News about Oracle's Solaris and Sun Hardware
System News
Feb 1st, 2016 — Feb 7th, 2016 Generate the Custom HTML Email for this Issue
System News System News for Sun Users
Volume 216, Issue 1 << Previous Issue | Next Issue >>
Sections in this issue:
click to jump to section

Oracle News
New Oracle PartnerNetwork Program Drives Partner Success in the Cloud
Oracle, February 2nd, 2016
Oracle unveiled a new Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program to help partners accelerate the growth of their Oracle Cloud business by providing them with technical and go-to-market support. Through this new program, partners will be able to showcase their Oracle Cloud expertise, vertical market offerings, and success with customers through new tiers of recognition and progressive benefits.

'OPN now offers the most comprehensive portfolio of cloud programs available today,' said Shawn Price, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud. 'Our rapid growth and extensive SaaS, PaaS and IaaS cloud portfolio presents an unparalleled opportunity for partners and customers alike. We can now equip our highly experienced partners with the tools they need to successfully move their customers to modern business models. This vast partner community includes tens of thousands of implementation experts with transferable skills who can help our customers navigate their transition to the cloud.'

Oracle NoSQL BulkPut
By Anand Chandak
Anand blogs, "Our customers have often asked us 'what's the fastest and most efficient way to insert large number of records in Oracle NoSQL database? ' Very recently, a shipping company reached out to us with specific requirement of using Oracle NoSQL database for their ship management application,which is used to track the movements of their container ships that moves the cargo from port to port. The cargo ships are all fitted with GPS and other tracking devices, which relays ship's location after few seconds into the application . The application is then queried for 1) The location of all the ships displayed on the map 2) A specific ship's trajectory over a given period of time displayed on the map too.As the volume of the location data started growing, company is finding hard to scale the application and is now looking at a back-end system that can ingest this large data-set very efficiently..."
Digital Transformation Becomes Mainstream: Profit Magazine 2016 Trends
By Jim Lein
"Being 'trendy' isn't always a good thing, especially if that's not your style. But when it comes to business, being behind on the times is an almost certain recipe for disaster.

By now, you might be sick of the buzzwords 'Digital Transformation' and/or 'Disruption'. Call them what you want but nothing has changed in 2016 except the innovation associated with those two buzzwords..."

    The CMO Revolution: 10 Challenges That Will Rock The Marketing World In 2016
    Bob Evans writes in Forbes
    Bob Evans writes, "Fortified with unprecedented analytical tools and deep insights into customer behavior, charge-leading, business-model-upending CMOs in 2016 will claim new responsibilities for revenue, seize ownership of the end-to-end customer experience, and take leading roles in the digital transformations of their organizations.

    No doubt, some people will think that's sheer madness, and that the purely numerical change in budget allocations from 2015 to 2016 will mean nothing more than the CMO still runs events, still oversees advertising spending, still defines the brand image the company wishes to project, and still is forced to rely on too much guesswork and not enough precision..."

      How a Spin-Off Spun Up Laser Fast
      Forbes, February 2nd, 2016
      "Every corporate spin-off is complex in its own right, but when financial high-wire acts meet national security, that complexity ratchets up to ten.

      That was the case when optical communications technology company JDSU decided to split itself in two. One of the newly formed companies, Lumentum, consolidated the former JDSU high-speed optical communications products for telecom, data, and laser solutions for materials processing, into a new standalone business. Lumentum's product exports are highly regulated by the US and countries around the world because of their potential military uses. Rather than use JDSU's old trade management software to manage the compliance aspects of the business, executives decided to try something new..."

      Focus on Oracle Solaris Security at the OTN VTS Event
      By Glynn Foster
      Glynn blogs, "Every few months, the folks from the Oracle Technology Network host a Virtual Technology Summit (VTS). This is an opportunity to watch a bunch of technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE's, and Java Champions. There are a variety of tracks including Systems, Database, Java and Middleware.

      In the next VTS event, we'll be focusing on security your data center with some of the integrated security technologies included in Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems leveraging Software in Silicon..."

      The Best UNIX Operating System Out There
      Mark Hurd Video
      Glynn blogs, "Worth checking out Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO on how he considers the Sun Microsystems acquisition to be 'fabulous' - not just for Java, but for Solaris, the best UNIX operating system out there. Nothing comes close to the amount of innovation included in this integrated platform that can run your mission critical (and non-mission critical) applications securely and reliably. Sun's technologies were very much the foundation for Oracle's current Engineered System strategy. Watch it now!..."
      MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) and Oracle Storage Cloud
      By Sahil Binani
      Sahil blogs, "MEB 3.12.0 and above support cloud backup and restore using OpenStack-compatible object stores ("Swift"). This allows MySQL database users with Oracle Storage Cloud account to take backups and store them directly in the cloud and restore them from there.

      The following steps illustrate how to set up and use MEB with Oracle Storage Cloud: ..."

      MySQL 5.7 European Tour: Learn and Have Fun at User Groups!
      By Bertrand Matthelie
      Bertrand writes. "Want to learn about MySQL 5.7 & JSON and get all your questions answered? Morgan Tocker is currently visiting many European cities and talking at user groups. Morgan was previously Community Manager and recently joined the MySQL Product Management team at Oracle. He's got a very busy schedule and was last night in Helsinki after a weekend at Fosdem in Brussels and a user group meeting the following day in Amsterdam (hosted by"
      Cloud Computing
      Oracle Building New Cloud Partner System
      Partners have never played a more important role in our global economy
      Looking to drive its already accelerating cloud business into 'hyper-growth,' Oracle announced on Tuesday a program to help partners deliver its cloud software, platform, and infrastructure services to customers worldwide.

      The new Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Cloud Program is open to the company's 25,000 current OPN partners, including consultants, integrators, and value-added resellers, as well as to new partners. Benefits to partners include access to Oracle Cloud demonstration environments, Oracle expertise, and joint marketing. For Oracle, the program will bring increased scale and speed to market, as well as local and industry-specific know-how. The cloud program should also help Oracle, known for serving large enterprise customers, move further downstream to small and midsize businesses...

      Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service
      Webinar Replay
      Madhu Nair blogs, "In case you missed the recent executive webcast on Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, do not worry you can watch the replay here.

      Senior Vice President of Development, Amit Zavery outlines the importance of cloud based data integration technologies and the emphasis that Oracle is placing on enabling not just the IT but also the business analysts with cutting edge requirements. He lays out the importance of streamlining the data preparation and data wrangling process to not just be a necessary step towards analytics, but an enriching and empowering step towards self service data preparation..."

      VBeers @ Broward
      Wednesday, February 10th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      • Funky Buddha Brewery
      • 1201 Ne 38th St # A1, Oakland Park, FL

      Join us for the next vBeers South Florida. vBeers events happen four times a month:

      • vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month
      • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
      • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
      • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

      This will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, 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 (including YOU!).

      RSVP at

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

      John Mclaughlin, SFTA

      IBM Java Applications Taking Advantage of SPARC Hardware Encryption
      By Eric Reid
      Eric Reid blogs, "We've been talking recently about IBM's GSKit, through which many IBM applications can automatically take advantage of SPARC Hardware Encryption (including the latest SPARC M7-based systems). We've since been asked whether this was also possible for Java-based IBM applications (such as WebSphere Application Server) or other applications written against IBM's SDK Java Technology Edition to take similar advantage. This post is written to help answer those questions.

      IBM has traditionally licensed Oracle's Java Runtime Environment and Java Developer Kit, modified it slightly, and released it as the IBM SDK. This combination of Java Runtime and Developer Kit is designed to support many IBM products, and can also be used for new development (although the recommended Java platform on Solaris is Oracle's own Java Runtime Environment and Java Developer Kit). Oracle Solaris ships with both Java 7 and Java 8, but most IBM apps include the Java 7 version of their SDK..."

      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 215 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 214 Issues 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:

      • Preparing for the Upcoming Removal of UCB Utilities from the Next Version of Solaris
      • Oracle VM VirtualBox Takes the Spotlight
      • Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux
      • Amazon Glacier is Overpriced!
      • The UNIX-Based Cloud
      • Oracle Introduces New Cloud Services for Hotels and Casinos
      • FOSS Evaluation Packages
      • Importing a zone into a zone cluster configuration
      • Oracle To Open Data Center In United Arab Emirates Amid Cloud Growth
      • Java Advanced Management Console 2.2

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

        How To Save $150 Billion: Move All App Dev And Testing To The Cloud
        Forbes, February 3rd, 2016
        "If you're going to convince Oracle CEO Mark Hurd of anything, you better bring some supporting data. Here are a few data points that have convinced Hurd that 100% of enterprise development and testing of IT systems - so-called dev-test - will be done using cloud-based platforms, infrastructure, and software within 10 years:

        • $300 billion: That's about what enterprise IT organizations spent worldwide on dev-test last year.

        • 50%: That's what Hurd considers a conservative estimate of how much of that $300 billion gets wasted in the typical on-premises dev-test process-by requiring in-house IT pros to buy, install, and configure the requisite servers, storage, databases, operating systems, and testing tools. All that setup and configuration must happen before the actual development and testing work starts.

        • $150 billion: That's the size of the potential savings by moving to a cloud-based dev-test environment, in which a supplier does all that provisioning and operational work. Furthermore, cloud providers, given their expertise and scale, can often spin up a dev-test environment faster than enterprise IT shops can..."

        Read on ...

        Troubleshooting I/O Load in a Solaris OpenStack Cloud
        By Dave Miner
        Dave blogs, "The other day we noticed that a number of guests running on our Solaris OpenStack cloud were very lethargic, with even simple operations like listing boot environments with beadm taking a long time, let alone more complex things like installing packages. It was easy to rule out CPU load on the compute nodes, as prstat quickly showed me that load averages were not at all high on the compute nodes hosting my guests.

        The next suspect was disk I/O. When you're running on bare metal with local disks, this is pretty easy to check; things like zpool status, zpool iostat, and iostat provide a pretty good high-level view of what's going on, and tools like prstat or truss might help identify the culprit. In an OpenStack cloud it's not nearly that simple. It's all virtual machines, the "disks" are ZFS volumes served up as LUNs by an iSCSI target, and with a couple hundred VM's running on a bunch of compute nodes, you're now searching for the needle(s) in a haystack. Where to start?..."

        Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c
        Resource kit
        Javier Puerta blogs, "Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c was announced a few weeks ago. Here is a list of resources to help partners get trained around all the new features of the new version..."

        • Overview
        • Installation and Upgrade
        • Framework and Infrastructure
        • Database Lifecycle Management
        • Hybrid Cloud Management
        • Private Cloud Management - Database
        • Private Cloud Management - Middleware
        • Database Management
        • Middleware Management
        • Enterprise Monitoring
        • Application Quality Management
        • Packaged Applications Management
        • Hardware Management
        • Heterogeneous (Non-Oracle) Management

        Read on for details.

        Lessons Learned: IPv6 Addressing
        By Rich Lewis
        Rich Lewis, IPv6 Product Manager, blogs, "One of the biggest questions often asked about IPv6 is 'What is the killer app for IPv6?' But the answer is bigger than a single app, it rest in the sheer scalability with the number of apps and clients that can be directly addressed on the network. One of the best ways to realize and illustrate the potential of IPv6 is to build a foundation with an IPv6 Address Plan..."
        Java Technology
        HTTP/2 and Servlet 4 in Java EE 8
        By Reza Rahman
        Reza blogs, "HTTP is very easily the most important standard in server-side Java. The much awaited HTTP/2 standard is now complete, was fifteen years in the making and promises to radically speed up the entire web through a series of fundamental protocol optimizations. Slated to be a part of Java EE 8, Servlet 4 is the primary vehicle for making HTTP/2 available to the server-side Java ecosystem. In a key JavaOne 2016 session Servlet 4 specification leads Ed Burns and Shing wai Chan discussed Servlet 4 in detail..."
        Plugin-Free Java Web Start
        By Yolande Poirier
        Yolande blogs, "Browser vendors are moving away from plugin support. Because of this new trend, application developers will rely on plugin-free technologies like Java Web Start. To learn more how to deploy your applications using Java Web Start, check out the documentation available here.

        Oracle plans to deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9. You can now try the early access release of JDK 9. If you are looking to migrate from migrating Java Applets to Java Web Start, please see this whitepaper about migration..."

        Spring Boot Scenario with NetBeans IDE
        By Geertjan Wielenga
        Geertjan blogs, "Today Spring Boot guru Josh Long (@starbuxman) sent me a helpful scenario for getting started with Spring Boot. I've finetuned and translated some aspects to make everything work smoothly in NetBeans IDE.

        So, let's get started. Go to, click 'Switch to the full version', and choose the 'H2', 'web', 'JPA', and 'REST Repositories' checkboxes. Alternatively, you can use the auto completing drop down on the right. You'll get a JAR-based Maven project. Instead, make sure where it says "Packaging" to select "War", as shown below..."

        Medusa: Gauges for JavaFX
        By Yolande Poirier
        Yolande blogs, "Have you ever had a need for a standard gauge control? Gerrit Grunwald has, so he decided to create a library of gauges he calls Medusa.

        In his 'Medusa: Gauges for JavaFX' article, he describes the standard gauge his library provides, plus he explains his FGauge control, which enables you to easily embed the Medusa standard gauge into a simple control you create that contains a frame and a background.

        The main idea of Medusa was to enable developers to use one gauge control class that contains all the properties a gauge needs. Grunwald also created several skins and a GaugeBuilder class that lets you easily set gauge parameters. To see examples and learn more, read the article..."

        Trending in
        Vol 230, Issue 3
        Trending IT Articles