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Oracle Fiscal 2015 Q3 Total Revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion
Total SaaS, PaaS and IaaS Cloud Revenue Up 29% to $527 Million
Oracle Corporation announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 Total Revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies had a significant impact on results in the quarter. Without the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, Total Revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. Software and Cloud Revenues were up 1% to $7.2 billion, and up 7% in constant currency. Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) grew 30% to $372 million, and grew 34% in constant currency. Hardware Systems Revenues were down 2% to $1.3 billion, but were up 5% in constant currency.
Oracle Introduces Oracle Data as a Service for Customer Intelligence
New Oracle Data Cloud service enables organizations to leverage intelligence from direct or indirect customer feedback across all channels to gain unique business insights
To help organizations increase customer understanding and uniquely extract meaningful insights from any form of indirect or direct customer feedback, Oracle announced Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) for Customer Intelligence.

The new Oracle Data Cloud product is designed to help organizations extract and unify insights from a growing world of unstructured data assets. These insights can be used to capture a complete view of customer input across social and enterprise channels, identify and manage customer issues, understand how customer voice is impacting sales, and ultimately arm businesses with the intelligence to create happier customers.

Organizations are struggling to deal with unprecedented amounts of customer data. While many organizations have visibility into marketing and social conversations, most don't have the ability to connect those with data from customer service channels for a broader view of the customer voice and how it impacts overall business.

Oracle DaaS for Customer Intelligence helps organizations address these challenges by unifying customer data across all social and enterprise service channels into aggregated signals about customer intent, including topics, indicators, themes and sentiment.

Software in Silicon Cloud for Developers Learning Stream
A new five-part video series is available on YouTube
Jshell writes, "A new five-part video series is available on YouTube that shows enterprise developers how to use the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud to test their software and leverage the unique advantages of Software in Silicon technology. As you engage the different areas of your target accounts, keep the link above handy - getting developers to exploit Software in Silicon features (e.g., Application Data Integrity) will pay dividends in the future..."
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 5 Now Available
Includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues
Michele Casey writes, "We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 5 (UEKR3U5) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fifth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-68) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:..."

MySQL for Developers Training Now Available Online
Now available as a Training-on-Demand offering
The popular MySQL for Developers course is now available as a Training-on-Demand offering. Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture materials at your own pace via streaming video and booking time to get hands-on experience when it suits your schedule.

The MySQL for Developers training covers everything a developer needs to know when planning, designing and implementing applications using MySQL. Learn through realistic examples using languages like Java and PHP.

MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.12.0 has been released
Focuses on enhancing the capabilities of the product

Priya Jayakumar writes that the "MySQL Enterprise Backup team is excited to announce the new release of MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.12.0.

MEB 3.12.0 focuses on enhancing the capabilities of the product that would be very useful to the database administrators.

New functionality added:

  • Support for Open Stack Object Storage
  • Table rename while selective restore

Bugs Fixed: In MEB 3.12.0 we have addressed quite a number of bug fixes..."

MySQL Newsletter
March 2015
The MySQL March Newsletter is published! Find out what's new in MySQL Cluster 7.4 GA and MySQL 5.7.6 DMR in this edition, and mark your calendar for upcoming webcasts. Below are the highlights in this edition:

  • Blog: 200M Reads Per Second in MySQL Cluster 7.4
  • Get Ready for the MySQL Central 2015 Call for Papers
  • Webcast: NoSQL and SQL--The Best of Both Worlds on March 26
  • Webcast: What's New in MySQL Cluster 7.4 on April 9
  • Blog: More Awesome Replication Features in MySQL 5.7.6 DMR

You can read it online.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Data as a Service for Marketing Connects B2B Marketers with Millions of Business Professionals and Decision-Makers
300 million anonymous audience profiles and 100 million known professional contacts help marketers prospect across e-mail and digital media channels
Business-to-business (B2B) marketers must constantly reach new audiences in order to increase the number of sales leads and opportunities to drive sales conversion. Their challenge is to efficiently target qualified audiences while not wasting impressions and dollars on businesses or people who are not qualified buyers. To help marketers identify, qualify, and target new professional audiences with more relevant cross-channel messages,

Oracle extended Oracle Data as a Service for Marketing (Oracle DaaS for Marketing) with the release of a comprehensive B2B data set for smarter prospecting. The offering spans anonymous audience data for digital media targeting as well as known profile and business data for database enrichment and e-mail prospecting.

"Data targeting is no longer a strategy employed only by consumer marketing professionals," said Omar Tawakol, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Data Cloud. "By bringing data as a service to marketers, we are providing a new world of external data that enables targeting accuracy and scale to every B2B interaction."

SaaS for Dummies
How do you talk cloud for those that lack IT vocabulary?
Cloud is no longer just an IT or Technology issue, cloud is becoming increasingly popular at organizations around the world as they are realizing that cloud has something for everyone, including business managers. Industry trends are showing that LOB leaders are taking more of a prominent role in decision making when it comes to adopting cloud applications for their department. So the question becomes, how do you talk cloud for those that lack IT vocabulary?
    Do I still need Exadata now I have Oracle Database In-Memory?
    Exadata is definitely the best platform for running Oracle Database In-Memory
    Maria Colgan writes, "Over the last few weeks I've been meeting with Oracle customers all across Europe to discuss Oracle Database In-Memory. During these discussions there was a common concern raised by nearly everyone I spoke to, 'Do I still need Exadata now that I have Oracle Database In-Memory?'. So I thought it would be a good idea to address this question once and for all here on the blog..."
    vBeers @ Miami - Biscayne Tavern - Wed March 25th
    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 and Nexenta Systems

    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 four times a month (Palm Beach Gardens, Broward, Boca & Miami).

    Please register at EventBrite.

    Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

    You've just got to be prepared to pay less. (Part 2)
    Comparing apples with apples
    Peter Jeffcock blogs, "Somebody looked at this earlier post and said 'you're not comparing apples with apples'. That's because the Big Data Appliance (BDA) is based upon a high specification 2 RU server, rather than the smaller and simpler 1 RU servers that I used in my comparison.

    Fair enough. Although the reason I used that config is because that's what almost everybody is thinking of when they say 'I can build a Hadoop cluster cheaper than the BDA'. And I can do that comparison quickly on a trade show floor or the back of an envelope and show that approach doesn't do what they think..."

    The Benefits of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)
    Manage the increasing cost of storage for their Oracle Utilities products
    Anthony Shorten writes, "In the release of Oracle Utilities Application Framework, a new ILM based data management solution was implemented to allow customers to manage the increasing cost of storage for their Oracle Utilities products. It is being progressively rolled out across each of the Oracle Utilities products over the next year. With utilities across the world having to deal with larger and larger data volumes over time, the cost of storing that data and ensuring appropriate access by the business to that data become key concerns. ILM offers tools to address that.

    The benefits of using this facility are as follows:..."

    Oracle Expands Storage Efficiency Leadership
    New SPC-2 result was posted for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4
    Bryce Cracco writes, "On March 17, 2015, a new SPC-2 result was posted for the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 at 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPS. (The SPC-2 benchmark, for those unfamiliar, is an independent, industry-standard performance benchmark test for sequential workload that simulates large file operations, database queries, and video streaming.) This is the best throughput number ever posted for a ~$1/2 million USD system, and its on-par with the best in terms of raw sequential performance. (Note that the SPC-2 Total Price metric includes three years of support costs.) ..."
    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 Shows 1.8x Generational Performance Improvement on SPC-2 Benchmark
    As shown by the SPC-2 benchmark
    The Oracle BestPerf blog notes, "The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered 1.8x improved performance and 1.3x improved price performance over the previous generation Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 appliance as shown by the SPC-2 benchmark.

    • Running the SPC-2 benchmark, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 appliance delivered SPC-2 Price-Performance of $17.09 and an overall score of 31,486.23 SPC-2 MBPS.

    • The Oracle ZFS Storage continues its strong price performance by occupying the three of the top five SPC-2 price performance.

    • Oracle holds the three of the top four performance results on the SPC-2 benchmark for HDD based systems


    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 205 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 204 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 203 Issues 3 and 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:

    • Maintaining Configuration Files in Solaris 11.2
    • Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price
    • SPARC Software in Silicon Film Festival
    • Oracle Linux 7 System Administration Training Available
    • General Availability of Oracle Linux 7.1
    • Java EE 7 Hands-on-Lab Updated for You to Use!
    • Secure Boot support with Oracle Linux 7.1
    • Going Beyond Big Data
    • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Technical Mini-Casts
    • Oracle Social Cloud Adds Support for Instagram and Weibo

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

      Boost with Oracle Solaris Studio C++ 12.4
      Substantial update to C++ compiler

      Fedor writes, "Recent release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 brings a substantial update to our C++ compiler.

      Anybody who tried to compile a modern templates-heavy C++03 codebase using Oracle/Sun C++ compiler before Studio 12.4 knows that it required quite a number of bells and whistles, and even then not always worked. Its default template model (-template=extdef) was rather uncommon, its default STL (-library=Cstd) was very old, its internal design of template handling was aging..."

      Java Technology
      Java 9 and Beyond
      Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold talks about the main features of Java 9
      Yolande Poirier reports that "In his keynote at EclipseCon last week, Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold talked about the main features of Java 9. It will introduce modularity to create a scalable and more secure platform. The flexibility of modules will allow developers to use just a small part of SE, whether they are constrained by a small device or multiple virtual instances in a cloud environment.

      There are four main JEP (JDK enhancement proposal) for Java 9, which are:

      • JEP 200 defines the modular structure
      • JEP 201 modularize the source code
      • JEP 220 introduced modular runtime images
      • The last JEP will be delivered hand in hand with JSR 376 introducing the actual module system for the Java platform.

      There are two projects about features beyond Java 9. Project Valhalla is about value types, generic specialization and Var handles. Project Panama is about a foreign function interface (FFI), data layout control and Arrays 2.0

      Learn more about the OpenJDK at"

      Three Big Data Threat Vectors
      The Biggest Breaches are Yet to Come
      Troy Kitch writes, "Where a few years ago we saw 1 million to 10 million records breached in a single incident, today we are in the age of mega-breaches, where 100 and 200 million records breached is not uncommon.

      According to the Independent Oracle Users Group Enterprise Data Security Survey, 34% of respondents say that a data breach at their organization is "inevitable" or "somewhat likely" in 2015.

      Combine this with the fact that the 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report tallied more than 63,000 security incidents - including 1,367 confirmed data breaches. That's a lot of data breaches..."

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