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Why Big Data Management Will Drive the Future
Mark Hurd Keynote
After inviting the audience to participate in sending a personalized video message to ORACLE TEAM USA as they attempt to claim the America's Cup trophy for a second time, Oracle President Mark Hurd turned his focus to the new dynamics of both customer service and big data at the Monday morning kickoff keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.

Noting that there are nearly nine billion personal devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs being used worldwide - and that number is predicted to grow to 50 billion by 2020 - Hurd's focus was on getting value out of big data. Oracle's range of products, including Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalytics, Oracle NoSQL, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and the newly announced Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance, is helping customers like Airbus, Thomson Reuters, Turkcell, UL, and the NYSE create a solid and extensible foundation for acquiring and making sense out of enormous volumes of data within hours rather than days or weeks.

Everything Runs Fast
Larry Ellison Keynote
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison opened this year's Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference with a series of blockbuster announcements.

He first announced the breakthrough In-Memory Option for Oracle Database, which delivers 100X faster queries for real-time analytics, and a 2X increase in transaction processing rates. "We figured out a way to speed up query processing and at the same time at least double database transaction processing rates," he said.

Ellison explained that Oracle's solution was to use a dual format that stores both row and column in-memory formats for the same database. Oracle can now scan billions of rows per second per CPU core, which converts join processing into fast column scans.

Ellison then introduced the Oracle M6-32 Big Memory Machine. With a massive 32 terabytes of DRAM memory and double the cores of Oracle's previous generation M5 servers, these SMP systems use a silicon-switching network for terabyte-scale computing. Based on the new SPARC M6 processor, this is the fastest in-memory database machine available today. The Oracle M6-32 is also the core building block of the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered system, which Ellison also announced.

OpenZFS at EuroBSDcon
Matt Ahrens and Martin Matuska present OpenZFS and its relation to FreeBSD at EuroBSDcon
Matt Ahrens and Martin Matuska present OpenZFS and its relation to FreeBSD at EuroBSDcon:

  • ZFS History
  • What is OpenZFS?
  • OpenZFS Activities
  • Platform Diversity
  • Vendors
  • New on OpenZFS: Feature Flags
  • New on OpenZFS: Smooth Write Latency
  • New on OpenZFS: LZ4 compression
  • Work in progress: Resumable send/receive
  • OpenZFS development process - illumos
  • OpenZFS development process - FreeBSD
  • Work in progress: Large block support

Read on for the slides.

MySQL Connect Keynotes and News
From the second edition of MySQL Connect
The second edition of MySQL Connect took place just a few days ago, Sept 21-23, and was a great event. Thank you very much to all participants including speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees! We hope you had a fantastic time and learned a lot.

The keynotes are now available for you to watch on demand (both highlights and full length), including:

  • The State of the Dolphin (Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle)
  • MySQL at Facebook (Harrison Fisk, Manager, Data Performance, Facebook)
  • Current MySQL Usage Models and Future Developments (Featuring panelists from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and PayPal)

There was exciting news at the conference, namely the second Development Milestone Release of MySQL 5.7, along with new early access features, as well as the General Availability of MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.

A number of blogs have been posted about what's new in MySQL 5.7. They are aggregated on Planet MySQL.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Delivers Enhancements to Industry's Most Complete Cloud-Enabled Customer Experience
New Social, Mobile and Interactive Capabilities Support Sales, Marketing, Commerce and Service Organizations
New Social, Mobile and Interactive Capabilities Support Sales, Marketing, Commerce and Service Organizations

By connecting every interaction across the entire customer lifecycle, organizations can convert customers into brand advocates by delivering exceptional experiences. To help organizations capitalize on this opportunity for revenue growth, Oracle announced significant enhancements to the world's most complete cloud-enabled Customer Experience (CX) solution. The new enhancements to Oracle CX support sales, marketing, commerce and service organizations by delivering a more interactive, social and mobile experience.

Extending the most complete cloud-enabled customer experience portfolio in the industry, Oracle has delivered updates to the entire Oracle CX portfolio that are available immediately to customers in the Oracle Cloud.

Oracle Adds 10 New Services to Oracle Cloud
Expanding the Industry's Most Comprehensive Cloud Portfolio
As organizations of all sizes move more of their information systems to the cloud, Oracle is expanding the number of Oracle Cloud services to strengthen its position as the industry's most comprehensive public cloud. Oracle Cloud offers a broad range of modern, functionally rich and integrated services running in a secure, enterprise and standards-based cloud platform. With new Application, Platform, and Infrastructure Services announced today, Oracle is helping customers and partners further capitalize on the power of cloud computing.

Extending the industry's broadest and most advanced cloud portfolio, Oracle introduced 10 new Oracle Cloud services for its customers and partners.

The new services expand Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of Application, Social, Platform and Infrastructure Services and are all available on a subscription basis.

Pinellas County Improves Financial Reporting and Transparency
with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine
Florida County Taps In-Memory Engineered System to Maximize IT Resources, Improve Financial Decision-Making and Lower Costs

In wake of budget cuts and public scrutiny over costs, state and local governments are constantly looking to do more with less, while still delivering valuable services to citizens. Supporting more than one million residents, Pinellas County, FL determined it could optimize its $1.7 billion annual budget by transforming its financial management infrastructure with Oracle. By running its budgeting and financial analytics software on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the county has halved hardware costs and significantly improved budgetary decision-making, allowing officials to focus on delivering important services to its growing community.

To maximize its resources and lower operational costs, Pinellas County, FL is using Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 for financial reporting.

SPARC M6-32 Server Architecture
An Oracle Technical White Paper, September 2013 (14 Pages)
Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server is a highly reliable, easy-to-manage, vertically scalable system with many of the benefits of traditional mainframes - without the associated cost, complexity, or vendor lock-in.

In fact, this server delivers a mainframe-class system architecture at open-systems prices. With symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) scalability from one to 32 processors, memory subsystems as large as 32 TB, and high-throughput I/O architectures, the SPARC M6-32 server easily performs the heavy lifting required by consolidated workloads.

SPARC T5-2 Delivers Best 2-Chip MultiJVM SPECjbb2013 Result
Benchmark designed to show modern Java server performance
SPECjbb2013 is a new benchmark designed to show modern Java server performance. Oracle's SPARC T5-2 set a world record as the fastest two-chip system beating just introduced two-chip x86-based servers. Oracle, using Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK, delivered this two-chip world record result on the MultiJVM SPECjbb2013 metric. SPECjbb2013 is the replacement for SPECjbb2005 (SPECjbb2005 will soon be retired by SPEC).
SPARC T5-8 Delivers World Record Oracle OLAP Perf Version 3
Benchmark Result on Oracle Database 12c
Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server delivered world record query performance for systems running Oracle Database 12c for the Oracle OLAP Perf Version 3 benchmark.

The query throughput on the SPARC T5-8 server is 1.7x higher than that of an 8-chip Intel Xeon E7-8870 server. Both systems had sub-second average response times.

SPARC M6-32 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32
Oracle's Big Memory Machines are Ideal for In-Memory Applications and Consolidation
Oracle's new systems dramatically redefine the price/performance equation in the high-end server market, offering customers entry-level price/performance, while maintaining extreme performance and the highest levels of availability. SPARC M6-32 servers with up to 32 terabytes of memory and up to 384 processor cores can run entire applications and databases in-memory to deliver unprecedented performance. Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 is Oracle's fastest and most scalable engineered system and integrates SPARC M6-32 servers with Exadata Storage Servers optimized for Oracle Database performance.

Oracle announced the SPARC M6-32 server and SuperCluster M6-32 engineered system, based on new 3.6 GHz, 12-core SPARC M6 processors.

Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 running Oracle Solaris demonstrates 5x better price/performance than the IBM Power 795 based solution. With 32 TB of main memory, the SPARC M6-32 has 2x the memory capacity of IBM's largest Power server.

Sun Tape
Storagetek T10000D Tape Drive Dive And Oracle.s StorageTek Linear Tape File System
Video and Launch Replay
Oracle's 4th generation StorageTek T10000D tape drive combines world-record capacity and performance with three generations of proven enterprise-class reliability. This powerful combination enables mass consolidation of tape storage environments into fewer cartridges, tape drives, and libraries for a total cost of ownership (TCO) less than LTO-6.

See the launch webinar from September 17. Register here.

Take a look at the new StorageTek T10000D Video here.

Keeping up with Leading Edge OpenStorage Technology
OpenStorage Summit 2013, Santa Clara Convention Center, October 23-24, 2013
Learn more about how cloud hosting companies and others in multiple industries are using the best combination of OpenStorage technologies in their data centers, at the OpenStorage Summit. Presentations by industry, senior IT and business leaders will cover lessons learned, financial impact, comprehensive solutions for performance, disaster recovery, archiving and so much more. Get the latest on object storage. Why is it so critical? What are the benefits? More than 25 sessions, exhibits and lots of networking opportunities. Agenda details.

OpenStorage Summit 2013

  • Dates: October 23-24, 2013
  • Location: Santa Clara Convention Center

Nexenta has arranged a $200 full conference pass for OpenStorage Summit! When registering use priority code Nexenta. Registration.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 187 Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Vol 186 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 185 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:

  • Top Tips for Updating Solaris 11 Systems
  • OpenZFS: the truly open source successor to the ZFS project
  • Cloud Building with Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Beats Comparable NetApp
  • Oracle Fiscal Q1 Earning
  • Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktok
  • Take a quick tour of Oracle Database X3-2
  • Unpack Software-Defined Storage at OpenStorage Summit (@openstorage)
  • Intel and Oracle: 21 Years Of Partnering to Deliver Innovation
  • Java Spotlight Episode 145: Marcus Hirt on Java Mission Control @hirt

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

    Oracle Exalytics T5-8 Scales Up to Deliver Customers with Analytic Insights
    In-Memory Engineered System Helps Organizations Answer Critical Business Questions
    With the ever-increasing volume, scale and scope of business data, organizations need to quickly turn high-velocity data into actionable insights to gain a competitive edge. To extract the maximum value from this very dynamic data, organizations must process data faster and take timely action. Oracle Exalytics In-Memory MachineT5-8, the new engineered system with 4TB of memory per machine, delivers extreme performance for business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) applications, helping organizations drive better efficiency by speeding answers to complex business scenarios.
    New World Record with SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark in Virtualized Environment
    Demonstrates Extreme Performance of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database Running on a Virtualized SPARC T5-8 Server
    Further demonstrating extreme performance, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database running virtualized on a single Oracle SPARC T5-8 server have achieved a new world record result with the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark beating IBM's Power7+ benchmark result also running on a single virtualized server.

    Oracle announced that Oracle WebLogic Server, a part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the #1 application server across cloud and conventional environments, outperformed the competition to achieve a new world record in a virtualized environment with the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark.

    The record breaking result was achieved with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 12c running on Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server with Oracle Solaris 11 virtualized with Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The configuration delivered the overall highest virtualized result with 36,571.36 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS, delivering 3.3 times more performance than IBM's comparable 8-chip benchmark result.

    Sun Server X4-2 Delivers Single App Server, 2-Chip x86 World Record SPECjEnterprise2010
    Using the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor,
    Oracle's Sun Server X4-2 and Sun Server X4-2L servers, using the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor, produced a world record x86 two-chip single application server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. The Sun Server X4-2 ran the application tier and the Sun Server X4-2L was used for the database tier.

    • The 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 demonstrated 16% better performance when compared to the 2-socket IBM X3650 M4 server result of 9,696.43 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

    • This result used Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server 1.7.0_40, Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Linux.

    Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.

    Java Technology
    Java Platform Advancements and Java Momentum
    From JavaOne 2013 Strategy Keynote
    During the JavaOne San Francisco 2013 strategy keynote, the Oracle Java Development team leaders outlined plans for the future of the Java platform and showcased the latest Java technology innovations, including the release of Project Avatar as open source technology.

    Read on for details for:

    • Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) and Java Embedded Technologies
    • Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE)
    • Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE)

    Java Facts and Figures

    • 97% of enterprise desktops run Java
    • 9 million developers worldwide
    • #1 programming language (TIOBE Programming Community Index)
    • More than 3 billion devices are powered by Java technology
    • 80% of mobile developers target the Java platform
    • More than 125 million Java-based media devices have been deployed.
    • Over 10 billion Java Cards have been shipped since its introduction
    • There are already more than 168,000 subscribers to Java Magazine.

    Read on for details.

    Winners of the 2013 Duke.s Choice Awards
    From JavaOne 2013 Strategy Keynote
    Java is the foundation for virtually every type of networked application. As the world's largest programming and computing platform for more than 9 million developers worldwide, Java enables the efficient development and deployment of innovative applications and services. In conjunction with JavaOne San Francisco 2013, Oracle and the Java Community are recognizing 11 organizations and developers as the winners of the 11th annual Duke's Choice Awards for their creative and innovative uses of Java technology.

    The 2013 Duke's Choice Awards winners will celebrate their innovative, Java-based technologies and Java community contributions during JavaOne San Francisco 2013.

    The 11th annual Duke's Choice Award winners were selected by a multi-part process. First, the Java community was asked to submit nominations to this year's judges. Next, the judges selected the nine Duke's Choice Award winners and the five candidates for the Community Choice Award. Finally, the Community Choice Award nominees were posted on, and all members of the Java community were invited to vote for their favorite candidate.

    This year's Community Choice Award was received by two companies in a tie decision. The winners were JFrog for its Bintray social network for developers, and Contrast Security for its Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) security plug-in, Contrast.

    Read on for details of the winners.

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