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Oracle Buys Opower
Together, Oracle and Opower Will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry
Oracle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower's cash.

Opower's solutions enable over 100 global utilities, such as PG&E, Exelon and National Grid, to deliver a modern digital customer experience. Opower's big data platform stores and analyzes over 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end customers, enabling utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, and improve customer satisfaction.

FIS Payment Card Products on Oracle Solaris and SPARC
By Parnian Taidi
FIS is one of the world's largest global providers dedicated to banking and payments technologies. FIS empowers the financial world with payment processing and banking solutions, including software, services and technology outsourcing. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS serves more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries. It is a Fortune 500 company and is a member of Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Advanced Security, Extreme Performance and Unmatched Value with Oracle SPARC.

FIS supports its payment card products IST/Switch, IST/Clearing, IST/MAS, Fraud Navigator and Data Navigator on the latest SPARC platforms running Oracle Solaris 11. FIS Fraud Navigator and Data Navigator have also achieved Oracle Solaris Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Ready status...

How Max Burgers Is Becoming Sweden's Latest Breakout Star
By Rob Preston
Rob asks, "When you think of Sweden, which images come to mind? An iconic film director? A hugely successful pop music group? Inexpensive, assemble-yourself furniture?

How about hamburgers to die for?

Unknown to most people outside of Scandinavia is a 120-location fast food restaurant chain that boasts some of the best burgers (and, increasingly, healthier fare) in the world..."

    They Scale with MySQL
    By Bertrand Matthelie
    Bertrand blogs, "We sometimes get the question "Will MySQL scale to meet my needs?" Well, consider the following examples:

    • processes 2 billion events/day relying on MySQL.
    • Facebook started out with MySQL, and scaled to 1.6 billion monthly active users.
    • Playing Candy Crush? You're not the only one, 850 million games are played/day, served by MySQL.
    • PayPal built a globally-distributed database with 100 TB of user-related data based on MySQL Cluster. It is used for fraud detection globally; a highly mission critical transactional application.

    MySQL solutions have become very popular in Asia as well, where certain countries with very large populations are relying on MySQL technologies to meet extremely high scalability requirements for mission critical applications.

    Oracle Linux 7 Pre-Install RPM available for EBS 12.1 and 12.2
    By John Abraham
    By John Abraham blogs, "The Linux Pre-Install RPM for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 on Oracle Linux 7 is now available for use by customers.

    The package (oracle-ebs-server-R12-preinstall) is available on the 'addons' channel on the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, which requires a support contract) or from the Oracle public yum repository. It is recommended that this x86_64 Pre-Install RPM be installed on top of a 'minimal' installation of Oracle Linux to provide just the necessary packages to install and run Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12..."

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: What is on tap for Linux Container strategy in 2016?
    By Zeynep Koch
    Zeynep blogs, "Happy Friday to all our blog readers!

    This week we would like to draw your attention to an insightful article written by By Robert Shimp, Product Management Group VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, published in NetworkWorld on May 3, 2016.

    • What's on tap for Linux container technology in 2016
    • By Robert Shimp, Product Management Group VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization

    Read on for details.

    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha Brewery
    Wednesday, May 11th: 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

    RSVP at

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

    John Mclaughlin, SFTA

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 218 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 217 Issues 1, 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:

    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20
    • Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7
    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Quarterly Update 1 is now available
    • General Motors Steps Up Pace Of Its Tech Innovation
    • Hats Off to Oracle's CIOs of the Year
    • MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.2
    • Tips and Tricks for Better Applications (Video)
    • Oracle VM 3.4: ovm-info command to get details within VM
    • MySQL Innovation Day
    • Newly Released Innovations for Oracle Marketing Cloud Has Something for Everybody

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

      Friday Spotlight: New whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance"
      By Jeff Savit
      Jeff blogs, "We are very pleased to announce a new whitepaper 'Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance' which describes how to measure and optimize performance in Oracle VM environments. It has detailed information on CPU, memory, and I/O performance, guidance on how to measure and evaluate performance, and news on performance features recently added to Oracle VM..."
      Upgrading Oracle VM Manager to version 3.4.1
      By Jeff Savit
      Jeff blogs, "Last month I blogged on Oracle VM upgrades: one blog entry upgrading Oracle VM Manager to version 3.3.4. and the other blog upgrading to the corresponding SPARC OVS agent. Today, I upgraded the same systems to Oracle VM Manager 3.4.1 and the ovs-agent 3.4.1

      [A note on release numbers: Oracle VM Manager's release is 3.4.1, and so is the ovs-agent that runs on the SPARC server. The actual hypervisor, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, formerly called logical domains (and frequently still called by the original name), is currently at release 3.3. Close, but not exactly aligned.]..."

      Oracle VM 3.4: create custom install ISO with updated UEK4 kernel
      By Simon Coter
      Simon Coter blogs, "Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 ISO package is dedicated to server installation but, to try it, maybe someone needs to install on a desktop/laptop environment (direct install on bare metal).

      It could happen that the default UEK4 kernel part of Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 build 1351, does not contain a particular fix and/or driver needed for old or newest hardware; a common problem, for example, could be related to particular graphic card available on modern desktop/laptop systems and while the installation correctly terminates, you aren't able to get console access to the system.

      So, the target of this guide, is to supply a step-by-step guide to build your custom 'Oracle VM Server' ISO package with an updated UEK4 kernel release where, maybe, the fix needed is already in place..."

      Java Technology
      Java SE 8 Certification
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande blogs, "Prepare for the Java SE 8 exam or upgrade your certification from any previous Java SE to Java SE 8. There are resources available, whether you are getting a certification for the first time or want to upgrade your certification.

      • Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer | 1Z0-810
      • Exam Topics: Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer
      • Recommended Training: Java SE 8 New Features
      • Practice Exam: 1Z0-810 Practice Test Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP

      Read on for details.

      PHP 7 Support (Part 1)
      By Tomas Mysik
      Tomas blogs, "Hi all, today we will show you our support for PHP 7 which will be part of NetBeans 8.2.

      First, please let me thank our NetBeans user Junichi Yamamoto who is helping a lot with developing of new features as well as fixing of existing issues. Thanks a lot, Junichi!

      Please note that PHP 7 is a huge update of NetBeans PHP support so your help with testing and reporting issues is more than welcome (and really appreciated!), thank you. Instructions can be found at the end of this blog post..."

      YouTube: Hybrid Mobile Development with Cordova and Oracle JET
      By Geertjan
      Geertjan blogs, "The promise of Oracle JET is that it makes enterprise JavaScript development a good deal easier. The primary platform for JavaScript nowadays is the browser on mobile devices.

      So, the question is, how does Oracle JET facilitate mobile development? Get started answering that question here:..."

      New: Pin Debugger Watches in NetBeans Editor
      By Geertjan
      Geertjan blogs, "Imagine you're a Java teacher or a presenter talking about Java at a conference. Or simply someone who likes being able to keep focus on a piece of code, rather than needing to look in a variety of windows within the software you're using to code or teach Java. You're using an editor to demonstrate some new Java code. You set a breakpoint and then you start the Debugger to step through the code and then... there's a Watches window that you need to point your audience to and repeatedly refer to, which is kind of hard to look at while at the same time trying to looking at the code..."
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