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Oracle News
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ORACLE REPORTS GAAP EPS OF $0.50; NON-GAAP EPS OF $0.64
Without the effect of U.S. Dollar strengthening both would have been 4 cents higher
Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced fiscal 2016 Q3 results. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies had a significant impact on results in the quarter. Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, down 3% in U.S. dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.1 billion, down 1% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $583 million, up 57% in U.S. dollars and up 61% in constant currency. Cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues were $152 million, down 2% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues were $735 million, up 40% in U.S. dollars and up 44% in constant currency. Total On-Premise Software Revenues were $6.3 billion, down 4% in U.S. dollars and unchanged in constant currency. Total Hardware Revenues were $1.1 billion, down 13% in U.S. dollars and down 8% in constant currency. Total Services Revenues were $793 million, down 7% in U.S. dollars and down 2% in constant currency.
Oracle Unleashes New Innovations in Data Analytics with Free and Open Interfaces to On-chip Accelerators
Analytics Added to Open Platform for Security to Enable Breakthroughs in Data Analytics Using Oracle's Software in Silicon Technology
Empowering developers to build the next generation of big data analytics platforms, Oracle released a free and open API and developer kit for its Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) in SPARC processors through its Software in Silicon Developer Program. The program also lets developers view sample use cases and program code, and to test and validate how DAX can speed up analytics applications while test driving Software in Silicon Technology.
Features
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Maximum Availability Architecture for Big Data Appliance
By Jean-Pierre Dijcks
Jean-Pierre Dijcks blogs, "Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) is Oracle's best practices blueprint based on proven Oracle high availability technologies, along with expert recommendations and customer experiences. MAA best practices have been highly integrated into the design and operational capability of Oracle Big Data Appliance, and together they provide the most comprehensive highly available solution for Big Data.

Oracle MAA papers are published at the MAA home page of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) website. Oracle Big Data Appliance (BDA) Maximum Availability Architecture is a best-practices blueprint for achieving an optimal high-availability deployment using Oracle high-availability technologies and recommendations..."

What's the BIG DEAL about Oracle's Software in Silicon DAX?
By Cinzia Mascanzoni
Cinzia Mascanzoni blogs, "See this 5-minute video to learn why Oracle's software in silicon Data Analytics Accelerators, commonly called DAX, are making such big news in the data analytics space today. DAX are revolutionary Software in Silicon innovation on the SPARC M7 processor which dedicate co-processors to handle specific types of analytic operations that are common in big data analysis, Machine Learning algorithms, and Oracle Database In-Memory queries..."
MySQL
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Training Thursdays: Simplified Ksplice Implementation in Oracle Linux Training
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "The implementation of Ksplice has been greatly simplified. Now you just need to register your system(s) with Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), subscribe to the appropriate Ksplice channel, use the yum command to install the uptrack package, and perform any custom configuration. Your systems will be automatically updated with the latest kernel and user space patches.

You can learn about Ksplice and much more by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration training..."

March 2016 - June 2016 -> Events where you can find MySQL
By Lenka Kasparova
Lenka writes, "As an update of the set of conferences and events where you can find and meet MySQL experts (blog posted on September 17), please find below the list of conference & events with our attendance. At some of them you can meet directly MySQL Community team, at others you can find other MySQL experts, please find more details at each show below. New events are marked with NEW!..."
Cloud Computing
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FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep blogs, "We have an awesome new Oracle Infrastructure blog where we will be covering the Oracle Infrastructure products like, servers, engineered systems, OSes, storage and more. Subscribe to get the latest updates and news.

Here's the latest blog about "Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter".

"When I talk to Linux administrators about the one thing they hate doing, it has to be patching..."

Exadata
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Compression in a well-balanced system
By Roger MacNicol
Roger MacNicol blogs, "This continues the previous entry (Is there such a thing as fast enough?)

Exadata is designed to present a well-balanced system between disk scan rates, cell CPU processing rates, network bandwidth, and RDBMS CPU such that on average across a lot of workloads and a lot of applications there should not be no one obvious bottleneck. Good performance engineering means avoiding a design like this:..."

vBeers-SF
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vBeers @ Miami / Concrete Beach, Miami (Updated with new location)
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Concrete Beach - Miami

I will be at the event tomorrow!

Concrete Beach Brewery 325 NW 24 St, Miami, FL 33127

The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Miami.

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. 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 your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

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

SFTA, John McLaughlin

SFTA
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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.

Register

Hardware
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Three ZDLRA Analyst Papers
Three analyst papers on using Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance to ease DBA data protection frustration, comparison of ZDLRA vs. EMC Data Domain, and a complete description and assessment of ZDLRA
Javier Puerta writes, "Take Action: Ask your customers what is their database recovery strategy and share any or all of these analyst papers on the advantages of ZDLRA with them..."

  • Alleviating Oracle Database DBA Data Protection Frustration by Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting
  • Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance - and Comparison with EMC Data Domain by Josh Krischer, Josh Krischer & Associates, GmbH
  • Oracle's Engineered Systems Approach to Maximizing Database Protection by John Webster, Evaluator Group

Read on for details.

SPARC
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Complex Root Complex
with T7/M7 is that each Root Complex only own one PCI Endpoint (with a few exceptions)
"With the release of the new SPARC-M7 server line we are witnessing the disappearance of very useful feature, the Direct I/O Splitting.

Let's see why this feature is disappearing.

First of all, some reminders :

SPARC servers use multiple PCI buses to reach their PCIE slots with their PCI cards. In the documentation this PCI buses are named Root Complexes and the PCIE slots PCI Endpoints..."

HammerDB: SPARC T7-1 Performance Beats IBM S824, Beats x86 E5-2699 v3
BestPerf Blog
Brian blogs, "HammerDB is an open-source database benchmarking tool that includes an On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) transactional workload derived from the industry standard TPC-C workload. Oracle's SPARC T7-1 server delivered 4,938,629 TPM (Transactions Per Minute) using the HammerDB workload.

The SPARC T7-1 server demonstrated OLTP performance that is 2.8 times faster per chip than Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 and 5.5 times faster per chip than an IBM POWER8 (3.5 GHz) processor. This means that a SPARC T7-1 is 1.4 times faster than a 2-chip x86 E5 v3 based server. The SPARC T7-1 server is also 1.4 times faster than an IBM Power System S824 (POWER8) server. On per core performance, the SPARC M7 processor used in the SPARC T7-1 server out performed the IBM POWER8 processor. All of these tests used Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) Enterprise Edition for the database..."

Oracle Advanced Security - Transparent Data Encryption: Secure Database on SPARC M7 Processor Performance Nearly the Same as Clear
BestPerf Blog
Brian blogs, "Oracle's SPARC T7-1 server is faster and more efficient than a two-processor x86 server (Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3) in processing I/O intensive database queries when running the Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) feature of Oracle Database 12c.

  • The single-processor SPARC T7-1 server is up to 1.4 times faster than the two-processor x86 system for all queries tested, with TDE enabled and without. On a per chip basis, Oracle's SPARC M7 processor is over twice the performance of the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 (Haswell).

  • The SPARC T7-1 server is more efficient than the two-processor x86 system for all queries tested, with TDE enabled and without, as measured by CPU utilization. For example, on Query A the CPU utilization nearly doubled on the x86 server (41% on clear to 79% with TDE) while on the same Query A the SPARC T7-1 server CPU utilization 30% on clear to 38% with TDE.

In a head-to-head comparison of system performance using Oracle's Transparent Data Encryption, the SPARC T7-1 single processor system with one SPARC M7 (4.13 GHz) processor outperforms a two-processor x86 server with Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 (2.3 GHz) processors..."

MySQL Learning Subscription is Now Available!
By Diana.H. Gray
Diana writes, "Oracle University has just released the MySQL Learning Subscription, which includes videos, demonstrations and insights from MySQL experts here at Oracle.

You will find information on MySQL 5.7, as well as earlier versions of MySQL.

Here's what you'll get when you access this new MySQL Learning Subscription:

  • Lessons for beginners, database administrators and developers
  • Content focused on MySQL Security
  • Flexible 24x7 offerings you can access when and where you want
  • Four channels highlighting the different focus areas
  • Two learning paths to help database administrators and developers take training to prepare for MySQL certification exams

We will continue to add new content to this subscription..."

Storage
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ZFS Data and Pool Recovery
By Cindy Swearingen
Cindy blogs, "I was talking to the ZFS engineering team recently about a comment we received through another venue around the lack of ZFS recovery tools. We think this comment was possibly related by a pool failure in 2006 after reviewing mail archives. Prompted by this comment and 10 years of working with our customers to use ZFS successfully, let's review both the problems we saw when ZFS was in its infancy, particularly around 3rd-party hardware and drivers, either ignoring cache flush commands or not generating or fabricating device IDs, and the tools that we had then and now.

Let's look at the problems associated with cache flushing first:.."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 217 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 216 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 215 Issues 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:

  • SPARC T7 - Minutes to Seconds!
  • What's the BIG DEAL about Oracle's Software in Silicon DAX?
  • Amazing Results on SPARC T7 by MSC Software
  • New And Updated FOSS Components In Oracle Solaris 11.3
  • Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning
  • Big Data: From Hype to Insight - Part 1 Landscape and Architecture
  • Oracle Woos Developers with Data Analytics Accelerator on SPARC
  • From Digital Transformation to DevOps
  • Overview of Oracle Solaris Release Cadence, IPS, SRUs, IDRs, and CVE Metadata
  • LibreOffice 5.1.1 released

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

    Sysadmin
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    Enterprise Manager: Using Metrics Extensions (SQL)
    By Anthony Shorten
    Anthony blogs, "One the major features of Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) is the ability to create Metrics Extensions. These are metrics you want to track that may or may not be provided with the underlying products. I want to illustrate this point in a series of articles on using Oracle Enterprise Manager with Oracle Utilities products.

    The first article is about how to use the basic metrics extensions capability with a simple SQL statement. This is not usual as it will be part of the database targets (not the Oracle Utilities targets) but I feel it will introduce specific techniques that we will reuse a lot in subsequent articles and serves as really good starting point..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM 3.3.4 Released
    By John Priest
    John blogs, "We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability and performance, and to provide bug fixes.

    You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.4 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes. Oracle VM 3.3.4 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes and security fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release..."

    Java Technology
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    Java Dependency Management with Maven
    by César Hernández
    César writes, "Maven is a powerful build automation tool mature enough to be nowadays the de facto tool for dependency management in Java projects. It is also a crucial part of the principle of continuous integration in the Java ecosystem because of its automation, build, package, and distribution mechanisms and capabilities. One of the key components of the Maven tools is repositories -places where you can obtain and share your dependencies (artifacts). These repositories allow to developers to access thousands of tools, libraries, frameworks, and so on from the open source community and from leaders of the IT industry. In early 2015, Oracle launched the Oracle Maven Repository to facilitate development work inside and outside the Oracle Fusion Middleware ecosystem. This article aims to help you build a solid foundation about how Maven works and how you can take advantage of this powerful tool to manage your Java dependencies in an automated manner..."
    Security
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    Increasing Security for SAP Installations with Immutable Zones
    By Parnian Taidi
    Parnian blogs, "In recent blogs we have talked about various aspects of end-to-end application security with Oracle Solaris 11, SPARC M7 and the ISV Ecosystem. We also talked about a white paper that provides best practices for using the Oracle Solaris compliance tool for SAP installations. Another way to increase the security of an SAP installation is to use Oracle Solaris Immutable Zones.

    A Solaris zone is a virtualized operating system environment created within a single instance of the Solaris OS. Within a zone, the operating system is represented to the applications as virtual operating system environments that are isolated and secure. Immutable Zones are Solaris zones with read-only roots. Both global and non-global zones can be Immutable Zones..."

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