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Cloud is Good for Oracle and Its Customers
By Jim Lein
It's not news to say that the enterprise software industry is being disrupted by cloud. But unless you're in that business, it may be easy to lose track of who's being disrupted and who's doing the disrupting. When I joined JD Edwards in 1999, client/server architecture was the big disrupter. Many mainframe and minicomputer application providers didn't' survive that transition.

This article, "Oracle's Larry Ellison Calls Cloud A 'Much Better Business'", provides key insights from Oracle's top three executives as to why both Oracle and its customers are thriving amidst cloud's disruption. Long ago, under Ellison's guidance, Oracle's strategy was to be one of the disruptors in the burgeoning cloud business.

PaaS Launch and Cloud File Sharing and Collaboration
24 new services to Oracle Cloud Platform
There was a big PaaS launch on Monday, June 22nd with Larry Ellison, Thomas Kurian and other senior Oracle and customer executives. Ellison announced more than 24 new services to Oracle Cloud Platform which is a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users, and analysts to build, extend, and integrate cloud applications and drive co-existence with the existing on-premise infrastructure.

For more details on the announcement, cloud services and customer videos, you can catch the on demand online replay of the event.

The Solaris 10 Recommended patchset really does contain ALL available OS security fixes!
By Gerry Haskins
Gerry Haskins writes, "Apologies for the rather exasperated tone of this post, but if I had a $1 for every time a 3rd party security scanning tool falsely reported that we're missing a security fix in the Solaris 10 Recommended patchset...

Let me assure you, the Solaris 10 Recommended patchset really does contain all available security fixes for the Solaris OS*.

* In deference to Murphy's Law, I'd better insert a disclaimer that I'm sure there'll be a security fix at some future point in time which is toxic and we may hold off including it until we mitigate its toxicity, but I can't think of a single case where that's occurred in the last 16 years, so let's call that a very rare corner case.

As explained in a previous post, we include the minimum patch revision required to address a security vulnerability..."

Building MySQL Crosstab and Subreports
Featured Database Articles
Rob Gravelle writes, "Unlike MS Access, which has the TRANSFORM...PIVOT statement, most relational databases - MySQL included - do not offer a mechanism for easily generating crosstab queries. I wrote back in 2010 that, left to their own devices, DBAs have had to be quite creative in designing crosstab queries.

Since crosstab queries are usually meant for displaying tabular data in reports, why not let the reporting tool assist you in the generation of crosstab reports?..."

Modirum Authenticates Transactions with MySQL
By Bertrand Mattheli
Modirum is a software and consulting company specializing in secure authentication software products, card payment solutions, consulting and SaaS hosted processing services. The company was founded in 1998 in Finland and has offices in Finland, Norway, Estonia, the UK and elsewhere.

Modirum has worked closely with organisations including Visa and Nokia for the development of authentication protocols such as the 3D-Secure protocol and mobile commerce projects over the years. 3-D Secure is an XML-based protocol designed to be an additional security layer for online credit and debit card transactions. It adds an authentication step for online payments.

Cloud Computing
New Oracle Commerce Cloud Helps Companies Quickly Build, Easily Optimize, and Nimbly Extend Selling Experiences
Designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth for online businesses

Adding a key new piece to the rich Oracle Customer Experience (CX) applications portfolio, Oracle unveiled Oracle Commerce Cloud, a flexible and scalable SaaS solution built for the Oracle Public Cloud. Oracle Commerce Cloud features the latest commerce technology and is designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth, while simplifying IT management and reducing costs.

Oracle Commerce Cloud's modern SaaS infrastructure emphasizes simplicity, allowing online businesses to quickly launch feature-rich, responsive storefronts across desktop and mobile devices without sacrificing features or brand control. No longer limited by cookie-cutter site options, marketers and merchants get a fully responsive, configurable storefront out-of-the-box with pre-integrated core commerce features including: search/navigation, recommendations, promotions, reporting, payments, design templates and SEO. Catalog, content, design and merchandising management is all at the business' fingertips in a unified experience management console.

New Oracle Data Center in Brazil Equips Latin American Companies to Transform Their Business with Oracle Cloud
Latest State-of-the-Art Facility Helps Ensure Customers' Data is Stable, Protected and Secure

Oracle is committed to helping companies throughout Latin America embrace cloud computing to reduce IT complexities and boost productivity. As part of this effort, Oracle plans to open its new data center in Campinas, São Paulo in August of this year.

This state-of-the-art facility also supports growing demand for Oracle's comprehensive cloud portfolio and was designed to help customers embrace Oracle Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. Oracle Cloud SaaS applications are best-of-breed and integrated with social, mobile, and analytic capabilities to help companies deliver the experiences customers expect, the talent to succeed, and the performance the market demands.

Portic Barcelona Logistics Services
Oracle SuperCluster Transformational Architecture
Portic Barcelona manages logistics through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logistics agents and other customers. Portic deployed Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris to multiply the number of commercial transactions that the e-commerce platform can manage by a factor of six - equivalent to a 32x performance increase - enabling Portic to process up to 26,000 service requests per hour and 500 messages per minute, with room for future expansion...
Uganda Revenue Authority and Oracle SuperCluster:
Achieves 99.9% Service Uptime for Government Ministries and Services
Among its objectives, URA was established to improve the standard of tax administration and correct the weaknesses that characterized the older tax administration. One of the major drivers for deploying Oracle solutions was to reduce the frequent downtime previously experienced due to poor database performance and to rectify a reduction in peak-time response.

URA worked with Oracle and its implementation and logistical partner Technology Associates to deploy a robust, scalable, high-availability database solution that includes software and hardware engineered together, as it felt that having a single vendor for both hardware and software would be advantageous. To that end, URA deployed Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle Database.

vBeers @ PBG - Twisted Trunk
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Twisted Trunk - Palm Beach Gardens

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!

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.

Oracle FY16 Global Partner Kickoff
Replays Now Available
Roxana Babiciu writes, "Oracle's FY16 Partner Kickoff was a great way to start off the summer! In case you missed the live show, watch the replay and catch up on Oracle's cloud strategy and objectives for the upcoming year. If you're looking to view a specific segment, scroll down the page and make your selection beneath the Regional Resources Global tab..."
Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Revenue Increases 8.3% Year Over Year in the First Quarter of 2015
Surpassing $2.1 Billion in Value
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platform Tracker, the worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 8.3% year over year to $2.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). The market generated 945 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 45.7% compared to the same period a year ago.

"The integrated systems market continues to evolve and is entering a new phase of maturation," said Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, Enterprise Servers. "It is a highly dynamic competitive landscape where the last 12 months has seen key competitors undergo major reorganization, rebranding and realignment; all with the intent to strategically position themselves in one of the faster growing segments of the datacenter infrastructure market."

Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.4 Released
An engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure
Honglin Su writes, "We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.4 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 2.0.4 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2..."

Use Oracle Storage To Your Competitive Advantage
New Video Series

Roxana Babiciu writes, "We have four short videos highlighting Oracle Storage, featuring Kerstin Woods, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle Storage. Partners can view, upload to your own website, or make a request to have a semi-customized video for your use - free of charge! Work with your Oracle Partner Manager if you would like to create a semi-customized video, and view our resource page for video specifics and order information..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 208 Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Vol 207 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 206 Issue 5
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 Fiscal 2015 Q4 Results
  • Oracle Appoints David Donatelli to Lead Converged Infrastructure Business
  • Test Drive a Fujitsu M10 Server at No Cost
  • Using MPxIO and Veritas
  • Oracle Announces Annual Partner Kickoff
  • Database Administrators
  • Sinosure Core Business System Excels on Oracle SPARC T5 and Solaris
  • EBS 12.2 Certified on Linux
  • Take This Template And Shove It: How We See Managing Millennials
  • The Ghosts of Java EE 7 in Production: Past, Present and Future

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

    Java Technology
    OTN Virtual Technology Summit
    Spotlight on Java Track
    The OTN Virtual Technology Summit is a quarterly series of interactive online events featuring hands-on sessions by expert presenters drawn from the community. The events are free, but registration is required. Each event has four tracks: Java, Database, Systems, and Middleware. Registration gets you access to all four tracks, along with on-demand access to all sessions after the event so you can binge on all that technical expertise.

    • July 14th - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm PT
    • July 15th - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm BST
    • July 23rd - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm IST

    Here's the skinny on the Java track for the next event.

    Take Early JDK 9 For A Spin In Early NetBeans 9
    By Geertjan
    Geertjan writes, "Here's a super cool new development for the true adventurer, the wild side walker, and the most cutting edge of cutting edge Java developers.

    Could this be you?

    From today, there's a brand new build of NetBeans IDE focused very specifically on giving you the tools you need for taking the early access build of JDK 9 for a spin:..."

    Oracle Communications Virtualizes Its Products to Support Network Function Virtualization Industry Initiative
    Underscore commitment to provide communications service providers
    Oracle announced the release of four products that underscore its commitment to provide communications service providers (CSPs) with a fully virtualized, network function virtualization (NFV)-ready solution portfolio.

    Just as the cloud has transformed the IT industry, NFV is transforming the communications industry by enabling CSPs to move beyond the limitations of proprietary hardware to revolutionize service agility and speed to market. However, virtualizing networks is not enough; CSPs must consider how to transform the network to meet customer needs and grow the bottom line, while best leveraging existing assets in the new hybrid network reality.

    With new releases of Oracle Communications Session Border Controller, Oracle Communications Converged Application Server, Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper, and Oracle Communications Policy Management, Oracle helps CSPs conquer the layers of complexity inherent in bridging physical and virtual environments as they continue on their journey toward NFV.

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