage Appliance, download free e-books, learn how one customer achieved 99.999% up-time, and more.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 185 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 184 Issues 2, 3, 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:

  • Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates
  • READ_ME_FIRST: What Do I Do with All of Those SPARC Threads?
  • How to Get Best Performance From the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Unveiling Oracle's Latest Engineered System
  • Sun Rack II capacity calculator
  • Advanced Uses of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
  • Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud
  • Double Maximum Memory Capacity for SPARC T5-1B & T5-2 Servers
  • Oracle Storage: Standalone and Engineered Systems
  • OSCON Trip Report

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

    Sysadmin
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    Operational Considerations and Troubleshooting Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
    An Oracle White Paper
    Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM) 12c has become a valuable component in monitoring and administrating an enterprise environment. The more critical the application, servers and services that are monitored and maintained via EM, the more critical the EM environment becomes. Therefore, EM must be as available as the most critical target it manages.

    There are many areas that need to be discussed when talking about managing Enterprise Manager in a data center. Some of these are as follows:

    • Recommendations for staffing roles and responsibilities for EM administration
    • Understanding the components that make up an EM environment
    • Backing up and monitoring EM itself
    • Maintaining a healthy EM system
    • Patching the EM components
    • Troubleshooting and diagnosing guidelines

    The Operational Considerations and Troubleshooting Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c whitepaper available on the Enterprise Manager Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) site will help define administrator requirements and responsibilities. It provides guidance in setting up the proper monitoring and maintenance activities to keep Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c healthy and to ensure that EM stays highly available.

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM Named a Challenger in Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant
    Gartner's Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure
    "Oracle is excited to announce continued upward as a second year 'Challenger' in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report. Oracle believes that its application driven virtualization strategy, along with product optimizations, easy software access, and low cost have resulted in strong customer momentum gains..."

    Read the full report: Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

    Linux Container (LXC) -- Part 2: Working With Containers
    How to work with containers with practical examples
    Lenz Grimmer writes, "Part 1 of this article series provided an overview about the Linux container technology. This second part intends to give you an impression on how to work with containers, by showing a few practical examples. These can be easily followed and reproduced on an up to date Oracle Linux 6 system. For the first steps, it is recommended to install Oracl Linux inside a virtual environment like Oracle VM VirtualBox. Oracle provides a pre-installed and pre-configured Oracle Linux 6 Virtualbox image for free download from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

    The administration of Linux containers is performed on the command line; so far, there is no integration or support for this technology in applications like Oracle VM Manager or Oracle Enterprise Manager..."

    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 140: Dr Heinz Kabutz on the Secrets of Concurrency-Part 1 @heinzkabutz
    Interview with author of Java Specialists' Newsletter
    Roger Brinkley has released a new Java Spotlight Podcast.

    Feature Interview

    Heinz is a Java programmer living on the beaches of the Island of Crete in the Mediterranean. It is from there that he publishes his entertaining "Java Specialists' Newsletter", read by about 70,000 Java experts in at least 130 countries (http://www.javaspecialists.eu/countries.html).

    Heinz tries to "push the envelope" with Java, so if you've ever wondered how to create new enum values on-the-fly (and why this is a bad idea, but why it might be useful), or if you want tips on Java coding style and threading, this publication might be for you. Warning: It is only for advanced Java programmers and those with a sense of humor...

    Security
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    Understanding and Using Trusted Extensions in Oracle Solaris 11
    An introduction to the evolution, installation, and usage of the security extensions incorporated in Oracle Solaris 11

    Yuli Vasiliev has written an introduction to the evolution, installation, and usage of the security extensions incorporated in Oracle Solaris 11.

    "Trusted Extensions is a powerful security technology of Oracle Solaris that allows you to create a multilevel (labeled) security environment in which users with different access permissions can work simultaneously with data that has different access controls, thus enabling you to enforce strict access controls for your data based on both data sensitivity and data ownership.

    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. This article unveils some history and background on Trusted Extensions and then explains how to install and enable the feature in Oracle Solaris 11. It covers how to create and configure a Trusted Extensions system with the help of tools available in Trusted Extensions, including the txzonemgr script, Labeled Zone Manager, and Label Builder..."

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