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Oracle Database Insider
June Edition

Now available. The June edition of the Oracle Database Insider includes:


  • News, Video, Webcasts,E-Book,Podcasts,Customer Buzz, Blogosphere, Find an Oracle Partner, Oracle Magazine, Featured Training, Events

New Study Confirms Capital Expenditure Savings with Oracle Multitenant

A new study finds that Oracle Multitenant, an option of Oracle Database 12c, drives significant savings in capital expenditures by enabling the consolidation of a large number of databases on the same number or fewer hardware resources. Read More

Five Lessons Learned from an Advanced Persistent Threat

Advanced persistent threats (APT) are a type of sophisticated cyber attack from well-coordinated and funded cybercriminals that penetrate an organization slowly and methodically. Find out from Oracle experts what key lessons your organization can take away from the analysis of an APT attack. Read More

Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility News
June 2014

"On the heals of Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 this week comes version 2.0 of the Extensibility Exchange. A new theme allows optimal viewing on a number of different computing devices from large monitor displays to tablets to smartphones.

One of the first things you'll notice is a scrollable banner with the latest news related to Enterprise Manager and extensibility. Along with the 'slider' and the latest entries from Oracle and the Partner community, new features like a tag cloud and an auto-complete search box provide a better way to find the plug-in, connector or other Enterprise Manager entity you are looking for..."

Oracle Database In-Memory Powers the Real-Time Enterprise
Larry Ellison Unveils Breakthrough Technology, Which Turns the Promise of Real-Time into a Reality

Oracle Database In-Memory enables customers to accelerate database performance by orders of magnitude for analytics, data warehousing, and reporting while also speeding up online transaction processing (OLTP).

An innovative, dual-format in-memory architecture combines the best of row format and column format to simultaneously deliver fast analytics and efficient OLTP.

Oracle Database In-Memory allows any existing Oracle Database-compatible application to automatically and transparently take advantage of columnar in-memory processing, without additional programming or application changes.

Oracle Database In-Memory demonstrated from 100x to more than 1000x speedup for enterprise application modules in performance tests, including Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's JD Edwards, Oracle's PeopleSoft, Oracle's Siebel, and Oracle Fusion Applications.

In-Memory Boosts Oracle OLTP By 2X, Analytics By 1000X
By Timothy Prickett Morgan
Timothy Prickett Morgan writes, "With the lion's share of the relational database market underpinning the systems of record humming along in datacenters, Oracle cannot afford to let its rivals get too far ahead of it when it comes to in-memory processing. After years of development and three and a half months of beta testing, Oracle is nearly ready to ship the in-memory features of its new 12c database.

Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison hosted a coming out party for the In-Memory Database option for Oracle 12c and as usual, he likes to put on a show. This one featured a bunch of demonstrations of query processing on single node Exalytics and multimode Exadata clusters as well as on the SPARC M6-32 NUMA machine, all aimed at showing how much faster Oracle 12c is with the in-memory option and also explaining how Oracle's approach is different from SAP with its HANA in-memory database. Ellison also showed the speedup customers are seeing running various Oracle applications..."

Playing with Swap Monitoring and Increasing Swap Space Using ZFS Volumes
By Alexandre Borges
"Part 2 of a series that describes the key features of ZFS in Oracle Solaris 11.1 and provides step-by-step procedures explaining how to use them. This article describes how to monitor swap space and how to increase or decrease the swap space using ZFS volumes..."
ZFS RAIDZ stripe width, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RAIDZ
Blog by Matt Ahrens
Matt writes, "The popularity of OpenZFS has spawned a great community of users, sysadmins, architects and developers, contributing a wealth of advice, tips and tricks, and rules of thumb on how to configure ZFS. In general, this is a great aspect of the ZFS community, but I'd like to take the opportunity to address one piece of misinformed advice about how many disks to put in each RAID-Z group (terminology: 'zpool create tank raidz1 A1 A2 A3 A4 raidz1 B1 B2 B3 B4' has 2 RAIDZ groups or 'vdevs', each of which has 4 disks or is '4-wide'). To do so, let's start by looking at what concerns play into choice of group width..."
FairWarning Privacy Monitoring Solutions Rely on MySQL to Secure Patient Data
FairWarning used MySQL since in 2005
Rebecca Hansen writes, "FairWarning solutions have audited well over 120 billion events, each of which was processed and stored in a MySQL database. FairWarning is the world's leading supplier of privacy monitoring solutions for electronic health records, relied on by over 1,200 Hospitals and 5,000 Clinics to keep their patients' data safe. In January 2014, FairWarning was awarded the highest commendation in healthcare IT as the first ever Category Leader for Patient Privacy Monitoring in the '2013 Best in KLAS: Software & Services' report.

FairWarning has used MySQL as their solutions' database from their start in 2005 to worldwide expansion and market leadership..."

Cloud Computing
Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, And Social: Convergence Will Bring Even More Disruption
By Ravi Puri, SVP, North America, Oracle Consulting Services
Ravi writes, "Everywhere you look, there is an article, blog post or tweet about one of the mega trends in technology - cloud, big data, mobility or social. As just one data point, a Google search on 'cloud computing' yielded more than 300 million results.

These trends are already having a profound impact on our business and personal lives, and they will continue to impact how we do our jobs, how we communicate, and how we gather, manage and use data to learn and make better decisions.

In my experience in IT consulting, I have found that many people have different - sometimes very different - views on what these trends are and how they are beneficial. Here is how my team defines them:..."

vBeers@ Boca: Wed June 18th @ Biergarten Boca
vBeers @ Miami: Wed June 25th @Democratic Republic Of Beer
vBeers @ Boca

Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The June meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

This event 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!).

Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

Please RSVP via EventBrite

vBeers @ Miami

Register for Miami Event which will be on Wed June 25th at the Democratic Republic Of Beer.

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance
June 24, 2014 6pm GMT/7pm CET
Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

Register here.

Virtual Technology Summit Series
Americas - Wednesday July 9th - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm ET / 1 to 5 pm BRT
"The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to our first Virtual Technology Summit Series. Learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today's IT challenges.

We are offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts. Register Now by clicking one of the links below..."

Oracle SPARC M6-32 E-Book
Organizations require more from their data centers - greater compute capacity, greater availability, and greater efficiency.

Get your free e-book to discover how the SPARC M6-32 can help you:

  • Transform your data center with world record performance
  • Protect your organization with unmatched availability and enhanced security
  • Lower costs with powerful consolidation tools
  • Speed deployment of enterprise applications
  • Respond to rapid change with huge expansion capability

"The SPARC M6-32 server and SuperCluster M6-32 fundamentally change data center economics by combining high end computing perform

The Ideal Platform for Oracle Database 12c In-Memory and in-memory Applications
By Michael Palmeter (Engineered Systems Product Management)
Michael writes, "Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle's SPARC M6 and T5 servers, Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle Enterprise Manager have been co-engineered with Oracle Database and Oracle applications to provide maximum In-Memory performance, scalability, efficiency and reliability for the most critical and demanding enterprise deployments. The In-Memory option for the Oracle Database 12c, which has just been released, has been specifically optimized for SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris..."
Oracle's New Memory-Optimized x86 Servers
Getting the Most Out of Oracle Database In-Memory
Josh Rosen, x86 Product Manager-Oracle on Jun 11, writes, "With the launch of Oracle Database In-Memory, it is now possible to perform real-time analytics operations on your business data as it exists at that moment - in the DRAM of the server - and immediately return completely current and consistent data. The Oracle Database In-Memory option dramatically accelerates the performance of analytics queries by storing data in a highly optimized columnar in-memory format. This is a truly exciting advance in database technology.

As Larry Ellison mentioned in his recent webcast about Oracle Database In-Memory, queries run 100 times faster simply by throwing a switch. But in order to get the most from the Oracle Database In-Memory option, the underlying server must also be memory-optimized..."

Sun Tape
The Emergence of a New Architecture for Long-term Data Retention
By David Floyer
"The combination of tape and flash, for large objects/files, is going to offer not only lower costs, but also much higher performance than spinning disk-based alternatives. This changes the dynamics of storage for long-term data retention and so-called big data lakes. The key to this approach will be surfacing metadata, currently buried on tape cartridges, to a flash layer that can signal the location of desired data on the tape. Combined with linear tape file system technology, we believe this approach will deliver better business value for the right use cases.

This contrarian view is a function of: 1) Lack of investment in high speed disk technology, specifically head tech; 2) The far better bandwidth improvements capable with tape relative to spinning disk and 3) The economics of flash relative to disk.

This forecast is not without risks..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 196 Issue 1; Vol 195 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 194 Issues 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:

  • After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out
  • Oracle regains the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare
  • Sun Server X4-8
  • Say This About Oracle: Its Still Not Dead
  • Getting Started with Puppet on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Unix: Why you should love nmap
  • SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution
  • New Exadata e-book
  • Java EE 8 update
  • Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux

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

    How to upload the ISO files to OVM repository
    By Lingeswaran R
    Lingeswaran writes, "To install guest operating systems on OVM's virtual machines, you need to have ISO images on storage repositories. In UnixArena, we have already seen about creating the storage repositories. Once the storage repositories are presented to oracle VM server, you can import the ISOs to oracle VM server's repositories. But you can't simply browse the ISO and import it. You need to provide the http, https or FTP link to download it. Here we will see the multiple ways to import the ISO's to repository..."
    Oracle VM: Design Considerations for Enterprise-Scale Deployment
    Webcast Replay Available
    Join us for this live, one-hour, informative webcast:

    • Learn how Oracle VM is being used to power Oracle's Managed Cloud Service business

    • Gain insight into the key architectural considerations and best practices for deployment of a large scale cloud operation

    • Leverage proven expertise for rapidly scaling and automating cloud management Understand why Oracle VM application-driven virtualization design is uniquely suited for large scale cloud operations

    "We are a diverse business with a multitude of internet and media properties growing at varying rates, as well as frequent acquisitions and divestures with a global reach. Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us with the scalability and flexibility to successfully manage an expansive and complex organization that supports several finance and accounting management teams."

    Paul Scribano, Vice President, Finance, Mindspark Interactive Inc., part of IAC Search and Media Inc., IAC

    Java Technology
    Building Java EE Apps That Scale
    Webcast On-Demand
    "With some awesome work by one of our architects, Randy Stafford, we recently completed a webcast on scaling Java EE apps efficiently. Did you miss it? No problem. We have a replay available on-demand for you..."

    Topics include:

    • Domain object caching
    • Service response caching
    • Session state caching
    • JSR-107
    • HotCache and more!


    Java EE 7 turns one today!
    3 Java EE 7 compatible Application Servers Available Today
    Today marks the first year anniversary of Java EE 7. The JSR 342 specification was finalised on May 28, 2013 with the official launch taking place on June 12, 2013 (original press release).

    As of today, there are already 3 Java EE 7 compatible Application Servers, coming from different 'vendors' (Oracle, TmaxSoft and Red Hat). Two of those Java EE 7 Application Servers are free and open source. We expect the list of Java EE 7 compatible Application Servers to grow over the coming months...

    Integrating Amazon EC2 in Java via NetBeans IDE
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan writes, "Next, having looked at how to integrate from Java with Amazon Associates and Amazon S3, let's take a look at Amazon EC2, the elastic compute cloud which provides remote computing services. I started by launching an instance of Ubuntu Server 14.04 on Amazon EC2, which looks a bit like this in the on-line AWS Management Console, though I whitened out most of the details:..."
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