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May/June 2012





Oracle Offers Free Trial of Ksplice Zero-Downtime Updates

Oracle has introduced a 30-day free trial of Oracle’s Ksplice zero-downtime kernel update technology for Red Hat Enterprise Linux users. The free trial offers organizations the benefit of Ksplice zero-downtime kernel updates for the kernels they have installed today, without any system reconfiguration.

In addition, Ksplice zero-downtime kernel updates for Oracle’s Red Hat Compatible Kernel are now available to Oracle Linux Premier Support customers.

“Oracle has been focused on offering the best Linux for enterprise computing, both from a product and support perspective,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “With the innovative zero-downtime update capabilities delivered through Ksplice and the extended support lifecycle for Oracle Linux, Oracle continues to set the industry standard for Linux in the enterprise.”

New Mobile Apps for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Oracle has unveiled new mobile applications that help organizations using Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to increase the productivity of employees working in the field.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is an integrated applications suite of enterprise resource planning software. With the new mobile applications, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne users can gain real-time insight into sales orders, item availability, and item-based pricing, along with the ability to easily review and approve requisition self-service orders and purchase orders on mobile devices. The new mobile applications include JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Requisition Self Service Approval, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Purchase Order Approval, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Sales Inquiry.

“Our customers demand real-time access to important business data, regardless of time or location,” says Lyle Ekdahl, group vice president and general manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards product family. “With the mobile apps, users can closely manage approvals, inventory, and sales orders in the office, in the factory, or on the road.”

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2 Released

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2, the latest release of Oracle’s enterprise-class server virtualization solution, is now available. The new release delivers significant enhancements that improve workload agility and performance, maximize the availability of business-critical applications, and increase flexibility in provisioning and deployment. Preinstalled on Oracle’s SPARC T-Series servers, Oracle VM Server for SPARC takes advantage of the massive thread scale offered by SPARC T-Series servers and the Oracle Solaris operating system.

New features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2 allow organizations to benefit from more-flexible control and deployment of server resources as well as workload performance optimization and agility across the SPARC T-Series server family, including SPARC T3 and SPARC T4 servers. These features include cross-CPU live migration for uninterrupted application availability; single-root I/O virtualization; dynamic performance tuning for business-critical applications; dynamic threading configuration support for SPARC T4 servers; enhanced resource management for SPARC T4-4 engineered systems; and integrated management via Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center.

“The latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC provides higher performance, greater scalability, and an increased ability to more finely tune the system, making Oracle VM for SPARC, and T-Series servers in general, an excellent platform for an even broader range of enterprise applications,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.

Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics Enhanced

Addressing healthcare’s growing need for actionable business intelligence, Oracle has updated its enterprise healthcare analytics solution and unveiled a new release of Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index.

Oracle enterprise healthcare analytics makes it easier, faster, and more cost effective for healthcare organizations to integrate and analyze clinical, financial, and research data. It delivers the information they need to drive efficiencies, support evidence-based medicine initiatives, and improve outcomes.

Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index 2.0 provides a single point of reference for information about a patient, provider, or other healthcare entity within and across healthcare organizations. It delivers solutions for patient and provider indexing; enables faster, more flexible deployment; and supports Simplified Chinese characters.

“The need for actionable business intelligence is no longer a ‘nice-to-have,’ but is now mission-critical as healthcare organizations work to improve outcomes, cut costs, and enable more-accountable care,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

Oracle User Productivity Kit Updated

Oracle User Productivity Kit 11.1 and Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional 11.1 are now available. These content development, deployment, and maintenance platforms streamline the implementation of Oracle, third-party, and custom applications.

Both new releases enable organizations to expand content contribution and collaboration. Testing time is also decreased by streamlining the capturing and compiling of test step results.

“Providing every user with the ability to easily and rapidly create and share content is exactly what our customers are looking for to enhance collaboration,” says Trish Trolley, senior director of Oracle User Productivity Kit product management.

Oracle Launches New Release of Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 

The latest release of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite features an extensive set of capabilities for parallel performance and in-memory analytics that deliver real-time, speed-of-thought visual analysis with subsecond responsiveness. Available now for use in conjunction with Oracle Exalytics without application changes, the new release features new visualizations, contextual interactions; performance improvements; optimizations for Oracle Exalytics; and simplifications for end users, developers, and administrators.

New Oracle Airline Data Model Personalizes Travel Experience

Now available, Oracle Airline Data Model is an industry-specific database schema that helps airlines consolidate and analyze passenger data. An option for Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 11g, Oracle Airline Data Model gives airlines quick insights into passenger and business information to improve customer service and grow their business.

“Airlines need to be able to quickly and easily collect and analyze passenger data in order to deliver the best-possible customer experience,” says Cetin Ozbutun, vice president of data warehouse technologies at Oracle. “Oracle Airline Data Model makes this easier by delivering a comprehensive passenger data model with prebuilt industry-specific key performance indicators, online analytical processing cubes for multidimensional analysis, and data mining for predictive analytics.”

MySQL Cluster 7.2 Unveiled

Now available, MySQL Cluster 7.2 delivers up to a 70-times increase in performance on complex queries and enhanced multi–data center scalability. MySQL Cluster 7.2 allows users to deploy a distributed, highly scalable database with both SQL and NoSQL interfaces and perform complex queries or multitable transactions with ACID guarantees. With SQL and NoSQL access through a new memcached API, MySQL Cluster represents a “best of both worlds” solution that allows key value operations and complex SQL queries within the same database.

In addition, MySQL Cluster 7.2 is Oracle VM certified. The combination of MySQL Cluster’s elastic, on-demand scalability and self-healing features and Oracle VM support makes MySQL Cluster an appropriate choice for deployments in the cloud.

“The performance and flexibility enhancements in MySQL Cluster 7.2 provide users with a solid foundation for their mission-critical Web workloads, blending the best of SQL and NoSQL technologies to reduce risk, cost, and complexity,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle.

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 11g Released

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 11g, now available, helps organizations quickly create and configure entire multitier application topologies and provision them onto virtualized resources. It structures the process of combining software appliances into cohesive, reusable units known as assemblies by making the necessary connections between these appliances and then deploys the entire assembly as a single unit. The product works with Oracle VM 3.0 and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g with Oracle WebLogic Server.

“Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder accelerates customer efforts toward setting up their own private platform-as-a-service environments by enabling them to rapidly configure and deploy complex multitier applications and middleware platforms in a virtualized resource pool,” says Brad Cameron, vice president of product development at Oracle.

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Oracle Health Sciences Institute Announces First Round of Research Projects

Oracle Health Sciences Institute, in partnership with Oracle Labs, has announced its first group of research projects. Oracle Health Sciences Institute focuses on supporting research that accelerates IT innovation to advance personalized medicine and the delivery of safe and effective treatments and healthcare services to patients around the globe.

The research projects include initiatives with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the Coalition Against Major Diseases at the Critical Path Institute, and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland.

“IT innovation fuels the transformation needed to realize the full potential of the convergence of healthcare and life sciences,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “We are pleased to support esteemed research project teams as they seek new ways to apply information technology to advance the discovery and development of next-generation treatments and therapies.”

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 for Oracle Linux Available

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 for Oracle Linux is now generally available. Based on the mainline Linux kernel 3.0.16, the latest release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux includes performance and scalability enhancements, improved memory and resource management, and greater virtualization support. It also includes one of the first commercially supported production Btrfs, the “next-generation file system” for Linux. With Btrfs included, Oracle Linux supports large files and file systems, snapshots, and checksums for data and metadata; provides integrated RAID and volume management; and simplifies administration.

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 for Oracle Linux is included with Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6.

“Oracle Linux continues to deliver timely Linux innovations, backed by real-world testing, providing users a modern, scalable, and reliable platform for their business-critical workload demands,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 further demonstrates Oracle’s investment in Linux technology and the community and delivers on our goal to make Linux better for everyone.”

New Enhancements for Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle has introduced new capabilities for its Sun ZFS Storage Appliance that deliver better performance, simpler management, and higher scalability.

The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance now includes Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, which allows users to seamlessly provision and manage Sun ZFS Storage Appliance logical unit numbers and execute advanced data-protection features. For scalability, Sun ZFS Storage Appliances now have the option of 3 TB hard-disk drives, which allow the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance 7420 to scale to more than 1.7 PB.

“Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances offer a compelling proposition for customers looking to extend deployment of network-attached storage [NAS] for critical enterprise applications,” says Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of storage at Oracle. “With the new enhancements, Oracle is delivering greater value to customers and extending its storage leadership in high-performance, efficient NAS storage.”

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Unveiled

Now available, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c introduces new capabilities for establishing, managing, and supporting enterprise clouds that enable Oracle systems and server virtualization users to adopt cloud computing faster and with less effort and risk. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c delivers increased server management; support for Oracle VM x86, Oracle Solaris 11, and existing virtualized Oracle Solaris Zones environments; and increased Sun ZFS Storage Appliance management.

“With Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c, we have extended our leadership by providing our customers with the best management solution for all of Oracle’s systems at no additional license charge,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c is the only solution our customers need to manage Oracle systems, whether for traditional enterprise IT, private cloud, public cloud, or a hybrid environment.”

Oracle Acquires Taleo

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Taleo, a leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions. Taleo’s talent management cloud helps organizations attract, develop, motivate, and retain human capital to improve performance and drive growth.

Together, Oracle and Taleo plan to create a comprehensive cloud offering for organizations to manage their human resources operations and employee careers. The combination is expected to empower employees and managers to effectively manage careers throughout their entire employment, enable organizations to retain talent and optimize costs, and improve the employee experience through faster onboarding and better collaboration with team members via social media.

“Human capital management has become a strategic initiative for organizations,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “Taleo’s industry-leading talent management cloud is an important addition to Oracle Public Cloud.”


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