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Friday Spotlight: Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2014
By Honglin Su
Honglin writes, "At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, "The Future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World". She talked about Intel's Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) for Oracle VM...
During the keynote, Steve Grobman, Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel Security Platforms showed the NGFW demo with Oracle VM Manager:..
Steve articulated the key values of the joint solution from Intel and Oracle:
- Scalable and fast deployment of the virtual firewall instances powered by Oracle VM Templates
- Fast and secure VM migration orchestrated by Oracle VM Manager
- And better datacenter protection.
You can watch the keynote replay here.
Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud
Early access to revolutionary Software in Silicon technology to dramatically improve reliability and security, and accelerate application performance
Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud provides developers a ready-to-run
virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in
a robust and secure cloud platform powered by the revolutionary Software
in Silicon technology in Oracle's forthcoming SPARC M7 processor running
Oracle Solaris. This hardware-enabled functionality can be used to detect
and prevent data corruptions and security violations. Test workloads have
demonstrated average results of 40x faster than software-only tools,
with some tests showing it's more than 80x faster. This performance
advantage illustrates the capability to eventually be always-on in
production and not limited to test environments.
Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud users will have access to the latest
Oracle Solaris Studio release that includes tools to detect numerous types
of memory corruption errors and provide detailed diagnostic information
to aid developers in quickly improving code reliability.
Code examples, demonstrations, and documentation will help users more
quickly exploit the unique advantage of running applications with Software
in Silicon technology.
Software in Silicon features implemented in Oracle's forthcoming SPARC
M7 processor include:...
illumos day 2014
by Robert Mustacchi
Robert writes, "Saturday September 27th was illumos day 2014, hosted as a follow on to Surge 2014. illumos day was really quite nice and it was a good gathering of both folks who have been in the community for some time, and those who were just getting started. I was able to record the talks and so you can find them all in the following Youtube playlist..."
Moving Oracle Solaris to LP64 bit by bit
By Allan Coopersmith
Allan writes, "A few people have noticed a trend in the Oracle Solaris 11
update releases of delivering more and more Solaris commands as 64-bit
binaries, so I figured it was time to write a detailed explanation to
answer some of the questions and help prepare users & developers for
further change, as it now becomes more critical to deliver shared objects
in both 32-bit (ILP32) and 64-bit (LP64) versions.
I'd like to thank Ali, Gary, Margot, Rod, and Jeff for their feedback
on this post, and most especially to Sharon for helping rework it to
get to the most important bits first.
For the developers and administrators who are familiar with Solaris
history, I'll start with info about what you should be doing to make
sure you're ready for increased use of 64-bit software in Solaris..."
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.15
New features and bugs fixe
Andy Bang writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.15 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. 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..."
Oracle Delivers Big Data Analytics in the Cloud
Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service lowers barriers for BI adoption for organizations of all sizes
While organizations accumulate data at unprecedented rates, pervasive business intelligence for every employee remains largely a pipe dream. Business analysts and IT have access to a wealth of data, yet everyday employees still struggle to obtain and analyze timely and relevant information. To enable all users to tap into the most pertinent data, whenever and wherever they need it, Oracle has introduced Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service (Oracle BI Cloud Service), a part of Oracle Analytics Cloud, which offers the most comprehensive analytics cloud suite on the planet. With built-in mobile capabilities, Oracle BI Cloud Service helps speed and improve decision-making across the organization by lowering the barrier to entry for users providing secure, comprehensive information access with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the cloud.
Oracle Supports Government Customers with Expanded Government Cloud Solutions Portfolio
Oracle adds human resources, enterprise resource planning, and sales offerings to Oracle Government Cloud platform
The US federal government's Cloud First policy requires government
agencies to leverage cloud computing benefits to improve IT flexibility
and responsiveness, while also reducing costs. State and local agencies
are likewise compelled to evaluate and pursue the benefits of cloud
options. To help government organizations achieve these benefits,
Oracle announced that Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud, Oracle
Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud, and Oracle Sales Cloud solutions
are now available through Oracle Government Cloud, expanding the
capabilities offered through this highly secure platform. This is
Oracle's second major addition of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions
to Oracle Government Cloud, following the inclusion of Oracle Service
Cloud last year. Oracle Government Cloud is a comprehensive, flexible,
and cost-effective portfolio of cloud applications and solutions that
extends and enhances Oracle's cloud presence with a secure offering
built specifically for government.
Oracle Unveils Latest Cloud Applications at Oracle OpenWorld
Personalized, connected, and secure portfolio of cloud applications helps customers succeed in a digital world
At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle introduced Oracle Applications Cloud Release 9, including significant additions and updates to its full portfolio of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. Oracle offers a modern cloud that is personalized, connected, and secure to deliver complete, best-of-breed functionality in the cloud that helps its customers succeed in a digital world. Oracle provides modern business practices for every function in the enterprise and a practical path to the cloud to help customers to achieve business goals.
vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed Oct. 8th
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
Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:
Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4
Dramatic increase in performance and capacity
The ability to find answers to strategic business questions quickly offers a competitive advantage to organizations of any size in any industry. The latest refresh of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, an engineered system for business analytics, includes Intel Xeon processors customized for Oracle business analytics workloads, supporting 50 percent faster clock speed, 50 percent more processing cores and 50 percent more memory compared to the previous generation.
The increased processing power and capacity enables organizations of all sizes to compete better by delivering answers to the most pressing business questions with unmatched speed, intelligence and simplicity. Oracle also announced certification of Oracle Database In-Memory with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, expanding the scope of in-memory analytics to include the full capabilities of the Oracle Database. With up to 3 TB of memory per machine, Exalytics In-Memory Machine X4-4 enables caching of analytic data marts entirely in memory, delivering speed-of-thought analytics on existing data warehouses and systems of record.
Oracle Reinvents Database Protection with Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance
Offers end-to-end data protection for Oracle databases
During his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Executive
Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison announced the
general availability of Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance,
the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for
Oracle Database protection. This massively scalable appliance delivers
unparalleled data protection, efficiency, and scalability.
Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (Recovery Appliance) is the
first appliance ever to deliver zero data loss protection for critical
Oracle Databases. When using today's solutions to restore a database,
businesses typically lose all data generated since the last backup - often
hours to days of critical data. The Recovery Appliance dramatically
reduces the impact of backups on production servers and networks,
virtually eliminating the need for lengthy backup windows.
The cloud-scale architecture enables a single Recovery Appliance to
manage the data protection requirements of thousands of databases,
avoiding the cost and complexity of disparate backup systems.
Oracle Launches the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System
Outperforms EMC XtremIO by up to 9x
Architected for Oracle Database enterprise SAN environments, Oracle FS1 Series innovates with new QoS Plus software and one-click application storage provisioning
Transcending the limitations of existing all-flash storage arrays, the new Oracle FS1 Series flash storage system scales to petabytes of all-flash capacity while delivering a multitude of innovations designed to take flash technology to new extremes. Users of Oracle Applications including Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle's PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel applications can now benefit from one-click application storage provisioning that simplifies deployment and automates complex manual tuning and administration.
StorageTek SAM-QFS 5.4
Open source filesystem and Hierarchical Storage Manager
QFS is an open source filesystem. It is tightly integrated with SAM, the Storage and Archive Manager, and hence is often referred to as SAM-QFS. SAM provides the functionality of a Hierarchical Storage Manager.
StorageTek Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 5.4 is the most significant update in several years. It contains numerous enhancements, including:
- Horizontal scalability enables users to increase the rate at which they archive data by 10x
- Automated data integrity validation enables the archive to automatically self-audit and then self-heal if necessary
- Files can now be imported and exported from the archive in LTFS format
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 199 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 198 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5;
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:
- ZFS storage appliance Simulator
- SPARC Processor Documentation
- Oracle Linux 5.11 is now available
- Why SQL is becoming the goto language for Big Data analysis
- Creating a Server Pool for Oracle Solaris 11 Zones
- 2014 Duke's Choice Award Winners
- Oracle VM Server for SPARC 188.8.131.52
- Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux
- In-Memory Query Acceleration of Oracle Database
- POSCO Selects Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Engineered Systems
The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.
Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle's SPARC T5 Servers
Demonstrates Superior Performance for Banks
The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle FLEXCUBE offers a fully tested,
tuned, and documented approach for deploying industry-leading Oracle
FLEXCUBE solutions on Oracle's SPARC T5 servers with low cost, minimal
risk, and rapid return on investment.
The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle FLEXCUBE demonstrated high
performance and efficiency for customer-facing online processing and
back-office, end-of-financial-period batch processing, taking 128 minutes
to process 10 million accounts for end-of-month and 40 minutes to process
accounts for end-of-day periods. Online transaction processing (OLTP)
performance reached 923 transactions per second with 200 concurrent users,
with 98th-percentile response time of 343 milliseconds.
The Oracle Optimized Solution delivers exceptional value for Oracle
FLEXCUBE users, including:...
Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management Elastic Charging Engine Performance
White Paper (12-pages)
"As a global leader in the telecommunications industry, Oracle is committed to delivering high- performance carrier-grade solutions that deliver rich functionality with robust performance at volumes that are representative of telecommunications networks. This paper describes performance tests that demonstrate the performance characteristics of the Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management system and its Elastic Charging Engine component for a range of processing volumes in a specific configuration..."
Oracle Virtual Networking Support for OpenStack
New plug-in extends Oracle Virtual Networking benefits to OpenStack-based cloud deployments
The Oracle Virtual Networking OpenStack Neutron plug-in, announced
today at Oracle OpenWorld, is based on the OpenStack Icehouse release
and enables all of Oracle's software-defined networking (SDN) and
network fabric capabilities to be created, provisioned and managed
by the OpenStack framework. Oracle SDN now allows OpenStack-based
cloud deployments to virtually eliminate VLAN exhaustion and bandwidth
bottlenecks experienced with traditional networking, providing extreme
scalability and security on the industry's fastest network fabric.
Oracle Virtual Networking delivers a wire-once, software-defined fabric
for a heterogeneous data center. This technology virtualizes the SAN and
LAN infrastructures by defining connectivity in software, giving users
the flexibility and agility needed for cloud-enabled Infrastructure as a
Service and Platform as a Service deployments. By consolidating both SPARC
and x86 systems on a single fabric, Oracle Virtual Networking can reduce
infrastructure complexity by 70 percent and cut capital expenditures by
up to 50 percent.
Oracle SDN technology, part of the Oracle Virtual Networking portfolio
of products, allows the dynamic deployment of thousands of completely
segregated L2 networks on the fabric, allowing customers to dynamically
scale their infrastructure and provide enhanced security.
Java Magazine: What Will You Build Today?
"When was the last time you built something, just for the fun of it? Maybe
it was yesterday, and that's great. But if it's been a while, we hope
the latest issue of Java Magazine will inspire you. It celebrates the
spirit of making and the people who are creating new and innovative
technologies and services.
In our interview with Dale Dougherty, Make: magazine founder and Maker
Faire co-creator, we explore what's behind the growing Maker Movement
and how it relates to software development..."
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Oracle Shares Key Updates on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition
Also introduces GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.1 at JavaOne 2014
Ubiquitous across the technology landscape, Java is the world's most
popular programming language and serves as the backbone of countless
innovative technologies. As the global standard in community-driven
enterprise software, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) is
a vital platform for the development and delivery of enterprise-grade
applications and services. To that end, Oracle and the Java community
are constantly innovating to drive Java EE forward and deliver value to
end-users. At JavaOne 2014, Oracle highlighted key updates to the Java
EE platform, including upcoming groundbreaking features in Java EE 8,
and also introduced the latest version of GlassFish Server Open Source
Oracle Introduces the Latest Release of Oracle Java ME Embedded
Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1 Opens New Opportunities in the Embedded and Internet of Things Market
As the Internet of Things (IoT) movement continues to drive technology innovation and transform how we work and live, organizations are seeking open and cross-industry platforms that can decrease time to market, lower costs and deliver new capabilities for embedded devices. To help customers address these needs, Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) provides comprehensive support for market-leading embedded chip architectures and new binaries for ARM architecture-based developer boards. At JavaOne 2014, Oracle introduced Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1, which expands the availability of Oracle Java ME Embedded to new platforms and opens new opportunities in the embedded and IoT market.
Oracle Highlights Continued Java SE Momentum and Innovation at JavaOne 2014
Java community continues to embrace Java SE 8, rallies for Java SE 9
Whether you're making a bank transaction, transmitting a picture from
a smart phone, or driving a car, there is almost no technology in the
world that Java does not touch. Oracle continues to work closely with
key partners in the Java ecosystem to deliver new innovation to Java
Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) that will support the fast pace
of life and business today and well into the future. At JavaOne 2014,
Oracle will highlight these advancements and the rapid adoption of the
latest release of Java SE 8. Oracle will also show how it's working in
the OpenJDK Community to lay the groundwork for Java SE 9.
Using JVM Diagnostics (JVMD) to help tune production JVMs
By Shiraz Kanga
Shiraz Kanga, writes, "Tuning a production JVM involves more than merely adding more RAM to it via the -Xmx parameter. It depends upon an understanding of how your application truly behaves in a production environment. Most JVM tuning is done by developers with a simulated load in their Development or QA environment. This is unlikely to be truly representative of the production load running on production hardware with regards to proper JVM tuning.
One of the tools that actually contains real-world production data is JVM Diagnostics (JVMD). Hence it is a good idea to use data collected by JVMD for tuning your production JVMs. Note that JVMD is a component of Oracle Enterprise Manager, licensed as part of both Weblogic Management Pack and the Non-oracle Middleware Management Pack..."