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Transform Your Business With Mobile, Social, Global, Digital Marketing
By Reggie Bradford
Reggie writes, "For this column I've enlisted the help of Lars Silberbauer, global director of social media and search for LEGO Group. Lars and I are making a joint presentation at an Oracle conference in Dubai entitled, 'Modern CX: Mobile, Social, Global, And Transforming Businesses.' In advance of that presentation, we wanted to share a few thoughts on three compelling areas of marketing that are influencing the business environment: customer experience, data-driven marketing, and the real-time marketing organization..."
Integrating Apache Spark with Oracle NoSQL Database
By Michael Schulman
Michael writes, "A new whitepaper from the Oracle NoSQL Database team looks at the integration between Apache Spark and the Oracle NoSQL Database. In this whitepaper, learn about:

  • High-level architecture of Oracle NoSQL Database and Apache Spark and the integration between them
  • Log analysis use case
  • How to implement the use case using Oracle NoSQL Database and Apache Spark

The Whitepaper can be found HERE."

Preparing for the Upcoming Removal of UCB Utilities from the Next Version of Solaris
By Eric Reid
Eric Reid blogs, "For those of you who are holding on to the /usr/ucb commands as a last vestige of Solaris's origins in the UC Berkeley UNIX distribution, it's time to act. The long-anticipated demise of the /usr/ucb and /usr/ucblib directories is planned for the next major version of Solaris. If you are building software that uses these components, now's the time to switch to alternatives. Shell scripts are often used during software installation and configuration, so dependency on /usr/ucb commands could stop your app from installing properly..."
FOSS Evaluation Packages
for Solaris 11.3
Oracle released a set of Selected FOSS Component packages that can be used with/on Solaris 11.3. These packages provide customers with evaluation copies of new and updated versions of FOSS ahead of officially supported Oracle Solaris product releases.

These packages are available at the Oracle Solaris product release repository for customers running Oracle Solaris 11.3 GA. The source code used to build the components is available at the Solaris Userland Project on The packages are not supported through any Oracle support channels. Customers can use the software at their own risk.

The UNIX-Based Cloud
Dr Cloud's Flying Software Circus
"Oracle Solaris continues to evolve as the foundation for critical private cloud implementations. As the premier UNIX in the IT industry, certified against the OpenGroup's exacting standards for enterprise-level operating systems, Solaris 11 enables Oracle customers and partners to provide the elasticity, security, scalability, and stability required for today's demanding Cloud Computing requirements.

As Chris Riggin, Enterprise Architect at Verizon, said at last Fall's Oracle OpenWorld, the cloud services enabled by Solaris provide the massive scaling for Verizon's 135 million customers and 180,000 employees needed to speed service delivery and to maintain Verizon's competitive edge..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Introduces New Cloud Services for Hotels and Casinos
New Oracle Cloud services enable hotels, casinos and other hospitality companies to personalize and improve the guest experience while making operations more efficient
To help hospitality companies personalize all aspects of their engagement with customers while also delivering an excellent guest experience on site, Oracle today introduced a cloud services version of its industry-leading suite of hospitality solutions. The new Oracle Hospitality cloud services enable hotel and casino operators to better manage every aspect of their customer relationships and on-site operations, while simplifying their IT infrastructure and deriving value faster from new innovations.

'To win in the highly competitive hotel industry, hotels need to deliver personalized guest experiences, increase operational efficiency, and effectively manage distribution,' said Ray Carlin, vice president of product strategy, Oracle Hospitality. 'Oracle's cloud-based solutions bring significant advantages in all these key areas, while at the same time streamlining on-premise IT management and offering enhanced application and data security built in.'

Amazon Glacier is Overpriced!
... and they will price gouge you if you want your data back in any reasonable amount of time.
Darius Zanganeh blogs, "You're Paying 7x:

Would you pay 7x more money for your hardware on premise such as servers and storage? Then why do it for your deep cold archive storage in the cloud? While Amazon Glacier is priced very aggressively, they are still at least 7x the price of Oracle's Archive Cloud on a monthly basis.

But maybe you already have your data there and you are worried about the ridiculous retrieval costing method Amazon uses to get YOUR data back from the Glacier! Well thankfully there are tools to help with that such as FastGlacier that will limit how fast you retrieve data from Glacier and control your retrieval costs..."

Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep writes, "we would like to highlight a great new OTN article: Running OpenSCAP compliance checks on Oracle Linux.

Many of you may have heard OpenSCAP, if not here are some details. SCAP is U.S. standard maintained by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SCAP is a multi-purpose framework of specifications that supports automated configuration, vulnerability and patch checking, technical control compliance activities, and security measurement..."

VBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Twisted Trunk Brewing
  • 2000 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US

The most northern South Florida vBeers meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month. The meetup will be at Twisted Trunk Brewing.

This Palm Beach Gardens location as it is within a 30 minutes drive of many Palm Beach County cities and some Martin County cities.

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 share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!


Sponsorships for the vBeers events are through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA).

John Mclaughlin, SFTA

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 215 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 214 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 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, UNIX and Innovation
  • Acquire an Oracle Linux Certification
  • Engineered Systems Family
  • Oracle VirtualBox VirtualBox 5.0.14 Released
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Released
  • EMC NetWorker Performance & Scalability with SPARC T5
  • Oracle CEO Hurd Hammers On Economic Themes
  • Certification Corner with Oracle University
  • User Space Support for Ksplice on Oracle Linux 6
  • January 2016 Critical Patch Update Released

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

    Importing a zone into a zone cluster configuration
    Using the new 'import-zone' subcommand
    Srikant Bharadwaj blogs, "The zone cluster feature of Oracle Solaris Cluster supports importing non-global zones into a zone cluster starting in version 4.3. This article is going to focus on the methods to import a zone and get the Oracle Solaris Cluster software installed in it.

    With this feature you can import existing installed zones into a new zone cluster or an existing zone cluster configuration using the clzonecluster subcommand import-zone..."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox Takes the Spotlight
    By Zeynep Koch
    Zeynep blogs, "This Friday we will focus on Oracle VM VirtualBox because we just heard that G2 Crowd, a platform for users to share business software reviews in real-time, published a report where VirtualBox is the leader among a broad list of the VDI (Virtual Desktop Integration) products, ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact)..."

    "VirtualBox has been named a Leader based on receiving a high customer satisfaction score and having a large market presence. VirtualBox has the largest Market Presence and received the highest Satisfaction score among virtual desktop infrastructure products. 95% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars and 84% of users believe VirtualBox is headed in the right direction."

    Java Technology
    Java Advanced Management Console 2.2
    By Erik Costlow
    Erik Costlow blogs, "the Java Platform team is pleased to release Java Advanced Management Console version 2.2. Available for production use with appropriately licensed Java SE Advanced products, the Advanced Management Console helps system administrators track and manage Java across their organization. Its usage tracking capabilities help system administrators create a Java application inventory to know which Java versions are used for which applications, and by whom. Administrators can then manage exposure of the browser plugin: allowing known-safe applications to run against older Java versions based on compatibility, and potentially blocking unknown applications altogether..."
    Space, Aeronautics, Defense, and Nuclear Research on the NetBeans Platform
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan blogs, "SYCLONE by Clemessy is a modular solution for SCADA and real-time command/control systems. It provides a graphical display, graphical sequence editor, and a real-time sequence executor. The modular design allows it to be used in projects of all types, from touch panels in hardened cabinets for processes with no real-time needs, to control and measuring systems for commercIal and military launchers and boosters..."
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