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Oracle Magazine
March/April 2012





Oracle and Cloudera Partner on Big Data

Oracle has partnered with Cloudera, a leader in Apache Hadoop-based software and services for the enterprise, to provide an Apache Hadoop distribution and tools for Oracle Big Data Appliance. Together, Oracle and Cloudera deliver the full power of Hadoop—a software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications under a free license—on an easy-to-deploy, easy-to-use platform for Oracle Big Data Appliance, an engineered system designed to provide a high-performance and scalable data processing environment for big data.

Oracle has integrated Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager software into Oracle Big Data Appliance. CDH is an enterprise-ready, 100 percent open source distribution of Apache Hadoop. Cloudera Manager is an end-to-end management application for Apache Hadoop. The integrated Oracle and Cloudera architecture has been fully tested and validated by Oracle; Oracle will also collaborate with Cloudera to provide support for Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Cloudera’s experience in Hadoop makes the company a good fit for Oracle. “As the leader in Apache Hadoop-based data platforms, Cloudera has the enterprise quality and expertise that make them the right choice,” says Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

Oracle Big Data Connectors Available

Now shipping, Oracle Big Data Connectors are a portfolio of software products that integrate data stored in Hadoop and Oracle NoSQL Database, Enterprise Edition with Oracle Database 11g to simplify the implementation and management of big data projects.

Oracle Big Data Connectors work with Oracle Big Data Appliance and other Apache Hadoop-based systems. The portfolio includes: Oracle Loader for Hadoop, which uses MapReduce processing to load data into Oracle Database 11g; Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop, which enables Oracle Data Integrator to generate Hadoop MapReduce programs; Oracle R Connector for Hadoop, which gives R users native, high-performance access to the Hadoop Distributed File System and MapReduce programming framework; and Oracle Direct Connector for Hadoop Distributed File System, which enables the Oracle Database SQL engine to access data from the Hadoop Distributed File System.

“Oracle Big Data Connectors make it easier for Oracle customers to integrate Hadoop with their existing infrastructure, speeding time to value for big data projects,” says Cetin Ozbutun, vice president of data warehousing technologies at Oracle.

New Data Model Aids Health Research Organizations

Now available, Oracle Health Sciences Omics Data Bank is a molecular data model that provides integration and analysis of cross-platform omics data to support translational research. It is part of Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center, which enables pharmaceutical, biotech, and research organizations to normalize, aggregate, and analyze data from internal and external sources to identify new predictive biomarkers, best practices for diagnosis and treatment, and more-effective personalized therapies.

The data bank enables turnkey integration and analysis of multiple types of molecular data. The omics data model provides researchers with unprecedented power and agility in analyzing large molecular data sets. “Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center now has the power to help researchers address the big data challenges associated with bioinformatics,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 Delivers Advanced High Availability

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, the first release providing extended high-availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11g. Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 delivers built-in support for cloud implementations through virtual clusters for secure deployment of mission-critical applications in private, public, and hybrid clouds as well as enterprise data centers.

With Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, customers can deploy multiple, isolated, and secure virtual clusters through Oracle Solaris Zones clustering. Oracle Solaris Cluster offers an HA solution for enterprise applications through instant and load-resilient failure detection and fast service recovery time through kernel-level integration with Oracle Solaris 11g. It also provides out-of-the-box support for a wide range of Oracle and third-party software products, with application-specific failover in both traditional and virtualized environments.

“Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 delivers unrivaled high availability on Oracle Solaris 11g for enterprise applications and databases and offers comprehensive capabilities for keeping customers’ most demanding applications up and running in the face of nearly every conceivable situation,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “Customers can now combine the additional critical HA and DR features of Oracle Solaris Cluster with the new cloud-ready features of Oracle Solaris 11g to help simplify their infrastructure, significantly reduce planned and unplanned downtime, and protect mission-critical applications in both traditional and cloud deployments.”

PeopleTools 8.52 Enhances UI, Search, and Mobility

Oracle’s PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52, a development toolset for PeopleSoft applications, is now available. Enhancements in this product update include intuitive keyword search, iPad support, an interactive UI, and an integrated reporting functionality.

“Thousands of customers around the world depend on Oracle’s PeopleSoft to help run their organizations, and any way we can improve user experience and adoption directly supports their business success,” says Paco Aubrejuan, group vice president, Oracle’s PeopleSoft.

Oracle Database Firewall Supports MySQL 

Oracle Database Firewall establishes a defensive perimeter around databases, while monitoring and enforcing normal application behavior in real time to help prevent SQL injection attacks as well as unauthorized attempts to access sensitive information.

“Organizations can further enhance enterprise database security with Oracle Database Firewall,” says Vipin Samar, vice president of database security at Oracle. “With new MySQL support, Oracle Database Firewall extends the combination of databases that organizations can secure across their enterprise. The improved reporting capabilities automate time-consuming regulatory compliance reporting functions.”

Directing Traffic For Oracle WebLogic Server

In conjunction with the release of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Traffic Director, which provides traffic routing and load balancing in the application server. It can deliver a three-to-four-times performance boost to applications running on Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Fusion Middleware, compared to traditional Web-based architectures. Oracle Traffic Director is available only with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, where it has been optimized for extreme performance.

“Formerly these capabilities were available only in the network layers and therefore weren’t accessible to the application developer,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java.

Oracle Updates Oracle Tuxedo 11g

The latest release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g delivers optimized integration with Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 and new features for improved usability, faster migrations, greater availability, enhanced monitoring and control capabilities, and integration with Oracle Berkeley DB and the COBOL-IT compiler.

The enhanced integration between Oracle Tuxedo 11g and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud enables up to seven times performance and scalability gains and five times improvement in Oracle Database 11g access throughput. The new release includes Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for IMS 11g, which accelerates the migration of IBM mainframe IMS applications to open systems.

“Organizations are looking to streamline mainframe migration and modernization,” said Frank Xiong, vice president of development at Oracle. “The new release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g and the addition of Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for IMS 11g further simplify the process by optimizing integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and simplifying the migration and modernization of IBM mainframe IMS applications.”

Connected Digital Lifestyle Solution Now Available

Oracle has introduced the Oracle Communications connected digital lifestyle solution to help communications service providers (CSPs) create their own digital content stores. Oracle’s connected digital lifestyle solution offers a unified platform for service exposure, content management and delivery, and advertising that enables CSPs to deliver innovative and revenue-generating applications. Oracle has also unveiled Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.0, part of Oracle’s connected digital lifestyle solution, which CSPs can use to leverage their key network assets, such as billing, messaging, and location.

“These solutions help CSPs maximize their revenue opportunity by facilitating the development and deployment of innovative applications and services,” says Liam Maxwell, vice president, products, Oracle Communications.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Speeds Application Performance

Oracle has released Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3, the latest release of its C, C++, and Fortran development platform for building fast, scalable, secure, and reliable enterprise applications for Oracle Solaris systems. The updated suite accelerates the performance of SPARC T4- and x86-based applications up to 300 percent by leveraging Oracle’s advanced compiler technology.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 is optimized for both Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux operating systems and provides developers with the latest in compiler optimizations, multithread performance, and code verification tools. Built-in remote access capabilities allow the creation of Oracle Solaris or Linux applications from Oracle Solaris, Linux, Windows, or Mac OS desktops. A new Code Analysis tool enables developers to quickly detect application vulnerabilities.

“The combination of the newly released Oracle Solaris 11g and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 streamlines the creation of enterprise-critical applications with the security and agility necessary for public, private, and hybrid cloud services,” says Don Kretsch, senior director of software development at Oracle.

Product Resources



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 Oracle Hyperion Disclosure Management
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 Configuring Oracle Solaris 11g Virtual Networking
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Faster Netra SPARC T4 Servers for Telecom

Oracle has introduced new Netra SPARC T-Series servers based on the SPARC T4 processor that provide the security, performance, and scalability the telecommunications industry requires for 4G network infrastructures and cloud-based deployments.

Oracle’s Netra SPARC T-Series servers with Oracle Solaris deliver up to five times better single-threaded performance than the previous generation while maintaining massive throughput on multithreaded applications. In recent tests running Oracle Communications ASAP, software used by the world’s largest communications service providers to activate a variety of services, the Netra SPARC T4-2 server delivered nearly a 2-times performance improvement over previous-generation systems, with each SPARC T4 processor providing 7.7 times the performance of the Intel Itanium 1.7 GHz processor in an HP server.

“Oracle’s new Netra SPARC T4 servers with Oracle Solaris 11g deliver the performance and scale communications companies require to rapidly deploy new services and support cloud-based offerings,” says Raju Penumatcha, vice president of Netra Systems and networking at Oracle. “With Oracle’s new carrier-grade servers and complete solutions portfolio for the communications industry, customers have a rock-solid platform for long-term service deployments.”

Oracle TimesTen Boosts Performance, Scalability

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 11g Release 2, the latest iteration of Oracle’s application-tier in-memory database, is now available. Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is a full-featured relational in-memory database designed to run in the application tier to provide both the rapid transaction response time and high throughput required by mission-critical applications.

This latest release incorporates significant performance and scalability improvements for real-time online transaction processing (OLTP) applications and introduces new functionality to support analytic applications with real-time in-memory data management. The new features further enable organizations to enhance application performance and scalability by supporting more concurrent users, higher volumes of requests, and more sessions.

Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is available with Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, enabling that product to achieve significantly faster response time and higher throughput and to support more subscribers than prior releases.

Oracle has also unveiled Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics, an application-tier in-memory database cache for Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics enables Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite to achieve up to 20 times response time improvement for speed-of-thought visualization and store up to 5 times more data in memory by using advanced columnar compression capabilities.

“In-memory data management is a key enabling technology for real-time data analysis and decision-making. Organizations need to put in place a strategy for taking advantage of in-memory technology for both OLTP and analytics workloads,” says Donald Feinberg, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner. “Application-tier in-memory data management is an element of that overall solution that should be carefully considered.”


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