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MySQL
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MySQL Notifier 1.1.5
Enables developers and DBAs to easily monitor, start and stop all their MySQL database instances
Javier Treviño write, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL Notifier version 1.1.5, the latest addition to the MySQL Installer for Windows.

MySQL Notifier . It provides a familiar Microsoft SQL Server look and feel and integrates with MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Notifier is installed using the MySQL Installer for Windows...

MySQL Notifier 1.1.5 introduces the following features:

  • The MySQL Utilities can now be opened from MySQL Notifier if installed separately from MySQL Workbench (it is no longer bundled with MySQL Workbench 6.x).

  • Added Workbench connections edition capability right from the Monitor MySQL Server Instance window of the MySQL Notifier (accessed through Actions > Manage Monitored Items… > Add… > MySQL Instance). Any of the listed MySQL Workbench connections can be right-clicked and a new “Edit Connection” context menu is available for users to edit the Workbench connection properties.

  • Changed the way the Workbench connections and servers files are monitored, now the Notifier detects automatically when Workbench is installed or uninstalled and starts or stops monitoring its files on those events so MySQL Notifier does not need to be restarted to setup the monitoring of the files.

You can download MySQL Installer from the official Downloads page.

Cloud Computing
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Debunking Myths at Cloud Expo 2013
Video of Presentation by Rex Wang, VP of Product Marketing
Mala Ramakrishnan writes, "Public cloud seems to be filled with specialized vendors who want to gain on solving common problems really well, which has created a whole new integration challenge for consumers who want to capitalize on the best-of-breed offerings across different public clouds while still continuing to host on-premise and even leveraging private cloud in addition. And though it seemed that cloud would be omnipresent with everything going the way of utilities such as electricity and water, where people don't want to know the source and just leverage the resource, we are not quite there with it.

Rex Wang, VP of Product Marketing at Oracle who leads the Cloud marketing initiative put forth an excellent presentation that debunked a lot of myths surrounding cloud that helped enhance understanding of the trends in the space. You can watch the video here: Ten Myths of Cloud Computing.

You can also read more on his presentation and access it here.

Linux
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Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight
By Chris Kawalek
Chris writes, "Our spotlight this week is on our excellent new screencast series, covering a variety of topics on Oracle Linux:

  • Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment
  • Oracle Linux: Maximize Performance, Minimize Downtime
  • Oracle Linux - Reliability, Availability, and Scalability

The Friday Spotlight series will restart in 2014."

Exadata
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Exadata X4 Updates, with Juan Loaiza, SVP, Senior Vice President, Oracle Systems Technology
What's New Webcast - On Demand
Oracle releases Exadata hardware and software updates to increase performance, enhance availability and expand manageability of the best platform for running the Oracle database. Exadata enhancements make it even better for companies looking to improve business agility, save IT costs, and add real-time performance for consolidation and Database as a Service.

Watch the What's New Webcast with Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Oracle Systems Technology.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2
Helps Customers Achieve Greater Levels of Data Center Consolidation and Efficiency
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 further advances Oracle's leadership in delivering Engineered Systems for running custom and packaged applications with superior performance, while reducing data center cost and complexity.

Compared to the previous release, Oracle Exalogic X4-2 provides higher throughput and coupled with Oracle Exabus technology, delivers near native response times for virtualized applications, resulting in greater consolidation benefits.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2 hardware, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, provides 50% more cores per node, large amounts of memory and significantly increased flash and disk storage capacity. In addition, the latest release of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software provides the ability to combine different application architectures (bare metal, virtualized and infrastructure as a service) on a single rack and allows customers to leverage virtualization templates and assemblies through Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 190 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 189 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 188 Issues 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 Exadata Database Machine X4
  • Flash Options for SPARC Servers
  • Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 - Most Powerful Oracle Engineered System
  • Oracle Sponsors OpenStack Foundation
  • Closing the closed APIs
  • Oracle DW-Big Data Monthly Roundup Magazine
  • IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Top Database Security Trends in 2014
  • Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Enhances Support for Oracle Database 12c
  • Apples and Oranges -- Highlights of Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, and NetBeans

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 4.1.4
    Fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 4.1.4, for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family and the first also suggested for corporate deployments (with professional support from certified developers).

    LibreOffice is backed by a growing ecosystem of independent companies providing value added services for migrations or enterprise deployments, either at global or local level.

    "When we launched the project, the growth of the ecosystem was a top priority. Today, the large number of migrations to LibreOffice - backed by professional support - show that we were right", affirms Thorsten Behrens, TDF Deputy Chairman. "There is a bright future in front of us".

    LibreOffice 4.1.4 is available for download.

    Performance
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    Performance Analysis in a Multitenant Cloud Environment
    By Orgad Kimchi
    Orgad Kimchi writes, "Analyzing the performance of a virtualized multitenant cloud environment can be challenging because of the layers of abstraction. This article shows how to use Oracle Solaris 11 to overcome those limitations..."

    • Preparation
    • Monitoring CPU Workload
    • Monitoring Disk I/O Activity
    • Monitoring Memory Utilization
    • Monitoring Network Utilization
    • Cleanup Tasks
    • Conclusion
    • About the Author

    Note: This information in this article applies to Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 11.1.

    Sysadmin
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    Become a Better Architect
    By Bob Rhubart
    Writing in Oracle Magazine, Bob says, "There is no magic potion or wonder drug that will instantly turn you into a great architect. You still need a unique combination of technical and communication skills and experience to succeed in that role. So you're going to have to work at it, and given the pace of change in information technology, that work will be ongoing.

    But that doesn't mean there aren't steps you can take today, right now, to become a better architect. And you'll be happy to know that those steps aren't all that difficult or complicated..."

    Networking
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    Measuring Network Bandwidth Using iperf
    Quick check of performance of a network; compare the achieved bandwidth with expectation
    Giri Mandalika writes that, "iperf is a simple, open source tool to measure the network bandwidth. It can test TCP or UDP throughput. Tools like iperf are useful to check the performance of a network real quick, by comparing the achieved bandwidth with the expectation. The example in this blog post is from a Solaris system, but the instructions and testing methodology are applicable on all supported platforms including Linux.

    Download the source code from iperf's home page, and build the iperf binary. Those running Solaris 10 or later, can download the pre-built binary (file size: 245K) from this location to give it a quick try (right click and "Save Link As .." or similar option)..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6
    Maintenance release
    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

    Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6 and 3.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

    A new maintenance release, VirtualBox 4.3.6, is now available.

    Java Technology
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    Java Rocks More Than Ever
    10 Blogs by Geert Bevin of ZeroTurnaround on Java
    Yolande Poirier reports that in, "a series of blogs full of technical detail and cross-platform comparison, senior developer Geert Bevin from ZeroTurnaround gives 10 reasons why Java is a great technology. He built software for musical instruments using C++, with Juce Library and CPython, and realized that he missed a lot from the Java ecosystem.

    He has written the first six blogs, which include Java Compiler, the core API, Open Source, the Java Memory Model, HighPerformance VM and Bytecode. In his first blog about Java Compiler, he gives examples and recommendations on how to use the JVM's just-in-time, the compiler code versus the architecture, runtime rather than static or dynamic linking.

    Upcoming topics include: Intelligent IDEs, Profiling Tools, Backwards Compatibility, and Maturity With Innovation."

    Security
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    Solaris 11 receives FIPS 140-2 certification
    For Oracle Solaris Kernel Cryptographic Framework
    Jim Laurent writes, "NIST has awarded FIPS 140-2 certificate #2060 to the Oracle Solaris Kernel Cryptographic Framework with SPARC T4 and SPARC T5 (Software-Hybrid), and FIPS 140-2 certificate #2061 for the Oracle Solaris Kernel Cryptographic Framework (Software) module. The certificates are not yet available, however, the details are already posted on the NIST Validated FIPS 140-2 Website. ... The Userland Software and Software-Hybrid validations are still in the NIST Coordination phase."
    Telco
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    IT-as-a-Service with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability
    Telco Case Study Whitepaper
    Monica Kumar writes, "Using Oracle VM, the Telco customer is able to realize a highly efficient server infrastructure to dynamically provision and reclaim resources to quickly respond to business demands. With over 100 Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) servers deployed in an Oracle VM-based virtualized environment, the Telco customer has a solid, highly available infrastructure designed for maximum flexibility.

    To better respond to the customer needs for application services, the Telco customer uses Oracle VM Templates to roll out new servers, each taking only 10 minutes per box which can be ready in parallel. "It's all cabled once, it's all in a pool, and we have created processes and procedures to quickly add more resources as we need them. Oracle VM provides this elasticity." says the Telco architect.

    Read the whitepaper and get an in-depth look at "IT-as-a-Service" deployment at a large Telco..."

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