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Oracle Magazine
July/Aug 2014





Oracle Extends Cloud with Database and Storage Cloud Services

Oracle has announced two new Oracle Cloud services, Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service provides a scalable, low-cost Oracle Database cloud backup solution and is tightly integrated with Oracle Recovery Manager (Oracle RMAN), allowing customers to use familiar Oracle RMAN commands for performing backup and recovery operations between on-premises databases and Oracle Cloud. Oracle Storage Cloud Service enables organizations to securely store, access, and manage data in the cloud. Oracle Storage Cloud Service is API-compatible with OpenStack Swift and provides access to data through REST and Java APIs.

“To remain competitive in today’s highly connected business environment, organizations are increasingly adopting and building new cloud-based solutions. There is also a huge push to migrate existing on-premises workloads to the public cloud and support portability between on-premises and cloud environments,” says Chris Pinkham, senior vice president of cloud product development at Oracle. “To help customers achieve these goals, Oracle has further expanded its comprehensive set of enterprise-grade infrastructure cloud services. The new services are based on open standards, integrated to work together seamlessly, and designed to support full portability between on-premises and cloud environments.”

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2: Turnkey Solution for Cloud

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2, the newest release of Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, is a “wire-once” engineered system that comes fully assembled and ready to run production workloads with minimal software-defined configuration.

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is a turnkey solution for flexible private cloud platforms that can be used with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to deploy cloud services ranging from infrastructure as a service to database as a service with features such as automated provisioning, elasticity, and cloud governance.

“The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance exemplifies Oracle’s unique ability to engineer hardware and software together, providing a superior solution that’s easy to deploy and use without requiring major infrastructure changes,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization at Oracle. “This engineered system can significantly cut provisioning time and offers investment protection by allowing customers to mix server generations in the same rack.”

Product Resources


Tutorials and Videos

 Java SE 8 Technical Videos
Dive into the new features of Java SE 8 with this series of technical videos covering the Internet of Things, Java ME, Oracle Java Embedded, and Java SE.

 How Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Lowers Backup Risk and Cost
Oracle Vice President Steve Zivanic explains how Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances including the new Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3-BA help reduce backup and recovery risks and cost.

 How to Upgrade Oracle’s SPARC T5-4 Server Processor
Watch this step-by-step animation to learn how to upgrade a SPARC T5-4 server from a one-processor to a four-processor configuration.

 How to Upgrade Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 Server Processor
Follow the steps for upgrading a SPARC T5-8 server from a four-processor to an eight-processor configuration in this animation, which covers preparing the new processor modules, removing the processor filler modules, installing the new processor modules, and more.


 Oracle NoSQL Database 3.0
Release 3.0 of Oracle NoSQL Database offers developers an enhanced NoSQL solution for building high-performance, next-generation applications providing increased security, simplified data modeling, secondary indexes, and multi-data-center performance enhancement.

 Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode 2.0
Oracle Database Migration Assistant for Unicode 2.0, released in March 2014, supports the migration of Oracle Database 12c pluggable databases to Unicode. Other new features include enhanced bulk cleansing features with pattern-based replacement to resolve certain classes of data convertibility issues and improved conversion error-handling mechanisms.

Oracle Configure, Price, and Quote Cloud Advances On-the-Go Sales

With the latest release of Oracle Configure, Price, and Quote Cloud (Oracle CPQ Cloud), sales professionals and partners can now access the entire Oracle CPQ suite via mobile tablets from anywhere, anytime, and stay productive while on the go.

Oracle CPQ Cloud streamlines the sales process from inquiry to order by enabling sales staff and partners to generate sales quotes, orders, and proposals quickly and accurately—from anywhere, on any device. New enhancements include formula management, enabling administrators to create complex pricing and discounting calculations in a drag-and-drop interface without scripting or advanced rules.

“Oracle CPQ Cloud helps improve customer satisfaction and sales efficiency,” says Ken Volpe, senior vice president of Oracle product development. “Its integration into Oracle CX Cloud enables sales teams to sell more and sell faster, from lead to order and service through renewal.”

Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 Adds Advanced Security Features for Cloud and Mobile Devices

The recently updated Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 includes enhancements that enable organizations to extend consistent access policies and controls beyond enterprise applications and systems to cloud-based systems and mobile devices.

Key new features and functionality in the latest release include

Oracle Mobile Security Suite. Secures corporate applications and data on personal devices and delivers a consistent user experience across channels by extending identity services such as fraud detection, user registration, and self-service password management to customer and employee digital interactions.

Cloud access portal. Extends the range of enterprise single sign-on beyond Microsoft Windows desktops and enables users to have single-sign-on access to software-as-a-service applications from a simple and personalized launch pad, available on any device, tablet, or workstation.

Oracle Mobile Authenticator. Provides a mobile application to simplify strong authentication, replacing corporate-issued hardware tokens at a fraction of the cost.

Expanded support for OAuth. Supports two- and three-legged OAuth as well as more-complex use cases of obtaining consent from a user before a third-party consumer application can access information on a service provider’s application site.

“With the latest release of Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2, Oracle is providing organizations with the most advanced and comprehensive identity management platform,” says Amit Jasuja, senior vice president of identity management and security at Oracle. “As a result, organizations can realize the full potential of cloud and mobile applications while helping to ensure that valuable company data remains secure.”

MySQL 5.7 Available Now 

A new development milestone release for MySQL 5.7, available now, extends the performance, scalability, and reliability of MySQL and adds enhanced management capabilities. Available for download in the MySQL Developer Zone, the milestone release delivers improvements in replication, security, and instrumentation, resulting in significantly higher performance and improved manageability over MySQL 5.6.

“The latest MySQL 5.7 development milestone release delivers enhanced performance and management features to the MySQL community,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle. “By encouraging ongoing community participation and following the ‘release early, release often’ model, we help shorten the feedback-to-delivery cycle and allow users to get faster access to improved product capabilities and quality.”

Oracle Marketing Cloud Adds Manufacturing Cloud Service

The latest addition to Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing Cloud Service is a flexible and scalable cloud-based solution designed to help manufacturing organizations deliver personalized experiences to customers and prospects while improving marketing outcomes and efficiency.

The new solution introduces industry-specific capabilities that enhance targeting and segmentation, increase engagement, improve measurement, and produce actionable reporting. With a full view of the buyer’s journey, insights into customer demand signals, and integrated business intelligence reporting, marketers in global manufacturing organizations are able to drive demand and improve the quality of leads that are passed to sales.

Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing Cloud Service includes product registration capabilities that help deliver efficient product maintenance and subscription renewals, and it provides intuitive templates and workflows that help marketers quickly and efficiently create and extend channel relationships. Campaign tasks are automated and personalized across print, e-mail, web, and telemarketing channels.

“Manufacturing organizations want to improve engagement with customers and prospects across digital channels so that they can gain better visibility into their sales pipeline and grow their businesses,” says Steve Miranda, executive vice president for Oracle Applications development. “With capabilities developed specifically for manufacturers including prebuilt templates and leading business intelligence, Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing Cloud Service helps manufacturers improve marketing effectiveness and drive revenue.”

For more about Oracle Marketing Cloud, the modern marketing solution that integrates cross-channel, content, and social marketing with data management for the enterprise, visit

NetBeans IDE 8.0 Delivers Comprehensive Java 8 Support

NetBeans IDE 8.0, available now, allows developers to make efficient use of the latest features in Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 (Java SE 8) by quickly identifying and converting code to new Java language constructs, such as Lambda expressions and Java SE 8 Compact Profiles. The new release also further extends HTML5 support by adding new features for common JavaScript frameworks and introduces new tools for popular Java Platform, Enterprise Edition frameworks such as PrimeFaces.

Additional enhancements include Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 support for deploying, running, debugging, and profiling Java SE applications on an embedded device directly from the NetBeans IDE and support for the new Java Micro Edition 8 (Java ME 8) specification and Oracle Java ME Embedded 8.

“Java SE 8 represents a major advancement for the Java community,“ says Chris Tonas, vice president of mobility and development tools at Oracle. “NetBeans IDE 8.0 ensures that Java developers have the advanced tooling to support their adoption of this new technology.”

Oracle Fusion Innovation Management Joins Oracle SCM Portfolio

Oracle Fusion Innovation Management, a new product value chain solution in the Oracle Supply Chain Management portfolio of applications, provides companies with a systematic approach for capturing, selecting, and investing in the right product ideas and managing their product portfolios. The new solution enables bottom-up innovation so all stakeholders can participate in the product invention and definition processes, with simultaneous top-down financial impact analysis and strategic-fit visibility to the key portfolio owners during and post investment decision. It also enables organizations to define and manage different product development projects in the context of their overall product portfolio.

Oracle Fusion Innovation Management integrates with Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management, helping to streamline the process of moving concepts along to detailed design, development, and release to manufacturing while maintaining full visibility into project status.

“By providing a highly usable but systematic approach to managing product innovation, Oracle Fusion Innovation Management can accelerate the transformation of the best ideas into profitable products and deliver against your corporate product innovation strategy,” says Jon Chorley, group vice president of Oracle’s supply chain management product strategy.

OpenStack Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Oracle has introduced a technology preview of an OpenStack distribution that allows Oracle Linux and Oracle VM users to work with the open source cloud software, providing customers with additional choices and interoperability while taking advantage of the efficiency, performance, scalability, and security of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The distribution is delivered as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support offerings, at no additional cost.

“Oracle is working closely with the OpenStack community across many areas,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization at Oracle. “Oracle will continue to help deliver OpenStack capabilities to enable our customers to more efficiently deploy, manage, and support their large Oracle data center deployments.”

New Release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Improves Procure-to-Pay Processes and Talent Management

Oracle has announced Release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, which includes prebuilt connectors between Oracle Procurement and Spend Analytics and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and adds a new talent profile analytics module.

Built on Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications enable organizations to easily extend their business intelligence (BI) footprint or build custom BI applications to meet specific analytics needs for line-of-business managers and executives.

“Oracle Business Intelligence Applications provide a critical platform for unlocking and analyzing enterprise-level and business-level insights,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management at Oracle, “with the latest updates reducing the time and complexity to achieve a competitive advantage through data.”

Fujitsu and Oracle Enhance Fujitsu M10 Servers

Fujitsu and Oracle have announced worldwide availability of enhanced Fujitsu M10-1, M10-4, and M10-4S servers equipped with the new SPARC64 X+ processor, which has 16 cores and runs at speeds up to 3.7 GHz.

The new Fujitsu M10-4S server supports mixed SPARC64 X and X+ chassis in a single system, and the modular design and physical partition dynamic reconfiguration feature allow the Fujitsu M10-4S to grow by adding processors, memory, and I/O with virtually no downtime.

“The enhanced Fujitsu M10 servers offer a new option for customers seeking mission-critical computing solutions,” says Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven. “Oracle and Fujitsu’s strong collaboration furthers Oracle’s commitment to help customers accelerate their businesses by engineering hardware and software to achieve extreme performance.”

Oracle Sales Cloud Provides Anywhere, Anytime Access

By giving sales reps a continuous and simplified experience on both desktop and mobile devices, even when in a disconnected mode, the latest release of Oracle Sales Cloud offers anywhere, anytime access designed to achieve fast and wide user adoption. The latest release helps sales reps focus on the deals with the highest likelihood of closing and increases the predictability of achieving sales targets by delivering real-time predictive analytics on both desktop and mobile devices.

Oracle Sales Cloud also helps customers preserve their existing IT investments and establish an easy path to the cloud by facilitating integration from on-premises sales force automation systems such as Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management and Oracle E-Business Suite applications.

“The enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud reinforce Oracle’s commitment to deliver simple and smart sales automation solutions,” says Siva Sundaresan, group vice president for Oracle Sales Cloud. “With the latest release, Oracle Sales Cloud offers sales teams a simple design, more intelligence, and greater mobility to help optimize customer interactions, increase sales effectiveness and efficiency, and drive revenue.”

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