Thursday Jul 11, 2013

Oracle Database 12c – Built to Simplify IT

As you may have heard by now, Oracle recently launched its Oracle Database 12c. This exciting new release offers the latest innovation from Oracle Database Server Technologies with a new Multitenant Option, which can help accelerate database consolidation and Cloud projects.

Additionally, there are some new enhancements and new functionalities also included in this release that can further secure the enterprise data, provide better capabilities for analyzing unstructured data, and a mechanism to help optimize storage.

This dynamic new product release simplifies IT in the following ways:

  • Incorporates new and enhanced features that offer high availability, security, manageability, storage optimization
  • Accelerates business results, manages business risk and lowers IT costs for customers

For partners, there are plenty upgrade, up-sell and cross-sell opportunities. So if you missed the last Oracle Database 12c partner training webcast, you can watch it below.  Learn what makes up Oracle Database 12c and where the opportunities are.

Get up to speed on the latest Database 12c enhancements so you can sell, implement and support this latest release with this Partner FAQ. You can also take technical training and certifications, and new Guided Learning Paths and Specializations for other pre-sales and sales roles from Oracle University. Finally, be sure to participate in your local boot camp to further enhance your skill set, and don’t forget to visit our Oracle Database 12c Knowledge Zone and take the assessment and get certified.

Best Regards,

Lindsey Pickle

Director of Database Partner Enablement 

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Join the Oracle Database Appliance Webcast with Mark Hurd- April 3, 2013 at 10 AM PT

Are you ready to reduce your risk while saving time and money by managing your valuable data and applications? Regardless of your company’s size, Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 can be your solution. You’re invited to join Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, for a webcast introducing the latest release of Oracle Database Appliance this Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 AM PT.

Attend the webcast to chat live with Oracle experts and learn how the latest release offers midsize businesses and enterprise departments a simple, reliable, affordable, and virtualized appliance that:

  • Increases performance up to 2x and expands storage capacity up to 4x
  • Hosts both databases and application workloads for a variety of complete solutions in a box
  • Extends capacity on-demand licensing to all Oracle software

Be sure to register for the webcast to learn how you can benefit from the new Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. Need a little more Oracle Database Appliance in your life? Then watch this fun and short video demonstrating two different approaches for database management - building your own vs. buying  a complete pre-engineered system like Oracle Database Appliance. Which approach will you choose?

More Power, More Storage, More Flexibility,

The OPN Communications Team

Friday Mar 08, 2013

Introducing Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

Oracle Database Appliance is back and better than ever with the recent launch of its Oracle Database Appliance X3-2. This latest release not only boosts in hardware configuration, but also extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance to application workloads using the virtualized platform.

Here’s what you need to know about Oracle Database Appliance X3-2:

  • More processing power:  Increased memory and CPU
  • Support multiple databases, mid-tier, and application workloads through virtualized platform
  • Pay-as-you-grow licensing allows customer to scale up for database and applications based on their business needs
  • Option to add additional storage capacity through Oracle Database Appliance storage expansion shelf, or connect to ZFS

Watch OPN’s webcast replay on the Oracle Database Appliance or the ODA Software update below, to learn more about the product and discover the new sales opportunities. For a more customer-centric presentation on Oracle Database Appliance, register for the upcoming webcast hosted by the Oracle Database Appliance team, on April 3rd.


Best of all, from now until May 31, 2013, Oracle partners can purchase the Oracle Database Appliance demo unit at a discounted price. Take full advantage of this offer today, and let Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 take your business to new heights.

Best Regards,

Lindsey Pickle

Director, Database Partner Enablement

Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

The Rise of M2M & Big Data

Did you know that an auto manufacturer’s fleet of cars will produce 1 petabyte of data per day, every day? Now let’s say that this auto manufacturer uses sensors on all of its vehicles to measure performance, wear, operational conditions and so forth… With this data, the manufacturer can:

  • Predict service needs based on driving conditions rather than an average time frame
  • Anticipate failures and schedule maintenance when it is efficient rather than when it is urgent
  • Improve the efficiency of operations and thus improve margins, all while dramatically increasing value to customers and potentially opening up new revenue streams.

With this kind of engineering, it is critical to think about the big data problem up front and consider optimal platform needs when designing sensor architecture and smart sensors. This new intersection of the M2M and cloud computing trends, if handled well, is extremely compelling; but if handled poorly— can be a collision.

So how do we actually enable business logic on edge devices to produce “smarter data” and the ability to securely and reliably transmit data for analysis on the back end?

One word: Java –Smart, Portable and Standards-based Java.

Only Oracle can provide a complete device-to-data-center platform—from Java for devices to middleware, database, and engineered systems—to harness the value of big data. From embedded to enterprise, Oracle and its partners are the critical element of success.

Watch this short Oracle Big Data video below that uses the simple analogy of a fishing trawler to explain big data, and the steps involved in gaining competitive advantage by combining new sources of data within the existing. As always, leave us your questions or comments below!

Java to the Rescue,

The OPN Communications Team

Thursday Dec 29, 2011

“Tis the Season to Be Jolly”

It is the most wonderful time of the year! A time where children are on their best behavior for Santa, co-workers are on their best behavior after the office holiday party, and we have been on our best behavior to be able to bring you our year end wrap-up of all things OPN.

2011 was filled with plenty to be jolly about; especially, the fact that ten of our partners achieved Diamond level status (press release) in the OPN Specialized Program. These partners include Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, Deloitte, IBM, Infosys, PwC, Tata Consultancy Service Ltd., Wipro and Fujitsu. As early adopters, these savvy companies know exactly what it is they want this holiday season, and that is to be preferred by their customers.

2011 just kept getting merrier as we launched the OPN Incentive Rebate Program for partners selling to a broad customer base. VARs have been able to maximize and boost their retained profit margins by going to market with Oracle.

Add the launch of Oracle Exastack Program for ISVs and OEMs, and you've got another reason to celebrate this season with cheer. With over 150 partners now at Oracle Ready status, the Oracle Exastack Program has helped enable partners to deliver increased performance, accelerating innovation and delivering superior value to customers.

Jingle bells were ringing all the way as the Oracle Database Appliance took center stage as this year's most compelling channel hardware solution. Built on a platform that scales as a customer's business grows, this program sits squarely beneath a fourth rack of Oracle Exadata, making it comparable to a holiday miracle.

Adding a bit more cinnamon to your apple cider, Oracle's recent recognition by CRN Magazine as one of " The Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With," goes to show that the proof is always in the proverbial pudding. The November issue highlights Oracle's commitment to partners, recruitment strategy, and plans on how to grow its network of partners over the next year.

"Oracle is moving from a direct sales-dominated database software maker to a partner-engaged maker of innovative hardware/software-engineered systems that encompass applications, middleware, storage, and servers," commented Judson Althoff, SVP of WWA&C and Embedded Sales. Simply put, there is no better time to become an Oracle partner than right now.

Wishing you all visions of sugar plums,
The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

The Spotlight is on You

On the field or off the field, in ballet slippers or singing your heart out on stage, offering a stellar performance every time is key to holding the attention of your audience and having them come back hungry for more. Similarly, showing up to a new business meeting wearing pink tights and a tutu might be one way to holding the attention of your customer, but offering them an unmatched and ground-breaking software solution certainly will get their attention!

Simply put, the Oracle Exastack program enables both ISV's and OEM's to rapidly build and deliver faster, more reliable applications. It comes as no surprise that the success of the Oracle Exastack program is centered on establishing Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud as the highest performance, lowest cost platforms available in the industry today.

But here is where the real standing-ovation-worthy facts come in. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads, making it the ideal platform for consolidating onto private clouds. Whereas the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an engineered hardware and software system tested and tuned by Oracle to provide the best foundation for cloud computing, while allowing Java applications, Oracle Applications and other enterprise applications to run with extreme performance. - And the crowd goes wild, ladies and gentlemen!

In just four months alone, our partners have already achieved over 150 Oracle Exastack Ready milestones for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server. As Judson has said, "With the Oracle Exastack program, Oracle is helping partners test, tune and optimize their applications to deliver optimal performance and reliability, accelerating innovation and delivering superior value to customers."

And get this, not only are their applications running faster and more efficiently, they are actually being delivered at a lower cost to customers than ever before - extreme performance well deserving of 3 consecutive arabesques!

If you haven’t already, check out what some of our partners are saying about the Oracle Exastack program in this video, and find out all that is available to you today.

By participating in the Oracle Exastack program, partners now have the ability to achieve Oracle Exadata Optimized, Oracle Exalogic Optimized, Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready status for their solutions.

  • New Oracle Exastack labs, provide OPN members with access to Oracle technical resources, on-premise facilities and remote lab environments.
  • With Oracle Exastack Optimized, partners experience faster and more reliable applications to run on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, as well as the long awaited Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
  • Savvy OPN members are leveraging the Oracle Exastack Optimized program toward their advancement to Platinum or Diamond level in OPN.
  • Partners are achieving Oracle Exadata Ready and Oracle Exalogic Ready giving them a competitive advantage and signaling to customers that their applications readily support Oracle Exadata Database Machine or Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to deliver extreme performance.

Get your dancing shoes on,
The OPN Communications Team

Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

Recipe for Success

Get the party started. For your next customer get-together, make sure to serve up this quick, easy to make 30-minute shake and bake stack recipe. Start by taking the world's most popular database, add a tablespoon of engineered systems to accelerate its deployment, and serve with one cup of vendor support and what will you get? The Oracle Database Appliance!

As we all know, database downtime can have a dramatic impact on your customer's productivity and on their bottom line. With a unique combination of ingredients such as high availability, simple implementation and maintenance and affordability - all in one box - it has never been so easy to ensure maximum performance and reliability for your customers' applications.

The Oracle Database Appliance is nothing short of a breakthrough. Engineered for simplicity the Oracle Database Appliance can help you and your customers:

  • Maintain high data availability: Multiple protection and self-correction features keep applications up and running.
  • Minimize complexity: All the components have been engineered to work together because they all come from a single vendor - Oracle - eliminating cost and complexity across the board.
  • Reduce costs: The Oracle Database Appliance is more affordable than purchasing all the elements separately - and is far more cost-effective to manage.
  • Increase customer responsiveness: Whether your applications are used by customer-facing staff, the customers themselves, or both, they'll do their jobs better backed by optimal performance.
  • Lower TCO: Oracle's unique pay-as-you-grow licensing lets your customers scale at their own pace so they only pay for what they need.

Discover the Oracle Database Appliance - a simple, reliable, affordable database system.

Hope you enjoy the recipe,
The OPN Communications Team