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Oracle Database Consolidation
27-Page White Paper
Andy Baker writes, "In the industry today engineers are trying to implement consolidation that minimizes idle resources and to lower costs. This paper discusses some important items to consider when implementing a consolidated or Exadata engineered Oracle database platform. Some of the items may seem obvious or common sense yet on frequent assignment at customer sites are not considered and have become major issues to solve. This paper is not intended to provide all consolidation issues but give highlight to some and more importantly to provoke a deeper consideration and conversation when designing a consolidated or engineered platform..."
Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee Program
Extended to the end of 2016
Oracle ISV Engineering blogs, "For the first entry in a long time, which will mark a new lease in the life of this blog, we would like to share an important and very good news for all Solaris developers: The Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee program has been extended to the end of 2016.

Oracle Solaris has offered a binary application guarantee covering Solaris releases for more than a decade. A source code guarantee is also offered assuring developers that what they develop for SPARC will also compile and run on x86, and vice versa..."

MySQL Enterprise Backup (Version 3.10.0)
Compression, Encryption, ...
Priya Jayakumar blogs that the, "MySQL Enterprise Backup team is proud to announce the new release of MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.10.0.

Security of backups and usability of backup tools form an important factor in taking successful backups. DBAs prefer to have tools that would help them in backup and restore without much overhead and also to help keep their backups protected. So in this release of MEB we have enhanced usability and added provision to take secured backups. In addition to this we have also provided enhancements to compressed backup..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.4
Including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net
MySQL for Visual Studio is a product including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net. The 1.1.4 version is a Maintenance Release of this product. It is suitable for production environments, compatible with Connector/Net 6.8.3 or further versions and supports MySQL server versions 5.0 to 5.6.

The MySQL for Visual Studio binaries can be downloaded within the MySQL Windows Installer or by using the product standalone installe.

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.4 version introduces a new feature: MySQL Toolbar inside Visual Studio

Cloud Computing
Oracle Cloud Opportunities
The broadest SaaS Portfolio in the Market
Thanos Terentes writes, "Cloud computing is a significant advancement in the delivery of information technology and services and we see a strong industry trend going there.

By providing on demand access to a shared pool of computing resources in a self-service, dynamically scaled and metered manner, cloud computing offers compelling advantages in cost, speed and efficiency for customers and the possibility for new business to partners..."

Video: Oracle Cloud Computing - The Benefits of Oracle Cloud Computing in Four Minutes

Cloud Integration
A Comprehensive Solution,White Paper
Juergen Kress writes, "Cloud computing solutions are widely hailed as a way to reduce capital expenditures and move to an inexpensive, subscription - based IT model. However, many organizations don't stop to consider all of the nuances of integrating cloud applications with their existing information systems.

While deploying a cloud app or subscribing to a cloud-based service may be relatively straightforward, how will this new IT asset fit in with the rest of the enterprise, including on-premise systems and other cloud applications? What is the system of record from which data will be derived? Which business processes are involved?

Do you need an enterprise data model that is independent of the cloud data model? Read the complete white-paper [url "" "here."]"

Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Linux
6 Page PDF

Zeynep Koch writes, "Our spotlight today is the recently updated Oracle Linux FAQ. This is an excellent document that features some of the questions that everyone asks about Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux support. We cover variety of topics including general definitions, compatibility, support, pricing, indemnification, migration and many more..."

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 and 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 193 Issue 1; Vol 192 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 191 Issues 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:

  • Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA Backup Appliance
  • Java 8 Launch Webcast
  • Oracle Database Ajppliance - Understanding Easy
  • FIPS 140-2 Validations for Solaris Cryptographic Framework
  • Healthcare's Next Innovation?
  • SPARC T5-2 Delivers World Record 2-Socket SPECvirt_sc2010 Benchmark
  • Netra Server X3-2 Enhancements
  • March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
  • Mformation Achieves Unprecedented Performance on Oracle Engineered Systems

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

    LibreOffice 4.2.2
    LibreOffice recognized as the most innovative Open Source software
    The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family.

    LibreOffice 4.2.2 'Fresh' is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the more reliable LibreOffice 4.1.5 'Stable'.

    LibreOffice has just received the InnovationsPreis-IT 2014 for the category Open Source, awarded by Initiative Mittelstand during CeBIT in Hannover. Under the motto 'be a part of IT', the prize is a recognition of outstanding innovations in IT and is a testimonial of the work done by the LibreOffice international community since September 2010.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2
    Powerful and robust infrastructure management software.

    Since March 10th, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 ( is available to download here. This release offers many feature, stability, and enhancement improvements that will benefit our users. Here are some highlights of what is new and improved:

    • Virtualization
    • Engineered Systems
    • Core Features

    More Information

    Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!
    Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list
    Robbie De Meyer writes that, "The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Window guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 is signed by Microsoft...

    Additional support for the following new guest operating systems:

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • Microsoft Windows 8

    Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list..."

    Java Technology
    Oracle Launches Java 8
    Join Live External Webcast On March 25
    Roxana Babiciu writes, "Java 8 is a revolutionary release of the world's #1 development platform and introduces significant productivity and performance enhancements while reducing costs. Java is the platform of choice for the Internet of Things, cloud, mobile, and social application development with Java 8 providing the path for platform standardization. Join Oracle and partners throughout the Java ecosystem to learn how Java 8 can help your business. Register now for the Java 8 keynote address and more than 35 sessions..."
    NetBeans Platform for Beginners
    Top 5 Benefits
    Geertjan Wielenga writes, "I've now read through most of the recently released "NetBeans Platform for Beginners" (subtitled "Modular Application Development for the Java Desktop"), parts of it several times, and here are what I believe are its greatest benefits:..."

    • It provides a very comprehensive overview.
    • It combines theory and practice
    • It provides many samples.
    • It is a "living book"
    • It is not for beginners only

    Check out NetBeans Platform for Beginners!

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