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Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'
By Gavin Clarke
Gavin writes, "Ellison's Oracle bowled out Solaris 11.2 last week - and what does this member of the Unix family give us? Cloud computing, yes, but also a stab at a datacenter-in-a-(large)-box.

It's not too far off the database-as-a-box idea Larry's been banging on about since 1998.

Oracle's Solaris 11.2 announcement is larded with the usual boilerplate about enterprise scale, efficiency, security and compliance. What's new is a degree of software-defined networking (SDN) support..."

Collation options for new MySQL schemas and tables created in MySQL for Excel
By Javier Trevino
Javier writes, "In this blog post we are going to talk about one of the features included since MySQL for Excel 1.3.0, you can install the latest GA or maintenance version using the MySQL Installer or optionally you can download directly any GA or non-GA version from the MySQL Developer Zone.

MySQL for Excel has always let you create new schemas and tables in a MySQL database, in versions lower than 1.3.0 these were created with the default character set and collation defined in the MySQL server. Starting with version 1.3.0 we introduced several features regarding collations..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.3 GA has been released
By Gab Martinez

Gab Martinez writes, "MySQL for Visual Studio is a product that includes all of the Visual Studio integration functionality to create and manage MySQL databases when developing .NET applications. The 1.2.3 version is a General Availability release of this product which is feature complete and is suitable for production environments.

This version is appropriate for using with MySQL server versions 5.5-5.6. The 5.7 server version is also compatible but is not fully supported, thus it should be used at your own discretion..."

Friday Spotlight: Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack
By Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek writes, "You might have seen Ronen Kofman's announcement earlier in the week regarding the technology preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. There are some great things going on with OpenStack, and if you want to give it a try yourself, this white paper (updated for the Icehouse technology preview) can help you get started:..":

Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and OpenStack

Oracle Boosts Exadata Database Clusters With Custom Xeon E7s
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
TPM writes, "For some workloads, a big eight-socket server node with a hefty memory footprint is going to support a database workload better than four two-socket nodes in a database cluster, which is why Oracle offers two different flavors of its Exadata database machine. The Exadata clusters were updated with Intel's Xeon E5 v3 processors last November and now they are getting the option of having larger nodes based on Intel's Xeon E7 chips.

The new machine is called the Exadata X4-8, and by moving to the Xeon E7 v3 processors, the database nodes in the Exadata machine have a lot more cores and main memory that can be deployed to support a single database instance..."

vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed Aug 13th
6pm - 9pm
Join us for vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward. The meetings will be at Funky Buddha which is 5 minutes east of I95.

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!).

  • Funky Buddha Brewery
  • 1201 NE 38th St
  • Oakland Park, FL 33334

Please Register.

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 @

Learn, Connect and Explore at Oracle OpenWorld 2014
By Phil Catalano
There is a lot to absorb and we want to make sure that you know where, when and how to take advantage of all Oracle OpenWorld has to offer. Learn about the must-see conference sessions and networking events hosted by Oracle Services. Pre-register for these events!
Sun Tape
Oracle Tape Storage - The Future is Bright!!
By Ritu Chhibber
Ritu writes, "Oracle Tape Storage is a key component of current and future storage architectures and its future looks quite promising. To learn more about the benefits of Oracle Tape storage solutions, Market Opportunities and to find the answers to the questions below click here:

  • Why Tape continues to be a key component of storage architectures?
  • Where are the main Tape market opportunities?
  • What is the opportunity for Oracle Tape certified resellers?

Please contact your VAD or Oracle sales representative for further information.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 198 Issue 1; Vol 197 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 196 Issue 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 TOA Technologies
  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 Now Generally Available
  • Learning Java Programming with BlueJ
  • Your Oracle Solaris 11 Learning Path: for Newbies and Experts
  • OpenStack 101 - How to get started on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Solaris 11.2 released with security and other enhancements
  • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Sets World Record on SPC-2/E Benchmark
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 is out!
  • Spotlight on GlassFish 4.1
  • Oracle Solaris 11 - Engineered for Cloud

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

    LibreOffice 4.2.6
    Ready for enterprise deployments and conservative users
    The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.2.6 'Still' the seventh and last minor release of the most solid version of the software, ready for enterprise deployments and conservative users.

    LibreOffice 4.2.6 arrives just one week after the successful launch of LibreOffice 4.3 'Fresh' the most feature rich version of the office suite.

    LibreOffice 4.2.6 is available.

    LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation. Money collected will be used to grow the project both at global and local level.

    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Update
    By Larry Wake
    Larry suggests, "If you haven't had a chance to try out the beta release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 -- or if you're still working with the original download -- now's the time to get the updated bits.

    What this includes: support for C++11, an updated Performance Analyzer, support for OpenMP 4.0, and lots more. The July refresh now incorporates fixes and enhancements based on feedback from beta participants..."

    Using Oracle Solaris Unified Archives to Replicate an Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 Cluster
    By Krishna K. Murthy

    Krishna writes that, "Oracle Solaris Automated Installation (AI) was first supported in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 software to install and configure a new cluster from IPS repositories. With Oracle Solaris Unified Archive introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.2 software, the automated installation of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 software with the Oracle ...This document shows how to replicate a new cluster from the Oracle Solaris Unified Archives..."

    Securing Data in the New Digital Economy Webcast
    By Troy Kitch

    Troy writes, "2014 has already witnessed some of the largest data breaches on record. As the black market for stolen data becomes increasingly organized, the supply chain for information is providing an efficient means to monetize a vast array of stolen information. A the same time, our legal economy is becoming more hyper-connected providing more digital services, and making companies are more vulnerable to attacks. In this session we will explore the security requirements for information in the new digital economy and with the vast amount of case information from breach investigations, distill a security strategy to reduce risk.

    Register to hear the recorded webcast.

    New Virtual Compute Appliance Videos
    By Roxana Babiciu

    Roxana Babiciu writes, "Watch the latest Virtual Compute Appliance videos to aid your conversations with partners and customers!":

    • Virtual Compute Appliance Flash demo shows your customers and partners the business benefits. VCA Product demo
    • Tier1 Customer Testimonial Video of using Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance to build a private cloud virtualization platform to host its customers' Oracle Enterprise and Windows applications
    • Centroid Partner Testimonial Video

    Read on for details.

    The 10 Coolest Servers Of 2014 (So Far)
    By CRN
    Joseph F. Kovar writes in CRN, "Oracle in June unveiled the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, the latest in its series of converged infrastructure solutions, or engineered systems in Oracle-speak.

    The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, designed to help customers get Oracle and third-party applications or services up and running with minimal time spent on provisioning and configuration, streamlines application and service deployments via Oracle VM templates for over 100 Oracle software packages..."

    Oracle VM: Rethink Virtualization

    See how the Oracle VM application-driven virtualization architecture is designed to accelerate business value and enterprise proven to deliver the most cost effective virtualization solution for your modern data center.

    Video: 2:41

    HA-LDOM live migration in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2
    By krishna.k.murthy

    krishna writes, "Most Oracle Solaris Cluster resource types clearly separate their stopping and starting actions. However, the HA-LDom (HA Logical Domain / HA for Oracle VM for SPARC data service) agent has a capability of performing live migration, in which an entire switchover of the resource is performed while the cluster framework is stopping the resource. Suppose that the LDom resource starts out on node A and the administrator executes a switchover to node B. While the cluster framework is stopping the resource on node A, LDom live migration is actually migrating the LDom from node A to node B..."

    Java Technology
    JCP News (July)
    By David Delabassee
    David Delabassee writes, "July has been a busy month!

    We now have the first Java EE 8 component JSR: JSR 365 (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java 2.0). The CDI 2.0 JSR has passed the review ballot so the EG can now be formed and start the technical work. Check here to see what the CDI 2.0 plans are.

    In addition, several JSR draft proposals have been published to gather feedback before they are submitted to the JCP: JMS 2.1, Servlet 4.0, JSF 2.3 and JSONB.

    Those 5 JSRs (CDI 2.0, JMS 2.1, Servlet 4.0, JSF 2.3 and JSONB) are targeted for inclusion in Java EE 8. We are still in the early days but we can now start to see a path towards Java EE 8!..."

    Writing and Deploying a Simple Web Application to GlassFish
    By Andrew Pielage
    Andrew writes, "This blog will detail how to create a simple Web Application (Web App) on a Windows 7 64 bit system and deploy it to a GlassFish 4.0 server. The web app will be kept simple, so as to keep the focus of the tutorial on the concepts; as such, the web app will provide a web page prompting the user to enter their name and date of birth, before loading another page that repeats their name back at them with their age. The blog will cover how to set up, code, and deploy the web app using the NetBeans IDE, as well as how to manually deploy it using the Windows command prompt. It should be noted that unless stated otherwise, any additional settings that can be changed but are not noted in the guide should be left as their default..."
    Focus on Database Security at Oracle OpenWorld, 2014
    By Troy Kitch

    Troy writes, "Data security threats and regulatory compliance are the new "death" and "taxes" that we can all be certain of. Security is a hot topic across all organizations, whether you have 100 or 100,000 employees. Organizations are scrambling to mitigate threats and comply with regulatory requirements. Oracle OpenWorld is the place for customers to hear about the latest advances in data security, meet with security experts, and learn the next steps to help secure the sensitive data they hold.

    With Oracle OpenWorld, 2014 about 2 months away, we've compiled the database security sessions, hands on labs, and more, that are critical for database administrators, security experts and executives to attend. As an example of just some of the talks this year:..."

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