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Features
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7 Facts About The Industry's Newest Cloud Platform
By Scott Genereux, Senior Vice President for Oracle's Hardware Systems Business Group
Scott writes, "Infrastructure software has evolved from the days when computers could take hours to crunch numbers, spit out answers, and otherwise provide 'decision support.' Today, the software needed to manage IT services is more than just an operating system (OS). It's some of the most sophisticated technology in the data center.

Consider the latest advances to Oracle Solaris 11.2, which was launched April 29 at an event in New York City. Solaris was the result of AT&T and Sun's collaboration to make UNIX a true enterprise-class OS. Today, Oracle Solaris has evolved into much more than a computer OS - it's now a complete, enterprise-class cloud platform..."

Bob Evans on the consumerisation of corporate communications
About meaningful content, native advertising and why Larry Ellison is a worldclass storyteller
"Oracle's chief communications officer talks to the Media Network about meaningful content, native advertising and why Larry Ellison is a worldclass storyteller", writes Robin Hough in The Gardian.

"You've been in your role for just over a year now. How are you finding it?

Constant change and constant opportunities. We've only just begun to tap the potential of what can be done and the impact that we can have on our customers and on the company itself.

There's a growing trend towards the world's biggest companies having comms and marketing people as members of the board, and in some cases running those companies. Why do you think this is?..."

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Backup Improved Compression Algorithm for 3.10
By Sandeep Sethia
Sandeep writes, "Prior to version 3.10, MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) used zlib compression for in-memory compression of datafiles. The compression worked by splitting the innodb datafiles into fixed size blocks and compressing each block independently.After searching on the web we found there are many compression algorithms available which can be used for compression. This triggered the idea of testing the performance of available compression algorithms. If the benchmark shows improved performance we can make backup and/or restore faster by adding the new compression algorithm to MEB..."
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.17
By Andy Bang

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.17 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. This is a maintenance release that updates various third party components. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then choose the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" side tab in the "Patch Search" portlet.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Managed Cloud Services Earns Elite Status for Federal Deployments
Under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)
Oracle Corp. has been approved to deliver a sophisticated new type of highly secure managed cloud services to federal customers that will help them rapidly and confidently comply with 'Federal Cloud First' initiatives.

Three federal agencies - the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration - plus an outside company participated in the rigorous review of solutions from technology vendors. Having met those stringent requirements, Oracle's Managed Cloud Services was granted a provisional authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

This new status makes Oracle Managed Cloud Services the first private-cloud services provider to be given authority to offer federal customers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering using a hybrid-cloud environment encompassing both private cloud and community cloud.

Linux
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Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2
By Michele Casey
Michele says that Oracle has announced "the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2 (UEK R3U2) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the second quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-35) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Support for HP Generation 9 servers, including HP SSD Smart Path for improved performance when using HP Smart Array controllers
  • Support for the Intel XL710 family of Ethernet Controllers
  • Updates to paravirtualization drivers to support Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Updates to the DTrace profile provider to include profile-n probes, which can fire at fixed intervals at high-interrupt level on all active CPUs. This is - similar to the tick-n probe, which fires at fixed intervals at high interrupt level on one CPU per interval
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as: Broadcom, Brocade, Cisco, Emulex, HP, Intel Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

Exadata
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Why ISVs Run Applications on Oracle SuperCluster
Video with Michael Palmeter, Senior Director Product Development of Oracle Engineered Systems
Michael Palmeter, Senior Director Product Development of Oracle Engineered Systems, discusses how ISVs can easily run up to 20x faster, gain 28:1 storage compression, and grow presence in the market all without any changes to code., Senior Director Product Development of Oracle Engineered Systems, discusses how ISVs can easily run up to 20x faster, gain 28:1 storage compression, and grow presence in the market all without any changes to code.

Video

Symphony EYC Runs Best with Oracle Exadata
Video

Scott Staupe, VP Alliances and Channels at Symphony EYC, discusses how Oracle Exadata allows customers to dramatically grow their business and access their data faster than on any other platform.

Video

vBeers-SF
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vBeers @ Miami (Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 6pm to 8pm)
Biscayne Tavern
This will be a Sponsored event so drinks and are on us! Please join us for this vBeers @ Miami and encourage your enterprise 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, business partner, employer or employee...!

Location:

  • Biscayne Tavern
  • 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

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

Software
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Oracle Tuxedo 12c
Enhanced management and monitoring features
Enterprises today run hundreds of critical applications, written in multiple languages and distributed across a wide range of platforms. These highly distributed and complex computing environments can create unforeseen application development and deployment issues that slow time to market for new applications and hinder the performance, availability and scalability of existing ones. Oracle Tuxedo, the #1 application server for C, C++, COBOL and Java deployments in private cloud or traditional data center environments, provides customers with a highly reliable and scalable platform to develop and deploy mission-critical applications. Regardless of their programming language, Oracle Tuxedo allows applications running on the same platform to communicate seamlessly.

With enhanced management and monitoring features and tighter integration with Oracle technologies, the latest release of Oracle Tuxedo 12c enables organizations to dramatically increase application throughput, while reducing total cost of ownership and time to market for new application development and deployment.

Oracle Tuxedo ART 12c
Accelerate the rehosting of IBM mainframe applications

To reduce costs and become as agile as possible, organizations today are increasingly seeking to move business-critical mainframe applications to open systems and cloud environments. However, to do so can often imply complex, costly and resource-heavy application migration projects, which deter companies from undertaking such migrations. As a result, organizations need a scalable, reliable and high-performance application migration solution that can help them transition to open systems and the cloud faster and with minimal impact on the mainframe-skilled IT personnel. Today Oracle has introduced the latest release of its mainframe application rehosting platform, Oracle Tuxedo ART 12c, to help organizations speed up migration projects and accelerate the adoption of the new environment by current IT staff.

SOA/BPM 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance
By Juergen Kress
Juergen Kress writes, "I am pleased to announce the availability of Oracle's SOA/BPM/OSB 11g 11.1.1.7.0 Virtual Machine appliance. This VirtualBox virtual machine is meant for testing and evaluation purposes only. It is not certified, nor licensed for any production use. It is our most comprehensive virtual machine to date, with the following Oracle products installed, configured and functionally integrated within the appliance:

  • Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 (64-bit)
  • Oracle Database Express Edition 11g Release 2
  • Oracle SOA Suite 11.1.1.7.0 (includes Service Bus)
  • Oracle Event Processing 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle BPM Suite 11.1.1.7.1
  • Oracle Webcenter Content (Enterprise Content Management) 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle Webcenter Suite 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle Webcenter Portal 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle JDeveloper 11.1.1.7.0
  • Oracle JRockit
  • Java SE Development Kit

Refer to the README document for full details on the appliance features, installation guide, memory configurations, URLs, credentials and other recommended software..."

Events
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There's More to Oracle OpenWorld Than Just IT
By Tom Caldecott
Tom writes, "You think IT. You dream IT. You speak…well, you know. So what are you going to do at Oracle OpenWorld? Of course, you can explore IT through a wide variety of sessions, keynotes, and networking events. But Oracle OpenWorld is so much more.

After all, Oracle OpenWorld is the world's largest business and technology conference. You can learn about the business challenges you're facing and the solutions successfully used by your peers; for example, how to better align marketing and sales and drive peer-to-peer communication. Check out the focus areas available at Oracle OpenWorld 2014:

  • Big Data Central @ OpenWorld
  • CX Central @ OpenWorld
  • Engineered Systems Central @ OpenWorld
  • ERP Central @ OpenWorld
  • HCM Central @ OpenWorld
  • MySQL Central @ OpenWorld
  • OPN Central @ OpenWorld
  • SCM Central @ OpenWorld

You can also attend a wide range of sessions with an industry-specific focus ..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 195 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 194 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 193 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:

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2: All the Posts
  • Puppet Configuration in Solaris
  • Oracle VM 3
  • Oracle wins appeal in copyright battle with Google
  • Solaris 11.2: Immutable Global Zone
  • How to get started with OpenStack on Solaris
  • OpenSSL on Oracle Solaris 11.2
  • olaris-specific Providers for Puppet
  • OpenZFS European Conference - May 20, 2014
  • MySQL Cookbook, 3rd Edition

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

    Sysadmin
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    Less known Solaris features: ptime
    By Joerg Moellenkamp

    Joerg writes, "Long time readers of my blog know that i'm preferring prstat over top at any time. The micro state accounting in prstat gives you a much deeper insight. Using a tool not capable to use microstate accounting is like looking a video in 240p instead of 4k ultra hd (to stay at this: dtrace is like 8k ;) ). prstat is doing a really useful job in telling you what's happening at the moment in a processes.

    However sometimes it's interesting to know, what happened in the past since the startup of the process. And there is a tool that is doing this. With ptimes -m you can lookup the information of the micro state accounting since the creation of the process..."

    How to Set Up a Hadoop 2.2 Cluster From the Unified Archive
    By Orgad Kimchi
    Orgad writes, "Learn how to combine an Apache Hadoop 2.2 (YARN) cluster using Oracle Solaris Zones, the ZFS file system, and the new Unified Archive capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11.2 to set up a Hadoop cluster on a single system.

    Also see how to configure manual or automatic failover, and how to use the Unified Archive to create a 'cloud in a box' and deploy bare-metal system..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM 3: Overview of Disaster Recovery Solutions
    detailed white papers describing exact steps for DR
    Oracle offers a complete product portfolio that includes servers, storage, applications, middleware and database products that will allow you to piece together a custom disaster recovery (DR) solution for your business systems. Oracle VM 3 is simply one piece of a very complex puzzle that must be integrated along with other disaster recovery software and applications into an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

    There are several different approaches to integrating Oracle VM into a disaster recovery environment all of which work with SAN or NAS. This paper discusses different high level deployment architectures and strategies. Use this white paper to choose a DR solution that best fits your needs. Once you know which direction you want to take using this paper, you will then follow other more technically detailed white papers describing exact steps for the DR solution path you choose.

    Improved vDisk Performance for LDoms
    By Stefan Hinker
    Stefan write, "In all the LDoms workshops I've been doing in the past years, I've always been cautioning customers to keep their expectations within reasonable limits when it comes to virtual IO. And I'll not stop doing that today. Virtual IO will always come at a certain cost, because of the additional work necessary to translate physical IOs to the virtual world. Until we invent time travel, this will always need some additional time to be done. But there's some good news about this, too:.."
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.12
    maintenance release
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.12 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.

    [url "http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html "Download"]

    How to create a virtual machine on oracle VM
    by Lingeswaran R
    "Oracle VM supports three type of virtual machines. The first one is hardware Virtualizaton (HVM, Fully virtualized). To create HVM guests, your hardware must support hardware virtualization and should be enabled in BIOS where you have installed the oracle VM server. The second one is Hardware virtualized with para-virtualized drivers (PVHVM). This is all most similar to HVM but uses the para-virtualized drivers. The third one is paravirualized which is known as PVM. In an order to install any type of the guest operating systems, you need to allocate the key resources.

    • Storage
    • ISO image
    • Memory
    • CPU
    • Network (Optional)

    Here we will see how to create a virtual machine on oracle VM and how to allocate the system resources to it..."

    Java Technology
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    Oracle announces plans for Java on MIPS
    Collaboration between Oracle and Imagination Technologies
    At the Imagination Summit in Santa Clara, California, Oracle and Imagination Technologies announced a collaboration around Java and the Internet of Things (IoT). Imagination is an semiconductor R&D and IP licensing company, and the owner of the PowerVR GPU and MIPS micro-architectures. This collaboration between Oracle and Imagination Technologies includes:

    Porting and optimizing Java for MIPS for embedded and server-side applications. The current plan is to provide three different configurations:

    • The initial port will be Java SE Embedded 8 for 32-bit MIPS R2 embedded SoCs. This is still in planning but is expected some time in the first half of CY2015 (subject to change etc). This will be preceded by an extended early access program.

    • Java SE Embedded 8 will later add support for 32-bit MIPS R6.

    • Finally, we are also planning for a 64-bit MIPS R6 port. This will more likely be a general-purpose Oracle JDK 8 port aimed at servers and network equipment.

    JavaFX support for the PowerVR GPU family. The initial target for this work will be headful embedded SoCs.

    Collaboration around Java standards for the Internet of Things. Imagination Technologies will join the Java community and work with Oracle and other community members in this area.

    MIPS has historically been somewhat fragmented in terms of multiple partially incompatible implementations, and lack of a unified source for development tools and OS support. Imagination is taking steps to address this issue with its SoC partners through the recently announced prpl open source foundation, which will work to unify and stabilize support for Linux, virtualization, open source tools and related things. Oracle is strongly supportive of this initiative.

    GlassFish 4.0.1 Update
    By John Clingan
    The GlassFish team would like to give an update on the GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.0.1 (GlassFish 4.0.1) release that we have been diligently working on. GlassFish 4.0.1 plans include:

    • Bug fixes
    • Refresh component libraries
    • Java 8 certification
    • Java EE 7 SDK Update
    • NetBeans 8.0.1 alignment

    Oracle is committed to delivering a high quality development experience with GlassFish!

    JavaFX
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    JavaFX SceneBuilder 2.0
    By Tori Wieldt
    Tori writes, "JavaFX SceneBuilder 2.0 has been released. JavaFX provides a set of graphics and media packages that enables developers to design, create, test, debug, and deploy rich client applications that operate consistently across diverse platforms. New features include Support for new JavaFX 8 UI components, 3D Support, and the ability to add custom GUI components to the Library. You can get a complete list of new features Announcing SceneBuilder 2.0 by Japser Potts..."
    Security
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    Overview of Solaris Zones Security Models
    By Darren Moffat
    Darren writes, "Over the years of explaining the security model of Solaris Zones and LDOMs to customers "security people" I've encountered two basic "schools of thought". The first is "shared kernel bad" the second is "shared kernel good".

    Which camp is right ? Well both are, because there are advantages to both models.

    If you have a shared kernel there the policy engine has more information about what is going on and can make more informed access and data flow decisions, however if an exploit should happen at the kernel level it has the potential to impact multiple (or all) guests.

    If you have separate kernels then a kernel level exploit should only impact that single guest, except if it then results in a VM breakout..."

    Telco
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    Oracle Communications Core Session Manager
    Helps Communications Service Providers Become More Agile and Profitable, Rapidly Launch New LTE Services
    Communications service providers (CSPs) face many obstacles as they launch new services and embrace next-generation technologies. To help CSPs respond to these challenges and become more efficient though the implementation of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, Oracle has launched a new release of the Oracle Communications Core Session Manager.

    To give CSPs a new way to design, deploy and manage complex networking services and embrace next-generation technology, Oracle announced the general availability of a new release of the Oracle Communications Core Session Manager.

    This latest release provides CSPs with an immediate entry point for NFV efforts, allowing them to realize immediate benefits associated with network virtualization - including increased service agility and improved network resource sharing.

    Additionally, CSPs can rely on Oracle Communications Core Session Manager to virtualize and consolidate their network infrastructures, helping reduce equipment costs and simplify new service creation and innovation.

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