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Oracle
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Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1
Gain data-driven insights to increase business agility and performance
Oracle announced the release of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1, adding "As the pace of business accelerates, organizations are constantly searching for ways to gain data-driven insights to increase business agility and performance. Yet most business users are forced to choose between enterprise-class business intelligence, which is fast, secure and powerful, but requires close collaboration with IT, and unsecured, self-service desktop discovery tools, which open the business up to security and governance risks. The latest release of Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 incorporates new enterprise self-service discovery capabilities for business users, allowing them to easily make information-based business decisions with greater success, safety and confidence..."
Hong Kong Housing Society Reduces Time Required to Manage Housing Contracts and Process Payments
Improves Governance Control, while Reducing Costs by 25% and Speeds up Approval Processes by 30%
To address the challenge of frequent downtime during peak periods and increasing cost in maintaining its legacy systems, Hong Kong Housing Society replaced its legacy systems with Oracle Business Process Management Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite and Oracle Application Development Framework.

The Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions provide Hong Kong Housing Society with a flexible, reliable and cost-effective enterprise architecture that enables integration with existing Oracle applications including Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle's PeopleSoft. The cost savings and performance results clearly demonstrate significant benefits.

Hong Kong Housing Society implemented Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) Suite, Oracle WebLogic Suite, and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) to strengthen its business process governance. The implementation of Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions took place in early 2012 and went live in April 2013.

Features
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Mark Hurd On BT Win, Oracle Growth, And Investing In The Cloud
CNBC Interview
Mark Hurd was recently interviewed on CNBC where he said that "the real driver of the cloud is not pricing; it's really the speed of provision and capability, instead of a long roll-out it's now like you get access to software quickly. I also get a standard piece of the software that gets now updated and driven by the company as opposed to me and this is a big trend you're going to see in the IT industry; is customers trying to shift work from their IT budget to the company's R&D budget, and that's what's very attractive about the cloud."

When asked, "is it time for Oracle just to exit hardware?" Mark said, "There is absolutely zero chance of us exiting the hardware business..."

See the video for the full 15 minute interview.

Solaris
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Overview of Process Scheduling Classes in the Oracle Solaris Kernel
by Brian Bream
Brian Bream writes, "The Oracle Solaris kernel has a number of process scheduling classes available.

Timesharing (TS) This is the default class for processes and their associated kernel threads. Priorities in the class are dynamically adjusted based upon CPU utilization in an attempt to allocate processor resources evenly.

Interactive (IA) This is an enhanced version of TS. Some texts reference this in conjunction with TS, i.e. TS/IA. This class applies to the in-focus window in the GUI. It provides extra resources to processes associated with that specific window.

Fair Share Scheduler (FSS) This class is 'share based' rather than priority based. The threads associated with this class are scheduled based on the associated shares assigned to them and the processor's utilization..."

MySQL
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MySQL Still the Right Choice for ScienceLogic's "Best Network Monitoring System on the Planet"
After 10 Years
Rebecca Hansen writes, "ScienceLogic has a pretty fantastic network monitoring appliance. So good in fact that InfoWorld gave it their '2013 Best Network Monitoring System on the Planet' award. Inside their 'ultraflexible, ultrascalable, carrier-grade' enterprise appliance, ScienceLogic relies on MySQL and has since their start in 2003. Check out some of the things they've been able to do with MySQL and their reasons for continuing to use MySQL in these highlights from our new MySQL ScienceLogic case study..."
Linux
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Oracle Linux Tips and Tricks: Using SSH
By Robert Chase

Robert writes, "Out of all of the utilities available to systems administrators ssh is probably the most useful of them all. Not only does it allow you to log into systems securely, but it can also be used to copy files, tunnel IP traffic and run remote commands on distant servers. It's truly the Swiss army knife of systems administration. Secure Shell, also known as ssh, was developed in 1995 by Tau Ylonen after the University of Technology in Finland suffered a password sniffing attack. Back then it was common to use tools like rcp, rsh, ftp and telnet to connect to systems and move files across the network. The main problem with these tools is they provide no security and transmitted data in plain text including sensitive login credentials. SSH provides this security by encrypting all traffic transmitted over the wire to protect from password sniffing attacks..."

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.

    Performance
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    Open Source Systems Performance
    Video and Slides of Brendon's OSCON Talk
    Brendan writes, "There is an important and untold story about open source and systems performance, which I'm uniquely positioned to tell. I presented it at OSCON earlier this year, which was the perfect venue. My talk, Open Source Systems Performance, was a play in three acts:

    • Act 1. Before Open Source
    • Act 2. Open Source
    • Act 3. Closed Source

    Linux appears in Act 2, but this story can only really be told by the Solaris operating system. Solaris was closed, then opened, and then closed again, providing acute examples of the value that an open source operating system provides for systems performance..."

    Sysadmin
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    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Delivers Advanced Self-Service Automation
    For Oracle Database 12c Multitenant
    Database as a Service (DBaaS) offers organizations accelerated deployment, elastic capacity, greater consolidation efficiency, higher availability and lower overall operational cost and complexity. Oracle Database 12c provides an innovative multitenant architecture featuring pluggable databases that makes it easy to offer DBaaS and consolidate databases on clouds. To support customers' move to this model, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c adds new automation capabilities to enable quick provisioning of database clouds through self-service, saving administrators time and effort. These new capabilities can help customers adopt Oracle Database 12c faster and pave the way to a DBaaS delivery model.

    Oracle announced a new release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which provides a turnkey, full lifecycle DBaaS management solution for Oracle Multitenant, an option for Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition.

    Java Technology
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    GlassFish Announcement
    Facts, not FUD
    Bruno Borges, writee, "Since Oracle announced the end of commercial support for future Oracle GlassFish Server versions, the Java EE world has started wondering what will happen to GlassFish Server Open Source Edition. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misleading information going around. So let me clarify some things with facts, not FUD..."
    Oracle, ARM expand collaboration on servers, Internet of Things
    By Henrik Stahl
    Henrik Stahl writes, "If you have been following Java news, you are already aware of the fact that there has been a lot of investment in Java for ARM-based devices and servers over the last couple of years (news, more news, even more, and lots more).

    We have released Java ME Embedded binaries for ARM Cortex-M micro controllers, Java SE Embedded for ARM application processors, and a port of the Oracle JDK for ARM-based servers. We have been making Java available to the Beagleboard, Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms/LeJOS communities and worked with them and the Java User Groups to evangelize Java as a great development environment for IoT devices. We have announced commercial relationships with Freescale, Qualcomm, Gemalto M2M, SIMCom to name a few. ARM and Freescale on their side have joined the JCP, recently been voted in as members of the Executive Committee, and have worked with Oracle to evangelize Java in their ecosystem..."

    Security
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    Oracle White Paper about Directory Services Integration with Database Enterprise User Security (EUS)
    EUS deployment options available with Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) and Oracle Internet Directory (OID)

    IT departments are under consistent pressure to reduce cost, enhance security, and improve compliance to support ever-competitive business. Databases are critical components of enterprise IT infrastructure, so it is key to centralize and integrate database users and privileges into an enterprise identity management framework. However, many enterprises today still manage users and privileges on an individual database basis. From an end-user perspective, this means that each user must remember multiple passwords. From an administration perspective, redundant user management is costly; managing user authorizations in multiple databases is error-prone. From an auditing and compliance perspective, on-time provisioning and de-provisioning of user access and privileges across databases is challenging. Enterprise User Security (EUS), an Oracle Database Enterprise Edition feature, leverages the Oracle Directory Services and gives you the ability to centrally manage database users and role memberships in an LDAP directory...

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