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Updated Case Study: Oracle's Own E-Business Suite 12 Environment
Larry Klein, Vice President of Oracle's Enterprise IT group
Steven Chan writes, "Oracle's own use of the E-Business Suite has always been an excellent case study. Our internal EBS environment has grown and evolved over the years. We were running EBS 11i in 2006 with a 6 Terabyte database, after consolidating over 70 EBS instances into a Global Single Instance. It grew to a 14 Terabyte EBS 12 database by 2008.

Larry Klein, Vice President of Oracle's Enterprise IT group, gave a snapshot of the latest statistics and architecture in a fascinating session at OpenWorld 2014..."

10 ways Oracle uses its own technology for business success
Using It's Own Technology to Improve the Business
Steve Walker writes, "Oracle has a very broad portfolio of products to help simplify IT, encourage innovation and business success. So it's encouraging to see the extent to which the company is able to point to its own business as validation of the recommendations we make to our customers. Here are no fewer than 10 areas where use of its own portfolio has significantly helped Oracle's business in key areas such as maximising efficiency, business transformation and agility into new markets: ..."
ITPalooza 2014 (December 4th)
Vote for Sessions
We have many excellent speakers lined up for ITPalooza 2014. In fact, we may have more speakers that we have room for. We've added a fun feature to the 2014 ITPalooza website - voting! That's right, we're inviting you to vote for your favorite sessions.

We've chosen the industry standard Facebook 'like' button with counter to count the votes. Your votes will help decide how speakers are scheduled - or not.

Also included in the same page is a Facebook 'share' button so you can share your favorite sessions on your timeline and help spread the word about how cool ITPalooza is.

Please visit the ITPalooza - Vote for Sessions page and vote!

About ITPalooza 2014

ITPalooza is an annual gathering of South Florida's non-profit Technology User Groups (tech groups). Anticipating more than 2,000 registrants, 60 speakers, 65 sponsors and 50 tech groups from across South Florida, the 3rd Annual ITPalooza is set to deliver unbelievable value to the South Florida Tech community on Thursday December 4th at Nova Southeastern University.

As a non-profit group, ITPalooza gives attendees an option to pay for attendance by donating toys worth $25 to the US Marine Corp's 'Toys for Tots' charity. The 2012 and 2013 events raised over $75,000 in donations and cash.

ITPalooza, once again be hosted at Nova Southeastern University (NSU)'s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS), promises to deliver to attendees the very best of South Florida technology and technologists.

"In addition to the Hiring Fair, Higher Education Fair, Technical Sessions and Vendor exhibits, ITPalooza will feature a dedicated management track focused on the unique needs of CIOs and other top-level IT Executives," said Team Leader Alex Funkhouser.

ITPalooza 2014 is also a celebration of technologists in South Florida. The event culminates in a holiday party that features a band comprised of local technologists.

Learn How to Use OpenStack on Oracle Solaris From the Comfort of Your Desktop
Virual hands-on lab
Rick Ramsey writes, "Glynn has prepared two labs showing you how to get OpenStack running on Oracle Solaris. OTN is making them available virtually, with moderators to help you, in November's Virtual Technology Summit. Because they're virtual, you get to decide whether you want to try them out in the crisp mountain air of your fairytale castle in Germany, the convenience of your Manhattan mansion (who dares to be away from Wall Street for very long these days), or even the regal splendor of Windsor Castle, provided you convince the Queen to let you update her internet..."
Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris Multi-Node Docs
Installing and Configuring OpenStack in Oracle Solaris 11.2 document

Glynn Foster writes, "For most evaluations, running OpenStack on a single node is ideal. It gives you a chance to understand the different cloud services that make up OpenStack, understand how they are configured, and how to troubleshoot errors that you may come across. We've provided an OpenStack Unified Archive to help make that much easier to do - simply modify your Automated Installer manifests to point at this archive, or use the archive to create an Oracle Solaris Kernel Zone..."

Why Should Your Oracle Database Run on Oracle Solaris 11?
New white paper explains why
Mike Mulkey writes, "because it runs faster, is more secure, is more scalable & highly available, and because it simplifies management.

If you would like to know more, a new white paper (Oracle Solaris 11 is a state-of-the-art platform for deploying Oracle Database) has been published which details how Oracle Solaris 11 brings distinctive benefits to Oracle Database deployments, including deployments of the latest release, Oracle Database 12c. It describes Oracle Solaris 11.2 enhancements, which help to improve database scalability, availability, security, and manageability, and describe in detail how Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database optimizations bring specific benefits for database deployments on SPARC servers..."

General Availability of Oracle Linux 6.6
Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge
Michele Casey writes, "We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, the sixth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public yum repository now; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon...

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available."

November South Florida vBeers
Save the Dates! 3 Events in South Floirda
Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

Wednesday November 12th

Wednesday November 19th

Wednesday November 26th

Details @ and the vBeers South Florida LinkedIn group.

Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season - BeyondTrust and Oracle Webinar
Nov 6, 9am PT, 12pm EST
The holidays are generally a time for family, friends and cheer, but with all of this cheer comes something lurking in the dark; security breaches. As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, it is imperative for organizations to understand the importance of implementing a security and compliance strategy. The most important components to address are least privilege, auditing, password management, and compliance.

Join this engaging webinar, hosted by Oracle and BeyondTrust, to learn how you can best protect your organization during the upcoming holiday season.

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Power of SPARC T5 scalability unleashed
Python Benchmark
Malcolm Kavalsky writes, "I was working with a leading asset management vendor in the financial server sector who is using Python for a considerable amount of their software, a typical three-tier architecture, Database, Business Logic and User interface using Python as the main back-end language. Performance was critical for both latency (fast individual query response) and total throughput (being able to service a large amount of queries in parallel).

This was an opportunity to validate the quality of the scalability advantage of SPARC processors, with their large amount of cores and threads within a single chip..."

Virtual Compute Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance
Friday Spotlight
Honglin Su writes, "In today's splotlight, we want to share some great assets about Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for rapidly and easily bringing online a new rack into a cloud environment. Customers can expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally. We published a new white paper that describes how to increase the storage capacity of the Virtual Compute Appliance by adding a new rack containing a larger Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance cluster..."

Sun Tape
Oracle StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive achieves FIPS 140-2 Validation
Public sector procurement requirement
Joshua Brickman writes, "Oracle is pleased to announce that the Oracle StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive (Firmware version: 4.07.107 and Hardware Part Number: 7042136) has achieved a FIPS 140-2 validation with overall compliance at Level 1 of the FIPS standard. Conformance with the FIPS 140-2 standard provides assurance to government and industry purchasers that products are correctly implementing cryptographic functions as the FIPS 140-2 standard specifies.

FIPS 140-2 is a public sector procurement requirement in both the United States and Canada for any product claiming or providing encryption..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 200 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 199 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 198 Issues 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 Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Cookbook
  • Java SE 8 Update 25 and Java SE 7 Update 71 and 72
  • SPARC and Solaris Leadership in Security
  • The magic of ksplice
  • ESG Recap of Oracle OpenWorld 2014
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager: The Secret Sauce in Oracle's Hybrid Cloud Strategy
  • Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1
  • WebSphere Application Server Excels on SPARC T5
  • Creating and Managing Network Domains
  • Deliver and Deploy Applications Faster

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

    10 ways to help users move from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice
    Make a smooth transition from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. These tips will help you iron out the wrinkles.
    Jack Wallen writes, "it's coming -- that day when you decide the path of least resistance no longer runs through Microsoft. When that happens, you'll be seeking out alternative solutions for your business to get work done. One such solution is the LibreOffice suite.

    Even though LibreOffice provides everything you need, there is one issue you'll have to get around: migration from Microsoft Office. As anyone in tech will tell you, end users fear and hate change. No one wants to have to jump ship mid-job and learn something new. That downtime could be costly (not just to employee efficiency, but to the bottom line). So how do you make the migration easier? I have 10 tips to help you out. Let's see if one or two won't motivate you to kick off that looming migration..."

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: In-Depth Newsletter Now Available
    October Edition
    The latest issue of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c newsletter is out. Read all about the latest news and information around the award winning Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c solution. This month's edition features the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) survey results, new study on middleware management cost reduction, and the latest details on Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database plug-in.

    Read the newsletter

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 Released
    maintenance release
    VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

    For a thorough introduction to virtualization and VirtualBox, please refer to the online version of the VirtualBox User Manual's first chapter.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

    Enterprise-class Virtualization for SPARC servers
    Oracle White Paper
    Mike Mulkey writes, "Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains) is a virtualization technology which enables the creation of multiple virtual systems on a single physical system to reduce costs and improve operational agility and efficiency. A new white paper has been published (Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices) which reviews best practices on how to configure Oracle VM Server for SPARC to achieve enterprise-class performance and availability, while helping customers gain more value from new SPARC systems..."
    Java Technology
    RESTful Java Patterns and Best Practices
    By Bhakti Mehta
    RESTful Java Patterns and Best Practices written by Bhakti Mehta has been recently published writes David Delabassee.

    "One of the great thing about this book is that it is not a theoretical book covering the JAX-RS API 2.0. As its title suggest, this book is talking about different best practices that are relevant when it comes to build efficient, scalable and secure RESTful services. So the focus of the book is really on REST best practices. It then shows how you can apply the practices and patterns using the JAX-RS 2.0 APIs.

    Some of the covered practices discussed are:

    • How to design and expose your resources
    • Error handling
    • API versioning
    • Testing
    • Security
    • Caching
    • Asynchronous behaviours, etc.

    Another aspect I particularly like about this book is that it also covers features that are not yet part of the standard..."

    Why Another MVC Framework in Java EE 8?
    By Reza Rahman
    Reza writes, "Some of you may be aware that MVC 1.0 was launched as JSR 371. Targeted for Java EE 8 the goal of the JSR is to provide a standards based action-oriented web framework for Java EE. 'Why' and 'why now' are two perfectly reasonable questions to explore carefully with regards to this JSR. After all JSF has long been included in Java EE as a standards based MVC web framework. In addition although JSF is a component-oriented web framework there are myriad Java web frameworks that are action-oriented including ones that are very Java EE/CDI friendly such as VRaptor (indeed we had a session on VRaptor at JavaOne 2014)..."
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