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VIDEO: Oracle President Thomas Kurian
on Customer Experience
Oracle Social Cloud Group VP Meg Bear sat down with Oracle's newly appointed president of product development, Thomas Kurian, for a discussion on technology, today's empowered consumer and how a modern customer experience is transforming the way businesses must interact and engage with their customers.

'Customer Experience' or #CX has become a highly cited industry buzzword for good reason - it's the major competitive battleground for most every company. Digital, social, mobile and cloud has empowered consumers and completely turned the traditional business to consumer relationship on its head...

SoleraTec Video Surveillance Management Software
For Oracle Solaris 11 and SPARC
"SoleraTec, a provider of innovative video lifecycle management and storage products, has released the PHOENIX RSM video surveillance management software solution for Oracle Solaris 11 operating system on the SPARC processor.

Organizations that need a cost-effective integrated and professional video surveillance solution can look to SoleraTec's PHOENIX RSM, for Oracle Solaris 11..."

Top Five IoT Predictions for 2015 - Part I
By Meghan Fritz
Meghan writes, "You can seldom open a news website or newspaper today without seeing some mention of the 'Internet of Things' (IoT). According to Gartner, '4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.' From our refrigerators to our vehicles, soon everything will be interconnected and sharing data that will change the way we live and work. But with the promise of massive digital transformation through IoT comes the potential for logistical and security nightmares.

In this two part Q&A, Oracle's Scott Armour discusses the obstacles and opportunities he predicts for IoT in the coming year. Armour is Group Vice President at Oracle, responsible for global Java and IoT go-to-market strategy..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle's 10-Point Plan To Be #1 In The Cloud
Bob Evans in Forbes
Bob Evans writes in Forbes, "Highlighting the accelerating growth of Oracle's $2 billion cloud business, founder Larry Ellison and CEO Mark Hurd recently shared their vision for why Oracle will surpass and Amazon to become the #1 player in the dynamic cloud market that's rapidly becoming the new model for enterprise computing.

During Oracle's second-quarter earnings call on December 17, Ellison, Hurd, and CEO Safra Catz revealed some impressive accomplishments:

  • Total cloud revenue for the quarter of $519 million, up 47% from Q2 a year earlier.
  • Cloud revenue growth in EMEA of 80% during that same period.
  • 860 new SaaS customers during the quarter, with 230 of those subscribing to more than one set of apps.
  • In Customer Experience (CX), more than 460 new SaaS customers.
  • In ERP and EPM (Enterprise Performance Management), 250 new SaaS customers.
  • In Human Capital Management (HCM), 230 new customers.
  • For Oracle's Fusion products, triple-digit revenue growth, and triple-digit bookings growth.
  • For Oracle's four-month-old platform as a service (PaaS) business, 150 new customers in the quarter.
  • First-half bookings growth exceeded expectations, and the growth rate for Q3 bookings could reach 100%.


End to End Data Integrity Using Oracle Linux, Fujitsu ETERNUS and QLogic HBA
Fujitsu Whitepaper
As demand for data protection has grown in recent years, ensuring the integrity of the customer's data is a very important task. To carry out this task, data protection is not only required for the storage system but the entire system.

This White Paper explains how data protection can be implemented for the entire system using T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) that comes with the Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), the ETERNUS DX S3 series, and QLogic HBA.

Oracle Linux and The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems
Friday Spotlight
Chris Kawalek writes, "This has been exciting week for the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams here at Oracle, with our products prominently featured in The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems event on Wednesday. If you missed the live event, take some time to watch the videos in the archive.

In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video - which is highly recommended! - there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center...."

Oracle Exadata wins the 2014 Innovation Leader Award given by IT professionals
for Converged Systems for Databases
Oracle Engineered Systems is pleased to announce that Oracle Exadata has received distinguished industry recognition. Oracle Exadata has won the 2014 Innovation Leader Award for Converged Systems for Databases, which was presented at the Open Server Summit 2014 in Santa Clara by IT Brand Pulse CEO Frank Berry. This award is especially exciting because the winner was selected by IT professionals, rather than industry analysts or an award committee. The Innovation Leader Award comes on top of Gartner naming Oracle Exadata as a leader in its Integrated Systems Magic Quadrant earlier this year.

Read the complete info here.

vBeers @ Miami - Biscayne Tavern - Wed Jan 28th
6pm - 9pm
Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk!

"Meet-Ups" are an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two.

  • Location: Biscayne Tavern
  • Address: 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
  • Date: Wednesday, January 28th
  • Time: 6pm to 8pm - arrive and depart any time

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

Please register at EventBrite.

Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

Cloud Platform Online Forum J
January 28th, 2015 10:00am PST/1:00pm
Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?

Join Oracle at the keynote as they kick off the online forum with IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications using an integrated platform built on the industry's #1 Database and Application Server.

You will learn how to:

  • Access development and test environments faster
  • Consolidate and standardize on a cloud platform for enterprise workloads
  • Deliver a superior user experience
  • Review the full agenda in the right hand nav to gain insight to all of the sessions pertaining to your interest.

For details please visit the registration page.

Exalogic Elastic Cloud 12c Software and X5-2 Hardware Launch
by Oracle Product Manager Kelly Goetsch
"We're excited to announce the release of the first of two fundamental innovations in Oracle Exalogic - our planned 12c Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software and our new X5-2 hardware, the latter of which is available immediately.

Beginning with software, we're seeing a massive shift from traditional pure virtualization to cloud. In our 12c release, Exalogic is aligning with Oracle's public cloud to offer the same IaaS and PaaS layers, with Java Cloud Service being offered as our first PaaS solution..."

Using the Right Tool for the Job
By Rob Giltrap
Rob writes, "You wouldn't hammer a screw or screw a nail, you would use the right tool for the job. That's the elegance of the ZFS Storage Appliance, it simply uses the right tools for the jobs it needs to do.

The Hybrid Storage Pool within the ZFS Storage Appliance has three different caches, using three different technologies to perform three different jobs. I'll explain each in a little detail below:..."

(ZFS) Sequential Resilvering
By Roch Bourbonnais

Roch writes, "In the initial days of ZFS some pointed out that ZFS resilvering was metadata driven and was therefore super fast : after all we only had to resilver data that was in-use compared to traditional storage that has to resilver entire disk even if there is no actual data stored. And indeed on newly created pools ZFS was super fast for resilvering.

But of course storage pools rarely stay empty. So what happened when pools grew to store large quantities of data? Well we basically had to resilver most blocks present on a failed disk. So the advantage of only resilvering what is actually present is not much of a advantage, in real life, for ZFS..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 203 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 202 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 201 Issue 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:

  • 6 excellent open source network monitoring tools
  • Join Larry Ellison announcing the Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems
  • Java 8 Parallel Streams on SPARC T5
  • kernel zones vs. fs resources
  • Friday Spotlight: Xen 4.5 Released
  • WebLogic with Docker in the Cloud
  • Friday Spotlight:Incredibly Simple Conversion from RHEL to Oracle Linux
  • How Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Business
  • Five Signs Cloud Is Mainstream At Your Company
  • Webcast: Zero to Manageability in One Hour - Jan 21st 10am PST

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

    LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) Now Available For Android
    Access Open Document Format (ODF) files
    The Document Foundation (TDF) is happy to see the LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) for Android released in the Google Play Store, allowing mobile users to access Open Document Format (ODF) files from devices such as tablets and smartphones.

    The application, created by Collabora, is available from the following link.

    The first release of LibreOffice Viewer handles text documents and basic presentations. Support for spreadsheets have been included in an early form, while support for more complex presentations is planned for a future release. Users are invited to download and test the application, although care is advised for production environments.

    The Easiest Way to Enable Oracle Database Application Development on Mac OS X
    Run Oracle Database in a VirtualBox VM
    CJ writes, "Your OS X applications can connect to Oracle Database as if it was running natively on OS X if you simply run Oracle Database in a VirtualBox VM with port forwarding enabled (easy).

    To work backwards through the installation process: in the Network window of the VirtualBox GUI, I enable a NAT Network adapter..."

    Hands On Labs for C, C++, Fortran (and Java) Developers
    With Oracle Solaris Studio
    Rick Ramsey, "I've always been a fan of Oracle Solaris Studio because it's the tool of choice for bad.ass developers. Java developers are ubiquitous, Database developers get more attention here at Oracle, and marketing apps generate a lot of buzz nowadays. But Fortran, C, and C++ developers bend big iron to their will. So I'm pumped that OTN's upcoming Virtual Tech Summit (VTS) will feature two 90-minute hands-on labs proctored by members of the Oracle Solaris Studio engineering team...."
    CPU utilization of multi-threaded architectures explained
    Martin Tegtmeier from ISV Engineering in Walldorf
    Martin writes, "Simple CPU metrics (user/system/idle/io-wait) are still widely used although these numbers need interpretation on today's multi-thread/multi-core architectures. "Idle" as measured by operating systems cannot be literally translated into available CPU resources - turning capacity planning into a more complex problem.

    Back in the days when 1 processor contained 1 core capable of running 1 thread, CPU utilization reported by the operating system indicated actual resource consumption (and resource availability) of the processor. In such environments CPU utilization grows linearly with increased workload..."

      Enterprise Manager Ops Center - Ops Center EC/PC sizing
      By Rodney Lindner
      Rodney writes, "When designing a customer's Ops Center environment, one of the first questions I get asked is how many servers can an Enterprise Controller (EC) or a Proxy Controller (PC) support. Customers think of sizing, as being the number of servers, LDOMs, etc. and these are lumped together into a total number of assets. In the real world, the answer to the "How many assets can my Enterprise Controller /Proxy Controller support?" question is, "It Depends". How you place your Proxy Controllers in your network and what you manage from each Proxy Controller can impact the total number of assets that can be supported from an Enterprise Controller..."
      Free: Virtual Technology Summit by Oracle Technology Network (Feb/March 2015)
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to the Virtual Technology Summit Series. Four times a year come and join us to learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today's IT challenges. Four main content areas covered will be Database, Java, Middleware and Systems..."
      Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance: Past Reflection and Future Vision
      By Jeff Savit
      Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.

      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 a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.

      Java Technology
      Heads Up on Java EE @ DevNexus 2015!
      March 10-12, Atlanta, GA
      Reza writes, "DevNexus 2015 will be held on March 10-12 in Atlanta. If you are a US based developer and do not know about DevNexus, you are definitely missing out. DevNexus was started a few years ago as an initiative by the Atlanta Java User Group (now one of the largest Java user groups in the world) and Burr Sutter (one of the earliest Java champions). Since then DevNexus has grown to become one of the largest Java leaning conferences in the US, perhaps second only to JavaOne. I've spoken at the conference a few times over the years. This year's roster is unsurprisingly impressive both in terms of speakers and content..."
      Java and IoT: The Intelligent Platform for the Connected Vehicle
      New Whitepaper
      "A vehicle is typically the most expensive and complex consumer device that we own. We expect it to keep up with the rest of our devices that produce and consume a rapidly growing set of media and social data. We also expect vehicles to be 100 percent reliable and to keep us safe. Meeting all of these needs is a challenge for manufacturers that have a growing set of requirements themselves.

      For instance, manufacturers need better data from their vehicles to increase reliability, manage the complex interactions between control systems and media/communication systems, anticipate problems, and enhance customer experience and safety. And by the way, data should increase profitability for the manufacturer and strengthen customer engagement..."

        Java Updates:
        SE 8 update 31, SE 7 and SE Embedded
        Oracle has released Java SE 8 Update 31 and Java SE 7 Update 75 and 76. Also available are new Java SE Embedded updates. Developers can download the JDKs and JREs for Java SE and Java SE Embedded at the Oracle Technology Network.
        January 2015 Critical Patch Update Released
        By Eric P. Maurice

        Eric writes that Oracle "released the January 2015 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 169 new fixes for security issues across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle iLearning, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL..."

        Why Customers Should Upgrade Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) to Oracle Unified Directory (OUD)
        By Forest Yin
        Forest Yin writes, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is the foundation of Identity Management. LDAP directories are designed to store identity and policy information and provide runtime access to that information. Oracle's Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) is the most widely deployed directory in the industry with thousands of production deployments. Some customer deployments include hundreds of millions of entries and even over a billion entries for a single deployment..."
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