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Cover Story: Cloud Engineered

Technology: REST for Everyone (Nimphius)

An Easy Drive to .NET (Shay); Playing Nice Together (Nanda)

Writing PL/SQL in Oracle Application Express (Feuerstein)

On Oracle Database 12c, Part 4 (Kyte)

CSX Corporation Upgrades Databases 2x Faster with Oracle Real Application Testing
Oracle Real Application Testing Helps Premier Transportation Company Streamline and Accelerate Upgrade of 400 Oracle Databases
In a fast growing CSX Corporation, a premier transportation company, upgraded 400 of its Oracle databases to take advantage of new capabilities. To ensure a smooth transition, CSX used Oracle Real Application Testing, an Oracle Database option, in conjunction with Oracle Enterprise Manager to perform comprehensive testing of the upgrade. With this technology CSX completed its upgrade more than twice as fast as its previous database upgrade while avoiding business disruption and mitigating risk.
Big Data Architecture in Under 4 Minutes
by Michael Meldeau
Michael writes, "The benefits of Big Data are truly extraordinary and a game changing technology that will impact decision makers everywhere. With Big Data, users have the ability to analyze and view extremely large pools of data to conduct advanced and predictive analytics that capture business trends, aid medical research and even improve crime prevention. While the promise of Big Data is alluring, most of us still have questions about what the right solution is and how it should be deployed, managed and maintained over the long haul.

If Big Data is on your IT roadmap, be sure to watch this 4 minute clip from Rob Reynolds ..."

Big Data and Analytic Top 10 Trends for 2014
Learn about the trends, problems, and breakthroughs in big data and analytics
Peter Schutt writes, "Which information management priorities are at the top of the corporate IT agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, mobile computing, data warehousing, and cloud computing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new technology initiatives?

Oracle surveyed hundreds of IT decision makers to learn about their big data and analytics plans for 2014 - both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. Respondents provided specific feedback on mobile BI, cloud, Hadoop, data discovery, predictive analytics, and decision optimization technologies and practices. From this extensive data set we compiled the following trends:..."

  • Business Users Get Hooked on Mobile Analytics
  • Analytics Take to the Cloud
  • Hadoop-Based Data Reservoirs Unite with Data Warehouses
  • New Skills Bolster Big Data Investments
  • Big Data Discovery is the Secret to Workforce Success for HCM
  • Predictive Analytics Lend Fresh Insight into Big Data Strategies
  • Predictive Analytics Bring New Insight to Old Business Processes
  • Decision Optimization Technologies Enhance Human Intuition
  • Business Leaders Embrace Packaged Analytics
  • New Skills Launch New Horizons of Analysis

Read on for details.

Simplify your Migration from AIX to Solaris
By Roy Swonger

There is a brand new white paper available that will be of interest to anybody contemplating a database and/or application migration from AIX to Solaris.

Simplify the Migration of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications from AIX to Oracle Solaris gives a good description of the steps involved in planning and executing a migration project, along with the benefits you can expect to achieve and a solid example of migration using Oracle Data Pump, complete with scripted steps.

Of course, if your migration will include moving up to Oracle Database 12c, don't forget to sign up for Mike's webcast on February 26!

Cloud Computing
Webcast: Data Intensity Presents Building Private Clouds on Oracle VM
Now on-demand
Join Oracle in this live webcast replay and learn how Data Intensity, a long time Oracle partner, built a successful database and application hosting business using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Valuable IT best practices and insights on building a private cloud infrastructure from this seasoned hosting provider will prove to be a valuable and informative 60 minutes time investment.

Data Intensity Presents Building Private Clouds on Oracle VM

Learn how Oracle VM can help users:

  • Accelerate deployment of Oracle Database and business-critical applications
  • Significantly save on the cost of hosting applications or services
  • Respond and scale quickly as customer demands grows

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The package installer/remover for rpm systems
Yum is a package installer/remover for rpm systems. It can also update your system and is used mainly by the Linux systems such as Oracle Linux to simplify these tasks.

Some simple tasks using yum is to list,install, search, remove the packages on your system.

To list if you've a package installed do:

  • yum list installed

To list all packages in yum repository:

  • yum list

To search for a package:

  • yum search pkg; e.g. yum search kernel

Read on for details and links.

February 2014 Oracle Linux Newsletter
Stories on OCFS2, Ksplice, using Oracle Database with Oracle Linux

The February 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on OCFS2, Ksplice, using Oracle Database with Oracle Linux, new customer success stories, and much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox!

vBeers - South Florida (Wednesday, March 12th, 2014)
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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, March 12th
  • 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.

vBeers - Miami (Wednesday, March 26th, 2014)
After Work Hours IT Networking Event
This will be a Sponsored event so drinks and are on us! Please join us for the Our first vBeers event in Miami and encourage your IT colleagues to attend as well.

Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

Networking is an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two. Who knows, you just may meet your next client, employer or employee!

Location: Biscayne Tavern

  • Address: - 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
  • Date: Wednesday, March 26th
  • Time: 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time


  • Biscayne Tavern
  • SherlockTech Staffing
  • Vault Networks
  • Nexenta Systems
  • PCS

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

Please RSVP via EventBrite.

LDom Direct-IO gives fast and virtualized IO to ECI Telecom
By Orgad Kimchi
Not long ago, ECI a leading telecom networking infrastructure vendor and a long-time Oracle partner, was asked by a customer to "provide a scalable solution with a smaller footprint, with a preference for a VM-like environment that can be rapidly deployed onto the carrier infrastructure and provide faster time-to-market. The main prerequisite was however not to compromise the application's performance, as the database disk I/O performance requirements can be especially demanding when the carrier has peak network traffic usage in its infrastructure..."
What's up with LDoms: Part 8 - Physical IO
By Stefan Hinker
Stefan writes, "Finally finding some time to continue this blog series... And starting the new year with a new chapter for which I hope to write several sections: Physical IO options for LDoms and what you can do with them. In all previous sections, we talked about virtual IO and how to deal with it. The diagram at the right shows the general architecture of such virtual IO configurations. However, there's much more to IO than that.

From an architectural point of view, the primary task of the SPARC hypervisor is partitioning of the system. The hypervisor isn't usually very active - all it does is assign ownership of some parts of the hardware (CPU, memory, IO resources) to a domain, build a virtual machine from these components and finally start OpenBoot in that virtual machine. After that, the hypervisor essentially steps aside. Only if the IO components are virtual components, do we need hypervisor support..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 192 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 191 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 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:

  • Larry Ellison Talks Talent, Teamwork, And 'Insanely Great' Products
  • SPARC T5-2 Produces SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM World Record
  • Java+EE Basic Training
  • Virtual Sysadmin Day and Hands On Labs
  • Oracle Database Appliance 2.9
  • Oracle Advanced Security Blog
  • The CEO's Perfect Storm: Demographics, Data, and Devices Change Everything
  • Oracle Extends Industry's Most Comprehensive Marketing Cloud
  • Oracle Delivers Enterprise Financial Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud
  • Zyme Relies on MySQL Enterprise Edition

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

    Avoiding Performance Loss from RAW Hazards
    by Darryl Gove
    Darryl explains exactly how a processor can stall from a bad RAW operation, and the common situations that cause this problem. Then he shows you how to identify, fix, and avoid writing that kind of code. Examples included. Help your loved ones move on. Read Darryl's article.

    Darryl Gove is a senior principal software engineer in the Oracle Solaris Studio team, working on optimizing applications and benchmarks for current and future processors. He is also the author of the books "Multicore Application Programming", "Solaris Application Programming", and "The Developer's Edge."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8
    Maintenance release
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8 has just been released. This maintenance release included bug fixes and improves stability.

    For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.

    The February 2014 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
    Includes an updated Oracle VM cost calculator

    The February 2014 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! It includes content on an updated Oracle VM cost calculator (now including Oracle Linux!), 2014 IT Predictions, community demonstration videos, what's new in Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more!

    Read the February edition online right now, or subscribe to get future issues delivered straight to your inbox.

    NetBeans Podcast 68
    Podcast Guests: Brett Ryan (John Sands), Andreas Stefik (University of Nevada), Petr Pisl (NetBeans)
    NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu

    • NetBeans 8.0 Beta was released in January; we read out "favorite" tweets that caught our attention: AndrewDyster, dipetr, ErazoZamudioEd.
    • The NetBeans Partners page is revamped! Check it out for a listing of companies that are extending NetBeans with plugins and services.
    • Congratulations to the 21st NetBeans Governance Board members: Tim Boudreau, Zoran Sevarac and Ashwin Rao!

    Community Interview: Brett Ryan on Java 8 and NetBeans IDE

    Australian developer Brett Ryan (John Sands) wrote a blog entry about experimenting with JDK 8 features in NetBeans. We stumbled across the post, liked it, and invited him to tell us more about his experience.

    Community Interview: Andreas Stefik on the Quorum Programming Language

    What makes a programming language more intuitive or a headache to learn? Find out as Andreas Stefik (a return guest!) chats about Quorum, the world's first evidence-oriented programming language.

    See the detailed schedule and download the podcast.

    Lessons from the Field: A directory transition from DSEE to OUD 11gR2PS1
    By Sylvain Duloutre
    Sylvain writes, "I was recently involved in a LDAP directory services transition project, from DSEE to OUD 11gR2PS1, for a large manufacturing enterprise. Directory service is medium-sized with a few of million LDAP entries, and is accessed by a wide range of services and applications, ranging from Corporate Directory to Identity Store for Identity Management and user management for intranet and extranet portals.

    Here is an overview of the steps we followed and the issues we addressed during this project to successfully transition the infrastructure to OUD..."

    Oracle Introduces Oracle Mobile Security Suite to Enable Organizations to Securely Deploy Applications and Access Data on Mobile Devices
    New Suite Extends Leading Identity Management Platform with Unified Security to Support Mobility

    As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, the need for organizations to control access and protect company data on mobile devices has become more critical than ever. When it comes to mobile security, organizations need a solution that offers advanced security controls for corporate devices and personal devices (also known as Bring Your Own Device/BYOD or Corporate Owned Personally Enabled/COPE), while providing a simplified user experience. With the Oracle Mobile Security Suite, organizations have the flexibility to permit enterprise access from users' devices with more granular control by isolating corporate and personal data, enabling secure enterprise application access.

    5 Steps Critical To The Future Of Telcos
    Forbes, February 28th, 2014
    By Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle

    "As the communications industry makes another pilgrimage to Spain this week for Mobile World Congress, much of the buzz will be about Facebook's mega-deal with WhatsApp. And right on cue, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be delivering a keynote address in Barcelona.

    Just a few years ago, the social media mogul's presence at this conference would have seemed strange - what does a Web company have to do with mobile communications? But today, we have 19 billion new reasons as to why the connection is clear - the lines between communications, applications, media (both social and traditional), commerce, work, and play have blurred. The digital world permeates every aspect of our lives - from accessing email, news, and business dashboards on our phones, to paying for coffee or downloading a new bestseller with the tap of an app..."

    Oracle Helps Network Operators Efficiently Deliver Complex Services and Streamline Network Processes
    Oracle Expands Its OSS Solution for Network Resource Management
    Oracle announced a new release of its Oracle Communications Network Resource Management solution with the general availability of Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management 7.2.3, Oracle Communications Network Integrity 7.2.2.P2 and Oracle Communications Network Intelligence 7.2.2.P2.

    Oracle Communications Network Resource Management solution enables network operators - including communications service providers, government agencies, utilities and other enterprises - to plan, deploy, optimize and transform their networks by building out mobile backhaul and fiber broadband networks, repatriating stranded network assets, help reduce leased capacity costs and support network consolidation and migration. The solution also supports the delivery of increasingly complex Ethernet and IP data services to business and wholesale customers.

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