Friday Dec 06, 2013

Announcing Oracle Linux 6.5 including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3

Oracle is happy to announce the immediate availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, the fifth update release for Oracle Linux 6.

Some highlights in this release include:

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Announcing Lower StorageTek SL150 LTO Pricing

Announcing New Pricing for StorageTek LTO 5 and LTO 6 Drives on the StorageTek SL150!

We’re pleased to announce lower pricing for StorageTek LTO 5 and StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives for the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library. The change will sharply increase the competitiveness of the SL150 in the entry tape market.

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Part Number Transitions - SPARC T4-4 Servers Still Available

Select Non-RoHS Compliant Part Numbers to EOL

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Announcing Sun Storage 2500-M2 End of Life

Announcing End of Life for Oracle's Sun Storage 2500-M2 Arrays!

We are announcing the end of life for the Sun Storage 2500-M2 family now to allow time for customers to plan and execute final purchases before the end of Oracle’s fiscal year.  It is highly recommended that all sales teams and partners communicate with Sun Storage 2500-M2 customers immediately so that orders can be placed, as needed, prior to last order date.

Details in this Release:

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Announcing: New Options Available on SPARC T4 & T5 Servers

New PCIe Adapter Card and ExpressModule Offerings on SPARC T4 & T5 Servers

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Announcing: New Last Order Date (LOD) for SPARC M8000 and M9000 Servers

Effective November 26, 2013 Oracle has extended the Last Order Date (LOD) for SPARC Enterprise M8000 and M9000 Servers to May 31, 2014. The Last Shipment Date (LSD) will now be August 31, 2014.

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Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Announcing Oracle Key Manager 3

Announcing Oracle Key Manager 3!

Now, your customers' data center security has become easier to manage. With Oracle Key Manager 3, they can centrally manage keys for end-points such as Java applications, Oracle Database, Oracle ZFS File System, Oracle Solaris 11, OEL Operating Systems, StorageTek Enterprise tape drives and StorageTek LTO 4/5/6 tape drives. Oracle Key Manager 3 also gives them server power, replication acceleration, and faster encryption capabilities with on-chip cryptography support with a new server platform (Netra SPARC T4-1).

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Announcing StorageTek T10000D FICON

Announcing FICON Connectivity for Oracle’s StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive!

Oracle is pleased to announce the FICON version of its StorageTek T10000D tape drive, which combines world-record capacity and performance with three generations of proven enterprise-class reliability. This powerful combination enables mass consolidation of tape storage environments into fewer cartridges, tape drives, and libraries for significantly less total cost of ownership (TCO) than IBM TS1140 and LTO6.

Customer Benefits:

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Sunday Dec 01, 2013

Detected: Application availability entry points

Ever asked by your self or your customer "Is application xyz available on Solaris 11?" or "Is the database version 11gR1 with RAC certified for OVM for SPARC?"

When this happens, typically a search starts with at least two unpredictable parameters, time and outcome.

To help you answering these kind of questions with a cool smile on your face, you may have a look to the following links and bookmark them.

Friday Nov 29, 2013

eSTEP Newsletter for November 2013 now available

Dear Partners,

We would like to let you know that the November'13 issue of our Newsletter is now available.
The issue contains information on the following topics:


Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies

Corp News

Move to a Modern Business Platform

Oracle ERP Cloud with Lifetime Support
Oracle ERP Cloud for Midsize Companies
Enterprise Resource Planning
Exalytics – where to go to get more knowledge
Oracle Licenses VMware vSphere® Storage APIs for Oracle Storage
Oracle Enhances Oracle Virtual Networking; Expands Software-Defined Infrastructure Capabilities
Oracle Buys BigMachines
Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Tech sectione's

Announcing Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux

Oracle Database Upgrade
White Paper: Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c
Upgrade Compatibility Matrix
Mike Dietrich's Upgrade Blog
Upgrade and Migration to Oracle Database 12c - Workshop Presentation   
Oracle Processor Core Factor Table
Plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c
Oracle VM Server for SPARC: which domain types should be used to run applications
Announcing new qualifications and general news for the Oracle Solaris Cluster product.
Fundamental Concepts for VLAN Networks
ORACLE’S full line of Integrated Server Systems

Tech blog 

New Version: ZFS RAID Calculator v7

Technical Presentation: State of the LDom @ 3.1
Announcing: Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card
Announcing StorageTek VSM 6 and VLE Capacity Increase
StorageTek SL8500 Release 8.3 available
Boosting Performance and Enhancing Reliability with StorageTek SL8500 Release 8.3!
Release 51 of Sun Rack II capacity calculator available

How to do more with Oracle VM Templates
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 is available
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.2 released!

Learning & events

Oracle Database Appliance Product Development Webinar Series with Sohan DeMel

How to

Fundamental Concepts for VLAN Networks   With Oracle VM Server for x86
Coherence*Web: Sharing an httpSession Among Applications in Different Oracle WebLogic Clusters

Looking beyond System/HW

SOA and User Interfaces
Part of the Industrial SOA article series
SOA in Real Life: Mobile Solutions


Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri Improves Customer Experience for 80,000 Daily Users of Online Applications Through Better Access Management
Oracle Win – BT (UK) – Engineered Systems for Finance Transformation
3 Step IT Group Cuts Four Days of Maintenance per Month After Putting All-in-One Cluster, Database, and Storage Server into Production in Just 13 Days
MediSwitch Makes Data Warehouse 100% Available and Lowers the Total Cost of Ownership by 45%
ASBIS Demonstrates 10x Faster Batch Processing, 28x Faster Report Generation, and 40x Higher Storage Performance with Engineered Systems


Scientific Evidence Proves Larry Ellison Is Right About Engineered Systems

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