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GE and Oracle Partner to Help Digitally Connect Every Industrial Asset in the World
a strategic partnership focused on building the first of its kind platform for companies to digitally connect industrial assets across the world
Through this collaboration, GE Digital and Oracle will develop and integrate complementary solutions across their product portfolios. GE Digital brings its Predix offering that combines cutting-edge technology and decades of industry experience into a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) targeted to securely ingest machine-grade data at scale and analyzes it to deliver outcomes - fast. The Predix platform is purpose-built for developing, deploying, operating and monetizing Industrial Internet applications.
New Cloud Storage Options Enable Oracle DIVA Customers to Securely Store, Manage, and Retrieve Rich Media Assets
Customers can now connect the industry's top content storage management application with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Oracle announced new cloud storage options that enable organizations with large volumes of rich media to store, manage, and retrieve content for one-seventh the cost of any other cloud archive service. By integrating Oracle DIVA, the industry-leading content storage management application, with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage, Oracle is enabling customers to take advantage of flexible and scalable cloud storage priced at one-tenth of a penny per gigabyte per month or $12,000 USD per petabyte per year...
Oracle to Share Modern Customer Experience Best Practices in Las Vegas
Events for marketing, commerce, sales and service professionals to provide actionable insights that help attendees meet demands of digitally empowered consumers
To help organizations embrace modern customer experience (CX) best practices across marketing, commerce, sales and customer service, Oracle will host four separate conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 26-28. Held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Resort, Modern Marketing Experience, Modern Commerce Experience, Modern Sales Experience and Modern Service Experience will empower professionals with the insights needed to deliver a personalized customer experience whenever and however a customer interacts with a brand.
Features
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Oracle Berkeley Database (BDB) 6.2
By Michael Schulman
Open source Fedora package maintainer, Lubomir Rintel, says "Berkeley DB has quietly served behind the scenes as the database for the RPM Package Manager. It has proven itself time and time again as a robust and efficient storage engine. It stores the meta information of the installed rpms. Under heavy workloads, BDB proves itself reliable. Countless people that use popular Linux distributions have used BDB through RPM and never knew it. With this new release, BDB continues its tradition of being a solid storage engine"
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11.3 Preflight Checker - Come Fly With Me!
By Mike Mulkey
Mike blogs, "Consider a pilot deciding to fly a new airplane without knowing that it had been 100% tested to fly.

If you are a Solaris developer who is looking to leverage the security, speed and simplicity of Oracle Solaris 11.3, you need to make sure your application will perform well BEFORE lifting off the ground on that migration. At Oracle we call that preserving application compatibility between releases. We believe that's pretty important to the success of your flight, and getting you back onto the ground safely..."

MySQL
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MySQL Connector/J 6.0
By Jess Balint
Jess blogs, "We are pleased to announce the first release of MySQL Connector/J 6.0! This is a new branch of development, which breaks from some of the traditions of the very stable and very mature Connector/J 5.1 branch. We have combed through lots of code and refactored it in order to support development of future features including our X DevAPI implementation and support for X Protocol. This work manifests in a number of visible changes, including revising the growing set of connection and build properties..."
MySQL Community Awards 2016: the Winners
by Shlomi Noach
Shlomi Noach blogs, "The MySQL Community Awards initiative is an effort to acknowledge and thank individuals and corporates for their contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. It is a from-the-community, by-the-community and for-the-community effort. The committee is composed of an independent group of community members of different orientation and opinion, themselves past winners or known contributors to the community.

The 2016 community awards were presented on April 21st, 2016, during the keynotes at the Percona Live conference. The winners are:..."

MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.2
By Gabriela Martinez
Gabriela blogs, "MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.2 M1 is the first development release that adds support for the new X DevAPI. The X DevAPI enables application developers to write code that combines the strengths of the relational and document models using a modern, NoSQL-like syntax that does not assume previous experience writing traditional SQL..."
Cloud Computing
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Digital Strategy Helps Berkshire Blanket Cozy Up To Customers And Retailers In The Cloud
By Sasha Banks-Louie, Oracle
Sasha blogs, "When Berkshire Blanket started selling online to consumers in November 2011, its intention had been to become a retailer. With experience, however, it instead embraced its role as a brand manufacturer that happens to have an online presence, too.

But getting to this decision was neither deliberate nor obvious..."

    India Set To Outpace The World In Cloud Spending
    By Shailender Kumar
    "India stands at a crucial moment in its history-with an unprecedented opportunity for transformation,' proclaimed Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a recent conference in New Delhi. 'Think, for example, of Make in India and Digital India. And with the promise of even more reforms to come, India's star shines bright.'

    Shailender Kumar writes, "Indeed, Make in India and Digital India, along with a raft of initiatives such as Swachh Bharat, Smart Cities, and Skill India, are clear indicators of India's commitment to building and supporting a modern workforce and infrastructure and a vibrant economy..."

    Meet us at OpenStack Summit - April 25-29
    By Zeynep Koch
    Zeynep blogs, "Oracle is sponsoring the OpenStack Summit at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, April 25-29. The OpenStack Summit is a gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers and OpenStack contributors building the future of cloud computing. Hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem and participate in hands-on workshops to build your skills. Attended by thousands of people from more than 50 countries, it's the ideal venue to plan your cloud strategy and share knowledge about architecting and operating OpenStack clouds..."
    Exadata
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    Exadata Virtual Conference
    May 2nd & 3rd
    Ramona blogs, "Each year the IOUG Exadata Special Interest Group (SIG) holds an online Virtual Conference. This year's Virtual Conference will be held on May 2nd & 3rd. The conference is FREE.

    Conference sessions include:

    • Oracle Exadata X6: Technical Deep Dive - Architecture and Internals
    • Exadata Database Machine Security
    • The General Electric Power Journey: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 on Oracle Exadata and Exalogic
    • SAS Institute Applications with Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance: Turning Data into Knowledge
    • Oracle Cloud Machine: Bringing the Oracle Cloud On Premise
    • Database Machine Administration (DBMA) and Database Administration (DBMA): Similarities and Differences, What you need to know

    This is a great opportunity for Exadata updates.

    Events
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    Oracle Data Cloud Summit is Back: Announcing 'The New Face of Data'
    By Maren Williams
    Maren blogs, "Try this on for size: an event that gathers the industry's most cutting-edge thought leaders for an incredible and interactive learning opportunity. An event that promises innovative sessions with in-depth takeaways for you to directly implement into your business strategy. An event that truly has a pulse on data and marketing - not just for today or even the rest of the year, but into the future. That's Oracle Data Cloud Summit 2016..."
    Oracle OpenWorld 2016 and JavaOne 2016: Registration & Call for Proposals Now Open
    By Javier Puerta
    Javier blogs, "It's that time of year again! Registration is now live for both Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne. Remind your partners to take advantage of Super Saver rates through May 1. The Call for Proposals submission process is also up and running; applications will be accepted through May 9..."
    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 218 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 217 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 216 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:

    • AES Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
    • Latest Spacewalk Release Now Available
    • New Big Data Appliance BDA X6-2
    • SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
    • Oracle Announces Agreement to Acquire Crosswise
    • Building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox
    • Larry Ellison on the Virtuous Circle of Cloud Innovation
    • Lenovo Publishes Oracle Validated Configuration - Beyond Just Hardware Certifications
    • Richard Clarke On Government's Role In Shielding The Private Sector Against Cyberthreats
    • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.2 Is Now Available!

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

      Virtualization
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      Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop
      By Sunil Dusankar
      Sunil blogs, "Today we released an important set of Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2 in parallel with Oracle's April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU). PSUs are maintenance patch roll-ups, and include strategic security and stability fixes for identified maintenance platforms.

      Patch Set Updates (PSUs) are available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS)..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.18
      now available for download!
      Simon Coter blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 18.

      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: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
      • PC Speaker passthrough: fixes available
      • Linux hosts: kernel 4.5/4.6 fixes available

      Read on for details.

      Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance (Whitepaper)
      By Jeff Savit
      Jeff blogs, "I am very pleased to announce publication of a new whitepaper 'Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance'. This article contains material previously posted on this blog, plus additional technical information and features newly introduced with Oracle VM 3.4..."
      Java Technology
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      New Release JDK 8u91 and JDK 8u92
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande blogs. "JDK 8u91 and 8u92, two new Java 8 updates are now available. Oracle strongly recommends that most Java SE users upgrade to the latest Java 8u91 CPU release, which includes important security fixes. Java SE 8u92 is a patch-set update, including all of Java 8u91 plus additional features. You can download the latest JDK releases from Java SE Downloads page..."
      Security
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      How To Determine If You Can Trust Cloud Security
      By Carol Hildebrand
      Carol writes in Forbes, "Will 2016 be the year security stops being a reason to avoid public clouds? Because, face it, by now established cloud vendors have likely invested more in security than you can hope to duplicate in-house. But when you're used to pulling your own security levers, how do you let go of some of that control?

      What we need is the cloud security version of a trust fall..."

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