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Why I Left The Wall Street Journal To Join Oracle
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes in Forbes, "Earlier this month, I left my position as editor of The Wall Street Journal's CIO Journal - what I once called my dream job - to join Oracle's communications team.

My friends were stunned. 'And what's Oracle again?' they asked.

Which is exactly why I joined Oracle - not to educate my friends, but to get closer to the people who make and use technology. Not everyone needs to know what Oracle does. But they do need to understand how technology made by companies (including and often especially by Oracle) is changing the world. I want to help create that understanding..."

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Now Generally Available
Complete cloud platform allows enterprises to accelerate their move to cloud
"Now generally available, Oracle Solaris 11.2 accelerates your ability to deploy enterprise cloud computing with an efficient, secure, compliant, open, and affordable cloud platform. Engineered for cloud and deeply integrated with Oracle Database, Java, and Oracle Applications, Oracle Solaris 11.2 is more than an operating system (OS).

It combines a complete OpenStack distribution, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN), zero-overhead virtualization, enterprise-grade disaster recovery, and high availability with an enterprise-class OS to simplify and secure the delivery of mission-critical cloud services. Oracle Solaris is a strategic element in Oracle's growing systems business..."

Your Oracle Solaris 11 Learning Path: for Newbies and Experts
By Karen Sutherland, Oracle University Senior Practice Manager
Oracle Solaris 11.2 has certainly been the talk of the town over the past few months.

Karen writes, "You may now be thinking about how to get more hands-on experience with Oracle Solaris 11.

Whether you've been working with Solaris for many years or you have minimal experience and are just getting started, Oracle University has the hands-on training you need to develop your skill set.

Learn To:

  • Perform introductory system administration tasks.
  • Configure zones and virtual networks.
  • Use various troubleshooting techniques and tools to analyze and resolve system faults.
  • Plan for and deploy a private Infrastructure as a Service cloud.
  • Develop plans for deploying Oracle Solaris Zones server virtualization technology.
  • Practice server virtualization.

Start by finding the learning path that's right for you:..."

Secure, compliant application deployment with Oracle Solaris 11
By Glynn Foster
Glynn writes, "One of the really exciting features that was introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.2 is called Unified Archives. Unified Archives provide system cloning and disaster recovery capabilities for the platform. Built on the foundations of Oracle Solaris ZFS, an archive can quickly be taken on a live running system thanks to snapshot and cloning. A single archive can be created for a complete system that includes a number of virtual environments. Once captured, it can be deployed using Automated Installer..."
Oracle Solaris 11 - Engineered for Cloud
By esaxe

esaxe writes, "Today's release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 is especially meaningful for many of us in Solaris Engineering that have been hard at work over the last few years making OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure a first class Solaris technology. Today we release not only one of the most significant, complete, and solid versions of Solaris ever, with many new cloud virtualization features, but also included is the fully integrated cloud infrastructure software itself....everything needed (from a software perspective anyway ;)) to stand up a fully functional, OpenStack cloud system providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Cloud block/object storage on both SPARC and x86 based systems..."

OpenStack 101 - How to get started on Oracle Solaris 11
By Glynn Foster
Glynn writes, "with Oracle Solaris 11.2 we've included a complete, enterprise-ready distribution of OpenStack based on the "Havana" release of the upstream project. We've talked to many customers who have expressed an interest in OpenStack generally, but also being able to have Oracle Solaris participate in a heterogeneous mix of technologies that you'd typically see in a data center environment. We're absolutely thrilled to be providing this functionality to our customers as part of the core Oracle Solaris platform and support offering, so they can set up agile, self-service private clouds with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), or develop Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions on top of this infrastructure..."
Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 is out!
offers maximized availability and orchestrated disaster recovery for enterprise applications

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 has been released today, together with Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle's flagship operating system! This latest version offers maximized availability and orchestrated disaster recovery for enterprise applications, leveraging Oracle Solaris 11.2's latest virtualization and software life-cycle technologies.

It delivers:...

MySQL 5.6.20-4
With Oracle Linux DTrace Probes

Wim writes, "The MySQL team just released MySQL 5.6.20. One of the cool new things for Oracle Linux users is the addition of MySQL DTrace probes. When you use Oracle Linux 6, or 7 with UEKr3 (3.8.x) and the latest DTrace utils/tools, then you can make use of this. MySQL 5.6 is available for install through ULN or from public-yum. You can just install it using yum..."

vBeers South Florida - August Schedule
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

Wednesday August 13th

Wednesday August 20th

-Wednesday August 27th -

Details @

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 197 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 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 Linux 7 Now Available
  • Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
  • Understanding Oracle Solaris 11 Package Versioning
  • New Oracle Data Cloud and Data-as-a-Service Offerings Redefine Data-Driven Enterprise
  • UK makes ODF its official documents format standard
  • Database In-Memory is Generally Available
  • Identity Management in the Cloud
  • Oracle Expands Footprint in Seattle with New Cloud Engineering Center
  • Migrating Oracle Databases
  • vBeers South Florida - August Schedule

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

    Learning Java Programming with BlueJ
    By Tori Wieldt
    Tori Wieldt writes, "When you talk with people about learning to program, and especially learning to program in Java, the BlueJ environment is often mentioned as a good introductory environment to get started. BlueJ is a free Java Development Environment designed for beginners, used by millions worldwide. It is also is an excellent environment in which to gain a good understanding of fundamental principles of object-oriented programming..."

    Author Micheal Kolling explains "When asked why beginners should not just start by using Eclipse or NetBeans - environments known for their excellent toolset and great functionality - the answer typically points to the great value of BlueJ's simplicity and interactivity for gaining a thorough understanding of programming principles..."

    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Sets World Record on SPC-2/E Benchmark
    New World Record Demonstrates Customers Can Maximize Storage Performance and Data Center Budget Simultaneously with Oracle ZS3 Series

    Recently Oracle published a new SPC-2/E world record benchmark for the ZS3-2 storage platform demonstrating, once again, that the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 offers customers excellent price/performance for high-throughput workloads such as data warehouse, business analytics and video on-demand applications.

    The ZFS Storage ZS3-2 beats IBM DS8870 by 10x and HP P9500 by 7x on price/performance.

    Oracle Press Release

    What's the role of an Oracle VM refresh server?
    By Gregory King, Principal Technical Consultant with Oracle VM Product Management
    Gregory writes, "In order to understand how to effectively manage NFS file systems within the Oracle VM Manager, we must first understand the underlying assumption that each NFS server being accessed by Oracle VM servers are for the exclusive use of Oracle VM. It is assumed that no non-Oracle file systems are being shared/exported from a storage array that is part of an Oracle VM environment.

    Prior to Oracle VM 3.2, it was assumed that NFS servers in the data center would export all NFS file systems with full read-write access to all Oracle VM servers across multiple server pools. In other words, all NFS file systems would be uniformly exported to all Oracle VM servers even if some file systems were for the exclusive use by Oracle VM servers in different server pools..."

    Java Technology
    GlassFish 4.0.1 Update
    By John Clingan
    Juergen writes, "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. This release will, or course, incorporate the many bugs fixes that have already been addressed in the trunk since GlassFish 4.0. We continue to work hard fixing bugs as we head towards release. Oracle is committed to delivering a high quality development experience with GlassFish!

    • Refresh component libraries. GlassFish 4.0.1 plans to use updated versions of many sub-projects it relies on, like Jersey, Tyrus, Mojarra, JavaDB, and more. These projects bring their own set of bug fixes and even some incremental features.

    • Java 8 certification. The latest and greatest JDK.

    • Java EE 7 SDK Update. Bundles GlassFish 4.0.1 and tutorial updates to improve your Java EE 7 learning experience.

    • NetBeans 8.0.1 alignment. GlassFish and NetBeans together offer a seamless Java EE development experience. We are planning to align our respective roadmaps to deliver GlassFish 4.0.1 with NetBeans 8.0.1.

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

    Spotlight on GlassFish 4.1
    #3 Changing the release number

    David Delabassee's writes, "'Spotlight on GlassFish 4.0.1' is a series of posts that highlights specific enhancements of the upcoming GlassFish 4.0.1 release. It could be a new feature, a fix, a behavior change, a tip, etc.

    #3 Changing the release number

    Originally, the upcoming release of GlassFish was going to be called GlassFish 4.0.1 as it was mostly focused on fixing issues. But based on its actual content, we decided that calling it 4.1 would make more sense and reflect more the scope of this release:

    • Support for Java SE 8
    • Support for Java EE 7 specifications that had a Maintenance Release : CDI 1.2, WebSocket 1.1 and their respective implementations, Weld and Tyrus.
    • Updated implementations of Jersey, Grizzly, Mojarra, EclipseLink, HK2, Metro, Open MQ, EL, Derby, JavaMail, etc.
    • And some of those implementations brings additional capabilities to GlassFish (e.g. Jersey brings OAuth support)
    • Several hundreds of fixes!
    • An updated version of the Java EE 7 Tutorial

    Changing a version number during a release stabilization phase is a bit tricky but we decided it was worth the effort (and the risk!)..."

    Solaris 11.2 released with security and other enhancements
    By Gerry Haskins

    Gerry writes, "There's a huge amount of new and improved features in Solaris 11.2 as well as thousands of bug fixes. In short, it's our best Solaris ever!

    For security conscious customers, Solaris 11.2 delivers significant compliance enhancements (see the docs) and provides the new 'solaris-minimal-server' Install group, which is an excellent basis for installing secure, minimized (hardened) systems.

    Hardening (minimizing) a system in Solaris 10 and earlier was as much an art form as a science. It was hard to be sure that the system was as minimized as possible..."

    Oracle on cyber security aspects of BYOD
    By Steve Walker

    Steve writes, "Bring your own device (BYOD) has been an unstoppable force on the crest of the consumerisation wave, and one that companies have simply had to roll with.

    But it is increasingly being rebranded as 'bring your own disaster' with IT departments desperately grappling for solutions that will allow them to take back some degree of control over the mobile environment, hastily assembling a raft of MDM (mobile device management) tools.

    It has become obvious that the utopian ideal of BYOD is more myth than a practical reality for most firms. So has the BYOD wave broken?..."

    Oracle Identity Management Achieves Significant Customer and Partner Adoption
    Complete and integrated, next-generation identity management suite helps customers and partners efficiently secure the extended enterpris

    "As organizations build a strategy for digital transformation, they are seeking a unified approach to enterprisewide identity management that provides consistent access controls and an optimized user experience across the extended enterprise. To help organizations offer more digital services, Oracle Identity Management provides the foundation to connect to the internet value chain and economies of scale to manage users across all channels of interaction including cloud, mobile, and social.

    The Oracle stack allows companies to homogenize and defragment identity information and services, which can result in faster deployment times, faster upgrades, and lower cost of ownership. Today, many companies are already reaping economic benefits with the simplified user experience and greater end user participation..."

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