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Are You Keeping Up With The Latest Data Warehousing Trends?
Oracle white paper highlights of the major trends, problems and breakthroughs
Most enterprises are overwhelmed with data.

Information is being generated faster than it can be consumed, yielding increasing demand for comprehensive data-management solutions.

  • Which data management issues are CIOs most eager to solve and what opportunities are at the top of their corporate agendas?
  • What are the most compelling developments in data warehousing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new initiatives?
  • How are industry leaders taking advantage of new software and hardware technologies to drive innovation in data management?

Find out by downloading this white paper. By doing so, you'll gain access to:

  • Highlights of the major trends, problems and breakthroughs in data warehouse technology.
  • Best practices for getting more from a data warehouse in the era of big data.

Whether you're looking to drive more value from your data warehouse or to lower the operational costs of your data infrastructure in 2014, this white paper can help by summarizing the latest trends and innovations in data warehousing.

ZFS
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ZFS fundamentals: the write throttle
Blog by Adam Leventhal
Adam Leventhal writes in his blog, "It's no small feat to build a stable, modern filesystem. The more I work with ZFS, the more impressed I am with how much it got right, and how malleable it's proved. It has evolved to fix shortcomings and accommodate underlying technological shifts. It's not surprising though that even while its underpinnings have withstood the test of production use, ZFS occasionally still shows the immaturity of the tween that it is..."

Adam comments on the "Write Throttle", leading up to some new work with Matt Ahrens designed for OpenZFS ...

MySQL
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Maybe Oracle Isn't The MySQL Villain So Many People Think
readwrite, December 16th, 2013
Matt Asay writes, "When Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, open sourcerors (including me) worried that Oracle would kill MySQL by under-investing in its development or turning it proprietary. Neither has happened. In fact, MySQL performance has dramatically improved under Oracle's stewardship, with the bulk of MySQL code remaining completely open.

Yet some in the open-source community continue to pummel Oracle for its management of MySQL. Is it fair?..."

Linux
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Oracle Linux Newsletter
December Edition
The latest Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Like always, this issue is full of fantastic content. Here are some highlights:

  • Oracle Linux 6.5 Now Available
  • What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c white paper
  • New Oracle Linux screen cast series
  • Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
  • Customer and partner spotlights
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online.

Exadata
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Exadata X4: Overview of Changes from X3
25-Page Slide Presentation
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.

This presentation provides an overview of the changes from the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3.

A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server
40-Page White Paper
"The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is engineered to be the highest performing and most available platform for running the Oracle Database. Exadata is a modern architecture featuring scale-out industry-standard database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and an extremely high speed InfiniBand internal fabric that connects all servers and storage.

Unique software algorithms in Exadata implement database intelligence in storage, PCI based flash, and InfiniBand networking to deliver higher performance and capacity at lower costs than other platforms.

Exadata runs all types of database workloads including Online Transaction Processing (OLTP), Data Warehousing (DW) and consolidation of mixed workloads. Simple and fast to implement, the Exadata Database Machine powers and protects your most important databases and is the ideal foundation for a consolidated database cloud..."

Exadata Customer Case Studies (PDF)
10 References, Presentation Style
Learn how 19 major Exadata customers have leveraged Exadata technology to solve business problems.

References include:

PayPal: Real-Time OLTP VocaLink: OLTP Performance U.S. Customs and Border Protection Oracle Beehive: Collaboration Turkcell: DW and DB Consolidation Organic Food Retailer: OLTP Consolidation SK Telecom: Revenue Assurance DW P&G: DW and Mixed Workload Alpha Natural Resources: OLTP Garmin: OLTP Consolidation

And many more. Read on for details.

Hardware
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BAE Systems Choose Big Data Appliance for Critical Projects
Solving complex problems such as financial crime, cyber security
Oracle has another great story about how to use data warehousing and big data technologies to solve real world problems using diverse sets of data using Oracle technology. BAE Systems is taking unstructured, semi-structured, operational and social media data and using it to solve complex problems such as financial crime, cyber security and digital transformation.

The volumes of data that BAE deals with are very large and this creates its own set of challenges and problems in terms of optimising hardware and software to work efficiently and effectively together. Although BAE had their own in-house Hadoop experts they chose Oracle Big Data Appliance for their Hadoop cluster because it's easier, cheaper, and faster to operate.

SPARC
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How Office Depot Optimizes ERP by 20% with SPARC and Solaris

Office Depot simplifies IT architecture and reduces complexity with Oracle E-Business Suite applications, Oracle's Sun SPARC platform, and the Oracle Solaris platform

Office Depot is one of the largest retailers of office supply products in the world with over 900 stores in the United States and another 400-500 in Europe and the Middle East.

Their challenge was that they couldn't scale their Oracle ERP applications on their current hardware platform, so they made the move from an x86 architecture to a SPARC and Solaris platform to get better scalability and reliability.

This wasn't a decision to be taken lightly. Oracle ERP is Office Depot's largest application with the largest workload. The company supports over 40,000 employees on this platform alone.

"We needed something that we could just put in and operate," says Marshall Lew, Sr. Director of Computing Platforms at Office Depot.

SPARC-powered Exadata Configuration
SuperCluster
Michael Palmeter writes, "Oracle has been shipping an Oracle Exadata configuration that runs Oracle's T and M-series (SPARC) microprocessors for more than 2 years. This database machine is called Oracle SuperCluster.

Technically, SuperCluster has always included every single Exadata feature of note. This is because every SuperCluster configuration is built around the same Exadata Storage Servers and InfiniBand switches that are used in every other Exadata system configuration..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 190 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 189 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 188 Issue 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:

  • Java Rocks More Than Ever
  • Oracle Buys Responsys
  • Become a Better Architect
  • LibreOffice 4.1.4
  • Oracle Reports Quarterly Revenues of $9.3 billion; EPS up 5% to 56 Cents
  • IT-as-a-Service with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability
  • Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight
  • Performance Analysis in a Multitenant Cloud Environment
  • MySQL Notifier 1.1.5
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X4-2

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

    Sysadmin
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    How to Use Distribution Constructor on Solaris 11
    To customize Solaris 11 bootable images
    Lingeswaran R, a Unix Architect, writes in the UnixArena blog, "Distribution Constructor is a new term which is introduced in Solaris 11 to customize the Solaris 11 bootable ISO images. These bootable Solaris 11 images can be edited according to the environment.For an example, if you do not want to install some of the default packages from ISO which you have downloaded from oracle website,you can remove it and additional software or third party software can be added on top of the image.So the image is custom, re-distributable ISO or bootable USB image..."
    Unix: Making ssh connections easier
    Need a way to make connecting to lots of servers using different settings and usernames easier?
    Look no further than the ssh config file

    Sandra Henry-Stocker writes, "I rely on ssh for connecting to dozens of servers. The problem is that my username is often different from one system to the next and I often have trouble remembering which username goes with which system. One easy way to keep them straight is to take advantage of a not-so-obvious SSH feature -- the SSH config file. By creating and configuring a ~/.ssh/config file, you can create a profile for each of the servers that you use and make connecting to those systems quite a bit easier..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
    December Edition
    The latest Oracle Virtualization newsletter is out! Here are some of the highlights:

    • Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation
    • Replay information for Top 5 Reasons Why Oracle VM Is Best for Oracle Database webcast
    • Case study on telecommunications company that deployed IT as a service using Oracle VM
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox receives community choice award from Windows IT Pro
    • Information on the upcoming Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
    • A new e-book titled "Oracle VM: Application-Driven Virtualization for the Modern Data Center and the Cloud"
    • Plus, new podcasts, white papers, customer success stories, partner buzz, and much more!

    You can read the December edition online here.

    Top 5 Reasons why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database
    Webcast available on-demand
    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.

    View an Oracle 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.

    Speakers:

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

    Original Broadcast Time and date

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

    Watch this insightful webcast, an opportunity to hear real-world benchmarking results.

    Security
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    Solaris 11.1 STIG update
    Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)
    Jim Laurent writes, "I am still in the process of creating a Solaris 11.1 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) with DISA Field Security Office. The process is long and detailed requiring significant testing and review by DISA for final approval. The STIG items are complete (pending DISA's approval). While I can't predict how long the final approval will take, if you are a DoD customer wishing to run Solaris 11, you may contact your Oracle systems sales team to receive a draft copy in spreadsheet form.

    STIGs are guidelines to assist DoD customers in securing their systems. It is NOT required to have a DISA STIG document to run Solaris 11 in your environment. In the absence of a DISA approved STIG, customers may use industry or vendor recommended guidelines. We already have a number of DoD customers running Solaris 11..."

    Telco
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    The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller Documentation
    Enable Web browsers with Real-Time Communications
    Cheryl Lander writes, "Our last blog of the year is written by John Francis, one of our Technical Writers who's been working on the Service Delivery Platform writing team for nearly two years. This blog is about his experience leading the documentation work for one of our new products, the Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller. His past projects include Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.1, for which he wrote this blog entry, and Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management Elastic Charging Engine..."
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