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First of all I would like tointroduce my colleagues’ blog: OracleCloud4Developers.Their goal is to help the developers understand how to use the Oracle PaaS& IaaS for their work. You will be able to read here some of the mosttechnical posts on cloud in this blogosphere. For today I would like tomake a recap of my 3 favorite partner resources from Oracle. I will start with HardwareTechnical Resource Center for OPN Partners, which is a beehive workspacethat provides Sales Engineers and Sales Consultants access to criticaltechnical product information for Oracle servers and storage. This is the place where all the EOLannouncement of our hardware will be posted together with all the informationyou will ever need to know about our hardware products. Second on my list is Oracle SystemHandbook, an actually gold mine for any presale that puts together hardwareproposal for his customer. The handbookis old as Sun Microsystem itself and is still the place to go if you wish tosee how the products look like if you strip them down to manufacturing partnumbers level. It’s downloadable and can even be access by your customer ifthey have an oracle support account. When I joined Oracle I camewith solid industry knowledge, yet with no tangible knowledge of Oracleproducts. After 3 weeks I was able to answer most of the customer questions andmy secret was (and still is) the Partner Competency Center online training. Here you will find product trainings that are grouptogether in specific products global learning path. What I love about this GLP’s is that they takea product (T5 severs or Oracle Linux for example) and present it from each ofthe opportunities stages perspectives. The best part of it is that is free andnew training are released almost in the same time with new product announcement. What is your favoritesOracle resource?

First of all I would like to introduce my colleagues’ blog: OracleCloud4Developers. Their goal is to help the developers understand how to use the Oracle PaaS& IaaS for their work. You will be able to...

ZS4-4 and the cloud

One of the biggestchallenges that traditional hardware vendors face is shifting their mindset tonew market expectations and preparing for today’s customer needs. Everyone inthe industry is investing massively in cloud, in a desperate attempt tocontradict one of Geoffrey Moore theory that states that old industry companieswill not be able to adapt to today’s needs without a total reinvention ofitself. I am a strong believer that Oracle is one of those companies that arealways adapting to the new demands with as little disruption as possible. When I started my apprenticeshipin the IT business storage customers asked their suppliers for predictabilitymore than anything else. They wanted to make sure that the solution they will buycan guarantee them to accommodate company growth for the next decade withoutthe need to change the technology. In today’s market thecustomer needs flexibility above everything else. The best example is thegrowing demand for storage cloud, demand that in 2015 is still not meet. Youcan contradict me by showing all the storage cloud offers that all the bighardware players are offering. Putting traditional storagehardware behind a datacenter and selling it as a cloud solution will not giveour customers the flexibility they need. Flexibility, for the customer, means beingable to put the right storage behind the database layer, storage which will bedifferent than the one behind their mobile application layer and yes, it willbe from a different supplier sometimes. Oracle did somethingwonderful with the latest ZS4-4 product launch last year in fall – it hasengineered it around the storage needs of our cloud software. Furthermore we madeit open stack friendly so our customers can buy our storage solutions in orderto better optimize their Oracle applications and still have the freedom toscale on any other storage product, from either Oracle or another vendor. Do not take my word for it,please take a few minutes to watch these introductory videos in how Oracleengineered our storage around our software. · John Fowler ZS4 Launch Video · Five Minutes to Insight: The Brilliance of In-Memory Storage · 5-minute insight - Database-level StorageAnalytics for Oracle Database 12c · 5-minute insight - Thin Cloning for OracleDatabase 12c · 5-minute insight - Data Encryption and theOracle ZFS Storage Appliance · 5-minute insight -ZFS Storage - Ideal forOpenStack

One of the biggest challenges that traditional hardware vendors face is shifting their mindset to new market expectations and preparing for today’s customer needs. Everyone inthe industry is investing...

ZFS capacity calculator

As a presales, one ofthe most challenging and yet interesting activity was to size customers storage requirements. I saw the first smartarray card when I was in my first year of college and at that time I onlyknew that RAID 0 can greatly speed up the performance of an operating system by writing the bits on 2 disk drive simultaneously.Only when I started my first job as a configuration expert I learned thatactually this is an industry standard that was around since1988. When I started mypresales job with Oracle I had to face for the first time the software RAID-Zthat our storage was using. I realized then how important it is to calculate the usable capacity the customer will have based on the various RAID-Z levels, especially when there was no tool that allowed us to achieve this in an easy way. Luckily some of the creative mind within my team (Marius Ghergut and Adrian Topa) found a solution to cover the tool gap by developing an excel based simple solution that allows us to calculatethe ZFS Storage Appliance storage space based on different configurationoptions. They called it ZFS raid calculator and you can download itfrom OracleHW TRC. (If you are notregistered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.) Lookingtowards the datacenter move to cloud strategy, the software RAID is thetechnology of the future, as the storage cloud provider will have a big enougharray to move the parity from the conventional bit parity to the new data/blockparity. ---- As this is my first blog post I will alsotake this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Adrian Pruna and I leadone of presales team in Oracle. Apart from various tools and new technology announcementI will also share with you my personal learning journey from an on premiseexpert to an infrastructure cloud expert.

As a presales, one of the most challenging and yet interesting activity was to size customers storage requirements. I saw the first smartarray card when I was in my first year of college and at that...

eSTEP Newsletter May 2014 now available

DearPartners,We would like to let you know that the May'14 issueof our Newsletter is now available.The issue contains informationon the following topics:Corp NewsOracleReports GAAP EPS up 8% to 56 Cents, Non-GAAP EPS up 5% to 68CentsCollaborate 14The Modern Marketing Tour is coming yourway!Modernizing IBM AIX/Power to Oracle Solaris/SPARCTechNewsAnnouncingOracle Solaris 11.2SPARC M6-32 Produces SAP SD Two-Tier BenchmarkWorld Record for 32-Processor Systems Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10Released A few Thoughts about Single Thread Performance BigData Means Big PipesPVH- Best Characteristics of All Virtualization Modes EnterpriseServer Infrastructure Cost of Ownership Oracle SPARC T5-2 with OracleSolaris 11 versus IBM Power750 Express with AIX 7.1An Insightinto Oracle Flex ASM and Its Benefits BlogUpdatedSPARC / Oracle Solaris Public Roadmap AvailableNewupdated WP: Best practices for deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne onOracle Database ApplianceAnnouncement:x86 Product Sun Server X4-4 Announcing:Upgrade Kit for the Single Processor SPARC T5 - 2 ServerAnnouncingnew SPARC64 X+ Processors for Fujitsu M10 Servers AnnouncingStorageTek Tape Analytics 2.0 OracleSecure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI Learning& EventseSTEP Techcast –8thMay 12:00 CESTOps Center 12.2 – Next Generation of GraphicalLDOM Management by Elke FreymanWebcast:Simply Your Cloud Deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute AppliancePARTNERWEBINAR (Apr 17): Deploy BeyondTrust's Powerbroker in Minutes withOracle VM Template Run Virtual Machines with Oracle VM Video on Better Clouds Built with SPARC / Oracle SolarisSystems– How to & more Preserving Unpacked Software During a Package UninstallConfiguring COMSTAR to Provide Local iSCSI Storage Building a Cloud-Based Data Center with Oracle Solaris 11Oracle GoldenGate: Coordinated ApplyHow to Generate and Consume User Accounts when Testing WebCenter/ADF Applications with ATSFusionApplications Lifecycle – the Big Picture ReferencesOneBillion Stars, 30,000 Light Years, Petabytes of DataKey Win –Maersk (DK) – Tech ULAINSEADProcesses Applications 4x Faster for Online-Degree ProgramHüttenwerkeKrupp Mannesmann Supports Steel Production with an IntegratedPlatform that Reduces Maintenance and Energy Costs by 50%BRISABridgestone Scales for Continental Business Excellence and BoostsManufacturing-Process-Query Speed by 100x ExtraWhenThe Best Employees Quit, Can You Handle The Truth?HowTo Run The Best Virtual Meeting EverYoucan find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEPNews---> Latest Newsletter. You will need to provide your emailaddress and the pin below to get access. Link to the portal is shownbelow.URL: http://launch.oracle.com/PIN:eSTEP_2011Previous published Newsletters can be found underthe Archived Newsletters section and more useful information underthe Events,Downloadand Linkstab.Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help usimprove the service and information we deliver.Thanks andbest regards,Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Dear Partners, We would like to let you know that the May'14 issue of our Newsletter is now available. The issue contains information on the following topics:Corp NewsOracleReports GAAP EPS up 8% to 56...

eSTEP TechCast - June 2014 Solaris 11.2 Beta - What's New!

Dearpartner, weare pleased to announce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday5thof June andwould be happy if you could join. Please see below the details forthe next TechCast.Dateand time:Thursday,05. June 2014,11:00- 12:00 BST (12:00 - 13:00 CEST; 14:00- 15:00 GST) Title:Solaris11.2 Beta - What's New! Abstract:OnApril 29th, Oracle announced Solaris11.2 beta.Intention of this webinar is to provide you with more informationregarding the key features of the beta release and what the benefitsare. Join us in this call and learn about independent and isolatedenvironments with KernelZones,fast and agile application provisioning with UnifiedArchives,Cloud Management with OpenStack,IT automation with Puppetand what Solaris 11.2 can do to support your effort on compliancecheckingand reporting. Targetaudience: Tech Presales Speaker:Detlef Drewanz CallInfo:Showglobal numbers ConferenceCode: 803 594 3Security Passcode: 9876WebexInfo (OracleWeb Conference)MeetingNumber: 594329 430 Playback/ Recording / Archive: Thewebcasts will be recorded and will be available shortly after theevent in the eSTEP portalunder the Events tab, where you could find also material from alreadydelivered eSTEP TechCasts. Use your email-adressand PIN:eSTEP_2011to get access. Feel free to have a look. We are happy to get yourcomments and feedback. Thanksand best regards, PartnerSystems Enablement EMEA

Dear partner, we are pleased to announce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday 5th of June and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details for the next TechCast.Date and time:Thursday,05...

NEW Applications on Oracle Solaris 11 (March/April 2014)

Thenumber of certified applications on Solaris 11 is growingconsistently. Listed below are applications that have been certifiedand added to the catalog in March/April 2014. March/April 2014: Backbase Customer Experience Platform (CXP) CA Technologies Harvest Software Change Manager EMC  DD Boost for Database and Applications EMC   Documentum CenterStage EMC  AutoStart EMC  Data Domain Operating System EMC  Documentum EMC  Documentum Digital Asset Manager EMC  Documentum Media WorkSpace EMC  Documentum Platform REST Services EMC  Documentum Web Publisher Version 6.5 SP7 EMC  Documentum xCelerated Composition Platform EMC  Documentum xCelerated Management System EMC  InfoArchive Version 3.0 support S11 EMC  ProSphere EMC  Storage Resource Management Suite EMC VPLEX and GeoSynchrony EMC  XtremIO EMC VMAX Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c EMC VNX Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Neoxam NX Compliance Neoxam NX GP3 Neoxam NX Manager NetCracker Discovery & Reconciliation NetCracker Netcracker TOMS 9.0 Suite NetCracker Outside Plant NetCracker Resource Inventory NetCracker Service Activation NetCracker Service Information Management NetCracker Service Inventory NetCracker Service Order Management Quest Software Management console for unix Quest Software Privilege Manager for Sudo Quest Software Privileged Access Suite for Unix SAP CRM 7.0 EHP3 SR1 SAP ERP 6.0 EHP7 SR1 SAP SRM 7.0 EHP3 SR1 SAP SCM 7.0 EHP3 SR1 Vormetric, Inc. Vormetric Transparent Encryption NOTE:the “complete" list of Solaris 11 certified applications isavailable on OTN: "ApplicationsCertified on Oracle Solaris 11 OracleApplications Certified on Solaris 11 Pleasecontact ISVSupport_WW@Oracle.comfor any additions, changes or clarifications to this information.

The number of certified applications on Solaris 11 is growing consistently. Listed below are applications that have been certified and added to the catalog in March/April 2014. March/April 2014: Backbase...

Announcing: Oracle Solaris 11.2 Engineered for Cloud

OnApril 29th, Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Solaris11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. OracleSolaris 11.2 is a result of Oracle’s increased investment insystems.  With the release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta, we’vemade it more than just an OS. Oracle Solaris is now a platformdesigned to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud"in minutes rather than days or weeks. It’s a complete platform forquickly and simply building secure and compliant enterprise clouds.Newfeature highlights include: OracleSolaris 11.2  includes a complete OpenStack distribution, thepopular cloud solution, allowing unified management of heterogeneousdata center environments. An OpenStack Unified Archive allowsadministrators to go from zero to enterprise in 10 minutes or less. Nocompromise virtualization with enhanced Oracle Solaris Zones.Oracle  Solaris 11.2 brings an even greater level offlexibility with independent and isolated Kernel Zones. UnifiedArchives are a new, simple and highly flexible snapshot and disasterrecovery feature that allows for flexible redeployment of multipleVMs in cloud environments. OracleSolaris 11.2 integrates compliance reporting that dramaticallyreduces the time needed for compliance review by as much as 10x. The generated reports also describe how to resolve any out-of-policyconditions detected. Application-drivenSoftware-Defined Networking allows you to build virtual networksbeyond system boundaries by using the existing network fabric wherepossible, or using tunneling, if required. They give theapplications like Oracle RAC and Java VMs the ability to specify theSLAs for the application traffic, resulting in higher uptime, lowerlatency and better performance. DownloadOracle Solaris 11.2 Beta Learnmore and share with your customers to excite them aboutdeploying Oracle Solaris 11.2! OracleSolaris 11.2 Data Sheet What'sNew in Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta OracleSolaris 11.2 Beta FAQs ProductEssentials Oracle Solaris 11.2 Training Find the following updated presentations on Oracle HW TRC (for registered partner only): Oracle Solaris & OpenStack Oracle Solaris Economics Oracle Solaris 11.2 Virtualization and SDN Oracle Solaris 11.2 Lifecycle Management Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, Java, and Applications Engineered Together (If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions..) Connectwith Oracle Solaris via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ForMore Information Go To: External- Oracle.com Oracle SolarisExternal- Oracle Technology Network Oracle Solaris 11 External- Oracle Solaris OPN

On April 29th, Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. Oracle Solaris 11.2 is a result of Oracle’s increased investment insystems.  With the release of Oracle Solaris...

Announcing: WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance 2.9

OnApril 9th the WebLogic team announced that WebLogic on ODA2.9 has been released!!! OracleWebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.9 offers a completesolution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applicationsin a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, andnetworking that delivers highly available database and WebLogicservices. The world's most popular database, Oracle Database and theindustry's best application server, WebLogic Server have beencombined in this industry-unique appliance to provide highavailability and the simplicity of One-Button deployment. And to topit all off, it reduces IT cost with a unique capacity-on-demandsoftware licensing model. Hereyou can download the new version of WebLogic on ODA 2.9 which offersWebLogic templates for 11g  (10.3.6), 12c (12.1.1 and 12.1.2). Thefollowing highlighted new features are included in this release: Supportsnew X4-2 hardware with more capacity, faster processor, betternetworking with no price increase! WebLogicon ODA provisioning tool now offers multi domain and multi clusteroptions in the wizard-driven templates. Newlicensing options include a 'pool' of WebLogic licenses with min/maxrange, that can be allocated to WebLogic, Oracle Traffic Directorand other Oracle Cloud Application Foudation products. Providesa 'silent provisioning' option. Anew WebLogic on ODA provisioning wizard-driven template with a nicerGUI. Sharedstorage repository option.

On April 9th the WebLogic team announced that WebLogic on ODA 2.9 has been released!!! Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.9 offers a completesolution for building and deploying...

eSTEP Newsletter March 2014 now available

DearPartners,We would like to let you know that the March'14 issueof our Newsletter is now available.The issue contains informationon the following topics:CorpNewsOracleand BlueKai Accelerating SPARC Innovation – Fujitsu M10 ServerRoadmap Oracle PartnerNetwork Smart Combos OUAG– Oracle Applications Users Group Oracle Supply Chain Management TechNewsBig Data Architecture in Under 4 Minutes OracleVM VirtualBox SPARC T5-2 delivers World Record 2-SocketSPECvirt_sc2010 Benchmark Browse End of Life Servers AnnouncingOracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA Appliance BlogNowavailable Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 Announcing Oracle Solaris Cluster Product Bulletin,February 2014 Announcing 32GB DDR3 DIMMs and 400GB support forNetra Server X3-2 system New Applications on Oracle Solaris 11Announcement: Oracle Database Appliance 2.9 now available Learning& eventsPlanned Techcasts – AprilGet JavaMagazine You are not even wrong about the Cloud (part 1 & 2) Systems– How to & moreOracle GoldenGate: TransactionalData Capture from WebLogic Java Messaging Service Oracle Solarisfor IBM AIX Users Simplify your Migration from AIX to SolarisAvoiding Performance Loss from RAW Hazards ReferencesAveaTelecommunications Services Accelerates Reporting to Improve CampaignAnalysis and New Service Delivery CERN Keeps IT Team Focused onCore Business by Using Cloud Services Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMinistry of Health Enhances Data Security, Improves OperationalEfficiency, and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership by 20% ExtraInsideThe 2014 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts & Figures Youcan find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEPNews---> Latest Newsletter. You will need to provide your emailaddress and the pin below to get access. Link to the portal is shownbelow.URL: http://launch.oracle.com/PIN:eSTEP_2011Previous published Newsletters can be found underthe Archived Newsletters section and more useful information underthe Events,Downloadand Linkstab.Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help usimprove the service and information we deliver.Thanks andbest regards,Partner SystemsEnablement EMEA

Dear Partners, We would like to let you know that the March'14 issue of our Newsletter is now available. The issue contains information on the following topics:Corp News Oracle and BlueKaiAccelerating...

eSTEP TechCast - April 2014 What is Performance - Benchmarks beyond SPECint

Dearpartner, we are pleased toannounce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday3rdof  April andwould be happy if you could join. Please see below the details forthe next TechCast.Dateand time:Thursday,03. April 2014,11:00- 12:00 GMT (12:00 - 13:00 CET; 15:00- 16:00 GST) Title: Whatis Performance - Benchmarks beyond SPECint Abstract:Evaluatingsystem performance is an art.  It goes well beyond the singlenumber result you might get from a popular benchmark like SPECint. Because different applications stress different parts of asystem, there are numerous other benchmarks.  Only if you knowthe most popular ones, what they do and how they correlate to realworld workloads will you be able to use them successfully indiscussions with your customer. This webinar will present anoverview of common benchmarks and shed some light on benchmarketingtricks used by hardware vendors. Targetaudience: Tech Presales Speaker:Stefan Hinker CallInfo:Showglobal numbers ConferenceCode: 803 594 3Security Passcode: 9876WebexInfo (OracleWeb Conference)MeetingNumber: 599419 299 Playback/ Recording / Archive: Thewebcasts will be recorded and will be available shortly after theevent in the eSTEP portalunder the Events tab, where you could find also material from alreadydelivered eSTEP TechCasts. Use your email-adressand PIN:eSTEP_2011to get access. Feel free to have a look. We are happy to get yourcomments and feedback. Thanksand best regards, Partner Systems Enablement EMEA

Dear partner, we are pleased to announce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday 3rd of  April and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details for the next TechCast.Date and time:Thursday,...

Now available Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2

Since March 10th, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 (12.2.0.0.0) is available to download here. This release offers many feature, stability, and enhancement improvements that will benefit our users. Here are some highlights of what is new and improved: Virtualization: Discoverand manage Oracle VM for SPARC servers not created by EnterpriseManager Ops Center Bring in OracleVM for SPARC servers configured outside of Ops Center into a serverpool and enable guest migration Multi I/ODomains, Direct I/O and SR-IOV in managed Oracle VM Server for SPARC VLAN taggingsupport (802.1Q) for Oracle VM for SPARC guests Layeredvirtualization support enabling the deployment and management ofOracle Solaris non global zones within Oracle VM for SPARC guests Separation ofprovisioning profiles for Oracle VM for SPARC SpecializedVirtualization Agent Controllers- Oracle Solaris Zone-Oracle VM Server EngineeredSystems: Ability to managegeneric datacenter assets and multiple Engineered Systems with asingle Enterprise Manager Ops Center instance Support forOracle SuperCluster M6-32 OracleSuperCluster Discovery and rack addition enhancements HardwareSupport: Support for theOracle SPARC M10, M5-32 and Oracle SPARC M6-32 servers Support for the Fujitsu M10 servers M5/M6/T5management using the ILOM Simplified Data Model (SDM) Core Features: Incident andMonitoring enhancements Network domainenhancements Improved upgradesupport High availabilityfeatures for Proxy Controllers MoreInformation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c is powerful and robust infrastructure management software. In order to gain maximum value from Enterprise Manager 12c Ops Center, potential and existing users should fully review the product documentation, in particular, the concepts guide and applicable installation guide before implementing. In addition, fully tested Deployment and Operate How To Guides are available from the documentation library. Oracle University currently provides instructor led and live virtual classroom format training for Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c with R2 material currently in progress. Documentation/ Public Resources: What'sNew in Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12cR2 ConceptsGuide DeploymentHow To Guides OperateHow To Guides MainDocumentation Library EnterpriseManager Ops Center OTN site OpsCenter MOS Resource Center EnterpriseManager Oracle site The Ops Center Blog OracleUniversity Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Training Courses: OracleEnterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Administration OracleEnterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Virtualizing Systems

Since March 10th, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 (12.2.0.0.0) is available to download here. This release offers many feature, stability, and enhancementimprovements that will...

eSTEP Newsletter for February 2014 now available

Dear Partners, We would like to let you know that the February'14 issue of our Newsletter is now available.You can find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEP News ---> Latest Newsletter. You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to get access. Link to the portal is shown below. URL: http://launch.oracle.com/ PIN: eSTEP_2011 The issue contains information on the following topics: Corp News The CEO’s Perfect Storm: Demographics, Data, and Devices Change Everything: By Mark Hurd – President at Oracle Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to Deliver Keynote Address at Oracle HCM World TransformBusiness Processes with Oracle In-Memory Applications and Oracle SuperCluster New Oracle’s SPARC M6-32 Server Disrupts Traditional High-End Pricing Model Tech News Oracle Applications Certified on Oracle Solaris 11 Applications Certified on Oracle Solaris 11 Why use OVM for Oracle Databases New Single Processor Configuration for the SPARC T5 -2 Server SPARC T4-4, SPARC T4-2 and SPARC T4-1B End of Life Announcement Another TPC benchmark revealed New Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Proves Ideal for Backing Up and Restoring Oracle’s Engineered Systems Collected White Papers covering Storage, Tape and Archiving Backup is not Archiving: Reduce Total Cost of Ownership and Improve Data Protection with a Customized Archive Solution Oracle StorageTek 10000D Tape Drive Further Reduces the Total Cost of Ownership for Storing Data on Tape Lowering Storage Costs with the World's Fastest, Highest-Capacity Tape Drive IDC White Paper: The Business Case for Midrange Tape Library Solutions Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle IT: Uses Cases and Benefits Exposing the Unvarnished Truth About Database Storage Blog Run Oracle Database like a Ferrari, but save like a Prius with Oracle Storage Announcing Oracle SDN Support in New Solaris Drivers Announcing: Oracle Solaris Cluster Product Bulletin, January 2014 Announcement: Picklist v42 Released Learning& events eSTEP Techcast March – Update on Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Learning Paths Exadata, Exalogic & Manageability and of the Servers and Storage Partner Community Forums for EMEA Pre-Built Developer VMs (for Oracle VM VirtualBox) Why Choose Oracle University? Expand your product knowledge and validate your expertise to give yourself an edge in the job market. Why Oracle Database Runs Best on Oracle Servers and Storage (E-book) Oracle SPARC T-Series Servers PartnerCast:Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (video) Systems- How to & more Deploying the Oracle Solaris Integrated Load Balancer in 60 Minutes OIM monitoring check-list Lab: How to Delopy a Four-Node Oracle RAC 12c Cluster in Minutes Lab: How To Migrate to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux from VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Part 12: Event- Driven SOA BPM and ACM References Croatian Waters Gains 20% in Efficiency for Project Management While Meeting Demanding European Union Accreditation Standards Tukaş Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret Monitors Value Creation Chain with Business Intelligence Platform, Shortens Sales Reporting by 20 Calendar Days Each Month Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Creates a Three-Dimensional Map of the Milky Way from 1 Petabye of Data Extra 5 Things Managers Should Know About The Big Data Economy Previous published Newsletters can be found under the Archived Newsletters section and more useful information under the Events, Download and Links tab. Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help us improve the service and information we deliver. Thanks and best regards, Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Dear Partners, We would like to let you know that the February'14 issue of our Newsletter is now available. You can find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEP News ---> Latest Newsletter. You willneed...

Announcement: Picklist v42 Released

Sincebeginning of 2012 we are offering the so called Picklist templatesfor our partners. ThePicklist Templates provide you an easy and fast overview across theentire hardware portfoliowith some well-balanced configurations. With the included Buildingblock template name, you can use these blocks for easy communicationwith quoting teams in EMEA. ThePicklist Templates have been created to significantly reducethe time spent with the Configurator,you will reduce time from an average of 20 minutes to less than 5minutes per system. Instead of creating each new system from scratchyou simply import the PreconfiguredTemplate andyour entire quote is created automatically, if required thisconfiguration may then be modified to meet your customers individualneeds What'snew inversion 42? NewProducts – Exadata X4-2, Exalogic X4-2, Oracle Database Appliance X4-2,Big Data Appliance X4-2 products are now included in the Picklist and available in a variety ofsmall, medium and large configurations. RemovedProducts - X3-2, X3-2L, X3-2B, T4-4 non-EU,Exadata X3-2, Exalogic X3-2, Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, Big DataAppliance X3-2 products have beenremoved from the Picklist due to End Of Life. Variety- Added new ZS3 Medium Configurations without High Availabilityand new ZS3 Minimum configurations with 300 GB disks as alternativesolutions to 25x0 M2 configurations. Prices- All list prices have been updated to match the FY14 E-BusinessUpdate #12 Youcan read more about the Picklist and how to use them in the followingarticle: Oraclenow offers hardware templates to partners via the Master-Picklist

Since beginning of 2012 we are offering the so called Picklist templates for our partners. The Picklist Templates provide you an easy and fast overview across theentire hardware portfoliowith some...

eSTEP Newsletter for January 2014 now available

DearPartners,We would like to let you know that the January'14 issueof our Newsletter is now available.The issue contains informationon the following topics:CorpNewsOraclePresident Mark Hurd to Keynote Oracle Value Chain SummitReduceIT complexityOracleBuys Corente Oracle’sMobile Platform Creates New Opportunities and Innovation for theFuture TechNews & Blog entriesAnnouncingExadata X4 - Overview of Changes from X3OracleScorecard and Strategy Management Establisha Winning Strategy and Align Everyone to ItProductUpdate Bulletin: Oracle Solaris Cluster December 2013 FeatureOverview of ODA Appliance Manager Releases (2.2 - 2.8) Announcing:Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 Half Rack to Full Rack Upgrade Now AvailableStorageTekLinear Tape File System, Library Edition for SL150 ReducedStorageTek SL150 Premier Service PricingT5servers: 2 versions of Qlogic 8 Gb FC PCIe Dual Port adapterNoticed?Oracle has a SPARC-powered Exadata Configuration called SuperCluster Learning& eventseSTEPTechcast February - OracleDatabase Appliance Manager - Version 2.8 Systems- How to & moreExploring Networking, Services, andthe New Image Packaging System in Oracle Solaris 11 (two partsavailable)How to Configure x86 Memory Performance for LargeDatabasesLab - How to Deploy and Manage a PrivateCloud Performance Analysis in a Multitenant CloudEnvironmentRESTful GlassFish Monitoring and ManagementSOAand User InterfacesPart10: Event- Driven SOAPart 11: MDM and SOA: BeWarned!ReferencesISSWorld Services Improves Customer Experience, Quickly Realizes Returnon InvestmentSaudiTelecom Optimizes Financial and Human Resources Reporting, ReducesCustomizations by 30% CroatianWaters Gains 20% in Efficiency for Project Management While MeetingDemanding European Union Accreditation Standards OracleWin: Big Data Appliance for Airbus Flight Tests - Winover EMC, HP, Microsoft and IBM with Big Data Appliance & NoSQL Extra6Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014Youcan find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEPNews---> Latest Newsletter. You will need to provide your emailaddress and the pin below to get access. Link to the portal is shownbelow.URL: http://launch.oracle.com/PIN:eSTEP_2011Previous published Newsletters can be found underthe Archived Newsletters section and more useful information underthe Events,Downloadand Linkstab.Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help usimprove the service and information we deliver.Thanks andbest regards,Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Dear Partners, We would like to let you know that the January'14 issue of our Newsletter is now available. The issue contains information on the following topics:Corp NewsOraclePresident Mark Hurd to...

How Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables the patching of RHEL on OVCA guest OS

In this following short note, Simon Hayler describes how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables the patching of RHEL running as a guest on OVCA.The methodology is to utilize the Custom Channel features of Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Patching. The high level steps are as follows: A repository server under the control of Enterprise Manager 12c (Enterprise Manager 12c agent installed and configured) must exist in the environment, have a valid Oracle CSI and have access to the Oracle ULN. For more information on the Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Patching setup refer to the online documentation: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/em.121/e27046/pat_linux_patch.htm On the repository server create a file-system to store the RHEL rpm's, this should be in the same area as the Oracle Linux repository Create a portfolio of suitable RHEL rpm's and copy them to the repository server Create the metadata for the RHEL repository, the repository file-system contains the required rpm's Create a Custom Patching Channel within Enterprise Manager 12c Install Enterprise Manager agents on all target RHEL hosts Create an Enterprise Manager patching group selecting the target RHEL hosts as targets for the group Enterprise Manager 12c will run a compliance job to identify rpm's that are non compliant on the target hosts compared to the ones within the Custom Channel Either automatically or manually Enterprise Manager 12c runs a Deployment Procedure to update rpm's that are reported as non compliant Important note:A manual process is needed to create a portfolio of the required RHEL RPM’s to patch. Enterprise Manager 12c Linux Patching only connects to the Oracle ULN, therefore we are not able to either manually or automatically download RHEL rpm's.

In this following short note, Simon Hayler describes how Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables the patching of RHEL running as a guest on OVCA.The methodology is to utilize the Custom Channel features...

eSTEP TechCast - February 2014 Oracle Database Appliance Manager - Version 2.8

Dearpartner, we are pleased toannounce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday6thof  February andwould be happy if you could join. Please see below the details forthe next TechCast.Dateand time:Thursday,06. February 2014,11:00- 12:00 GMT (12:00 - 13:00 CET; 15:00- 16:00 GST) Title: OracleDatabase Appliance Manager - Version 2.8 Abstract:Simple.Reliable. Affordable.The Oracle Database Appliance is a completepackage of software, server, storage, and networking that'sengineered for simplicity.In this webinar we will talk about thenew features the Oracle Database Appliance Manager introduced withthe 2.8 release. The shared repository for virtual guests, VLANsupport and improved hardware monitoring will be covered along withthe hardware specs of the new X4-2 servers.The webinar willconclude with some best practices for the handling of virtual gueston the Oracle Database Appliance. Targetaudience: Tech Presales Speaker:Hagen Herbst (Technical Manager, Database Appliance Team) CallInfo: ConferenceCode: 803 594 3Security Passcode: 9876WebexInfo (OracleWeb Conference)MeetingNumber: 256360 005 Playback/ Recording / Archive: Thewebcasts will be recorded and will be available shortly after theevent in the eSTEP portalunder the Events tab, where you could find also material from alreadydelivered eSTEP TechCasts. Use your email-adressand PIN:eSTEP_2011to get access. Feel free to have a look. We are happy to get yourcomments and feedback. Thanksand best regards, PartnerHW Enablement EMEA

Dear partner, we are pleased to announce our next eSTEP TechCast on Thursday 6th of  February and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details for the next TechCast.Date and time:Thursd...

Announcement: Hardware Budgetary Sizing Support for Oracle Applications

What are we announcing? We are announcing the immediate availability of a new service called Partner Budgetary Sizing Support. by the Oracle Systems Partner Enablement EMEA team and the EMEA Presales Center. The service provides a basis to choose the right Oracle Systems for your workload needs. The aim of this service is to provide our Partners a guidance what Oracle Systems to choose for their Oracle Application (and SAP) workloads. In addition, we offer budgetary information and some architectural diagrams of the recommended systems/architectures. All of this can be used by our Partners to improve their offerings to their respective customers, as we have observed an direct relation between  win probability and the number of layers being added to the solution recommendation to the customer. The service is organized in a way, that the Partner sends a request to the infoline_hw_ww@oracle.com email address, receiving back a questionnaire. With the results of the questionnaire we then perform this service and will return the budgetary sizing and any additional information requested. A detailed description "Budgetary Sizing Read Me" of this service is available for download from our eSTEP portal (s. below). The description incluses also some sample outputs and a list of Software, that this service is available for.  URL: http://launch.oracle.com/ PIN: eSTEP_2011 The pdf can be found under tab eSTEP Download. Located under sub-tab: Recent Updates and Sales - Operations

What are we announcing? We are announcing the immediate availability of a new service called Partner Budgetary Sizing Support. by the Oracle Systems Partner Enablement EMEA team and the EMEAPresales...

Announcing: Reduced StorageTek SL150 Premier Service Pricing

From January 7, 2014 on, Oracle will begin offering Premier Support forSystems pricing for the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library and theLTO drives at 4% (reduced from 12%) of the net hardware price fordirect, indirect and OEM customers. Details: 67%Reduction in Oracle Premier Service Pricing - This service pricereduction underscores Oracle’s commitment for success with ourVAD/VAR channel partners.  The SL150 was designed for theVAD/VAR channel as the most innovative entry to mid-range automatedtape product for SMBs and departmental groups in large corporations.This price reduction means that the SL150 now also has extremelyattractive service pricing to go along with already aggressiveproduct pricing, strengthening our value proposition to both thechannel and end users. Self SupportIs Also Available - Please note that the existing SL150 SelfSupport model is also available as another option for authorizedpartners who wish to provide their own service and buy replacementparts from Oracle.  Channel partners will now have the optionof self support or a very attractive Oracle premier support offeringthat they can offer their customers. Pleaseread the SalesBulletin onOracle HW TRC for more details. (If youare not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here... andfollow the instructions..) ForMore Information Go To: Oracle.comTape PageOracleTechnology Network Tape Page

From January 7, 2014 on, Oracle will begin offering Premier Support for Systems pricing for the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library and theLTO drives at 4% (reduced from 12%) of the net hardware...

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