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Three Busted Social ROI Myths
Blog by Jack Newton
Today's post is from Jack Newton, Dir. of Outbound Product Management & Strategy for Oracle Social Cloud. He dispels some of the myths around social ROI, and demonstrates how to put ROI measurement on solid ground.

I have social ROI set up as a Google Alert, and it's rare that a day goes by when there's not something posted about it. There are good reasons for this.

One is that there are many myths about measuring ROI. And just like the definition of a myth - "a... legendary story... with or without a determinable basis of fact" -- myths tend to endure, get passed down and then repeated.

Every good story needs a hero. That hero can be you by following some steps to get your company on solid ground with measuring ROI. And at the same time, set the company on a course to make the entire customer experience better...

Using COMSTAR and ZFS to Configure a Virtualized Storage Environment
by Alexandre Borges
"How to use COMSTAR to provide local iSCSI storage for any service that runs in Windows, Linux, or Mac OS. It also shows you how to configure authentication using the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) to secure the iSCSI storage against forbidden access. Part 1 of a series about ZFS...

Oracle Solaris 11 introduced a framework named Common Multiprotocol SCSI TARget (COMSTAR) that supports the iSCSI protocol, making it possible to turn any Oracle Solaris 11 host into an iSCSI target, which offers storage to other machines, or an iSCSI initiator, which uses software that functions like a host bus adapter (HBA) to access the storage offered by an iSCSI target. This capability is a real advantage, because any storage offered through the iSCSI protocol is available to an iSCSI initiator as local storage, without the need to use expensive technologies such as Fibre Channel (FC). In addition, COMSTAR supports protocols such as FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) without the need for an HBA..."

Buongiorno Relies on MySQL Enterprise Edition to Power its Mobile Services
Goal: Maintain a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Buongiorno's strategic goal is to deliver directly to consumers around the world a broad portfolio of content & services on all their personal devices, exploiting social and location based propositions, and letting telecom operators be in control of the billing.

MySQL was selected to power Buongiornos platform. The team especially valued its performance and scalability for mobile applications, including the ability to very quickly open and close connections to the database. MySQL was moreover extremely easy to use, and would allow the company to cost-effectively scale-out, adding more database servers at low cost to fuel its growing business.

MySQL instances are hosted on virtualized servers. The architecture currently consists of over 50 MySQL database instances ...

How To - Guide to appending data from Excel to an existing MySQL table
Javier Rivera
Javier Rivera writes, "Today we're going to talk about one of main features from MySQL for Excel.

There may be times when you have a MySQL Database table that you want to add new rows to. In this blog post we're going to show you how you can do that from within excel directly.

This guide assumes you already have a MySQL Server set up and running, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 or newer and MySQL for Excel installed. We will explain how to dump data into an existing MySQL table using the Append Excel Data to Table feature.

If you are already familiar with MySQL for Excel and have a connection to a MySQL server instance you can skip directly to step 4.

Today we're going to talk about one of main features from MySQL for Excel..."

MySQL March Newsletter
By Wei-Chen Chiu
Wei-Chen writes, "Have you read the MySQL March Newsletter? Check it out to learn more about the Call of Papers for MySQL Connect @ OpenWorld 2014, MySQL in action in the finance, retail and channel management sectors, as well as numerous technical tips written by MySQL experts at Oracle and in the community. The highlights in this edition include:

Submit Sessions for MySQL Connect @ OpenWorld 2014

  • MySQL Connector/NET 6.8.3 Available as Official MySQL NuGet Packages
  • New Case Studies: MySQL in Action in Finance, Retail, and Channel Management
  • New White Paper: Guide to the MySQL Workbench Migration Wizard: From Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL
  • Featured Video: How to Export Your Database with MySQL for Visual Studio
  • Blog: Today's Practical Use Case for MySQL Performance Schema
  • Blog: Repos and Distros: Upstream and Downstream

You can read it online or subscribe to it to receive the latest copy in your inbox automatically every month. Watch this tutorial to learn step-by-step instructions for newsletter subscription.

MySQL for Excel 1.2.1
A maintenance release for 1.2.x

The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Excel version 1.2.1. This is a maintenance release for 1.2.x.

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...

Cloud Computing
Oracle Has Sunny Forecast for Cloud Computing
By Ventana Research
At Oracle's recent cloud computing analyst summit in sunny Palm Springs, the company's executive team insisted that it sees clear skies for its efforts in cloud computing. The summit was led by senior executive Thomas Kurian, who runs the entire product organization and reports directly to CEO Larry Ellison. He affirmed that Oracle intends to offer the full range of cloud computing - public, private and hybrid models - to its customers and partners.
Building a Cloud-Based Data Center with Oracle Solaris 11
by Ron Larson and Richard Friedman
This article discusses the factors to consider when building a cloud, the cloud capabilities offered by Oracle Solaris 11, and the structure of Oracle Solaris Remote Lab, an Oracle implementation of an Oracle Solaris 11 cloud. This is the first in a series of articles that show how to build a cloud with Oracle Solaris 11.
cVidya's FraudView Provides Telcos with Up to 6X Faster Data Loading
with Oracle SuperCluster
cVidya announced it has earned Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that FraudView 10 is supported and has been tested and tuned on Oracle SuperCluster to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

cVidya is a leading supplier of Revenue Analytics solutions to communications and digital service providers. cVidya's Fraud Management solution FraudView prevents, detects and investigates current and future threats from internal, external and partners' fraud across all business lines and services allowing for reduced TCO and increased ROI. cVidya is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Grupo Farmacos Especializados Streamlines Business Operations with Oracle Infrastructure
Oracle Engineered Systems Determined to be the Most Efficient, Cost-Effective Solution for Maintaining Business Growth
The medical supply industry relies on information and streamlined processes to ensure that specialty drugs and medical equipment are delivered to the right people at the right time. While medical suppliers are looking for innovative ways to optimize their business, making changes can be risky and threaten business continuity. By leveraging Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine to consolidate all of its enterprise data, Grupo Fármacos Especializados, the leading supplier of specialized medical equipment and medicine in Mexico, improved service and delivery to pharmacies and medical institutions.
vBeers - South Florida (Wednesday, April 9th, 2014)
2nd Wednesday of every month
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, April 9th
  • 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.

Please RSVP via or EventBrite.

Four High Performance Configurations for SuperCluster and SPARC Servers
Rick Ramsey on Banking
What first caught my interest was the idea of a bank operating system. A traditional computer OS manages hardware devices and provides services for application software. A bank headquarters does something very similar. It manages the branches (hardware) and provides services for its operations (applications). Turns out, that's the idea behind Finacle's Core Banking Solution.

Core banking sounds dull as hell, but it's a big deal for banks. It replaces cumbersome end-of-day consolidation between branch banks and HQ. (I almost feel asleep just writing that.) In fact, centralized banks worldwide now mandate the implementation of core banking technology to prevent fraud and meet regulatory requirements.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 193 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 192 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 191 Issue 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:

  • JDK 8: General Availability
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1
  • What's the #1 Ranked Tape Library?
  • Using COMSTAR and ZFS to Configure a Virtualized Storage Environment
  • Server Consolidation For Dummies
  • Hello Java 8 and NetBeans 8!
  • Enterprise Computing with Oracle Solaris For Dummies
  • NetBeans IDE 8.0 provides tools for Java 8 technologies
  • Exporting data from Excel to a new MySQL table
  • How NAB improved customer service using the cloud

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

    New NetBeans IDE Release with Comprehensive Support for Java 8
    New Release Allows Developers to Take Advantage of the Latest Java Developments and Enhances HTML5 Development Features
    Web and application developers are facing continuing pressure for efficiency and are seeking to adopt the latest standards and advancements in the Java language and platform. To address this need, Oracle has released NetBeans IDE 8.0. The new release allows developers to quickly take advantage of the latest enhancements in Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 8 and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) 8. It also provides new features that enable developers to work more efficiently with HTML5.
    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4
    Beta version available for download

    Oracle has announced the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta release. Oracle Solaris Studio is a suite of compilers and code analysis tools that assist developers in creating highly optimized, robust, and secure applications for the Oracle Solaris and Linux Operating Systems. These tools help application developers achieve the best performance on Oracle's newest T-series and M-series SPARC servers, Fujitsu's M10 servers, and Intel-based servers.

    MySQL Workbench 6.1.3 RC
    final release candidate for MySQL Workbench 6.1

    The MySQL developer tools team has announced 6.1.3 RC - the final release candidate for 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.

    SPARC M6-32 Produces SAP SD Two-Tier Benchmark World Record for 32-Processor Systems
    140,000 SAP SD benchmark users with a low average dialog response time of 0.58 seconds
    Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server produced a world record result for 32-processors on the SAP two-tier Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 (32 chips / 384 cores / 3072 threads).

    SPARC M6-32 server achieved 140,000 SAP SD benchmark users with a low average dialog response time of 0.58 seconds running the SAP two-tier Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0.

    The SPARC M6-32 delivered 2.5 times more users than the IBM Power 780 result using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0. The IBM result also had 1.7 times worse average dialog response time compared to the SPARC M6-32 server result.

    The SPARC M6-32 delivered 3.0 times more users than the Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 2800E (with Intel Xeon E7-8890 v2 processors) result. The Fujitsu result also had 1.7 times worse average dialog response time compared to the SPARC M6-32 server result.

    The SPARC M6-32 server solution was run with Oracle Solaris 11 and used Oracle Database 11g.

    A few Thoughts about Single Thread Performance
    By Stefan Hinker
    Stefan Hinker writes, "There's a question I get asked over and over again: How do you measure single thread performance?

    As much as I'd like, the answer isn't as easy as the question. And it's a little longer, too.

    Let's start with a definition of single thread performance, because even that isn't as clear as one would think. In this blog, single thread performance is the amount of work completed by some software that runs as a single stream of instructions in a certain amount of time.

    All of this, of course, is used to evaluate the performance (yet another use of that term!) of a computer system, or sometimes a component of a computer system with regards to the single thread performance one can expect.

    But enough of this, what we really want to know is what possibilities we have to measure, and of course compare, single thread performance..."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10
    Latest maintenance release
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 has just been released. This maintenance release improves stability and includes some new experimental features.

    For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.

    Java Technology
    Java 8 Lambdas
    By Richard Warburton
    If you're a developer with core Java SE skills, this hands-on book takes you through the language changes in Java 8 triggered by the addition of lambda expressions. You'll learn through code examples, exercises, and fluid explanations how these anonymous functions will help you write simple, clean, library-level code that solves business problems.

    Lambda expressions are a fairly simple change to Java, and the first part of the book shows you how to use them properly. Later chapters show you how lambda functions help you improve performance with parallelism, write simpler concurrent code, and model your domain more accurately, including building better DSLs.

    8 Reasons To Love Java 8
    Forbes Article by Caroline Kvitka
    Caroline Kvitka, editor in chief of Java Magazine, writes in Forbes, "Java, the programming language used by millions of developers, is now even better. The launch of Java 8 on March 25 represents the most significant update to the Java programming model ever, and demonstrates that Java is thriving among a worldwide community of programmers, code contributors, and users.

    Technology-enabled innovation has become a top priority for businesses everywhere. Coming up with the next cool product or service and winning customers requires new ways of doing things. And software has become integral to business innovation - both for organizations that consider themselves tech companies and those that don't..."

    Learn More About New Features in Java SE 8
    By Raymond Gallardo
    Raymond Gallardo wrotes, "Java SE 8 introduces significant enhancements to the Java language and class libraries. These enhancements enable you to make code more concise without losing readability; write more reliable code; better utilize multi-core and multi-processor systems (code is no longer inherently serial or parallel); and detect more errors at compile time, rather than at run time.

    See What's New in JDK 8 and JDK 8 Adoption Guide for more detailed information on these new features and how to adopt them..."

    Java Magazine: Java SE 8
    March/April issue
    Tori Wieldt writes, "The March/April issue of Java Magazine jam-packed with information to get you started with Java SE 8, a revolutionary release of the world's #1 development platform.

    The biggest change in Java SE 8 - what some have called the most significant upgrade to the Java programming language ever - is lambda expressions, or closures."

    "Lambda expressions are anonymous methods that provide developers with a simple and compact means for representing behavior as data," explains Brian Goetz, Java language architect at Oracle. "In a few years, developers will wonder how they ever lived without [them]."

    Oracle Communications Demonstrates Ability to Manage Massive Order Volumes for Communications Service Providers
    Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Achieves Extreme Performance

    Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Achieves Extreme Performance

    An Oracle performance test of Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud revealed that the solution can process more than 27,000 communications service provider (CSP) multi-play broadband orders per hour.

    Telefonica's Digital, Telstra Corporation and Verizon Enterprise Solutions Recognized for Communications Industry Leadership and Innovation
    Oracle Communications Announces Innovation Award Winners

    Oracle Communications announced that Telefonica Digital, Telstra Corporation and Verizon Enterprise Solutions received Oracle Communications Innovation Awards today at the annual Oracle Communications Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meeting in Boston, MA.

    "This year's Innovation Award winners have demonstrated an incredible ability to improve business processes and drive growth while delivering an excellent customer experience through the adoption and integration of Oracle Communications solutions. We want to congratulate Telefonica Digital, Telstra and Verizon Enterprise Solutions on their outstanding achievements," said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.

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