Thursday Aug 23, 2012

Exalogic Virtual Datacenter live at Qualogy

Partner Qualogy have now upgraded their Exalogic quarter rack to the newly released Elastic Cloud version which was just released on July 25th.

I a recent post Qualogy indicates:

"After a few days of preparations and some hard work we succeeded in upgrading our Exalogic quarterrack to the newly released Elastic Cloud version This version was just recently released on July 25th. This new version turns your Exalogic into a virtual datacenter with many very neat cloud provisioning capabilities. There are many more possibilities in this version to provide strict network and vServer group isolation where needed and helps you manage multitenancy and delegate your cloud administration."

Read the full story here


Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

SAP-on-Exadata Deep-Dive Consultant Training for Partners.- Walldorf, Oct.8-12, 2012


Help consultants from partners become end-to-end experts on how to deploy, migrate, install and run Exadata on SAP applications. We will share technical experience and demonstrations, showing you how to become technical heroes on Exadata.


SAP Technical/BASIS Consultants, SAP Migration Consultants, SAP Technical Associate Consultants, SAP Certified Technical/BASIS/Associate/Migration consultants who are willing to deploy technical infrastructure (BASIS, installation, migration, deployment, clustering, backup, monitoring, operations, etc.) staff for SAP on Exadata platform.

This 5-day technical training is free of charge for partner consultants with the right qualifications.

Registration information and full details of the training (content, agenda, prerequisites, preparation material) are available for download from the Exadata Partner Community Collaborative Workspace (Only for registered members of the Exadata Partner Community): download here.

 Capacity is limited. Register now!

Monday Aug 20, 2012

Exadata Specialization: Prerequired specialization changes effective Aug.1st

Competency criteria for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Models X2-2 and X2-8 Specialization have suffered some changes effective Aug.1st, 2012.

New criteria vs. previous criteria can be compared here

The changes affect to the pre-required specializations needed:

  • The Data Warehousing specialization is no longer a prerequired specialization for Exadata Specialization
  • The Oracle Database Performance Tuning Specialization requiement is now Oracle Database Performance Tuning OR Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Partners that had already specialized with the old criteria are not affected by the changes since they continue to meet the new ones.


Friday Aug 17, 2012

Register for the Exadata Partner Community Forum at Oracle Openworld - Oct. 1st

Oracle Exadata & Oracle Manageability

EMEA Partner Community Forum at
Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco, USA
Monday, October 1st, 2012

As in previous years, the EMEA Exadata Partner Community will celebrate a community session in San Francisco with ocassion of Oracle Openworld.

From the Oracle corporate team you will get an update on next steps in the Exadata & Manageability strategy and new opportunity areas.

Partner presentations will include new cases and experiences showing customer adoption in different industries and solutions areas.

Time and Location:

Monday, October 1th, 2012, 15:45 - 18:00 PST
Grand Hyatt San Francisco (Conference Theater)
345 Stockton Street,
San Francisco

(It is an 15 minute walk from OOW Moscone Center. See directions here)

Please register now:

To confirm your attendance, please send and email to before September 13, 2012:  

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

ISV Exastack program: WeDo Technologies

WeDo Technologies today announced it has earned Oracle Exadata Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Business Assurance RAID 6.3 has been tested and tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. WeDo Technologies is a Gold level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Revenue and business assurance, also known as profit or revenue protection, are the areas where WeDo Technologies has excelled as a constant innovator and true market leader.

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine allows WeDo Technologies to target medium - large customers through improved performance, lower storage requirements and increased scalability. Using a ¼ Rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Business Assurance RAID 6.3 achieved a processing throughput of up to 1 Billion Event Data Records (EDRs) per hour during loading enrichment and aggregation, with savings of up to 13x the space required for storing detailed EDR data when compared with raw data. Whether implementing one module at a time, multiple modules, or the complete suite, Business Assurance RAID 6.3 provides enhanced business information for effective decision-making and enables an adaptive enterprise for optimal responsiveness.

Read full story here

ISV Exastack program: Electracard

ElectraCard Services is a subsidiary of OPUS Software Solutions and provides real-time, third-party credit, debit, prepaid, and smart card processing services in the U.S. and more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

ElectraCard Services offers a number of solutions for issuing, acquiring, risk, and fraud management in its electrasuite product portfolio. The portfolio includes electraSWITCH, which processes ATMs, point-of-sale, internet, and cell phone banking transactions as either “on-us” transactions (where the issuing and acquiring bank are the same or part of the same group and no interbank transaction is required) or “switching mode” transactions, where foreign transactions must be sent to electronic fund transfer networks for authorization.

ElectraCard Services ported its electraSWITCH solution on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2, and Oracle Linux. ElectraCard then tested the new system at Oracle Exastack Labs to prove it could meet customer requirements. The company achieved processing speeds of more than 12,000 transactions per second (TPS) and a twofold improvement in performance. 

Read full story here

New whitepaper: Big Data for Financial Services Institutions

In this new white paper, "Initial Steps on the Journey through Big Data for Financial Services Institutions", Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications lays out important facts, hurdles, and use cases financial institutions must consider when approaching Big Data.

Download now the online white paper: Initial Steps on the Journey through Big Data for Financial Services Institutions.

Database Insider - August 2012 issue

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

Database Insider Edition - August 2012

New IOUG Report Highlights the Causes and Costs of Downtime
The new survey report from the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) titled Enterprise Data and the Cost of Downtime, uncovers the latest trends in maintaining high-availability environments—including the increasingly widespread adoption of Oracle-aware solutions such as Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Data Guard, and Oracle GoldenGate.
Read More

Oracle Introduces Platinum Services at No Extra Cost
Oracle announced Oracle platinum services, which provide value-added services at no additional cost for customers of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and other Oracle engineered systems.
Read More


Read full newsletter here

Tuesday Aug 14, 2012

Oracle Big Data Technical Workshop (October 9-11, 2012, Reading, United Kingdom)

A new session of the PTS Oracle Big Data Technical Workshop for Partners will be delivered in Reading, UK, on Oct. 9-11.

This is a hands-on, 3-day workshop and is recommended for Solution Architects, Developers, and Pre-Sales Engineers with strong technical skills in:

  • Linux versions 5/6
  • Hadoop architecture
  • MapReduce programming API
  • Java programming
  • Oracle Database 11g
  • Business Intelligence knowledge required


  • Oracle Big Data Appliance technical architecture and its hardware and software features
  • Oracle NoSQL Database
  • Oracle R Connector for Hadoop and Oracle Analytics for Big Data
  • Oracle Loader for Hadoop and Oracle Direct Connector for HDFS
  • For further information contact Clive Simpkins

    To apply for this workshop, request here.

    Distribution Rights Update – Exadata & Exalogic Criteria Change

    Oracle recently modified the criteria for obtaining Distribution Rights for Oracle Exadata Database Machine Knowledge Zone products and for Exalogic Elastic Cloud Knowledge Zone products.  Partners will no longer be required to be specialized in these products or in their underlying product sets in order to attain Distribution Rights.  There are, however, competency criteria that partners must meet, and partners must apply for the respective Distribution Rights.  Please note there are no changes to the criteria to become EXADATA or EXALOGIC Specialized.

    Call to Action: Review the criteria available on the Sell tab of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine Knowledge Zone and the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Knowledge Zone, meet the requirements and apply.

    Oracle Optimized Storage - On-demand webcast

    Even in the most advanced data centers, outdated and inefficient storage management techniques are stifling business innovation.

    But now you can deploy Oracle’s optimized storage, the industry’s most advanced, easy-to-use, and cost-effective enterprise storage solutions.

    View this important online, on-demand launch webcast featuring Mark Hurd and John Fowler to learn how Oracle can help you take on the biggest enterprise storage infrastructure challenges — including reducing costs and increasing data management efficiency.


    Register now with transcripts available in the following languages:

    English, German, French, Turkish and Russian


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