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Oracle
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Oracle #1 in DBMS for 2013
Per Gartner
Gartner has published their market share numbers for 2013 based on total software revenues. According to Gartner, Oracle:

  • Remains #1 in worldwide DBMS subsegment software revenue share
  • Leads next closest competitor revenue share by 28%

Source: Gartner, Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2013, Colleen Graham, Yanna Dharmasthira, Chad Eschinger, et al., March 28, 2014

Solaris
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Oracle Introduces Oracle Solaris 11.2
Engineered for Cloud
Oracle introduced Oracle Solaris 11.2, a modern cloud platform that melds efficient virtualization, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology and a full OpenStack distribution.

This powerful combination of an enterprise-class operating system and other components creates a highly efficient, compliant, secure, open and affordable software platform for cloud computing.

With deep integration among Oracle Database, Java and Oracle Applications, businesses can use Oracle Solaris 11.2 to deliver the most reliable, high-performance, efficient and secure IT services and accelerate time-to-market for new deployments. Oracle Solaris is an important component of Oracle's Systems business.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 is a complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale enterprise cloud environments. It combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with a proven enterprise-class OS, all in a single product.

Introducing SMF Stencils
By Sean Wilcox

Sean writes, "As much as we'd like to believe that every application that runs on Oracle Solaris 11.2 uses SMF directly to maintain configuration, the reality is that it's a difficult or downright impossible goal for many types of software. Be it a 3rd party service, some piece of FOSS, or software for which the maintainers are long forgotten; some services simply must continue to use files to store their configuration. Does this mean managing Oracle Solaris machines eternally dooms you to multiple configuration management tools? It did, until now.

Enter SMF Stencils..."

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.10
maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bug
Andy Bang writes that, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.10 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in about 1 week. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log..."
DBA and Developer Guide to MySQL
By Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University
MySQL is the most trusted and depended-on open source database platform in use today. 9 out of the 10 most popular and highly-trafficked websites in the world rely on MySQL, primarily due to its ubiquity across heterogeneous platform and application stacks.

MySQL is well-known for its performance, reliability and ease of use. MySQL 5.6 builds on the momentum by delivering across the board improvements that enable innovative DBA and developers to create and deploy the next generation of web, embedded and Cloud/SaaS/DaaS applications on the latest generation of development frameworks and hardware platforms...

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Simplifies Migration to Cloud Applications
New 'Customer 2 Cloud' Program Helps Organizations Quickly and Easily Convert On-Premise Applications to Oracle Cloud

Over 29 million people around the world already use Oracle Cloud applications for access to the latest innovations with increased flexibility and lower costs. To help even more customers adopt its cloud applications, Oracle today is announcing the Oracle Customer 2 Cloud program.

The program addresses common financial and technical challenges organizations face in transitioning from on-premise software environments to the newer software-as-a-service model. Oracle Customer 2 Cloud offers flexible financial models, rapid startup services and packaged cloud integrations to help remove barriers to taking advantage of modern innovations with Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle CX Cloud. The Customer 2 Cloud program allows Oracle HCM and CRM customers to convert existing on-premise support spend to Oracle Cloud Applications...

Oracle President Mark Hurd Announces Strategy for Oracle Marketing Cloud
Simple-to-Use, Enterprise-Ready Cloud Platform Lets Organizations Become Modern Marketers
"Marketers are trying to engage with customers in a more personalized way to inform, educate, and build lasting and profitable relationships. However, they still struggle with complex, siloed, and ineffective marketing systems and data. To deliver on the full promise of customer-centricity while simplifying the marketer's job, Oracle outlined its vision for the Oracle Marketing Cloud, a cloud service platform that combines Oracle's acquired BlueKai, Compendium, Eloqua and Responsys marketing technologies with Oracle Social Cloud. The industry's most advanced cloud-based marketing solution, the Oracle Marketing Cloud delivers the enterprise-capabilities marketers need to quickly and easily unify customer data, engage the right audiences, and deliver the high-performing marketing programs..."
SPARC
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SPARC and Solaris Leadership in the Cloud
Oracle's SPARC systems and Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient virtualization technology
SPARC virtualization is 'Built into Firmware' which reduces costs and improves performance.

Oracle has proved its virtualization performance advantages through rigorous public testing. SPEC1, the performance standards group, defined the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark to uniformly measure the end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment. The SPECvirt_sc2012 benchmark is a good indicator of virtualization performance, which is critical for any cloud environment.

Storage
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Oracle Spotlights ZFS Storage Appliance Adoption for Oracle Engineered Systems Backup
Unveils ZS3 Series for Backup
Customers across a broad range of geographies and industries are adopting Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances for Oracle Engineered Systems backup and recovery. With the new ZS3 Series for backup, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA, customers have a pre-configured, pre-racked solution co-engineered with Oracle Database to provide extreme backup and restore performance with superior efficiency to help meet SLAs. In addition to high performance, ZS3-BA offers 5x lower three-year TCO over EMC Data Domain 990 for Oracle Engineered Systems data protection.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 194 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 193 Issues 1, 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:

  • Is IBM POWER8 a Smart(er) Choice?
  • What to Expect from The Top Oracle Solaris 11 Training Courses
  • Configure failover LDom (Oracle VM Server for SPARC) on Solaris Cluster 4.1
  • High Availability Best Practices for Database Consolidation
  • Big Data Appliance 3.0 and Big Data Connectors 3.0
  • Java Developer Day
  • Oracle Traffic Director - Part 1: Introduction
  • Java EE 7 with GlassFish 4 Application Server
  • April '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
  • vBeers South Florida

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 4.1.6
    From The Document Foundation
    "LibreOffice 4.1.6 is the last release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, targeted to large deployments in enterprises and public administrations, which should always be supported by TDF certified developers", says Florian Effenberger, TDF Executive Director. "Today, we users can choose between LibreOffice 4.2.3 Fresh, targeted to early adopters and technology enthusiasts, and LibreOffice 4.1.6 Stable targeted to enterprise deployments and conservative users."
    Apache OpenOffice 4.1
    Improvements to graphics, charts, forms, text annotations and accessibility features
    The Apache OpenOffice project, a Top Level Project (TLP) of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), announced today the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1, now available for free download from http://www.openoffice.org. A highlight of this release is support for the IAccessible2 interface, an open standard for communicating with assistive technologies, enabling more effective use of OpenOffice by persons with visual impairments. Other additions to OpenOffice 4.1 include in-place editing of text fields, interactive crop on transformed graphics, text selection annotations, support for 64-bit Mac and translations for six new languages.
    Oracle Simplifies Migration to Cloud Applications
    New 'Customer 2 Cloud' Program Helps Organizations Quickly and Easily Convert On-Premise Applications to Oracle Cloud

    "Over 29 million people around the world already use Oracle Cloud applications for access to the latest innovations with increased flexibility and lower costs. To help even more customers adopt its cloud applications, Oracle today is announcing the Oracle Customer 2 Cloud program.

    The program addresses common financial and technical challenges organizations face in transitioning from on-premise software environments to the newer software-as-a-service model. Oracle Customer 2 Cloud offers flexible financial models, rapid startup services and packaged cloud integrations to help remove barriers to taking advantage of modern innovations with Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle CX Cloud. The Customer 2 Cloud program allows Oracle HCM and CRM customers to convert existing on-premise support spend to Oracle Cloud Applications..."

    Developer
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    Oracle Virtual Developer Day: Java 2014 - May 14th, 2014
    Hear from experts in Java SE 8 , Java EE 7 and Java Embedded
    Oracle recently launched Java 8 to the world (March 25, 2014), announcing the revolutionary release of the world's #1 development platform. It is the single largest upgrade ever to the programming model, with coordinated core code evolution of the virtual machine (JVM), core java language, and libraries. Java 8 introduces significant productivity and performance enhancements, ease of use, improved polyglot programming, security and improved performance. 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.

    With Java 8, developers are uniquely positioned to extend innovation through the largest, open, standards-based, community-driven platform -- spanning from small devices to cloud-based development. For all you developers out there, a new Java Virtual Developer day is now scheduled and you are more than welcome to join for free.

    The Java Virtual Developer Day in EMEA is scheduled for May 14th and you may register.

    Networking
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    Solaris 11.2 Networking Overview: Application-Driven SDN and Beyond
    Blog by Nicolas Droux
    Nicolas writes, "we are excited to announce Solaris 11.2 (Solaris 11.2 Beta available here). This release introduces significant improvements to the Solaris networking stack, substantially expanding its built-in network virtualization and SLA features to provide a distributed virtual network infrastructure for your private cloud, and enabling application-driven SLAs. Together, these features are the foundation of the built-in Application-driven Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities of Solaris 11.2.

    As the Chief Architect for Solaris Core Networking, I am pleased to introduce this significant set of exciting new features and their benefits..."

    Java Technology
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    Java Micro Edition (ME) 8
    By Tori Wieldt
    Tori Wieldt writes, "Oracle announces the General Availability of Oracle Java Micro Edition 8. This release is the culmination of a two-year effort driving a major update of the Java ME technology as a modern embedded software platform, built as a foundation for new services in the Internet Of Things.

    Java ME provides a robust, flexible environment for applications running on embedded and mobile: microcontrollers, sensors, gateways, mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), TV set-top boxes, printers and more. It includes robust security, built-in network protocols, and support for networked and offline applications..."

    Java ME 8: Getting Started with Samples and Demo Code
    By Terrence Barr
    "Now that Java ME 8 is released a lot of people trying it out and are asking for sample code and demos. We've got you covered:

    1) The first place you should go is the 'Java ME SDK 8 Developer Guide'. This is your one-stop-shop for getting started with Java ME 8 development on your PC (no external hardware required). Chapter 2 is 'Creating a Java ME SDK 8 Sample Project', and part IV is all about 'Sample Applications'.

    2) Next, you will want to browse the 'Java ME Embedded Developer Guide', which covers important topics for developing Java ME 8 embedded applications. Chapter 5 talks about 'General Purpose I/O', chapter 6 about 'Working with the I2C Bus', and chapter 7 about 'The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) Bus

    ..."

    Security
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    Solaris Verified Boot Introduction
    By Dan Anderson
    Dan writes, "Verified Boot here refers to verification of object modules before execution using digial signatures. If enabled, Solaris Verified Boot checks the factory-signed signature in a kernel module before loading and executing the module. This is to detect accidental or malicious modification of a module. The action taken is configurable and, when enabled, will either print a warning message and continue loading and executing the module or will fail and not load and execute the module..."
    Oracle Solaris 11.2 Authenticated Rights Profiles
    By Glenn Faden

    Glenn writes, "Roles are implemented in Oracle Solaris as shared accounts, which require authentication prior to use. When an authorized user successfully assumes a role, the actions of the role are attributed to the user in the audit trail, but the user's authorizations, rights profiles, and home directory are replaced by those of the role. Alternatively, administrative rights profiles can be assigned directly to users, so that they don't need to assume roles. Such users can enable profile-based execution by starting a profile shell, e.g pfbash, which sets the process flag PRIV_PFEXEC. While this is more convenient, it presents the risk that users may not realize they are using their rights, or that someone else could abuse those rights if they leave their terminal unlocked..."

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