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Oracle Adds New Data Integration Technologies to Enterprise Big Data Portfolio
New Oracle-only innovations help speed time from data to decisions
A key component of Oracle's comprehensive big data strategy, Oracle today unveiled Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data to help make big data integration more accessible and actionable for customers. This news follows closely on the heels of Oracle's recent Enterprise Big Data announcement and furthers Oracle's vision to enable Hadoop, NoSQL, and relational database technologies to work together and be deployed securely in any model-whether public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises infrastructure. Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data enables customers to quickly go from data to decisions, streamline their Hadoop development, and enhance data transparency and data governance across the organization. It provides customers with access to an increased number of diverse data types from on-premises and cloud sources, and helps deliver increased performance for growing data volumes, and enrich data quality for business decisions and regulatory compliance. Unlike other products in the marketplace, Oracle Data Integrator for Big Data is designed to fully leverage a customer's existing investment in their Hadoop cluster, running completely natively without requiring proprietary code to be installed or a separate server to be run.
Oracle's Top EPM Trends for 2015
CFOs leveraging digital technologies in their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)
Toby Hatch writes, "Modern CFOs are successfully leveraging digital technologies in their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) processes to transform their finance organizations and generate value for the business. Which EPM priorities are at the top of the Finance agenda? What are the most compelling developments in big data, analytics, mobile technology, and cloud computing that motivate Finance leaders to undertake new technology initiatives?

Oracle surveyed hundreds of decision makers to learn more about their EPM plans for 2015 - both within the Oracle customer base and the industry at large. We asked your colleagues to provide specific feedback on EPM technologies and practices - past, present, and future. From this extensive data set we compiled the following views and outlook - along with a bit of advice.

For details on each trend, download the entire report..."

Nordstrom Supports International Expansion with Upgrade to Oracle Retail Merchandising Systems
Retailer's implementation establishes foundation for sustainable growth across Nordstrom full line and Rack stores in North America
Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom has implemented new Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management and Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management solutions to support its expansion in Canada. The retailer plans to roll out the latest releases of these Oracle Retail solutions companywide to support its Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores. Nordstrom completed the Oracle implementation on schedule for the September 2014 opening of its two-story, 140,000-square-foot store at the Chinook Centre shopping mall in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The retailer deployed an integrated suite of applications to support its core merchandising, pricing, and store inventory operations including Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Price Management, Oracle Retail Trade Management, and Oracle Retail Invoice Matching.
Cloud Computing
Oracle Java Cloud IDE Integrations
By Gokhan Goksu
Gokhan writes, "Oracle Java Cloud is the platform that runs on Oracle's Weblogic Server combined with the Oracle Database that allows deploying Java applications on Cloud just like deploying on a local Weblogic instance.

Oracle supports Netbeans IDE, Oracle Jdeveloper and OEPE (Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse) and offers Java Cloud integration for these IDEs..."

End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex HBA
White Paper from Fujitsu
As demand for data protection has grown in recent years, ensuring the integrity of the customer's data is a very important task. To carry out this task, data protection is not only required for the storage system but the entire system.

This White Paper from Fujitsu, an Oracle Diamond Partner, explains how data protection can be implemented for the entire system using T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) that comes with the Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), the ETERNUS DX S3 series, and Emulex HBA.

Exalogic Learning Streams
Online video tutorials and presentations
Srini Chavali writes, Online video tutorials and presentations that highlight various operational aspects of Exalogic, as well as application specific information (such as WebLogic Server, E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft) are available in the Exalogic Learning Streams of the Oracle Education site. Streams give you unlimited access to videos delivered by Oracle experts, 24/7..."
vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed April 15th
6pm - 9pm (Sponsored)
Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The next meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

Biergarten Boca Raton

  • 309 Via De Palmas #90
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432

This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting. Get a couple of tickets and exchange them for beers!

$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! (We may have an additional sponsor, so the food may be sponsored as well.)

Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

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

Details @ ...

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.


eMerge Americas - May 3rd-5th
Miami Beach Convention Center
eMerge Americas is a global idea exchange focusing on how technology and innovation are disrupting industries. The conference serves as a platform connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders & investors across North America, Europe, and Latin America.

It's five intensive, exhilarating days of interactive sessions, networking events in Miami's most iconic venues, and compelling presentations designed to spark conversation & unleash creativity.

It's eMerge Americas, and it's back this May. This is not your typical conference!

Save 15% on your registration for a summit pass (select community partner when registering), or join as a Sponsor with our Promo Code: CBALWIS.

    Enhanced SPARC64 X+ Processor for Fujitsu M10 Servers
    By John Shell
    John writes, "More choice = more opportunity.

    A new 3.7GHz SPARC64 X+ 8-core processor option is now available for the Fujitsu M10-1 and M10-4 servers. The SPECint_rate2006 benchmark shows a 30% increase in performance for the M10-1, and a 25% increase for the M10-4.

    The Fujitsu M10 servers are designed to meet the needs of mission critical and business critical applications. Combined with Oracle Solaris, they provide excellent investment protection for Oracle customers. A quick comparison of the SPARC64 X and X+ processors is below:..."

    IEEE Presents Prestigious SPARC Milestone Plaque in Front of SRO Crowd
    On February 13, a standing room only crowd approaching 200 attendees at Oracle's Santa Clara Auditorium watched as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented the prestigious Milestone plaque recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence.

    After being introduced by Uday Kapoor, Director of Hardware Development for Oracle and IEEE member, John Fowler, Oracle's Executive Vice President Systems, thanked IEEE for recognizing SPARC "as an accomplishment which belongs on the same list as the CD player and the light bulb."

    IEEE 2015 President, Howard Michel presented the award and talked about the significance of the SPARC architecture and its impact on the future...

    What you need to know about the new ODA X5-2
    by Simon Haslam
    Juergen notes that "as part of the "Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems" webcast, Larry Ellison launched the new X5 systems. This bullishly-titled post attempts to summarise what's new specifically with the ODA X5-2, and what's most important, especially for those using ODA Virtualized Platform (ODA VP) to build entire Oracle infrastructures as an appliance.

    We've known since last September when Intel released the Haswell-EP processors (the E5-2600 v3 models) that there would likely be refreshes to many of Oracle's engineered systems. However for this year's ODA refresh there have been far more changes than the previous one (which was just the processor update and fibre option)..."

    Lights, Camera, and... Action with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance!
    By Sneha Rajendran
    Sneha Rajendran writes, "Inspired by the recent Oscars award ceremony, I decided to try my hand at directing and here is my work in progress script, featuring our star - Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

    Location: Editing Studio..."

    Is that purpose-built backup appliance really the best for your database backup and restore?
    Data protection is a critical component of the job
    Doug Chamberlain writes, "Data protection is a critical component of the job if you have anything to do with IT operations. Regardless of your job title, database administrators and storage administrators alike, know how critical it is to plan for any type of systems outage. Backup and restore are key components of a data protection and preparing for a disaster recovery event. The storage architecture is a key element in the overall enterprise IT environment, and when focusing on the implementation of disk storage for backup and recovery, there isn't just one platform to do the task.

    And if you are looking at database backups, only Oracle can provide a better database backup platform than storage behemoth EMC..."

    The Oracle Storage Cloud in a Nutshell
    By Bogdan Paun
    Bogdan writes, "The concept of software defined storage is getting a lot of traction lately. The Oracle Cloud Storage service (part of Oracle's IaaS offering) is one such service that is well-suited for both enterprise needs and the casual end-user I've recently given a talk about this service at the Oracle Cloud Forum held at Cluj/Romania as part of the Cluj IT Cluster Innovation Days series of events. The Oracle Cloud Storage service is based on the OpenStack Swift module.

    Remote objects are stored in containers (on which you can easily set read/write permissions pertaining to different user roles). On write each object is copied on to 3 different disks and these redundant copies are actively monitored so you get a high reliability level..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 206 Issue 1; Vol 205 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 204 Issues 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:

    • Oracle gets ZFS filer array spun up to near-AFA speeds
    • Oracle Server X5-2 Produces World Record 2-Chip Single Application Server SPECjEnterprise2010 Result
    • How Engineered Systems Became The iPhones Of The Data Center
    • Faster adoption of engineered systems in India than in West
    • Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released
    • LibreOffice 4.4.2
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1 Released
    • The Connected Customer" Oracle Roadmap To Modern
    • Collaborative innovation - April 16th - 5pm - 8:30pm
    • Locality Group Observability on Solaris

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

      useradd with "-d localhost:...".
      By Jeff Taylor

      Jeff Taylor writes, "When creating Solaris users with useradd, I prefer using "-m" (make the directory) and specifying the directory with "-d localhost:...".

      Here is a quick comparison:

      # useradd -m -P "System Administrator" joerg1

      # useradd -m -d localhost:/export/home/joerg2 -P "System Administrator" joerg2

      Getting fixes faster
      By Gerry Haskins
      Gerry Haskins writes, "Time is money.

      I remember my first unplanned downtime as a Sys Admin on-site at a major Aluminum Mill in up-state New York. The Operations Manager was literally poking me in the back of the neck asking me "Don't you know downtime costs us $250,000 per hour ? How long will it take to get back up ?", to which I replied "It'll be faster if you stop poking me in the neck!". I had the Systems back up in 20 minutes.

      For Solaris and other Oracle Sun products, we try to release bug fixes as fast as possible, balancing the need for speed with the need for quality.

      Since an Operating System performs many disparate functions for many disparate workloads, testing that a fix isn't toxic in any supported scenario is complex and takes time.

      But we can and do provide faster relief to the customer(s) who raised the specific issue as it's easier to ensure the fix is correct for their specific environments..."

      Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 - Enhanced Virtual Disk Multipathing
      By jeff Savit

      Jeff writes, "Last month, Oracle released Oracle VM Server for SPARC release 3.2 which includes numerous enhancements. One of these is improvement for virtual disk multipathing, which provides redundant paths to virtual disk so that disk access continues even if a path or service domain fails.

      Multipath groups are arranged in an active/standby pair of connections to the same physical media. In case of a path or service domain failure, I/O activity continues on a surviving path. This is also helpful for rolling upgrades: a service domain can be rebooted for an upgrade, and virtual disk I/O continues without interruption. That's important for continuous availability while upgrading system software..."

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