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Oracle Delivers the Power of Engineered Systems to Organizations of All Sizes
Oracle's expanded portfolio of database appliances are now available for enterprise and midmarket organizations, and provide customers with a pathway to the cloud
Oracle announced two new models of its Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) bringing all of the performance and reliability of Oracle's Engineered Systems to small and mid-sized businesses for the first time.

In addition, as organizations seek opportunities to transition to the cloud, Oracle's new database appliances provide a bridge between on-premise systems and the cloud. In the future, organizations that plan to connect their ODAs to the Oracle Cloud can seamlessly back up their data automatically.

Oracle Announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud
for Clinical Data Management and Trial Management across its Clinical Trial Portfolio
Oracle announced that after a detailed review and selection process, Pfizer has selected Oracle Health Sciences InForm Cloud Service and the Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management and Monitoring Cloud Service to help manage and monitor its more than 300 clinical trials a year and continue to provide best-in-class solutions.

'Oracle Health Sciences InForm Cloud Service and Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management and Monitoring Cloud Service can simplify how we manage both operational and study data for in-house as well as outsourced studies,' said Rob Goodwin, vice president of Pfizer Global Product Development, Center of Excellence. 'Clinical teams will be able to access study data through Oracle's single platform cloud service, eliminating the need to send data back and forth to CROs, saving us time and reducing the cost of our clinical studies.'

Oracle Gives Partners a Fast Path to Cloud
Independent Software Vendors Gain New Revenue Opportunities through Oracle Cloud Marketplace
The conversion to the cloud is one of the most significant IT transformations in history. IDC predicts that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based. To help customers transition to the cloud with proven enterprise applications, while accelerating time-to-market for partners, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) unveiled Oracle Cloud Platform Ready for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

The new offering enables ISV partners to quickly register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, allowing them to fast-track new business opportunities in the cloud.

Oracle and Mellanox to Collaborate on High Speed Cloud Networking Standards
Companies to Work on Open Standards, Interoperability, and Backward Compatibility for InfiniBand products
Oracle and Mellanox announced a partnership to drive interoperability between their products and to jointly develop further industry standards for InfiniBand - a high speed Cloud networking technology.

Products supporting the InfiniBand standard not only provide extreme bandwidth and ultra-low latency for fast, agile, and secure cloud infrastructure, but they are also based upon industry standards and available from multiple vendors. Oracle and Mellanox Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 100G InfiniBand products are engineered to the InfiniBand Architecture Specification Release 1.3 and allow customers to deploy a 100Gb/s fabric that is backwards compatible with the previous generations of InfiniBand-based systems (FDR, QDR, DDR, and SDR), enabling customers to protect their investments in InfiniBand-enabled applications.

OTN Community Managers Speak Out About OTN Summit
By Cassandra Clark
"Wondering why you should register for the OTN Summit? Listen to Bob Rhubart, OTN Architect Community Manager and Javed Mohammed, OTN System Community Manager explain what their tracks will cover and why you should attend one of the OTN Summits coming up in July..."
That's a Wrap! FY17 Global Partner Kickoff Webcast Replay Available
By Ramona Costea
Ramona blogs, "We hope you were able to join us for the hugely successful OPN FY17 Global Partner Kickoff earlier this week. If you missed the live webcast, read the recap blog post or watch the replay to catch up on Oracle's cloud strategy and objectives for the year ahead. You can choose to watch your region's whole show, or select a specific segment from the 'Regional Resources' section at the bottom of the page..."
Tiny Werkbank Wants To Help Big Banks Avoid Fintech Disruption
By Michael Hickins
Michael blogs, "A few years ago, the CIO of a very large US bank explained to me that he didn't like to do business with startups because they have a hard time scaling to meet the demands of a multinational like his.

My, how times have changed, as Thomas Vogelbacher can attest.

Vogelbacher is cofounder of Werkbank, a two-person IT and business process consulting firm whose client roster would make much larger consultancies proud. Based in Switzerland, Werkbank (its German name means 'workbench' in English) has customers in a number of industries but specializes in financial services..."

Migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL
By Alexander Rubin
Alexander blogs, "In this blog series, I will share my experiences as I migrate commercial databases (i.e., Microsoft SQL or Oracle) to open source (MySQL). More specifically, we will look at how you can migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL.

For this first blog post I've chosen Jira database as an example, and used three different tools to migrate Jira database in Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL:..."

Training Thursdays: BTRFS in Oracle Linux 7
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "Here are some facts about BTRFS for Oracle Linux users:

  • BTRFS is available as a partitioning scheme during the installation of Oracle Linux 7.

  • BTRFS is "production ready" with Oracle Linux.

  • The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) includes numerous BTRFS improvements.

  • While BTRFS might have slower write performance than XFS due to its data integrity and copy-on-write functionality, it's benefits often outweigh this impact. This is particularly true for the root filesystem and the filesystem that stores binaries, as they don't require high performance and can be greatly improved through snapshotting, sub volume and send/receive support.

BTRFS is one of the many topics you can learn about by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course..."

SFTA/vBeers - Weekly, Informal, IT Networking Events in South Florida
July 2016 Schedule
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. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county:

  • vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

The July Schedule is:

  • Wed July 6th, Twisted Trunk, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Wed July 13th, Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • Wed July 20th, Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • Wed July 27th, MIA Beers, Doral


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

John Mclaughlin, Nicole Ciccone/SFTA

Oracle VM Server for SPARC - virtual HBA (vHBA) enhancements
By Jeff Savit
Jeff blogs, "Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 was released in May with enhanced scale and features. One of the areas enhanced was virtual HBA (vHBA), which provides advanced virtual device capabilities and scalability. See the blog entry on enhancements to vHBA. along with a note on controlling LUN assignment..."
SPARC Solaris Virtualization ROCKS in SAS Analytics
By Mike Mulkey
Mike blogs, "A global life sciences company recently undertook a complete infrastructure refresh of its SAS Analytics environment to meet critical business requirements, such as industry compliance, scale for growth and resiliency for non-stop operations . This case study documents the strategic choices and the procedural details involved in modernizing their SAS Analytics environment and demonstrates how SPARC Solaris virtualization ROCKS! (see white paper below)..."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 202 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Vol 219 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 218 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:

  • New Oracle VM Server for x86 Training: Now Available!
  • Oracle is sponsoring Red Hat Summit on June 27-30
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3
  • Oracle - a Force to Be Reckoned with' in the Cloud
  • Complexity: The Enemy From Within Most Organizations
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 now available
  • Get Involved with Java Standards!
  • Understanding the MySQL Release Cadence
  • OTN Summit - July 12th, 13th and 14th!
  • The Holy Grail Webinar Replay: MySQL Database Performance Tuning

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

    LibreOffice 5.1.4 available for download
    Document Foundation, June 23rd, 2016
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

    For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers.

    Java Technology
    Why is Java the Most Popular Programming Language?
    By Breanne Cooley
    Breanne blogs, "The tech community recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Java.

    Java is one of the most widely adopted programming languages, used by some 9 million developers and running on 7 billion devices worldwide.

    Grounded in readability and simplicity, Java has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which ensures older applications continue to work now into the future.

    Since its inception in 1995, various versions of Java have been rolled out.

    The TIOBE Programming Community Index, an indicator of the popularity of programming languages that's updated every month, is placing Java as #1 in its ranking for May 2016...."

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