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February 2015 issue now available
The February issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. Topics include:

  • News, Video, Webcasts, E-Book, Customer Buzz, Blogs, Find an Oracle Partner, Training, Events

(Full newsletter here).

New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database
Provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart

Chris Kawalek blogs, "In last week's Oracle Virtualization Spotlight, Honglin Su discussed new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database. Here's an excerpt:

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

Of course, this is the Oracle Linux blog, so why am I referencing new Oracle VM Templates? Because these templates of course run Oracle Linux! Here are the highlights of the new templates:..."

FLUX Presentation @ NSU - Oracle and Linux - Thursday February 19th
Einstein's from 6:30PM to 7:30PM; Presentation at 7:30PM
Ken Ellis, Principle Linux and Virtualization Consultant at Oracle Corporation, will provide an update on Oracle and Linux.

His Oracle Linux discussions will include the following:

  • Linux Strategy
  • What is Oracle Linux?
  • Why Oracle Linux is better?
  • Support Options
  • Update on Oracle Linux 7
  • Features, Management and Options (filesystems, D-Trace, ksplice, etc.)
  • OL as guest running on (vmware, ovm, etc.)
  • Q&A

We will have an informal meeting at the Einstein's Bagel cafe on the ground floor of the Carl DeSantis building from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. We'll move to the classroom for a 7:30pm to 9pm presentation.

Directions on FLUX website.

Mark Hurd: 40% of US workforce can retire in 8 years. Is your HR ready?
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd shares his thoughts on the ever-evolving digital landscape
"We all know that the demographic of the global workforce is changing but do you realize how fast? As Oracle CEO Mark Hurd points out, in an Oracle Profit Magazine interview this month, 'In the next eight years, 40 percent of everybody working in the US can retire. And the implications of that - swapping out 40 percent of the workforce - will shake up the workplace in some radical ways.'

That potential disruption could be as catastrophic as a bad line change in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It begs the question, is your HR department ready?..."

VIDEO: Oracle President Thomas Kurian
on Marketing & CX
"Perhaps no other business role has more to gain - and lose - in the ever-important world of customer experience (CX) than today's marketer. Customer centricity and CX have become the leading strategic focus across almost every business around the globe. And yet there's still no clear-cut winner on who owns customer experience. What is clear, however, is that marketing and its numerous customer touch points has the greatest opportunity to take the strategic wheel with today's empowered, digital, social and mobile consumer..."
    Deploying MySQL over NFS using the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
    Consolidating the storage of MySQL databases onto the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
    Paulie blogs, "The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance supports NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel access to a MySQL database. By consolidating the storage of MySQL databases onto the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, the following goals can be achieved:

    • Expand and contract storage space easily in a pooled environment.
    • Focus high-end caching on the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to simplify provisioning.
    • Eliminate network overhead by leveraging Infiniband and Fibre Channel connectivity.

    This blog post will focus specifically on NFS. A followup post will discuss iSCSI and Fibre Channel..."

    Cloud Computing
    OpenWorld 2014 Round 3.Highlighting Oracle Java Cloud
    By Ruma Sanyal

    Ancy Dow, Oracle Tech Cloud Account Strategist, writes, "In this session, Anand Kothari, Product Manager for Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle JaaS, and Harshad Oak, Oracle ACE Director, demonstrate how you can transform your development experience with Oracle's Java Cloud. The ease and flexibility of developing in Java Cloud is unmatched, as customers can quickly build and deploy applications - be they existing Java applications, simple extensions to Oracle SaaS services, or new applications on-premise or in the cloud, using tools and techniques developers already use and love..."

    Oracle Linux Newsletter
    February 2015
    The February 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux newsletter is now available! In this issue, learn about:

    • The Next Generation of Oracle's Engineered Systems launch
    • Oracle Linux on the Docker Hub Registry
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R3 Quarterly Update 4
    • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux architecture overview
    • Several new customer stories
    • And much more!

    You can read the latest edition online right now.

    Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5
    Everything you need to know
    Meghan Fritz writes, "There has been a lot of excitement since Larry Ellison's January announcement of Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-2. With that excitement comes questions and comments, so we figured it'd be an opportune time to sit down with one of our knowledgeable executives.

    Below is an interview with Joel Borellis - Group Vice President of Partner Enablement at Oracle. We asked Joel a few questions surrounding the launch, and here is what he had to say..."

    Gartner research note regarding Exadata X5
    Gartner database analyst Donald Feinberg on Exadata X5
    Gartner database analyst, Donald Feinberg has released a new research note regarding Oracle's Exadata X5 January 2015 announcement.

    Quotes from the research note include:

    • "Exadata X5 contains technology upgrades of all components, and should be a big step forward in customer satisfaction regarding cost."
    • "Purchasing and IT management should re-evaluate Exadata."
    • "Exadata X5's most important changes are flexible, configurable hardware, capacity on demand (COD) pricing of the DBMS software and the availability of Oracle VM on Exadata"

    Oracle has purchased rights to the full report.

    Exploring the customer benefits of deploying Oracle Engineered Systems
    Ovum research note
    Ovum analyst Roy Illsley has published a research note exploring the customer benefits of deploying Oracle Engineered Systems:

    "The market in integrated, or converged, systems is becoming crowded as more and more vendors announce new offerings. Differentiation in this market is difficult to achieve as the integrated approach delivers broadly the same benefits: simplicity of use and deployment, workload-specific optimization, and better control over resources and ability to scale. However, Oracle has produced a range of systems that are unlike others in the integrated systems market, and the term 'engineered systems' describes this differentiation extremely well..."

    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

    Oracle to Receive IEEE Milestone Award for SPARC RISC Architecture
    A History of Record Performance and Mission Critical Enterprise Capabilities
    Kevin Gee writes, "The SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence will be held on February 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Clock Tower on Oracle's Santa Clara Campus. The plaque unveiling will be preceded by a dedication ceremony in the Oracle Auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. Speakers will include IEEE 2015 President Howard Michel, John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems, Oracle, and Professor David Patterson along with others instrumental in shaping the success of this highly impactful technology..."
    Thin Cloning of PDBs is a Snap with Oracle Storage
    By Bryce Cracco
    Bryce Cracco writes, "I thought I'd bring up another integration point between Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle Database 12c with Oracle Multitenant. Specifically, I want to discuss how we integrate our ZFS snapshot technology with Oracle Multitenant to reduce database storage footprint and speed database provisioning straight from the SQL Plus command line.

    Oracle Multitenant option for Oracle Database 12c introduces the concept of the pluggable database (PDB), which exist within a container database (CDB). This is the basic construct that is used to facilitate database creation in multitenant environments from either 'seed' PDBs (essentially a template) or a 'source' PDB (an existing, running, full database). In either case, a simple SQL Plus command 'create pluggable database' is used to easily create the new PDB. Under the covers, the way this normally works is by duplicating the relevant files associated with the source or seed PDB, copying them to a new location to support the new PDB..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 204 Issue 1; Vol 203 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 202 Issues 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:

    • ZFS: Doing It Right
    • Tape Storage Elevator Pitch
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox
    • Join the Oracle ZFS Storage User Group (OZUG)
    • Five best practices for PaaS [Platform as a Service]
    • Getting to know Docker
    • Data Encryption ... Software vs Hardware
    • Whats new in GlassFish 4.1? by C2B2
    • Java Magazine
    • Oracle Announces Oracle Marketing Cloud's New Life Sciences Consumer and Patient Solution

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

      How to Build a Software Defined Network
      with Oracle Solaris 11
      "Software Defined Networking is the equivalent of doing your homework the week before it's due. I mean, who does that? Well, the Solaris engineers at Oracle do, for starters. Talk about annoying! They started this trend back in the early days of Oracle Solaris 11. Instead of visiting Rufus in the basement server room, they designed this infrastructure that makes it possible for them to put dibs on networking resources from the comfort of the local Starbucks.

      In other words, instead of Rufus yanking cables out of one box and hooking them up to another, you can simply change the cable routing by keyboard, so to speak. And assign them to virtual compute nodes. And configure all kinds of aspects about each network, including Service Level Agreements, an implement of Trotskyist-Leninist Totalitarianism if there ever was one. All without waking Rufus..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22 Release
      maintenance release
      Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

      You can see the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded at

      For highlight information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, please see this Spotlight article.

      Oracle VM 3.3.2 Released
      maintenance update
      Oracle just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

      Oracle VM 3.3.2 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release...

      Extending the JavaScript Editor in NetBeans
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "Just about every other week, it seems like there's a new JavaScript framework out there. Each comes with their own idioms and constructs. When it comes to tools, the only logical way to be able to support the innovation in the JavaScript space is to have a modular, pluggable solution. When you look at the sources of NetBeans, you'll see that its top level structure implies a modular design:..."
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