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A Quick Wrap-Up of Oracle OpenWorld
Presentations and On Demand Replays Available

They went for the keynotes and sessions, the exhibits and demos, the networking, and the fun. And the attendees at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 were not disappointed.

The cloud was top of mind at the conference, especially with the keynote speakers:

Sunday: Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison talked about the recent Oracle technology built for the cloud.

Monday: Oracle CEO Mark Hurd discussed a new era of social and mobile technologies, powered by cloud.

Tuesday: Oracle Executive Vice President of product development Thomas Kurian examined three major topics: big data, mobility, and 'yes' the cloud. And Larry Ellison's keynote included a discussion of capabilities to help customers move on-premises databases and applications to Oracle Cloud.

Wednesday: Oracle Executive Vice President of systems John Fowler looked at how the latest Oracle Cloud engineered systems technologies are benefiting customers.

The cloud was also the subject of sessions across the conference's focus areas, or 'Centrals.' In total at Oracle OpenWorld, there were 2,707 sessions in 17 venues...

Solaris
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Applications Certified on Oracle Solaris 11
By John Shell
John writes, "Whether you're planning a consolidation project or the implementation of a new application for a customer, if your target is a SPARC-based system you'll need to know if the application is supported on Solaris 11.

Oracle's Solaris ISV Engineering organization maintains a list of certified applications on Solaris 11. Since it's impossible to track the universe of enterprise applications, this is only a quick reference list. Always check the vendor's support site..."

Exadata
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Certified Platinum Configurations
Engineered System, Hardware, Operating System, Oracle Database, Programs

The tables in this document describe the Certified Platinum Configurations as of the effective date of the applicable table. In order to determine which table applies to you, please note the following: (a) if you are installing Platinum Services for the first time, please refer to the most recent table noted below or (b) if you already have Platinum Services installed and/or are adding a new hardware system(s), please refer to any of the below tables...

    vBeers-SF
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    vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed Oct. 15th
    6pm - 9pm: Sponsored by Citrix and Choice Solutions
    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.

    Biergarten Boca Raton

    • 309 Via De Palmas #90
    • Boca Raton, FL 33432

    Choice and Citrix will be sponsoring beers and snacks

    This event will be sponsored by Citrix and Choice Solutions' to celebrate celebrate the one year anniversary of Choice Solutions' South FL office.

    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:

    SPARC
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    SPARC It Up!
    M7 Promises Once in a Generation Innovation

    Kevin writes, "Oracle's microprocessor received a lot of coverage at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. The extreme performance, efficiency and optimization gains will rewrite the rules for price and performance value, plus speed the time it takes to deploy technology. Masood Heydari, SVP of Hardware Development at Oracle, provided an update to the SPARC M7 roadmap, first revealed at the Hot Chips conference in August 2014..."

    Servers
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    John Fowler's OpenWorld Keynote Presentation
    Now available On-Demand
    John Shell blogs, "If you missed it, John Fowler's Oracle OpenWorld Keynote presentation is now available on-demand. John discusses how Oracle is moving to simplify efforts to tackle the complex problems our customers face, rather than 'dumbing down' their problems.

    Oracle is engineering the data center to run hardware -- networking, storage, compute - and building underlying technologies to improve performance, efficiency and security, which can then be used to run any application. In short, he is looking to make it simple to run a single system of record, to run everything in-memory, to protect all data, and to make that as clear and as easy as possible..."

    Storage
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    Oracle Brings out the Big Guns, Rolls out the FS1 Flash Storage System
    DCIG Blog by Jerome M. Wendt
    Jerome writes, "Dedicating a single flash-based storage array to improving the performance of a single application may be appropriate for siloed or small SAN environments. However this is NOT an architecture that enterprises want to leverage when hosting multiple applications in larger SAN environments, especially if the flash-based arrays has only a few or unproven data management services behind it. The new Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System addresses these concerns by providing enterprises both the levels of performance and the mature and robust data management services that they need to move flash-based arrays from the fringes of their SAN environments into their core.

    Throwing flash memory at existing storage performance problems has been the de facto approach of most hybrid and flash memory storage arrays released to date. While these flash-based arrays deliver performance improvements of 3x to as much as 20x or more over traditional hard disk drive (HDD) based arrays, they are frequently deployed as a single array dedicated to improving the performance of a single application..."

    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 200 Issue 1; 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:

    • Oracle Launches the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System
    • Moving Oracle Solaris to LP64 bit by bit
    • StorageTek SAM-QFS 5.4
    • Oracle Introduces the Latest Release of Oracle Java ME Embedded
    • Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud
    • Oracle Highlights Continued Java SE Momentum and Innovation at JavaOne 2014
    • Using JVM Diagnostics (JVMD) to help tune production JVMs
    • Oracle Reinvents Database Protection with Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance
    • New And Updated FOSS Components In Oracle Solaris 11.2
    • Java Magazine: What Will You Build Today?

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

      Performance
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      ECS electraSWITCH On Oracle SPARC T5
      5x Better Performance, Linear Scaling
      "ElectraCard Services, a MasterCard company, and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests of electraSWITCH iTX on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer transaction mixes for Switching, ATM Transactions and Authorization Transactions. The measured results on the SPARC T5-4 were 5X better than previous results on the SPARC T4-4 showed near-linear scaling.

      electraSWITCH 10 iTX from ElectraCard Services is a powerful payment processing application software that acquires, authenticates and routes financial transactions from multiple channels such as ATM, POS terminals, mobiles, IVR and kiosks to account management hosts, utility companies, service providers and interchanges such as MasterCard, Visa or domestic networks.

      Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design.

      The following three real world workloads were run to measure how well these combinations of hardware and software could perform while supporting a very high OLTP load..."

      Virtualization
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      How-To: Lifecycle Management for Zones
      By Owen Allen

      Owen writes, "Oracle Solaris Zones are a useful too. As I've been discussing over the past few weeks, Ops Center lets you manage zones from a high level by creating them, grouping them into server pools, and migrating them. However, I haven't talked about how to use Ops Center for more day-to-day zone management.

      When a zone is managed in Ops Center, you can see its current state - running, shut down, or unreachable - in the Assets section, shown by an icon over the asset. By selecting a specific zone, you can take a number of possible actions: you can reboot or shut down a running zone, halt a zone if it's not responding to a graceful shutdown, boot a stopped zone, or delete a zone if it's no longer needed..."

      Java Technology
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      Upgrading major Java versions
      By Erik Costlow

      Erik writes, "With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, many users have already upgraded. They can take advantage of new features such as:

      • Significant and noteworthy speed improvements (Fork/Join and Lambda).
      • Shorter code that is easier to read and write (Lambda and the Streams API).
      • Language support to prevent bugs, especially when different teams write different parts (Type Annotations like the Checker-Framework).
      • Lower memory usage (String deduplication).

      There are many write-ups and tutorials that cover what's new in Java 8. The Oracle Java 8 launch videos gathered knowledge together from many people directly involved in creating Java SE 8.

      Rather than covering specific features, I would like to gather details that many software teams should understand as they work on projects..."

      The Java EE 7 Tutorial
      By David Delabassee
      David writes, "The Java EE 7 Tutorial is one of the lesser-known gem. It is an extensive tutorial that covers the Java EE platform and its different APIs. The nearly 1,000 pages of the Tutorial might looks a bit daunting for newcomers. But let's be clear, one doesn't have to go through the complete tutorial! The tutorial has been structured in a way to make it easy to learn specific aspects of the platform. And last but not least, the Tutorial also covers more advanced parts of the platform such as JCA for example. In short, the Java EE Tutorial is a great resource to learn the Java EE platform at large but also learn more specific aspects of Java EE..."
      NetBeans
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      Top 10 NetBeans Highlights at JavaOne 2014
      By Geertjan
      Geertjan writes that he is, "Back home in Amsterdam again after a wild and crazy week at JavaOne 2014 in San Francisco. Off the top of my head, without too much thinking, here's what I consider to be, in no particular order, the top 10 of the cool things happening over the past week in the context of NetBeans IDE...

      • EPIK (Encouraging Programming in Kids)
      • Full Rooms Throughout NetBeans Day
      • James Gosling
      • NetBeans Teachers
      • IDR Solutions
      • Duke's Choice Award Winners
      • Oracle Partners
      • Reuniting With 'Old' Friends
      • "JavaFX Programming on the NetBeans Platform"
      • The Many Cool Ideas For Next Year!

      And the list goes on and on. Anyway. It was awesome! Onwards to more awesomeness..."

      Security
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      Seamlessly & Securely Managing 360k+ User Identities While Reducing IT Complexity
      By Eric Renaud
      Eric writes, "Following the 2013 decision to choose Oracle's PeopleSoft applications running on Oracle Exadata database machines as its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) and campus-solutions platform in 2013, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology was also faced with another critical decision prompted by the impending end-of-life scenario of its legacy identity management solution.

      Spurred with the overarching goal to provide secure and role-based access to all of the school's applications and online services for a growing and increasingly remote student body, Seneca chose Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite as its new platform for managing identity and access rights..."

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