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Oracle
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Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller Extends WebRTC Functionality
Communications service providers and enterprises can now offer WebRTC-based capabilities in native iOS or Android client applications
Oracle announced the release of Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller 7.1, which brings WebRTC support to native mobile iOS and Android applications for a seamless, cross-device customer experience.

The new release also improves bandwidth utilization and cost savings by intelligently switching among anchored media, peer-2-peer (P2P) media, and P2P data depending on the CSP's or enterprise's network topology.

Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller provides better connectivity into CSP and enterprise environments with restrictive firewalls by supporting advanced Network Address Translation traversal functionality.

In addition, the new release enables secure and reliable RTC services by delivering GSMA's Rich Communications Suite (RCS) capabilities through Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller APIs. This functionality allows CSPs to extend their RCS investments to devices that are WebRTC-capable.

SQL Developer 4.1: Easier Excel Imports
By Jeff Smith
Jeff writes, "The most read post on this site? 'How to Import from Excel to Oracle with SQL Developer' - and it has been since I published it almost 3 years ago.

People really like Excel. Or I should put it this way - Excel is the way information is shared in an organization. It makes no matter how much money was invested in BI, reporting, and databases - at the end of the day, it's going into a spreadsheet.

That being said, sometimes you need to take data in a spreadsheet, or text delimited file, and move it back into Oracle. Either as a new table, or into an existing table..."

Features
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The 7 Secrets of a Successful & Social Change Management Strategy
By Gessica Chies & Silvia Leati
Gessica & Silvia writes, "Changing people's habits is always a tricky deal. You think you are a flexible person, open-minded, ready to change to get the best results, right? Then try this little experiment: when you go home tonight, to your wife/husband, try to exchange side of the bed... almost impossible to sleep as usual!

Talking about business, in which cases do we really find a matter of Change Management? How can organizations manage collective changes in order to get to specific business targets and improve step by step? How HRs can 'sell' and deliver the new model to the internal shareholders and accommodate a smoother transition? Let's summarize the Best Practices in approaching Change Management!..."

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.18 has been released
By Andy Bang
Andy writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.18 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the 'Patches & Updates' tab, and then choose the 'Product or Family (Advanced Search)' side tab in the 'Patch Search' portlet..."

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Service Cloud Achieves Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Provisional Authority to Operate
a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution
Oracle announced that Oracle Service Cloud - a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution - has received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) moderate provisional Authority to Operate (p-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board.

The Oracle Service Cloud is Oracle's premier Software as a Service (SaaS) solution providing the industry's best in class customer service platform for enterprise customers. Oracle customers can deploy Oracle Service Cloud onto a robust, secure infrastructure hosting Oracle's patented customer experience (CX) software applications in an environment accredited to FedRAMP-moderate specifications...

An Architect's Guide to the Oracle Private Database Cloud
Paper presents a reference architecture overview and Oracle product mapping for DBaaS
This white paper presents a reference architecture overview and Oracle product mapping for DBaaS in a private cloud deployment model. The approach and guidance offered is the byproduct of hundreds of customer projects and highlights the decisions that customers faced in the course of their architecture planning and implementations.

Download whitepaper here.

Linux
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Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015
By Larry Cafiero
Larry Cafiero writes in "FOSS Force", "You can tell it's the holiday season - a lot of people are focusing more on the guy with the red suit who looks quite a bit like Jon 'maddog' Hall than they are on digital matters. This also is the time of year, naturally, where pundits make their predictions for the following year.

However, I should admit something here. Truth in advertising: I don't have a good record in predicting the future. I have a hard enough time predicting what to wear the following day - oh, right: clothes. But Linux and FOSS being, well, Linux and FOSS, these projections are as good as any prediction now being foisted on the FOSS public by the army of digital pundits out there.

So what's going to happen in 2015?

A lot. Like..."

SPARC
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Hardware Threading Makes a Difference in Clouds
By Renato Ribeiro
Renato blogs, "Today's server designs are based on multi-core and multithreaded processors, and these characteristics have a fundamental impact on the server performance that users observe when running enterprise workloads. Performance is not simply a factor of number of threads and performance per thread, but of balanced design and intelligent architectural choices.

For decades, microprocessor designers improved performance by increasing clock frequency and adding capabilities to the pipeline. This did indeed improve single thread performance, and processor speeds improved rapidly. However, memory technologies could not keep up: memory latency became a major bottleneck to improve application performance. Very often compute threads were starved and stalled waiting for data from memory. Some processor designs (such as Intel Xeon and IBM Power) addressed the issue by continuously increasing cache sizes and adding various performance schemes to further improve single thread performance..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 202 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 201 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 200 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:

  • Which Oracle Solaris Virtualization?
  • Provisioning Solaris 11
  • Exalogic Case Study - Oracle's Internal E-Business Suite R12 environment
  • Python in NetBeans IDE 8.0.2
  • StorageTek T10000D Tape Drives
  • Open Source Continues its March into the Enterprise
  • SQL Developer 4.1
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.19 has been released
  • vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed Dec 17th
  • Database 12c 12.1.0.2 Certified With 12.1 On Oracle Solaris on x86-64

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 4.3.5
    fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 'fresh' family
    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5, the fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 'fresh' family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, targeted to individual and enterprise users. LibreOffice 4.3.5 contains over 70 bug fixes.

    The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.5 in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified individuals capable of providing value added support.

    Publications
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    OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide
    By Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff
    The "OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide" is your one-stop resource for complete coverage of Exam 1Z0-808. This Sybex Study Guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You'll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to superior content including, assessment tests that check exam readiness, objective map, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, key topic exam essentials and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex exclusive interactive online learning environment, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the OCA exam with Sybex.
    Virtualization
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    What's up with LDoms: Part 10 - SR-IOV
    By Stefan Hinker
    Stefan writes, "Back after a long "break" filled with lots of interesting work... In this article, I'll cover the most flexible solution in LDoms PCI virtualization: SR-IOV.

    SR-IOV - Single Root IO Virtualization, is a PCI Express standard developed and published by the PCI-SIG. The idea here is that each PCIe card capable of SR-IOV, also called a "physical function", can create multiple virtual copies or "virtual functions" of itself and present these to the PCIe bus..."

    Latest Update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    By Honglin Su

    Honglin writes, "We just released a maintenance update 3.1.1.2 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 5.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]..."

    Java Technology
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    Upgrading major Java versions - technical
    By Erik Costlow
    Erik writes, "Many users have already upgraded from Java 7 to Java 8, to benefit from improvements in speed, brevity of code, and lower memory usage. Other users have asked for more prescriptive guidance of the upgrade: when to make the change, what to expect, and how to do it in a controlled manner.

    A previous post, Upgrading Major Java Versions, provides details for certain stakeholders: support timelines, compatibility guides, lists of changes, and different supporting material.

    This post is intended to provide more prescriptive guidance of upgrading your Java SE version: how to test components and features designed to control behavior and upgrade part of your environment in stages..."

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