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Oracle Unveils First Data Protection Solution with Seamless Cloud Tiering
Oracle's StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 7 System Provides Mainframe and Heterogeneous Storage with a Fully Integrated Cloud Strategy
Oracle announced the all new StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) 7 System, the most secure and scalable data protection solution for mainframe and heterogeneous systems with the additional capability to provide fully automated tiering directly to the public cloud. Furthermore, Oracle's StorageTek VSM 7 System has been architected to seamlessly integrate with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Object Storage and Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Service and provides storage administrators with a built-in cloud strategy. With Oracle, cloud storage is now as accessible as on-premise storage.
Oracle Introduces Software Solution to Help Healthcare Organizations Optimize Performance and Enhance Innovation through Population Health Management and Precision Medicine
HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition - Las Vegas, NV - Mar 1, 2016
Healthcare organizations are navigating a shifting and complex environment. This requires everyone across the organization to synchronize efforts toward the common goal of delivering the right care, at the right time, with the right resources.

Focused on this goal, Oracle has introduced Oracle Healthcare Foundation (OHF), a next-generation version of Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics, which provides healthcare organizations with a consistent, reliable, and complete, patient-centric view of their data across the enterprise, including clinical, financial, and genomics. Purpose-built for the healthcare industry, the modular data integration and analytics solution enables healthcare providers to leverage a single source of truth to measure and evaluate care outcomes, while sharpening operational efforts for the populations they serve - maximizing wellness and minimizing cost.

March/April 2016 Virtual Technology Summit All track Agenda and Abstracts
March 8th, March 15th, April 5th
The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is excited to invite you to the Virtual Technology Summit Series. Four times a year come and join us to 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. Four main content areas covered will be Database, Java, Middleware and Systems.
Is Your Business Unsinkable? Think Again
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "One of my relatives supervised the design of the Titanic.

Thomas Andrews Jr. oversaw plans at the Belfast shipyard where it was built. He was onboard for the maiden voyage. Because he knew every detail of the ship, my way-back forebear was the one summoned urgently to assess the damage from the collision - and had the task of telling the captain that the unsinkable vessel was going down in mere hours..."

Recommended ZFS Configurations and Practices
By Cindy Swearingen
Cindy blogs, "We recently celebrated 10 years of ZFS in Oracle Solaris so I've spent many years working with people internally and externally to ensure optimal ZFS configurations and practices. You can review recommended ZFS configurations and practices in the ZFS Best Practices section of the docs.

ZFS brings modern simplicity and redundancy to the enterprise datacenter where previously we wrestled with file systems and devices..."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.1.3
By Andy Bang
Andy blogs, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.1.3 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs..."
Cloud Computing
Securing Oracle Public Clouds
By Troy Kitch
Troy Kitch writes, "There is an incredible transformation we are all experiencing with cloud computing. The cloud truly is changing everything. It's changing how businesses run and people work; it's creating new categories, disrupting existing categories, and it's changing how we communicate and share. It's changing the economics of business forever. It's happening at a speed no one ever imagined and it means a new way of thinking for security practitioners.

When we look at the enterprise, we see that on every level, there are transformations that are encouraging a fluidity of boundaries..."

Why Choose Oracle for Your Private Cloud Infrastructure?
By Haiduong Vo
Haiduong Vo writes, "Walking out of the business review meeting, you feel great. You've just found out that you now have a budget to purchase a private cloud infrastructure. Getting the money was the easy part. Now comes the hard part: selection, evaluation and decision.

Let's start with your requirements: First, you need a private cloud infrastructure that will run the Oracle database and Oracle applications your company is using to run the business. There are few choices in the market. Which one should you choose?

Second, you have heard about private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. Your company can't move to public cloud right now. You need to plan for the consolidation of many physical servers first, virtualize to reduce costs and then plan for whichever cloud deployment that will not disrupt the business and profitability of your company. So, which cloud deployment to start?..."

TechCast Interview with Greg Marsden about UEK
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep writes, "In today's Friday blog, we want to spotlight the TechCast video that our OTN community manager, Logan Rosenstein had recorded. In this interview, Greg Marsden, Software Development Senior Director for Oracle Linux Kernel Development, talks about the development of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, open source maintainers in Oracle and how kernel engineers work with the community. Don't miss this insightful interview..."
VBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha Brewery
Wednesday, Match 9th: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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!

Funky Buddha


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

John Mclaughlin, SFTA

South Florida Technology Alliance: Cracking the Code on Tech Talent
@Citrix, W. Cypress Creek Rd - Thursday March 24th, 2016
Hear from Leading CEOs and Student Interns who have worked at Google, VMware, Modernizing Medicine and 3Cinteractive! Learn about implementing company internship programs; the hottest skill sets; companies and talent in South Florida; the real deal behind internships - and how to crack the code on tech talent.


Gartner's Insights on Database as a Service
What's next for databases? Like many organizations, yours is probably considering migrating some, if not all, your data to the cloud.
Join Gartner Research Director on Data Management Systems, Adam Ronthal for an impactful webcast as he shares his insights on industry trends on Database as a Service. Adam will share his deep knowledge of data management as he answers key questions your organization may be asking about moving databases to the cloud. He will share insights, best practices as well as what impact moving to a cloud environment will have on your IT organization over the next three years.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 216 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 215 Issues 1, 2, 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 Mounts Challenge to AWS in Massive IT Industry Shakeup
  • Get Ready for Java 9
  • TechCast Video about Xen and Oracle VM
  • The Journey to the Cloud Starts at the Top
  • Telcos Must Seize The 'Now Economy' Moment - Now
  • Big Thoughts on Big Data
  • At-a-Glance Guide to the OTN Virtual Technology Summit
  • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.26 has been released
  • Online Java Hands-On
  • Next up in the Innovation Labs: BIG data

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

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.16
    By Simon Coter
    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 16.

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

    • Windows hosts/guests: properly sign binaries using a sha-256 certificate
    • PC Speaker passthrough: new experimental feature, available on Linux host only
    • Linux hosts: fixed the /sbin/rcvboxdrv script as well as the missing shebang in two scripts

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes...

    Java Technology
    ConFoo 2016 Trip Report
    By Reza Rahman
    Reza writes, "ConFoo 2016 took place 24-26 February in Montreal, Canada. To my knowledge it is the largest developer conference north of the border. The conference has roots in PHP, but has been making an effort to better attract a Java audience hence it was important for me to support the conference. If you are a Canadian Java developer, I would consider adding ConFoo to your radar as a more convenient (and possibly cheaper) event to go to in order to stay up-to-date. Topics covered included PHP, Ruby, Python, methodology, usability, JavaScript/HTML5, mobile, cloud, big data, DevOps, NoSQL, Java and .NET..."
    Java SE 8 and Java EE 7 in Production at TecSinapse
    By Reza Rahman
    Reza blogs, "One of the most important things to do at this stage of the life-cycle of Java EE is highlight successful adoption stories at a regular cadence. We have been doing just that for a long time through our adoption stories blog, this humble blog as well as JavaOne. Indeed JavaOne 2016 was particularly good in this regard. We had a number of solid adoption stories submitted that we could select from. A nice adoption story presented at JavaOne 2016 was from TecSinapse. The session was presented by Michael Santos..."
    10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Learning Java
    By Jim Vonick
    Jim writes, "There are a vast number of tried-and-true programming languages to choose from, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. At the same time, a host of new programming languages, such as Google Go, Apple's Swift, and Rust continue to appear.

    Some of these look to replace existing languages, while others target new and emerging platforms. Subsequently, we're often asked why learning Java now is so important?

    Explore ten reasons why you should consider learning this powerful programming language below..."

    Open Sourced: Oracle JET, An Enterprise-Ready JavaScript Toolkit
    Jaxenter, February 29th, 2016
    "Announced at JavaOne and OpenWorld last year, and open sourced today, Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (Oracle JET) is an enterprise-ready JavaScript solution for developers working on client-side applications.

    Built into it are components and techniques relevant to data visualization, modularity, responsive design, accessibility, and internationalization. Within Oracle, it has been developed and used over the past three years as the basis of a variety of Cloud-oriented applications..."

    SP vs. IdP Initiated SSO
    By Damien Carru
    Damien blogs, "In today's article, I will discuss about the concepts of SP and IdP Initiated SSO between two Federation deployments, and what the differences between those two flows are. I will also explain the concept of a user state or a return URL shared between the IdP and the SP during the Federation SSO, which is called:

    • RelayState for SAML 2.0
    • TARGET for SAML 1.1
    • wctx for WS-Fed 1.1
    • openid.return_to for OpenID 2.0 (the return SSO URL can contain a query parameter representing the user state at the SP)

    In this article, I will showcase examples using the SAML 2.0 protocol, though the same would apply for the other protocols..."

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