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Database Insider
May 2015 issue now available
Javier Puerta notes that, "The May issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available:

Oracle Database 12c Now Certified by SAP

In March 2015, SAP announced that all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x are now certified and supported on Oracle Database 12c - including Oracle Grid Computing 12c and Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c. Read More

Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

The Oracle Database Innovation Forum that was broadcast on March 18, 2015 is now available on demand. Once you've registered, watch the replay of Tom Kyte's keynote, and then stay as long as you like or return at your convenience to watch another session or replay one that made an impact on you.

Read on

Gamification in the Enterprise
Trends in the Workplace
"Gaming techniques encourage employees to adopt habits that benefit the company while creating a fun atmosphere.

I used to think that gaming was something for millennials, 18- to 27-year-olds who grew up gaming on their computers, earning badges, and competing with others to progress to a more challenging level. However, I find that I'm getting caught up in these activities before I realize what's happening..."

    Big Data, Bigger Responsibility
    MIT/Oracle Paper
    "Companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry are struggling to manage the exploding amounts of data,' says Neil Mendelson, vice president for big data and advanced analytics at Oracle. 'But as both business and IT executives know all too well, managing big data involves far more than just dealing with storage and retrieval challenges - it requires addressing a variety of privacy and security issues as well.'

    Troy writes, "In a talk at the Technology Policy Institute's 2013 Aspen Forum, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez described some big data pitfalls to be avoided. Though many organizations use big data for collecting non-personal information, there are others that use it 'in ways that implicate individual privacy.'

    With big data, comes bigger responsibility. A new joint Oracle and MIT Technology Review paper drills into these pitfalls and how organizations can mitigate them using Oracle's Big Data solution.

    Get the paper, Securing the Big Data Life Cycle and learn more ..."

    How to setup a HA OpenStack environment with Oracle Solaris Cluster
    By Glynn Foster

    "The Oracle Solaris Cluster team have just released a new technical whitepaper that covers how administrators can use Oracle Solaris Cluster to set up a HA OpenStack environment on Oracle Solaris.

    In a typical multi-node environment in OpenStack it's important that administrators can set up infrastructure that is resilient to service or hardware failure. Oracle Solaris Cluster is developed in lock step with Oracle Solaris to provide additional HA capabilities and is deeply integrated into the platform. Service availability is maximized with full orchestrated disaster recovery for enterprise applications in both physical and virtual environments..."

    OpenZFS European User Conference - Paris
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Wednesday, May 27th
    Ryan Tyler writes, "I'm pleased to announce the second annual OpenZFS European User Conference.

    We'll be returning to Ecole 42 which was a fantastic venue last year. We are aiming to keep the format the same as 2014 with a relaxed, friendly and lots of opportunity to network and make new ZFS friends.

    Starting today we would like to request presentation and session ideas so we can build the agenda for the day. Thanks to our immediate sponsors from last year, we'll still have beers and pizza in the evening!..."

    Cloud Computing
    The Cloud Platform Online Forum
    Now available on-demand
    Modern Business. Modern Cloud. Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?

    View the on-demand Online Forum with keynote featuring Oracle experts and IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Watch all the sessions to learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications and enable business collaboration and innovation using an integrated cloud platform built on the industry's #1 Database and Application Server.

    • Access highly engaging content specifically designed for:
    • Java and Database developers
    • Database managers and administrators
    • IT operations managers
    • Lines of business managers

    Oracle also invites you to attend an upcoming event, "Oracle Cloud Day | Modern Business. Modern Cloud". Please visit the registration page for a city near you!

    Providing High Availability to the OpenStack Cloud Controller on Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Cluster
    White Paper (61 Pages)
    Thorsten Früauf of Oracle Solaris Cluster Engineering, writes "Oracle Solaris delivers a complete OpenStack distribution which is integrated with its core technologies such as Oracle Solaris Zones, the ZFS file system, and its image packaging system (IPS). OpenStack in Oracle Solaris 11.2 helps IT organizations to create an enterprise-ready Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud, so that users can quickly deploy virtual networking and compute resources by using a centralized web-based portal...

    Our team has created a new white paper to specifically explain how to provide high availability to the OpenStack cloud controller on Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Cluster..."

    Oracle Big Data Appliance X5-2
    with Big Data SQL for the DBA
    "During January 2015, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison announced Oracle's next-generation engineered systems, the fifth generation X5. The X5 portfolio of Oracle's Engineered Systems includes among others the X5 Big Data Appliance for Hadoop and NoSQL big data jobs.

    Big data is by far the most prevalent technology trend today, according to a recent study by consulting firm Capgemini. However, almost 80 percent of organizations have not achieved full-scale production of their big data initiatives..."

    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 @

    vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens
    Wednesday June 4th, 6pm to 9pm
    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)


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

    • Wednesday, June 4th, 2015 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Please RSVP at

    OTN Virtual Technology Summit
    Now Available OnDemand

    "In case you missed our live day event, the latest OTN Virtual Technology Summit is now available OnDemand. Learn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today's IT challenges. Learn through Hands on Labs and Technical Presentations / Demo's.

    Register Now to view the following sessions in each track..."

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices
    White Paper Updates (30 Pages)
    Jeff Savit-Oracle, writes "The white paper Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices has been updated to reflect enhancements introduced with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2.

    This paper shows how to configure to meet demanding performance and availability requirements. Topics include:

    • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options.
    • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements.
    • Best Practices for optimal performance.
    • Best Practices for resiliency and availability.

    The paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems..."

    Oracle ZFS Storage Powers the Oracle SaaS Cloud
    By Bob Handlin
    Bob writes, "On the plane to OpenStack Summit, I was thinking about what we on Oracle ZFS Storage team have been saying about cloud storage, and how Oracle's cloud strategy internally (building the world's most successful Software-as-a-Service company) maps to our thinking. If you haven't followed the SaaS trends, Oracle's cloud has grown well beyond the recreational stage. We're killing it, frankly, and it's built on Oracle ZFS Storage.

    The cliche is that there's no clear definition for cloud (or maybe it's that there are a bunch of them). I disagree. I think that as typically happens, people have done their best to twist the definition to match whatever they already do. Watch Larry Ellison's CloudWorld Tokyo keynote (there's a highlights video/but watch the whole thing). At at 22 minutes in, he walks you through how real cloud applications work..."

    Oracle ZFS Storage Intelligent Replication Compression
    Intelligent Is Better
    John Szlendak writes,"Remote replication ensures robust business continuity and disaster recovery protection by keeping data securely in multiple locations. It allows your business to run uninterrupted and provides quick recovery in case of a disaster such as a fire, flood, hurricane or earthquake. Unfortunately, long distance replication can often be limited by poor network performance, varying CPU workloads and WAN costs.

    What's needed is intelligent replication that understands your environment and automatically optimizes for performance and efficiency, on-the-fly, before sending data over the wire. Intelligent replication that constantly monitors your network speeds, workloads and overall system performance and dynamically tunes itself for best throughput and cost with minimum impact to your production environment..."

    Oracle ZFS and OpenStack: We're Ready
    ... and Waiting
    Bob Handlin writes, "After Day 1 of the OpenStack Summit, the ongoing debate rages as it does will all newish things: Is OpenStack ready for prime time? The heat is certainly there (the OpenStack-savvy folks will see what I did there), but is the light? Like anything in tech, it depends. The one thing that is clearly true is that the movement itself is on fire...

    The "yes" side says "OpenStack is ready, but YOU aren't!!!" The case being made on that side is: 'OBVIOUSLY if you simply throw OpenStack over a bunch of existing infrastructure and "Platform 2" applications, you will fail. If instead, you build an OpenStack-proof infrastructure, and then run OpenStack on top of it, you can succeed'..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 207 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 205 Issue 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:

    • VENOM vulnerability affects various virtualization platforms
    • Oracle and Intel Engineers Share their Stories
    • Oracle Collaborates with Mirantis to Bring Database as a Service
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28
    • Secrets of Storage Repositories with Oracle VM
    • Harvard Business Review: Cloud Computing Comes of Age
    • Reports of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated," said the CIO
    • Oracle Exalogic-based Big Data strategy
    • A Brief Chat with the Linux Foundation
    • How We See Managing Millennials

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

      Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter
      May 2015 Issue
      The May 2015 issue of the Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter is now available.

      New IOUG Survey Reveals Latest Trends in Database Manageability

      Released in April 2015, a new Independent Oracle Users Group survey reveals the opportunities and challenges that database administrators face today. Find out what's on the minds of more than 300 data managers and professionals.

      Top Three Challenges Driving Adoption of Database as a Service

      The market for cloud databases and database as a service (DBaaS) is rapidly growing. Learn about the top three barriers to adoption, what DBaaS should look like when it's done right, and how you can manage DBaaS using Oracle Enterprise Manager.

      Read on for details.

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 4
      Not for Production
      The Oracle VirtualBox Team announced that, "Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 4.

      This fourth beta release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 3 release.

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

      They warn, "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."

      How to Start Using Docker on Oracle Linux
      By Rick Ramsey
      Rick writes, "As Ginny Henningsen puts it, 'Docker is an open source virtualization technology that creates lightweight Linux application containers.' What I think is particularly cool about Docker is the portability it derives from its open-source genes. As Ginny explains:

      'Docker containers can define an application and its dependencies using a small text file (a Dockerfile) that can be moved to different Linux releases and quickly rebuilt, simplifying application portability. In this way, "Dockerized" applications are easily migrated to different Linux servers where they can execute on bare metal, in a virtual machine, or on Linux instances in the cloud.'"...

      Docker - Take Two - Starting From Windows with Linux VM as Docker Host
      by Juergen Kress

      Juergenk writes, "My first attempt with Docker was from my Windows host machine using boot2docker, as described in this article: My First Steps with Docker - starting from Windows as the Host.

      Boot2docker is a great tool for being able to work with Docker on a Windows machine. However, I ran into limitations - such as not being able to create containers with the GUI applications running in them. Besides, Linux seems to be - for now at least - the more natural environment for Docker. So decided to create a Linux VM - actually a Virtual Box VM- that would serve as my Docker host.

      In this article I will walk through the steps I went through in order to get this Linux VM running on my Windows host and subsequently turn that VM into the Docker Server in which one or more containers will be running..."

      Java Technology
      GlassFish Images on Docker Hub
      By Bruno Borges
      Bruno writes, "Great news to our fellows bleeding edge Java EE developers and GlassFish users. We are now pushing two images of the application server to Docker Hub to make it even easier to try new and upcoming releases. The GlassFish organization is under, and here are the two images we have:..."
      It's the 20th Anniversary of Java
      Are Your Java Skills Circa 1995?
      Jstiles asks, "Java has continued to evolve since launching in 1995, but have your skills kept up?

      20 years, 592,000+ Certified Java Programmers and 9 Million Java Developers later, Java Developers have never been in more demand than they are today.

      'ccording to, in January 2015, 'Java was named one of the top 10 skills hiring managers search for when in the market for cloud candidates, according to our November report.'

      Do you have the latest Java skills hiring managers are seeking?..."

      Oracle Java 8 ME Embedded + Raspberry Pi + Sensors =
      IoT World
      Yolande Poirier writes, "In Part 1 of his series on using Java ME 8 to control Internet of Things (IOT) devices--such as LEDs, relays, LCDs, sensors, motors, and switches--connected to a Raspberry Pi, Jose Cruz explained how to work with devices that use a simple general-purpose input/output (GPIO) interface. GPIO devices can be used as either a digital input or digital output, can be disabled or enabled, and can be used to drive interrupt lines. Part 1 explored how to connect and control a flame sensor, a movement sensor, and a motion sensor.

      In Part 2 of his series, Jose describes how to connect and control devices that use an inter-integrated circuit bus (I2C) interface, which is a multimaster, multislave, single-ended serial computer bus that enables you to read or write data beyond just changes in logic states..."

      Java ME Embedded 8.1 Developer Preview
      By Yolande Poirier
      "Last fall, Oracle released the Java ME Embedded 8.1 developer preview for Freescale Freedomís FRDM-K64F development platform for the ARM Cortex M based Kinetis K64, K63, and K24 microcontrollers, which was followed shortly thereafter by the release of Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.1.

      In his recent blog, Terrence Barr announced the release of the Java ME Embedded 8.1 developer preview for STMicroelectronics STM32429I-EVAL board, which is a development environment for the STM32F4xx family of ARM CortexM based microcontrollers..."

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