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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..."

Cloud Computing
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

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:

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 Page.

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
  • 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.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    New And Updated FOSS Components In Oracle Solaris 11.2
    Many FOSS components are delivered as part of Solaris

    There is number of new and modified Free and Open Source Components (FOSS) in Oracle Solaris 11.2. The following information covers FOSS components delivered as part of Solaris Userland.

    This blog lists the new and updated components.

    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 Technology
    Java Magazine: What Will You Build Today?
    Sept/Oct 2014
    "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..."

    Read the [url " "latest issue"] of Java Magazine today.

    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 Edition 4.1.

    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..."

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