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Monthly FLUX Meeting @ NSU - Thursday February 12th
Meetup starts at Einstein's @ 6:30PM
Meet at the Einstein's Bagels on the ground floor of the Carl DeSantis building at 6:30pm

There will be a formal meeting with a presentation on the 19th. This meeting on the 12th is a "meetup" - and informal gathering. Let's grab a coffee and a some food at Einstein's then move to a classroom for introductions and informal discussions.

Directions onf FLUX website.

Oracle President Thomas Kurian on the Importance of User Experience in Enterprise Software
'When is the last time you read documentation about your iPhone?' That's the rhetorical question asked by Oracle President Thomas Kurian in this latest video emphasizing the importance of user experience in today's enterprise software. His quick answer of course: 'Never.' Usability and user experience isn't new for enterprise software providers; it's just increasingly becoming a requirement and a differentiator. The proverbial bar has been raised...
Five best practices for PaaS [Platform as a Service]
In the Fall of 2014, ComputerWorld published a report detailing the results from a survey conducted with 300 IT executives and practitioners worldwide. The questions ranged from type of applications being run on the cloud now and in the future, support for mission-critical apps, the challenges faced from an interoperability perspective, and more. The results highlighted some critical insights from these experts which for certain topics were surprisingly significantly aligned. Calling this phenomena 'this alignment' the wisdom of the crowd, we bet that as the industry moves forward with the cloud initiative, IT leaders worldwide are increasingly adopting these practices, driving these to become best practices. Hence our attempt at culling these and putting these within an infographic, so its easily available at a bird's eye view level to IT practitioners undertaking their cloud journey right now.

Check out this infographic.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Announces Oracle Marketing Cloud's New Life Sciences Consumer and Patient Solution
Oracle Marketing Cloud solution helps marketers in life sciences field improve consumer and patient marketing effectiveness while addressing compliance concerns
To help life sciences organizations overcome marketing challenges and implement modern marketing technology that enhances customer and patient engagement, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Marketing Cloud's new life sciences consumer and patient solution.

The cost and complexity of HIPAA legislation compliance has had a significant impact on the adoption of modern marketing practices within life sciences organizations. Not only can this have a negative impact on the customer experience that life sciences organizations can provide, but as a recent Oracle and Forrester study found, it also can impact overall business performance.

Announcing: Oracle Data Cloud Summit 2015!
New York City, May 20th
Oracle is pleased to introduce the Oracle Data Cloud Summit, May 20, 2015, in New York City during Internet Week. Prior to being acquired by Oracle, BlueKai hosted this industry-leading event to bring together the entire data ecosystem. In this conference Oracle will detail the current data environment, helping businesses understand and act on what their customers do, say, and buy on one platform of identity.

Attendees will hear from and interact with data luminaries and practitioners who will show the way to the future based on the evolving realities of data-driven business...

Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry
Enterprise-grade operating system joins the most popular open source database for easy access by the Docker community

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems (OSs). Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already extremely popular on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times. Additionally, Oracle plans to provide a new Oracle-maintained MySQL image for the official repos on Docker Hub in late February further enabling developers to rapidly benefit from the latest MySQL innovations.

Controling Software Costs on Exadata
By Gurmeet Goindi
Gurmeet Goindi blogs, "We recognized the trend of processors getting bigger with every generation. Hence we introduced Capacity on Demand (CoD) licensing and Trusted Partitions on Exadata Database Machines.

Capacity on Demand allows users to disable a subset number of cores on a given database server to reduce licensing requirements, the maximum number of cores that can be disabled on a Exadata X5-2 Database Server is 60%. In other words, with Capacity on Demand, a user only needs to license 14 cores per Exadata X5-2 Database Server even though there are 36 physical cores, thus greatly reducing the number of software licenses required per server. Additional cores can be subsequently enabled and licensed as needed. Exadata comes with all the necessary software tools to provision and manage Capacity on Demand..."

vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed February 11
6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Pizza and Beer)
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 and Nexenta. Volico Hosting will be buying the beers and Nexenta will provide 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 @ Delray Beach (Wed, February 18th, 2015)
6pm - 9pm - Saltwater Brewery - Sponsored
This month we have a field trip to the Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. Saltwater is functional brewery - not a traditional bar. They have a regular rotation of food trucks that camp out there (Cuban, American, Mexican food). We will have some food delivered (wings and pizza).

Event participants will be treated to a private tour of the brewery by the Brewmaster and be given a commemorative Saltwater Brewery growler should they wish to take some home after the tasting and networking event.

The Saltwater Brewery is 300 yards WEST of 95 on Atlantic Blvd in Delray Beach on the north side of the road. They have recently celebrated their 1-year anniversary and offer an assortment of locally brewed beers. Flights and growlers are also available.

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 share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

Please RSVP via

Integrating Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance with a Data Center LAN
Using Oracle Switch ES1-24
This white paper outlines the physical connectivity solutions supported by Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance engineered system and Oracle Switch ES1-24 for connecting to a data center's 1/10 GbE network infrastructures.

Integrating Virtual Compute Appliance with a Data Center LAN

Virtual Compute Appliance is the latest engineered system from Oracle, and it offers a turnkey converged infrastructure solution for private clouds and any virtualized application. It is a highly available, fully redundant converged system with compute, network, management, and storage elements combined.

Join the Oracle ZFS Storage User Group (OZUG)
Special Interest Group
The Oracle ZFS Storage User Group (OZUG) is a technical community for partners and customers to collaborate, ask questions, and share best practices.

At its core, it's a networking hub of ZFS storage experts, super users, and novices that gives its members the opportunity to share knowledge, solve challenges, and obtain the greatest efficiencies from their storage and related applications.

Membership is free.

ZFS: Doing It Right
Rock ZFS, Rock Your Performance Review

Imagine you're a system administrator, and an email arrives from your boss. It goes something like this:

"Hey, bud, we need some new storage for Project Qux. We heard that this [insert major company here] uses a product called the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance as the back-end for their [insert really popular app here]. We want to do something like that at similar scale; can you evaluate how well that compares to XYZ storage we already own?"

So you get in touch with your friendly local ZFS sales dudette, who arranges a meeting that includes a Sales Engineer to talk about technical stuff related to your application. The appliance, however, has an absolutely dizzying array of options. Where do you start?...

Sun Tape
Tape Storage Elevator Pitch
By jshell
If you're an OPN Storage Partner that does not have tape as part of your solution offering, this article from the Economist may convince you otherwise.

The team at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) makes a great pitch for the value of tape as an essential component of a storage infrastructure. This is an end-user (albeit, a power user) and not a tape storage vendor.

Here are the four advantages of tape:...

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

  • 10 at 10
  • ZFS Data Encryption
  • LibreOffice 4.4
  • Top Five IoT Predictions for 2015
  • Oracle CEO Hurd: Company Will Grow Its Cloud Market Share
  • Core Java for the Impatient
  • Cloud Computing Definition & Architecture for Cloud Service Brokers
  • Data Encryption ... Be Safe or Be Sorry
  • Software in Silicon Cloud Lets Partners and Customers Test Oracle's New SPARC Technology
  • Powering a Demanding Enterprise Operation with Oracle VM

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

    Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1
    Now Available
    Shay Shmeltzer wrote, "The Oracle Mobile Team is happy to announce the release of Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.1 - a major update to Oracle's mobile development framework.

    This new version focuses on upgrading the framework's infrastructure and includes the following new features:..."

    Getting to know Docker
    a better way to do virtualization by Mark Nelson
    Juergen writes, "In this post, with guest co-writers Edwin Biemond (@biemond) and Joel Nation (@joelith), we will explore virtualization with Docker. You may have heard of Docker, it is getting a lot of interest lately, especially with the recent announcement that Google are using it in their cloud service. What Docker does is that it allows you to create reusable 'containers' with applications in them. These can be distributed, will run on several platforms, and are much smaller than the 'equivalent' virtual machine images. The virtualization approach used by Docker is also a lot more lightweight than the approach used by hypervisors like VMWare and VirtualBox..."
    Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Friday Spotlight
    "Today's spotlight is on Oracle VM VirtualBox, world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems on one machine.

    VirtualBox shines for desktop virtualization, with features that enhance the end-user experience:.."

    Java Technology
    Java Magazine
    January-February Issue
    Alexander Belokrylov writes, "Recently the first issue of Java Magazine 2015 have been released. If you are still not a subscriber, blame on you. It is absolutely free and as publisher admitted: 'Java Magazine is an essential source of knowledge about Java technology, the Java programming language, and Java-based applications for people who rely on them in their professional careers, or who aspire to.'

    Subscribe here

    Whats new in GlassFish 4.1? by C2B2
    By Juergen Kress
    Juergen writes, "GlassFish 4.1 was released a couple of months ago now, bringing with it a large number of welcome bug fixes and improvements. As the Payara Open Source project was born from it, it would be remiss of us not give all of you who maintain an interest in GlassFish a brief overview of some of the things that have changed or been updated since 4.0. Among these changes, the minimum JDK version required is now 7 Update 65, or 8 Update 20, so you'll need to update if you intend to use it with anything less; it likely just won't start otherwise!..."
    Data Encryption ... Software vs Hardware
    What's Better and Why

    John Szlendak asks, "Software vs Hardware Encryption, What's Better and Why..

    People often ask me, when it comes to storage (or data-at-rest) encryption, what's better, File System Encryption (FSE) which is done in software by the storage controller, or Full Disk Encryption (FDE) which is done in hardware via specialized Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs).

    Both methods are very effective in providing security protection against data breaches and theft, but differ in their granularity, flexibility and cost. A good example of this is to compare Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance that uses very granular File System Encryption versus NetApp storage that uses Self Encrypting Drives (SEDs)..."

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