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Features
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Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?
Download the Gatepoint Research White Paper
Read this white paper to find out what your peers reported as motivating factors to adopt integrated systems:

  • Business Performance: 67% say they require access to real-time, business-critical data
  • Adaptability: 62% indicated that they require smoother application upgrades, changes, and deployments
  • Security: 57% reported that security is paramount

You will learn how integrated solutions can streamline your business operations to implement new reporting systems, increase productivity, and reduce risk.

Top Five IoT Predictions for 2015
Part II
In part one of our blog post series, Oracle Group Vice President Scott Armour discussed the obstacles and opportunities he sees on the horizon for Internet of Things (IoT). Here is the second installment of the Q&A, outlining the effects of IoT on customers, how Oracle can address the concerns IoT and M2M service providers face, and the use of intelligent devices in specific verticals.
Solaris
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10 at 10
By Larry Wake
Larry Wake writes, "Can it have been so long already? Today is the 10th anniversary of the first release of Solaris 10. This was a breakthrough release for Solaris, Sun, and really, the industry -- it breathed new life into a class of systems software that some companies had written off long before. How did it do that? By including a wealth of groundbreaking new features that raised the bar for what an enterprise operating system should be. To use one of my favorite phrases: innovation matters, and the operating system is too critical a place in the application delivery stack not to innovate..."
MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.19 has been released
Available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site

Andy Bang blogs, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.19 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..."

It's A New Year - Take Advantage of What MySQL Has To Offer
by Diana Gray, Senior Principal Curriculum Product Manager
If you've been thinking about migrating to the cloud in this year, here's another area Oracle has worked to simplify - making it even easier to get up to speed!

Now is the time to develop the skills you need.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle CEO Hurd: Company Will Grow Its Cloud Market Share
eWeek, January 31st, 2015
Jeffrey Burt writes in eWeek that "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd is warning competitors like Salesforce.com and SAP that the software giant plans to increase its share of the booming cloud computing market.

In an interview on CNBC's Squawk on the Street Jan. 29, Hurd noted Oracle's growth in cloud revenues in recent quarters, pointing to the company's efforts in sales, R&D and engineering over the past six to seven years as the drivers for its success in making the transition to the cloud..."

"I think Oracle's in a position where we have a fantastic product portfolio," the CEO said. "We're in a marvelous competitive position. We think we're in a position to take market share ... Make no mistake about it, we are laser-focused on taking share. We're focused on growing. We're focused on driving the company forward."

Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud
Platforms of Choice for CFOs Worldwide

In Q2 FY2015, quarterly sales for Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (Oracle EPM Cloud) increased by 80 percent. This growth reiterates customers' confidence that Oracle is best positioned to offer CFOs a complete, integrated suite of financial management, procurement, projects, and performance management cloud services, all designed to work seamlessly and securely together.

More than 600 enterprise and midsize companies worldwide have selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud to drive finance innovation and growth.

Cloud Computing Definition & Architecture for Cloud Service Brokers
foundation for cloud computing including definition and concepts
Juergen writes, "the launch of the Oracle Cloud PaaS Platforms we will make the SOA & BPM Partner Community cloud ready. In this article series we will lay the foundation for cloud computing including definition and concepts.

Content

  • Cloud Computing Hype Introduction
  • Cloud Computing Definition and Criteria
  • Concepts in Cloud Computing
  • Industry focus & use case Cloud Computing Providers & Consumers
  • Differences between Cloud Definitions
  • NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture
  • Cloud Broker
  • Types Cloud Broker
  • Challenges Cloud Broker

Read on...

Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?
On-demand Online Forum with keynote featuring Oracle and IDC
View the on-demand Online Forum with keynote featuring Oracle experts and IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Watch all the sessions to learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications and enable business collaboration and innovation using an integrated cloud platform built on the industry's #1 Database and Application Server.

  • Access highly engaging content specifically designed for:
  • Java and Database developers
  • Database managers and administrators
  • IT operations managers
  • Lines of business managers

Read on for details.

Linux
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Partners Announce Support for Oracle Linux
Independent software vendors support Oracle Linux
Zeynep notes that, "Scores of leading technology partners -independent software vendors, hardware vendors, and system integrators- support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Several independent software vendors and SIs recently announced their support for Oracle Linux:

  • SAS for SAS 9.4 TS1M2 (9.4 M2) application platform
  • Symantec for its Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 client for Linux
  • Symantec Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.2 product suite
  • Capgemini has certified its OCommerce solution on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Read on to see a full list.

Exadata
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Agilent, Ross, 7-Eleven, and SriLankan Airlines Among Customers Choosing Oracle Exalogic
To Move to the Cloud and Grow Their Businesses

Companies cite benefits from faster application deployment and response times to accelerated business processes and improved IT staff productivity

Spotlighting the strong growth and business value of Oracle engineered systems, Oracle today announced customers across 52 industries in 22 countries are using Oracle Exalogic to reduce cost and complexity and move to the cloud. Recent customers include Agilent, Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira (AT), Bottomline Technologies, Celcom, Claro, ECI, Grupo Farmocos Especializados, Reliance Commercial Finance, Ross, 7-Eleven, and SriLankan Airlines...

vBeers-SF
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vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed February 11
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.

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 meetup.com 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:

SPARC
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Software in Silicon Cloud Lets Partners and Customers Test Oracle's New SPARC Technology
by John Soat
"... The Software In Silicon Cloud functions as a beta test site. As with most beta programs, participants agree to certain conditions in order to use it. The site provides the hardware (M7), the operating system (Solaris), and the tools needed to test Software in Silicon. The site also allows you to create virtual machines that are pre populated with Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic, Oracle Solaris Studio, and other software. Customers can test the processor's capabilities by testing their existing SPARC application, or developing an application on the site, or by using 'non-native' applications written in Java, says Angelo Rajadurai, Oracle principal software engineer and lead architect of the Software in Silicon Cloud..."
Servers
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Next Generation Engineered Systems Launch Recap
Key assets from the X5 engineered systems announcement on Jan. 21
Here's a quick summary of key assets generated by last week's X5 engineered systems launch:

  • Launch Webcasts & Presentations
  • theCube Videos
  • Awareness & Product videos
  • Thought Leadership Content

Read on for details.

    Storage
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    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..."

    ZFS Data Encryption
    Secure, Flexible and Cost-Effective
    Part 2: How to Prevent the Next Data Breach with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Encryption and Key Management

    John Szlendak blogs, "As we discussed in Part 1, storage system (or data-at-rest) encryption provides the best level of protection against data breaches and theft as it secures all your stored data independent of the network or the application environment. The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Encryption is one of the best storage encryption solutions out there. It provides highly secure, most flexible and cost-effective storage encryption and key management on the market. Here are some highlights..."

    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 203 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 202 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:

    • 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
    • How Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Business
    • Friday Spotlight:Incredibly Simple Conversion from RHEL to Oracle Linux
    • WebLogic with Docker in the Cloud
    • 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
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      LibreOffice 4.4
      The Most Beautiful LibreOffice Ever
      The Document Foundation is pleased to announce LibreOffice 4.4, the ninth major release of the free office suite, with a significant number of design and user experience improvements:

      • The user interface has been improved in a significant way
      • Interoperability with OOXML file formats has been extended
      • Improved source code quality based on Coverity Scan analysis

      Read on for details.

      Developer
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      Solaris Studio 12.4
      The new release comes with sharper tools
      Oracle has released version 12.4 of its Solaris Studio development environment. The release promises improved analysis tools and supports C++ 2011 and OpenMP 4.0.

      The newly designed Oracle Solaris Studio Performance Analyzer now includes features such as an intuitive data organization, timeline views and code navigation that can be called in at the click of a mouse.

      Virtualization
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      Powering a Demanding Enterprise Operation with Oracle VM
      Learn how Oracle product development uses more than 310,000 virtual machines

      "Much like Oracle's customer base (some 400,000 companies in 145 countries), Oracle deploys Oracle database, middleware, and application products to support its day-to-day business operations. By virtualizing enterprise applications using Oracle VM, Oracle's IT organizations realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs.

      Instead of implementing physical machines for each required operating system version and application release, virtualization using Oracle VM consolidates servers and provides efficiencies that help to decrease capital (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). At the same time Oracle VM helps IT deploy services more rapidly, allowing administrators to provision new applications quickly to meet emerging requirements and shifts in application demand..."

      Java Technology
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      Core Java for the Impatient
      by Cay Horstmann
      The release of Java SE 8 introduced significant enhancements that impact the Core Java technologies and APIs at the heart of the Java platform. Many old Java idioms are no longer required and new features like lambda expressions will increase programmer productivity, but navigating these changes can be challenging.

      "Core Java for the Impatient" is a complete but concise guide to Java SE 8. Written by Cay Horstmann - the author of Java SE 8 for the Really Impatient and Core Java, the classic, two-volume introduction to the Java language - this indispensable new tutorial offers a faster, easier pathway for learning the language and libraries. Given the size of the language and the scope of the new features introduced in Java SE 8, there's plenty of material to cover, but it's presented in small chunks organized for quick access and easy understanding.

      Security
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      Data Encryption ... Be Safe or Be Sorry
      How to Prevent the Next Data Breach with Encryption (Part 1)

      John Szlendak writes, "Another day, another costly data breach headline. This time, it was Sony Pictures as the victim of a devastating cyber attack. Newspapers report that North Korean hackers broke into Sony's computer systems stealing and exposing a trove of sensitive documents. The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails, private documents and other company sensitive materials. Millions of dollars in lawsuits are expected from ex-employees over leaked Social Security number and other personal information.

      Sony is not alone..."

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