Friday Mar 27, 2015

UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Systems Event, London, May 20th

UKOUG_2015

From the evolution of Engineered Systems Event, Operating Systems Event and Exa Event comes... UKOUG Systems Event 2015.

Taking place on the 20th May in London, the event will cover the following topics; Solaris & Linux Administration, Storage & Network Administration, Engineered Systems, including Exadata, Exalogic, Virtualization, OVM, SPARC and Supercluster.

This is a key event for DBAs, OS, Network and Storage Administrators who support an Oracle Infrastructure.

Agenda now live, register your place today

Friday Mar 13, 2015

Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price: an Ovum report



Summary: Analyst firm Ovum attended Oracle's January 21st X5 Engineered Systems launch and authored an analysis of the news and expected market impact.


Key findings about the new X5 generation of engineered systems noted in the Ovum report, titled, "Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price" include:

  • Oracle is competing head-to-head with converged system industry leaders on price
  • Oracle is going mass-market in price while delivering premium performance
  • Oracle has sold more than 10,000 engineered systems units to date
  • Oracle is  going full bore with the commodity Intel 2-socket architecture which allows Oracle to reduce the price-point
  • An example of this includes the latest model of Oracle's Virtual Computer Appliance which is significantly less cost than Cisco UCS
  • Ovum believes that Oracle engineered systems offer natural advantages for existing Oracle software customers because of the optimizations

Download the report here.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015

Engineered Systems Operational Management - updated for X5

The Engineered Systems Operational Management page for partners has been updated as follows:

a) The core document, Managing Exadata (Parts 1 and 2), has been fully refreshed and updated for X5 and DB 12c. 

b) A new "Managing Exadata executive summary" has been included 

Top Exastack headlines: BCS - Business Control Solutions

Business Control Solutions (BCS) gains 100 percent user concurrency and 10 times improvement in reporting performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine. BCS’ integrity is designed to enable financial services organizations to facilitate their balance sheet attestation processes more effectively

CSC in Luxembourg consolidates IT infrastructure on Oracle SuperCluster

As part of a project to pool IT resources and reduce costs, CSC in Luxembourg is implementing Oracle’s SuperCluster, a solution combining hardware and software to achieve unparalleled processing performance. The Luxembourg project will serve as a value proof point for CSC, which plans to make its Luxembourg data centers a European IT pooling center for the South & West Europe region.

Read full press release here

Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Database Insider - March 2015 issue now available

The March issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)

NEWS

Tom Kyte to Deliver Keynote at Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

The cloud computing era is here—are you ready? On March 18, 2015, Oracle Architect Tom Kyte and other Oracle Database 12c product gurus show you how to leverage Oracle Database innovations for cloud computing during the half-day Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum.
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COLLABORATE 15 Preview: Don't-Miss Database Sessions

This year’s annual COLLABORATE 15 conference will include sessions presented by some of the most compelling thought leaders in database technology. Find out what Tom Kyte, Maria Colgan, Steven Feuerstein, and others will be discussing.
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Not All Data Is Created Equal: Mapping Data Security in the Age of Megabreaches

Amid a rising tide of high-profile—and highly damaging—data breaches, it is becoming increasingly clear that organizations must classify data according to its sensitivity, map the location of each class of data within the data center, and then put in place levels of control appropriate to each. Find out what Oracle data security solutions are most appropriate for various levels of data.
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VIDEO

Larry Ellison Announces Oracle’s X5 Engineered Systems

Larry Ellison Announces Oracle’s X5 Engineered Systems

What happens when extreme performance meets extreme savings? Find out as Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison unveils the data center of the future.

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

March 18, 2015, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
Oracle Database is built to protect your IT and application investments through each computing era. Cloud computing is here—are you ready? Register for the March 18, 2015 Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum. Oracle product experts will discuss the new innovations in Oracle Database 12c for cloud computing, top reasons customers choose the #1 database, and best practices.

 (Full newsletter here)

Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor


Summary: This advisor identifies analytic workloads that will benefit from Oracle Database 12c In-Memory

Tell customers about the advisor and share the white paper to help upsell In-Memory.

 

Oracle Database In-Memory is designed to optimize analytical processing in the database. The In-Memory Advisor analyzes the analytical processing workload present in your database to determine an estimated benefit for the database as a whole if that analytical workload is optimized.

Share this best practices white paper for In-Memory Advisor with your customers.

They will discover that adding Oracle Database In-Memory to their Oracle Database solution delivers optimal performance for transactions while simultaneously supporting real-time analytics and reporting.

The Advisor can be run on Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 and above, in order to plan your customers' adoption of Oracle Database In-Memory in 12.1.0.2.

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

HBR: Rethinking the IT/Business Partnership

Harvard Business Review Analytic Services conducted a survey asking business users about how they're driving digital innovation. The number one concern? The partnership between business and IT. Findings indicate that business is dissatisfied with IT service levels and views IT as a roadblock due to its inability to keep up with the speed of business change.

So what can be done? Strengthening the IT/business relationship is perhaps the most important first step to take. And as IT drives platform conversations, focus on simplification to allow for more time and resources to spend on business innovation. Oracle engineered systems running Oracle applications are designed to reduce complexity and cut costs, helping businesses more effectively respond to the needs of the digital economy.

Share this HBR paper and infographic with your customers and use it as a conversation starter about driving successful digital innovation through the enterprise.

 

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Monday Feb 23, 2015

Cognizant Technology Solutions Improves Database and Application Scalability to Support Growth, Reduces Power Consumption by 75%

Cognizant Technology Solutions implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to reduce system downtime, increase scalability, and support future consulting-business growth.

Read full story here 

On-demand webcast: Oracle Exastack for ISVs

On-demand webcast for ISVs are designed to illustrate the opportunity and impact Oracle engineered systems are having on rapid application deployment, accelerated performance and streamlined support. Register here!

Updated Oracle Platinum Services Certified Configurations

Effective February 20, 2015, Oracle Platinum Services is now available with an updated combination of certified components based on Oracle engineered systems: Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic, and Oracle SuperCluster systems. The Oracle Platinum Services certified configuration matrix has been revised, and now includes the following key updates:
  • Revisions to Oracle Exadata Storage Server to include 12.1.2.1.0
  • Addition of the X5-2 Oracle Exadata system for non-virtual deployments*
  • Revisions to Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software versions
  • Revisions to Oracle Exadata Operating System patch levels to clarify version is determined by Exadata Storage Server version

Review the updated list of qualifying certified configurations, and make sure your customers are familiar with the industry-leading Oracle Platinum Services and how it allows them to achieve maximum performance while lowering total cost of ownership.

For more information, visit the Oracle Platinum Services web page where you will find information such as customer collateral, FAQ?s, certified configurations, technical support policies, customer references, links to related services and more.

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

Bank of Georgia Strengthens Market-Leading Position with Maximum Availability and Engineered Architecture

“Bank of Georgia’s core banking system has been running on Oracle Database for 12 years now, and we have accumulated a strong knowledge of Oracle products and experience using them. We chose Oracle for our high-availability banking environment because Oracle delivers outstanding technology solutions, provides excellent support, and has the industry’s best roadmap for the future,” said George Sharia, CIO, JSC Bank of Georgia.

Read full story here

Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidation

Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has modernized its IT infrastructure to accelerate performance and scalability while cutting operational costs and simplifying management. By consolidating its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation on Oracle SuperCluster, Advania can now quickly build vital complex financial reports that support business decisions, while reducing its data center footprint and lowering total cost of ownership.

Read full story here 

OPN Database Specialization - Free Vouchers to upgrade to Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 11g is scheduled to become non-qualifying beginning May 1.

To upgrade to the new version OPN supports partners with a limited number of vouchers to help successfully pass the Oracle Database 12c Certified Implementation Specialist OPN exam (IZ0-497).

Interested partners may submit an Oracle Database Certification Upgrade voucher request form.

Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum - March 18, 2015

Timing for this event is late evening in EMEA, but it is very worthwhile with Tom Kyte doing the keynote.




Summary: Learn to leverage Oracle Database 12c for Cloud.

 

Oracle has spent the last 30 years providing database innovations while continuing to preserve customer investments.

On March 18, 2015, Tom Kyte and other product experts will host the Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum.  Learn how you can leverage the innovations in Oracle Database 12c for the Cloud to reduce IT costs by simplifying consolidation, provisioning, and upgrades.

Register for the March 18th Online Event.

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