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Tutorials Introducing Big Data
5 to 10 minute tutorials with Marty Gubar, Director Product Manager, Oracle Big Data
Here are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 5 to 10 minute tutorials about 'Big Data' to introduce some of the software stack and to help you identify which is the right tool for a job:

For more information, visit:

How to Identify Solaris Processor Cores
Lingeswaran R writes,"For hardware inventory, we may need to provide the Processor details like number installed physical processors , number core per processor on Solaris SPARC and X86 system.

SunMicro system doesn't make any complication to identify the CPU information on Solaris Operating system.To list the physical processor and core,we have the binary called "prsinfo" to pull the information. We can also look at the prtidag command to identify number of physical processors and cores. Here we will see some examples..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Managed Cloud Services Enable Bellevue University to Cost Effectively Increase Educational Opportunities for its Students
University Leverages Oracle Applications Managed Cloud Service to Meet the Needs of Current and Future Students
In order to cost effectively increase opportunities for students while complying with state and federal government regulations, educational institutions face unique business challenges. To address these challenges, Bellevue University selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to help meet current and potential student needs and reduce technology maintenance costs.

Having its applications deployed in a private cloud that's fully managed by Oracle, has allowed Bellevue to increase educational opportunities for both on-campus and remote students and benefit from a robust,cost-effective, secure and highly available enterprise application framework.

Friday Spotlight: Maximizing Oracle Linux Performance
By Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek writes, "Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic screencast video by Oracle's Greg Marsden. In the video, Greg covers a number of specific tips to help maximize performance of your Oracle Linux deployment. Give it a watch..."]

NTT Communications Leverages Oracle's Engineered Systems and In-Memory Products
Provides Customers with Real Time, Predictive Monitoring of Network Services
Oracle announced that NTT Communications Corporation, the long-distance, international communications and ICT solution provider, successfully deployed a real-time network monitoring system based on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine, part of Oracle's Engineered Systems, as well as Oracle Coherence and Oracle Event Processing part of Oracle's in-memory products in May 2013.

NTT Communications Corporation selected the Oracle products to help improve the quality of its network services, increase predictive failure detection and maximize workload efficiency. Because Oracle Engineered Systems are pre-configured, pre-optimized hardware and software, it was possible for NTT Communications to go live with their new system in five months.

Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Coherence, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Event Processing work as the core engine for real-time network traffic processing. Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence also help to maximize application performance and scalability and improve system response time. Oracle Application Development Framework was used to create the dashboard screens for visualizing the real time network status and Oracle Exadata is used as the Big Data management infrastructure at the backend.

The new system is able to process 1.4 million packets per second through in-memory streaming, and as a result, it can provide not only predictive failure detection, but also early alerts for unusual network situations. Some actions have also been automated, resulting in greater efficiency and significant annual cost reductions.

KDDI Selects Oracle SuperCluster to Strengthen Authentication System for Mobile Core Network and Support Rapid Data Growth
Communications Leader to Consolidate Legacy Infrastructure on Oracle SuperCluster
KDDI Corporation has selected Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle's fastest engineered system, to help strengthen the authentication system for its mobile core network.

KDDI's mobile communication service has 40 million subscribers as of September 2013, and the company has seen a rapid increase in smartphone users and adoption of its 'au 4G LTE' next-gen high-speed service in the last year. With increased demand for data transactions and traffic, KDDI wants to strengthen its authentication system for managing subscriber information and connectivity information for smartphone and mobile phone users.

KDDI uses Oracle SuperCluster running Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM Server for SPARC with Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database. The company chose the engineered system based on the following benefits for its mobile core network authentication system:

  • 40:1 consolidation: KDDI is consolidating 40 existing enterprise servers onto a single Oracle SuperCluster, which it expects will reduce its data center footprint by 83 percent and power consumption by 70 percent.

  • Improved System Performance and Availability: Four Oracle SuperCluster systems will help significantly improve overall system performance, and enable KDDI to scale to accommodate future growth.

  • Flexible Expansion and Resource Allocation: Using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, KDDI can reallocate resources and more easily add capacity as business demand grows. This virtualization technology also allows sub-capacity licensing of Oracle software on Oracle SuperCluster, which can dramatically lower Oracle middleware, database and application software license costs.

The project utilized the Oracle Solution Center, Oracle Japan's validation center, to jointly conduct performance and functionality validation with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC). KDDI purchased Oracle SuperCluster in July 2013.

Oracle Unveils Big Iron with New SPARC M6 Processors
32 Tb of system memory and up to 384 processor cores with 8-threads per core
"With Oracle's new SPARC M6-32 systems, customers can now run entire applications in memory. Based on the SPARC M6 12-core processor, these systems have a staggering 32 terabytes of system memory and up to 384 processor cores with 8-threads per core. The SPARC M6-32 provides twice the memory capacity of IBM Power servers and delivers extreme in-memory compute performance for large-scale, mission-critical workloads and databases. And it offers the highest levels of system availability for core business applications..."
Webcast: Oracle's Most Powerful Engineered System: Oracle SuperCluster M6-32
Very Large SMP System - 32 Processors, 384 Cores, 3,072 Threads
Ultimate Database In-Memory Performance, Platform as a Service, and Consolidation System

The new Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 offers unprecedented in-memory database and application performance with the highest levels of availability, scalability, and reliability of any engineered system. Combining Oracle Exadata Storage Server technology, Oracle's SPARC microprocessors, silicon network, highly secure virtualization, out-of-the-box platform as a service and database as a service management, Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 is the best example of Oracle's engineered systems vision thus far.

Watch this webcast and learn how Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 can help you:

  • Increase performance by 10x to 20x over the performance of standard systems for new in-memory applications, legacy applications, and Oracle Database utilizing:
  • Up to 384 microprocessor cores and 32 terabytes of high-performance memory in the most powerful and flexible system design Oracle has ever developed
  • A complete set of Oracle Exadata technology for optimal Oracle Database performance and efficiency
  • Realize rich multi-tenancy with near-zero overhead virtualization
  • Implement platform as a service and database as service management out of the box

Register for this webcast replay.

Sun Tape
StorageTek T10000D Wins Industry Awards
At Storage Visions 2014
Oracle announced that the "Oracle's StorageTek T10000D tape drive has been declared the WINNER in the "Visionary Professional Media & Entertainment Class Archive Storage" category at Storage Visions 2014.

These awards recognize companies advancing the state of the art in storage technologies utilized in consumer electronics, the media and entertainment industries, visionary products for the digital content value chain and digital storage media and entertainment end users.

But it's not finished yet!

StorageTek T10000D tape drive is finalist as Storage Magazine/ "Product of the Year 2013 Award" for backup hardware. Let's wait for the results in February 2014..."

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

  • Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Database Performance from Oracle Solaris Systems
  • Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside 'next-gen' filesystems
  • What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c
  • Java 8 is Coming to EclipseCon
  • January 2014 Critical Patch Update Released
  • Lab: How to Deploy a Four-Node Oracle RAC 12c Cluster in Minutes
  • The Benefits of Digital Training
  • StorageTek Linear Tape File System
  • MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.3 GA
  • Greenball Leverages Oracle Managed Cloud Services

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

    SPARC T5-2 Delivers World Record 2-Socket Application Server
    for SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark
    Oracle's SPARC T5-2 servers have set the world record for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark using two-socket application servers with a result of 17,033.54 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. The result used two SPARC T5-2 servers, one server for the application tier and the other server for the database tier.

    The SPARC T5-2 server delivered 29% more performance compared to the 2-socket IBM PowerLinux server result of 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

    The two SPARC T5-2 servers have 1.2x better price performance than the two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 POWER7+ processor-based servers (based on hardware plus software configuration costs for both tiers). The price performance of the SPARC T5-2 server is $35.99 compared to the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 at $44.75.

    The SPARC T5-2 server demonstrated 1.5x more performance compared to Oracle's x86-based 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 system (Ivy Bridge) result of 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle holds the top x86 2-socket application server SPECjEnterprise2010 result.

    This SPARC T5-2 server result represents the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier of 8,516.77 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS per socket.

    The application server used Oracle Fusion Middleware components including the Oracle WebLogic 12.1 application server and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_45. The database server was configured with Oracle Database 12c Release 1.

    This result demonstrated less than 1 second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and represents Jave EE 5.0 transactions generated by 139,000 users.

    Friday Spotlight: 10 Oracle VM Myths from 2013 Debunked
    By Chris Kawalek
    Chris writes, "Reflecting on 2013, we thought we'd do a summary of the many myths that were debunked in 2013. Here are the top 10:"

    • Oracle VM has no benchmarks
    • Oracle VM is not for serious enterprise applications
    • Complicated to deploy
    • Limited Enterprise Use
    • No complimentary tools for private cloud deployment
    • Oracle VM is expensive
    • A "me too" hypervisor
    • Oracle VM is only used in Test environments
    • Not ready for Oracle Database
    • No partner ecosystem

    Read on for details.

    Java Technology
    Java Magazine: Big Data
    January/February 2014
    Tori Wieldt writes, "Simply put, big data is a big deal. As the volume, velocity, and variety of big data continue to increase, so do the opportunities for creating new applications for big data. The new issue of Java Magazine is all about big data. The good news is that Java developers are well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity because so many of the tools for big data are built on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

    Most of the pages in this issue to are dedicated to big data:

    • In our Q&A with Oracle's Dan McClary, we explore why Java and big data are such a good fit, and what some of the implications of big data are for Java developers.

    • We also get hands-on with many of the available tools for big data. In 'Big Data Processing with Java,' Fabiane Nardon and Fernando Babadopulos help you determine whether you've got a big data problem and introduce Apache Hadoop and some of the other tools that you can use to produce faster and more-efficient applications.

    • Tom White, author of Hadoop: the Definitive Guide, provides an introduction to Hadoop; Kim Ross explores Apache Cassandra; and Trisha Gee discusses the flexibility of MongoDB.

    • 'Power to the People' shows Java and big data in action, with sizeable results: Opower customers have saved more than US$350 million dollars on their utility bills and reduced greenhouse gases at the same time.

    Learn how big data is or will change the way you work in this issue of Java Magazine...

    Celebrating 15 Years of Netbeans
    15 Years of First-Class Development Tools for Java Innovation
    Java's award-winning, free, open source integrated development environment (IDE) celebrates the 15-year mark, with a worldwide community of users and developers.

    Rapid Applications Development for Java

    NetBeans is both an open-source IDE and an application platform that enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platform, as well as HTML5 and JavaScript, PHP, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++.

    The Original Free Java IDE

    The NetBeans story begins in 1996, when students at Charles University in Prague attempted to write a Delphi-like Java IDE in Java. Originally called Xelfi, the student project delved into what was then the uncharted territory of Java IDE. Xelfi generated enough interest in the community that after they graduated, the students decided to put their new product on the market. In 1997, a company was formed and the name was changed to NetBeans.

    It wasn't long before Sun Microsystems began searching for better Java development tools and became interested in NetBeans...

    What's New in Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 PS2?
    By Arda Eralp
    Arda writes, "Oracle Identity Manager is a highly flexible and scalable enterprise identity administration system that provides operational and business efficiency by providing centralized administration & complete automation of identity and user provisioning events across enterprise as well as extranet applications. Part of the Oracle Identity Governance Suite, it provides role lifecycle management and privileged account management, ensuring consistent enforcement of identity based controls thereby reducing ongoing operational and compliance costs. This blog post highlights key new features introduced in Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 PS2. .."
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