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September/October 2013

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Briefs

 

Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 Runs Your Database Faster

Oracle has released its fastest engineered system to date: Oracle SuperCluster T5-8. Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 delivers up to 10 times faster database and application performance than a build-your-own IT approach, and 2.5 times better performance than the previous generation of Oracle SuperCluster.

“Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 runs Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic up to 10 times faster than systems pieced together by costly integration projects,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “The benefits of this virtualized system extend to any application that uses Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic today, without changes, making this the world’s best enterprise mission-critical consolidation platform.”

New Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca

Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca are now available. Leveraging Oracle Endeca Information Discovery technology, the out-of-the-box solutions enable organizations to explore their operational data in real time, so they can focus on the transactions that require immediate attention and have a measurable impact on business. The extensions are also available for mobile devices.

“Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca deliver a streamlined path from discovery to action, letting users intuitively filter from highly aggregated, highly visual displays of information to the transactions that matter the most,” says Cliff Godwin, senior vice president of applications development at Oracle.

Java Development Tools Enhanced for Mobile and Cloud

Oracle has released Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) 12c, Oracle JDeveloper 12c, and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c. These tools enable developers to rapidly and efficiently build multichannel applications for web, cloud, and on premises, while providing a richer end-user experience.

Oracle ADF 12c features better support for touch-based user interfaces on tablets and adaptive layouts; new data visualization components that display information in timelines, treemaps, list views, and sunbursts; and a new REST data control that simplifies integration of REST-based business services.

Oracle JDeveloper 12c delivers a more-responsive interface, with improved look and feel and window management. A new dependency explorer helps users understand the impact of changes in code, while enhanced Maven and Git support improve application lifecycle management, and new memory and CPU profilers help to boost application speed and efficiency. In addition, a new JavaServer Faces visual editor, support for HTML5 and CSS3 in the code editor, and a new integrated Swing editor provide easier development of web and desktop interfaces.

Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c simplifies development with iterative development support for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, enhanced support for Oracle Coherence 12c configuration and deployment, support for Oracle ADF 12c and Oracle ADF Essentials 12c, and extended Maven support.

“Java development tools and [Oracle] ADF take the productivity of enterprise application developers to the next level,” says Chris Tonas, vice president of application development tools at Oracle. “With the latest releases, Oracle is providing the most complete and integrated set of application development tools to provide developers with the best choices to support enterprise development with a fast and productive environment.”

Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.1 Now Available

The latest release of Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper enables communications service providers (CSPs) to develop profitable new business models, improve returns on existing network investments, and launch new services—quickly and inexpensively. Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper 5.1 provides comprehensive analytics and partner management portals and introduces preintegrated solutions that consolidate and expose network capabilities to accelerate service development and monetize partner and over-the-top network usage.

“In a competitive communications marketplace, it is vital that CSPs can rapidly deploy new and exciting services that meet customer and partner expectations,” says Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “The latest release of Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper provides CSPs with industry-standard technology combined with sophisticated management tools and analytics to securely open up networks to third-party services and applications while also helping to monetize those services and increase customer satisfaction.”

Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Updated

The latest release of the Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management (EPM) applications features an enhanced user experience and new integrations. Release 11.1.2.3 of the Oracle Hyperion EPM applications enables organizations to plan and forecast more frequently and broadly across the enterprise, identify profitable growth opportunities, and provide real-time management insights about financial and operational results. “To unlock the potential in their business, finance executives and operating managers need agile planning processes, better insights into profitability, and real-time visibility into financial and operating performance,” says Hari Sankar, vice president of product management at Oracle. “The new release of the Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management applications continues to deliver on our vision of providing best-in-class functionality, in an integrated and modular suite, that integrates seamlessly with Oracle and SAP ERP [enterprise resource planning] applications to enable more-agile decision-making.”

Product Resources

 

Tutorials/Demos

 Oracle Database 12c 2-Day DBA Series
This introductory series of short Oracle by Example tutorials will help you get started using Oracle Database 12c. Topics include installing Oracle Database and creating a database, getting started with Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Express, using the listener control utility, managing the Oracle instance, managing database storage structure, administering user accounts and security, managing schema objects, performing backup and recovery, monitoring and tuning the database, and managing Oracle Database software.

 Performing Basic Tasks in Oracle Multitenant
This tutorial covers the steps for performing basic tasks on container databases and pluggable databases. You will learn how to connect a pluggable database to a container database, manage container databases and pluggable databases, manage the storage in a container database and its pluggable databases, manage security in pluggable databases, and more.

 Protecting Data with Data Redaction
This Oracle Database 12c tutorial covers how data redaction can be used to dynamically hide sensitive data. Redaction policies can be set to specify the table columns to be protected, and from which user accounts the data should be hidden.  

 Setting Up Compression Tiering for Automatic Data Optimization
This Oracle Database 12c tutorial covers how to set up information lifecycle management policies so that less frequently modified tables are automatically compressed at block level.

 Securing ADF Applications to Oracle Cloud by Using Oracle JDeveloper
See how to use Oracle Application Development Framework Security (Oracle ADF Security) with Oracle Cloud’s built-in identity management. You will learn how to use declarative, permission-based protection for Oracle ADF bounded task flows.

Oracle’s Exalytics X3-4 Powers Real-Time Analytical Insights 

Oracle’s Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4, the latest release of the industry’s first high-speed engineered system for business analytics, includes significant software enhancements and hardware updates. It features 2 TB of main memory, plus compression, to allow users to analyze larger data sets and more aggregates at various levels of granularity in-memory. With 2.4 TB of flash storage and 5.4 TB of hard disk storage, Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 enables performance improvements of up to 25 times in load times and 9 times in calculation times when running multiple Oracle Essbase cubes concurrently. Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 works seamlessly with Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile, making it appropriate for large mobile deployments. Oracle also released system upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers, and updated software for all Exalytics customers.

“Unlocking data in a quick, easy, and timely manner can be a strong competitive advantage,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management at Oracle. “Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4 delivers powerful business analytics, reinforcing our commitment to innovating and delivering maximum value through analytics by allowing our customers to spend less time on complicated integrations and more time providing real-time answers to strategic business questions.”

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 Enhances Cloud Management

Now available for download, the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager offers capabilities for deploying and managing business applications in an enterprise cloud, enhanced business application management, and integrated hardware-software management for engineered systems, such as Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

“As organizations are increasingly deploying clouds, cloud service providers are facing a number of management challenges,” says Sushil Kumar, vice president of product strategy and business development at Oracle. “With these enhanced features we are enabling cloud service providers to increase the efficiency and agility of their cloud environments. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 advances the state of the art in cloud management for service providers.”

Oracle Service Cloud Now Offers Robust Support for Mobile

Designed for mobile customer service agents, specialists, and managers, the new release of Oracle Service Cloud features robust capabilities for users to improve productivity and resolution time. Leveraging Oracle Tap for iOS, a native application for the iPad, Oracle Service Cloud includes Oracle RightNow Cloud Service and introduces an Oracle RightNow mobile agent for the iPad.

“The new release of Oracle Service Cloud with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App specifically addresses and solves important pain points for the mobile employee,” says David Vap, group vice president of product development at Oracle. “Organizations will discover increased efficiency through untethered access to real-time, up-to-date contact records and service history information, ensuring that interactions with customers are timely, relevant, and engaging.”

Oracle Delivers New and Enhanced Business Intelligence Applications

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 11.1.1.7.1, which incorporates significant enhancements across the entire product line, providing organizations with greater insight, more quickly and efficiently. The new release also introduces new in-memory analytic applications for indirect spend planning and student information analysis for academic institutions.

“The business applications our customers rely on daily to manage operations contain a wealth of valuable data about their business, including resources, finances, employees, and customers. Unlocking this data can deliver undeniable competitive advantages, yet many businesses still struggle to gain access to the intelligence they need quickly and easily,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management at Oracle. “The latest enhancements and additions to Oracle Business Intelligence Applications help organizations implement rich analytics more surely and quickly, and provide business users across the enterprise the insights they need to analyze and transform business processes.” 

Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Updated

Now available, the latest release of Oracle’s Java-based mobile development framework, Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile (Oracle ADF Mobile) Release 1.1, is designed to help enterprises keep up with rapidly evolving mobile technologies. It adds device-native push notification support, infrastructure enhancements that optimize application performance, support for new versions of mobile operating systems, and a new device integration infrastructure based on Apache Cordova, enabling the development of more-advanced mobile applications.

“Oracle ADF Mobile is the only cross-platform solution based on Java, the standard for enterprise software, that enables application development for both iOS and Android devices—offering Java developers an easy way to become mobile developers,” says Chris Tonas, vice president of application development tools at Oracle. 

Enhanced Application Mobility for Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Available now, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 leverages HTML5 to extend secure, anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premises enterprise applications and desktops from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a virtual private network (VPN) client. Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides access to a broad range of server-based applications and desktops, including those running on Windows, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and legacy mainframe and midrange systems.

“Enterprise users expect increasingly more mobile access to applications that are often designed to run on desktop PCs. Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides IT with a highly secure remote access solution for such applications, and even full desktop environments, from tablets,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions Optimizes Mobile Access

Oracle has enhanced the mobile capabilities of its PeopleSoft Campus Solutions products to enable students to take action on key processes through a secure smartphone application. The solutions’ mobile features are built on a flexible foundation using Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile (Oracle ADF Mobile), which enables institutions to extend their mobile applications to include websites and other content that students can access through their mobile devices.

“With Oracle’s new mobile functionalities for PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, students will have immediate, personal, and easy access to information when they need it—and wherever they are,” says Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research at Oracle. “Now, higher education institutions have a choice of mobile platforms and a flexible technology framework with Oracle ADF Mobile, which enables them to roll out more information and functionality, maximizing value for their end users.”

New MySQL Cluster 7.3 Accelerates Web Development

To help organizations meet the high-availability database challenges of next-generation web, cloud, social, and mobile services, Oracle has delivered MySQL Cluster 7.3. With a new NoSQL JavaScript connector for node.js, MySQL Cluster 7.3 makes it simpler and faster for developers to build services deployed across clusters of commodity hardware, with minimum development and operational effort.

“The latest MySQL Cluster 7.3 GA release blends the agility, performance, and scale demanded by web, mobile, and emerging application workloads, with the data integrity and high availability only offered by RDBMS platforms,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle. “It is a winning combination, reflecting the priorities of our largest developers and users.”


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