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Oracle
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Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 Helps Organizations Further Optimize Business Processes, Reduce Costs, and Respond to Changing Market Conditions
Release includes customer-driven enhancements across virtually all functional areas and new cloud integrations
Today's global business environment is complex and constantly changing. To help organizations navigate this continuously shifting landscape and stay competitive, Oracle has released Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4. This latest release provides an updated user experience, significant customer-driven enhancements across the applications suite, and more integrations to Oracle Cloud Solutions. With the powerful new capabilities, organizations can manage that complexity while focusing on more strategic business issues and processes. To help organizations manage the complexities of global business environments and gain a competitive edge, Oracle today announced the general availability of Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4.

With modern user experience updates, significant customer-driven enhancements, and more integrations to Oracle Cloud Solutions, Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4 enables organizations to further optimize business processes, reduce costs, and respond quickly to changing market conditions. Organizations already on Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 can use online patching to easily gain the latest functionality...

The CIO's Guide to Oracle Products and Solutions
By Jessica Keyes
Jessica Keyes is the president of New Art Technologies, an instructor at Liverpool University, and the the author of 24 books and more than 200 articles. Her latest book is 'The CIO's Guide to Oracle Products and Solutions', from CRC Press. In this interview Jessica talks about her book and about why input from users and developers is essential to CIOs who want to avoid being escorted out of the building by security guards..."
Solaris
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Support for Kernel Zones with the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones
By T.F.

T.F. writes, "The Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones is enhanced to support Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones (also called solaris-kz branded zones) with Oracle Solaris 11.2.

This data service provides high availability for Oracle Solaris Zones through three components in a failover or multi-master configuration:

  • sczbt: The orderly booting, shutdown and fault monitoring of an Oracle Solaris zone.
  • sczsh: The orderly startup, shutdown and fault monitoring of an application within the Oracle Solaris zone (managed by sczbt), using scripts or commands.
  • sczsmf: The orderly startup, shutdown and fault monitoring of an Oracle Solaris Service Management Facility (SMF) service within the Oracle Solaris zone managed by sczbt.

With Oralce Solaris Cluster 4.0 and 4.1 the sczbt component does support cold migration (boot and shutdown) of solaris and solaris10 branded zones..."

Mirroring IPS repositories
By Glynn Foster
Glenn writes, "Out of the many changes introduced in packaging with the Oracle Solaris 11.2 release, one of really good ones was the introduction of a repository mirroring service. This provides administrators with an easy, automated way of mirroring repository contents. For example, let's say you had a package repository set up locally that was serving the clients in your data center. While we provide a few different ways to sync up the contents of this repository with the Oracle Solaris 11 support repository hosted by Oracle through the pkgrecv utility or incremental ISO images, it's a pretty manual process. Now it's a case of simply configuring and starting an SMF service, svc:/application/pkg/mirror:default.

I've written a short article on this new IPS feature - How to Set Up a Repository Mirroring Service with the Oracle Solaris 11 Image Packaging Service..."

Cloud Computing
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TomTom Achieves a Near 50% First-Contact Resolution Rate for 2 Million Contacts Each Year, Provides 26 Million Self-Service Answers
using Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service

From its start in 1991, TomTom focused on making technology accessible for everyone, beginning with software development for business-to-business mobile applications and personal digital assistants (PDAs) for consumers. In just two years TomTom became the market leader in PDA software. This paved the way for the launch of the first TomTom GO in March 2004 which revolutionized the way millions of drivers got from point A to point B. The first portable navigation device (PND) became the fastest-selling consumer technology device, reaching 1 million sales faster than the introduction of the mobile phone...

Handled over 2 million contacts each year, achieved nearly a 50% first-contact resolution rate, and provided 26 million self-service answers each year using Oracle RightNow Service Cloud

Cut number of RMAs by using Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service to help customers determine whether their PND is defective or whether they have not programmed it correctly

Linux
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Improving the Performance of Transparent Huge Pages in Linux
By Khalid Aziz
The following is a write-up by Oracle mainline Linux kernel engineer, Khalid Aziz, detailing his and others' work on improving the performance of Transparent Huge Pages in the Linux kernel.

"The Linux kernel uses small page size (4K on x86) to allow for efficient sharing of physical memory among processes. Even though this can maximize utilization of physical memory, it results in large numbers of pages associated with each process and each page requires an entry in the Translation Look-aside Buffer (TLB) to be able to associate a virtual address with the physical memory page it represents. The TLB is a finite resource and large number of entries required for each process forces kernel to constantly swap out entries in TLB. There is a performance impact any time the TLB entry for a virtual address is missing. This impact is especially large for data intensive applications like large databases..."

vBeers-SF
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vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca - Wed Aug 20th
6pm - 9pm
Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The next 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!).

  • Biergarten Boca Raton
  • 309 Via De Palmas
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432

$5 burgers and happy hour deals on draught beers!

Please Register.

Details @ vbeers.org

Software
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Unified Communications Suite Documentation
A New Direction

"With the availability now of Unified Communications Suite 7.0.6 (shipped on August 13), you'll notice that we are also transitioning to publishing product documentation on the Oracle Documentation Site (also referred to as Oracle Technology Network, or OTN )...

For the Unified Communications Suite 7.0.6 release, documentation for the following component products is published to OTN:

  • Connector for Outlook 8.0.2.2.0
  • Contacts Server 8.0
  • Instant Messaging Server 9.0.2.6.0

This documentation is only on OTN, and not on the Communications Suite wiki...

SPARC
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SPARC M7 Chip - 32 cores
Mind Blowing performance
Angelo Rajadurai writes that, "Oracle just announced its Next Generation Processor at the HotChips HC26 conference.

As the Tech Lead in our Systems Division's Partner group, I had a front row seat to the extraordinary price performance advantage of Oracle current T5 and M6 based systems. Partner after partner tested these systems and were impressed with it performance. Just read some of the quotes to see what our partner has been saying about our hardware.

We just announced our next generation processor, the M7. This has 32 cores (up from 16-cores in T5 and 12-cores in M6). With 20 nm technology this is our most advanced processor. The processor has more cores than anything else in the industry today. After the Sun acquisition Oracle has released 5 processors in 4 years and this is the 6th...."

U.S. Army Achieves Huge Performance Boost and Cost Savings with Oracle SuperCluster
By Michael Palmeter
Michael Palmeter writes, "The U.S. Army AL&T Magazine has published an excellent article called "PBUSE PLUS, CECOM Web-based logistics server solution creates property book system efficiency". This article discusses the U.S. Army's deployment of Oracle SuperCluster and includes a number of key success metrics that we think are excellent examples of the results that Oracle SuperCluster customers regularly experience.

  • The decision to acquire the Oracle SuperCluster to replace the PBUSE server architecture was a response to severe server problems in accommodating an increasing PBUSE mission workload.
  • To date, the system supports 40,478 active Army, Reserve and National Guard users, averaging 34,750 transactions daily for on-hand assets valued at $212 billion. -User requests travel within the cloud operating system as much as 32 times faster than with the legacy PBUSE system it replaced.
  • The PBUSE SPARC SuperCluster takes up one third of the space of the previous six racks, uses a fraction of the power and vastly improves speed and efficiency.

To read more, visit the U.S. Army AL&T Magazine article directly.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 198 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 197 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 196 Issue 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:

  • The 10 Coolest Servers Of 2014 (So Far)
  • Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'
  • Oracle Tape Storage - The Future is Bright!!
  • LibreOffice 4.2.6
  • Friday Spotlight: Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack
  • Oracle VM: Rethink Virtualization
  • HA-LDOM live migration in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2
  • Oracle Boosts Exadata Database Clusters With Custom Xeon E7s
  • Using Oracle Solaris Unified Archives to Replicate an Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 Cluster
  • MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.3 GA has been released

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

    LibreOffice
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    Document Foundation Says LibreOffice Is On Its Way To Mobile Devices, Android Included
    by Kristijan Lucic
    Kristijan writes in Android Headlines, "LibreOffice is really popular with Linux users, part of the reason being they can't install Microsoft Office directly on their system, only through a third party program. The other part being, it's a really solid office suite. I personally use Ubuntu (Linux) and I have been an active user of LibreOffice for a while now, though I use Google Docs more frequently and do load Microsoft Office from time to time when I use Windows OS.

    LibreOffice is not available on mobile platforms at the moment, however Document Foundation (the people responsible for this suite) have announced their plans to bring LibreOffice to mobile devices at the first LibreOffice Conference..."

    Sysadmin
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    Database Insider
    August 2014 issue now available

    The August issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)

    NEWS

    • Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 Delivers More Database Innovations
    • IOUG President John Matelski's Tips for a Great Oracle OpenWorld Experience
    • Big Data Breakthrough: Integrate Big Data into Enterprise IT

    EVENT SPOTLIGHT: ORACLE OPENWORLD

    • Oracle OpenWorld Focus on Database
    • Big Data Central @ OpenWorld VIDEO

    • Oracle Real-World Performance

    WEBCASTS

    • Introducing Oracle Key Vault
    • PL/SQL Series Featuring Oracle's PL/SQL Evangelist, Steven Feuerstein
    • Partner Webcast - Oracle Recovery Manager: Next-Generation Backup and Recovery
    • Big Data Breakthrough
    • Zero Downtime Consolidation into Oracle Database 12c with Oracle GoldenGate 12c

    ...

    How to configure and install kernel zone on Solaris 11.2
    By Lingeswaran Rangasamy
    "In Oracle Solaris 11.2,we have new type of zone called kernel zone. This zone is almost similar to SPARC VM (LDOM) guests which can run on its own patch level and completely isolated from global zone. These kernel branded zones are support on both SPARC & X86 hardwares. But processors should support virtulization technology(VT) .In X86 hardwares, you have to enable this option in system BIOS,if your hardware is upported for VT. Let's see how we can configure and install kernel zones on Solaris 11.2..."
    Networking
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    VXLAN in Solaris 11.2
    By Venugopal Iyer

    Venu writes, "VXLAN, or Virtual eXtensible LAN, is essentially a tunneling mechanism used to provide isolated virtual Layer 2 (L2) segments that can span multiple physical L2 segments. Since it is a tunneling mechanism it uses IP (IPv4 or IPv6) as its underlying network which means we can have isolated virtual L2 segments over networks connected by IP. This allows Virtual Machines (VM) to be in the same L2 segment even if they are located on systems that are in different physical networks. Some of the benefits of VXLAN include:

    • Better use of resources, i.e. VMs can be provisioned on systems, that span different geographies, based on system load.
    • VMs can be moved across systems without having to reconfigure the underlying physical network.
    • Fewer MAC address collision issues, i.e. MAC address may collide as long as they are in different VXLAN segments.

    Isolated L2 segments can be supported by existing mechanisms such as VLANs, but VLANs don't scale; the number of VLANs are limited to 4094 (0 and 1 are reserved), but VXLAN can provide upto 16 million isolated L2 networks..."

    NetBeans
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    Spotlight on GlassFish 4.1: #5 NetBeans support
    By David Delabassee
    David Delabassee writes,"Spotlight on GlassFish 4.1' is a series of posts that highlights specific enhancements of the upcoming GlassFish 4.1 release. It could be a new feature, a fix, a behaviour change, a tip, etc.

    NetBeans has always had a very solid Java EE support. The next NetBeans update will introduce support for GlassFish 4.1. As usual, 2 NetBeans 8.0.1 distributions (the 'Java EE' and the 'All' bundle) will embed a pre-configured GlassFish 4.1 install to simplify things.

    The exact NetBeans 8.0.1 release date is not yet known but it's certainly not too far away! In the meantime, you can always download and use the latest NB nightly build. Technically, the support for GlassFish 4.1 is working since a few days when the NetBeans Team did the '4.0.1-4.1' switch in their code base..."

    JavaFX
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    JavaFX at JavaOne
    Check out IoT at JavaOne!
    tangelucci writes, "We are always creating new IoT applications and encouraging others to improve them. Lhings is the networking tool that let us make it very easy. This time we wanted to make something we use in our everyday lives which is traditionally non-technical, as is a table, to be connected to the Internet and then provide new services that could be useful in some applications" explains José Pereda, who is part of the Lhings team. Based in Spain, the team won a JavaOne trip during IoT Developer Challenge.

    "We wanted to show that IoT is useful in real scenarios and it's accessible to anyone. Likewise, we would like to encourage developers to reproduce and improve it!" further explains José. You will get a chance to meet them at JavaOne..."

    Security
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    Oracle Introduces Key Vault Software Appliance to Manage and Safeguard Encryption Keys
    From Database Trends and Applications Magazine

    "While encryption is widely recognized as the gold standard for protecting data privacy, the technology is only as strong as its key management, according to Oracle, and critical credential files such as Oracle wallet files, Java KeyStores, Secure Shell (SSH) key files, and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate files are often widely distributed across servers and server clusters that use error-prone synchronization and backup mechanisms.

    Just months after the massive data breaches of the 2013 holiday season, a newly discovered data breach is again shining a spotlight on the need for better enterprise data security and the fact that not enough is being done to secure critical customer data. This time, the reported data breach involves a Russian crime ring and 1.2 billion user names and passwords as well as at least 500 million email addresses..."

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