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Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance backup white paper
Oracle Whitepaper - 14 Pages
"Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) is an integrated hardware and software system designed to reduce infrastructure complexity and deployment time for virtualized workloads. It is a complete platform for a wide range of application types and workloads, with built-in compute, storage and networking. VCA automatically discovers components and configures them to work with one another, reducing design and administrative effort, eliminating potential errors, and speeding time to application deployment. It enables virtualization life cycle management using Oracle VM.

This document reviews Virtual Compute Appliance architecture, describes automated internal system backups of software components, and describes how to backup data to external storage, Oracle VM repositories and database, and virtual machine contents, and how to perform recovery of those components..."

Oracle for SAP Technology Update
Annual Publication
Parnian Taidi writes, "Oracle and SAP have had an ongoing commitment to tens of thousands of joint customers for over 27 years. Deploying SAP applications on Oracle platforms delivers end-to-end SAP infrastructure solutions that improve productivity and performance, increase system utilization, and create an eco-friendly data center. The two companies recently renewed their longstanding reseller and support agreements to provide enhanced access to Oracle Database technology and world class customer support.

The Oracle for SAP Technology Update is an annual publication that provides updates and information about Oracle products and services for SAP customers..."

Oracle OpenWorld + JavaOne 2015
Latest updates
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You're sure to discover new ways to optimize your systems, new solutions that will help you take your business to the next level, and new practices that will make you more successful in your job and in your industry. Registration for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne is officially open! Don't forget that you can save $600 to $800 off the onsite price by registering before May 31!

"Reports of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated," said the CIO
By Jim Lein
Jim Lein writes, "As you know, that headline paraphrases an infamous Mark Twain misquote.

I've read countless accounts of how CIO's are being bypassed in IT business solution decision-making. It conjures up an image of a CIO bursting into the CFO's office and tattling on some line of business manager who allegedly has purchased and deployed a one off solution without IT's blessing.

My reaction to these reports has typically been that of skepticism..."

How We See Managing Millennials
By Mark V. Hurd
Mark V. Hurd writes, "I'm a big believer that he who hath the best people usually wins.

Nothing original there - except if that were the case, by definition, only one company would ever have the best people. The nuance here is that what you really want are the people best suited to work within the operating model you've put in place to execute your company's strategy.

That's a tough assignment in the easiest of circumstances. But these are far from the easiest of circumstances..."

    Cloud Computing
    Harvard Business Review: Cloud Computing Comes of Age
    Cloud computing is evolving. Are you?
    Learn how businesses today are:
    • Driving speed and agility - with 40% and 64% achieving gains, respectively - by turning to the cloud
    • Collaborating with IT to deploy and integrate cloud solutions, delivering long-term value
    • Deploying more and more cloud services across core functions
    • Tackling cloud concerns surrounding security, compliance, reliability and cost

    Oracle has sponsored a global study conducted by Harvard Business Review titled: "Cloud Computing Comes of Age." The report shows how organizations are under pressure to identify new business opportunities and innovate faster as cloud computing evolves...

    Oracle Public Cloud Webinar Series
    Webinars highlighting the Oracle Public Cloud
    Wondering how you are going to transform your IT environment with a database cloud to maximize the benefits of the shared database infrastructure as well as simplified and centralized database management?

    Oracle University has an upcoming series of webinars highlighting the most important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud. Mark you calendar to join live or watch them later on-demand...

    The 4 Smartest Things I Heard At Oracle's CloudWorld San Jose
    By Jeff Erickson
    Jeff Erickson writes, "When you're an enterprise technology company substantially living off of licensed software running onsite at your customers' data centers, how do you dare call yourself a 'cloud company'?

    That thought might have been going through some minds as Silicon Valley types recently filed into a downtown hotel in San Jose, California, to hear Oracle executives share the latest about the company's enterprise cloud offerings..."

    A Brief Chat with the Linux Foundation
    By Rick Ramsey (Podcast)
    Rick Ramsey writes,"I recently got to chat with Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. In case you were just rescued from a buried time capsule as part of a fraternity pledge, you probably already know that the Linux Foundation is a non-profit trade association that fosters the growth of Linux. It supports the Linux kernel development community, provides services to help companies adopt Linux, and hosts collaborative projects to solve problems in an increasing range of fields. It is supported by leading Linux and open source companies, including IBM, Intel, and Oracle..."
    Oracle Exalogic-based Big Data strategy
    Capgemini whitepaper
    In this whitepaper, Capgemini provides a high-level blueprint on how acquisition of streaming data can be achieved with an Oracle-based Big Data strategy. Compared to home grown solutions, Oracle technology - namely, the portfolio of Oracle engineered systems - offer much greater deployment and management ease as well as lower total cost of ownership. Capgemini provides a large portfolio of services and solutions in the field of Big Data with multiple vendors among which Oracle is one of the key technology partners...
    Wed May 20th - vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
    6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Food and Beer)
    Please join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. Please RSVP via

    The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

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

    The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is managing sponsorships. Please contact Douglas Saenz for details.

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

    Join us for one of the four South Florida vBeers events!

    Wed May 27th - vBeers @ Miami - Mike's at Venetian
    6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Food and Beer)
    Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami, Florida, USA. 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. Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

    Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry! The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is managing sponsorships. Please contact Douglas Saenz for details.

    There is $3 valet parking the 555 Venetia building. You must get your valet ticket stamped at Mike's to get the special rate. Drop your car off with the valet, enter the 555 building and take the elevator to the 9th floor and follow the signs for Mike's!

    Mike's is a unique Miami experience. From the patio deck on the 9th floor, there is a great view of Miami and the port and the flatten remains of the old Miami Herald building.

    Join us for one of the four South Florida vBeers events. Details @

    Oracle and Intel Engineers Share their Stories
    Zeynep Koch writes, "Intel and Oracle have worked together for over 20 years to ensure that hardware and software are optimized to work together for maximum performance and reliability. In this podcast, listen as two engineering experts from Oracle Linux team and Intel discuss how they work closely together to solve problems and create opportunities for their customers with co-developed technologies.

    In this podcast, Guru Anbalagane, Director of Linux Kernel Development at Oracle, and Dave Hansen, Kernel Engineer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, trade stories about how the two companies draw on deep co-engineering relationships to deliver mission-critical-ready engineered solutions..."

    Hybrid clouds: Fujitsu servers use Oracle Solaris
    Oracle Solaris 11.2
    Mattias Drefs writes, "Fujitsu will in future be equipping its M10 series servers with Oracle Solaris 11.2. The Unix operating system is designed for business-critical tasks and brings with it complete enterprise distribution of the free cloud software OpenStack. The combination of server and Solaris 11.2 enables companies to build an IT infrastructure in which cloud and on-premises applications can run in parallel on the same system. Users can therefore move their IT activities to a hybrid cloud, and thereby retain their local applications..."
    SanDisk's Lightning SSD compatibility
    Oracle Solaris + SPARC T5 Servers
    IT organizations across the world are facing critical challenges in management of data and fast and efficient delivery of services geared around business critical data. One easy and transparent way to improve I/O performance and reliability of any computing platform is to replace existing spinning disk drives with solid state drives (SSDs). This paper presents an overview of the tests conducted to verify the operational compatibility of SanDisk's Lightning SSDs with Oracle SPARC T5 server platforms using the Oracle HCTS hardware compatibility test suite.

    Due to the diversity in components and variations in hardware platform architecture, it is very important to confirm if a product is compatible with the target server architecture...

    Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
    RESTful API Examples

    Jim Kremer writes, "The Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance added a RESTful API for managing storage in its OS8.2 release and this post tells you how to get some Python examples that call this new RESTful API.

    The best place to get example code is through the ZFS Storage User Group (OZUG) hosted at Signing up is free. Just follow the OZUG signup instructions. Not only are there RESTful API scripts, but also workflow and CLI scripts shared by the OZUG community..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 207 Issue 1; Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 205 Issue 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 VM Server for SPARC 3.2 now available for Solaris 10 control domains
    • Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate
    • Oracle Database 12c as a JSON Document Store
    • Leading Insights on OpenStack, Today and Tomorrow
    • The Wisdom of the PaaS Crowd
    • The Magic of SQL Channel Launches on YouTube
    • Why customers choose Oracle Cloud solutions for PaaS
    • Live Webcast with Oracle CIO, More: Introducing Documents Cloud Service
    • Webcast - Oracle Database Backup Service
    • EBS 12.1 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux EBS 12.1

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

      LibreOffice 4.4.3 Is Ready
      The third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 'fresh' family
      The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.4.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 'fresh' family, with over 80 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.2. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page:

      The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people.

      Is EFSS an IT or a LoB Concern?
      Cloud enterprise file sync
      Tanu Sood writes, "Cloud enterprise file sync and share solutions serve a critical business need. A digital enterprise is an anytime, anyplace workplace requiring not just employees but the authorized ecosystem access to the right information at any time from anywhere on any device. This enables true collaboration in a 24 X 7 world and empowers the mobile workforce driving user productivity.

      As a result, most organizations have moved away from large email file attachments, FTP server management and on-site content sharing tools and have started to instead leverage cloud file sync and share solutions..."

      VENOM vulnerability affects various virtualization platforms
      Security Alert CVE-2015-3456 Released
      "Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2015-3456 to address the recently publicly disclosed VENOM vulnerability, which affects various virtualization platforms. This vulnerability results from a buffer overflow in the QEMU's virtual Floppy Disk Controller (FDC).

      While the vulnerability is not remotely exploitable without authentication, its successful exploitation could provide the malicious attacker, who has privileges to access the FDC on a guest operating system, with the ability to completely take over the targeted host system. As a result, a successful exploitation of the vulnerability can allow a malicious attacker with the ability to escape the confine of the virtual environment for which he/she had privileges for. This vulnerability has received a CVSS Base Score of 6.2..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28
      Maintenance release
      "Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

      See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at or here (Oracle Technology Network)..."

      + The Oracle VirtualBox Team

      Secrets of Storage Repositories with Oracle VM
      Insider information for those using Oracle VM
      Antoinette O'Sullivan writes, "Here is some insider information for those using Oracle VM.

      You use repositories in Oracle VM to store virtual resources such as ISO files, virtual disks and assemblies. Indeed you must have at least one repository to store the configuration files of your virtual machines.

      Creating and populating your Oracle VM repositories is straightforward. Relocating repositories is a bit more involved.

      You might want to answer the following questions:..."

      Java Technology
      Java 9 Schedule
      Proposed schedule for Java 9 milestones
      Chief Java Architect Mark Reinhold recently proposed a new schedule for Java 9 milestones, now on the JDK 9 project page

      • 10 December 2015: Feature Complete
      • 04 February 2016: All Tests Run
      • 25 February 2016: Rampdown Start
      • 21 April 2016: Zero Bug Bounce
      • 16 June 2016: Rampdown Phase 2
      • 21 July 2016: Final Release Candidate
      • 22 September 2016: General Availability

      For more information about why these dates were chosen, see his post.

      Code Assistance in the NetBeans IDE Java Editor:
      A Reference Guide
      The purpose of any integrated development environment (IDE) is to maximize productivity and support seamless development from a single tool. This reference document describes useful code assistance features, customization options, and navigation capabilities of the NetBeans IDE's Java Editor.

      The NetBeans IDE's Java Editor helps you quickly complete and generate code through the "smart" code completion feature. In a general sense, code completion is very useful when you want to fill in the missing code, look at the options available in the context of your application, and generate blocks of code when needed. See below for examples of how to use code completion...

      JavaFX 8: Combining New Language Features: Part 1
      Eric Bruno in Dr. Dobb's
      Eric Bruno writes, "Java SE 8 introduced new language features, library changes, and a whole lot more. This includes a new version of JavaFX (version 8), and you can use the new language features with JavaFX 8. Let's begin with Lambdas, working with a sample application I wrote about some time ago: the custom SizeView container..."
      Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS3
      All-in-one directory solution

      Etienne Remillon writes, "We have released Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS3 ( Oracle Unified Directory is an all-in-one directory solution with storage, proxy, synchronization and virtualization capabilities.

      While unifying the approach, it provides all the services required for high-performance enterprise and carrier-grade environments. Oracle Unified Directory ensures scalability to billions of entries. It is designed for ease of installation, elastic deployments, enterprise manageability, and effective monitoring..."

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