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Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux

Oracle Quarterly Results available.

Oracle Cloud Revenues Surge Again

LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website

Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released

Oracle News
Oracle Quarterly Results
Total Quarterly Cloud Revenue $1.1 Billion - First Quarter Over One Billion Dollar Mark
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q2 results. Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.1 billion, up 1% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $878 million, up 81% in U.S. dollars and up 83% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $912 million, up 87% in U.S. dollars and up 89% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.1 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 64% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency.
Oracle Cloud Revenues Surge Again
Oracle, December 16th, 2016
Noting that 'as we get bigger in the cloud, we grow faster in the cloud,' Oracle CEO Safra Catz reported that the company's second-quarter FY2017 software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service revenues rose a combined 81% from the year-earlier quarter, to $878 million. It's the fourth consecutive quarter in which Oracle's SaaS plus PaaS cloud revenue growth rate has increased.

The company's total cloud revenues, including those from infrastructure as a service (IaaS), rose 62% in the quarter, to $1.05 billion - surpassing $1 billion for the first time. Catz said that by the time Oracle competitor crossed the billion-dollar milestone (in its fiscal year 2014 third quarter), its revenue growth rate had slowed to 36%.

Mired In A Cloud Debate? Time To Consider 'Cloudification'
By Chuck Hollis
"The enterprise IT industry has spent the last decade debating 'cloud.' Most of the discussion involved where IT should be done: your data center or someone else's.

I've tried to persuade people that the more important thread is about how IT should be done. That is, cloud should be about doing enterprise IT better, not so much about the physical location.

In that regard, I have utterly failed. 'Cloud' seems irrevocably welded to the notion that a company's applications now have to run in someone else's data center.

So I'll pull an old marketing trick out of my bag and make up a new word: cloudification..."

    Clorox Decodes The IT-Marketing Partnership Puzzle
    By Debra Donston-Miller
    "When you think of bleach, you probably think of The Clorox Company - an identification that goes back 100 years and is due in large part to the company's efforts to respond to the needs of its consumers. Indeed, Clorox - whose portfolio extends beyond cleaning solutions to foodstuffs, personal care solutions, and more - is constantly seeking new and more effective ways to 'lean in' to and connect with consumers, and that increasingly involves leaning into technology..."
      6 Critical Steps To A Successful Cloud Migration
      By Brian Sullivan
      "Most companies have a strategy for adopting cloud services, but many still struggle with their migration because they haven't set a clear roadmap. Every company would benefit from following these six cloud planning best practices.

      1. Ensure that all stakeholders are onboard. Each cloud implementation should begin with discussions that involve everyone from C-suite executives to IT and line-of-business managers, software developers, and end users. Getting the executives involved early heads off objections later on, and it's always helpful to explain to users why the organization has chosen to migrate to new systems..."

        South Florida Linux Users Group Monthly Meeting - Hardening Linux
        Sponsored by Centrify - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
        • NSU's College of Engineering and Computing, Carl DeSantis Building
        • Knight Lecture Hall Auditorium, (room 1124) Ground floor

        Please signup @

        This will be a group discussion on what steps Linux admins should take to secure their systems. I'll try to be in the room by 5:30pm. We'll have pizza and chat until about 6:45pm then start the agenda.

        Centrify will be our a pizza/soda sponsor for this meeting.

        "Centrify is the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats that target today's hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises. Centrify's Identity Platform protects against the leading point of attack used in data breaches - compromised credentials - by securing enterprises - internal and external users in addition to privileged accounts..." - Group Discussion - Hardening Linux

        Topic will include:

        • Documentation
        • BIOS protection
        • Disk encryption
        • Disk protection
        • Locking the boot directory
        • Disabling USB
        • System Updates
        • Open Ports
        • Secure SSH
        • SELinux
        • Network Parameters
        • Password Policies
        • Permissions and verification

        Please encourage your IT colleagues with an interest in Linux to attend.

        MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8
        By Daniel Horecki, December 16th, 2016
        "A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C++ has been made available: MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8 GA. The MySQL Connector/C++ provides a C++ API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer..."
        DevOps Guide to Database Backups for MariaDB & MySQL
        By Severalnines, December 16th, 2016
        "Check out our free whitepaper on database backups, which discusses in detail the two most popular backup utilities available for MySQL and MariaDB, namely mysqldump and Percona XtraBackup. If you're looking for insight into how to perform database backups efficiently or the impact of Storage Engine on MySQL or MariaDB backup procedures, need some tips & tricks on MySQL / MariaDB backup management - our new DevOps Guide has you covered..."
        MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5
        By MySQL Release Engineering, December 16th, 2016
        "MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5 GA is a third GA version of 2.1 release series of the pure Python database driver for MySQL. It can be used for production environments.

        MySQL Connector/Python version 2.1.5 GA is compatible with MySQL Server versions 5.5 and greater. Python 2.6 and greater as well as Python 3.3 and greater are supported. Python 2.4, 2.5 and 3.1, 3.2 are not supported..."

        Cloud Computing
        3 Ways To Move On-Premises Workloads To The Cloud Without Losing Your Investments -- Or Your Mind
        By Sasha Banks-Louie
        Sasha writes, "Despite increasingly compelling arguments in favor of cloud computing - among them the unbeatable combination of greater flexibility at lower cost - many companies have not yet committed to moving operations to the cloud.

        One big reason for the hesitation, says Steve McMillan, senior vice president of managed cloud services at Oracle, is that companies 'have made substantial investments in on-premises applications, which haven't yet realized their full ROI potential'..."

        The Future of Cloud Is Still Ahead, and Oracle Leads the Way
        By Margaret Harrist, December 13th, 2016
        Margaret writes, "When it comes to the cloud, we're at the beginning of the beginning.

        Only 6% of enterprise workloads have moved to the cloud - leaving 94% still running in data centers and on-premises solutions, said Oracle's Joe Strada, group vice president of cloud Platform Sales Engineering, at Oracle Cloud Day in Dallas in November..."

        Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux
        By Avi Miller, December 13th, 2016
        Avi blogs, "Docker is becoming even more popular for customers and users to optimise their deployment processes, particularly when integrated into a Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) pipeline. Docker forms the basis of several Oracle Cloud products, including the Oracle Developer Cloud, Oracle Application Container Cloud and Oracle Container Cloud.

        As part of Oracle's ongoing commitment to security, we regularly release updates to the official Oracle Linux base images hosted on the Docker Hub and in the official Oracle GitHub repository. In the past month, we have released 5 updates across the Oracle Linux 5, 6 and 7 images to cover several CVEs that have been fixed..."

        SFTA vBeers @ Boca (Biergarten Boca)
        Wednesday, December 21st, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
        Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park

        The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

        The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

        $5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! (We may have a sponsor, so the beer may be sponsored!)

        Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

        Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

        Please register at the SFTA Website.

        South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
        Vol 226 Issue 1; Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 224 Issues 3 and 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:

        • Java EE Training - Expand Your Skills to Enterprise Applications
        • Friday Spotlight: New to OpenStack, Here is the Perfect Training for You
        • Journey to Cloud with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
        • Oracle Bear-Hugs the International Maker Movement
        • Announcing Oracle Mobile Cloud Service v3.1
        • Orchestrator at GitHub
        • MySQL Connector/NET 6.10.0 alpha has been released
        • MySQL 8.0: Storing IPv6
        • 5 Cloud Lessons Learned: Tales from Oracle's Customer Success Managers
        • Integrating Styles into Oracle JET Applications

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

          LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website
          By The Document Foundation, December 14th, 2016
          The Document Foundation announces the new Extensions & Templates website, which offers an improved user experience to both developers and end users: The resource is now based on the latest version of the Plone open source Content Management System, and has been both coordinated and developed by Andreas Mantke, deputy member of the board at The Document Foundation.

          "Two of LibreOffice's most distinctive characteristics are the possibility of adding features through extensions, and improving quality and consistency of documents thanks to templates", says Andreas Mantke. "After six years, we decided to refresh the existing resource, to make it easier for developers to upload their files, and for end users to search and download them. I'd love to see an increasing number of contributors uploading extensions and templates".

          Introducing Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), for mobile app development
          By Graeme Mawson, November 12th, 2016
          Graeme blogs, "In March this year Oracle proudly announced that we had open sourced the Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications.

          Since then we've released new JET versions every couple of months.

          You can find out more about JET on the website..."

          Oracle Technology Patch Versioning Changed
          By Steven Chan, December 16th, 2016
          Steven blogs, "Version numbering for Oracle Database, Enterprise Manager, and Fusion Middleware products began to change after November 2015. The new version format makes it easier to see which bundle patches are from which time-frame, and in particular which patches are from the same Critical Patch Update release..."
          Friday Spotlight: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
          By Simon Coter, December 16th, 2016
          "Oracle VM is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. This latest 3.4.2 release is focused on security along with new features and performance enhancements.

          Below are the Top 5 Reasons why you should consider using this release or upgrading to it:

          1. Security

          As part of Oracle's ongoing commitment to security, various components of Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager have been patched with the recent security fixes.

          It's the best practice to keep Oracle VM environment up to date. Customers with an Oracle support plan covering Oracle VM may download the latest updates, including the latest software ISO releases, drivers, tools or utilities, from My Oracle Support or Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)..."

          Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released
          By Honglin Su, December 12th, 2016
          Honglin blogs, "We are happy to share that the Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, has released Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 which improves code quality, security hardening and delivers new features. This release offers benefits to traditional server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), hyperscale clouds, security applications, embedded systems and hardware appliances. Oracle is a member of the Xen Project Advisory Board and has been using and supporting the Xen Project Hypervisor for Oracle VM Server for x86 for many years.

          Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. Xen Project technology continues to see growth in a broad range of environments due to its flexibility, extensibility and customizability..."

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