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Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Enhances Support for Oracle Database 12c
Streamlines database adoption to Oracle Database 12c
To effectively manage today's evolving data requirements, developers and database administrators need user-friendly tools to speed and simplify development and data management activities. The latest version of Oracle's integrated development environment, Oracle SQL Developer 4.0, streamlines database adoption to Oracle Database 12c and helps increase productivity for a broad list of database development tasks so organizations can fully capitalize on the power of enterprise data.

Oracle announced the release of Oracle SQL Developer 4.0, enhanced with new functionality to simplify the development and management of Oracle Database environments.

Supporting new innovations in Oracle Database 12c, including its multitenant architecture and data redaction, Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 helps developers and database administrators increase productivity and performance.

The latest generation of the world's #1 database, Oracle Database 12c is designed for the cloud with an innovative, multitenant architecture.

By leveraging the migration tooling included in Oracle SQL Developer 4.0, customers can realize a significant decrease in the cost of migrating legacy systems and applications as less custom coding and database development is required.

Oracle DW-Big Data Monthly Roundup Magazine
Oracle's new monthly Flipboard magazine
Oracle product management asks, "Are you interested in learning how Oracle customers are taking advantage of Oracle's Data Warehousing and Big Data Platform? Want to keep up on the latest product releases and how they might impact your organization? Looking for best practices that describe how to most effectively apply Oracle DW-Big Data technology?

Check out Oracle's new monthly magazine - Oracle DW-Big Data Monthly Roundup. Powered by Flipboard - you can now view all this content on your favorite device..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Sponsors OpenStack Foundation
Offers Customers Ability to Use OpenStack to Manage Oracle Cloud Products and Services
Oracle has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack® Foundation

Oracle is planning to integrate OpenStack cloud management components into Oracle Solaris,

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom storage systems and StorageTek tape systems.

In addition, Oracle will also be working to achieve OpenStack compatibility with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

This integration is intended to enable customers to use OpenStack to manage Oracle technology-based clouds, taking full advantage of the stability, efficiency, performance, scalability and security of these Oracle products.

Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux provide industry-leading security, performance, scalability and observability for cloud-based deployments, allowing customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private or public clouds. Integration with OpenStack will allow customers to integrate Oracle Solaris Zones and Oracle VM environments with other OpenStack platforms.

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight
Chris Kawalek writes, "Our spotlight this week is one of my favorite videos (and one of my favorite features of Oracle Linux), Ksplice. If you're not familiar with Ksplice, it's really astounding - it allows you to update the Linux kernel while it is running and without needing to restart. It's just amazing technology, and it comes with your Oracle Linux support subscription.

In the video below, Oracle's Tim Hill described a few different scenarios of how Ksplice can be used (click the image to hop over to the Oracle Linux YouTube channel and play the video)."

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4
Oracle's Fifth Generation Database Machine Dramatically Increases Performance and Capacity;
Oracle's fifth-generation flagship database machine, Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4, introduces new hardware and software to accelerate performance, increase capacity, and improve efficiency and quality of service for database deployments.

The new release focuses on Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Database as a Service (DBaaS), and Data Warehousing and is also designed to help enterprises simplify their biggest database challenges. It includes performance increases between 50 and 100 percent and storage capacity increases between 33 and 100 percent.

Quality of service in complex and varying Database as a Service deployments or database consolidation deployments is ensured end-to-end from database servers, through network adapters and network switches, to storage. Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4 is the foundation for modern database cloud environments.

Flash Options for SPARC Servers
800 Gb Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card
Increase performance with new Flash options for SPARC Servers:

  • 800 GB Flash Accelerator Now Available for SPARC T5 Rackmount Servers and SPARC M6-32/M5-32 Servers

  • SSD Update for SPARC T4, T5, M5 and M6 Servers

Datasheet for the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card

Sold State Drives

14-Page Overview of Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Servers

Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 - Most Powerful Oracle Engineered System
Product Introduction Video
Take a look at the webcacast introducing the SuperCluster M6-32, Oracle's most powerful engineered system. Hosted by Oracle's Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Product Management; Ganesh Ramamurthy, Vice President, Software Development; and Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Systems Technology, this Webcast will further outline why SuperCluster M6-32 is ideally suited for in-memory applications and consolidation of mission-critical workloads.
Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3
S/W Update, 16Gb FC ATO support
Oracle Storage is pleased to announce the following changes to the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance family:

  • Availability of ZFS Storage OS8 Minor 1 (2013.1.1). This software version provides additional performance enhancements that made possible our world record SPC-2 performance, as well as the SPECsfs response time of 700us.
  • Support for the 16Gb FC HBA ATO part number. Customers now have the option to purchase the 16Gb FC HBA at the time they purchase their ZFS Storage ZS3 system. The HBA will arrive tested and installed in their system.
  • LOD extension for 15K rpm drives, DS2-0BASE disk shelf and 73 GB Write Flash. Customers who desire the 15K rpm disk drive configurations can purchase them until December 15, 2013.
  • LOD extension for the 512 GB Read Flash Accelerator. Customers can purchase 512 GB Read Flash Accelerator until February 28, 2014, to expand their existing system L2ARC configuration.
  • 7420 M2 EOL plans postponed. EOL announcement for the ZFS Storage 7420 M2 has been postponed and this configuration will remain active until further notice.

ZSF Storage Appliance Family

ZFS Storage ZS3-4

ZFS Storage ZS3-2

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 190 Issue 1; Vol 189 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 188 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Releases Oracle Linux 6.5
  • Top 5 Reasons why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database
  • Why Database As A Service (DBaaS) Will Be The Breakaway Technology of 2014
  • Gartner Hype Cycles
  • Securing The Cloud: How To Avoid A Greek Tragedy
  • Oracle Key Manager 3
  • JavaOne 2013 Sessions
  • Database Insider
  • ITPalooza 12/12/13 Ft. Lauderdale
  • StorageTek T10000D FICON

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

    Virtual Sysadmin Day - 2014 - January 28th, 2014
    Sysadmins for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, or Oracle VM join this Free virtual event
    Sysadmins for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, or Oracle VM join Oracle at this FREE virtual event:

    • Learn tips and best practices for deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in the cloud?
    • Get a better understanding of how to take advantage of Oracle Solaris 11 unique features in software lifecycle, virtualization and data management?
    • Keep Oracle Linux up to date by accessing updates and errata with yum, apply kernel updates with Ksplice, and use btrfs to allow rolling back of updates
    • Run multiple, isolated instances of Oracle Linux with extremely low overhead using Linux Containers
    • Deploy and manage a private cloud with Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c?
    • Virtualize and deploy Oracle Database in minutes using Oracle VM Templates

    Americas - Tuesday January 28th, 2014 9am to 1pm PST / 12pm to 4pm EST / 1pm to 5pm BRT

    Register today for Virtual Sysadmin Day: 2014

    IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager
    Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization
    Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization

    Monica Kumar writes, "IT customers are looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including at the Infrastructure layer. Their role is viewed as data center service providers. To them, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is internalized as Integration of 'astonishing' applications and systems...

    For an insightful perspective of IaaS from Oracle, join VP of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Sudip Datta, in his chalk talk..."

    Java Technology
    Closing the closed APIs
    "Oracle has actually opened up Java even more"
    Earlier this year, Wired published an article stating that, Oracle has actually opened up Java even more - getting rid of some of the closed-door machinations that used to be part of the Java standards-making process.

    Erik Costlow writes, "This openness comes through OpenJDK and the Java Community Process, where different companies and developers all work together to guide the future of the Java Platform.

    Part of opening Java involves dealing with the evolution of internal APIs in the JDK outside the actual Java Language specification and APIs. While developers should not be using internal APIs like sun.* packages, over the course of Java's 18 year history, various applications have at times used these APIs for different reasons. Use of these implementation-specific, internal APIs poses challenges when they change and may decrease an application's portability between different Java implementations . Given the ease of obtaining component libraries, we are looking at ways of identifying and mitigating usage of internal APIs in favor of APIs intended for public use..."

    Apples and Oranges -- Highlights of Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans
    Which IDE do you use for Java development?
    Geertjan writes, "Which IDE do you use for Java development? Eclipse? NetBeans? IntelliJ IDEA? Do you know what its most powerful features are?

    Generally, developers stick to one IDE and configure it to match their daily programming needs. They don't consider a different IDE, not really being aware of what they're missing.

    Because comparing apples with oranges doesn't make sense, let's instead look at what the key problems are that each IDE tries to solve. Is a hybrid development environment imaginable, where each IDE is available?

    This JavaOne 2013 session, by Anton Arhipov, Max Andersen, and myself, doesn't do a 'shoot-out.' It shows you what makes each IDE unique, in turn, and what specific problems it tries to solve..."

    NetBeans support for JavaFX for iOS
    Targeted on MacOS environment
    The JavaFX team writes, "The basic NetBeans 7.4 module that allows JavaFX development for iOS is ready and out for your testing. This module is targeted on MacOS environment for now, but with the iPack tool integration it will work also on other platforms - limited only by availability of RoboVM which is used inside this project. It contains two template applications, one traditional HelloWorld and one more complex with a nice animations called GoldenFish.

    This module is a result of tight cooperation between our and the NetBeans teams. You can get more details about this module here.

    Please bear in mind that this is just basic support. There is still a lot ahead of us!"

    Top Database Security Trends in 2014
    two-thirds of organizations' sensitive and regulated data resides in their databases

    An article in thie month's Oracle Information InDepth, SECURITY INSIDE OUT EDITION

    "Analysts estimate that two-thirds of organizations' sensitive and regulated data resides in their databases - and the total amount of that sensitive data is growing fast, along with the rest of the digital universe. One analyst claims it will reach 35 zettabytes by 2020.

    As a result, security professionals and database administrators need to be asking two fundamental questions.

    • Where is all of my sensitive data?
    • Who has access to that data?

    As we look forward into 2014, the following trends highlight the importance of data security.

    • Trend #1: More Organizations Will Know Where Their Sensitive Data Resides
    • Trend #2: Data Encryption Won't Keep up with Data Growth Rates
    • Trend #3: Regulations and Other Forms of Compliance Will Continue to Expand

    See the article for details.

    Security Inside Out Newsletter
    December 2013

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    • Q&A: Oracle's Lee Howarth on Mobile Device Management,
    • See How Your IdM Strategy Stacks up with New Online Security Assessment Tool
    • Top Database Security Trends in 2014
    • Q&A: 2013 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey Report

    See the newsletter on the the web.

    New Oracle Enterprise Communications Broker Simplifies Multi-Vendor Unified Communications Networks
    Vendor-Neutral Solution Enables Disparate Enterprise IP Telephony and Unified Communications Networks to Offer Virtually Seamless and Scalable Next-Generation Services and Applications
    "To help integrate multi-vendor voice, video and unified communications (UC) systems and applications in enterprise networks, Oracle introduced Oracle Enterprise Communications Broker, which provides seamless interoperability, simplifies network operations, optimizes use of private Internet protocol (IP) networks, and helps support compliance with various regulatory, legal and industry standards.

    Oracle announced the Oracle Enterprise Communications Broker, a new, core communications controller designed to enable the hyper-connected enterprise with a new era of rich employee collaboration and efficient customer service..."

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