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Oracle
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Oracle Multitenant on SuperCluster T5-8: Scalability Study
White paper (28 Pages)

"Consolidation in the data center is the driving factor in reducing capital and operational expense in IT today. This is particularly relevant as customers invest more in cloud infrastructure and associated service delivery. Database consolidation is a strategic component in this effort. In order to minimize capital and operational cost, an efficient and elastic sharing of resources is essential to increase the density (the number of supported databases) in such a consolidated environment.

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Features
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Say This About Oracle: Its Still Not Dead
Bloomberg BuinessWeek, June 3rd, 2014
Ashlee Vance writes, "It's the middle of 2014, and Oracle is still around. That wasn't really meant to happen.

Oracle's decline into irrelevance was supposed to have started about 20 years ago with the arrival of the MySQL database in 1995. This open-source software had two major advantages over Oracle's expensive database software: It was free, and it was to become the favored database of the Internet whiz kids. Just as the open-source Linux operating system undermined the proprietary operating systems (and cash cows) of such companies as Sun Microsystems, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, MySQL would undermine Oracle. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison would have to downgrade from yacht to dinghy. Or so went the conventional thinking..."

Solaris
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Getting Started with Puppet on Oracle Solaris 11
By Glynn Foster
Glynn writes, "One of the exciting enhancements with Oracle Solaris 11.2 has been the introduction of Puppet. While upstream Puppet did have some rudimentary support for Oracle Solaris 11, Drew Fisher and Ginnie Wray worked tirelessly to add enhance the Oracle Solaris Puppet offering. We've talked to customers over the past few years and asked them what their problems were and what technologies they were using, particularly for configuration management. Puppet came up time and time again, and it made a huge amount of sense bringing it as a 1st class citizen in the Oracle Solaris platform.

So what is Puppet, and why is it useful?..."

MySQL
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Oracle weaves Fabric for MySQL clustering
PCWorld, May 27th, 2014
Joab Jackson writes in PCWorld, "Oracle has released a framework that allows multiple copies of the MySQL database to work in tandem, making it easier for organizations to easily run live backup databases and scale MySQL across multiple servers.

'The Fabric manages a farm of MySQL servers,' said Tomas Ulin, Oracle vice president of MySQL engineering.

The open-source MySQL Fabric is part of the MySQL Utilities 1.4.3 package, released Tuesday..."

Linux
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Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux
by Robert Chase

Robert writes, "When applications that use network connectivity for communication are not working, the cause is often a mystery. Despite advances in modern operating systems, many users believe there is no way to directly "see" what's going over the wire, and that often leads to confusion and difficulties when something goes wrong.

The reality is that you can actually see what's going over the wire, and there are a number of tools built into Oracle Linux for troubleshooting network issues. This article will help solve some of the mystery and make network connectivity a bit more user friendly..."

Exadata
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New Exadata e-book
By Javier Puerta
Javier Puerta blogs, "Use this new e-book with your customers to learn why Oracle Exadata is the right choice for all database applications and deployments, including private cloud. Oracle Exadata is an engineered system ideal for consolidating databases and accelerating data warehousing performance. This new e-book provides access to a variety of materials including articles, white papers, workbooks, webcasts, and videos to help you achieve your goals..."
vBeers-SF
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vBeers@ Broward : Wed June 11th @ Funky Buddha
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miamia; @ Broward
Join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County. The May meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes from I-95.

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!).

  • Funky Buddha Brewery
  • 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL
  • Wednesday, May 14th
  • 6pm to Late - arrive and depart any time

Please register at Eventbrite.

Look out for event announcements on the LinkedIn SF vBeers group and at vbeers.org.

South Florida vBeers Monthly Schedule

  • vBeers @ Broward - 2nd Wednesday of Month June 11th
  • vBeers @ Boca - 3rd Wednesday of Month June 18th
  • vBeers @ Miami - 4th Wednesday of Month June 25th

vbeers.org

SPARC
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SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution
By Mike Mulkey
Mike writes, "A recent Oracle internal performance evaluation for computer-based product design demonstrated that Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server running MSC's SimManager simulation software with Oracle Database 12c consolidates the work of multiple x86 servers while delivering better overall performance. Engineering simulation solutions have taken the center stage in helping companies design and develop innovative products while reducing physical prototyping costs, and exploring a larger design space, resulting in more design possibilities..."
Servers
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Sun Server X4-8
Supports 120 cores (or 240 threads), 6 TB memory, 9.6 TB HDD capacity or 3.2 TB SSD capacity
Kelvin Gee writes, "We are excited to announce the release of Oracle's new 8-socket server, Sun Server X4-8. It's the most flexible 8-socket x86 server Oracle has ever designed, and also the most powerful. Not only does it use the fastest Intel Xeon E7 v2 processors, but also its memory, I/O and storage subsystems are all designed for maximum performance and throughput. Like its predecessor, the Sun Server X4-8 uses a 'glueless' design that allows for maximum performance for Oracle Database, while also reducing power consumption and improving reliability...
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 195 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 194 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 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:

  • Top 4 open source LDAP implementations
  • Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 1
  • Java Magazine: Developer Tools and More
  • Solaris 11.2: Time based access limitations
  • Oracle VM-Design Considerations For Enterprise Scale Deployment
  • ZFS Storage Appliance Videos
  • The Internet of Things Is Really the Internet of People
  • Oracle Mobility Emerges Prepared for the Future
  • Oracle Sun Solaris 11.1 Completes EAL4+ Common Criteria Evaluation
  • Security Access Control With Solaris Virtualization

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS & HTML5, 3rd Edition
    By Robin Nixon
    Build interactive, data-driven websites with the potent combination of open-source technologies and web standards, even if you only have basic HTML knowledge. With this popular hands-on guide, you'll tackle dynamic web programming with the help of today's core technologies: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5.

    Explore each technology separately and learn how to use them together - and pick up valuable web programming practices along the way. At the end of the book, you'll put everything together to build a fully functional social networking site...

    Nine Advantages of Open Source Software
    Dennis McCafferty, CIO Insight, June 6th, 2014
    While it initially seemed revolutionary, open source software is actually rooted in traditional IT processes. Technology, after all, has always been about collaboration and continuous improvement. (In the early days of the ARPANET, for example, researchers established a "request for comments" procedure to improve the project.) Of course, there have been trepidations raised about open source. But the always-active open source communities are more than happy to address any concerns. As a result, more than one-half of the software acquired over the next several years will be open source, according to industry research. And industry titan Michael Dell has describes it as a primary driver in terms of pursuing tech advancements "further and faster." That said, if you're still undecided about the concept - or need to convince your company's influencers about its merits - consider this list of top nine advantages of open source...
    Sysadmin
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    Oracle Delivers Latest Release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
    Richer Service Catalog for Database and Middleware as a Service

    IT organizations are adopting private clouds as a stepping-stone to business-driven, self-service IT. Successful implementations hinge on the ability to efficiently deploy and manage cloud services at enterprise scale. Having a complete cloud management solution integrated with an enterprise-class technology stack is a fundamental requirement for IT. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 meets that requirement by helping businesses become more agile and responsive, while reducing cost, complexity, and risk.

    New capabilities provide advanced technology stack management, secure database administration, and enterprise service governance, enabling Oracle customers and partners to maximize database and application performance and drive innovation using self-service IT platforms.

    Networking
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    Oracle Joins OpenDaylight Project
    Plans to Integrate OpenDaylight SDN Capabilities into Oracle Solaris
    Oracle is expanding its application-driven software defined networking (SDN) capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 with plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN. The integration is intended to allow customers to improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a wide range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds...
    Java Technology
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    Java EE 8 update
    By David Delabassee
    David writes, "Planning for Java EE 8 is now well underway. As you know, a few weeks ago, we conducted a three part Java EE 8 Community Survey (you can find the final summary here). The data gathered have been very influential for the next steps. You can now expect over the coming weeks and months to see updates on the various specifications that compose the Java EE platform.

    Some Specification Leads are busy gathering additional feedback regarding what they should focus their efforts on (e.g. CDI 2 survey). Other Specification Leads have already publicly exposed what they think should be one of the focus for the evolution of the specification they lead..."

    NetBeans
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    NetBeans Podcast 69
    Podcast Guests: Terrence Barr, Simon Ritter, Jaroslav Tulach

    NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu

    • If you missed the first two Java Virtual Developer Day events in early May, there's still one more LIVE training left on May 28th.
    • Video: Get started with Vaadin development using NetBeans IDE
    • NetBeans IDE was at JavaCro 2014 and at Hippo Get-together 2014
    • Another great lineup is in the works for NetBeans Day at JavaOne 2014. More details coming soon!
    • NetBeans' Facebook page is almost at 40,000 Likes! Help us crack that milestone in the next few weeks! Other great ways to stay updated about NetBeans? Twitter and Google+.

    Download mp3: 47 Minutes - 39.5mb

    JavaFX
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    JavaFX, Google Maps, and NetBeans Platform
    By Geertjan Wielenga

    Geertjan writes, "Thanks to a great new article by Rob Terpilowski, and other work and research he describes in that article, it's now trivial to introduce a map component to a NetBeans Platform application. Making use of the GMapsFX library, as described in Rob's article, which provides a JavaFX API for Google Maps, you can very quickly knock this application together..."

    Security
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    The Top Ten Security Top Ten Lists
    By Troy Kitch
    Troy writes, "As a marketer, we're always putting together the top 3, or 5 best, or an assortment of top ten lists. So instead of going that route, I've put together my top ten security top ten lists. These are not only for security practitioners, but also for the average Joe/Jane; because who isn't concerned about security these days? Now, there might not be ten for each one of these lists, but the title works best that way. Top Ten Security Top Ten Lists

    Starting with my number ten (in no particular order):..."

    Unix: Why you should love nmap
    By Sandra Henry-Stocker
    Sandra writes, "You have to love nmap. No other tool is set up to give you as quick a view of your network and at so little cost. The name stands for "network mapper" and it can tell you a lot about the network you are managing, including what systems are on it, what's running on those systems, and quite a bit of services you might need to worry about. It's a very basic tool in some ways. You hand it a few command line parameters and it runs around your network making connections and reporting on what it is able to discover. Plus, it's surprisingly efficient (unless you inadvertently ask for too much information) and is easy to install and to use..."
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