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Why Oracle Big Data SQL is different
(and better!)
Peter Jeffcock writes, "We announced an update to Oracle Big Data SQL 1.1 as part of our news for Hadoop World this month. The product has been out for a while now and here I want to focus on a common question: why is Oracle Big Data SQL different from those other "SQL on Hadoop" solutions out there. Or, if you prefer, what's the big deal about Big Data SQL?

The thing that gets missed is that Big Data SQL is not just a "SQL on Hadoop" solution. It's a "SQL on Hadoop and NoSQL and Oracle Database" solution. It doesn't matter where the data is, you use the same SQL query to access it all transparently. That's why we say "one fast query for all your data" rather than "at least two different queries, with different flavors of SQL, which you'll have to optimize yourself, just as soon as you figure out where all the data is and what it looks like". A much less attractive tagline, you'll agree..."

BMC Control-M Workload Automation integration with Solaris Cluster 4.2 on Solaris 11.2
Certification was run on a T5-1 Blade
The upcoming V9 release of BMC Control-M Workload Automation has been certified with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 on Oracle Solaris 11.2. The certification was run on a T5-1 Blade running Solaris 11.2 on guest LDoms at BMC's Tel Aviv Lab.

The ability of Solaris 11 to provide customized and virtualized HA capability for BMC's environment, in addition to building application-specific agents was key. The certification will directly benefit Oracle and BMC customers who want to deploy Control-M in their high-availability production environments.

How Big Data in Business Will Evolve in 2015
seven key areas offer a wealth of opportunity
Mike Hallett writes, "Where should you focus your attention in 2015? According to Oracle's data experts, there are seven key areas that offer a wealth of opportunity this year. These are the strategies, capabilities, and approaches that will put the benefits of big data more in reach for enterprises that are prepared to take the advantage.

  • Corporate boardrooms will talk about data capital, not big data
  • Big data management will grow up
  • Companies will demand an SQL for all seasons.
  • Just-in-time transformation will transform extract, transform, and load (ETL).
  • Self-service discovery and visualization tools will come to big data.
  • Security and governance will increase big data innovation.
  • Production workloads will blend cloud and on-premise capabilities.

For a look at Proven Business Value from Big Data Case Studies and how companies are using big data to improve operations and enhance customer experience, check out these stories..."

Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus - application-awareness in the cloud
By Mike Mulkey
Mike Mulkey writes, "Talk to any executive of any leading enterprise company and they will tell you that they are embracing cloud computing for the future of their business. And with the rapid growth of turnkey cloud computing solutions, the network fabric carrying the application packets is emerging as a key focus to drive greater performance, reliability, and efficiency of the application. Networks need to be able to prioritize packet flow according to the importance of the application. So if an application is of high importance to their business, the network fabric should be able to know that, and provide the necessary resource to ensure high performance of that application is delivered..."
How to Install and Use Oracle Solaris 11.2 for x86 from an ISO in VirtualBox
by Erik Benner

Rick writes, "I ran into Erik Benner, founder of the SPARC/Solaris SIG group for IOUG, at Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days yesterday. He has been busy. Not only is he working on some labs and demos for OTN's upcoming Virtual Technology Summits, but he's taken the time to write a three-part blog to show you how easy it is to install and play with Oracle Solaris 11.2 for x86 on VirtualBox..."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.20 has been released
By Andy Bang
Andy Bang writes, "MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.20 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. This is a maintenance release that updates various third party components and fixes some bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then choose the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" side tab in the "Patch Search" portlet..."

Update Your Oracle Linux Kernel with Ksplice
Update the kernel on a running system applying the latest kernel security errata
Antoinette O'Sullivan writes, "With Ksplice you can update the kernel on a running system applying the latest kernel security errata. Patches are effective immediately without any need to reboot. Ksplice applies updates in the background without halting the system or restarting applications.

Watch this 12 minute video and learn to:

  • Subscribe an Oracle Linux system to the Ksplice channel on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Install the Ksplice uptrack software package using the yum utility
  • Use the Ksplice uptrack utility to install Ksplice kernel updates without any need to reboot
  • Use the Ksplice web interface

This is one topic you can learn about in the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum..."

Bank of Georgia Strengthens Market-Leading Position with Maximum Availability and Engineered Architecture
Created a high-performance banking platform
"JSC Bank of Georgia (BOG) is Georgia's leading bank, with a share of more than 30% in the country's financial services market, based on assets, loans, deposits, and shareholder equity. BOG offers a broad range of retail banking, corporate banking, wealth management, brokerage, and insurance services. The bank serves more than 1.3 million private and business customers through 217 branches - ranging from full-service centers to small banking outlets - 521 automatic teller machines (ATMs), 2,217 self-service terminals, 5,979 point-of-sale terminals, an online banking platform, and a call center.

BOG is the only Georgian bank to be rated by Standard & Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch Ratings. Its holding company Bank of Georgia Holdings plc - incorporated in the UK - is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, an index consisting of the 101st to the 350th largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange..."

Controlling Software Costs on Exadata
Take advantage of several techniques to control database software license costs

"Users of Exadata Database Machines can now take advantage of several techniques to control database software license costs including Capacity on Demand (CoD), Elastic Configurations, and Trusted Virtual Machine Partitions.

Exadata Capacity on Demand allows users to disable a subset of the cores on Exadata database servers to reduce licensing requirements. The maximum number of cores that can be disabled on an Exadata X5-2 Database Server is 60%. In other words, with Exadata Capacity on Demand, users only need 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. Exadata Capacity on Demand allows additional cores to be enabled and licensed as needed. Exadata comes with all the necessary software tools to provision and manage Capacity on Demand..."

vBeers @ Miami - Biscayne Tavern - Wed Feb 26th
6pm - 8pm:
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!

Sponsored by VaultNetworks

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.

Vault Networks offers dedicated server solutions, colocation services, cloud computing, hybrid cloud solutions, backup services, and technical service 24/7/365.

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, February 26th
  • 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.

vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Wed, March 4th, 2015)
6pm - 9pm - Paddy Mac's - Sponsored
We are starting a new South Florida vBeers on the 1st Wednesday of every month, beginning March the 4th at Paddy Mac's.

We picked this Palm Beach Gardens location as it is within a 30 minutes drive of many Palm Beach County cities and some Martin County cities.

This event will be sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance (STFA).

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!

Details and RSVP:

Oracle Continues to Grow Hardware Business 5 Years After Sun Deal
Jeffrey Burt writes in eWeek, "It was five years ago that Oracle finally closed its controversial $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Among all the talk about Solaris, MySQL and Java, the future of Sun's hardware business was hotly debated by industry observers.

Why would then-CEO Larry Ellison, who built Oracle's fortune through enterprise software, keep a Sun hardware business that was struggling against the onslaught of x86-based servers? The skepticism continued even as Ellison repeatedly said he intended to keep - and invest in - Sun's SPARC/Solaris server technologies, with the goal of creating highly integrated systems optimized to run Oracle's enterprise applications.

Five years on, Oracle has done just that, offering a growing lineup of Engineered Systems for everything from databases to analytics to the cloud, as well as building on the SPARC- and x86-based servers inherited from Sun..."

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

  • Mark Hurd: 40% of US workforce can retire in 8 years. Is your HR ready?
  • Oracle to Receive IEEE Milestone Award for SPARC RISC Architecture
  • How to Build a Software Defined Network
  • Gartner research note regarding Exadata X5
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22 Release
  • Oracle VM 3.3.2 Released
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5
  • Deploying MySQL over NFS using the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Thin Cloning of PDBs is a Snap with Oracle Storage
  • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

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

    February 11, 2015: Developers Virtual Technology Summit
    By Larry Wake

    Larry Wake writes, "If you're familiar with the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Sysadmin Days that have been held in the past, you know a bit about what this is about: a series of hands-on, proctored labs brought straight to your desktop on the web.

    But did you know they've expanded in scope? Of particular interest to enterprise developers is that this time around, there's a track aimed straight at you..."

    Temenos WealthManager
    Optimized for Oracle SuperClusterj
    Temenos, a market leader for banking software, is always looking for ways to use innovation to improve banking for their customers. The benefits of using modern software are clear to them: customers are more agile, able to offer more personalized products and services, to operate at lower unit costs, to react quicker to market opportunities and to manage risk better. Temenos has grown its product set from core banking to payments, wealth management, business analytics and channels, offering a comprehensive solution set to meet the industry's needs. It has more than 1,600 installations in over 150 countries.

    WealthManager is an integrated Wealth Management Platform designed to simplify and improve the daily work of professionals who advise and serve private investors. Recently Temenos achieved Oracle SuperCluster Optimized...

    How to Build Software Defined Networks Using Elastic Virtual Switches - Part 1
    By Orgad Kimchi
    Orgad writes, "Oracle Solaris 11.2 enhances the existing,integrated software-defined networking (SDN) technologies provided by earlier releases of Oracle Solaris to provide much greater application agility without the added overhead of expensive network hardware.

    It now enables application-driven, multitenant cloud virtual networking across a completely distributed set of systems; decoupling from the physical network infrastructure; and application-level network service-level agreements (SLAs)-all built in as part of the platform. Enhancements and new features include the following:..."

    Security Configuration in LDAP Adapter
    Oracle Adapter for LDAP is a JCA resource adapte

    Anuj Kaushal writes, "In this post we'll discuss the various security options that are available as part of the LDAP Adapter configuration. Oracle Adapter for LDAP is a JCA resource adapter that provides bi-directional connectivity with LDAP v3 compliant directory servers*.

    To be able to perform LDAP Operations, the adapter needs to establish a connection to communicate with a target LDAP directory server. For this, it is required to configure the resource adapter connection properties which will be used by the adapter to connect to the directory server..."

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