AT ORACLE: Briefs
Part of Oracle’s portfolio of big data products, Oracle NoSQL Database is available for download from Oracle Technology Network. Oracle NoSQL Database enables organizations to easily manage dynamic schemas with massive amounts of data such as Web log data, sensor and smart meter data, data gathered for personalization, and data maintained by social networks. With a simple key-value data model, the highly available and scalable Oracle NoSQL Database facilitates efficient storage of data in a simple, flexible format and is suited for rapid development and deployment of applications.
Oracle NoSQL Database is commercial-grade software that is fast, scalable, reliable, easy to install and configure, and backed by Oracle Support. It scales almost linearly, providing users with reliable performance under a wide range of workloads and use cases. Oracle NoSQL Database also manages consistency and offers developers configurable consistency options to meet different application needs. Its simple programming and operational model provides extreme flexibility of programming for large data sets in horizontally scaled environments. And a Web-based console provides automatic management and monitoring of topology, load balancing, performance, events, and alerts.
“As customers look to manage the huge explosion in data from new and evolving sources, such as Web, sensors, social networks, and mobile applications, Oracle is helping them unlock the value of this data by providing a highly available, reliable, and scalable Oracle NoSQL Database environment,” says Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies at Oracle.
Oracle has agreed to buy GoAhead Software, a provider of packaged service availability software for the communications industry. GoAhead provides carrier-grade software that speeds the time to market and reduces the cost and risk of carrier-grade services that need to be always available.
“The addition of GoAhead technology will help us deliver a comprehensive, standards-based, carrier-grade platform that supports the delivery of new services in the call path of the network,” says Nigel Ball, vice president, Oracle Communications.
Oracle OpenWorld attendees got a sneak peak at the next-generation Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client (Oracle ADF Mobile Client), an extension of Oracle ADF that simplifies mobile application development. This release will allow developers to write applications once and deploy them to multiple device platforms, including Apple iOS mobile devices. It also provides deep and complete access to a mobile device’s native capabilities, such as calendars, cameras, and GPS. In addition, tight integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications enables organizations to extend enterprise processes and data to mobile users. Oracle ADF Mobile Client leverages Oracle ADF’s rich visual and declarative environment so that developers don’t have to learn new skills or development paradigms.
“As developers increasingly work on more-sophisticated mobile business applications, they need tools that will help them quickly and easily deploy native and Web functionality to mobile devices,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle. “Oracle ADF Mobile Client continues to enhance developer productivity, bringing together capabilities that significantly simplify mobile application development, while also helping to ensure that enterprise applications can be easily extended to mobile channels.”
Oracle has unveiled its third-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, which offer enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) functionality and best-in-class performance, efficiency, data integrity, and integration with Oracle software. The storage line includes significant enhancements to its hybrid storage pool technology, which accelerates I/O-operations-per-second performance and enables customers to maintain optimal performance under heavy utilization.
The latest Sun ZFS Storage Appliances include Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression support, which increases storage efficiency with 10 to 50 times compression for most data sets and reduces capital and operating expenses. This technology, pioneered in Oracle Exadata, is also now supported in Oracle’s Pillar Axiom storage systems.
The latest Sun ZFS Storage Appliances feature capacity-optimized disk drives as well as 15,000 RPM SAS-2 drives with 300 GB and 600 GB capacity, which accelerate noncached reads and high-volume synchronous writes and enable customers to run both databases and applications that stream large amounts of data faster and with fewer resources.
“Oracle is changing the dynamics of the NAS market in a single step, giving enterprise customers a quantum leap in achievable performance and efficiency,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “Third-generation software, third-generation disk drives, and unique Oracle integration like Hybrid Columnar Compression on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance enable Oracle storage customers to achieve business results and reduce cost at levels other NAS solutions can’t match.”
At JavaOne 2011, Oracle announced general availability of JavaFX 2.0, an advanced Java user interface platform for enterprise business applications and the next step in the evolution of Java as a premier rich client platform. Developers use JavaFX 2.0 to build rich client applications in Java. By using Java for both the server and client side of their applications, developers can decrease risk significantly by reducing the complexity of their business solutions.
Key features in JavaFX 2.0 include FXML, a scriptable, XML-based markup language for defining user interfaces, and full Swing integration. JavaFX 2.0 also provides a Web component based on WebKit, which allows developers to seamlessly mix and match native Java capabilities and the dynamic capabilities of Web technologies.
“With JavaFX 2.0, customers and partners can leverage their existing knowledge of and investments in Java technologies and easily create modern, expressive graphical user interfaces and data visualizations,” says Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java client group, at Oracle.
In a keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced general availability of more than 100 Oracle Fusion Applications components. These span enterprise resource planning, human capital management (HCM), and customer relationship management (CRM) and were all rewritten on top of modern technology, Ellison said.
“These are not just point solutions but a rich set of apps,” said Steve Miranda, senior vice president of applications development at Oracle, in another Oracle OpenWorld presentation. “They were designed from the ground up not just to be transactional applications; we really designed them to have embedded business intelligence.”
In other applications news, Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management and Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management are now available as part of the new Oracle Public Cloud. Oracle Fusion CRM Cloud Service is an enterprise-grade CRM cloud application offering. It integrates sales territory management with quota management to help sales organizations optimize resource allocation. The service also combines customer and product master data information with all CRM processes and delivers a consolidated customer center for all CRM business processes that is supported by a common 360-degree view of customer information.
Oracle Fusion HCM Cloud Service is an enterprise-grade HCM cloud application offering. It delivers a complete HCM suite, including core HR, payroll, and benefits management capabilities that enable organizations to manage, track, and analyze employee information and objectives via employee dashboards that provide context-specific transactional business intelligence. Oracle Fusion HCM Cloud Service also provides worker directories, employee provisioning and deprovisioning, compensation management, incentive management, performance management, and goal management.
Oracle has agreed to acquire Endeca Technologies, a provider of unstructured data management, Web commerce, and business intelligence solutions. Endeca InFront is a customer experience management platform that enables businesses to deliver highly targeted and relevant customer experiences online with advanced merchandising and content targeting tools for Web commerce. Endeca Latitude is a technology platform that allows businesses to rapidly develop analytic applications bringing information from many unstructured and structured information sources together.
“We will provide best-in-class technology to manage structured and unstructured data; business intelligence tools to analyze structured and unstructured data; and a broad suite of packaged applications that extends the value of unstructured data,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle.
Oracle has unveiled Oracle Communications Service Controller to help communications service providers (CSPs) reduce the time and risk associated with launching new services that blend legacy and IP networks, while consolidating service platforms across multiple network types. This standards-based, scalable, carrier-grade service interaction application provides CSPs with integration between intelligent network capabilities and new technologies. It also adds structure and order to complex networks through orchestration.
“Oracle Communications Service Controller offers prebuilt, out-of-the-box service interaction and mediation capabilities to bring order to complex networks and integrate disparate technologies,” says Liam Maxwell, vice president of products, Oracle Communications.
Oracle has released Oracle process accelerators to simplify business process management (BPM) initiatives. Built on Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g, these prebuilt processes are customizable and extensible to fit specific organizational requirements. Oracle process accelerators address horizontal and industry-specific process requirements for common and repeatable business process patterns, such as employee onboarding and invoice processing. By delivering embedded best practices and built-in efficiencies, Oracle process accelerators allow organizations to speed deployment times and improve IT and business efficiency with reduced risk.
“Extending Oracle Business Process Management Suite 11g with prebuilt Oracle process accelerators enables customers to increase the value of business processes, speed time to value, and increase user productivity,” says Michael Weingartner, vice president, product development, at Oracle.
Oracle has agreed to acquire RightNow Technologies, a provider of cloud-based customer service.
“Oracle is moving aggressively to offer customers a full range of cloud solutions including sales force automation, human resources, talent management, social networking, databases, and Java as part of Oracle Public Cloud,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “RightNow’s leading customer service cloud is a very important addition to Oracle Public Cloud.”
The latest release of Oracle Identity Analytics 11g delivers the advanced identity analytics that business managers need to meet increasingly complex, time-consuming compliance requirements. With this release, Oracle Identity Analytics simplifies access review certification with business-centric views, actionable dashboards, and rich identity analytics, helping to reduce errors in the certification process and increase user productivity by up to 80 percent. It provides aggregated risk metrics along with in-depth historical context, allowing approvers to focus their attention on critical applications and associated audit risks. Oracle Identity Analytics’ improved performance enables users to scale compliance initiatives to support millions of user entitlements across thousands of applications.
“Oracle Identity Analytics offers both the appropriate scalability as well as the comprehensive and intuitive functions necessary to streamline how users, roles, and entitlements are managed within an enterprise,” says Marc Boroditsky, vice president, Oracle Identity Management.
Release 5 of Oracle’s Pillar Axiom storage system software is now available for Pillar Axiom 600 storage systems. The new software is also compatible with Pillar Axiom 500 and 300 storage systems.
With this new release, Pillar Axiom storage systems can lower the cost of enterprise storage, increase data security and data protection service levels, and allow users to scale system performance and capacity thresholds without disrupting operations.
Release 5 of Pillar Axiom storage system software includes several enhancements. Pillar Axiom Storage Domains help to alleviate security, compliance, and regulatory risks by allowing disparate customer, application, and workload data to be securely, physically separated in drive groups in a single storage array, while maintaining full data accessibility. Pillar Axiom MaxMan enables management of multiple Pillar Axiom storage systems anywhere from a single Java-based interface. Pillar Axiom MaxRep products simplify data mobility and migration and provide advanced data protection capabilities, moving data between multiple Pillar Axiom storage systems in a synchronous or asynchronous fashion, locally, remotely, and in multihop scenarios.
“Oracle’s Pillar Axiom storage system has always differentiated itself from other storage solutions in two ways: through enterprise storage innovation and an unwavering focus on simplifying the customer experience,” says Mike Workman, senior vice president of storage solutions at Oracle. “This release enhances our patented Pillar Axiom Quality of Service technology and enables customers to optimize the performance of Oracle Applications, Oracle Database, and Oracle Fusion Middleware that are supported by Axiom storage.”
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