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Alpha Natural Resources Unearths Cost Savings and Performance Gains with Oracle
Leading Coal Producer Relies on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
As companies in asset-intensive industries grow, they are faced with increased IT requirements and escalating costs. With 'do more with less' mandates, IT must look for solutions that can reduce total cost of ownership while optimizing performance. To address these challenges, Alpha Natural Resources turned to the Oracle Exadata Database Machine for a solution that would enable it to optimize the performance of its business critical applications while reducing total IT costs.

Alpha Natural Resources is successfully leveraging the Oracle Exadata Database Machine to improve performance and lower total cost of ownership.

As one of the largest producers of coal in the country and the third largest metallurgical coal supplier in the world, Alpha Natural Resources needed a cost-effective, highly available and scalable IT infrastructure solution that could support its growth.

After evaluating its internal environment and looking at several alternatives, Alpha Natural Resources decided to switch to Oracle Exadata, determining it was the most cost-effective solution for optimizing its existing Oracle E-Business Suite implementation.

Database Insider
January 2014 issue now available
The January issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)

  • Oracle Launches Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4
  • Oracle SQL Developer 4.0 Simplifies Migration to Oracle Database 12c
  • New SANS Institute Report Puts Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to the Test

Read on for details.

The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2014
By Bob Evans
Bob Evans writes, "CIOs have never had such a glorious - and challenging - opportunity to deliver significant, enduring, and transformational business impact and customer value as they do today.

But it's not a job for the faint of heart. Any CIO pining for a return to the good old days of bonuses based on server-uptime and SLA enforcement should consider swapping out the CIO title for a new one: senior director of infrastructure.

Consider these new paradigm-busting business models that have CIOs' fingerprints all over them:..."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.5 Is Now Available
maintenance release

Andy Bang writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.5 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 January update in about 1 week. This is a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log..."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.15
By Andy Bang

"We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.15 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. This is a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then choose the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" side tab in the "Patch Search" portlet.

As an alternative to upgrading to MySQL Enterprise Monitor (MEM) 2.3.15, we highly recommend that you consider MEM 3.0. Based on feedback from our customers, MEM 3.0 offers many significant improvements over MEM 2.3.."

Cloud Computing
Larry Ellison and Mark Hurd Emphasize Oracle's Cloud Growth
By Bob Evans
Bob Evens writes in Forbes, "In 2010, just after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison disclosed his intentions to compete with and beat IBM in high-end systems, and compete with and beat SAP in applications.

In 2013, Oracle's high-end M systems redefined extreme performance by displacing IBM's Power systems in price/performance and memory capacity, and Oracle's SaaS applications came fully to market and ended the year with bookings growing at 35%.

So in 2014 - with IBM continuing to evolve into a services company and SAP betting its future on a new platform - what might the world expect to see from Oracle? Ellison and Oracle President Mark Hurd themselves provided a range of salient insights into Oracle's priorities and strategies for 2014 during the company's recent Q2 earnings call. As the enterprise-tech industry continues to undergo significant upheaval - at least some of which is being generated by Oracle - we're going to look at 10 of the major issues addressed by Ellison and Hurd.

To set the stage, here's a quick overview from each exec, framing where Oracle stands and where it's headed:..."

How to Configure x86 Memory Performance for Large Databases
By Edward Whalen
Edward Whalen writes, "Performance tuning of large database systems can be a challenge. Depending on the operating system (OS) and hardware, there might be performance issues that are not readily detectable using normal analysis methods such as AWR reports and OS tools such as sar, top, and iostat.

Memory utilization in x86 environments is one of the issues that is not readily identifiable, but it can result in significant performance improvements if properly analyzed and configured.

Now more than ever, with systems that have larger amounts of memory, memory utilization is a critical issue that needs to be addressed. This article describes how to best configure x86 system memory performance for large databases..."

Oracle Linux: Free as in Speech AND Free as in Beer
By Monica Kumar
Monica Kumar "One of the biggest benefits of Oracle Linux is that binaries, patches, errata, and source are always free. Even if you don't have a support subscription, you can download and run exactly the same enterprise-grade distribution that is deployed in production by thousands of customers around the world. You can receive binaries and errata reliably and on schedule, and take advantage of the thousands of hours Oracle spends testing Oracle Linux every day. And, of course, Oracle Linux is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so switching to Oracle Linux is easy...."
Why Oracle Engineered Systems are Best
By Michael Palmeter
Michael Palmeter writes, "The trend toward adoption of pre-integrated data center 'building blocks' combining applications, database and middleware software, data storage, compute, networking, virtualization and management is well underway within most global enterprises. This trend, and Oracle's leadership position, is evidenced by recent survey data and analysis published by numerous industry luminaries (such as Gartner and IDC). While not all such offerings from all vendors are equivalent, they all have common aims: cost reduction, improved efficiency, better ease of use and the agility to take advantage of marketplace opportunities and technology changes as quickly as they occur, for as long as they last. While other technology solution vendors are now racing to close the gap, Oracle's offering continues to outpace our competition, propelled by numerous commercial, marketplace and unique technical advantages..."
OTech Magazine - Winter 2014
A whole lot of expertise in one place
"The Winter 2014 edition of OTech Magazine is now available. This free online publication, the brain-child of Oracle ACE Director Douwe Pieter van den Bos, publishes, "'news stories, credible rumors and how-to's covering a variety of topics.'

The latest issue includes 16 articles on Fusion Middleware, SOA, NoSQL, data security, OBI, ODI, WebCenter, and more..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 191 Issue 1; Vol 190 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 189 Issues 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:

  • Tech Time Warp of the Week: AT&T's Flight Information System, 1989
  • Five Solaris Presentations from Oracle Week 2013
  • Using Java in Avionics and UAV Applications
  • What is High Availability?
  • Next Virtual Sysadmin Day Is On Jan 28
  • Top Java Stories of 2013
  • Virtualization Management Podcast
  • Are You Ready to Manage 50x the Amount of Business Content?
  • Monthly vBeers @ Murphy's Law at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
  • Database Lifecycle Management for Cloud Service Providers

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

    8 Predictions for Customer Service in 2014
    Key trends in the customer service business
    "Happy New Year! As we embark on 2014, I thought about the key trends that we're seeing in the customer service business and how they impact you as well as the impact to the Oracle Service Cloud business. Here's my 2 cents on what matters for the new year. Feel free to put in your own 2 cents in the comments!..."

    • Customer Service Becomes a Boardroom Priority
    • Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You
    • Mobile, Mobile, Mobile
    • Your Coffee Maker Serves Itself
    • Knowledge is Everywhere
    • The Web Comes Alive
    • Social Gets Real
    • Employee Experience Takes the Limelight

    Read on for details.

    Java Technology
    WebLogic in Comparison: RebelLabs Java Servers Report
    By Bruno.Borges
    Bruno notes, "RebelLabs did a great job comparing the main Java servers out there, where some are pure Servlet/JSP containers, others are full Java EE compliant. But they didn't want to include in the list Oracle WebLogic nor IBM WebSphere apparently for no logical reason but 'they are suited for large enterprise production environments', and because the report is focused on developers.

    So, I decided to write this blog post to include detailed information about WebLogic, since WLS is free for developers, even if you are going to deploy GlassFish/JBoss/Whatever in production. Which is why I didn't get why RebelLabs didn't want to compare WebLogic..."

    Interview with Authors of "NetBeans Platform for Beginners"
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan Wielenga writes, "On Leanpub, a new book entitled 'NetBeans Platform for Beginners' is being written by Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland. (There's also a new NetBeans Platform book to be released soon on Amazon, by Paul and Gail Anderson, click here for details.)

    I've known about the Anderson book for a while, but not about the one by Walter and Jason. So I sent them some questions! Here are their responses..."

    Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer eBook
    complimentary ebook
    Get your complimentary copy of the new database security ebook: Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer.

    Troy writes, "The book is for database administrators who want to learn more about Oracle Database security and for security professionals who want to learn more about how to secure Oracle Databases in an overall IT environment. While the title references Oracle Database 12c, most of the content is applicable to Oracle Database 9i and above..."

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