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Optimizing the Data Center with Oracle Cross Portfolio Offerings
By Corneliu Moldoveanu,Consulting Director, Enterprise and Industry Solution Architecture

Corneliu writes, "With the advent of modern approaches such as virtualization, management layer integration and cloud computing, the data center landscape is evolving at an accelerated pace. While traditional limitations are being addressed through novel approaches, new issues are inherently being introduced that compound the issue, even as business and IT customer expectations have become more sophisticated than ever before. Oracle's response to these challenges is the Oracle Application Engineered Systems (AES) portfolio, which includes the purpose-built engineered systems (e.g.Exa* product family) and general purpose (e.g.SPARC SuperCluster).

When we talk about how the Oracle hardware and software stacks are engineered to work together, we are referring to our unique ability to offer customers a completely integrated hardware and software stack..."

HowTo: Integrating MySQL for Visual Studio with Connector/Net
By Gab Martinez
Gab writes, "One of the most frequent questions in our forums is about how to get the graphical integration when using Visual Studio with MySQL databases. When developing applications with MySQL databases there are two basics products: a .net driver for MySQL, which is MySQL Connector/Net, and a tool to integrate all of the Visual Studio database oriented tools such as the Server Explorer window. These tools are designed to make a lot easier the creation and edition of MySQL databases when using an IDE like Visual Studio.

The MySQL for Visual Studio product can be integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio versions 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013. It can be used with any edition starting with Professional up to Ultimate . Also the MySQL Server versions that are fully supported are 5.1 to 5.6 and lately 5.7. Although 5.7 has a lot of performance improvements there are some new features that are not fully supported yet, so it should be used at your own discretion..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.1 beta has been released
By Gab Martinez

Gab writes, "MySQL for Visual Studio is a product including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net. The 1.2.1 version is a beta release of this product which is feature complete but still can contain minor bugs and is not suitable for production environments.

This version is appropriate for use with MySQL Server versions 5.5-5.6. MySQL Server 5.7 is also compatible but not fully supported yet.

As this is a beta version the MySQL for Visual Studio product can be downloaded only by using the product standalone installer at this link

MySQL for Excel 1.3.1 RC has been released
By Javier Trevino

Javier writes, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Excel version 1.3.1. This is a RC release for 1.3.x.

MySQL for Excel is an application plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel. It enables you to directly work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel so you can easily do tasks such as:

  • Importing MySQL data into Excel
  • Exporting Excel data directly into MySQL to a new or existing table
  • Editing MySQL data directly within Excel

As this is a Release Candidate version the MySQL for Excel product can be downloaded only by using the product standalone installer at this link:

MySQL Workbench 6.1.7 GA has been released
The MySQL Workbench team announces availability of version 6.1.7 of its flagship product.

MySQL Workbench 6.1.7 is a periodic maintenance release including 17 bug fixes. Additionally, the supported Linux distribution list has been refreshed. Users of the product are recommended to upgrade to this version.

With over 30 new features, this version has many significant enhancements focusing on real-time performance assessment and analysis from the SQL statement level to server internals and file IO. You can see this from additions to the SQL Editor as well as new dashboard visualization and reporting that take advantage of MySQL Server 5.6 and 5.7 Performance Schema, and enhancements to the MySQL Explain Plans.

Cloud Computing
The CIO Identity Crisis- Can Cloud and Innovation Fix it?
Webcast: July 8th, 2014 - 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET
The simple fact is this: the emergence of cloud has fundamentally changed the role of the CIO; making job descriptions obsolete, altering organizational structures and changing the benchmarks of success.

How can CIOs effectively make the transition from "keepers of the technology" to "chief innovators?" How can a managed cloud solution help them regain control of this new, multi-sourced environment and all the business insight it brings?

Register to learn about:

  • What is the Cloud? What is the industry's definition?
  • How do I, as a CIO, take something that I have less and less control over and make it strategic?
  • How does the CIO leverage this transformation to gain a seat in the Executive Committee or the Board Room?

Click here to register today!

Tom Fisher - CIO, Oracle Cloud Services - will be the featured speaker.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
ComputerWorld, June 27th, 2014
Chris Kanaracus writes in Computerworld, "Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.

As part of its earnings announcement, Oracle trumpeted that at an annual cloud subscription revenue run rate of nearly $2 billion, it is now the industry's second-largest cloud vendor behind"

vBeers@ Broward : Wed June 9th @ 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!).

vBeers @ Broward:

  • Funky Buddha Brewery
  • 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL
  • Wednesday, July 9th
  • 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

South Florida vBeers Monthly Schedule

  • vBeers @ Broward - 2nd Wed. of Month July 9th
  • vBeers @ Boca - 3rd Wed. of Month July 16th
  • vBeers @ Miami - 4th Wed. of Month July 23th

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

  • Oracle Buys MICROS Systems
  • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Sets World Record on SPC-2/E Benchmark, Beats IBM and HP on Price/Performance
  • Oracle Linux 7 Release Candidate Now Available
  • Oracle Boosts Virtualization and Cloud Capabilities in Latest ZFS Storage ZS3 Series Release
  • The Oracle Linux Newsletter
  • Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud
  • Atos IT Solutions and Services replaced IBM AIX with Oracle SuperCluster
  • NetBeans Platform for Dummies
  • A Wealth of Information on Oracle Linux
  • Questions You Should Ask Your Cloud Provider

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

    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh
    By Caryl Takvorian
    Caryl writes, "The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14 release is now available for download.

    This update includes new features and enhancements based on current customer feedback during the Beta program. We look forward to getting additional feedback!

    Feature highlights in this update include:

    • Additional support for C++11, including full support for Lambda expressions and initializer lists
    • Updated Performance Analyzer with a completely redesigned UI that automatically saves your configuration settings and allows you to save custom configurations, new Heap data view, new metrics to track IPC/CPI, and call-tree enhancements
    • Updated Code Analyzer with performance and memory usage improvements
    • OpenMP 4.0 implementation tuned for the latest Oracle systems

    And many more features, enhancements and fixes in response to user feedback.."

    Oracle VM 3.3 Delivers Enterprise-Scale Performance Enhancements
    More Flexibility, Ease of Use, and Management Features
    Oracle VM Release 3.3, Oracle's latest server virtualization product, delivers enhanced ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, improved management features, and expanded support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack - providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability. This release continues to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management.

    Oracle VM's application-driven architecture continues to deliver support for a wide range of enterprise applications including Oracle and non-Oracle application workloads with updated Oracle VM paravirtual (PV) drivers for Microsoft Windows.

    Oracle VM 3.3 adds improvements to unified virtualization management for x86 and SPARC systems running Oracle VM Server, in a single console.

    Oracle VM is available as a free download with zero license cost and world-class enterprise support.

    Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance
    Launch Webcast Replay
    Cinzia Mascanzoni writes, "Watch this replay and learn why the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is different from other converged infrastructure solutions on the market. Learn how to create a private cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c on the Virtual Compute Appliance, and hear testimonials from a partners and customers. Speakers include: Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts and Scott Genereux..."
    Java Technology
    Java Community Process (JCP) News
    This year marks the 15 years of the JCP
    David Delabassee writes, "This year marks the 15 years of the Java Community Process! This is probably a good occasion to start a JCP update on The Aquarium. So from now on, we will summarize, on a regular basis, the JCP news around Java on the server and obviously on the JCP itself too.

    So welcome to the first installment of this regular JCP update..."

    DefenseCode: Unix WildCards Gone Wild
    By Leon Juranic
    "First of all, this article has nothing to do with modern hacking techniques like ASLR bypass, ROP exploits, 0day remote kernel exploits or Chrome's Chain-14-Different-Bugs-To-Get-There...

    Nope, nothing of the above. This article will cover one interesting old-school Unix hacking technique, that will still work nowadays in 2013. Hacking technique of which (to my suprise) even many security-related people haven't heard of.

    That is probably because nobody ever really talked about it before. Why I decided to write on this subject is because, to me personally, it's pretty funny to see what can be done with simple Unix wildcard poisoning tricks. So, from this article, what you can expect is collection of neat *nix hacking tricks that as far as I know somehow didn't emerge earlier. .."

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