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July/August 2012

AT ORACLE: Briefs

  

Briefs

 

Oracle Unveils Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle Engineered Systems

Oracle has introduced the Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle engineered systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. Tested, validated, and supported with Oracle engineered systems, the Sun ZFS Backup Appliance delivers up to 20 terabytes per hour full backup and up to 9.4 terabytes per hour full restore throughputs—the fastest published recovery rates among general-purpose storage systems for Oracle engineered systems data protection.

The Sun ZFS Backup Appliance helps reduce the risk of failed restores by optimizing availability with predictive self-healing features and a fault management architecture that automatically detects and diagnoses underlying problems. End-to-end data checksumming also automatically checks and repairs corrupted data down to the bit level.

“Business operations are highly dependent on database availability, making fast backup and recovery an enterprise imperative,” says Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of storage at Oracle. “Oracle’s Sun ZFS Backup Appliance is purpose-built to work with Oracle engineered systems, taking advantage of hardware and software engineered together to deliver the speed, simplicity, and savings customers need to protect their data and meet stringent recovery time objectives.”

New Oracle BI Applications for Manufacturing and Asset Management

Oracle has delivered two new innovations to its business analytics portfolio: Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics. The industry’s first and only in-memory analytic applications for manufacturing and asset management analysis, the new offerings enable the manufacturing, energy production, utilities, and other asset-intensive industries to gain better insights and make quick decisions.

Both solutions provide support for large numbers of concurrent users and are certified to run on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Native support for tablet and mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad and iPhone, is provided.

“For manufacturing and asset-intensive industries, maintaining the health of critical assets and optimizing production and inventory is the difference between bottom-line business growth and failure,” says Gaurav Rewari, vice president of enterprise performance management and business intelligence product development at Oracle. “With Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics, we are enabling customers to get intelligence into the hands of key decision-makers wherever the job may take them.”

New MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Release

A new Development Milestone Release for MySQL 5.6 delivers enhanced availability, increased performance, and improved manageability for Web, cloud, and embedded applications. MySQL 5.6 is available now for download in the MySQL Developer Zone.

In addition, Oracle is providing early access to significant features under development for community testing and feedback through labs.mysql.com. These include online operations for ADD index and NoSQL access to InnoDB via the Memchached protocol.

“Working with the user community, Oracle continues to lead MySQL innovation, delivering new and anticipated features and enhancements,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle.

Oracle and Infosys Improve Supply Chain Performance for High Tech

Oracle and Infosys, an Oracle Diamond Partner, have unveiled Oracle’s project-driven supply chain for high technology companies to reduce project-related inventory and improve financial forecast accuracy. The solution is designed to increase supply chain performance on a single, unified platform. Oracle’s project-driven supply chain for high technology companies also enables organizations to increase installation projection efficiencies by delivering increased visibility into global resources, automate complex billing processes, and integrate project management and supply chain management to provide real-time “what if” scenarios.

“[Oracle’s project-driven supply chain for high technology companies] leverages Infosys’ industry-leading technology business and systems integration expertise with Oracle’s integrated applications,” says Ravi Kumar, global head, Consulting and System Integration Manufacturing Group, at Infosys. “This solution ties together multiple operational layers to help achieve increased precision, financial controls, and cost improvement across the supply chain.”

Oracle Database Now Available on Oracle Linux 6

Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 are now available on Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel as well as on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel. “The Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware product availability is the result of stringent certification testing on Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.

New Sun x86 Servers Deliver the Industry’s Best x86 Platform 

Oracle has unveiled a new line of Sun x86 servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family of CPUs. The servers offer the industry’s best x86 platform, with unrivaled performance and reliability for applications and databases, while also offering the tools needed for cloud-enabled deployments including operating system, virtualization, infrastructure provisioning, and system management at no extra cost when combined with Oracle Premier Support services. The new Sun x86 servers deliver up to 87 percent better computational performance and feature increased memory and network bandwidth over the previous generation, enabling organizations to run additional software and complete tasks faster in the same physical footprint. Running Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, the new servers reduce costs, streamline data center operations, and offer better performance and reliability. The new servers have set multiple world-record benchmarks, demonstrating superior performance on computational, application, and enterprise workloads, including new world records on SPEC CPU2006, SPECjEnterprise2010, and Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 (bit.ly/J7J7vS).

“Oracle’s collaboration with Intel provides solutions with great performance and scalability to meet the ever-increasing demands of data center customers,” says Doug Fisher, corporate vice president, Software and Services Group, at Intel. “Extensive co-engineering, testing, and validation have gone into creating an excellent balance between processor, memory, and I/O resources in the solution stack. As a result, Oracle’s x86 servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 offer an unprecedented ability to move large volumes of data efficiently and handle multiple millions of transactions per second.”

Oracle Releases JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1

The latest release of Oracle’s integrated suite of enterprise resource planning software, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, helps customers further streamline business processes with a personalized user experience, new industry-specific functionality, productivity features, and more support for global operations and compliance mandates. And with the new One View Reporting feature, business users can create interactive reports without IT support.

“This important new release builds on our long-standing commitment to delivering an integrated, standards-based portfolio of innovative applications that can help streamline processes, reduce costs, and drive business value,” says Lyle Ekdahl, group vice president and general manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards.

AutoVue 20.2 Supports Better Decision-Making

The latest release of Oracle’s family of industry-leading enterprise visualization solutions, Oracle’s AutoVue 20.2, is now available. Oracle’s AutoVue 20.2 helps create rich and actionable visual decision-making environments on all delivery platforms with augmented business visualization. This framework connects portions of documents with business data from enterprise applications for more-informed decisions.

The new release also supports mobile workers in the utilities and oil and gas industries. AutoVue 20.2 can be integrated with Oracle’s enterprise applications to enable a range of mobile devices by leveraging Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Mobile support gives field technicians access to work order–related documents and lets them capture a digital record of onsite repair work.

“New capabilities introduced in AutoVue 20.2, such as augmented business visualization, reconcile information from documents and the rest of the Oracle stack, helping companies access critical information in the format they need to make informed business decisions,” says Thierry Bonfante, senior director of AutoVue product management at Oracle.

Oracle Introduces Two Business Intelligence Applications for SAP

To give organizations greater business insight into their SAP systems, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics for SAP and Oracle Supply Chain and Order Management Analytics for SAP. Available as part of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 7.9.7.1, these new applications help reduce procurement and spend costs and improve supplier performance and supply chain efficiency.

These business intelligence (BI) applications for SAP are among the 80-plus Oracle BI and enterprise performance management applications available today that do not require any application changes to run on Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

“Oracle is pleased to deliver the first packaged analytic applications built specifically for SAP customers that run on an engineered system for analytics and are fully enabled for mobile deployment,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management, Oracle Business Intelligence.

Product Resources

 

Demo

 Oracle Linux Animated Overview
Watch this demo of Oracle Linux and Ksplice to understand why Oracle Linux is the best Linux for the enterprise.

 A Quick Introduction to JavaFX
This demo provides a quick overview of JavaFX, the JavaFX scene graph, and a simple JavaFX application. It is the first demo in the JavaFX Getting Started Demo Series.

 Part 1: Building Your First JavaFX Application
With this demo—Part 1 in a series with Oracle JavaFX evangelist Angela Caicedo—start learning how to create a simple JavaFX application using NetBeans 7.

 Oracle Advanced Analytics and Oracle Data Mining Demonstration
This one-hour-plus session focuses primarily on the data mining component of Oracle Advanced Analytics. Topics include big data and big data analytics, data mining, and typical use cases.
 

Tutorials

 Oracle Platform Security Services 11g Release 1: Lesson 1: Overview
This tutorial provides an introduction to security industry terms and concepts and puts them into context for Oracle Platform Security Services. Get an overview of Oracle Platform Security Services, its architecture, and usage benefits.
 

 Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Configuring and Using Production Redeployment
This tutorial shows you how to use the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c production redeployment feature to simultaneously deploy two versions of the same application.
 

 Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop
Learn how to use the Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop. Topics include an overview of big data and the Oracle Data Integrator application adapter.

RightNow CX Cloud Service and Oracle Fusion Sales Integrated

Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service is now integrated with Oracle Fusion Sales. This combination allows sales and marketing organizations to leverage service interactions from Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service, a customer experience suite, and sales prediction and segmentation capabilities from Oracle Fusion Sales. The offering enables organizations to better match products and services to specific customer needs based on customer service history; deliver targeted, personalized customer interactions; and identify new opportunities to increase deal size and conversion rates.

The integration provides organizations with a comprehensive view of all customer interactions across channels and the context and status of these interactions. The offering includes tools that enable sales and service departments to collaborate to proactively solve customer issues, sales representatives to review service history in preparation for sales calls, and agents to understand customer value based on prior buying habits and existing opportunities.

“Every interaction is a relationship opportunity to grow your business. When these interactions are relevant and add value for customers, customers are more likely to trust the relationship and seek purchase advice,” says David Vap, group vice president at Oracle.

New StorageTek Tape Analytics Delivers Intelligent Monitoring

Oracle has introduced Oracle’s StorageTek Tape Analytics, intelligent monitoring software for StorageTek tape libraries. StorageTek Tape Analytics simplifies tape management by eliminating manual intervention and helps improve operational efficiency. The new solution captures library, drive, and media performance metrics and presents them in a single console, and can proactively identify potential problems while providing immediate recommendations to prevent data loss. StorageTek Tape Analytics also allows rapid drill-down into detailed drive and media health specifics, enabling customers to proactively make decisions about their tape infrastructure and reduce downtime and data management resources.

“Oracle’s StorageTek Tape Analytics software allows customers better insight into the health of their tape environments and arms them with the information to maximize the value of their storage investments,” says James Cates, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “Ideal for backup and archive data residing locally or in the cloud, Oracle’s [StorageTek Tape Analytics] is secure, efficient, and cost effective. Its savings for customers can be quite substantial, as it does not require special media but rather works with the customer’s existing supported media, regardless of the vendor.”

JDK for Mac OS X Available

Oracle has released its first Java Development Kit (JDK) and JavaFX Software Development Kit for Mac OS X. Java developers can now download Java Platform, Standard Edition 7, Update 4 (Java SE 7 Update 4) and JavaFX Software Development Kit 2.1 for Mac OS X from Oracle Technology Network.

The Java SE 7 Update 4 SDK includes the next-generation Garbage Collection algorithm, Garbage First (G1), which has been highly anticipated by the Java developer community.

JavaFX 2.1 introduces playback support for digital media stored in the MPEG-4 multimedia container format containing H.264/AVC video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio. It also includes WebView support for JavaScript to Java method calls.

“We look forward to delivering simultaneous releases of the JRE [Java Runtime Environment] across all major operating systems later this year, so all Java users will be able to take advantage of the latest features and security fixes,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java products at Oracle.

Oracle Acquires ClearTrial

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire ClearTrial, a provider of cloud-based clinical trial operations applications that make the planning, sourcing, and tracking of clinical projects and financial performance faster and more accurate. ClearTrial’s solutions help life sciences companies manage the complexity of bringing new therapies to trial.

“Adding ClearTrial to the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud will help our customers streamline the clinical development process and help them bring therapies to market with greater predictability and at lower costs,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.


 

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