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A New Look for Oracle Documentation
Janice wrires, "The documentation teams at Oracle have been busy the past few months. In addition to updating product-specific content, all Oracle documentation teams have been working together on a revised site that should move our information into a more modern paradigm.

The new site just went live this past weekend. The revised site is a significant change, but we think you'll like it..."

Time to Register for ITPalooza 2014 (December 4th)
Register As An Attendee, As A Tech User Group, As A Sponsor
Please register to attend ITPalooza 2014 and encourage your IT colleagues to do the same! Many attendees chose to pay for their ticket by selecting the option of bring two unwrapped $12 toys for the "Toys for Tots" charity.

We have many excellent speakers and sponsors lined up for ITPalooza 2014. There is still time to register your Tech User Group and there are still some sponsorship opportunities available.

ITPalooza 2014, Thursday December 4th: Noon to Night

  • Daytime Event: Technical Sessions, Exhibitions (noon to 6pm)
  • CIO Insights - VIP CIO Pass Required for Access to this Session (noon to 5pm)
  • Hiring Fare (1pm to 5pm)

ITPalooza Hackathon: 8:30am to 5pm

  • Hackathon attendees are also welcome at the evening event

ITPalooza After Dark: 5pm to 9pm

  • Evening Event: IT Networking and Holiday Party (6pm to 9pm) featuring The IT Palooza Band - AKA Gee Force
  • Idea for people who can't attend the daytime sessions
  • All ITPalooza attendees are welcome
  • CIO Insights attendees are invited to the After Dark VIP tent

ITPalooza 2014 Pre-Conference @ NSU, Wednesday, December 3rd (9am - 5pm)

  • SQL training for a good cause

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.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Solaris Presentations Now Available
By Larry Wake
Larry writes, "Another Oracle OpenWorld is over, and as usual, there was a lot to take in. Markus Flierl had a great recap, covering what we said about Oracle Solaris, as did Rick O'Herron over on the Oracle Hardware blog, summarizing what's happening with SPARC M7.

Whether or not you got to attend this year, you might want to take a look at the presentations, which are now posted for many of the sessions. You can go to the entire content catalog (a mere 2,800+ sessions for OpenWorld and JavaOne!), or drill down to just the Oracle Solaris-related sessions via our ever-popular Focus on Oracle Solaris guide..."

Use MySQL for Visual Studio in Visual Studio 2013 Community edition
Replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version
Gab Martinez writes, "A lot a great announcements were done today at the Visual Studio Connect event. And one of the things we are more excited about is hearing that there is a new edition of Visual Studio: Visual Studio 2013 Community.

This edition was launched today and it basically replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version that has been around since some years ago. There is a huge difference between Visual Studio Express and the, just launched today, Visual Studio 2013 Community edition: The new version is extensible, so now you can add third party plugins. So that means that you can use this new Visual Studio Community edition along with MySQL for Visual Studio without any restrictions.

Some of the features that you have within this MySQL product are:..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Sales Cloud Wins Big!
Technology Innovation Award in Cloud Computing for 2014 from Ventana Research.
Kathryn Perry writes, "Oracle Cloud Applications received the Technology Innovation Award in Cloud Computing for 2014 from Ventana Research. The award is based on the strength of our portfolio, which includes infrastructure, platform, tools, and applications.

The November 5 report announcing the award specifically focuses on the high level of maturity of Oracle Sales Cloud.

Ventana Research acknowledged that Oracle has been playing catch up with - but that has changed now..."

Oracle Linux images for Docker released
Build, ship, and run distributed application with Docker
Avi Miller writes, "The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce an update to Docker on Oracle Linux, along with the release of official Docker images for Oracle Linux 6 and 7. With this update, customers will have access to the tools needed to create, manage and deploy Docker containers on Oracle Linux.

The Docker Engine and Official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions. The scope of Oracle Linux support for Docker can be found in My Oracle Support, Document ID 1921163.1.

Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud..."

SAS Big Data Analytics
On Oracle Engineered Systems
Oracle and SAS have been partners for over 20 years and they continue to work closely on joint technology projects to increase solution benefits to customers. One such technology area is Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Paul Kent, Vice President of Big Data at SAS, discusses SAS strategy for Big Data Analytics and how Oracle Engineered Systems simplify implementations for customers at increased performance and reduced risk in this video...

vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed Nov 19th
6pm - 9pm:
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

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:

Wednesday November 19th

Wednesday November 26th

Wednesday December 10th

Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

Murex Looks to SPARC Solaris Systems to Provide Value
By Mike Mulkey
Mike Mulkey writes, "Managing risk in a real-time capital market industry is something Murex customers have been doing successfully for over 27 years. Murex builds software platforms for integrated trading, risk management, processing and clearing solutions for financial institutions, corporations and utilities located across the globe.

Murex has a long history with Oracle, starting with SPARC Solaris systems in 1992, moving to a Java development platform in 1998, and beginning development on the Oracle Database back in 2001. Murex customers demand reliable solutions, which are extremely secure and very performant - as they are operating in real-time.

In this video, Fabrice Blanc, Alliances Director, Murex, describes why 80% of Murex customers run on Solaris systems today. He also describes the partnership with Oracle and how they are now looking to explore new emerging technologies like Database 12c and the Oracle cloud.

Designing a Robust Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories
By PoorFrodo

PoorFrodo, an Oracle blogger, writes, "Getting your storage repositories right is one of the more important aspects of planning and deploying Oracle VM. Throwing everything into one or two different storage repositories is not very robust nor is it conducive to backups, routine maintenance, high availability or disaster recovery. Conversely, allocating a storage repository for each individual Oracle VM guest is not scalable or practical.

You need to put some thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. So, here are a few things to think about..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 201 Issue 1; Vol 200 Issues 1, 2, 3,4 and 5; Vol 199 Issues 2,3 and 4
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:

  • Solaris 9 exiting Extended Support period
  • Unix: Catching up with Unix errors
  • Oracle FS1-2 Flash Storage System
  • New Logzilla Drives for the Oracle 7000 ZFSSA
  • vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed Nov. 12th
  • Oracle Announces Latest Release of Oracle Database Appliance Software
  • Oracle Virtual Technology Summit Kicks Off November 18
  • Live Webcast on Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle
  • Come and learn how Northumbrian Water embraced Oracle's Mobile Framework
  • Large Enterprises View Business Transformation as Essential to Ability to Compete

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

    LibreOffice 4.3.4
    fourth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 "fresh" family
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.4, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 "fresh" family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on features. LibreOffice 4.3.4 contains over 60 bug fixes.

    People interested in technical details can find change logs for LibreOffice 4.3.4 here.

    Download LibreOffice

    LibreOffice 4.3.4 "Fresh" is immediately available for download.

    LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at

    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4
    Dramatically Improves Developer Productivity
    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 enables developers to generate higher performing, reliable, and secure applications in record time. The latest release of Oracle's #1 C, C++ and FORTRAN development environment for Oracle systems includes dramatically enhanced software analysis tools to help developers optimize application performance and quickly identify memory errors for improved application reliability. It also includes enhanced standards-based, high performance compilers with advanced optimization capabilities, resulting in the best application performance on Oracle's newest SPARC and x86 systems.

    Oracle Solaris Studio is included in Oracle's Software in Silicon Cloud and uses the Software in Silicon Application Data Integrity (ADI) feature to help developers find and fix memory errors with minimal overhead.

    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 is free to download from the Oracle Technology Network site.

    Oracle to Showcase Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Network-as-a-Service Orchestration
    With Full Business System Integration
    Oracle and InfoVista have been selected to demonstrate 'CE 2.0 Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) Orchestrated and Assured' at the Metro Ethernet Forum's Global Ethernet Networking (MEF GEN14) event's Proof of Concept Showcase. Taking place November 17-20 in Washington D.C., the showcase is the focal point of the GEN14 event and will highlight leading-edge implementations of dynamic cloud-centric services featuring innovations in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), service orchestration, and automated provisioning.
    Compare and Contrast (and mix-n-match) Oracle's SPARC V12N choices
    PDoms, LDoms, and different flavors of Solaris Zones
    A new white paper from Oracle's Elite Engineering Exchange team provides an excellent guide to the different virtualization technologies available on SPARC platforms, including guidance on when to employ each - either alone, or in combination with another technology. PDoms, LDoms, and different flavors of Solaris Zones are evaluated in terms of

    • Security Isolation
    • Resource Isolation
    • Efficiency
    • Availability
    • Serviceability
    • Flexibility
    • Agility

    Although the paper is not specific to database deployments, the key points apply to all workload tiers. And while the discussion is on SPARC technologies, many points apply to all virtualization technologies...

    Java Technology
    Developing with Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3
    Whitepaper and Video by Steve Button
    Juergen writes, "Accompanying the release of Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 a whitepaper was published that describes the new developer oriented features that the product release contains. As this previous blog describes, it covers in some detail the new and updated Java EE APIs provided in the release:

    • Java API for WebSocket 1.0
    • Java API for JSON Processing 1.0
    • Java API for RESTful Web Services 2.0
    • Java Persistence API 2.1

    It also discusses the general developer features of Oracle WebLogic Server, including the existing Java EE 6 support and some new additional capabilities such as the WebSocket Emulation library and a programming model for developing applications that use the ServerSent-Event feature of HTML5..."

    Oracle's Java 8 set to shake up the M2M and IoT markets
    Antony Savvas reports
    With the recent launch of Java 8, Oracle has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons when it comes to providing an improved development platform for M2M and the Internet of Things. Antony Savvas reports.

    "A single upgrade to Java is seen as an M2M game changer by Oracle and its growing number of third party developers busily working around the Java platform, whose first official version reared its head back in 1996.

    Oracle sees Java 8 as 'the most significant upgrade' to the software since it acquired Sun Microsystems and its software portfolio in 2010. Although the jump from Java 7 to Java 8 was delayed by a year to enable developers to iron out some security issues, many plaudits say it has been worth the wait..."

    Oracle-Sponsored Study Highlights the Need for More Vigilant Enterprise Database Security
    81 percent see privilege abuse and human error as the greatest risks to enterprise data
    Data breaches cost organizations millions, damage their reputation, and result in lost customers and business opportunities. A new survey of 353 Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) database and IT professionals examines the state of enterprise database security, where the biggest risks lie, and how organizations can improve upon their security strategies.

    The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has released a global survey titled DBA - Security Superhero: 2014 IOUG Enterprise Data Security Survey.

    The survey, conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Oracle, polled 353 IOUG database security managers, database administrators, and directors or managers of IT in companies spanning various industries including IT services, government, education, utilities, transportation, and financial services...

    Oracle at Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit
    Dec 2nd - 4th, 2014 in Las Vegas
    As organizations consume an increasing number of mobile and cloud apps, identity management becomes fragmented. Organizations have inconsistent access policies and lose visibility into who has access to what. To avoid these risks and costs, they are increasingly adopting a strategy of extending enterprise identity services to the cloud. This presentation explores how organizations are using Identity Management to give users access to all their data from any device while providing an intelligent centralized view into user access rights across mobile, cloud and enterprise environments. See how Oracle Identity Management can securely accelerate your adoption of mobile and cloud applications.
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