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July/August 2011




Oracle Releases Oracle ADF Mobile Client

Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client (Oracle ADF Mobile Client), a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware that allows developers to create applications for mobile devices, is now available. Oracle ADF Mobile Client is based on the same programming paradigm as JavaServer Faces and uses a single Java user interface framework and tooling for all supported devices. Developers can build an application with Oracle ADF Mobile Client, deploy it to multiple devices, and extend it to new platforms without redevelopment. 

Developers using Oracle ADF Mobile Client can employ a mix of visual editing tools and Java code to define a device-independent representation of an application. Oracle ADF Mobile Client provides design tools and data synchronization services for offline data synchronization, as well as real-time data links via Web services. Data can also be cached locally for hybrid online/offline mobile applications. Applications created with Oracle ADF Mobile Client can access local device hardware (such as cameras, barcode readers, and GPS devices) through Java code embedded in the application.

“The increased adoption of mobile business applications requires Java developers to create and extend mobile applications faster than ever before,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle. “Oracle ADF Mobile Client enables developers to leverage their existing skill sets to efficiently deploy applications across mobile devices and platforms and address rapidly increasing mobility requirements within the enterprise.” 

Java EE 7 Java Specification Request Approved

The Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee has approved the Java Specification Request (JSR) for JSR 342, the next release of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE). Java EE 7 enhances the Java EE platform for cloud environments and will allow Java EE 7–based applications and products to operate more easily in private and public clouds. Features such as multi-tenancy and elasticity will allow Java EE 7 applications to function as a service.

The JCP also approved JSR 340 for Java Servlet 3.1, JSR 341 for Expression Language 3.0, JSR 343 for Java Message Service 2.0, and JSR 344 for JavaServer Faces 2.2. These submissions complement JSR 338 for Java Persistence API 2.1 and JSR 339 for Java API for RESTful Web Services.

“Java is already the most pervasive server-side development and deployment platform for the cloud,” says Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware product development. “With Java EE 7, enterprise developers and deployers will see additional cloud-specific innovation built into the standard and available across many vendor implementations.” 

MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Release Available

Now available, the first development milestone release for MySQL 5.6 delivers increased performance, scalability enhancements, an improved InnoDB storage engine, and enhanced replication capabilities. 

MySQL 5.6 has an improved optimizer, for better query performance; more partitioning options, for faster access to relevant data; and better performance monitoring and tuning. InnoDB now offers more-predictable optimizer plans; more-efficient purge operations; and comprehensive resources information for tuning and troubleshooting.

“With this first MySQL 5.6 development milestone release, we are offering early access to new stable features for testing,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of engineering at Oracle. “Oracle continues to innovate and enhance MySQL Database, delivering a higher-performing, more scalable, more reliable, and easier-to-use MySQL.” 

Oracle Enterprise Gateway 11g Secures SOA Deployments

To help enterprises secure their SOA deployments, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Enterprise Gateway 11g, which secures, accelerates, integrates, and routes XML, Web services, and other types of data. 

Oracle Enterprise Gateway offers out-of-the-box integration with Oracle SOA Suite 11g, Oracle SOA governance, Oracle Identity Management 11g, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. It includes demilitarized-zone-class security for SOA and cloud environments; XML processing that enables SOA and cloud applications to offload resource-intensive operations; an open, standards-based architecture that plugs into third-party platforms and environments; and XML connectivity and security capabilities that safeguard traffic between heterogeneous environments.

“Oracle is the only SOA and identity management vendor to offer comprehensive threat mitigation, identity propagation, secure connectivity, and compliance for SOA environments,” says Amit Jasuja, vice president of development, identity management, and security products at Oracle. “Using Oracle Enterprise Gateway, our customers have enhanced security and flexibility to confidently extend their enterprise datacenter into the cloud.”

Oracle Updates Enterprise Performance Management System

Oracle has unveiled release of its Oracle enterprise performance management applications, which includes updates to Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management and Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Management, as well as enhanced upgrade tools and expanded platform support. The update includes support for inline Extensible Business Reporting Language, enabling compliance with new U.K. financial reporting standards. 

The new release is also integrated with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise financial management applications, enabling organizations to streamline and manage closing activities.

“As regulatory bodies continue to mandate new global requirements for financial reporting, organizations need ways to simplify execution, while ensuring compliance,” says Hari Sankar, vice president of product management at Oracle. “Oracle continues to develop and enhance its performance management applications to support the changing needs of global businesses.” 

Oracle Expands Integrations for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle has announced three new integrations with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, its family of high-performance, high-density storage systems. 

First, the appliance now directly connects to the Oracle Exadata InfiniBand fabric. This simplifies deployments and can accelerate backup and recovery times by more than 50 percent compared to traditional network-attached storage systems.

Second, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure now integrates with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance using rapid iSCSI provisioning. This automates desktop provisioning and accelerates virtual desktop deployments.

Third, Oracle Secure Backup works with Sun ZFS Storage Appliance backup and recovery in conjunction with Oracle’s StorageTek tape libraries. This combination brings together unified storage backup and tape.

“Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance delivers compelling value for customers on three major fronts: best-in-class management, with DTrace analytics and hybrid storage pools; a highly scalable architecture using integrated flash combined with the Oracle Solaris operating system; and seamless integration with Oracle applications,” says Scott Tracy, senior director of flash and disk products at Oracle. “Engineered with Oracle software, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers customers a mature storage solution they can trust.” 

Oracle Enhances MySQL Enterprise Edition

An update to MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.5— a subscription offering of MySQL that includes MySQL Database; monitoring, backup, and design tools; and 24/7 support—is now available. The update adds the Enterprise Backup feature, which enables hot online backup and full, partial, and incremental backups; and MySQL Workbench, which provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration tools. 

MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.5 integrates with My Oracle Support, allowing MySQL customers to access the same support infrastructure as Oracle Database customers.

“With the enhancements to Enterprise Monitor and Enterprise Backup, along with streamlined, global support, DBAs and developers can speed their MySQL deployments while reducing total cost of ownership,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of engineering at Oracle. 

NetBeans IDE 7.0 Released

Oracle has launched NetBeans 7.0, the newest edition of the NetBeans integrated development environment (IDE). It adds or improves support for several key technologies. 

In the area of Java Platform, Standard Edition, NetBeans 7.0 includes Java language support for the upcoming Java Development Kit 7 (JDK 7). It also features editor enhancements, support for Maven 3, integration with JUnit 4.8.2, and support for remotely hosted Javadoc.

In server technologies, NetBeans 7.0 offers streamlined and faster deployment to Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and supports Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1.

For Oracle Database, NetBeans 7.0 supports editing and deployment of stored procedures, simplifies the connection wizard, and offers guided installation to JDBC drivers.

“Oracle continues to enhance the NetBeans platform, providing developers with a feature-rich, open source IDE for the creation of Java-based mobile, Web, and desktop applications,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle. 

Oracle Delivers Validated Oracle Linux Configurations

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Three new Oracle Validated Configurations, based on Oracle Linux and offering pretested, validated architectures, are now available. The configurations include Oracle Linux 5 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance, and one of the following servers: Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 server, an 8-socket rackmount x86 system; Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 server, a 4-socket rackmount x86 system; or Oracle’s Sun Fire X4270 M2 server, a 2-socket rackmount x86 system. 

“The Oracle Validated Configurations are yet another example of Oracle’s commitment to engineering our hardware and software together to deliver high-performance application-to-disk solutions,” says Ali Alasti, vice president of hardware engineering at Oracle. “The tight integration between our x86 clustered systems, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and Oracle software takes out the guesswork for customers and delivers differentiated value unmatched in the market.” 

Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode Unveiled

Oracle has released Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode, a tool for migrating databases from legacy encodings to Unicode. Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode simplifies the migration process and lessens the need for character set migration expertise by guiding DBAs through the migration process and automating many tasks. For databases that already use Unicode, Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode has a validation mode that identifies data not correctly encoded and provides a health check on potential issues. 

Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode is available free from Oracle Technology Network and My Oracle Support. The two download packages are identical, but the first is available under the Oracle Technology Network Developer License (which allows users to evaluate the tool), while the second is provided under the database support contract (which permits migration of production databases covered by the contract).

“This new tool makes it easy for customers to migrate their databases to Unicode, whether they are expanding the global reach of their database applications or consolidating their global databases,” says Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies at Oracle. “It allows customers to quickly identify and cleanse problematic data to ensure a safe migration to Unicode, while its unique in-place conversion technology significantly reduces the migration downtime.” 

Oracle Health Sciences Clinical Development Center 3.1 Introduced

Now available, Oracle Health Sciences Clinical Development Center 3.1 is a solution for integrating, managing, and analyzing clinical trial information. It improves integration, increases automation, and expands data standardization to enable accelerated processing of clinical trial data from multiple sources in a variety of formats. 

The automated data load and new execution triggers in Oracle Health Sciences Clinical Development Center increase the timeliness and accuracy of data analysis. The software can rerun routines and programs automatically when new data arrives.

“Oracle Health Sciences Clinical Development Center 3.1 enables organizations to further accelerate data aggregation and reconciliation, streamline preparation for analysis, automate the downstream analysis process, and ensure control and compliance,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Health Sciences. 

Oracle Introduces AutoVue 20.1

Oracle has unveiled AutoVue 20.1, the latest release of its family of enterprise visualization solutions, which delivers a robust enterprise-class architecture that can serve an organization’s complete document visualization needs within a single platform. 

The release includes new electronic computer-aided design features that support end-to-end, design-to-manufacture processes for customers in electronics and high technology; improved support for paper-based processes for customers in asset-intensive industries; and new integration capabilities that enable partners to build customized solutions. AutoVue 20.1 also includes performance, reliability, and stability enhancements and new tools to simplify deployment and administration.

“The value of enterprise visualization is to synthesize visual and nonvisual information in the context of specific business processes to increase efficiency and improve a company’s bottom line,” says Thierry Bonfante, senior director, AutoVue product strategy/management at Oracle. “We have implemented a rich hotspotting framework that can associate parts of drawings to any logic contained in enterprise systems and delivered several high-value business process solutions.” 

Oracle On Demand Adds Strong Authentication

Oracle On Demand has added strong authentication to its service portfolio. This addition addresses the growing number of security threats that target enterprises’ internet-facing applications. 

Powered by Oracle Adaptive Access Manager, Oracle On Demand Strong Authentication Service provides both implementation and managed services, eliminating the need to engage a third-party implementer. The service requires no changes to the protected application.

“[The new service] provides a unique value for Oracle cloud customers by combining the feature-rich Oracle Adaptive Access Manager product with the benefits of an Oracle managed service,” says Monika Thakur, product manager for Oracle On Demand.


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