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Database Insider
April 2014 issue now available
The April issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)

  • ODTUG President Monty Latiolais on Planning Ahead for Kscope 14
  • Oracle Independent Users Group Announces Award Winners
  • Q&A: Oracle's Paul Needham on How to Defend Against Insider Attacks
  • Oracle SQL Developer Major Feature Demonstration
  • Automate Database Storage Management and Improve Performance with Oracle Database 12c
  • Q&A: Oracle's Paul Needham on How to Defend Against Insider Attacks


IDC Big Data in the Enterprise
When Worlds Collide
IDC has published new research on the growing benefits of big data analytics in the enterprise. You can also watch a webcast of Dan Vesset, IDC's VP of Business Analytics Programs, discuss the research of when the relational and non-relational worlds collide on big data to achieve higher performance.

To unlock the value of big data, organizations need to extend the existing IT architecture from the tried and tested relational technology to integrate with non-relational technologies. Only this combination of both, with the analytic techniques they enable, can propel organizations toward fact-based decisions...

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch Event
April 29th 11:30am - 4:30pm ET
Over the last year, the Oracle Solaris engineering organization has been tirelessly slaving away getting Oracle Solaris 11.2 ready for release, packed with a huge number of new features and capabilities. They have done a huge amount of work across all facets of the operating system to make it the best possible platform for cloud deployments - Oracle Solaris 11.2 is indeed, engineered for cloud.

On April 29th 11:30am - 4:30pm ET, Oracle is hosting a launch event in New York City, a live event to kick off the global launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2. For those that can be there in person, register here. John Fowler, Mark Hurd, and Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Engineering will be our hosts. Registration for live streaming will be available soon.

Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1
Now Available For Download
Oracle announced the availability of the first beta build for Oracle Linux 7. The beta is available to download from the Oracle Linux download page on Oracle Technology Network.

The Oracle Linux 7 beta includes the latest beta build of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 Update 2, as well the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK). Oracle is interested in your feedback and has setup a new mailing list for users to post their questions and comments. For more information please review the Oracle Linux 7 Beta Release Notes.

UL Turns to Oracle to Simplify IT Infrastructure
Supports Company Transformation and Future Growth
In an ever-changing business environment, companies need an IT infrastructure that can scale with them. To accommodate a growing customer base and numerous acquisitions, UL chose Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle E-Business Suite to support its company transformation, boost performance, increase operational efficiency and dramatically simplify the management of its IT environment. As a result UL has been able to better serve its customers while laying the foundational infrastructure for significant growth...
Oracle Engineered Systems Backup Utility 2.0
Reduce hours to minutes for Oracle Engineered Systems backup setup.
The Oracle Engineered Systems Backup Utility (ESBU) streamlines the implementation by configuring Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and the database nodes of an Oracle engineered system through a command-line-based wizard. Rather than having to enter up to 20 individual steps per database node, ESBU easily implements best-practice configurations based upon a few simple user input selections (Cut Backup Setup Time by 8X).

This ESBU release supports Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) systems.

vBeers - Miami (Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014)
After Work Hours Enterprise IT Networking Event
This will be a Sponsored event so drinks and are on us! Please join us for the second vBeers event in Miami and encourage your enterprise IT colleagues to attend as well. Over 60 people attended March's event.

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, business partner, employer or employee!

  • Location: Biscayne Tavern
  • Address: 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
  • Date: Wednesday, April 23rd
  • Time: 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time
  • Sponsors: 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

Fujitsu and Oracle Enhance Fujitsu M10 SPARC Servers
New Systems Contribute to IT Investment Optimization with Industry Leading Performance
The enhanced Fujitsu M10 servers feature the new SPARC64 X+ (pronounced 'ten plus') processors that can run at speeds of up to 3.7 GHz and offer 1.3 times the performance of the previous generation. The enhanced servers provide a high-performance, scalable platform for server consolidation and modernization projects. To date, Fujitsu M10 servers have set 15 world records in major benchmark tests.

Fujitsu and Oracle announced worldwide availability of enhanced Fujitsu M10-1, M10-4 and M10-4S servers equipped with the new SPARC64 X+ processor, which has 16 cores and runs at speeds up to 3.7 GHz, providing up to 30 percent more processing power than the previous SPARC64 X processor.

The new Fujitsu M10-4S server supports mixed SPARC64 X and X+ chassis in a single system, protecting previous IT investments. In addition, the modular design and Physical Partition Dynamic Reconfiguration feature allow the Fujitsu M10-4S to grow by adding processors, memory and I/O with virtually no downtime.

Abu Dhabi Police Implements Oracle SuperCluster T5-8
for Oracle E-Business Suite
Abu Dhabi Police has been working on revamping their IT infrastructure to bring the best-in-class technologies. They selected Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 to implement a large-scale consolidation of Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Enterprise Database instances, consolidating data center environments for rapid deployment.

Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 was the optimal, integrated solution. Abu Dhabi Police decided on an "Oracle on Oracle" approach - running Oracle software on Oracle hardware - which provided Oracle Database RAC, Solaris zone clusters for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Active DataGuard for disaster recovery, migration of database to 12g database instances, and supporting applications (CMRO). Oracle Consulting Services managed the complete end-to-end migration.

Oracle DB 12c runs best on SPARC
What makes Solaris and SPARC servers the best infrastructure for Oracle 12c enterprise databases?

Oracle's vision of Engineered Systems is transforming into reality with every new product that Oracle is launching. Oracle Database 12c, which was launched in 2013, is an example on how Oracle software is optimized for Oracle Solaris SPARC. Oracle Database 12c is co-engineered with Solaris engineering team and Oracle's world record SPARC T5 servers have best performance and maximum ROI.

Independent Software Vendors (ISV) who are developing applications using both Oracle DB 12c and Solaris are taking advantage of one core technology, one operating system, one virtualization tool for all the range of SPARC servers. An ISV application can boost its performance, flexibility and security just by using SPARC high numbers of cores and big memory, combined Oracle 12c/Solaris/SPARC multi-tenancy, zones and LDoms light-weight virtualization technologies, SPARC and Solaris build-in encryption, etc.

Let's take a look at how all this is translated into technical features. What makes Solaris and SPARC servers the best infrastructure for Oracle 12c enterprise databases?...

x86 Product Sun Server X4-4
Provides the ideal x86 virtualization platform for enterprise applications and in-memory databases
On April 8th, Oracle announced the new Sun Server X4-4 system, based on the latest Intel Xeon Processor E7-8800 v2 Family, also known as Ivy Bridge-EX processors.

This server is currently available for quoting, ordering and shipping.

This product replaces the Sun Server X2-4. End of life (EOL) for the Sun Server X2-4 is April 8th, 2014. The last order date (LOD) for Sun Server X2-4 will be August 31st, 2014.


  • Best enterprise x86 platform for running Oracle software delivers optimal performance and reliability based on an integrated and fully supported Oracle stack.
  • Oracle x86 systems are key building blocks for Oracle's engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalytics.
  • Industry-leading core density maximizes data center space utilization and VM density
  • Flexible 4-socket architecture capable of adaptable scale-out and single-thread optimization within a single server
  • Highest uptime x86 server based on Intel Xeon E7 v2 processors with hot swappable and redundant disks, cooling fans, and power supply units

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Oracle StorageTek Tape Drive Achieves FIPS 140-2 Validation
FIPS 140-2 is a public sector procurement requirement in both the US and Canada for any product claiming or providing encryption
Oracle announced that the Oracle StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive (Firmware version: 1.57.308 and Hardware Part Number: 7054185) 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 product claiming or providing encryption.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 194 Issue 1 Vol 193 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 192 Issues 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:

  • Oracle SPARC Processor Roadmap
  • Unix: 7 habits of highly successful Unix admins
  • Learn How to Plug Into the Internet of Things
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1 Gets Common Criteria Certification
  • New presentation: Java ME 8 Deep Dive
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1.4 GA
  • Oracle Improves Database Performance with Latest Development Milestone Release for MySQL 5.7
  • Learn more about Simplified UI for Oracle Cloud Applications
  • Enhanced Oracle Solaris Cluster Security Framework
  • Data Encryption with MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.10

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

    LibreOffice 4.2.3
    Now Available For Download
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. LibreOffice 4.2.3 '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 and for more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests the more mature LibreOffice 4.1.5 'Stable'.

    In addition, the released version of LibreOffice 4.2.3 adds a security fix for the Heartbleed Bug (CVE-2014-0160).

    LibreOffice 4.2.3 and LibreOffice 4.1.5 are both available for download.

    Extensions and templates to complement the installation of the software and add specific features are available.

    How to Migrate Solaris 10 zones to Solaris 11 as branded zone?
    "If you are planning to move the Solaris 10 zones to Solaris 11 global zones, this step by step procedure will help you. As you know there is no direct method to upgrade the Solaris 10 to Solaris 11, most of the clients would like to run their existing Solaris 10 zones as branded zone under Solaris 11 without upgrading the guest operating system for time being..."
    Java Technology
    EJB 3 in Action
    Second Edition
    Building on the bestselling first edition, EJB 3 in Action, Second Edition tackles EJB 3.2 head-on, through numerous code samples, real-life scenarios, and illustrations. This book is a fast-paced tutorial for Java EE 6 business component development using EJB 3.2, JPA 2 and CDI. Besides covering the basics of EJB 3.2, this book includes in-depth EJB 3.2 internal implementation details, best practices, design patterns, and performance tuning tips.
    Oracle Mobile Authenticator
    A new component of Oracle Access Management Suite
    As digital security risk continues to grow, the need for organizations to authenticate user identities using 2-factor strong authentication, before providing employees and customers access to sensitive information, is crucial. However, the cost of providing secure authentication methods beyond a password have historically been prohibitive, and most users have bristled at the idea of carrying around a token or card to validate their identity.

    To address these challenges, Oracle is introducing Oracle Mobile Authenticator, a new component of Oracle Access Management Suite. With this solution, an employee's or consumer's personal phone or tablet can be turned into a second factor authentication device, eliminating the complexity associated with supplying, maintaining and revalidating security devices such as tokens or smart cards. This provides a more cost effective approach to securing consumer access for companies looking to secure their customers and employees from fraud.

    Oracle Enhances Oracle Identity Management Platform to Secure the Extended Enterprise
    New Features Enable Customers to Consistently and Securely Deploy Enterprise, Cloud and Mobile Environments While Helping Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

    As organizations increasingly adopt cloud and mobile applications, user identities are proliferating and becoming unmanageable. This causes organizations to struggle to embrace new business opportunities while keeping their corporate user information and data secure. Enterprises often end up adopting separate solutions for enterprise applications, cloud applications and mobile device management - with increased cost, complexity and risk. Instead, what companies need is a complete and integrated identity management platform that can help ensure the security of their data, regardless of where it is accessed, or through which kind of device. With the latest updates to the Oracle Identity Management platform, Oracle is providing organizations with new and enhanced features to further secure enterprise, cloud and mobile applications. Oracle refers to this expanding technology perimeter as the Extended Enterprise, which includes employees, customers, contractors, partners and their respective devices and applications that reside within the enterprise or in public or private clouds.

    Financial Services
    Infosys Finacle Supports Over 1.9 Billion Customer Accounts
    On Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris 11
    Infosys announced on April 9, 2014 that its Finacle core banking solution running on an Oracle SuperCluster engineered system has set new global benchmarks for the number of transactions processed across key banking functions. The solution supported over 1.9 billion bank accounts with near linear scalability - a number higher than the current population of China the most populous country in the world!

    The tests were conducted across a mix of 12 business-critical online transactions and batch processes. The Finacle solution(1) was tested on an Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle SPARC T5 servers with Oracle Solaris 11 to determine its performance and scalability parameters...

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