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  • Andy Mendelsohn to Launch Oracle's Latest Big Data Breakthrough on July 15
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Simplifying IT Leads to Better Business Outcomes, According to New Research from Leading Analyst Firm
Average Company in Study Realized $83M in Annual Benefits
A new study from IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice, shows that IT complexity leads to lower profits and curbs an organization's ability to innovate and grow. Companies in the study who reduced IT complexities were able to realize average annual benefits of $83 million. They also achieved other benefits including faster time to market, better customer service, and the ability to reallocate IT staff to more strategic projects.
IDC MarketScape Names Oracle Commerce as a Leader
Srini Rangaswamy, Solutions Market Director for Stores & Commerce at Oracle Retail
Srini Rangaswamy writes, "Oracle Commerce is named as a leader in the recent Retail eCommerce Vendor Assessment by IDC MarketScape. Thanks to our recent investments in Oracle Commerce V11 and Commerce Anywhere strategy designed to help retailers deliver engaging and relevant experiences online, on-the-go, in-store, and over the phone.

Per the IDC MarketScape, 'Oracle demonstrated a clear near- and long-term omnichannel strategy for the evolution of its ecommerce capability to become a singular commerce platform for retailers with both store and online operations.' Click here to download an excerpt of the report..."

Solaris 20th Anniversary
As part of the celebration of 20 years of Solaris, Oracle has created an infographic that covers the evolution of Solaris:

  • Feb 1982 - Sun founded
  • 80's - The UNIX Wars
  • 1984 - Debut of NFS
  • June 1992 -Solaris is born
  • Feb 200 - Solaris 8
  • May 2000 - Compatibility Guarantee
  • Oct 2003 - DTrace
  • Dec 2006 - SPARC T-Series
  • Nov 2006 - Trusted Extensions
  • Jan 2010 - Sun becomes part of Oracle
  • Nov 2011 - Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oct 2012 - Solaris 11.1

Solaris infographic

Some missing achievements in the infographic include the project to open-source Solaris resulting in the creation of OpenSolaris and "the last word in Filesystems", ZFS.

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.18
Offers many significant improvements over MEM 2.3.
Andy Bang writes, "MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.18 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.

Important: MySQL Enterprise Monitor (MEM) 3.0 offers many significant improvements over MEM 2.3. If you have not already analyzed upgrading any remaining 2.3 installations to MEM 3.0, we highly recommend you do so. More information on MEM 3.0 is available..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Helps dunnhumby Transform its Global Processes via the Cloud
Customer Science Pioneer Chooses Oracle Sales Cloud, Marketing Cloud, HCM Cloud and ERP Cloud
dunnhumby, the world's leading customer science company, has broken new ground as one of the first organisations to implement a unique suite of Oracle cloud solutions, including Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Hyperion Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Managed Cloud Service to help streamline its operations and continue to drive its rapid growth. Working with organisations such as Tesco PLC, The Kroger Co., Macy's and Coca-Cola, dunnhumby analyses data from more than 400 million customers across the globe for its clients and helps them transform their businesses by putting the people they serve at the heart of their decision-making. By adopting the full stack of Oracle solutions, dunnhumby has enhanced its front and back-office processes with a state-of-the-art applications platform and an integrated enterprise applications suite.
Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam Chooses Oracle to Support Genomic Research and Advance Personalized Medicine
Healthcare Organization Accelerates Insights with Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine
As an institute at the forefront of patient-centered care and medical research, Netherlands-based Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) seeks to accelerate genomic research and advance personalized medicine. The academic medical center selected Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine as the foundation for its next-generation genomics initiatives. The solution will help the medical center accelerate insight that will drive new treatments and improve patient outcomes.
vBeers@ Boca : Wed July 16th @ Biergarten Boca
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The May meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park an 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! The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

  • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

Please register at Eventbrite.

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vBeers@ Miami : Wed July 23rd @ Miami - DRB
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
New Location! The DRB (Democratic Republic Of Beer)

Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk! The DRB is also giving all of our guests 15% off all food!

Please register at Eventbrite.

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Virtual Technology Summit July 2014
Available on demand

The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) hosted its first Virtual Technology Summit (VTS).

Attend the VTS earn 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. This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips in these focus areas.

  • Java - Big Trends and Technologies
  • Systems - OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins
  • Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques
  • Middleware - The Architecture of Analytics: Big Time Big Data and Business Intelligence

For details please visit our registration page here.

Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
By Honglin Su
Honglin writes, "The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework..."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 197 Issue 1; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 Issues 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 VM 3.3 Delivers Enterprise-Scale Performance Enhancements
  • DefenseCode: Unix WildCards Gone Wild"
  • Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance
  • Register for OpenWorld 2014
  • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh
  • Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
  • Oracle Prices $10.0 Billion Aggregate Principal Amount of Investment Grade Notes
  • ava Community Process (JCP) News
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1.7 GA has been released
  • Optimizing the Data Center with Oracle Cross Portfolio Offerings

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

    Network Virtualization High Availability
    By Orgad Kimchi
    "How to add high availability to the network infrastructure of a multitenant cloud environment using the DLMP aggregation technology introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.1."

    Orgad writes, "This article is Part 1 of a two-part series. In Part 1, we will cover how to implement network HA using datalink multipathing (DLMP) aggregation technology, which was introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.1.

    In Part 2 of this series, we will explore how to secure the network and perform typical network management operations for an environment that uses DLMP aggregations.

    Once we virtualize a network cloud infrastructure using Oracle Solaris 11 network virtualization technologies - such as virtual network interface cards (VNICs), virtual switches, load balancers, firewalls, and routers - the network itself becomes an increasingly critical component of the cloud infrastructure..."

    What Can You Do With Data Link Multipathing (DLMP)?
    By Rick Ramsey

    Rick writes, "Bjoern Rost, Oracle ACE, provides a nice explanation of a Solaris feature that didn't get a lot of attention when it was released: Data Link Multipathing (DLMP) and DLMP aggregation. DLMP aggregation allows you to combine virtual network interfaces from different physical network interfaces into high availability clusters. You can also use these clusters to improve load balancing, as Bjoern explains in his blog post.

    Orgad likes DLMP, too. So much, in fact, that he took a break from reconfiguring the International Space Station so his kids could control it from their XBox, and wrote an article explaining how to apply DLMP to a virtual network. Two articles, in fact..."

    Oracle VM 3.3
    By Jeff Savit

    Oracle VM 3.3 was announced recently, providing substantial enhancements to Oracle's server virtualization product family. Jeff writes in a blog, "'ll focus on a few enhancements to Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC that will appeal to SPARC users:

    • Improved storage support: The original Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC systems only supported NFS storage. While Oracle VM Server for SPARC has long supported other storage types (local disk, SAN LUNs, iSCSI), the support in the Manager did not. This restriction has been eliminated, so customers can use Oracle VM Manager with SPARC systems with their preferred storage types.

    • Alternate Service Domain: A Best Practice for SPARC virtualization is to configure multiple service domains for resiliency. This was also not supported when under the control of Oracle VM Manager, but is now available. Customers can control their SPARC servers with Oracle VM Manager while using the recommended high availability configuration.

    • Improved console: Oracle VM Manager provides a way to access the guest domain console without logging into the server's control domain. In Oracle VM Manager 3.2 this was provided by a Java remote access application that depended on Java WebStart, and required that the correct software be installed and configured on the client's desktop. The new virtual console just requires a web browser that correctly supports the HTML5 standards. The new console is more robust and launches much more quickly.

    • Oracle VM High Availability (HA) support: This release adds SPARC support for Oracle VM HA. Servers in a pool of SPARC servers can be clustered, and VMs can be enabled for HA. If a server is restarted or shutdown, then HA-enabled VMs are migrated or restarted on other servers in the pool.

    There are many other enhancements, and in general the other improvements in 3.3 are beneficial to SPARC systems too, but these are the top ones that stand out for SPARC customers..."

    Java Technology
    NFJS Central Ohio Software Symposium Trip Report
    By Reza Rahman
    Reza writes, "I recently joined the well-respected US based No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Tour. If you work in the US and still don't know what the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Tour is, you are doing yourself a very serious disfavor. NFJS is by far the cheapest and most effective way to stay up to date through some world class speakers and talks. Following the US cultural tradition of old-fashioned roadshows, NFJS is basically a set program of speakers and topics offered at major US cities year round. Via NFJS you get to have amazing training without paying for an expensive venue, lodging or travel. The events are usually on the weekends so you don't need to even skip work if you want..."
      Book Review: Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)
      Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "Two of the most popular IDEs for developing Java web applications are NetBeans and Eclipse. Both are open-source, and both are available for free. Of the two, we think that NetBeans is easier to use, especially when you're getting started with programming. That's why we recommend that you use NetBeans with this book..."

      "The above, on page 20 of the brand new still slightly sizzling hot off the presses "Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)" (June 2014), by Joel Murach and Michael Urban, is a promising signal to all NetBeans fans everywhere. Indeed, chapter 3 starts with about 10 pages of introductory texts, with screenshots, focused on NetBeans IDE 8. The remainder of the book uses NetBeans IDE throughout, in the instructions and getting started sections, as well..."

      Java Cookbook, 3rd Edition
      By Ian F. Darwin
      From lambda expressions and JavaFX 8 to new support for network programming and mobile development, Java 8 brings a wealth of changes. This cookbook helps you get up to speed right away with hundreds of hands-on recipes across a broad range of Java topics. You'll learn useful techniques for everything from debugging and data structures to GUI development and functional programming.

      Each recipe includes self-contained code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. If you are familiar with Java basics, this cookbook will bolster your knowledge of the language in general and Java 8's main APIs in particular.

      Recipes include:...

      Book Review: NetBeans Platform for Beginners
      by Dustin Marx
      Juergen writes, "The recent Leanpub publication NetBeans Platform for Beginners: Modular Application Development for the Java Desktop by Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland provides an introduction to and coverage of the NetBeans Platform. I review the PDF version of NetBeans Platform for Beginners that was last updated on 26 March 2014 in this post.

      NetBeans Platform for Beginners features over 350 pages of content divided into ten chapters and three major parts. Although the authors address NetBeans 7.4 specifically, the material in this book should be appropriate for several future versions of NetBeans as well. No prior NetBeans experience is assumed, but familiarity with Java is assumed. Although I've used Java and NetBeans IDE for years, my experience with NetBeans Platform has been minimal, making a book focused on NetBeans Platform for Beginners attractive to me..."

      Book Review: JavaFX 8 -- Introduction by Example
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "JavaFX 8: Introduction by Example is the book that you absolutely must get hold of if you're interested in JavaFX in any way at all. The authors (Carl Dea, Mark Heckler, Gerrit Grunwald, José Pereda, and Sean Phillips) are all awesome and famous in the JavaFX community and the chapters are purely practical and useful, and well written, and even humorous at times. You couldn't ask for a better combination of people and topics in a book dedicated to JavaFX.

      The chapters are as follows:.."

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