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Tech Time Warp of the Week: AT&T's Flight Information System, 1989
Video demo of "the future" as viewed by AT&T in 1989
Daniela Hernandez in "Wired", writes, "Fed up with online travel sites? Tired of searching countless services for flights that fit your schedule, budget, and personal preferences and then typing all your personal info into a seemingly endless collection of online forms so you can finally reserve your seats? Wish there were a better way?

Well, one day, there will be. Researchers have been working on it since at least the late '80s. That's when, inside the famed Bell Labs, AT&T built a system that acted as a kind of virtual travel assistant, letting you find and book flights using nothing but voice commands..."

See the video demo of "the future" as viewed by AT&T in 1989!

    Are You Ready to Manage 50x the Amount of Business Content?
    Asks Michael Snow

    Michael Snow writes, "The amount of information companies have to manage is expected to grow by 50x in the next decade. Yet already some 90 percent of documents, images, and other unstructured content is un-managed. So it is no surprise that 87 percent of organizations blame performance issues on information growth."

    "Many companies try to homebrew content management. This will work for a while, but at some point you reach critical mass. You can't find content. There is no versioning. You don't know who made changes," says Tom Turchioe, CTO, Critigen. "These are the things that drive you toward an enterprise-class solution such as Oracle WebCenter Content..."

    What is High Availability?
    Asks Todd Little
    "As companies become more and more dependent upon their information systems just to be able to function, the availability of those systems becomes more and more important. Outages can costs millions of dollars an hour in lost revenue, let alone potential damage done to a company's image. To add to the problem, a number of natural disasters have shown that even the best data center designs can't handle tsunamis and tidal waves, causing many companies to implement or re-evaluate their disaster recovery plans and systems. Practically every customer I talk to asks about disaster recovery (DR) and how to configure their systems to maximize availability and support DR. This series of articles will contain some of the information I share with these customers..."
    Five Solaris Presentations from Oracle Week 2013
    Topics: Clouds, DevOps, Advanced Resource Management, DTrace, Hadoop
    Orgad Kimchi reports that the recent "Oracle week 2013" was the largest paid IT event in Israel with 140 technical seminars and 1800 participants.

    Further, "Oracle ISV Enginerring ran two seminars Built for Cloud: Virtualization Use Cases and Technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 with two Oracle partners Grigale and 4NET Plus and Hadoop Cluster Installation and Administration - Hands on Workshop

    I am posting here presentations and link to the Hadoop hands-on lab, for further reading on Hadoop and Oracle Solaris:..."

    Read on for details.

    Cloud Computing
    Database Lifecycle Management for Cloud Service Providers
    By By Sudip Datta Datta

    Sudip writes, "Adopting the Cloud Computing paradigm enables service providers to maximize revenues while driving capital costs down through greater efficiencies of working capital and OPEX changes. In case of enterprise private cloud, corporate IT, which plays the role of the provider, may not be interested in revenues, but still care about providing differentiated service at lower cost. The efficiency and cost eventually makes the service profitable and sustainable. This basic tenet has to be satisfied irrespective of the type of service-infrastructure (IaaS), platform (PaaS) or software application (SaaS). In this blog, we specifically focus on the database layer and how its lifecycle gets managed by the Service Providers..."

    Raiffeisen Informatik Center Steiermark Increases Database Performance 10x to 20x
    With Oracle Exadata for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse
    Raiffeisen Informatik Center Steiermark (RICS), known as Raiffeisen Rechenzentrum, is the IT service provider for Raiffeisen Banking Group in Austria. It supplies a complete range of IT services to Raiffeisen banks to support day-to-day operations. The company also serves a growing number of industrial customers and other midsize and large enterprises. In mid-2013, RICS opened Austria's most high-tech data center.

    The company began searching for a solution to significantly improve SAP BW performance. After extensive analysis and evaluation, RICS selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine. The company went live on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3-2 in just eight weeks.

    RICS is very satisfied with its Oracle Exadata deployment. SAP BW performance is now 10x to 20x better than the legacy environment, depending on the report...

    Higher Colleges of Technology Completes End-of-Semester Processes 75% Faster with Database Transformation
    (HCT) is a system of 17 colleges across United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a system of 17 colleges across United Arab Emirates (UAE). HCT is the largest public, higher-education institution in the UAE, with a full-time enrollment of about 18,000 students, and 2,000 staff. HCT prides itself in providing students with a technologically sophisticated, e-learning environment that encourages development of independent and life-long learning skills.

    HCT consolidated six end-of-life HP-UX servers, assorted storage devices, and all related licenses by deploying a quarter-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine, four Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and Oracle Linux in just one month, increasing by 10x the batch process performance of a 2.5TB mission-critical database for college staff and students...

    Exadata Smart Flash Cache Features
    Hardware and Software Working in Harmony
    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 high 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.

    One of the key enablers of this is the Exadata Smart Flash Cache hardware and the intelligent Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software that drives it...

    Monthly vBeers @ Murphy's Law at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
    Informal IT Networking on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
    Join us for the next vBeers South Florida. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Murphy's Law at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

    This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community (including YOU!).

    Location: Murphy's Law Irish Bar

    Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314 USA

    Date: Wednesday, January 8th

    Time: 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time

    Parking is free. I recommend using the lot off 441. Park on the 4th floor and the elevator will drop you off right next to Murphy's.

    Join the vBeers LinkedIn group. Network with fellow vBeers participants on-line.

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

    • Java Rocks More Than Ever
    • Oracle Buys Responsys
    • Become a Better Architect
    • IT-as-a-Service with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability
    • LibreOffice 4.1.4
    • Oracle Reports Quarterly Revenues of $9.3 billion; EPS up 5% to 56 Cents
    • 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.

      Next Virtual Sysadmin Day Is On Jan 28
      Tracks for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM
      Rick writes, "OTN's next virtual sysadmin day is on January 28. It's four hours long, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT.

      This time we have a whole new set of hands-on labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. Proctored, of course, which means you can ask questions. The labs in our previous virtual sysadmin day focused on the basics. These focus on using these technologies in real-world scenarios. Click on the Agenda tab in the registration page to see the labs.

      The event is free, but you do need to register. And there's a little homework involved. Nothing too complicated. We just expect you to have VirtualBox installed and the proper images already imported before we begin class. Click on the the Instructions tab for more info..."

      How to Control the Zone's Network Bandwidth on Solaris 11
      Blog by Lingeswaran R
      Lingeswaran blogs, "Oracle has made a lot of changes in Solaris 11's network architecture compare to Solaris 10. Solaris 11's network virtualization and network resource control to the OS is absolutely brilliant. The biggest problem with Oracle Solaris 10 is that we have forced to use shared IP type for local zones , since exclusive IP type required a dedicated NIC's for each zone. In shared IP model, you can't be able to separate the network traffic of local zones.For an example if there is an issue with one local zone ,then you have to run snoop command from global zone to capture the network traffic. But in Solaris 11, you can able to run snoop command from local zone itself.

      So you no need to capture the unnecessary traffic of global and other local zones..."

      Virtualization Management Podcast
      How Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can significantly improve your server lifecycle management
      Chris Kawalek writes, "welcome to the first virtualization spotlight of 2014! To kick things off this year, I wanted to highlight an excellent podcast by Oracle's Doan Nguyen and Ronen Kofman that describes how Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can significantly improve your server lifecycle management. Have a listen..."

      Listen to Simplify Virtualization Lifecycle Management with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager (15:05)

      Java Technology
      Top Java Stories of 2013
      Tori Wieldt's Selections
      Tori Wieldt writes, "2013 was a year of Java releases, good news, less good news, and a community that just keeps on truckin'..."

      • Release of Java EE 7
      • Java and the Internet of Things
      • JavaFX is Open Source
      • Java SE Update Releases
      • Oracle Ends Commercial Support of GlassFish
      • The Java Community Keeps On Truckin'
      • Java SE 8

      Read on for details...

      Using Java in Avionics and UAV Applications
      The choice to use Java for avionics software offers improved developer productivity
      Kelvin Nilsen writes in "Defense Tech Briefs, "Though developers of avionics software are among the most conservative in the software engineering community, and rightly so, Java is beginning to penetrate even this very specialized industry. The reasons are compelling. Java, designed in the 1990s, offers much better abstraction and stronger object-oriented encapsulation than C and C++. Rigorous enforcement of the type system reduces software engineering errors. Built-in syntactic and library features make multithreaded programming on multi-core processors straightforward. And the popularity of Java makes it easier to recruit Java developers, to license Java development tools, and to find and reuse off-the-shelf software components. Finally, the Java platform offers portability and scalability benefits that far exceed what has been achieved with more traditional legacy languages..."
      JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform
      New Book by Paul Anderson and Gail Anderson
      Geertjan Wielenga writes about the new Book: "JavaFX Rich Client Programming on the NetBeans Platform," thus: "Gail and Paul Andersen fully explain both JavaFX 8 and its relationships with the NetBeans Platform architecture, and systematically show Java developers how to use them effectively together. To support sophisticated real-world business development, they also thoroughly address JavaFX 8 interactions with backend databases, JavaEE, RESTful web services, and the Jersey client..."

      Release date is September 2014. More info here!

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