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Oracle
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Oracle Traffic Director - Part 1: Introduction
By Gokhan Gungor
Gokhan writes, "Enterprises need to support high transaction volumes and run their business applications on a highly available systems while delivering maximum performance. Oracle provides Engineered Systems which is a key technology to secure these resources. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is one of the key engineered systems which has been widely recognized for delivering breakthrough performance for packaged and custom applications. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is beyond the capabilities of typical servers used in data centers today. One of the key components of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software is Oracle Traffic Director. It is a fast, reliable, and scalable layer-7 software load balancer..."
High Availability Best Practices for Database Consolidation
56-Page White Paper
This paper provides MAA best practices for Database Consolidation using Oracle Multitenant. It describes standard HA architectures that are the foundation for DBaaS. It is most appropriate for a technical audience: Architects, Directors of IT and Database Administrators responsible for the consolidation and migration of traditional database deployments to DBaaS. Recommended best practices are equally relevant to any platform supported by Oracle Database except where explicitly noted as being an optimization or an example that applies only to Oracle Engineered systems.
Features
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Is IBM POWER8 a Smart(er) Choice?
Do customers really want to continue to invest in POWER8 and AIX?
Oracle writes, "On Wednesday, April 23, IBM announced new POWER8 systems at the OpenPower Forum. But IBM customers might be disappointed, as it appears that IBM is shifting its strategic R&D focus to Linux on POWER. IBM recently stated that they will 'significantly reposition POWER8' and that they are trying to displace x86 with POWER8 in hyperscale/scale-out data center deployments.

IBM seems to be re-aligning POWER8 to cover lost ground since it decided to de-invest in x86 entirely, while Oracle has instead adopted the strategy of adding/building value for enterprise environments and adding functionality to enhance customer experience (our software in silicon with SPARC processors, Oracle Solaris enhancements and Engineered Systems as examples). Ultimately IBM's strategy may lower the starting price, but IBM may not be able to sustain the model nor add significant net-new value longer term with POWER or AIX.

This represents a major shift in strategy and potentially a reduced investment in POWER AIX for the enterprise..."

Solaris
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What to Expect from The Top Oracle Solaris 11 Training Courses
by Mike Lanker, Senior Oracle University Instructor

Mike writes, "After many years of working with prior versions of Solaris, I was asked to learn and teach Solaris 11 classes. I wondered what could be different?

Old vs. New Versions of Solaris 11

I quickly discovered there are many differences between older and newer versions of Solaris 11.

My first course of action on my training path was to take the UNIX and Linux Essentials course. This training explored the basics, so I followed up by taking the Solaris 11 Administration course.

If you're working toward becoming a Systems Administrator (SA), I can tell you from experience that these courses will help you excel within this position. How, you ask? Let's take a look at the skills these courses will help you develop..."

MySQL
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MySQL April Newsletter
Latest MySQL Product Releases and More
"The MySQL April Newsletter is now available! Read this edition to learn more details about the abundant product announcements we made recently, including MySQL 5.7 Development Milestone Release, MySQL Workbench 6.1 GA, as well as the Release Candidate of MySQL Fabric. You'll also find information regarding the latest white papers, upcoming webinars and events, and technical blogs for tips and tricks using MySQL.

Enjoy and hope you find it informative!"

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.0 alpha
Not suitable for production

MySQL for Visual Studio is a product including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net. The 1.2.0 version is an alpha release of this product that intents to introduce users to the new features in this version.

This release is not feature complete and there are significant limitations but it should be stable enough for users to understand the new features and how we expect them to work. As is the case with all non-GA releases, it should not be used in any production environment. It is appropriate for use with MySQL server versions 5.0-5.6.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Partners Use the Cloud to Deliver Increased Customer Value at Unprecedented Speed
More than 500 Oracle Partners, Including Diamond Level Members, Have Achieved Specialization Across Nine Cloud Offerings
Oracle partners and Diamond-level members are using Oracle Cloud to speed time to market, grow and capitalize on new business opportunities, and deliver exceptional customer value. They're doing that in conjunction with Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), which offers a wide range of cloud programs and enablement resources.

"Oracle's partner community is an invaluable asset to the company," said Oracle President Mark Hurd. "They offer knowledge that is critical to the success of our customers. Partner adoption of Oracle Cloud solutions has been tremendous and we will continue to provide the resources and technology they need to grow their business and deliver value to customers with Oracle Cloud."

Take-Aways from the Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit
By Gene Eun
Gene writes, "Every year, Oracle's product strategy, development and marketing teams spend a considerable amount of time with members of the analyst community. Even though these teams have continuous dialogues with individual customers and customer advisory boards (CABs), the fact remains that IT research analysts and consultants play an important role by providing valuable insight on industry trends and opportunities and expert advice on business strategy. Such was the case this past March when Oracle invited twenty of the most influential analysts covering Cloud to Indian Wells, CA for an Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit. During the summit, key Oracle executives discussed the latest additions to the Oracle Cloud Solutions portfolio and provided updates on our product strategy and roadmap. The gathering was also the perfect forum to hear what analysts thought about Oracle's vision and execution plans for addressing the cloud computing market.

While not all of the details of the summit are available or suitable for sharing publically, I want to share with you some of the analyst sentiment that came out during and after the event..."

The Logical Choice for Business Applications
eBook
Oracle Exalogic is a fully integrated, tested and certified hardware and software platform, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and engineered specifically for business applications. Register to access this ebook and learn why customers in 52 countries, across 21 industries, trust Oracle Exalogic for their critical applications.
Linux
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April '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter
Latest Linux News from Oracle
The April 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! This issue has some fantastic stories on the new Oracle Linux 7 beta, an Oracle sponsored IDC white paper on Oracle Linux, UEK R3 Update 1, Oracle Linux and Hyper-V, accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux, and much more.

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

Exadata
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American Modern Insurance Group Deploys Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Supports Insurance Claims Process
Companies in the insurance industry must be able to process vast amounts of data efficiently, with little to no downtime. With stretched IT budgets and a highly competitive economic environment, they need solutions that not only accelerate performance, but also reduce costs. To address these challenges, American Modern Insurance Group implemented the Oracle Exadata Database Machine for a new claims management system from Guidewire Software.

American Modern Insurance Group is using Oracle Exadata Database Machine to augment the performance of its new claims system, while lowering total cost of ownership.

A leading insurance organization supporting over 1.7 million policyholders, American Modern Insurance Group needed to enhance its IT architecture to support a recently implemented claims system from Guidewire Software.

vBeers-SF
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vBeers South Florida
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Broward; @ Boca; @ Miami
The upcoming events are:

  • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month May 14th
  • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month May 21st
  • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month May 28th

Look to the vBeers South Florida vBeers group and to vbeers.org for announcements.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 194 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 193 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 192 Issue 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:

  • April 29 Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch
  • Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2
  • Solaris Guests on VMware ESXI
  • Java in a Nutshell
  • Java 8 Pocket Guide
  • The Apache Software Foundation Announces 100 Million Downloads of Apache OpenOffice
  • Total Economic Impact of Exalogic and Exadata
  • Oracle Storage Cloud and Oracle Database Backup Service
  • Modernizing IBM AIX/Power Progfram
  • Master Data Management

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

    Performance
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    Parallel Java with Fork/Join on SPARC CMT
    By Amit Hurvitz
    "Java 7 Fork and Join allows an easy way to perform dividable work by executing parallel tasks on a single computing machine. This article introduced a fork/join example of counting occurrences of a word in all files/directories under a root directory. I thought to check how these forked threads scale on a T5-4 server. Oracle T5-4 server has 4 processors, each has 16 cores. CMT technology allows 8 threads contexts per core (each core includes two out-of-order integer pipelines, one floating-point unit, level 1 and 2 caches, full specs here).

    It took 1131.29 seconds for a single thread to process a root directory with 1024 files, 1.25MB each. Doing the same work with Java fork/join (available from Java 7), increasing "parallelism level" - using the Java fork/join pool terminology - up to 2048, took 7.74 seconds!..."

    Virtualization
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    April '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
    Latest Virtualization News
    Chris Kawalek writes, "The April 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! Learn why Oracle VM is the best platform for Oracle Database, read about what it takes to deploy and manage private clouds, learn about Oracle joining the OpenStack Foundation, have a look at customer stories and much more.

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

    Configure failover LDom (Oracle VM Server for SPARC) on Solaris Cluster 4.1
    Using 'live' migration
    Juergen writes, "This blog shows an example to configure 'Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle VM Server for SPARC' on Solaris Cluster 4.1. It also mentions some hints around such a configuration. For this setup Solaris Cluster 4.1 SRU3 or higher and Oracle VM Server 3.0 or higher is required.

    At least this is a summary of Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle VM Server for SPARC Guide and Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0 Administration Guide.

    Java Technology
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    Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server
    By David Heffelfinger
    The third edition of David Heffelfinger's Java EE book has been recently released. This updated edition is covering the latest version of the Java EE Platform, i.e. Java EE 7.

    The book gives a wide introduction on the Java EE Platform and its major APIs in their latest version: JPA 2.1, EJB 3.2, JSF 2.2, CDI 1.1, JMS 2.0, JAX-RS 2.0, Beans Validation 1.1, JAX-WS 2.2, etc. The book also cover 2 of the APIs introduced in Java EE 7 : the WebSocket API and JSON-P.

    So if you are new to Java EE 7 or if you have been stuck on an older version the platform, reading this book will give you a good technical overview of Java EE 7, its main APIs and they works. It will give a solid overall understanding of Java EE 7 to rapidly start. You will then be able to deep more easily in the Platform and its APIs.

    Java Performance: The Definitive Guide
    By Scott Oaks
    Coding and testing are often considered separate areas of expertise. In this comprehensive guide, author and Java expert Scott Oaks takes the approach that anyone who works with Java should be equally adept at understanding how code behaves in the JVM, as well as the tunings likely to help its performance.

    You'll gain in-depth knowledge of Java application performance, using the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Java platform, including the language and API. Developers and performance engineers alike will learn a variety of features, tools, and processes for improving the way Java 7 and 8 applications perform.

    • Apply four principles for obtaining the best results from performance testing
    • Use JDK tools to collect data on how a Java application is performing
    • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of using a JIT compiler
    • Tune JVM garbage collectors to affect programs as little as possible
    • Use techniques to manage heap memory and JVM native memory
    • Maximize Java threading and synchronization performance features
    • Tackle performance issues in Java EE and Java SE APIs
    • Improve Java-driven database application performance

    Details

    Java Developer Day
    May 6, 9am-1pm Pacific Time
    As the world's #1 application server, Oracle WebLogic runs a lot of Java apps. And all those Java apps were built by some really smart developers who learned to code in Java.

    Coming in just a few days, Oracle is hosting a Virtual Developer Day giving Java developers of all levels another opportunity to learn more about how they can build amazing applications with the latest Java flavors; SE, EE and Embedded. Following the Virtual Developer Day, we'd love to hear how you're running your rich new apps on WebLogic. But we're unashamedly biased on this blog, of course.

    • Java Virtual Developer Day
    • May 6, 9am-1pm Pacific Time

    Register

    Big Data Appliance 3.0 and Big Data Connectors 3.0
    Big Data Appliance 3.0 includes Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0
    Jean-Pierre writes, "we are releasing Big Data Appliance 3.0 (which includes the just released Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0) and Big Data Connectors 3.0.These releases deliver a large number of interesting and cool features and enhance the overall Oracle Big Data Management System that we think is going to be the core of information management going forward..."
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