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ZFS
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How to Get the ZFS Disks List with ZPOOLName
Provided script will be very useful to Solaris 11 sysadmins
Lingeswaran writes, "Since oracle Solaris 11 is completely moved to ZFS , We need to have some basic skills to take the zpool inventory. Unlike Veritas volume manager's vxdisk command, ZFS does't offer anything.To see the associated zpool disks, you need to use 'zpool status pool_name' command. For an example,if you have more than 100 ZFS pools configured on your system, then you need to spend lot of hours to pull out the data.In these situation,very badly you need shell scripts with ZPOOL commands to simply your task..."
MySQL
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MySQL for Excel 1.2.0
Plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel
The MySQL Windows Experience Team has announced the release of MySQL for Excel version 1.2.0, the latest addition to the MySQL Installer for Windows.

MySQL for Excel is an application plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel. It enables you to directly work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel so you can easily do tasks such as:

  • Importing MySQL Data into Excel
  • Exporting Excel data directly into MySQL to a new or existing table
  • Editing MySQL data directly within Excel
  • MySQL for Excel is installed using the MySQL Installer for Windows.

The MySQL installer comes in 2 versions

  • Full (150 MB) which includes a complete set of MySQL products with their binaries included in the download
  • Web (1.5 MB - a network install) which will just pull MySQL for Excel over the web and install it when run.

You can download MySQL Installer from our official Downloads page

Gina Tricot Scales Online Sales with MySQL Enterprise Edition
Infrastructure outsourced to a public cloud services provider
Gina Tricot is a family-owned, Swedish fashion chain that consists of over 180 stores across the following five markets: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany. Combined with growing online sales, the company reaches fashion-conscious women in 28 countries across Europe. In 2012, Gina Tricot reported sales of SEK 2.3 billion.

Gina Tricot selected MySQL to power's their e-commerce application based on its reputation as default database for web-based transactional applications, its low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and the recommendation of the local partner in charge of the implementation.

They also decided to outsource both the physical infrastructure to a public cloud services provider and the day-to-day database administration to Oracle partner Emineo in Sweden.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Extends Range of Innovative and Trusted Business Applications Available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace
DocuSign and Badgeville Take Advantage of Latest Cloud Technologies to Reach Oracle Cloud Customers
The explosive growth of cloud, mobile, and social technologies is driving the need for organizations to gain faster and easier access to innovative and trusted business applications. To address this need, Oracle launched the Oracle Cloud Marketplace at Oracle OpenWorld 2013. Oracle announced that DocuSign and Badgeville have created innovative new business applications using Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) and listed them in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace features hundreds of business applications developed by Oracle partners such as DocuSign and Badgeville, and enables Oracle Cloud customers to easily browse, evaluate, and license trusted business applications.
Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Avalara Improve Engagement and Drive Revenue
Oracle Eloqua, a Component of Oracle Marketing Cloud, Helps Sales Tax and Compliance Automation Company Attract New Customers and Improve Marketing ROI
In order to cut through the noise and clearly articulate the benefits of product or service, organizations need to deliver marketing messages in a highly targeted, engaging and relevant way. To help improve its direct marketing campaigns, Avalara, a leading cloud-based sales tax and compliance automation service, selected Oracle Eloqua, a component of the Oracle Marketing Cloud. Since implementing Oracle Eloqua, Avalara has dramatically increased the effectiveness of its marketing content and increased webinar-driven revenue by 336 percent.
Exadata
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Oracle PSRM v2.3.1 Exadata Performance Benchmark Data Sheet
900k forms in 3 hours 18 minutes
Paula Speranza-Hadley reports that, "Oracle Public Sector Revenue Management is pleased to announce the exceptional results of the Oracle PSRM v2.3.1 Exadata performance benchmark. The benchmark achieved the following results:"

  • Processed an overnight batch of 900k forms in 3 hours 18 minutes

  • OLTP scaled well to over 7,000 users

-Form processing scaled up to 160 batch threads

complete data sheet

SPARC
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SPARC T5-2 Server Shatters Another World Record and Gets Single-Processor Configuration
SPARC T5-2 server is now offered in a single-processor configuration
Since their introduction last year, Oracle's T5 servers have topped performance metrics across enterprise workloads. The SPARC T5 server has just shattered another world record (see the latest SPECjEnterprise2010 2-socket benchmark result). In that test, the SPARC T5-2 server:

  • Showed the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier
  • Demonstrated 1.5 times higher performance compared to Oracle's 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 systems, running Intel's E5-2600 v2 series processor (Ivy Bridge)
  • Delivered 29% better performance (1) and 20% better price performance compared to a two-socket IBM PowerLinux POWER7+ processor-based server

Another piece of good news is that Oracle is announcing that the SPARC T5-2 server is now offered in a single-processor configuration, making it easier to adopt Oracle's latest technology

See details here.

Servers
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Revolutionizing Server Economics: Terabyte-Scale Computing Without the Premium
Revolutionary near-linear pricing removes cost premium
Kevin Gee writes, "Large-scale servers offer significant advantages in the areas of application performance, simplified data center operations, and higher server utilization for large, complex workloads or for consolidating smaller servers. Historically, large-scale servers have had a higher cost per unit of performance, therefore limiting large servers to specialized workloads.

Oracle has re-engineered server economics, enabling near-linear pricing from two-processor SPARC T5 servers to the terabyte-scale SPARC M6-32 server. Oracle customers can deploy any workload onto a larger scale server, obtaining better performance, better efficiency, and less complexity without a price premium over small servers..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 191 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 190 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:

  • Tutorials Introducing Big Data
  • Oracle Unveils Big Iron with New SPARC M6 Processors
  • How to Identify Solaris Processor Cores
  • Java Magazine: Big Data
  • KDDI Selects Oracle SuperCluster to Strengthen Authentication System for Mobile Core Network and Support Rapid Data Growth
  • SPARC T5-2 Delivers World Record 2-Socket Application Server
  • StorageTek T10000D Wins Industry Awards
  • Webcast: Oracle's Most Powerful Engineered System: Oracle SuperCluster M6-32
  • Friday Spotlight: Maximizing Oracle Linux Performance
  • Oracle Managed Cloud Services Enable Bellevue University to Cost Effectively Increase Educational Opportunities for its Students

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

    LibreOffice
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    New Version of LibreOffice - 4.2
    Focusing On Performance And Interoperability, And Improving The Integration With Microsoft Windows
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2, a new major release targeted to early adopters and another significant step forward for the best free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.2 features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users. In addition, it is better integrated with Microsoft Windows.

    Calc has gone through the largest code refactoring ever, giving major performance wins for big data (especially when calculating cell values, and importing large and complex XLSX spreadsheets), while an optional new formula interpreter enables massively parallel calculation of formula cells using the GPU via OpenCL. The latter works best with a Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) such as the new AMD Kaveri APU.

    Sysadmin
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    January issue of the Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter
    Table of Contents
    This Edition's Content January 2014:

    • News
    • Featured Event: Cloud Odyssey
    • Videos
    • Customer Buzz
    • Demos
    • Blogosphere
    • Webcasts
    • Resource Center
    • White Papers
    • E-Books
    • Additional Resources
    • Find an Oracle Partner
    • Training
    • Oracle Magazine
    • User Groups
    • Events

    January Issue On the Web

    Publications
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    Oracle Book: The World of Big Data
    50-page eBook
    Arda Eralp writes,"This book explores the ways in which big data is changing the world around us and looks at how businesses and consumers are being influenced by the high-speed analysis of the data we create through our everyday lives and transactions. The book delves beneath the hype of big data and looks at tangible examples of how it can work: from anticipating when we might buy an engagement ring to reducing crime, via proving who are the safest drivers on the road, winning the world's oldest sporting trophy and showing how selling turkeys can be a delicate balancing act for 24 hour supermarkets..."

    Big_Data_Book_Download_Version.pdf (1.8 MB)

    Virtualization
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    Oracle SuperCluster Optimizes IT Outsourcing Services for ATOS
    ATOS is an international outsourcing provider of IT services operating in 47 countries.
    ATOS, a leading international IT services outsourcing provider, has implemented Oracle SuperCluster as a complete, high-availability, multi-tenancy infrastructure, increasing performance, increasing profits, and providing higher services levels to customers.

    With Oracle SuperCluster support for multi-tenancy through virtualization, and Oracle Exadata Storage engineered and performance optimized, ATOS significantly increased batch processing with more than 10x more IOPS with Oracle Exadata Storage X3-2.

    Java Technology
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    Smart Migration to JDK 8
    Also: migrating with NetBeans 8 to JDK 8

    Geertjan Wielenga writes, "A new slide deck for a screencast I am working on, planning to publish it tomorrow, on how to effectively migrate to JDK 8. I.e., you simply must have tools to do so, otherwise it's a nightmare.

    All the slides with "Demo" on them are the points where I will switch into NetBeans IDE 8 and do a small demo.

    Probably a lot of the above will change quite a bit.

    The slideshare location is [url "http://www.slideshare.net/GeertjanWielenga/smart-migration-to-jdk-8"].

    On a related note, take a look at this brilliant new article by Brett Ryan on migrating with NetBeans 8 to JDK 8.

    Java EE 7 Adoption Looking Pretty Good
    According to survey by Java.net editor Kevin Farnham
    Java.net editor Kevin Farnham is at it again - he posed yet another pretty bold opinion survey on Java EE and got some pretty surprising answers. The question this time was simple but profound - How much impact has Java EE 7 had on your work thus far?. Surprisingly, a majority of responders (55%) are already seeing Java EE 7 adoption or expect to see it soon. Keep in perspective, Java EE 7 was released June of last year - all but about half-a-year ago! Below is a rough graph representation of the results as well as the actual breakdown:
    Telco
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    SaskTel to Upgrade Network Infrastructure
    Will Support Next-Generation IP Services for One Million Wireless and Wireline Subscribers
    SaskTel - a leading full service communications service provider (CSP) in Canada's Saskatchewan province - has selected Oracle Communications Unified Session Manager to deliver a multi-service IMS network core on a single common infrastructure to support next-generation hosted business services.

    As CSPs shift to all-IP infrastructures, services like voice over LTE (VoLTE) and unified communications help improve competitiveness with traditional and over-the-top service providers. With a multi-service IMS network core, SaskTel can more smoothly transition to these next-generation IP services and rapidly develop new wireless and wireline services and applications for consumer and business customers.

    The Oracle Communications Unified Session Manager will also enable protected communications across IP network borders to help ensure next-generation services are secure and reliable. SaskTel will initially leverage the Oracle solution to roll out hosted businesses services to its enterprise customers, but the company also plans to offer expanded VoLTE, rich communications services, session initiation protocol trunking and consumer voice services on the new network core.

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