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Oracle Magazine: Reducing Risk While Mastering the Digital Identity
January - February 2015
Just released - the latest issue of Oracle Magazine is focused on security and features two great case studies you will want to share with your customers. These two stories highlight how companies are reducing risk and at the same time mastering digital identity. "Businesses need identity management systems to provide a single point of access and control while reducing costs and improving operational efficiency. Learn how two organizations are turning to the Oracle Identity Management solution to enable growth and business transformation.

Oracle Magazine, January - February 2015

FLUX Meeting @ NSU - Red Hat Update - Thursday January 15th
South Florida Linux Users Group (FLUX)
Many thanks to the outgoing FLUX president, Adam Glass, who has run FLUX since it was established in September 1997. We appreciate your many years of great work!

We have a new NSU sponsor and a new meeting location:

  • NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS)
  • Carl DeSantis Building (specific room will be sign-posted and announced closer to the 15th)
  • 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
  • Google Map
  • 6:30pm to 7:00pm - informal networking at Einstein's Bagels on ground floor
  • 7:00pm formal presentation, Room 1048

The speaker for our January meeting will be Jim Wildman of Red Hat. Jim is a Field Engineer and a true FOSS evangelist. He was our guest speaker at the 2013 ITPalooza event where he gave an amazing talk. Please RSVP

The site has a more detailed announcement and links to maps and a parking pass for Thursday.

See you on Thursday January 15th!

Best Practices for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones
by John Levon

"Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones, available as of Oracle Solaris 11.2, are the newest type of Oracle Solaris Zone. Kernel zones provide all the flexibility, scalability, and efficiency of Oracle Solaris Zones while adding the capability to have zones that have independent kernels. This capability is highly useful when you are trying to coordinate the updating of multiple zone environments that belong to different owners.

With kernel zones, the updates can be done at the level of an individual kernel zone at a time that is convenient for each owner. In addition, applications that have specific version requirements can run side by side on the same system and benefit from the high consolidation ratios that Oracle Solaris Zones provide.

This article discusses general best practices for deploying kernel zones..."

Learn MySQL Performance Tuning From the Experts
4-day instructor-led course
Hot off the press - the popular MySQL Performance Tuning training course has just got even better thanks to Oracle's MySQL support and engineering experts sharing their years of experience. This much improved course is currently being released, bringing you more real-life hands-on experience as well as hints and tips from the people with the most knowledge on tuning MySQL performance.

The MySQL Performance Tuning course teaches you how to tune MySQL for optimal performance. You will learn best practices for configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting your server, databases and queries using a range of tools.

Cloud Computing
Manage More with Less Effort and Gain Visibility
January 28, 2015; Keynote: 10:00 AM PST

Looking for new solutions to speed database deployment and expand your horizons?

Join Oracle and IDC as we kick off the cloud platform online forum leading into two general sessions, and 17 additional breakout sessions focused on Cloud Platform Services.

You will learn:

  • Build an effective model for database and application service delivery to support SLAs in the cloud
  • Deliver Dev & Test instances to your users more quickly
  • Support new business initiatives through IT management automation and optimization practices

Register now for the Oracle Cloud Platform Online Forum for an overview of the best public and private cloud solutions to simplify your IT landscape.

Oracle: Winning cloud perception game with IT buyers
ZDNet, January 6th, 2015
Larry Dignan writes, "Oracle appears to be winning the cloud ground wars as IT buyer perception appears to be shifting its way, according to a Piper Jaffray survey of CIOs.

Piper Jaffray's 2015 CIO report had 71 respondents and found that spending priorities are shifting toward cloud computing. For instance, 97 percent of CIOs plan to increase or maintain spending on cloud related projects. For on-premise deployments, 80 percent of CIOs would maintain or increase spending. Twenty percent of CIOs said they would cut on-premise spending..."

The best software for Linux
IT World, January 5th, 2015
"Linux has zillions of different applications available in various categories. But it's not always easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. A writer at MakeUseOf has come up with a helpful list of what he thinks are some of the best applications for Linux. I've included the basic list below but click through to the article for descriptions of each application as well as screenshots..."
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 Now Available
By Michele Casey

"We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 (UEKR3U4) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fourth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-55) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:..."

vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed January, 14th
6pm - 9pm
Please join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County, Florida, USA.

The next Broward meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes East of I-95.

This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting (beer) and Nexenta Systems (pizza).

Bring 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. Please encourage to IT friends and colleagues to attend!

  • Funky Buddha Brewery
  • 1201 NE 38th St
  • Oakland Park, FL 33334

Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page for this meetup.

Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed January 21st
6pm - 9pm: First vBeers@Boca of 2015
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 at EventBrite or

Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

ZFS Encryption in Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
By Darren Moffat
Darren writes, "With the 2013.1.3.0 (aka OS8.3) release of the software for the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance the underlying ZFS encryption functionality is now available for use. This is the same ZFS encryption that is available in general purpose Solaris but with appliance interfaces added for key management.

I originally wrote the following quick start guide for our internal test engineers and other developers while were developing the functionality and since the functionality is now available I thought I'd share it here..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 202 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 201 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:

  • Use both LDoms and Solaris Zones combined
  • 6 game-changing Linux stories of 2014
  • Top 20 open source stories in 2014
  • FLUX Meeting @ NSU - Red Hat Update - Thursday January 15th
  • Top 5 Oracle Database Tech Releases of 2014
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in NTP
  • Oracle VM Highlights of 2014
  • Top 10 Systems Articles of 2014
  • NetBeans Top 5 Highlights of 2014
  • vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed January, 14th

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
    7 Communities Driving Open Source Development
    CIO, January 6th, 2015
    Thor Olavsrud writes in CIO, "Over the past two decades, open development of technology has come to be seen as a key to driving innovation. Even companies that once saw open source as a threat have come around - Microsoft, for example, is now active in a number of open source initiatives. To date, most open development has focused on software. But even that is changing as communities have begun to coalesce around open hardware initiatives. Here are seven organizations that are successfully promoting and developing open technologies, both hardware and software..."
    15 Unix tricks to get your new year off to a good start
    IT World, January 5th, 2015
    Sandra Henry-Stocker writes, "The Unix command line provides numerous ways to make our work easier. Here are 15 'tricks' that I use often to make quick work of various tasks..."
    Java Tutorial, Sixth Edition
    By Raymond Gallardo, Sowmya Kannan, Joni Gordon, Sharon Zakhour
    The JDK documentation team is pleased to announce that "The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (6th Edition)" is now available on Amazon in printed book and kindle formats.

    This edition, based on Java SE 8, introduces the new features added to the platform, including lambda expressions, default methods, aggregate operations, and more. Expanded coverage includes a chapter on the Date-Time API and a new chapter on annotations, with sections on type annotations and pluggable type systems as well as repeating annotations. In addition, the updated sections 'Security in Rich Internet Applications' and 'Guidelines for Securing Rich Internet Applications' address key security topics...

    What's up with LDoms
    Part 11 - IO Recommendations
    Stefan Hinker writes, "In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of each of these options and give some recommendations for their use.

    Root Domain SetupIn the case of physical IO, there are several options: Root Domains, DirectIO and SR-IOV. Let's start with SR-IOV. The most recent addition to the LDom IO options, it is by far the most flexible and the most sophisticated PCI virtualization option available. Please see the diagram on the right (from the Admin Guide) for an overview. First introduced for Ethernet adapters, Oracle today supports SR-IOV for Ethernet, Infiniband and Fibre Channel. Note that the exact features depend on the hardware capabilities and built-in support of the individual adapter. SR-IOV is not a feature of a server but rather a feature of an individual IO card in a server platform that supports it. Here are the advantages of this solution:.."

    Java Technology
    Review: The big 4 Java IDEs compared
    InfoWorld, January 5th, 2015
    Rick Grehan writes, "When you think of a Java IDE, you undoubtedly imagine a graphical application in which you write Java source code, then compile, debug, and run it. Of course that's a small part of the picture -- if you're building a Java application, odds are good you're working with more than Java.

    There might be a relational database involved. Or if you're building a Web-based application, you might have to deal with AJAX, and that means JavaScript. And HTML. And that application will be running from an application server like Tomcat, so you'll need management tools for the application server. You're not alone; you're working with a team of developers, so it would be helpful if that IDE worked with Git or Subversion..."

    Java Web Start in or out of the browser
    By Erik Costlow
    "The Java Runtime Environment offers a number of ways to run applications. On client systems, one common method is Java Web Start. It allows applications to be launched through browsers or directly via the Java Network Launching Protocol (JNLP). This capability was introduced back in 2001 and has been used by many applications throughout the years. It is quite common in enterprises and certain countries.

    As browsers evolve, many users still need to continue to run these applications. Since Java Web Start applications can be launched independently of a browser, as they don't rely on a browser plugin, in many cases they can provide a migration path from Java Applets.The business owners of these applications may have additional questions about how the support lifetime of Java Web Start affects their applications..."

    NetBeans: 8.0.1 Released with bunch of out-of-the-box tools
    By Juergen Kress
    "In every NetBeans release it provides out-of-the-box tools that leverage the java standards and other tools toward the web standards, alongside great popular market tools that increases developer daily productivity.

    NetBeans editor analyzes code to work efficiently with great tips and refactoring templates for more clear and cleaner code, provides migration from other JDKs toward Java 8, and it works for Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8..."

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