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Oracle Database Ajppliance - Understanding Easy
By Perley Mears
Perley writes, "If you have seen a presentation on the Oracle Database Appliance, you have likely seen the tag words Simple, Reliable, Affordable. These are right on the mark when it comes to the value of the Oracle Database Appliance. Sometimes customers want a little more quantifying information to back up these values, so let's see what I can do to help..."
Oracle Introduces In-Memory Cost Management Applications
For Process and Discrete Industries
Terri Hiskey writes, "In 2013, 'Big Data' surpassed 'Social Media' and 'Mobility' as one of the most searched concepts on the Internet. Gerd Leonhard, a noted futurist, author and CEO of the Futures Agency, stated that Big Data's economic and social importance will rival that of the oil economy by 2020. With the ever-increasing global adoption of smart phones, we are heading towards 5 billion connected devices. With the addition of other electronic devices such as sensors, wearables, and smart homes, that number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2018. The amount of data being collected across all of these platforms is mind-boggling, and companies that realize the potential of what can be done with that data are breaking away from the pack...
Healthcare's Next Innovation?
The Answer Is In The Data
John Foley (director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp), writes in Forbes, "As the healthcare industry goes digital, all of those doctor visits and other health-related transactions are creating terabytes of highly valuable data. In too many places, however, that data isn't shared as widely as it could be. Outdated systems and processes limit availability to the department that generated the data.

It's the data management equivalent of myopia.."

Masters of the Data
CIOs Tune in to the Importance of Data Quality, Data Governance, and Master Data Management (MDM)
David Baum writes, "Modern business applications produce ever more relevant and actionable information for decision makers, but in many cases the data sources are fragmented and inconsistent. Despite tremendous advancements at the application layer, nearly all IT initiatives succeed or fail based on the quality and consistency of the underlying data.

Why this glaring oversight? According to Mark A. Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer at Ventana Research, CIOs are responsible for making information available to their businesses in a consistent and timely basis, but in most organizations, information management is seen as a delegated set of tasks and is not the CIO's top priority..."

Accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux with Flash
Leveraging Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe card
Chris Kawalek writes, "Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper that can help you get the most out of MySQL running on Oracle Linux, with the help of Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe card. To give you an idea of the Oracle Linux part of this, here is an except from the paper's intro:..."

"Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study for several key reasons including its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations, and SSD support and performance features such as SSD detect. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform's deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the UEK."

MySQL Workbench 6.1.2 BETA has been released
Upcoming major update for the official MySQL graphical development tool
The MySQL developer tools team is pleased to announce 6.1 Beta 2 - the start of the public beta testing phase of MySQL Workbench 6.1

MySQL Workbench 6.1 is the upcoming major update for the official MySQL graphical development tool. Introducing over 30 new features, this version has many significant enhancement focusing on real-time performance assessment and analysis from the SQL statement level to server internals and file IO. You'll see this in additions to the SQL Editor as well as new dashboard visualization and reporting that takes advantage of MySQL Server 5.6 and 5.7 Performance Schema, and enhancements to the MySQL Explain Plans.

Mformation Achieves Unprecedented Performance on Oracle Engineered Systems
Scalability and Performance Key to Managing the Internet of Things (IoT)
Mformation Software Technologies LLC, a leading global provider of solutions for managing wirelessly connected devices, today announced the results of performance benchmark testing of Mformation Service Manager with Oracle Engineered Systems, specifically the Oracle Exadata Database Machine. In addition, Mformation has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Mformation Service Manager has been tested and tuned on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers. Mformation is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.
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.

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

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8
  • Oracle Buys BlueKai
  • What's up with LDoms: Part 8 - Physical IO
  • Big Data Architecture in Under 4 Minutes
  • Big Data and Analytic Top 10 Trends for 2014
  • March/April 2014 digital edition of Oracle Magazine
  • The February 2014 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
  • February 2014 Oracle Linux Newsletter
  • Lessons from the Field: A directory transition from DSEE to OUD 11gR2PS1
  • Oracle Introduces Oracle Mobile Security Suite

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 SPECvirt_sc2010 Benchmark
    two-chip SPECvirt_sc2010 result of 4270 @ 264 VMs
    Oracle's SPARC T5-2 server delivered a world record two-chip SPECvirt_sc2010 result of 4270 @ 264 VMs, establishing performance superiority in virtualized environments of the SPARC T5 processors with Oracle Solaris 11, which includes as standard virtualization products Oracle VM for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones.

    The SPARC T5-2 server has 2.3x better performance than an HP BL620c G7 blade server (with two Westmere EX processors) which used VMware ESX 4.1 U1 virtualization software (best SPECvirt_sc2010 result on two-chip servers using VMware software).

    The SPARC T5-2 server has 1.6x better performance than an IBM Flex System x240 server (with two Sandy Bridge processors) which used Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVM).

    This is the first SPECvirt_sc2010 result using Oracle production level software: Oracle Solaris 11.1, Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.6, Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7 and Oracle Java Development Kit 7 (JDK). The only exception for the Dovecot mail server.

    March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
    By Larry Wake

    Larry writes, "In case you're new to this: the Oracle Technology Network Virtual Sysadmin Days are a series of hands-on, proctored labs for systems administrators, brought to you on the web. They're free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand.

    The next one in the series is coming up on Tuesday, March 16th and will start at 9 AM GMT, so we're calling this the "Europe/Middle East/Africa" edition, although we never discriminate -- jump in from wherever you are then, and we'll be there..."

    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA Backup Appliance
    Tested, validated, and supported backup appliance
    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA provides an integrated high-performance backup solution for Oracle engineered systems that reduces backup and recovery time by more than half and total cost of ownership by up to 4x compared to competitive products.

    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA is a tested, validated, and supported backup appliance specifically tuned for Oracle engineered systems' backup and recovery. It comes pre-racked, pre-configured and ready to install quickly with Oracle;'s exclusive engineered systems backup utility. The ZFS Storage ZS3-BA has extremely fast backup and restore throughputs when compared to alternative competitive products, ensuring that backup windows and recovery time objectives (RTOs) are met by providing timely recovery in the event of a disaster.

    Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox
    By Pradyumna Dash
    "Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox" is a step-by-step guide designed to help you understand the concepts of virtualization and start running VirtualBox on your system. This book will show you how to install, configure, and manage VirtualBox. It will also show you how to install Oracle Enterprise Linux as a guest VM and make use of the essential features of VirtualBox.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open source, cross-platform virtualization software package. Desktop virtualization software gives you the ability to install and run multiple operating systems on your computer in a virtual environment without disturbing the host OS. VirtualBox helps you create a completely isolated virtual environment and therefore prevents viruses, malware, or any other kinds of threats spreading from the guest-to-host machine.

    Java Technology
    Java 8 Launch Webcast
    March 25th, 10am PST
    To celebrate the launch of Java SE 8, Oracle will host a live webcast on March 25th, 10am PST. This event will feature:

    • Welcome from Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect, Java Platform Group.
    • A panel discussion look at Java SE 8 new features and enhancements by members of Java Engineering
    • Short comments from companies using Java and community members
    • A panel discussion on Java 8 and the Internet of Things (IoT)
    • A LIVE chat to answer your questions
    • Over 25 videos introducing the features of Java 8 will be available

    Be a part of it as we create the future with Java 8! Register now!

    NetBeans support for JavaFX for iOS
    By JavaFX team
    Juergen writes, "The basic NetBeans 7.4 module that allows JavaFX development for iOS is ready and out for your testing. This module is targeted on MacOS environment for now, but with the iPack tool integration it will work also on other platforms - limited only by availability of RoboVM which is used inside this project. It contains two template applications, one traditional HelloWorld and one more complex with a nice animations called GoldenFish..."
    FIPS 140-2 Validations for Solaris Cryptographic Framework
    Provides assurance to government and industry purchasers
    Joshua Brickman blogs that, "Oracle is pleased to announce that the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework has achieved a FIPS 140-2 validation with overall compliance at Level 1 of the standard. Conformance with the FIPS 140-2 standard provides assurance to government and industry purchasers that products are correctly implementing cryptographic functions as the FIPS 140-2 standard specifies.

    FIPS 140-2 is a public sector procurement requirement in both the United States and Canada for any products claiming or providing encryption..."

    Netra Server X3-2 Enhancements
    32 GB DDR3 RDIMMs and 400 GB SSDs
    Oracle announced the availability of 32 GB DDR3 RDIMMs and 400 GB SSDs support on Netra Server X3-2.

    With 32 GB DIMMs, the Netra X3-2 Server has effectively doubled the memory capacity to 512 GB. The additional memory may be used to improve performance of individual applications by retaining large amounts of data in memory, thereby eliminating the latency associated with disk or network I/O.

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