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Why Database As A Service (DBaaS) Will Be The Breakaway Technology of 2014
Forbes, December 5th, 2013
Alexander Wolfe writes in Forbes, Database as a Service (DBaaS) is arguably the next big thing in IT. Indeed, the market analysis firm 451 Research projects an astounding 86% cumulative annual growth rate, with annual revenues from DBaaS providers rising from $150 million in 2012 to $1.8 billion by 2016.

The reason is simple. DBaaS is gaining converts because it enables businesses to deploy new databases quickly, securely, and cheaply..."

Database Insider
December 2013 issue
The December issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available.


  • New On-Demand Webcast Delivers Blueprint for Database as a Service
  • Real-Time Data Replication for the Cloud: Meet Oracle GoldenGate 12c
  • Top Database Security Trends in 2014

See the website for details.

Gartner Hype Cycles
Where is Gamification?
Erika Noll Webb, Senior Manager User Experience from the Fusion Applications User Experience group, writes "I was looking at the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies to see where they currently position Gamification. The latest Hype Cycle has moved to the tippy top of the expectations curve.

A little history... In 2010, Gartner didn't even include gamification in the Hype Cycle, so it hadn't even registered on the Technology Trigger end of the cycle..."

Oracle integrates DTrace into its Linux distribution
Oracle Linux administrators can finally take advantage of the powerful DTrace debugging tool, first designed for Solaris
Joab Jackson writes in InfoWorld, "Oracle has fully integrated the long-awaited Linux DTrace debugging tool into the latest release of its Linux distribution, potentially allowing administrators and developers to pinpoint the cause of thorny performance issues with more accuracy.

Oracle Linux 6.5 also includes an updated kernel and support for Linux Containers, allowing a single kernel to power multiple Linux virtual machines on a server.

Much like the CentOS distribution, Oracle Linux is largely a copy of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), version 6.5 of which Red Hat released last month. Oracle does include in the package its own kernel -- the core of an OS -- customized for security enhancements, as well as some additional administrative tools. Both the Oracle and Red Hat editions are targeted to enterprise use. (The volunteer-driven CentOS 6.5 distribution was also recently released.)..."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.4
Offers many significant improvements over previous releases
Andy Bang writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.4 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 December update in about 1 week. This is a maintenance release that adds a few features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.
Cloud Computing
Securing The Cloud: How To Avoid A Greek Tragedy
Forbes, December 2nd, 2013
Oracle writes in "Forbes", "In early 2014, Oracle will release 'Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest' - a sci-fi movie about the heroic journey of an ordinary man embracing the cloud. While the movie is set in the future, the name of the movie alludes to Homer's epic tale, 'The Odyssey,' which chronicles the journey of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, returning home from the Trojan War.

Like Odysseus, IT organizations preparing to adopt cloud solutions must have a strategy and battle plan to secure the cloud. Today's cloud heroes - the CIOs and IT staffers who are venturing bravely into the cloud-must put controls in place to secure private information and applications from the possible siege of malicious users and hackers. That explains why the cloud security services market is expected to reach $3.1 billion by 2015..."

Oracle Releases Oracle Linux 6.5
Includes Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3, Integration of DTrace, Linux Containers Support, and More
Oracle Linux 6.5 includes the innovative Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3, installed by default, to enable immediate access to the latest Linux features and enhancements. The only Linux distribution to support DTrace, Oracle Linux now offers complete integration with this popular dynamic tracing framework for superior observability, troubleshooting, and performance analysis. In addition to numerous other enhancements, it also offers production support for Linux Containers, enabling operating system virtualization.

With Oracle Linux 6.5, the latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is installed as the default kernel, enabling customers and partners to test, validate and certify against the most up-to-date Oracle Linux distribution.

Freely available for download from Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud, Oracle Linux 6.5 features full integration with DTrace, support for Linux Containers, and InfiniBand updates.

Oracle Linux 6.5 also includes new security features such as: the ability for applications to share a cryptographic data store that crypto toolkits can use for processing trusted certificates; and smartcard authentication support in a larger number of application subsystems for single sign on (SSO).

Oracle Linux provides the performance and reliability to support business-critical workloads such as Oracle Database 12c, and is available on all x86-based Oracle Engineered Systems.

For details, see the "Oracle Linux" page.

First Investment Bank Cuts Day-End Close from Six Hours to Three
Processes Customer Transactions 30% Faster
First Investment Bank AD offers retail, private, and corporate banking services in Bulgaria and the Balkans. It is the third-largest bank in Bulgaria with 200 branches, 650 automated teller machines, 960,000 active customers, and 1.4 million accounts.
    ITPalooza 12/12/13 Ft. Lauderdale
    Come Early for Storage "Lunch and Learn"
    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.

    Come early for the storage "Lunch and Learn" Driving Down Storage Costs with Software Defined Storage and SSDs.

    • 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.

    Sun Tape
    StorageTek T10000D FICON
    Combines world-record capacity and performance with three generations of proven enterprise-class reliability
    Oracle announced the FICON version of its StorageTek T10000D tape drive, which 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 significantly less total cost of ownership (TCO) than IBM TS1140 and LTO6.

    Customer Benefits:

    • Reduce TCO by 40% vs. IBM TS1140 - Store 1 PB in the SL3000 for a list price of $162,354 with T10000D or $268,477 with TS1140 in IBM TS3500
    • Best Investment Protection - Media Reuse increases maximum capacity of existing T10000C-written media from 5.5 TB to 8.5 TB and reads T10000A, T10000B, & T10000C-written media
    • Highest capacity - up to 8.5 TB Native Capacity
    • Highest Data Transfer Rate - 252 MB/sec (uncompressed) or up to 800 MB/sec (compressed)

    See the "Tape Solutions" page for details.

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 189 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 188 Issues 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:

    • Presentations from Solaris Day, Nov 27th, Moscow
    • World Record Single System TPC-H @10000GB Benchmark on SPARC T5-4
    • Big Data - Real and Practical Use Cases
    • Oracle Solaris 11 in the Cloud
    • Database Cloning in Minutes using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone
    • Java Mission Control
    • ContactLab Extends Commitment to MySQL
    • Managing Many Databases as One: Pluggable Databases from Oracle
    • Java Platform Standard Edition 8 Early Access Documentation
    • NetBeans Podcast 67

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

      Top 5 Reasons why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database
      Webcast: Tuesday, December 17, 2013; 10:00 AM PST

      Oracle VM's application-driven architecture is designed for rapid deployment and ease of lifecycle management providing IT a highly scalable and cost effective virtualization solution for Oracle Database and business-critical applications.

      Join oracle for a webcast featuring Francisco Munoz Alvarez, a seasoned expert, and Oracle ACE Director as he shares his performance benchmark findings highlighting key reasons why Oracle VM is the best virtualization technology for Oracle Databases.


      • Francisco Munoz Alvarez, Oracle Professional Services Manager, Revera Limited
      • Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

      Time and date

      • Tuesday, December 17, 2013
      • 10:00 AM PST

      Don't miss this insightful webcast and an opportunity to hear real-world benchmarking results. Register Now.

      Java Technology
      JavaOne 2013 Sessions
      Top sessions at JavaOne 2013, with audio synched to presentations
      For the top sessions at JavaOne 2013, Oracle has captured the audio and synched it with the presentations so you can experience the session almost as it was presented. Oracle will be rolling out sessions every couple of weeks, so check back often for the latest content.
      Oracle Key Manager 3
      centrally manage keys for end-points
      Now, your customers' data center security has become easier to manage. With Oracle Key Manager 3, they can centrally manage keys for end-points such as Java applications, Oracle Database, Oracle ZFS File System, Oracle Solaris 11, OEL Operating Systems, StorageTek Enterprise tape drives and StorageTek LTO 4/5/6 tape drives. Oracle Key Manager 3 also gives them server power, replication acceleration, and faster encryption capabilities with on-chip cryptography support with a new server platform (Netra SPARC T4-1).
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