Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Live Webcast: Top Data Warehousing Trends and Opportunities for 2014


Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

Register today to Get More Value from Your Data Warehouse

Which data management issues are CIOs most eager to solve and what opportunities are at the top of their corporate agendas? How are industry leaders taking advantage of new software and hardware technologies to simplify data management and supercharge analytics performance? Get answers to these and other questions from Mark Beyer, VP, Distinguished Analyst at Gartner and Oracle experts to help you drive more value from your data warehouse.

Monday Feb 10, 2014

via @OracleMagazine: Heroes Among Us


Who are the Heroes Among Us?

Given the importance of information systems in today's business world, database administrators (DBAs) and other technology professionals often perform heroic deeds for their organizations. While many of these IT pros are too humble to acknowledge their worth, we profiled five real-world IT heroes to demonstrate their value to their organizations-and the industry at large.

Many of our heroes are bloggers who share new ideas and developments with their colleagues. Our heroes are creative individuals who can accurately assess a situation and rally their colleagues to address pressing issues.

These heroes are authors and known Oracle technology user group leaders.

Read their stories today and join them in leading a greater future for the IT industry.

Kellyn Pot'Vin
Leighton Nelson
Bobby Curtis
Alex
Gorbachev
Niall Litchfield

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

See How Oracle Multitenant Reduced e-DBA's Hardware Spend by 75%

Last summer we introduced Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Multitenant.  Over the past several months we've shared some impressive benchmarks and reports that detail how pluggable databases allow organizations to rapidly build their own Database as a Service environments that take advantage of:

  • Rapid Provisioning
  • Simple Database Tiering 
  • Managing Many Databases as One 

e-DBA recently deployed Oracle Multitenant for their own Database as a Service environment and the results are nothing short of impressive.  

They have achieved greater agility in standing up new database environments while reducing operational expense and complexity.  In addition, e-DBA has been able to reduce their hardware spend by 75% thanks to Oracle Multitenant's sophisticated consolidation architecture.

What could Oracle Multitenant do for your organization? 

Watch the video to learn more.

Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Secure Oracle Database 12c eBook - Now Available

Oracle Database 12c represents a profound shift in database technology and includes a multitude of new and improved security features. With the cost of data loss growing as customers store increasing amounts of sensitive information, how can administrators understand and effectively utilize the capabilities provided by Oracle Database to secure their data and improve controls? 

Oracle security experts have written a new book for database administrators and security professionals who want to learn how to secure Oracle Databases. Written by Oracle's Paul Needham and Scott Rotondo, along with Independent Oracle Users Group President Michelle Malcher, Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer, is available as a free download.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Solution in a Box with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle Database Appliance

What do you get when you combine the advantages of Oracle Database Appliance with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne? You get an ERP solution-in-a-box running on a complete Oracle technology stack that is simple, low-cost, and performs well.

Customers benefit from a fully integrated system that delivers high availability database and application services, efficiently utilizes system resources, provides performance advantages associated with Oracle’s Engineered Systems, and takes advantage of capacity-on-demand licensing for multiple workloads by leveraging Oracle VM hard partitioning.

This best practice white paper outlines the process of setting up Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform.

February Edition of Oracle Database Insider now available!

 Lots of good things in this edition - be sure to check out the upcoming world-wide user meetings - those are great ways to expand your network and Oracle knowledge!

NEWS

IOUG President Michelle Malcher: Sneak Peak of COLLABORATE 14

COLLABORATE 14, the Independent Oracle Users Group conference, will take place April 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michelle Malcher, IOUG president and DBA team lead at DRW Holdings, offers a sneak preview of the conference's 1,250 panels and sessions covering the full spectrum of Oracle technology.
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2014 Meetings Kick Off with Oracle-Hosted BIWA Summit

Find out what transpired at the recent BIWA Summit, where attendees enjoyed a portfolio of content spanning data management, data mining, analytics, business intelligence, visualization, and more. And find out where to be for this year's hottest upcoming special interest and user group meetings.
Read More


New E-Book: Technical Primer for Securing Oracle Database 12c

Oracle security experts have written a new book for database administrators and security professionals who want to learn how to secure Oracle Databases. Written by Oracle's Paul Needham and Scott Rotondo, along with Independent Oracle Users Group President Michelle Malcher, Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer, is available as a free download.
Read More

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Keep going on your 2014 resolution to learn more about Oracle Database and Development tools!

Register now for Oracle Technology Network's FREE Virtual Developer Day: Building and Deploying Oracle Database Apps Using Modern Techniques

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9am to 1pm PT / 12pm to 4pm ET / 3pm to 7pm BRT.



OTN has assembled an agenda of live, moderated sessions and hands-on-labs presenting the latest Oracle 12c, Big Data platform and database application development tools capabilities that ignite innovation.

This half day event is packed with content for all levels and interest:

• Oracle Database application development — Learn expert tips and tricks on how to develop applications for Oracle Database 12c and Big Data environments more effectively.


• Oracle Database platform deployment processes — From integration, to data migration, experts showcase new capabilities in Oracle
12c and Big Data environments that will allow you to deliver greater database performance and integration.

Register today

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

University Twente reduces server sprawl and improves HA with Oracle Database Appliance

Listen to Guido van de Zweerde, Senior DBA from University Twente's ICT Service Center describe how they consolidated their database server environment and improved high availability with Oracle Database Appliance.

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Yodlee Achieves 50% Reduction in CapEx and 10 Percent Faster Performance

Yodlee Supports International Growth with the Oracle Database Appliance

Yodlee needed a data management solution to help meet its expanding customer base and meet  international privacy and regulatory requirements. The company looked at more than 15 architecture solutions and tested five for cost, performance and scalability, ease of management, and security. With results in all four categories that beat all other alternatives during a six month proof of concept, including a 20 percent increase in application transactions per second and an 11 percent improvement in average page view response time, Yodlee choose Oracle Database Appliance.

“Over the past few years, our company has seen both greater data infrastructure demands along with mounting international privacy regulations and security concerns,” said Jeff Schulte, vice president of scalability and architecture, operations, Yodlee. “Since implementing the Oracle Database Appliance, we have been able to securely manage our customers’ data, while improving performance and reducing total cost of ownership.”

About Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle Database Appliance comes complete with out-of-the-box software, hardware, database, and storage engineered for speed and simplicity. Leveraging it, Yodlee achieved 50 percent reduction in CapEx and 10 percent faster performance

Additionally, with its unique capacity-on-demand licensing model, the Oracle Database Appliance offers the company a scalable environment for future growth, including planned implementation in two additional international data centers.

Get a Closer Look at Oracle Database Appliance

A new research note from Nucleus Research takes a closer look at the specific experiences of Oracle Database Appliance customers currently using the appliance to support business-critical data and transactions.

Nucleus’s initial assessment of the Oracle Database Appliance found that companies could typically avoid 30 to 40 percent of the hardware expense needed to build a comparable platform, while accelerating time to value and increasing business flexibility.

In this research, customers exceeded their expectations with these amazing business results:

  • Accelerated monthly billing processes by 5 times
  • Reduced time to complete upgrades by 80 percent
  • Reduced support staff requirements by 60 percent
  • Avoided an 80 percent increase in 3-year software and hardware costs
  • Increased flexibility for future growth
  • Accelerated time to production by 50 times
  • Increased administrator productivity through reduced management and monitoring time
  • Accelerated revenue capture from new customers

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is Now Available!

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is here!

Engineered as three separate rack-mountable components, Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware provides all the performance benefits associated with the latest generation of x86 architecture and the flexibility to add additional storage.

Fully redundant servers, optional double-mirrored or triple-mirrored expandable storage, and hot swappable components, make Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 the perfect clustered database and application platform that can be easily deployed to achieve maximum availability and uptime.

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware includes two independent servers and an expandable storage shelf. Each server is connected to the other with a redundant 10-GbE interconnect for cluster communication and to then to the storage shelf with redundant SAS host bus adapters. For best-in-class serviceability, there are two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server and 2 more in the storage shelf. 

Oracle Database Appliance helps save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of highly-available database and application solutions. It's built using both Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), to provide a fully integrated 'engineered system' of software, servers, storage, and networking to  deliver high availability database services for a wide range of applications.

Oracle Database Appliance can be configured with as few as 2, and up to 48 processor cores.  Only license the number of cores you need, then simply add more core licenses as your workload requirements grow.

Plus you can extend high availability to your application tier with the virtualization capability that allows you to host database and application workloads on the same appliance for even greater flexibility and more cost savings.

With Appliance Manager you can simplify the deployment process with one-button automation to help ensure database configuration adheres to Oracle’s best practices. It dramatically simplifies maintenance by patching the entire appliance in one operation which includes all firmware and software. Built-in diagnostics monitor the system and detect component failures, configuration issues, and deviations from best practices.

Oracle Database X4-2 Hardware Specification:

  • Two servers, each containing two 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processors, 256 GB of low voltage memory, redundant SAS host bus adapters, a redundant 10-GbE interconnect, and four 10-GbE public networking ports
  • Twenty 900 GB SAS Hard Disk Drives double-mirrored or triple-mirrored to provide 9 TB or 6 TB, respectively of highly-available useable shared storage. These high performing 10,000- RPM Hard Disk Drives provide accelerated database performance
  • Four 200 GB SAS Solid State Drives protected by triple-mirroring provide highly-available low latency shared storage for database redo logs
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in the storage shelf offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Redundant SAS host bus adapters in each server connecting to the storage shelf provide high-available access to the shared storage.
  • Redundant SAS modules in the storage shelf provide highly-available access to the Hard Disk Drives.
  • Each server provides four 10-GbE public networking ports.
  • ILOM and management ports for each server provide management capability and independence in operation.

To learn more about Oracle Database Appliance X4-2


Monday Dec 02, 2013

Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization Features Automate Data Management

Karen Ambrose, Principal DBA of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Green Initiative, describes data growth's impact in their stem cell research project which generates lots of data that needs to be managed economically and ensure it's available to people who need it for research.  Learn how Oracle Database 12c Storage Optimization features help automate data management,  improve performance and lower costs by reducing WTSI's storage footprint.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Oracle BIWA Summit 2014 - Coming this January - Time to Register!


Oracle BIWA Summit 2014

January 14-16, 2014 at Oracle HQ Campus

Registration is now LIVE - Registration $399

Use discount code ORACLE12C for a limited time special pricing of $199.

Visit us at WWW.BIWASummit.com

Space is Limited-Register now!

The BIWA Summit at Oracle headquarters is rapidly approaching!   Registration for the annual Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics (BIWA) Summit is now live. Sign up today to save and attend this meeting of the top minds in the Oracle technology space: users, solutions providers and thought leaders alike.


Friday Nov 15, 2013

Amerisource Bergen realizes a 60% reduction of their storage footprint in SAP environment with Oracle Advanced Compression

Listen to Milt Simonds of AmeriSource Bergen describe how Oracle Advanced Compression reduced their storage footprint in their SAP environment by 60% with no impact on performance while significantly lowering storage management costs for an ROI between 6 to 9 months.

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Oracle FLEXCUBE delivers 'Bank-in-a-Box' with Oracle Database Appliance

Another great example of how Oracle Database Appliance simplifies the deployment of high availability database solutions making it easy for Oracle Partners and ISVs to deliver value added solutions to customers on a simple, reliable and affordable database platform.

Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking recently announced that it runs on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 to deliver mid-size banks a compelling banking-in-a-box solution. With this certification, banks can benefit from a low-IT-footprint, high-performance, full-scale banking technology that is engineered to support end-to-end business requirements.

In a recent performance test of Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, the system managed more than 2.6 million online transactions in 60 minutes. This equated to roughly 744 transactions per second with an average response time of 156 milliseconds for 98 percent of the transactions. Likewise, the solution completed end-of-month batch processing for 10 million customer accounts in 123 minutes during the performance test.

 Learn more about Oracle Database Appliance Solution-in-a-Box.


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