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Oracle Unveils Suite of Breakthrough Services to Help Simplify Cloud Adoption by Global Corporations
First-of-a-kind services enable organizations to bring the Oracle Cloud Platform inside their own datacenter
Oracle launched a new family of offerings designed to enable organizations to easily move to the cloud and remove some of the biggest obstacles to cloud adoption. These first-of-a-kind services provide CIOs with new choices in where they deploy their enterprise software and a natural path to easily move business critical applications from on-premises to the cloud.

While organizations are eager to move their enterprise workloads to the public cloud, many have been constrained by business, legislative and regulatory requirements that have prevented them from being able to adopt the technology. Today, Oracle is making it easier for organizations in every industry to make this transition and finally reap the performance, cost and innovation benefits of Oracle Public Cloud Services and run them wherever they want-in the Oracle Cloud or in their own datacenter...

Oracle Launches New SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Cloud Services to Help Organizations in their Journey to the Cloud
Powerful new cloud services help organizations leverage the latest in business transformation trends, including big data, social and mobile
Oracle announced that it has expanded its cloud portfolio, releasing new Oracle Cloud services over the past several months to help companies transition to the cloud. The new services enhance the breadth and depth of Oracle's extensive cloud portfolio across all layers of the stack - SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

With these new advancements, Oracle provides all of the cloud-based services that organizations need to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, social, mobile, and IoT, as well as continue to extend foundational use cases that enable organizations to move enterprise workloads to the cloud. Oracle continues to help organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The new PaaS and IaaS services can be deployed wherever an organization chooses - in the Oracle Cloud or in their own data center via the Oracle Cloud at Customer offering.

Oracle
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Big Data SQL 3.0 Expanded Across All Platforms
By Thanos Terentes Printzios
Thanos Terentes blogs, "The unprecedented explosion in data that can be made useful to enterprises - from the Internet of Things, to the social streams of global customer bases - can create tremendous value. However, with the enormous possibilities of Big Data, there can also be enormous complexity.

Oracle Big Data Appliance was introduced by Oracle addressing the complexity and bringing big data solutions to mainstream enterprises. With Oracle BDA came Big Data SQL, as Oracle's unique approach to providing unified query over data in Oracle Database, Hadoop, and select NoSQL datastores..."

Features
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New ways of input still on the verge of the enterprise
By Kathy Miedema
Kathy writes, "When the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team is researching emerging technologies, we want more than just the cool factor. Enterprise use cases can be hard to come by for some technologies, such as voice and gesture as input, but we need to keep up with the latest developments in those fields anyway so that we're ready when an enterprise use case comes up..."
Finally, A Thoughtful Choice In Where The Cloud Runs Best
Forbes, March 24th, 2016
"Steve Daheb is a thoughtful man. 'Every journey starts with where we stand today,' he says.

Daheb is discussing cloud computing, a topic to which he's given considerable thought as senior vice president of Oracle Cloud. In particular, he's talking about Oracle's newest, most innovative, most audacious cloud services offering, known collectively as Oracle Cloud at Customer. 'This is unique technology,' he says..."

Cloud Computing
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Security Guidelines Within MCS
By Stefan Victor Oprea
Stefan Victor Oprea writes, "Today, almost every successful business had already enhanced mobility. If you have any doubts, take a quick glimpse at your Smartphone.

Building loyalty, increasing sell-through, reinforcing your brand and increasing the visibility and accessibility are just a few of the most important benefits that your business can have by going mobile.

Let's not forget that your customers or users will have their benefits as well. Having the information at their finger tips and one-touch access, offline availability and being fast and the list can go on according to your business domain..."

    Announcing Oracle Cloud Machine: Can you have your cake and eat it too?
    By Zeynep Koch
    Zeynep blogs, "The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and unstoppable. But, a vast majority of applications are constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency and privacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of the traffic to and from the public Internet.

    If the phrase 'Private Cloud' sounds like an oxymoron to you, you are not alone..."

      Hybrid Cloud Integration
      By Stephen Read
      Stephen blogs, "The new reality of Cloud introduces a whole new dimension of complexity to integration. Over the past 2 years I have come to the conclusion that there are four things that we as integration architects should take into consideration which are generally overlooked..."
        Linux
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        NEW PODCAST: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux
        By Zeynep Koch
        Zeynep Koch writes, "This week we have released a new podcast - quick summary of the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux - that we think you will find interesting. It provides an overview of the key features, key MySQL components and availability enhancements..."
        Get Up to Speed on Oracle Linux 7! Take Interactive Training Courses
        By Diana.H. Gray
        Diana blogs, "Oracle Linux 7 builds on Oracle's approach to providing support for emerging technologies, such as OpenStack.

        It delivers the latest Linux innovations, tools, and features customers and partners need to deliver enterprise-grade solutions for the modern data center.

        To discover what Oracle Linux 7 has to offer, Oracle University offers courses to get you started as an Oracle Linux system administrator.

        Learn about XFS, Btrfs, Linux Containers (LXC), Dtrace, Ksplice, Xen enhancements and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3..."

        Events
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        Friday Spotlight: OTN Virtual Technology Summit, April 5th
        By Simon Coter
        Simon blogs, "OTN Virtual Technology Summit is coming and we are going to attend this important virtual-class meeting.

        Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience (through technical demo's/presentations and hands on labs) in meeting today's IT challenges in the upcoming Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit. These interactive, online events offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips. Between them you can find:

        • Database Track
        • Java Track
        • Middleware Track
        • Operating Systems and Virtualization Track

        Operating Systems and Virtualization Track covers best practices for implementing, optimising and securing your operating system, management tools and hardware. In addition we will also discuss best practices related to Oracle VM and Oracle VM Templates..."

        SPARC
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        Fujitsu M10 World Record Performance
        Carl Hill, Business Development Manager, Fujitsu-Oracle Center of Excellence
        Carl blogs, "The Fujitsu M10 server world record count has increased dramatically, from 7 to 11 world records, as of February 2016. We regularly run industry standard and application benchmarks to provide customers with estimates of how the Fujitsu M10 server will perform on various workloads. The four new world records demonstrate that the Fujitsu M10 business server provides extremely responsive performance on enterprise class workloads. Customers are thus able to process more transactions or data queries on a single Fujitsu M10 system than on other systems..."
        Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark: SPARC T7-4 with Flash Storage and Oracle NoSQL Beats x86 E5 v3 Per Chip
        BestPerf
        Brian blogs, "Oracle's SPARC T7-4 server delivered 1.8 million ops/sec on 1.2 billion records for the Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) 95% read/5% update workload. Oracle NoSQL Database was used in these tests. NoSQL is important for Big Data Analysis and for Cloud Computing.

        In the run comparing the performance of a single SPARC M7 processor to one Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 for the YCSB 95% read/5% update workload, the SPARC M7 processor was 2.6 times better per chip than the x86 processor and on a per core basis, 1.4 times better than the x86 processor..."

        Siebel PSPP: SPARC T7-2 World Record Result, Beats IBM
        BestPerf
        "Oracle set a new world record for the Siebel Platform Sizing and Performance Program (PSPP) benchmark using Oracle's SPARC T7-2 server for the application server with Oracle's Siebel CRM 8.1.1.4 Industry Applications and Oracle Database 12c running on Oracle Solaris...

        The SPARC T7-2 server running the application tier achieved 55,000 users with sub-second response time and with throughput of 457,909 business transactions per hour on the Siebel PSPP benchmark.."

        Storage
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        Accessing Cloud Storage
        By Pat Shuff
        Pat Shuff blogs, "Oracle cloud storage is not the first product that performs basic block storage in the cloud. The name is a little confusing as well. When you think of cloud storage, the first thing that you think of is dropbox, box.com, google docs, or some other file storage service. Oracle Cloud Storage is a different kind of storage. This storage is more like Amazon S3 storage and less like file storage in that it provides the storage foundation for other services like compute, backup, or database..."
        Top10
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        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
        Vol 217 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 216 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 215 Issue 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:

        • ZFS Data and Pool Recovery
        • HammerDB: SPARC T7-1 Performance Beats IBM S824, Beats x86 E5-2699 v3
        • Complex Root Complex
        • Training Thursdays: Simplified Ksplice Implementation in Oracle Linux Training
        • Oracle VM 3.3.4 Released
        • Three ZDLRA Analyst Papers
        • FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter
        • Oracle Advanced Security - Transparent Data Encryption: Secure Database on SPARC M7 Processor Performance Nearly the Same as Clear
        • Increasing Security for SAP Installations with Immutable Zones
        • Updated Oracle Platinum Services Certified Configurations

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

          Performance
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          PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2
          SPARC M7-8 Results Using Oracle Advances Security Transparent Data Encryption
          Brian blogs, "Using Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), Oracle's SPARC M7-8 server using Oracle's SPARC M7 processor's software in silicon cryptography instructions produced results on Oracle's PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2 Benchmark that were nearly identical to results run without TDE (clear-text runs). The benchmark consists of three different components, PeopleSoft HR Self-Service Online, PeopleSoft Payroll Batch, and the combined PeopleSoft HR Self-Service Online and PeopleSoft Payroll Batch. The benchmarks were run on a virtualized two-chip, 1 TB LDom of the SPARC M7-8 server..."
          Virtualization
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          Friday Spotlight: Celebrating Easter and a Week of Great Announcements
          By Zeynep Koch
          Zeynep blogs, "For us it was a busy week with announcement of Oracle Cloud Machine yesterday. Oracle Cloud Machine is the newest Oracle engineered systems offering. It allows customers to deploy and consume Oracle Cloud IaaS and PaaS in data centers 'behind their own firewalls'. This is interesting primarily because it diverges from the traditional 'private cloud' strategy. Nirav Mehta, Oracle's VP of Product Management, candidly discussed some of the issues in trying to build a true private cloud. The underlying OS is Oracle Linux, of course!..."
          Oracle VM 3.4.1 and new performance features
          By Jeff Savit
          Jeff writes, "Oracle VM 3.4.1 was just released - a substantial release with multiple new features like storage live migration, support for virtual appliances, FCoE and UEFI boot support, and upgrades to system software components. Please refer to the preceding link and to the What's New page in the Release Notes. Also, Oracle VM 3.3.4 was recently released. This maintenance release corrects bugs, and also adds new features for performance. Customers who want to stay on the Oracle VM 3.3 release should move to this level for these improvements..."
          Announcing Oracle VM 3.4 - Engineered for Open Cloud Infrastructure
          By John Priest
          John blogs, "Oracle VM Release 3.4, Oracle's latest server virtualization product, delivers many important new features and enhancements to enable rapid enterprise application deployment throughout public and private cloud infrastructure. The new release continues expanding support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads - providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability - including the capability to enable OpenStack support..."
          Java Technology
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          Project Jigsaw: The module system
          Mark Reinhold's Blog
          Mark Reinhold blogs, "Project Jigsaw is an enormous effort, encompassing six JEPs implemented by dozens of engineers over many years. So far we've defined a modular structure for the JDK (JEP 200), reorganized the source code according to that structure (JEP 201), and restructured the JDK and JRE run-time images to support modules (JEP 220). The last major component, the module system itself (JSR 376 and JEP 261), was integrated into JDK 9 earlier this week and is now available for testing in early-access build 111..."
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