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Thomas Kurian Outlines What's Next in Oracle Cloud.

VirtualBox 5.1.8.

MySQL Cluster 7.5 Is Now GA

What's New with Oracle MiniCluster

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Summaries

Oracle News
Thomas Kurian Outlines What's Next in Oracle Cloud
By John Foley
"Oracle is developing new capabilities in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS), as it continues to build and expand its integrated stack of cloud services," writes John Foley.

"As it does, Oracle is making it easier for developers everywhere to access and take advantage of the full range of tools and technologies available in Oracle Cloud, including Oracle software as well as non-Oracle and open source software.

In advance of the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 and JavaOne conferences in San Francisco, September 18 to 22, we asked Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, to discuss the many new capabilities and innovations that will be of interest to Oracle customers, developers, and partners..."

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Summaries
By Juergen Kress
Juergen writes, "In case you missed the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 PaaS Partner Update webcast it's now available on-demand here. Slides from the community webcasts are published here (community membership required)

Thanks to the whole community for the excellent summaries:

  • Sven Bernhardt's OOW 16: My thoughts and experiences
  • Phil Wilkins Open World - Key Messages
  • Remco Cats Oracle OpenWorld 2016
  • Rolando Carrasco's Oracle Open World 2016
  • Debra Lilley's My OOW16 - Write Up
  • imo Hahn's posts Day one & Day 2 & Day 3 & Day 4 & Day 5

Read on

Oracle's Latest Database: Right Technology, Right Time
By John Soat
John Soat writes in Forbes, "Database technology is evolving rapidly, particularly in three areas - in-memory technology, big data analytics, and the cloud - according to Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. Mendelsohn, during a presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco this week, introduced the next iteration of Oracle's flagship technology, Oracle Database 12c Release 2. And he used the opportunity to illustrate not only the changing database landscape but also the evolution of Oracle's own priorities and strategies..."
The World's Fastest, Most Scalable and Reliable Database in the Cloud
By Jeff Erickson
Jeff writes, "Organizations large and small are always on the watch for new technologies that will give them an advantage. Sometimes, however, a fundamental change occurs that shifts the technology landscape and forces everyone to react. This is one of those times, say industry watchers. Businesses are" ... 'shifting from computing in separate, company-run data centers to reliance on cloud computing services,' says Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president of database server technologies at Oracle.
What's New with Oracle MiniCluster
By Ramona Costea
Ramona blogs, "Have you heard about the latest offering in our Engineered Systems portfolio? Like Oracle SuperCluster, MiniCluster is an integrated server, storage, networking, and software system that provides maximum end-to-end database and application efficiency, and security while reducing complexity and delivering the lowest total cost of ownership..."
ITPalooza 2016 Hackathon
Friday, December 2nd, 2016: 3:00 PM to Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 3:00 PM
Broward College - Ft. Lauderdale

Are you ready for the great IoT Hackathon? Registration Deadline: Black Friday (Nov 25, 2016)

Registration Deadline: Black Friday (Nov 25, 2016)

  • Cost: $0
  • Parking is FREE!
  • Meals and snacks at the event are FREE!

The Challenge:

  • You've got 48 hours to hack your way to a real-world IoT solution.

The Playing Field

  • Open to all coders/developers
  • Any level of experience with Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Swift, Python, PHP, or Go
  • Students, faculty, professionals, and start-ups

The payoff:

  • Winning team is admitted to The South Florida Accelerator Cohort including $25k, POC, MVP, mentorship, increase in valuation, etc.
  • All winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony at ITPalooza (ITP16), Dec 8, 2016
  • Your Hackathon participation gets you automatic admission to ITP16 - ITP16 badges will be distributed on Sunday, Dec 4, 2016
  • Up to $120k USD of IBM Cloud Credits for Winning Team
  • 3 Months FREE Bluemix - Top 3 Teams
  • Additional Prizes to be announced

Mark Wyllie

ITPalooza 2016 - The Fifth Annual Gathering of South Florida's IT Community - Tickets for Toys!
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The Signature Grand - Ft. Lauderdale

Join 2000 of South Florida's top IT Professionals for a day of learning, networking and sharing.

  • South Florida's Top Tech Companies show what they've got!
  • 2 Prominent Keynote speakers: AWS and Centrify
  • 6 Speaker Tracks: Cloud, Security, IoT, Me, Agile and CIO
  • Hands-on experience sponsors: Tesla, Virtual Reality
  • Hiring Fair: Make your move

Come along for:

  • Just the day: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Just the evening: 5PM to 8:30PM
  • The whole nine yards (7:30 AM to 8:30 PM)!

Visit the website, peruse our sponsors, stop back for updates and get your tickets early!

Get your general admission tickets by pledging to bring toys for the "Toys for Tots" charity, before midnight, Oct 31, and you'll automatically be entered into the draw to win a pair of VIP Tickets value $500!

Get a FREE Preview of the Oracle Systems Learning Subscription!
By Diana.H. Gray
Diana blogs, "When you purchase products from Oracle, learning from actual product experts helps you gain valuable insights about new and developing features that can directly benefit your business... This learning channel is continuously updated with new lessons and videos. Open yourself up to a wealth of learning options: dive into training lessons, discover best practices and develop the latest skills using Oracle hardware and operating systems..."
Oracle's Bare Metal Cloud Services Now Available for Enterprise Use
By John K. Waters
John K. Waters writes in EST, "The next generation of Oracle Corp.'s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings -- the new Bare Metal Cloud Services -- is now generally available.

Being interoperable with existing Oracle Public Cloud services, these IaaS offerings can be provisioned on-demand, by console or API, with pay-for-what-you-use billing. The "bare metal" moniker means they can run on servers with no Oracle software running on them. That's because they run in a virtualized network environment that delivers accompanying functionality such as high-performance Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), network block storage, object storage and VPN connectivity..."

Oracle Fixes 253 Security Flaws in October Update
By Sean Michael Kerner
Oracle's latest Critical Patch Update, which fixes 253 vulnerabilities, is the company's second-largest CPU ever. Oracle's patching updates have been growing in recent years.

Sean writes in eWeek, "Oracle released its October Critical Patch Update, fixing 253 different vulnerabilities across the company product portfolio. The update, released Oct. 18, is the second-largest ever issued by Oracle, outpaced only by the company's July CPU in which 276 vulnerabilities were patched.

Overall, Oracle's patching updates have been growing in recent years, with 2016 set to be larger than in past years..."

Oracle Exadata and Oracle VM Best Practices
By Honglin Su
Honglin writes, "Many customers have been using Oracle Exadata that provides the highest-performing and most-available infrastructure for running Oracle Database, whether it's in Oracle Cloud, on premises, or a combination of both. Oracle VM, engineered for open cloud, is supported on Exadata so that consolidated environments can achieve a high level of workload isolation using Oracle VM while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. Virtual machine-based licensing brings customers more benefits to run Oracle software..."
Three Things to Consider When Thinking About Containers
By Jon Tobin
John writes, "Containers like Docker and Rocket are getting more popular every day. In my conversations with customers, they consistently ask what containers are and how they can use them in their environment. If you're as curious as most people, read on. . .

From what I understand, containers grew out of Google's (and others') need for massive horizontal scale. Now, this is hardly a unique problem..."

MySQL Workbench 6.3.8 GA has been released
By MySQL Release Team
The MySQL developer tools team announces 6.3.8 as our GA release for MySQL Workbench 6.3.

MySQL Workbench is a graphical tool for working with MySQL Servers and databases. MySQL Workbench fully supports MySQL Server versions 5.1 and above. It is also compatible with MySQL Server 5.0, but not every feature of 5.0 may be supported. It does not support MySQL Server versions 4.x.

MySQL Cluster 7.5 Is Now GA
By Matt Lord
Matt blogs, "The MySQL team at Oracle are excited to announce the immediate availability of the MySQL Cluster 7.5.4 GA release!

The development focus has been on improving overall performance and ease of use, combined with improved SQL support and the introduction of read optimized and fully replicated tables, all of which allow for better support of a variety of use cases.

Use Case: Hadoop Performance Records Smashed by Hops and MySQL Cluster--delivers over 1.2 million operations per second..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle in the cloud: The analyst conversation
ZDNet, October 19th, 2016
Michael writes, "Last month, Oracle presented OpenWorld, its annual confab of enterprise software, in San Francisco. OpenWorld gives Oracle the opportunity to showcase the latest technology, products, and future directions of this huge company. It also creates a nexus of customers, prospects, press, and analysts who converge to study the company and its plans.

As part of the CXOTALK series of interviews with leaders, I invited three important analysts to examine Oracle and read between the lines of what the company said. Part of this mandate included looking at Oracle's position in the market relative to important competitors..."

Oracle's Safra Catz: How Finance Can Lead Cloud Transformation
By Margaret Lindquist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "Modern, cloud-based finance systems can generate significant growth for businesses because they can empower more employees to make better decisions, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said during a luncheon at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. However, as her experience at Oracle illustrates, new technologies have their greatest impact when they are part of an overall corporate transformation.

According to Catz, when she first came to Oracle, in 1999, Larry Ellison asked her to help with a massive undertaking - the complete information technology transformation of the company, taking it from multiple, disparate systems spread across the globe, to a single source of truth for the business..."

6 Dangers Of 'Frankensteining' Your Cloud Environment
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "Many companies move incrementally to the cloud, with different groups chasing their own dream of simplicity and lower costs using department budgets and decision-making - but instead the overall organization finds itself living with a monster of kludged-together parts that keep the IT department (yet again) focused on maintenance rather than innovation..."

'Cloud helps you to simplify, but it does not change the laws of physics,' says Jon Chorley, Oracle chief sustainability officer and group vice president of supply chain management product strategy. 'The more unrelated elements you have in a system, the more issues and problems you'll have in the implementation and operation - and the more headaches you'll face every time you do an update.'

Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan: How Oracle Will Beat Amazon In The Cloud
By Bob Evans
Bob writes, "Eager to help Oracle customers around the globe innovate and grow, founder Larry Ellison says his company's surging efforts in Oracle ERP Cloud applications and cloud infrastructure have reshaped the competitive dynamics of the industry such that Oracle's top two competitors are now Workday and Amazon Web Services.

Oracle can provide its customers the maximum possible benefit in the ERP cloud space - including financials, procurement, performance management, project management, and much more - Ellison says, because this application affects so many business processes..."

Oracle Linux 7 Advanced Administration Now Available On-Line
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "The popular Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course is now available in the Training-on-Demand format. With the Training-on-Demand format, you can watch recorded classroom delivery by an expert instructor, following lectures at your own pace by accessing streaming video from your desktop or tablet. You can fast-forward, pause, rewind and search the material..."
vBeers @ Miami (Doral) - M.I.A. Beers
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Please join us for the next SFTA vBeers at the M.I.A. Beers in Doral (Due West of the MIA airport, and just East of the Turnpike).

Please register at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.. I try to be at the venue by 5:30PM. Most people arrive around 6pm and depart by 9PM.

Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and can be purchased from on the registration page. Sponsors will get 10 tickets for free beers to distribute to attendees!

John J. McLaughlin

SFTA Presents: South Florida Tech Solving IoT challenges
Save the Date: Nov 17 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Citrix Systems Ft. Lauderdale
You are invited to save the date for the exciting Citrix led panel of region experts as we dive into South Florida's role in the world of IoT! Please dave the date. Details to follow.

Why Attend ?

  • Meet local subject matter experts
  • Learn how South Florida is contributing to the IoT
  • Take away a kernel of wisdom you may not have had when you arrived
  • Have fun and enjoy the tremendous networking opportunities


  • SFTA Members $25
  • Non-members only $45
  • Students $15


  • Pre-Event Sponsor $1000 - Only 1 Available!
  • Company Meet-up Table - $200
  • Silver Event Sponsors - $500

There will also be a brief update on ITPalooza 2016.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 224 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 223 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 222 Issues 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:

  • Why Oracle Cloud Is A Better Choice Than AWS Or Azure
  • Accelerate Your Oracle Database Performance
  • Disaster Recovery Demystified on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • From DNA Mapping To Self-Driving Cars: 5 Predictions For Our Digital Future
  • Announcing MySQL Server 5.7.16, 5.6.34, and 5.5.53
  • How to Install a MySQL Cluster on Ubuntu 16.04
  • MySQL 5.7 Performance Tuning Immediately After Installation
  • KPN Subsidiary RoutIT Adds Capacity, Sets Sights on Virtualization with Oracle
  • The Power Of Open Source Is Customer Freedom
  • Oracle OpenWorld on-demand keynotes videos

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

    WebLogic Performance on SOLARIS SPARC Servers
    By Juergen Kress
    "My presentation and Live DEMO at 'Oracle Hardware Solutions Event'. Demonstrated live Java Server Loader (JSL) on Solaris Sparc T5-2 Server and did performance tests (CPU, Memory, Network Socket) instantly at session duration," blogs Juergen.
    Critical Patch Update for October 2016 Now Available
    By Robert Farrington
    Robert blogs,"The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2016 was released on October 18, 2016. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

    Supported products that are not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied...."

    The Critical Patch Update Advisory is available at the Oracle Technology Network ..."

    VirtualBox 5.1.8 Out Now, Oracle Adds Linux Kernel 4.8 Support in VirtualBox 5.0
    Softpedia, October 19th, 2016
    Marius Nestor blogs, "The VirtualBox 5.1.8 point release is the most advanced Oracle VM VirtualBox version you can get right now, and it promises a month's worth of bug fixes and improvements to further stabilize the application for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    There are numerous changes implemented in VirtualBox, and among the most interesting ones we can mention support for using Audio Queues on Mac OS X hosts, the ability to parse port-forwarding rules that contain slashes, better keyboard handling for Windows and Mac OS X hosts, as well as improved support for deleting snapshots..."

    Java Technology
    Java SE 8 Certification: Make sure you are ready
    By Ramona Costea
    Ramona blogs, "Are you wanting to get certified in Java SE 8 but you are having difficulty finding the time to prepare? Certification Exam Prep Seminars will save you time by giving you a structured study plan: you can review exam topics, identify and close knowledge gaps and build confidence before you take the exam. These seminars are delivered by streaming video and can be accessed for repeated review during 6-months for maximum flexibility..."
    Handy Tools for Working with CSS
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan blogs, "Here's an overview of CSS tools in NetBeans that I've found to be quite useful. Below, in the first example, the value of "class" is set to "foo", which does not exist in any of the available CSS stylesheets. NetBeans offers to create the rule in a stylesheet of my choosing and to import that stylesheet into my HTML file..."
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