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Oracle
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Is Database-as-a-Service in your IT Services Catalog?
Are You Ahead or Behind the Curve?
Peter Heller asks, "Are You Ahead or Behind the Curve?"

He then writes, "Private Database Cloud Services or Database as a Service (DBaaS) is no longer a new idea. In fact, it is quickly becoming the de facto standard for development and testing environments both on premises and in the public cloud. And while there are many use cases and deployment options, overall database total cost of ownership and business agility have benefited from a standardized approach to workload management..."

Features
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"The Connected Customer" Oracle Roadmap To Modern
by Dave Lanning, Senior Strategy Consultant
"Omni-channel?" "Cross-Channel?" "Multi-Channel?" What does it all mean? Isn't it just about the customer's engagement with the brand, and the experience that they will have along the way? There has been a fundamental shift in behavior driven by the velocity of technology adoption. Like you, your customer is now more connected than ever. These "Connected Customers" are more informed, more demanding and have higher service expectations. They say:...
    Solaris
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    Locality Group Observability on Solaris
    Modern multi-socket servers exhibit NUMA characteristics
    Giri Mandalika writes, "Modern multi-socket servers exhibit NUMA characteristics that may hurt application performance if ignored. On a NUMA system (Non-uniform Memory Access), all memory is shared between/among processors. Each processor has access to its own memory - local memory - as well as memory that is local to another processor -- remote memory. However the memory access time (latency) depends on the memory location relative to the processor. A processor can access its local memory faster than the remote memory, and these varying memory latencies play a big role in application performance..."
    Cloud Computing
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    Cloudera Hive client on Solaris
    From an Oracle Solaris server, access Hive data that is stored in a Cloudera Hadoop cluster
    Jeff Taylor has a detailed blog with this goal, "From an Oracle Solaris server, access Hive data that is stored in a Cloudera Hadoop cluster, for example, access Hive data in an Oracle Big Data Appliance from a Solaris SPARC RDBMS server."

    He writes, "This blog assumes that the Cloudera Hadoop cluster is already up and running. To test, I started with Oracle Big Data Lite Virtual Machine that was installed using the process documented at Big Data Lite with a static IP address on Oracle Linux 6 / EL6..."

    Exadata
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    Faster adoption of engineered systems in India than in West
    says John Fowler of Oracle
    Ivor Soans writes, "In 2010, when software giant Oracle acquired the respected but rapidly floundering hardware maker Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, many saw it as Oracle throwing a lifeline to a friend, but which made little business sense. In hindsight though, as Oracle tightly integrated hardware and software to create engineered systems and with good results in the market, the marriage now seems like one made in heaven.

    John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Systems for Oracle was the man who drove the integration and continues to lead it..."

    How Engineered Systems Became The iPhones Of The Data Center
    Forbes
    John Foley writes, "Just over five years ago, Oracle completed one of the tech industry's boldest acquisitions with its purchase of Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. At the time, skeptics questioned whether the pairing of companies would work, given their unique corporate cultures and product lines.

    But Oracle founder Larry Ellison saw huge potential in bringing together the technologies of Oracle and Sun to create integrated computer systems that were greater than the sum of their parts. In that, Ellison shared a design philosophy with his friend, the late Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple, based on the idea that highly integrated systems were superior to those cobbled together with non-optimized software and hardware. For Jobs, the manifestation of that integrated design philosophy was the Apple iPhone. For Ellison, it was Oracle engineered systems..."

    vBeers-SF
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    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed April 8th
    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.

    Event sponsorship is now managed by the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA). Sponsors for this event include 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 meetup.com page.

    The South Florida vBeers events happen four times a month (Palm Beach Gardens, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Miami).

    Details @ vbeers.org ...

    SFTA
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    Collaborative innovation - April 16th - 5pm - 8:30pm
    South Florida Technology Alliance Monthly Meeting - Nova Southeastern University
    In today's hypercompetitive business environment the speed by which a company is able to innovate is critical to success. This means that many organizations can't afford to rely solely on their own innovative capabilities or "reinvent the wheel" by duplicating existing technologies if they want to keep pace with their competitors with respect to innovation. This problem is made even more complex by the need to manage the tremendous risks associated with innovative activities. Because of this, more and more companies are turning to collaborative innovation.

    Collaborative innovation is built upon the premise that companies should not "go it alone" when it comes to innovation, but instead should license intellectual property from other companies, academic institutions, customers, and even competitors. This form collaboration allows companies to innovate by sharing both the risks and the rewards of innovation while also shortening the innovation cycle.

    This month's SFTA event dives more deeply into the issues and benefits related to collaborative innovation by bringing together a panel discussion featuring representatives from all spectrums of the collaborative innovation ecosystem.

    Register

    Events
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    Virtual Technology Summit
    Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Invitation
    The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to the next Virtual Technology Summit coming in May:

    • May 5th, 2015 (9:00 am PT to 12:30pm PT*)
    • May 12th, 2015 (09:00 - 12:00 BST / 10:00 - 13:00 CEST / 12:00 - 15:00 GST*)
    • May 19th, 2015 (2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. AU-NSW-SYD / 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SGT / 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. IST*

    *Middleware Track last an extra hour

    As always, this free online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips...

    Servers
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    Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released
    maintenance update
    Oracle announced the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

    Storage
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    Oracle gets ZFS filer array spun up to near-AFA speeds
    Thor-like ZS4-4 soars, knocks SPC-2 score for four
    Chris Mellor writes in "The Register", "Oracle's ZFS filer array has virtually matched an all-flash array in the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark and set a new SPC-2 streaming/price/performance record [PDF].

    It introduced its ZS4-4 array in December last year, as a refresh of the prior ZS3. That was rated at 17,244.22MB/sec on its SPC-2 run with a $22.53 price/performance score.

    The ZS4-4 array was rated at 31,486.23 MB/sec with a price/performance rating of $17.09, heading towards being twice as fast with a better price/performance number..."

    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 205 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 204 Issues 1, 2, 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:

    • MICROS Workstation 6 Point-of-Service Terminal
    • Yes, Larry Ellison's Oracle Is Now A Cloud Company
    • Is Your Shellshocked Poodle Freaked Over Heartbleed?
    • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
    • The "New to Solaris Development Forum" Has Moved"]
    • LibreOffice To Become The Cornerstone Of The World's First Universal Productivity Solution
    • Web Development with Java and JSF
    • Oracle Learning Cloud Unveiled at Oracle HCM World
    • Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster
    • Business Control Solutions Integrity is Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized

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

      LibreOffice
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      LibreOffice 4.4.2
      Available For Download
      The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.4.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 "fresh" family, with over 50 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.0 and 4.4.1.

      New features introduced by the LibreOffice 4.4 family are listed on this web page.

      The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified people (a list is available here).

      People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: (fixed in RC1) and (fixed in RC2).

      Download LibreOffice

      LibreOffice 4.4.2 is immediately available for download from this link.

      Developer
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      Using the Solaris Studio IDE for remote development
      IDE based on NetBeans.org features ability to do remote development
      Darryl blogs, "Solaris Studio has an IDE based on NetBeans.org, one of the features of the IDE is its ability to do remote development - i.e. do your development work on a Windows laptop while doing the builds on a remote Solaris or Linux box. Vladimir has written up a nice how-to guide covering the three models that Studio supports..."

      The three models are: Fully remote, Mixed/shared and Simple

      Performance
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      Oracle Server X5-2 Produces World Record 2-Chip Single Application Server SPECjEnterprise2010 Result
      Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server 1.8.0_40 Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Linux
      A report in the Oracle BestPerf blog says, "Two Oracle Server X5-2 systems, using the Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 processor, produced a World Record x86 two-chip single application server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 21,504.30 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. One Oracle Server X5-2 ran the application tier and the second Oracle Server X5-2 was used for the database tier..."
      Virtualization
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      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1 Released
      Major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes
      Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1.

      This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

      See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

      Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

      Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates
      An Economic Impact Assessment
      Honglin Su writes, "Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes - 10x faster than with other solutions.

      We are pleased to share the report performed by Evaluator Group:

      Evaluate Group Technology Insight Paper - Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates - An Economic Impact Assessment (PDF)

      They studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment - a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment..."

      Security
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      Thoughts about Common Criteria (CC) Evaluations
      US Scheme of the CC run by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP)
      Josh Brickman writes, "I want to share some of our thoughts about Common Criteria (CC) evaluations specifically those under the US Scheme of the CC run by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). NIAP is one of the leaders behind the significant evolution of the Common Criteria, resulting in ratification of a new Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement last year.

      In 2009, NIAP advocated for a radical change in the CC by creating Protection Profiles quickly for many technology types. As described by NIAP[i]:

      In this new paradigm, NIAP will only accept products into evaluation claiming exact compliance to a NIAP-approved Protection Profile. These NIAP-approved Protection Profiles (PP) produce evaluation results that are achievable, repeatable, and testable - allowing for more a more consistent and rapid evaluation process.[ii]..."

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