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Oracle: Can a NULL sql_id Use CPU?

Database Journal News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:01

Oracle can exhibit 'strange' behavior with the sql_id values in V$SESSION, but just because the sql_id is NULL that doesn't mean Oracle isn't processing a long-running statement.

Categories: Database

Oracle OpenWorld Kicks Off a Week of Education, Innovation, and Insights for Customers Around the Globe

Oracle Database News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:00
Oracle OpenWorld Kicks Off a Week of Education, Innovation, and Insights for Customers Around the GlobeCustomers, partners, and visionary thought leaders converge at preeminent technology and innovation event to discuss cloud, big data, engineered systems, and other transformational technologies REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 26, 2014News Summary

From the information deluge to the rise of mobile and social communications, the pace of change within organizations is moving at a faster rate than ever before. Providing companies the intelligence they need to harness digital disruption and create opportunity within their own organizations, Oracle OpenWorld will provide business leaders with education and insights beginning Sunday, September 28.

Running September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the event brings together some of the biggest names in technology to discuss how companies can reduce cost and complexity to speed innovation and improve the customer experience. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,700 educational sessions and draws 60,000 attendees from around the world.

News Facts Bringing together the industry’s brightest minds and most innovative ideas, Oracle OpenWorld 2014 begins September 28 and runs through October 2, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison will kick off a week of main stage conversations with leading Oracle executives, including CEO Mark Hurd, Executive Vice Presidents Thomas Kurian and John Fowler, and Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven. Oracle customers, including dunnhumby, Intel, P&G, Walgreens, and Xerox will also join the conversation to share their success stories. Oracle OpenWorld keynotes will be streamed live from www.oracle.com/openworld. Together, Oracle executives and Oracle customers will share insights about the state of technology from cloud and customer experience to big data and engineered systems—everything for the modern enterprise now and in the future. The technology and innovation event of the year, Oracle OpenWorld expects to bring together more than 60,000 attendees from 145 countries to discuss important business trends and transformational technology, including cloud computing, engineered systems, and big data. As the largest and most important educational and networking event for Oracle technologists, customers, and partners, the conference will also feature insight into Oracle’s strategy and product roadmaps. Helping customers get the critical information they need to grow their business, this year’s Oracle OpenWorld will feature nine “Central” breakout areas focusing on: Big data Engineered systems Enterprise resource planning (ERP) Human capital management (HCM) MySQL Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Customer experience (CX) — for Marketers, Customer Service and Sales Management to Directors of Social and Commerce Supply chain management (SCM) Industries—from financial services and retail to communications and public sector JavaOne, the world’s most comprehensive conference for Java developers, will run in tandem with Oracle OpenWorld. The conference brings together Java experts and enthusiasts for an extraordinary week of learning and networking focused entirely on all things Java. JavaOne will be held September 28 through October 2, 2014 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham. Come to Learn Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to experience more than 2,700 sessions, hands-on labs (HOLs), tutorials, and birds-of-a-feather sessions (BOFs). More than 3,400 speakers, including more than 1,800 customer and partner speakers, will share how they are using Oracle technology to innovate, simplify their IT infrastructure, and improve customer experiences. Event participants can also view more than 400 demonstrations across key Oracle product areas, from servers to applications, as well as 450 partner and customer exhibits. In addition to key technology and industry tracks, the event includes deep-dive training seminars from Oracle University discussing timely topics ranging from cloud and database to engineered systems and big data. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with more than 10 Oracle user groups from around the world. Come to Network Continuing its commitment to its community, Oracle is dedicated to bringing unique and memorable experiences to conference-goers each year. This year, attendees can enjoy: Three nights of great music, starting with Empire of the Sun on Monday, September 29 at Oracle Technology Network’s Tech Fest. Tuesday, September 30 will feature Capital Cities at the CX Central Fest. The music experience will culminate with Aerosmith, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Spacehog at the Oracle Customer Appreciation Event on San Francisco’s renowned Treasure Island the evening of Wednesday, October 1. An opportunity to network with peers, Oracle partners, and Oracle experts, attendees can connect at one of many lounges, Recharge Zones, and Tap and Brews during the show. Attendees also have the chance to meet Sean D. Tucker, part of Team Oracle and the world's premier air show performer. For fun-seekers, Oracle’s Ping Pong Alley, Nothin’ but Net, and Pop Quiz Corner provide innovative places to relax and play.Supporting Quote “Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will offer opportunities for our customer and partner communities to connect and to learn strategies they can employ to create more innovative, agile, and competitive businesses,” said Tania Weidick, vice president of event marketing at Oracle. “This year’s event is full of opportunities to network and learn from the brightest minds and leaders in technology. From the sessions to the unique events, it promises to be an unforgettable show.” Supporting Resources Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Oracle OpenWorld Keynotes Like Oracle OpenWorld on Facebook Join the conversation on Twitter at #oow14 Oracle OpenWorld Blog Oracle OpenWorld on LinkedInAbout Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,700 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 450 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on TwitterFacebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com

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Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com

Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
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Kristin.reeves@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Hosts HCM Central @ OpenWorld to Help Customers Create a Great Employee Experience through Collaboration and Connectivity

Oracle Database News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Hosts HCM Central @ OpenWorld to Help Customers Create a Great Employee Experience through Collaboration and ConnectivityPopular HCM program at Oracle OpenWorld showcases key technologies that enable HR leaders to take care of their peopleRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 26, 2014News Summary

People are the most important assets of any company or organization, and today’s HR professionals are tasked with finding, growing, and retaining the best possible talent in an increasingly competitive and mobile business environment. This year at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle will again host HCM Central @ OpenWorld, a focused program designed to help companies create a great employee experience with modern, talent-centric, and engaging human capital management (HCM) strategies and systems. Sessions will help attendees assess how their companies are taking care of their people, show how they can leverage the cloud to support today’s employees, and provide best practices for keeping their companies agile and competitive in today’s economy.

News Facts For the second year running, Oracle OpenWorld puts human capital management (HCM) center stage with HCM Central @ OpenWorld, an HCM-specific program that locates all HR content in one convenient location. HCM Central takes place September 28 through October 2 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, just steps from Moscone Center. Oracle offers a modern HCM cloud solution that is personalized, connected, and secure. At HCM Central, Oracle product experts will share roadmap details and will demonstrate the unification of Oracle HCM Cloud across all dimensions including user experience, processes, data, tools, and technology. Attendees will also hear from their peers and Oracle partners, who will share success stories about moving to Oracle HCM Cloud and provide best practices for transforming HR, taking better care of their companies’ people, and contributing to the business goals of their organizations. Attendees will learn to: Use social media to drive collaboration and develop talent Go mobile to give employees the anytime, anywhere access they need Use big data to gain workforce insight and forecast performance and risk Efficiently manage a complex global organization with local compliance New this year, Oracle will hold an interactive employee experience journey mapping (EXJM) session at OpenWorld. EXJM, based on the successful customer experience journey mapping (CXJM) methodology, is designed to deliver a better employee experience to improve engagement, productivity, performance, and competitiveness. HCM Central @ OpenWorld is sponsored by Deloitte, a Diamond level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN); Cognizant, an OPN Platinum level member; and Baker Tilly, an OPN Gold level member. Registration for Oracle OpenWorld, including HCM Central @ OpenWorld, is now open. For more information on HCM-specific content and programming, visit HCM Central @ OpenWorld at www.oracle.com/openworld/hcm. Supporting Quote “As companies continue to transform their HR functions, their HR leaders are looking for guidance on best practices and technologies to help them achieve their goals,” said Chris Leone, senior vice president, Oracle HCM Strategy. “HCM Central @ OpenWorld is designed to share modern HR best practices and demonstrate the way technology—such as cloud, mobile, and social—can help contribute to business goals.”Supporting Resources HCM Central @ OpenWorld Highlights: HCM Central @ OpenWorld Oracle OpenWorld Oracle HCM: Modern HR in the Cloud Oracle HCM Cloud Oracle HCM Blog Oracle HCM on Twitter Oracle HCM on Facebook About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle
+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Using SSDs in Azure VMs to store SQL Server TempDB and Buffer Pool Extensions

A common practice on-premise to improve the performance of SQL Server workloads is storing TempDB and/or Buffer Pool Extensions (SQL Server 2014) on SSDs. The former improves the performance of workloads that use temporary objects heavily (e.g. queries handling large recordsets, index rebuilds, row versioning isolation levels, temp tables, and triggers). The latter improves the performance of read workloads which working set doesn’t fit in memory.

Now you can do the same in Azure VMs using the new D-Series VM Sizes.

Important: The SSD drive is transient

The SSD drive (D:\) is not persistent, so its contents and permissions will be lost if the VM moves to a different host. This can happen in case of a host failure or a VM resize operation.

  • Do not store your data or log files there. Use (persistent) drives from Azure Storage.
  • If using TempDB and/or Buffer Pool Extensions, SQL Server requires accessing the directory specified to store them. The following section describes how to store SQL Server TempDB and/or Buffer Pool Extensions on the SSD drive and automatically recreate directory if the VM moves to a different host.

 

Configuration Steps

1) Create a folder in the D:\ drive

This is the folder that you will store TempDB and/or Buffer Pool Extensions in, for example as “D:\SQLTEMP”.

2) To move TempDB to the SSD

Using SSMS connect to your SQL Server instance. Execute the following T-SQL commands to change location of the TempDB files:

USE MASTER

GO

ALTER DATABASE tempdb MODIFY FILE (NAME= tempdev, FILENAME= 'D:\SQLTEMP\tempdb.mdf')
GO

ALTER DATABASE tempdb MODIFY FILE (name = templog, filename = 'D:\SQLTEMP\templog.ldf')
GO

 

2) To configure Buffer Pool Extensions in the SSD

Using SSMS connect to your SQL Server instance. Execute the following T-SQL commands to configure the Buffer Pool Extension, specifying the location and size of its file. The general recommendation is to set the size to 4-6 times the size of the VM memory. For more details read the documentation.

ALTER SERVER CONFIGURATION

SET BUFFER POOL EXTENSION ON

( FILENAME = 'D:\SQLTEMP\ExtensionFile.BPE' , SIZE = <size> [ KB | MB | GB ] )

 

3) Configure the Start Mode of SQL Server and SQL Agent startup as Manual

Using Configuration Manager set the Start Mode of SQL Server and SQL Agent as Manual.

 

4) Create a Powershell script to recreate the folder in D:\ if needed and start SQL server

Copy and paste the following script and save it as a Powershell file in the C:\ drive (OS drive), for example as “C:\SQL-startup.ps1”. If needed, modify the D:\ folder to the one you specified in Step 1.

$SQLService="SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)"
$SQLAgentService="SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)"
$tempfolder="D:\SQLTEMP"
if (!(test-path -path $tempfolder)) {
    New-Item -ItemType directory -Path $tempfolder
}
Start-Service $SQLService
Start-Service $SQLAgentService

 

5) Change the Powershell Execution Policy to allow the execution of signed scripts

From the Powershell console execute Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned




6)      Create a schedule task at system startup to execute the Powershell script

Using Task Scheduler create a Basic Task that executes when the computer starts and executes the script in the Powershell file. For this, specify:

  • Program/script:                powershell
  • Arguments:                  –file ‘C:\SQL-startup.ps1’


7) Test the setup

Restart the VM and verify using Configuration Manager that the SQL Server service is started.

This guarantees that if the VM moves to a different host SQL Server will start successfully.

 

Try the D-SERIES VM SIZES at the AZURE PORTAL today.

Categories: Database

Oracle Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL and New MySQL Enterprise Edition Extensions

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:01
Oracle Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL and New MySQL Enterprise Edition ExtensionsCustomers benefit from an end-to-end management solution for their Oracle technology stack, including MySQLRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 25, 2014 News Summary

Oracle To help customers simplify management of complex IT environments, Oracle is extending Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities to MySQL databases. With this new offering, customers can manage complex deployments of Oracle technologies that include MySQL, either on-premises or in a cloud. Existing users of Oracle Enterprise Manager can now easily add MySQL to their environments. Oracle is also announcing new commercial extensions for MySQL Enterprise Edition, including new backup, auditing, and enterprise encryption capabilities.

News Facts Oracle has extended the management and monitoring capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager to MySQL Enterprise Edition. With this capability, customers can now manage their applications and technology stack, including web and departmental applications that rely on MySQL, all from a single console. With Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database, customers can benefit from: Auto-discovery of MySQL targets Availability monitoring Configuration and metrics collection Performance dashboards Configurable thresholds With this solution, IT organizations and public cloud service providers can manage on-premises deployments as well as private and public clouds powered by Oracle technologies, including MySQL. It also provides an easy path for existing users of Oracle Enterprise Manager to adopt MySQL. MySQL Enterprise Edition customers can download Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database, Release 5.5 and higher, which is available on Oracle Linux and other Linux distributions, Microsoft Windows, and Oracle Solaris. Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database extends the list of Oracle products already integrated and certified with MySQL Enterprise Edition, including Oracle Secure Backup, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Data Integrator, and Oracle GoldenGate.New Commercial Extensions Available for MySQL Enterprise Edition

Oracle is also announcing the following new and enhanced commercial extensions available as part of MySQL Enterprise Edition:

New MySQL Enterprise Backup options including: Back up and restore to the cloud, allowing users to back up MySQL directly to Amazon S3 Optimistic backup and object-level recovery, improving the speed and efficiency of the backup-and-restore process, including for large databases with infrequently modified tables Binlog and relay log backup/recovery, simplifying server cloning for high availability and replication. Enhanced MySQL Enterprise Audit functionalities that enable additional filtering by user accounts for more granular enterprise auditing and compliance New MySQL Enterprise Encryption, improving data protection using public and private keys as well as asymmetric cryptography A new Yum repository for MySQL Enterprise Edition, which allows organizations to maintain their own certified infrastructure, controlling versions, patching, and updatesSupporting Quote “Many Oracle customers using Oracle Enterprise Manager also have instances of MySQL Enterprise Edition running within their organization,” said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle. “By offering Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database we are simplifying our customers’ IT management and monitoring environment, with a single integrated solution.” Supporting Resources Oracle and MySQL Webinar: MySQL for Oracle DBAs, October 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM PT MySQL MySQL Enterprise Edition MySQL BlogTwitterFacebook MySQL Central @ OpenWorld. Save $200 off the onsite registration by registering now. Register for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco  Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Keynotes Follow Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn  About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,700 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

TrademarksOracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.THIS DOCUMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND MAY NOT BE INCORPORATED INTO A CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT.Contact Info

Teri Whitaker
Oracle
+1.650.506.9914
teri.whitaker@oracle.com

Danielle Tarp
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5182
dtarp@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Latest MySQL 5.7 Development Milestone Release Enhances Database Performance and Manageability

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00
Latest MySQL 5.7 Development Milestone Release Enhances Database Performance and ManageabilityNew release delivers 645,000 SQL queries per second and more than 1 million NoSQL queries per second in benchmark testsRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 25, 2014 News Summary

Oracle announced today a new development milestone release for MySQL 5.7. Continuing to meet the demands of today’s web, cloud, and embedded applications, the new release further extends the performance, scalability, and reliability of MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database, while enhancing management capabilities. Oracle also announced several additional MySQL product releases and early access features as well as the availability of MySQL source code on GitHub.com.

News Facts Oracle announced a new development milestone release (DMR) for MySQL 5.7. Available for download in the MySQL Developer Zone, on Monday, September 29, this MySQL 5.7.5 DMR includes many performance and scalability features, including a new optimizer dynamic cost model, improved InnoDB performance, and replication performance improvements, as well as several manageability enhancements. Also available on Monday, September 29 are: MySQL Fabric 1.5, which includes the ability to provision servers through OpenStack MySQL Workbench 6.2, which features new performance and migration capabilities The first MySQL Cluster 7.4 DMR, which delivers active-active replication as well as performance and operational enhancements In addition, Oracle is providing early access to features under development, including MySQL Group Replication and multisource replication, for community testing and feedback through http://labs.mysql.com. To better serve the MySQL community, Oracle is making the MySQL source code publicly available on GitHub.com (https://github.com/), allowing users to download it from their preferred code host and collaboration platform. Oracle will host MySQL Central @ OpenWorld from Sunday, September 28 through Thursday, October 2 at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. To learn more about the new MySQL capabilities and best practices for developing next-generation applications with MySQL, join us at the conference. Additional information on MySQL Central and be found here. Save $200 off the onsite registration by registering now.New MySQL Enhancements Improve Performance, Scalability, and Manageability Performance and scalability: A new MySQL optimizer dynamic cost model has been introduced to provide greater user control and better query performance. Improved InnoDB performance provides faster online and bulk load operations. Performance schema improvements include user and status variable instrumentation as well as replication information and progress instrumentation. Replication performance improvements, including intraschema multithread slave, allow many transactions to be applied in parallel while maintaining full consistency and supporting transaction retries. In benchmark tests using SysBench Read-only Point-Selects, at 1,024 connections, MySQL 5.7 delivered 645,000 queries per second (QPS), 2x better than MySQL 5.6. More than 1 million NoSQL QPS to InnoDB via Memcached were achieved with MySQL 5.7, which is 6x more than with MySQL 5.6. Manageability: A new global data dictionary improves manageability and query performance. Improved partitioning simplifies database administration by quickly and easily moving database partitions. GIS improvements provide more robust spatial data support including GeoHash and GeoJSON. Replication GTID improvements remove the requirement to run binary logs on the slaves. This latest DMR also features support for Oracle Linux 7, including native DTrace support, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. MySQL Fabric 1.5 provisions servers using OpenStack and also supports additional types of sharding keys. MySQL Workbench 6.2 delivers the following new capabilities: Database migrations from Microsoft Access, allowing users to easily migrate Microsoft Access data to MySQL Visual explain enhancements, improving and simplifying SQL statement performance tuning GIS data viewer, allowing users to view MySQL spatial data from a more powerful and reliable geometric engine The first MySQL Cluster 7.4 DMR features the following enhancements to increase scalability, uptime, and agility: Active-active replication, allowing replication between clusters in different locations with automated conflict detection and resolution Performance enhancements, exploiting more cores within each node to massively scale out throughput Operational improvements such as improved reporting and faster maintenance activities Key features are also available through http://labs.mysql.com for early testing and feedback from the MySQL community, including: Multi-source Replication, which consolidates data from multiple masters to one or more slaves MySQL Group Replication, which simplifies high availability by allowing any server to accept writes and enhances application transparency by removing the need for the application and servers to coordinate where transactions should be routed.Supporting Quote “Oracle is focused on enhancing MySQL to provide the community and customers with the best capabilities for building and delivering their web, cloud, and embedded applications,” said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle. “The latest MySQL 5.7 development milestone release delivers on our promise of release early, release often, and the enhanced performance and management features are the result of our collaboration with users. Additionally, by making the MySQL source code available on GitHub.com we are allowing users to get access to the latest MySQL innovations from one of the world’s largest code host and collaboration platforms.” Supporting Resources Download the MySQL 5.7 development milestone release here. Terms, conditions, and restrictions apply. MySQL Labs MySQL Fabric Webcast: Latest Developments in Provisioning, Sharding & High Availability with MySQL Fabric, October 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM PT MySQL Cluster MySQL Central @ OpenWorld. Save $200 off the onsite registration by registering now. Register for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco  Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Keynotes Follow Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedInAbout Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,700 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

TrademarksOracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.THIS DOCUMENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND MAY NOT BE INCORPORATED INTO A CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT.Contact Info

Teri Whitaker
Oracle
+1.650.506.9914
teri.whitaker@oracle.com

Danielle Tarp
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5182
dtarp@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Pennsylvania Treasury Makes Innovative Use of Oracle GRC Applications in Pre-Transactional Auditing Process

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00
Pennsylvania Treasury Makes Innovative Use of Oracle GRC Applications in Pre-Transactional Auditing ProcessState Treasury wins Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Innovation AwardRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 25, 2014News Summary

Pennsylvania (PA) Treasury recently implemented Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance (Oracle GRC) in an attempt to improve audit controls over its payment process by using advanced audit algorithms prior to processing billions of dollars in payments. This new platform is designed to enable the PA Treasury to expand upon its existing fiscal review processes, which seek to identify and prevent error, waste, and fraud. The solutions will help the PA Treasury audit every transaction, which is expected to increase the annual savings the Treasury realizes for taxpayers. Given the impact, scale, and proactive approach, PA Treasury has been selected to receive the new Oracle GRC Innovation award, which will be presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco.

News Facts The Pennsylvania (PA) Treasury has completed a major financial transformation project using Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance (Oracle GRC) and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials to automate significant components of its payment and fiscal review processes. The project replaced the agency’s legacy payment systems with Oracle solutions and was completed on time and under budget. Oracle GRC automates advanced financial controls across the PA Treasury’s payment process to help prevent errors, waste, misuse, and fraud. The department processes more than 30 million transactions worth more than $75 billion yearly based on recent past fiscal year transaction volumes. The PA Treasury’s innovative use of Oracle GRC is expected to help the department increase the average annual savings realized through its pre-transactional audits. Over the past four fiscal years, the department has saved an average of $100 million annually in erroneous payments. Oracle GRC will automatically flag erroneous payments in Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials as suspicious. PA Treasury can then use the savings toward strategic projects and programs. PA Treasury has won the Oracle GRC Innovation award for this industry-first solution. The deployment was chosen over several strong nominations because of the uniqueness of the business case, the degree of innovation, and the overall impact of the transformational project. Experts from Oracle and PA Treasury will present the highlights of the project as part of the Oracle GRC General Session at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, September 28 through October 2 in San Francisco. Oracle GRC solutions have helped many organizations deploy advanced controls to manage enterprise-wide application security, configurations, and transactions as well as document and assess their internal controls over critical business processes. Oracle GRC uses big data techniques such as graph searches and patterns to detect duplicate, split, and other unusual payments with a high degree of accuracy.Supporting Quotes “The Pennsylvania Treasury’s groundbreaking use of Oracle GRC and Oracle’s PeopleSoft to stop financial leakage is paving the way for other organizations to improve profits, strengthen internal controls, and provide a modern platform to meet the recent update to the COSO [Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission] framework. For these reasons, we are delighted to present the Oracle GRC Innovation award to the Pennsylvania Treasury,” said Sid Sinha, senior director, Oracle GRC Product Strategy. “We saw an innovative opportunity to use Oracle GRC in our fiscal review process that, we believe, will help us to improve our pre-transactional auditing capabilities,” said PN Narayanan, chief information officer, Pennsylvania Treasury. “We believe this solution will give our fiscal review team advanced tools to perform their jobs more efficiently and adapt to changing requirements more quickly.” Supporting Resources Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials Oracle GRC Customer Success Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld Free GRC Certification Exam at Oracle OpenWorld Oracle GRC Advanced Controls on LinkedIn About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

###

Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle
+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Marketing Cloud Extends Partnership with Box

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Marketing Cloud Extends Partnership with BoxNew Integration Simplifies Collaboration and Execution of Content Marketing Programs Redwood Shores, Calif. – September 25, 2014News Summary

Managing content marketing programs has become increasingly complex as marketers accelerate the amount of content needed to support digital marketing programs so that they can deliver the right messages to the right audience at the right time. To help marketers improve collaboration, streamline processes and better manage their digital assets, Oracle has integrated Oracle Marketing Cloud with Box. The integration is designed to enable marketers to quickly and effectively plan, produce and publish marketing content that builds digital dialogue with customers, improving lead quality and turning advocates into ambassadors, ultimately creating ideal customers for their businesses.

News Facts Further demonstrating its commitment to driving marketing simplicity and customer centricity, Oracle today announced a first of its kind integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and Box. The new integration extends the relationship between Box and Oracle Marketing Cloud. Box is currently a vendor in the Oracle Marketing AppCloud. Designed to help marketers quickly and effectively plan, produce and publish marketing content that builds a digital dialogue and creates ideal customers, the integration streamlines content marketing processes and enhances collaboration. By enabling customers to centrally store and manage marketing content on the Box platform, the integration extends Oracle’s leadership in the content marketing space by helping customers further increase engagement, improve lead quality and turn prospects into advocates. The integration gives Oracle Marketing Cloud customers the ability to develop content with commonly used tools such as Microsoft Office products and PDFs and instantly convert these into HTML5, simplifying the creation of effective marketing campaigns. Box’s best-in-class content collaboration platform also makes assets available to marketers, designers and other stakeholders, improving version control and increasing the overall efficiency of marketing processes, and with the integration to the Marketing Cloud, seamlessly available in marketing content assets. Further optimizing and simplifying content marketing processes, the integration enables folders in Box to automatically sync with Oracle Marketing Cloud’s content store so they are available for campaign execution on Oracle’s cross-channel marketing platform. Availability of the new integration features is planned for spring 2015.partners who source or leverage Oracle BlueKai data to inform solutions beyond ad targeting. Supporting Quotes “As demand for unique marketing content grows, marketers need an easier way to share content and collaborate with internal teams and external agencies,” says Kevin Akeroyd, SVP and General Manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “Today’s announcement reinforces Oracle’s commitment to delivering on the promise of marketing simplicity and efficiency. By giving our customers the ability to create content with simple tools they are familiar with, and collaborate with a popular and intuitive file sync and share solution, we are making it simpler than ever before to create engaging content that turns prospects into advocates.” “Having access to the right content at the right time is critical for businesses everywhere, and no department relies more on real-time collaboration around information than marketing,” said Niall Wall, senior vice president of business development at Box. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with Oracle by integrating with Oracle Marketing Cloud, fostering better collaboration within marketing teams as well as their external agencies and vendors. The connection between our two platforms will help make businesses of all sizes more productive and competitive, particularly in industries like Retail and Media & Entertainment where success hinges on the creation and distribution of digital assets.” Supporting Resources Oracle Marketing Cloud Oracle Content Marketing Oracle Modern Marketing Blog Oracle Marketing Cloud Twitter Oracle Marketing Cloud LinkedIn Oracle OpenWorld 2014About Oracle

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Latest MySQL 5.7 Development Milestone Release Enhances Database Performance and Manageability

MySQL AB - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 01:59
Oracle announced today a new development milestone release for MySQL 5.7. Continuing to meet the demands of today’s web, cloud, and embedded applications, the new release further extends the performance, scalability, and reliability of MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database, while enhancing management capabilities. Oracle also announced several additional MySQL product releases and early access features as well as the availability of MySQL source code on GitHub.com.
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3 reasons to get certified at PASS Summit 2014!

PASS Summit 2014 is right around the corner!  Register by September 26th 2014 to take advantage of the PASS Summit discounted pricing.  PASS Summit is not only a great opportunity to attend the highest rated technical sessions but it’s also one of the best times to get certified.

Why should you get certified at PASS Summit 2014?

1. Certifications help grow your career

With Microsoft Training and Certification you can keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive, and with the Certification Central onsite at PASS Summit, you’ll have the chance to learn, practice, and even talk one-on-one with the training experts on a variety of technologies. Microsoft Certification is an industry standard recognized worldwide.

2. Only PASS Summit attendees get special pricing

All Microsoft certification exams will be offered at 50% off the regular price to registered PASS Summit attendees! Take advantage of this great opportunity to fulfill your certification requirements at a 50% discount during PASS Summit 2014. This opportunity is only available to registered PASS Summit 2014 attendees – at just $75 USD per exam, it’s like getting two exams for the price of one.   

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Join us for a brand new kind of introductory certification session at PASS Summit. Updated from the original Certification 101 session, we’ll help you navigate through the new certifications, the new question types introduced in 2012 and 2013, the migration paths for individuals already certified, and the benefits of certification in your career. Want to get certified?  This is the place to start!

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Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Now Generally Available

Oracle Database News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:00
Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Now Generally AvailableEnterprise-scale solution for OpenStack allows extended deployment options to best fit customers’ needs; supports latest OpenStack Icehouse releaseRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 24, 2014 News Summary

Now generally available, the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution allows users to control Oracle Linux and Oracle VM through OpenStack in production environments. Based on the OpenStack Icehouse release, Oracle’s distribution provides customers with increased choice and interoperability and takes advantage of the efficiency, performance, scalability, and security of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is available as part of Oracle Linux Premier Support and Oracle VM Premier Support offerings at no additional cost.

News Facts The Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution is generally available, allowing customers to use OpenStack software with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is OpenStack software that installs on top of Oracle Linux. To help ensure flexibility and openness, it can support any guest operating system (OS) that is supported with Oracle VM, including Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and other Linux distributions. This release allows customers to build a highly scalable, multitenant environment and integrate with the rich ecosystem of plug-ins and extensions available for OpenStack. In addition, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux can integrate with third-party software and hardware to provide more choice and interoperability for customers. Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is available as a free download from the Oracle Public Yum Server and Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). An Oracle VM VirtualBox image of the product is also available on Oracle Technology Network, providing an easy way to get started with OpenStack. Enterprise-Scale Solution for OpenStack

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux provides:

Integration with MySQL Enterprise Edition: MySQL Enterprise Edition customers and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux customers can benefit from the products’ integration, which improves performance, security, and uptime while providing a single point of contact for both OpenStack and MySQL support. High-Availability support for OpenStack services: To help ensure deployments remain fully functional in case of hardware or software failures, customers can use Oracle Clusterware, which is included with Oracle Linux Support subscriptions, to protect OpenStack services. Simplified enterprise support: With Oracle’s support for OpenStack, customers can receive complete end-to-end support for their OpenStack deployment with one phone call. This includes the back-end database, Oracle Linux, guest OS, and infrastructure support. With Oracle Linux Premier Support, customers can use the advanced features from Oracle Linux, such as Ksplice, to apply kernel fixes with no down time, and can analyze kernel performance with DTrace. Integration with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux includes the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Cinder plugin, which provides customers with an enterprise-grade storage option. Support for Ceph storage software: Customers choosing to use Ceph can do so with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. Oracle plans to distribute and provide support for Ceph as part of the distribution.Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Oracle OpenWorld With the strong adoption of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, this year Oracle will host an Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, which takes place from September 28 through October 2. The showcase will be located at Moscone South, Booth 611 and will be open during Exhibition Hall hours. The Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld is a prime opportunity for the IT community to network and gain invaluable insights. Attendees will be able to connect directly with Oracle product experts for Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VM VirtualBox. Oracle OpenWorld also includes OpenStack sessions and hands-on labs with Oracle product experts.Supporting Quotes “The support of OpenStack by vendors like Oracle, leveraging their experience in enterprise solutions, represents an important milestone,” said Gary Chen, Research Manager, Cloud and Virtualization System Software, IDC. “Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux delivers an integrated solution for cloud infrastructure, and can help accelerate the adoption of OpenStack, particularly among enterprise customers.” “Oracle is working with the OpenStack community and our partners to provide greater choice and interoperability for customers,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. “With Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, customers can benefit from an enterprise-scale OpenStack solution. The flexibility we provide makes it easier for our customers to manage their environments.” Supporting Resources Download Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Video interview: Wim Coekaerts talks about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Oracle Linux Oracle VM White Paper: Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and OpenStack Register for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco  Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Keynotes Follow Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedInAbout Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions—all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, please visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

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Dong-A ST Builds Global Pharmacovigilance System with Oracle Argus Safety

Oracle Database News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:00
Dong-A ST Builds Global Pharmacovigilance System with Oracle Argus SafetyIntegrated safety management system powers data-driven decisions and scales to support international expansionRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 23, 2014News Summary

Dong-A ST, a South Korean pharmaceutical company planning an international market expansion, needed to digitize and streamline safety information management from pharmacovigilance processes in order to optimize global regulatory compliance and drive better decision making. The company deployed Oracle Argus Safety as its pharmacovigilance platform, enabling it to rapidly and efficiently create regulatory reports and easily grow to support its expansion strategy.

News Facts To support its growth plan, Dong-A ST used Oracle Argus Safety to create a database containing comprehensive safety data from its pharmacovigilance process. Pharmacovigilance is the scientific discipline that focuses on drug safety. With Oracle Argus Safety, Dong-A ST then digitized safety data collected from its pharmacovigilance processes, eliminating time-consuming manual data consolidation. Streamlining the process helped Dong-A ST’s executives make faster, data-driven safety management decisions across its product portfolio. The Oracle solution’s integrated database management, standardized workflows, and automated reporting also helped the company rapidly and efficiently create reports to support domestic and international regulatory compliance, including safety information management requirements. This is the first implementation of Oracle Argus Safety in South Korea, giving Dong-A ST a competitive advantage via an integrated system for managing safety information that can scale to support international expansion efforts. Dong-A ST selected Oracle Argus Safety in November 2013. Dong-A selected TAKE Solutions as its implementation partner based on that company’s deep experience with Oracle Argus Safety. A Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), TAKE worked effectively with Dong-A in all aspects of installation, data migration, and validation. Supporting Quote “Dong-A ST is the first South Korean pharmaceutical company to deploy Oracle’s industry-leading pharmacovigilance solution, Oracle Argus Safety. The company created an integrated system for managing safety information, helping it gain a competitive advantage in its market segment,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.Supporting Resources Oracle in Health Sciences Oracle Argus Safety Standard Edition Oracle Argus Cloud Service Expanded to Help Life Sciences Organizations Streamline Pharmacovigilance New Oracle Health Sciences InForm and Oracle Argus Safety Integration Accelerates Safety Reporting, Reduces Costs Follow Oracle Health Sciences on Twitter Join the Oracle Health Sciences Community on Facebook Oracle Health Sciences on YouTubeAbout Oracle

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Oracle industry solutions leverage the company’s best-in-class portfolio of products to address complex business processes relevant to health sciences, helping speed time to market, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge.

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At Oracle, we believe that a more predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory system will help improve human health. We can help accelerate this journey to personalized medicine through technology, data, and insights. Oracle's solutions support industry initiatives to improve care quality and outcomes; reduce costs; and speed time to market for new treatments, therapies, and devices. Oracle Health Sciences delivers comprehensive business applications, plus database, middleware, and hardware solutions for life sciences and healthcare companies and institutions worldwide. For more information, visit www.oracle.com/us/industries/health-sciences.

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POSCO Selects Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Engineered Systems to Provide Greater Customer Value with Advanced Order Process

Oracle Database News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:00
POSCO Selects Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Engineered Systems to Provide Greater Customer Value with Advanced Order ProcessLeading Global Steel Manufacturer Dramatically Reduces Response Time by Streamlining Business Processes and Increasing Productivity with an Enterprise Information HubREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 23, 2014News Summary

In an ever-changing business environment, manufacturing companies must be able to manage vast amounts of data quickly and efficiently. To accommodate a growing customer base and massive global order volumes, POSCO chose Oracle Product Hub, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Engineered Systems to support the company’s transformation, boost performance, and increase operational efficiency. As a result POSCO has been able to better serve its customers through advanced order processing while laying the IT infrastructure for significant sustainable growth.

News Facts Oracle announced that POSCO, one of the world's largest steel manufacturing companies, based in South Korea, has implemented Oracle Product Hub as a mission-critical, highly scalable solution to maximize production efficiency and enhance the customer-order process. POSCO aims to provide differentiated value to its customers by adopting POSPIA 3.0, a proprietary process-innovation project that optimizes global IT systems throughout the organization, to increase profit margins and improve operational efficiencies, while dramatically increasing customer satisfaction. With Oracle Product Hub, POSCO can centralize and standardize product information, increase the accuracy of information by filtering data and providing alerts through dashboards, and further simplify order processing by automatically and accurately matching millions of customer requirements to the product specifications. This results in shorter cycle times and can reduce customer-response time from 10 days to one day. POSCO also integrated Oracle Business Process Management (BPM) Suite with Oracle Product Hub to build a better data management system, one that checks for updates to data. Oracle BPM helps ensure that employees update any missing information with prompt alerts. Oracle Product Hub’s central repository of product information is linked with Oracle E-Business Suite for more efficient control and cost management of their steel production. In addition, POSCO deployed Oracle Product Hub with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to simplify its IT infrastructure and boost operational efficiency, flexibility and speed.Supporting Quote "Oracle Product Hub is optimized for manufacturing and supply process management as it is highly scalable and provides centralized product information," said Rick Jewell, senior vice president, Applications Development, Oracle Applications. “Oracle Product Hub allows POSCO to provide differentiating values for its customers with improved customer service."Supporting Resources Oracle Product Hub Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle Exadata Database Machine Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Business Process Management SuiteAbout Oracle

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Backup and Restore Strategies in SQL Server – Part 1

Database Journal News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:01

There are several high availability solutions which can be used with SQL Server and while these high availability solutions ensure maximum up-time for your databases, you need to set up backup and restore strategies to recover the data or minimize the risk of data loss in case a failure happens.

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SAAS AND PAAS CLOUD REVENUE UP 32%, SOFTWARE AND CLOUD REVENUE UP 6% TO $6.6 BILLION

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:35
SAAS AND PAAS CLOUD REVENUE UP 32%, SOFTWARE AND CLOUD REVENUE UP 6% TO $6.6 BILLIONRecord Quarterly Operating Cash Flow Up 7% to $6.7 BillionREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 18, 2014

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that fiscal 2015 Q1 total revenues were up 3% to $8.6 billion. Total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6 billion. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud revenue was up 32% to $337 million. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud revenue was up 26% to $138 million. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2 billion. GAAP operating income was up 3% to $3.0 billion, and the GAAP operating margin was 34%. Non-GAAP operating income was up 2% to $3.8 billion, and the non-GAAP operating margin was 44%. GAAP net income was unchanged at $2.2 billion while non-GAAP net income was up 2% at $2.8 billion. GAAP earnings per share were $0.48, up 2% compared to last year while non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.62, up 4%. GAAP operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $15.4 billion.

“We are increasing our cloud services growth rate while simultaneously delivering record levels of cash flow,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “In Q1, our overall cloud services business grew more than 30% to $475 million in revenue. At the same time, we delivered an all-time record operating cash flow up 7% to $6.7 billion. We are laser focused on two goals: growing our cloud business and growing our cash flow. We’re off to a good start in FY15.”

“Our internally developed Fusion cloud applications business grew at a rate of nearly 200% in the quarter,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “As our hyper-growth Fusion applications become a larger and larger portion of our total SaaS sales, that will drive up our overall cloud services growth rate. Our cloud business is already three times the size of Workday, but we won’t be satisfied until we’re number one in the cloud.”

“Next week at Oracle Open World, we will be rolling out our database cloud service,” said Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison. “Database is our largest software business, and database will be our largest cloud service. With our new multitenant Database as a Service offering, our customers and ISV’s can move any of their existing Oracle databases and applications to the Oracle Cloud with the push of a button.”

The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, 2014, with a payment date of October 29, 2014.

Oracle also announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0 billion of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters.

Q1 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast of this event, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q1 results and Fiscal 2015 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Passcode: 99926438.

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Oracle Board Appoints Larry Ellison Executive Chairman and CTO

Oracle Database News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:22
Oracle Board Appoints Larry Ellison Executive Chairman and CTOSafra Catz and Mark Hurd Appointed CEOREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 18, 2014

Oracle Board of Directors today announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board.

The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.

"Safra and Mark will now report to the Oracle Board rather than to me," said Larry Ellison. "All the other reporting relationships will remain unchanged. The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the foreseeable future. Keeping this management team in place has always been a top priority of mine."

"Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," said the Oracle Board's Presiding Director, Dr. Michael Boskin. "Safra and Mark are exceptional executives who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to lead, manage and grow the company. The Directors are thrilled that the best senior executive team in the industry will continue to move the company forward into a bright future."

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Categories: Database, Vendor

Microsoft Azure Offers HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) to China

Microsoft today announced that Azure HDInsight is now available for all customers in China as a public preview, making it the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. With this launch, Microsoft is bringing Azure HDInsight’s ability to process big data volumes from unstructured and semi-structured sources to China. Both local Chinese organizations and multi-national corporations with offices in China can spin up a Hadoop cluster within minutes. 

Hadoop is an open-source platform for storing and processing massive amounts of data. By using Hadoop alongside your traditional data architecture, you can gain deep insights into data you never imagined being able to access.  As an example, Blackball, a Taiwanese Tea and Dessert restaurant chain was able to combine traditional data from its point-of-sale systems with new data from social sentiment and weather feeds to understand why a customer would purchase their products.  By combining traditional sources with new “Big Data”, Blackball found out that hot/cold weather was not really a factor in its sales of hot/cold drinks and was able to adjust accordingly to customer demand.

It is these types of results that are causing a wave of demand for big data. We invite you to try HDInsight today either in China or across the other Azure data centers. 

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Categories: Database

Achieve improved database interoperability with SQL and RDB aliases

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 05:00
In today's complex environments, where data is spread across numerous homogeneous and heterogeneous databases, simplification is a necessity. Three-part naming offers that simplification for database connectivity by allowing skilled data architects, programmers, and system administrators the ability to easily manage remote Distributed Relational Database Architecture (DRDA) connections within SQL applications and data centers. This article gives you insight into the options available to use DRDA more proficiently through three-part naming and RDB aliases. Understanding these concepts can enable you to improve your SQL database interoperability in your SQL applications or daily use and also gain a level of database abstraction and portability.
Categories: Database

New Optimized OLTP and Data Warehousing SQL Server Images on Azure

Microsoft Azure continues to offer customers more reasons why  Azure Virtual Machines are an ideal place to develop, test and run your SQL Server applications.  This promise is further enhanced with the release of new workload optimized images for SQL Server that provide greater performance and simplified setup when it comes to running data warehousing and OLTP workloads in Azure.   There are 4 new SQL Server images being released with benefits outlined below:

  • New Data Warehousing Optimized Image for both SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2012  – These images simplify the setup process for customers by adding more automation. For example, the automation of attaching a disk to the SQL Server VM running a data warehouse workload. 
  • New OLTP Optimized Image for both SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2012 – These new images allow a customer to get better performance for an OLTP high IO intensive workload.   One of the key improvements in this tuned image is the ability to attach many disks to the SQL Server VM.  This is critical in terms of improving IO in an OLTP workload as the number of disk has a direct impact on OLTP performance.  In addition, new Windows features are also utilized like Storage Pools for multi-disk environment to improve IO performance and latency.

The image below highlights the new optimized images being available on Microsoft Azure.

Be sure to read the blog post “New VM Images Optimized for Transactional and DW Workloads in Azure VM Gallery” for a more detailed technical overview.

Continue learning more about Microsoft Azure, Virtual Machines, and how our customers are reaping the benefits of these technologies:

Try Microsoft Azure.

Learn more about Virtual Machines.

Read how Amway and Lufthansa leveraged Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure.

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