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Oracle
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Opera Software Closes their Financial Books Nearly 3x Faster
Ensures Scalability and High Availability with Oracle Managed Cloud Services
Opera Software plans to use Oracle Financials to enable its accounting and financial teams to improve financial analysis and reporting and accelerate internal monthly and quarterly close cycles, so the process is completed in just 4 days instead of 11 days.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides Opera with unlimited IT scalability, high-availability and optimum applications administration to support business growth.

Features
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Oracle Going All-In On The Cloud, Significant Share Upside
By Brian W. Wu
Brian W. Wu writes, "Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) co-president and co-CEO Mark Hurd recently told Bloomberg that the giant database management software maker plans to have 95% of all its products available on the cloud by the time it holds its annual Oracle OpenWorld Conference in October this year, as opposed to 65% of Oracle's products currently running on the platform. In other words, the company has given itself an ambitious 6-month timeline to achieve an almost 100% cloud transformation.

Oracle's announcement is hardly surprising, considering that the company's cloud segment is its fastest growing. Oracle's SaaS and PaaS revenue grew 30% during its latest quarter while IaaS grew 28%, bringing total cloud revenue during the quarter to $408 million. In comparison, the company's overall revenue remained flat at $9.3 billion. Oracle's cloud revenue is still a small part of the company since it currently accounts for just 6% of overall revenue.

Why Transitioning To The Cloud Is Important..."

Solaris
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Solaris Running Mission-Critical Applications: Real Life Examples
113 examples
Giuseppe Facchetti writes, "The majority of Oracle's top enterprise customers run their most mission-critical applications on Oracle Solaris today. Solaris is the vehicle by which Oracle customers leverage the power of the SPARC microprocessor - delivering world-record performance, maximum scalability, and continuous reliable service.

There are 113 examples of this on the Oracle customer & partner success portal. Take a look! ..."

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.21 has been released
Now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site
Andy Bang writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.21 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log..."
Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL v2 Is Now Available!
Official MySQL plugin for Enterprise Manager 12c
Matt Lord writesm "We're very happy to announce the general availability of the next release of Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL, version 12.1.0.2.0 (see the full changelog). This is the official MySQL plugin for Enterprise Manager 12c, offering a fully supported and integrated solution that is included with your MySQL Enterprise Edition subscription..."
Cloud Computing
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What is the Power of Cloud? (to the Business)
How do you explain the cloud to other?

Dave Berry writes, "Of course many readers, technologists and businesses are acutely aware of the value prop of the cloud but what about the rest of the "majority" of people who don't? If you do a search on this topic, you will mostly get links to marketing materials that are fairly high level and full of the usual buzzwords with more links to lengthy case studies. As a business technology enabler, there needs to be a simpler message or elevator pitch that is easy to understand yet convincing. Ah, the simplicity or less is more approach rears it's beautiful head once again. Below are some recipes to draw from for an elevator ride of any duration..."

    Linux
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    Oracle Linux Advanced Administration Training Online
    With Training-on-Demand you can start training within 24 hours of registration
    You can now take the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration training course online as a Training-on-Demand offering.

    With Training-on-Demand you can start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture delivery by an expert instructor at your own pace and booking time to perform hand-on exercises when suits your schedule.

    The Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course is ideal for experienced administrators who need to learn more about advanced features of Oracle Linux.

    Learn about Docker and Oracle Linux!
    May 7, 2015 Webcast
    Chris Kawalek blogs, "Docker has been an extremely interesting technology for Linux users, but how do you get started with it? We have a very cool webcast coming up that you won't want to miss titled 'Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Docker.'

    Featuring Oracle Director of Product Management Avi Miller, the webcast will describe how Docker can be used with Oracle Linux to simplify your application deployment. Avi has a wealth of experience with Linux, Docker, and many other technologies and will take you through the nuts and bolts of using Docker with Oracle Linux..."

    Friday Spotlight: Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash
    White paper (19 Pages)
    Chris Kawalek writes, "This week, I'm dipping into the archives for a really interesting white paper, 'Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash.' It talks about one of my favorite benefits of running Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris with Oracle database called Database Smart Flash Cache. From the summary of the paper:.."

    "This document explains how to increase Oracle database performance and improve user response time by deploying Oracle's Flash Accelerator hardware with Oracle's Database Smart Flash Cache feature. Oracle's Database Smart Flash Cache feature is supported only on Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems beginning with Oracle 11gR2..."

    Exadata
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    Information Mosaic's IMSecurities Achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized, Oracle SuperCluster Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized, Status
    Tuesday, 14th April 2015
    Information Mosaic (IM), a market leader in global post-trade securities processing solutions, announced it has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized, Oracle SuperCluster Optimized, and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status for its IMSecurites version 7.0.4 solution through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Information Mosaic is a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

    IMSecurities, IM's robust end-to-end securities-processing solution, allows clients to automate the entire securities-processing lifecycle, including trade capture and processing, trade settlement, position and cash management, corporate actions processing, investment accounting, and risk management.

    Oracle Exadata Optimized, Oracle SuperCluster Optimized , and Oracle Exalogic Optimized, are part of the Oracle Exastack Optimized program which allows partners, such as Information Mosaic, to leverage OPN enablement resources and dedicated lab environments to help develop, test and tune applications on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Database Appliance and Oracle Big Data Appliance engineered systems.

    New IDC White Paper Evaluates Integrated Systems
    Addressing increased IT productivity and cost reductions when certain measures are taken
    Javier Puerta writes, "Check out the new IDC white paper, 'Assessing the Business Value of Integrated Systems,' addressing increased IT productivity and cost reductions when certain measures are taken. It also features SuperCluster and a major Oracle on Oracle customer, Specialized Bicycles.

    This brief leverages IDC's research among users of integrated systems and quantifies the business benefits they reported, as follows:

    • 46.7% IT staff productivity improvement
    • 60.7% increase in speed of application deployment
    • 47.7% reduction in datacenter-related IT spending

    Download the solution brief. In addition, a webcast based on these findings will be held on May 14 at 10am PT that will include both IDC and Specialized Bicycles..."

    Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster
    EECS for SuperCluster has two distinct parts
    This blog post is brought to you by Sachin Pikle of the Exalogic Product Management team.

    "We usually get a lot of questions on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster - what is it, where can we use it, how do we install it, etc. Just recently someone asked me, 'We have procured a new SuperCluster T5-8 rack. We also have EECS licenses. Now what do we do next? How do we get EECS up and running on this rack?'. In general, there seems to be some mystery surrounding EECS for SuperCluster. This post will help address questions like these.

    Oracle Engineered Systems are designed and optimized to run specific workloads. Oracle SuperCluster is our SPARC-based Engineered System that combines the power of Oracle Exadata for running the database tier, and Oracle Exalogic for running the application tier in a single rack. SuperCluster integrates with optional EECS to run business applications and middleware components better and faster.

    So what is EECS for SuperCluster? Simply put, EECS for SuperCluster has two distinct parts:..."

    vBeers-SF
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    vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens - Wednesday May 6th
    6pm to 9pm - Twisted Trunk Brewing
    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!

    This event is sponsored with and through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA)

    Location

    • Twisted Trunk Brewing
    • 2000 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408 Date and Time

    • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Please RSVP at meetup.com

    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed May 13th
    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 ...

    SPARC
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    Oracle SPARC Processor Documentation
    Includes SPARC Legacy Processor Documentation
    Documentation for SPARC Legacy Processors has now been posted on-line.

    • Ultra SPARC Architecture 2007 (privileged edition)
    • SPARC T3 Implementation Supplement
    • UltraSPARC T2 Implementation Supplement
    • UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 (privileged edition)
    • UltraSPARC T1 Implementation Supplement
    • Joint Programming Specification 2
    • UltraSPARC-IV User's Manual
    • UltraSPARC-IV+ User's Manual
    • Joint Programming Specification 1
    • UltraSPARC-IIIi User's Manual
    • UltraSPARC-III User's Manual
    • UltraSPARC IIi User's Manual
    • UltraSPARC-IIe User's Manual
    • UltraSPARC User's Manual, UltraSPARC-I, UltraSPARC-II

    (PDF documents)

    Storage
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    ZFS Storage Appliance Benchmark
    Datasheets, benchmarks, reports

    Javier Puerta lists three ZFS resources:

    • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance: Extreme Enterprise Efficiency and Performance at an Incredibly Low Price
    • Realizing the Superior Value of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance with particular focus on performance
    • ESG Lab Brief: Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4

    Read on for links.

    It is the Dawning of the Age of the L2ARC
    Oracle has fundamentaly changed the L2ARC
    Roch Bourbonnais writes, "One of the most exciting things that have gone into ZFS in recent history has been the overhaul of the L2ARC code. We fundamentaly changed the L2ARC such that it would do the following:

    • reduce its own memory footprint,
    • be able to survive reboots,
    • be managed using a better eviction policy,
    • be compressed on SSD,
    • and finally allow feeding at much greater rates then ever achieved before.

    Let's review these elements, one by one..."

    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 205 Issue 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:

    • Oracle Solaris Development Initiative
    • Energy Efficiency in the Data Center: Fujitsu M10 Servers Lower Power Consumption
    • Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year
    • Better ways to handle crash dumps in Solaris
    • Deferred dump in Solaris
    • Digital Disruption: It's Not What You Think
    • Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI
    • LibreOffice 4.3.7
    • Capita IT delivers Private Cloud Services
    • eMerge Americas - May 3rd-5th

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

      Sysadmin
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      Oracle Innovates Secure Multi-Tenancy with Oracle SuperCluster
      Market leading performance, high availability, and extreme scalability
      Oracle SuperCluster delivers a complete set of integrated security controls, implemented as a comprehensive platform, to enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers. Unique in the industry, the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture enables market leading performance, high availability, and extreme scalability while also satisfying key customer security requirements such as secure isolation, strong authentication and access control, end-to-end data protection, and comprehensive monitoring and compliance auditing. The security protections designed into the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture span every layer of the IT stack from the compute hardware, virtualization, and operating system to networking, storage, database and applications.
      VDI
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      Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2
      Provide secure access to centralized, server-hosted Windows, UNIX, and legacy applications from a wide variety of client devices
      Sunil Dusankar writes, "We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2. Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices.

      Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center..."

      NetBeans
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      Lessons Learned from UML NetBeans Plugin Development
      easyUML - a UML plugin for NetBeans
      Zoran Sevarac writes, "The Open Source Software Development Center at University of Belgrade has released a new version of a UML plugin for NetBeans called easyUML. This plugin was created to facilitate the use of UML tools for teaching software design, but it is also a handy tool for developers. It helps developers with commonly used features by adding an easy-to-use UI.

      EasyUML supports class diagrams and the following features:

      • Drawing class diagrams
      • Generation of Java code from class diagrams
      • Reverse engineering from Java code to class diagrams

      The easyUML plugin is available for installation directly from NetBeans IDE Update Center, or as a download from NetBeans Plugin portal..."

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