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Features
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Oracle eyes optical links as final frontier of data-center scaling
PCWorld Article
Stephen Lawson writes in PWorld, "Oracle is exploring silicon photonics, an optical technology drawing widespread interest, as a potential weapon in the battle against data-center power consumption.

Advances in CPU and memory design could boost efficiency dramatically over the next few years. When they do, the interconnects among components, servers and switches will effectively become the power hogs of the data center, according to Ashok..."

Solaris
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Oracle Solaris Cluster October 2013
New qualifications and general news for the Oracle Solaris Cluster product
Oracle has announced new qualifications and general news for the Oracle Solaris Cluster product.

Hardware Qualifications

  • Sun Server X4-2 and X4-2L servers, Sun Blade X4-2B server module with Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3
  • Sun Storage 16 Gb Fibre Channel ExpressModule Universal HBA, Emulex
  • Oracle Dual Port QDR InfiniBand Adapter M3

Software Qualifications

  • Oracle Database 12c Real Application Cluster with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1
  • Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 single instance and RAC with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1
  • Oracle VM server for SPARC 3.1
  • SAP Netweaver with new kernel versions
  • ZFS Storage Appliance Kit version 2011.1.7.0 and 2013.1.0.0
  • Application monitoring in Oracle VM for SPARC failover guest domain Storage Partner Update

  • Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13 with the HDS Enterprise Storage arrays
  • EMC SRDF for Oracle database 12c RAC in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 geo cluster configuration

See the Oracle Solaris Cluster for details.

MySQL
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MySQL Connector/Net 6.8.0 alpha
Support for Entity Framework 6.0
MySQL Connector/Net 6.8.0, a new version of the all-managed .NET driver for MySQL has been released. This is an alpha release for 6.8.x and it's not recommended for production environments. It is appropriate for use with MySQL server versions 5.0-5.6

It is now available source and binary form.

The 6.8.0 version of MySQL Connector/Net has support for Entity Framework 6.0

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.3
MEM 3.0 offers many significant improvements over previous releases
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.3 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud with the November update in about 1 week. This is a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then use the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" feature.

You will also find the binaries on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in approximately 1 week. Choose "MySQL Database" as the Product Pack and you will find the Enterprise Monitor along with other MySQL products.

Based on feedback from customers, MySQL Enterprise Monitor (MEM) 3.0 offers many significant improvements over previous releases.

Linux
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Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments
Sumanta Chatterjee and Monica Kumar
Available On-Demand

Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications.

In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

  • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database
  • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database
  • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM
  • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Real-life customer examples

Don't miss this informative session. Register now.

vBeers-SF
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ITPalooza 12/12/13 Ft. Lauderdale
Network - Learn - Connect - Community
Last year, on 12/12/12, ITPalooza raised over $30,000 in charitable donations from 1,200 members of the local IT community.

In keeping with the spirit of bringing together the whole South Florida Technology community, this year, on 12/12/13, ITPalooza will be a full day of vendor-prospect interaction, tech education sessions, hackathons, professional networking and a tech employment fair.

Organized by over 50 local technology groups and industry partners, from the iCoast CIO Council to the Cloud Security Alliance and hands-on programming groups, the day culminates with a grand courtyard holiday party with live music by the all-IT professional ITPalooza House band.

  • Join 1500 IT Professionals for South Florida's premier user group meetings and holiday party
  • Multiple tracks presented by South Florida IT Professionals - All in one place
  • Find your niche, Join a user group. Over 50 to choose from
  • Marine Toys For Tots will be on hand to collect your new unwrapped toys

Details and Registration Link.

Hardware
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Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card
800GB capacity, delivers 2x the capacity of the previous F40 Flash Card for less than half the $/GB
Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card accelerates IO-starved applications and server performance by reducing storage latencies and increasing I/O throughput for greater productivity and business response!

Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card offers the following:

  • Helps servers and their applications run faster and more efficient, while reducing power and space
  • With 800GB capacity, delivers 2x the capacity of the previous F40 Flash Card for less than half the $/GB
  • Accelerates I/O constrained databases with increased IOPS and consistent low-latency response timers

Current and planned server support includes:

  • The F80 is currently supported in Oracle's SPARC T4-1, T4-2 and X4-2L servers.
  • SPARC T5, M5, M6 and Fujitsu M10 server support is planned for December 2013 (Preliminary only)

See the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card page for details.

Sun Tape
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Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape
Tape is back in the ring
Chris Mellor from The Registers writes, "Tape has spent some time on the ropes, but now it's back in the ring. After suffering five or more years of onslaught from pro-disk fanatics drunk on disk deduplication technologies, reality has struck home. Tape is cheaper than disk*. Tape is more reliable than disk and, the killer, tape's storage capacity can go on increasing for years.

In fact, IBM is currently preparing to demonstrate a near-40X improvement on LTO-6 capacity, while the rate of disk capacity increase is much slower.

Tape is the only storage medium that can confidently say it can keep up with the growing amounts transactions, images, music, plus compliance needs, social media conversations and machine-to-machine messages that are being thrown at our IT systems. Sure, store it on flash and disk when it's hot but bleed it off to tape when it's old and cold and can't be thrown away..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 188 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 187 Issues 1, 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:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC: which domain types should be used to run applications
  • How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris
  • State of the Java platform and all the roadmaps
  • Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Sun Servers
  • Oracle Licenses VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Oracle Storage
  • October 2013 Virtualization Newsletter
  • Temenos T24 achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux
  • October 2013 Oracle Linux Newsletter
  • Java Spotlight Episode 149: Geertjan Wielenga on NetBeans 7.4

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 4.1.3
    Third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.1.3, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, which features a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.

    The new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.6, supported by certified professionals.

    LibreOffice 4.1.3 is available for immediate download.

    LibreOffice 4.0.6
    Sixth and probably last minor release of the LibreOffice 4.0 family
    The Document Foundation (TDF) released LibreOffice 4.0.6, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the sixth and probably last minor release of the LibreOffice 4.0 family, targeted to corporate deployments - when backed by professional support - and conservative users.

    LibreOffice 4.0.6 solves almost 70 bugs and regressions over the previous release, thanks to the work of an increasing number of QA volunteers.

    Performance
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    Systems Performance - Book and Classes
    By Brendan Gregg
    Brendan Gregg writes, "My new book Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud is shipping now from your favorite online book supplier (informIT, amazon). Thanks to those who have ordered a copy! I've already received feedback from people finding it useful, which is really gratifying.

    I've also been using the book to help people more directly: last week I delivered a beta version of a Cloud Performance class, using the book as courseware. This class has additional labs, where the students solve simulated performance issues. It worked well, and I hope to be teaching more of these; the first will be held Nov 18-22 at Joyent's San Francisco offices..."

    Networking
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    Fundamental Concepts for VLAN Networks
    With Oracle VM Server for x86 by Gregory King and Don Smerker
    Oracle VM Server for x86 supports a wide range of options in network design. This article discusses the basic concepts relevant to Oracle VM networking. Understanding these concepts will help you make informed design choices and enable you to build a scalable, robust network architecture that has high degree of channel separation.

    This article focuses on understanding a complex Oracle VM network infrastructure that uses bonded interfaces with VLAN tags specifically for Oracle VM 3.1 and 3.2. (For information on other releases, see the release-specific documentation.) Topics include Xen domains, physical hardware choices including network bonding, logical Oracle VM networks and network channels, and VLAN segments and groups.

    Oracle Enhances Oracle Virtual Networking
    Fastest Data Center Fabric Platform Adds Support for Oracle SPARC M6-32 and Fujitsu M10 Servers
    Oracle announced new enhancements to Oracle Virtual Networking to help customers further improve infrastructure performance, reduce cost and complexity, and simplify storage and server connectivity.

    Oracle Virtual Networking is the industry's first and only open architecture data center fabric that simplifies complex data center deployments with a wire-once solution and simple software defined network configurations.

    Oracle Virtual Networking is the only data center fabric with up to 80 Gb/sec bandwidth to the server that can deliver large server pools with scalable I/O configurations.

    Building on Oracle Virtual Networking's support for a broad range of x86 and SPARC servers, operating systems and leading hypervisors, the enhancements announced today are:

    • SPARC M6-32 Server Support
    • High Availability for Storage:
    • Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Integration

    Oracle Virtual Networking continues to experience significant growth across a wide range of industries and with added support for Oracle's SPARC servers, it is gaining traction in new industries like financial services and retail.

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.2
    First maintenance release of the 4.3 branch
    This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

    • VMM: fixed restoring of the auxiliary TSC MSR in VT-x that caused host BSODs on Windows 8.1 hosts and unpredictable behavior on other hosts (bug #12237)
    • VMM: provide fake values for a couple of MSRs to make more guests happy on certain hosts
    • VMM: fixed detection of VT-x on certain machines where the BIOS would not set the VMX LOCK feature bit, which affected the VM settings in the GUI
    • VMM: fixed TPR threshold which caused BSODs on Windows XP guests that use the I/O APIC (VT-x only; bug #12227)
    • VMM: fixed PATM saved state incompatibility for software virtualized VMs (bug #12222)
    • VMM: don't fail if AMD-V isn't available if the VM is configured to use software virtualization
    • GUI: fixed guest resize breakage on visual representation mode change (when switching from normal to fullscreen etc)
    • GUI: make sure the guest screen is resized after restoring a VM from a saved state if the host screen size changed
    • GUI: disabled SCROLL LED sync from HID LEDs synchronization (Mac OS X hosts only)
    • Webcam passthrough improvements including GUI support (see the manual for more information)
    • Guest Control: implemented more IGuestSession methods

    Read on for more fixes...

    Oracle Secure Global Desktop Adds Support for Android Tablets
    Latest Enhancements Extend Secure Remote Access to Enterprise Applications
    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1 extends secure, anywhere access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software from Android tablets, and the Chrome Web browser on Windows and Mac using HTML5. This adds to existing support for iPad tablets and other desktop browsers. The new release allows IT organizations to provide end users with more flexibility to work from their favorite devices.

    Oracle announced a new release of its remote application access solution Oracle Secure Global Desktop, adding support for Android tablets.

    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1 also provides easier application access using HTML5 with Google Chrome on Windows and Mac, which eliminates the need for a separate install of client software on the device. The new release also adds directory integration with Oracle Unified Directory.

    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 150: James Gosling on Java
    Interview with James Gosling, father of Java and Java Champion
    This week's podcast features an interview with James Gosling, father of Java and Java Champion, on the history of Java, his work at Liquid Robotics, NetBeans IDE, the future of Java and what he sees as the next revolutionary trend in the computer industry. James Gosling received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1977. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. The title of his thesis was "The Algebraic Manipulation of Constraints". He spent many years as a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems. He has built satellite data acquisition systems, a multiprocessor version of Unix, several compilers, mail systems and window managers. He has also built a WYSIWYG text editor, a constraint based drawing editor and a text editor called 'Emacs' for Unix systems.
    Security
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    Security Inside Out Newsletter
    October Edition
    The latest October edition of the Security Inside Out newsletter is now available and covers the following important security news:

    • Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer
    • HIPAA Omnibus Rule Is in Effect: Are You Ready?
    • The Internet of Things: A New Identity Management Paradigm

    Read on for details.

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