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Oracle Introduces its Solution for Project-Driven Supply Chain to Help Customers Improve Project Performance and Profitability
New initiative helps project managers and planners enhance collaboration, decision-making, and execution throughout the project lifecycle

To meet the demands of today's complex business environment and enhance decision-making, organizations must overcome functional silos and communication gaps. This is especially true for project supply chains, where project managers often do not have access to modern supply chain management tools. To break down the barriers between departments and improve collaboration between project managers and supply chain planning, Oracle has introduced the Oracle solution for Project-Driven Supply Chain. The new solution integrates Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle's Primavera project portfolio management solutions to help organizations better align material planning, decision-making, and execution throughout the project lifecycle.

New Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Release
Delivers WebRTC-powered Enterprise Communications Experience
As enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs) - facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs - must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration with Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables CSPs to quickly and easily add integrated real-time and near real-time capabilities to their menu of secure, enterprise-grade services.
OTN Virtual Technology Summit: Hands-On Learning
With Oracle & Community Experts

OTN's successful Live day Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand. Register now to view highly technical presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on-labs. Developers, Sysadmins, Architects, and DBA's take advantage of these presentations by Oracle Ace's, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts.

Tracks include technical dives in the following areas:

ZFS Performance boosts since 2010
By Roch Bourbonnais

Roch writes, "After years of relative silence, I'd like to put back on my blogging hat and update my patient readership about the significant ZFS technological improvements that have integrated since Sun and ZFS became Oracle brands. Since there is so much to cover, I tee up this series of article with a short description of 9 major performance topics that have evolved significantly in the last years. Later, I will describe each topic in more details in individual blog entries. Of course, these selected advancements represents nowhere near an exhaustive list. There has been over 650 changes to the ZFS code in the last 4 years..."

reARC - a major re-architecture of the code that manages ZFS in-memory cache
How the reARC project impacted 7 important aspects
Roch writes, "The initial topic from my list is reARC. This is a major rearchitecture of the code that manages ZFS in-memory cache along with its interface to the DMU. The ARC is of course a key enabler of ZFS high performance. As the scale of systems grow in memory size, CPU count and frequency, some major changes were required to the ARC to keep up with the pace. reARC is such a major body of work, I can only talk about of few aspects of the Wonders of ZFS Storage here.

In this article, I describe how the reARC project had impact on at least these 7 important aspects of it's operation:

  • Managing metadata
  • Handling ARC accesses to cloned buffers
  • Scalability of cached and uncached IOPS
  • Steadier ARC size under steady state workloads
  • Improved robustness for a more reliable code
  • Reduction of the L2ARC memory footprint
  • Finally, a solution to the long standing issue of I/O priority inversion

The diversity of topics covered serves as a great illustration of the incredible work handled by the ARC and a testament to the importance of ARC operations to all other ZFS subsystems. I'm truly amazed at how a single project was able to deliver all this goodness in one swoop..."

Cloud Computing
The Best Infrastructure for Your Private Clouds
Virtualization Done Right Avoids Overprovisioning and Overhead

In the beginning, we ran applications on one server. But our businesses grew, we needed to run more applications and process more data. That single main server was extremely expensive. We discovered that new, smaller servers were much less expensive. We started to buy smaller servers and run a few applications on each. Eventually computing became so cheap that we could run each application on a single server. To run more applications, we bought more servers. There used to be a time when we only ran a single application on a single box. All was working, it seemed.

But then we did more and more of that. Over time, we faced acres of servers sprawling out in data centers running out of power and space, yet with vastly under-utilized computing capacity. Those were the bad old days, the days Before Cloud (BC)....

    Simplify Cloud and Mobile Integration
    Webcast Replay

    Simplify Cloud and Mobile Integration

    Learn how to simplify integration for your cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things at this online launch event. Get the latest update on major new enhancements in Oracle SOA Suite 12c including new Cloud integration support, mobile service enablement, and productivity enhancements. Hear success stories directly from Oracle customers Dell, JDSU, and Keste and why they are excited about using Oracle SOA Suite 12c to simplify and differentiate their business.

    Join the webcast and learn:

    • How to unify integration across Cloud, Mobile and the Internet of Things
    • The business value of breaking down the divide between cloud applications and on-premises systems
    • Best practices for mobile enablement within your existing IT environment

    The webcast closes with a live demo on SOA 12c new capabilities presented by the Oracle SOA Specialized Partner AMIS Holding B.V.

    Friday Spotlight: Tips on Managing and Designing Your Deployments
    Two recent webcasts

    Over the last couple of weeks, we've done two fantastic live webcasts giving you tips on how to better manage your Oracle Linux environments. We discussed using Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Spacewalk, and more. If you're looking to get a primer on how these technologies can help you, have a listen to the following on demand versions at your convenience.

    Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

    Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure

    Have a great week...

    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed December, 10th
    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:

    IBM WebSphere Application Server Excels on Oracle SPARC T5
    2.7X better throughput than on Oracle's SPARC T4
    This paper is intended for anyone considering running IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) on Oracle's SPARC T-Series servers. For IBM and Oracle customers, this includes systems administrators and system architects; we also encourage Oracle and IBM Sales and Support teams to consult this document.

    The latest release of WAS is shown to perform exceptionally well on SPARC T-Series servers. Specifically:

    • SPARC T-Series servers provide a scalable, dependable, and performant platform for the deployment of WAS application instances.

    -Application architects should have confidence in deploying WAS to multiple 'building blocks' consisting of one or more SPARC processors from Oracle; these building blocks may be instantiated as physical or virtualized resources.

    • WAS demonstrates 2.7X better throughput on Oracle's SPARC T5 processors than on Oracle's SPARC T4 processors, with improved response time.


    Record Performance and Seamless Scalability in Core Banking
    with Infosys Finacle and Oracle SuperCluster
    Demonstrating extraordinary performance and scalability, an Infosys Finacle core banking solution version 10.2.13, running on an Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 system recently set a new global benchmark for the number of transactions processed across key banking functions. In a test that was audited and reviewed by a global business consulting and audit firm, the solution supported more than 1.9 billion bank accounts with near linear scalability. The test also saw Infosys Finacle processing 726 million effective transactions in four hours, or more than 50,000 average transactions per second. The press release was issued by Infosys a while back.

    A new whitepaper describers the technical details behind the testing and results of this work and how it sets a new standard of scalability for core banking infrastructure.

    Read the white paper for details.

    Oracle's New Two-Socket x86 Servers with Oracle's Unique NVM Express Design
    By Josh Rosen
    Josh writes, "Oracle announced the new Oracle Server X5-2 and Oracle Server X5-2L, based on the latest processors from the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processor family, also known as the Intel Haswell-EP processors. These are the most powerful two-socket servers we've ever made, and we are excited to share our most recent innovations. Both of these servers have been designed from the ground up for one purpose - to be the best two-socket servers for running Oracle software.

    We have optimized the two servers for different Oracle workloads..."

    Oracle Server X5-2 and Oracle Server X5-2L
    Available now
    Oracle announced the new Oracle Server X5-2 and Oracle Server X5-2L, based on the latest processors from the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family, also known as the Intel Haswell-EP processors. At the same time, Oracle has announced support for high bandwidth NVM Express (NVMe) flash drives on both new servers. These servers are available immediately for quoting, ordering and shipping.
    Scream Safely! Introducing ZFS Storage ZS4-4 and OS8.3
    Turbocharged storage!!!
    Bob Handlin writes, "That's the best way to describe our Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 (released today). It's our 4th generation high-end Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, and it comes with our just-released OS8.3 software. This new platform uses the latest hardware technology, and combined with OS8.3, doubles the performance of the record-setting previous generation, and also offers new innovations in security and Oracle Database 12c analytics.

    In short, it's a beast..."

    Oracle Unveils Flagship Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 NAS System
    with Extreme Performance and Innovations for Oracle Database 12c
    Oracle's latest-generation NAS storage system, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4, enables customers to significantly accelerate application performance and dramatically improve operational efficiencies. Co-engineered with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is the industry's only storage system with analytics for pluggable databases. It doubles previous generation performance to enable faster time to actionable intelligence and smarter, more competitive business decisions. Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 also provides high-level protection against security breaches with its fine-grained, simple, cost-efficient encryption capabilities...
    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 201 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 200 Issues 1, 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 Solaris 11 - Beginners Guide
    • vBeers @ ITPalooza After Dark
    • Oracle High Scores on GigaOm Research - Sector Roadmap
    • Over 10,000 Engineered Systems sold
    • Java Update and Roadmap
    • Oracle Linux Docker Base Image on Ubuntu 14.10
    • Best Virtualization and Life Cycle Management for Private Clouds
    • Oracle Managed Cloud Services Wins the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Customer Value Leadership Award
    • Cloud Computing
    • Events where you can find MySQL in December 2014 & January 2015

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

      Oracle VM 3.2.9
      By Honglin Su
      "We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to bring new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

      Oracle VM 3.2.9 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Sever 3.2.1 Patch Channel or Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release..."

      Java Technology
      Evolving Java - How and why it matters
      Video of Brian Goetz, Oracle's Java Language Architect
      Terrence writes, "If you haven't watched a talk on language stewardship and evolution in a while - I would highly recommend this one.

      Brian Goetz, Oracle's Java Language Architect, makes a brilliant, witty, and passionate case for pragmatic evolution of programming languages and provides compelling reasons why Java not only remains relevant as the top programming language and platform of choice but - even after 20 years - continues to deliver innovation that matters to the entire IT software ecosystem, including 9 million Java developers and those building software with alternate languages on top of the Java runtime..."

      The Java 7 EE Tutorial
      The Java EE 7 Documentation page has been recently refreshed with an improved and cleaner layout. It should now be easier to locate, browse and read the Java EE API documentation, the Java EE SDK documentation and the Java EE Tutorials.

      It is sometime useful to remind about the availability of useful resources such the "Java EE Tutorial" ... even more when those resources a free! The Java EE Tutorial is one of those gems that is sometime overlooked. It covers Java EE 7 and is an invaluable set of resources for anyone wanting to learn Java EE but also for people already familiar with Java EE as it also covers some of the less known part of the Java EE platform such as JCA.

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