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ESG Recap of Oracle OpenWorld 2014
by The Enterprise Strategy Group
"This year's Oracle OpenWorld has reflected some interesting bets on the future of databases, cloud, big data, and analytics, along with many other macro-trends like social, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT)," writes Mark Peters, Nik Rouda from ESG.

"Oracle is doubling down on positioning itself as a cloud leader with emphasis on 'pluggable' databases that can be easily hosted multi-tenant on-premises or migrated to a public cloud with a single command line. Database-as-a-service or DBaaS is clearly a priority and it's being complemented by more cloud-oriented middleware and many new SaaS offerings.

At the same time, Oracle is also playing the field with simultaneous bets spread across appliances (now being called 'Engineered Systems') and software-only approaches. The feeling that this is both wise diversity and a hedging strategy was unavoidable. The value propositions of time-to-value, simplicity, and supportability around Exadata systems, a Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Big Data Appliances (BDA) were all well covered..."

Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Cookbook
by Alexandre Borges
About This Book

  • Understand and execute best practices when administering advanced features of Oracle Solaris 11
  • Master special features of Oracle Solaris 11 such as ZFS objects, networking framework with RNC (Reactive Network Configuration), and get introduced to Performance Monitoring using sophisticated commands
  • Practical and easy-to-learn recipes explaining how to install, configure, update, and manage the Solaris OS and its application

Who This Book Is For

If you are a Solaris administrator who wants to learn more about administering an Oracle Solaris system and want to go a level higher in utilizing the advanced features of Oracle Solaris, then this book is for you. A working knowledge of Solaris Administration is assumed.

OpenZFS Developer Summit 2014
OpenZFS, October 13th, 2014
"The second annual OpenZFS Developer Summit will be held in San Francisco, November 10-11, 2014. All OpenZFS developers are invited to participate.

The goal of the event is to foster cross-community discussions of OpenZFS work and to make progress on some of the projects we have proposed. This 2-day event will consist of 1 day of presentation (Nov 10) and a 1-day hackathon (Nov 11).

Details about registration, presentations, and sponsorship opportunities are provided on this page.

Cloud Computing
The Cloud Business Case: New Insights On How To Grow And Save
Forbes, October 16th, 2014
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "Cloud computing has become the ultimate in self-service technologies for an increasingly tech-savvy crowd of business users, according to Rebecca Wettemann, the research chief at Nucleus Research.

The technology has also become increasingly easy for chief information officers to integrate with legacy on-premise IT systems, allowing them to redeploy their resources for more high-impact assignments. Wettemann said the cloud also provides less well-known benefits, such as a reduction in corporate income tax when companies tap into their operating expense budgets to pay for software as a service - as opposed to depreciating IT systems as capital expenses..."

Easily Extend & Build Applications With Oracle Cloud, Says Larry Ellison
Chairman's keynote @ OpenWorld
Cinzia Mascanzoni writes, "In his Chairman's keynote, Larry Ellison highlighted new Oracle Cloud platform capabilities to enable organizations to easily build new apps, extend Oracle SaaS applications and migrate existing on-prem apps to the cloud..."

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Deliver and Deploy Applications Faster
Using Docker on Oracle Linux
John Shell writes, "For our Oracle Linux Partners, consider using Docker on Oracle Linux to build, ship, and run distributed applications. You can help your customers deliver and deploy applications faster, scale easily, and perform workload consolidation.

We have built Docker packages for Oracle Linux (Oracle Linux 7, and Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3) and made it available on the Oracle Public Yum Server..."

The magic of ksplice
By Wim By Coekaer
Wim blogs, "I love talking about Oracle Ksplice and how cool a technology and feature it is. Whenever I explain to customers how much they can do with it, they often just can't believe the capabilities until I show them, in a matter of literally 5 seconds that it actually really -just works-. During Oracle OpenWorld, we talked about it a lot, of course, and I wanted to show you how far back these ksplice updates can go. How much flexibility it gives a system administrator in terms of which kernel to use, how easy and fast it is, etc...

One of the main advantages of the ksplice technology is the ability for us to build these updates for many, many, yes many,... kernels and have a highly automated and scalable build infrastructure..."

vBeers @ Miami - Biscayne Tavern - Wed Oct. 22nd
6pm - 9pm
Come out and connect with other IT professionals! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment. There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk!

"Meet-Ups" are an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two.

  • Biscayne Tavern (Inside of the B2 Hotel)
  • 146 Biscayne Blvd
  • Miami, FL 33132

Please register and share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

OTN Virtual Technology Summit
New Content coming in November!

How can you use Oracle technology to meet today's IT challenges? Find out at the Virtual Technology Summit (VTS). Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience in meeting those challenges. Oracle is offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts. Register Now by clicking one of the links below!

  • Americas - Tuesday November 18th - 9am to 12:30pm PT / 12pm to 3:30pm ET / 1 to 4:30 pm BRT
  • APAC English - Wednesday November 19th / IST - 10:00am / SG - 12:30pm / AEDT - 3:30pm
  • EMEA - Wednesday, November 26th / 9am to 1pm BST / 10am - 2pm CET / 12pm to 4pm MSK / GST

This interactive, online event, sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips...

DB2 v10.5 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)
Via fixpack

Eric Reid writes, "IBM has released a fixpack for DB2 v10.5 which provides Solaris 11 support on SPARC-based servers.

DB2 Cancun Release (also known as v10.5 fixpack 4) is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM..."

WebSphere Application Server Excels on SPARC T5
Details in new white paper
Eric Reid writes in a recent blog that, "a new white paper, jointly authored by Oracle and IBM, details the exceptional performance of IBM's WebSphere Application Server (WAS) v8.5.5 on SPARC T5 servers." Eric lists six key highlights in his blog.

The referenced white paper is now available on the Oracle Technical Network website by following this link.

Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1
Many enhancements

Oracle has announced the latest software release 2.0.1 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The VCA software release 2.0.1 delivers the following enhancements:...

Oracle ZFS Storage Users Group Conference
November 10th 2014
OZUG is the Oracle ZFS Storage Users Group, an IOUG Special Interest Group. As an independent and non-profit group, its charter is to help members collaborate and share information around Oracle ZFS Storage. The User Group's Fall Conference is scheduled for November 10th at Oracle's Santa Clara office, with an RSVP requested by Monday, October 20th. Topics include:

  • Best practices with Oracle Database integration
  • Workflow, scripting, RESTful API best practices
  • SMU, snapshot, cloning, and replication best practices
  • Encryption ...and more

Registration details are here.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 200 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 199 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 198 Issues 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:

  • SPARC It Up!
  • John Fowler's OpenWorld Keynote Presentation
  • How-To: Lifecycle Management for Zones
  • Oracle Brings out the Big Guns, Rolls out the FS1 Flash Storage System
  • A Quick Wrap-Up of Oracle OpenWorld
  • The Java EE 7 Tutorial
  • Upgrading major Java versions
  • ECS electraSWITCH On Oracle SPARC T5
  • Applications Certified on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Top 10 NetBeans Highlights at JavaOne 2014

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

    Oracle Enterprise Manager: The Secret Sauce in Oracle's Hybrid Cloud Strategy
    IDC Report
    This report Oracle Enterprise Manager: The Secret Sauce in Oracle's Hybrid Cloud Strategy is authored by Mary Johnston Turner from IDC. The Link discusses IDC's experience at Oracle Open World 2014, specifically around Oracle Enterprise Manager.


    Oracle Cloud services are supported by more than 20 Oracle Cloud data centers around the world and are managed by the same Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) toolkit that customers use on premise to monitor, provision and maintain Oracle databases, Engineered Systems and Oracle applications and middleware...

    October 2014 Critical Patch Update Released
    fixes for 154 vulnerabilities across a number of product families

    Eric Maurice writes that Oracle, "released the October 2014 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 154 vulnerabilities across a number of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Product Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Communications Industry Suite, Oracle Retail Industry Suite, Oracle Health Sciences Industry Suite, Oracle Primavera, Oracle Java SE, Oracle and Sun Systems Product Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL..."

    Creating and Managing Network Domains

    Owen Allen writes, "Efficient networking is crucial for a virtual datacenter. (I suppose it's crucial for any kind of datacenter, but I'm focusing here.) In Ops Center, you can keep your vDC networks running using network domains. Network domains manage public networks with defined resources as well as ad-hoc private networks.

    To create a network domain through Ops Center, you need to identify at least one fabric to support it, then run the Create Network Domain wizard. This wizard lets you create new dynamic private networks for the new domain and associate existing networks with it..."

      Java Technology
      Java SE 8 Update 25 and Java SE 7 Update 71 and 72
      includes important security fixes.
      Tori writes that, "Oracle has released Java SE 8 Update 25 and Java SE 7 Update 71 and 72. Developers can download the latest Java SE JDK and JRE at the Oracle Technology Network...

      • Java SE 8 Update 25-

      This release includes important security fixes. Oracle strongly recommends that all Java SE 8 users upgrade to this release. Read the Release Notes. Download Java SE 8 Update 25.

      Java SE 7 Update 71/72

      These releases includes important security fixes. Oracle strongly recommends that all Java SE 7 users upgrade to one of these releases..."

      Implementing Oracle Identity Management for large enterprises
      Design Considerations
      Eric Renaud writes, "Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle Diamond Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on Large Enterprise Identity Management deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Oracle Identity Management Blog.

      Large Enterprises: Large Challenges

      During the course of deploying Oracle Identity Management suite for various large enterprises, the Infosys Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) technology team has identified a few typical organizational scenarios:..."

      SPARC and Solaris Leadership in Security
      By Kelvin Gee
      Kevin Gee writes, "Oracle's SPARC systems and Oracle Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient secure technology. SPARC security uses hardware accelerators to deliver leading performance.

      Oracle leads in providing encryption and policy-based key management that ensure data protection for cloud and virtual environments. Oracle has proved its dramatic security performance advantages through rigorous testing. In the cloud a huge amount data needs to be encrypted. For data at rest, AES block-level encryption is FIPS 140-2 certified to support U.S. government agencies. The end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment..."

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