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Oracle Magazine
May/June 2013





Oracle Snap Management Utility for Oracle Database Unveiled

Oracle has introduced Oracle Snap Management Utility for Oracle Database, an enhancement for its Sun ZFS Storage Appliance that streamlines and accelerates critical tasks required for data protection and secondary processing by 88 percent. It accelerates the creation and management of snapshot-based copies and clones of Oracle databases by reducing the steps required from 9 to 1 for snapshots and 12 to 1 for clones.

“Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is highly integrated with Oracle Database to optimize configuration, simplify management, and deliver best-in-class performance,” says Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of storage at Oracle. “Oracle Snap Management Utility for Oracle Database simplifies the creation and management of Oracle Database snapshots and clones and puts control back into the hands of the database administrator. This helps businesses reduce risk by streamlining data protection processes and improve the bottom line through increased business agility in test, development, quality assurance, and training.”

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 Unleashed

Now available, Oracle Database Appliance X3-2—a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking—provides up to twice the performance and more than four times the storage capacity of the original Oracle Database Appliance. The new release includes 512 GB of memory, 18 TB SAS disk storage, and 800 GB flash to enhance performance for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 also supports virtualization through an optional virtual platform, built on Oracle VM, that allows ISVs to package and ship a complete solution in a box. With the addition of virtualization support, organizations can quickly deploy complete, highly available solution appliances to remote branch office locations. The virtual platform reduces software licensing requirements by leveraging Oracle VM’s hard partitioning capabilities and extends pay-as-you-grow software licensing to all Oracle software.

“When we introduced Oracle Database Appliance, it offered growing businesses and departments a greatly simplified way to manage and harness the power of Oracle Real Application Clusters,” says Sohan DeMel, vice president of product strategy and business development at Oracle. “With the second generation, we’ve infused this engineered system with up to twice the power and added virtualization support.”

New Oracle RightNow Policy Automation

The February 2013 release of Oracle RightNow Cloud Service includes new capabilities to manage policies and updates, as well as deliver answers to customer questions more effectively over the Web, avoiding higher-cost escalations. Oracle RightNow Cloud Service combines Web, social, and contact center experiences for a unified, cross-channel service solution in the cloud.

“With the latest release of Oracle RightNow Cloud Service, organizations can rapidly respond to customer needs and fast-changing business policies,” says David Vap, group vice president of products at Oracle. “Whether public or private sector, policy automation within Oracle RightNow Cloud Service helps organizations more easily support their policy strategies by simplifying policy creation, maintenance, auditing, and self-service access. These capabilities help to reduce operational costs, while at the same time providing a consistent, transparent experience for the customer.”

Oracle Health Sciences Unveils Mobile App and Cloud-Based Clinical Trial Operations Solution

Oracle Health Sciences has introduced a new mobile application and a new version of its cloud-based clinical trial operations solution. Designed specifically for field use, Oracle Health Sciences Mobile Clinical Research Associate helps life sciences organizations compress clinical study cycle times and reduce costs by improving site monitoring efficiency and clinical research associate (CRA) productivity.

Oracle Health Sciences ClearTrial Plan and Source Enterprise Edition Cloud Service 5.0 is the latest version of the cloud-based clinical trial operations solution that enables life sciences organizations to plan, source, and track clinical projects and financial performance via a single, integrated platform. The new release supports phase one trials.

“With the increased pressure to reduce the time and cost of clinical trials, organizations need to optimize efficiency at every level,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “Oracle Health Sciences Mobile Clinical Research Associate is designed specifically to help CRAs improve productivity and lighten their load by enabling them to manage their responsibilities using a single mobile device. Oracle Health Sciences ClearTrial Plan and Source Enterprise Edition Cloud Service provides life sciences organizations with the tools they need to conduct and track increasingly complex clinical trials across diverse geographies, outsourcers, therapeutic areas, and trial phases.”

Oracle VM 3.2 Released

The latest release of Oracle’s virtualization management product, Oracle VM 3.2, delivers unified management and enhanced automation capabilities for Oracle’s SPARC T-Series servers running Oracle VM Server for SPARC as well as x86-based servers running Oracle VM Server for x86. Oracle VM also includes MySQL Enterprise Edition for use as a management repository, but organizations can choose to use Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition; Oracle Database, Standard Edition; or MySQL Enterprise Edition as the Oracle VM management repository when deploying in production environments.

“With the latest release of Oracle VM, Oracle continues to bring significant cost-of-ownership and manageability benefits to x86—and now SPARC—virtualization administrators,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “The new release helps users unify and automate their environments on a larger scale to achieve the greatest efficiency from their infrastructure.”

Product Resources



 Deploying ADF Applications to Oracle Cloud by Using JDeveloper, Parts 1 and 2
This tutorial series shows how you can use Oracle JDeveloper with Oracle Cloud services. Part 1 covers how to create a database in Oracle Database Cloud Service by using Oracle JDeveloper and the human resources (HR) database schema that ships with Oracle databases. In Part 2, you deploy and run an HR management application on an Oracle Java Cloud Service instance running on Oracle Cloud.

 Securing ADF Applications in Oracle Cloud by Using JDeveloper
In this tutorial, you begin with an application that was built by using the Oracle ADF Security feature and runs on a local Oracle WebLogic Server instance and then adapt it to run in Oracle Java Cloud Service.

 Introduction to Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.x
This tutorial covers the three products that make up Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.2, an integrated testing solution for ensuring application quality, performance, and reliability: Oracle Functional Testing, Oracle Load Testing, and Oracle Test Manager.  

 Oracle Hardware: Introducing Oracle System Assistant
In this tutorial, learn how to set up a Sun Server X3-2 from Oracle using Oracle System Assistant. This built-in tool can help install drivers, update firmware, configure RAID, and provision an OS.

 Oracle Hardware: Automating Server Management
In this tutorial, find out how to automate the setup of your Oracle servers with Oracle Hardware Management Pack. Learn about the collection of command-line tools for scripting the update of firmware and configuring BIOS, Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager, and RAID.

 Oracle Exalogic Demo Series
This series highlights the core features, capabilities, and tools available in Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management Enhanced 

Now available, Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management 9.3.2 and Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process 6.1.1 deliver additional capabilities to help companies solve complex challenges and innovate profitably. Agile Product Lifecycle Management 9.3.2 enhances usability and streamlines processes, while introducing a range of new features, including Oracle’s Agile Product Governance and Compliance, Oracle’s Agile Product Cost Management, and Oracle’s Agile Product Quality Management. Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process 6.1.1 offers significant improvements in formula modeling and compliance and also introduces Oracle’s Agile Product Quality Management for Process module.

“One of the most complex challenges that organizations of all sizes and types face is how to innovate profitably,” says John Kelley, vice president of product value chain strategy at Oracle. “With the enhancements to Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process as well as the introduction of innovative new modules like Oracle’s Agile Product Quality Management for Process, Oracle is able to help organizations further shorten cycle times, increase sales, lower costs, and reduce risks associated with innovation.”

Now Available: MySQL 5.6

The latest release of the MySQL open source database delivers increased performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability for the next generation of Web, cloud, and mobile applications. MySQL 5.6 improves developer agility with subquery optimizations, online data definition language operations, NoSQL access to InnoDB, new instrumentation in the Performance Schema feature, and better condition handling.

“The MySQL 5.6 release candidate received great feedback from the community and helped us to efficiently mature the technology to announce general availability,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle. “The new features and enhancements that MySQL 5.6 delivers further demonstrate Oracle’s investment in driving MySQL innovation, making MySQL a fantastic fit for today’s most-demanding Web, cloud, and embedded application requirements.”

Oracle Buys Acme Packet

Oracle has agreed to acquire Acme Packet, the leading global provider of session border control technology. The combination of Oracle and Acme Packet is expected to accelerate the migration to all-IP networks by enabling secure and reliable communications from any device, across any network.

“The addition of Acme Packet to Oracle’s leading communications portfolio will enable service providers and enterprises to deliver innovative solutions that will change the way we interact, conduct commerce, deliver healthcare, secure our homes, and much more,” says Oracle President Mark Hurd.

Oracle Delivers New Midrange Tape Drives

Oracle has unveiled Oracle’s StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives with FC connectivity for Oracle’s StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 modular library systems, delivering the latest generation of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) midrange tape drive technology.

“With the introduction of StorageTek LTO 6 tape drives, Oracle continues to provide the highest levels of investment protection and flexibility for StorageTek tape customers while enabling them to reduce the overall cost of archiving data,” says James Cates, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “With both LTO and StorageTek T10000C tape drives and the ability to mix and match, customers can process more data in less time and drive down the cost of tape operations.” 

Oracle Expands Communications Offerings

The latest release of Oracle Communications operations support systems applications enables communications service providers to optimize networks and speed product delivery. The expanded solution allows faster deployments due to a simpler graphical configuration for the user interface and enhanced inventory support for assigning channels to connectivity services.

“This latest release further demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to providing our customers with an integrated application suite that helps enable revenue growth through the rapid launch and delivery of customer-facing communications services and helps reduce complexity and cost with more-efficient network resource management,” says Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. 

Oracle Supports Android Tablets, Windows 8

Oracle has introduced support for the latest Android 4.x tablets with Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 1.2 for tablets as well as support for Microsoft Windows 8 with Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.2 for desktop PCs.

“Enterprise adoption of mobile devices is expanding rapidly, and users want access to their desktop applications from anywhere,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “The new Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for Android and enhancements for other platforms help organizations provide mobile workers with secure access to their applications and data.”

New Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision

Oracle has introduced Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, a Web-based tax application that addresses the full scope of the global tax provision process. Built on Oracle Hyperion Financial Close Suite, Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision helps customers increase efficiency, achieve stronger internal controls, and improve transparency between book and tax data.

“Today’s globalized economy requires more agility and transparency in financial reporting,” says Hari Sankar, vice president of product management at Oracle. “Tax provisioning is a key step in the financial close process, yet in most corporations, tax and financial reporting are not well integrated. With Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision, customers can use their investments in Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to collect, calculate, and report on the global consolidated tax provision, and integrate it with their financial reporting.”

Oracle Community Manager of the Year Announced

Jeff Esposito, social media manager at Vistaprint in Boston, Massachusetts, has received the first annual Oracle Community Manager of the Year Award for 2013. The award was created to recognize the contributions being made by social brand representatives and relationship builders in social media and marketing. Esposito was recognized for his innovative strategies and companywide policies surrounding social media.

“Jeff Esposito embodies the melting pot of tasks and skills required of today’s brand community managers. Because of his efforts, Vistaprint won the New England Direct Marketing Association gold award for Twitter strategy in 2010 and 2011, and a bronze in 2011 for social media strategy. He’s a community manager who takes initiative,” says Mike Stiles, senior content manager at Oracle.

Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2 Released

Oracle has unveiled Release 9.2 of PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, PeopleSoft Financials, PeopleSoft Enterprise Service Automation, and PeopleSoft supply chain management and supplier relationship management applications. The new release delivers 1,000 new features, functions, and enhancements; a new user experience; expanded product functionality; and a solution that is more cost effective to manage. This release also features new mobile capabilities including mobile requisitioning for purchasing users, as well as expanded capabilities for mobile inventory, expenses, approvals, and company directory.

“Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2 is designed to change the way customers interact with the PeopleSoft application to be more like how they interact with the internet and their personal technology. Its new features and functionality can help users work more efficiently and get their work done quicker. And with dramatic improvements in cost management, we believe Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2 is a game-changing release,” says Paco Aubrejuan, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications.

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