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PSOUG / Oracle spells out VM tools plans
« on: August 12, 2009, 11:32:36 AM »
Oracle spells out VM tools plans
Still no word on Sun virtualisation though

By Timothy Prickett Morgan

In the wake of its acquisition of Virtual Iron, and its hammering out of a converged roadmap for the Oracle VM Server variant of Xen hypervisor, Oracle's techies are still at work, making tools that wrap around the existing Oracle VMServer hypervisor to make it more useful.

First up is a gadget called Oracle VM Template Builder. This is a graphical utility that allows software developers or in-house IT departments to create a JEOS skinnied down version of Oracle Enterprise Linux. They can then plunk it and a set of system and application software on top of that streamlined Linux inside of an Oracle VM image.

JEOS, you will remember is pronounced "juice" and is short for Just Enough Operating System. It is an idea that was started by Canonical and its Ubuntu Linux distribution and quickly adopted by Novell for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

With JEOS, you only pick and choose the elements of the Linux stack you need for a particular application set, but you can still get commercial support for the customized software from its corporate sponsor. Only a few weeks ago, Novell launched its online SUSE Studio tool for creating customized appliances from the SUSE repository and storing them inside VMware ESX Server wrappers.

Eventually, SUSE Studio will be able to create SUSE Linux appliances and spit them out in Amazon EC2 AMI images or on OVF 1.0 virtual machine formats.

While Oracle VM Template Builder has a graphical front end, if you like scripts and you already know about JEOS, you can build images using the command line as well. The tool can make images based on OEL 4.7 or 5.2 in 32-bit or 64-bit modes, depending on whether you have x86 or x64 iron.

The Oracle VM Template Builder can kick out virtual machine images in the native Oracle VM format (a variant of the native format used by the Xen hypervisor) or the OVF format, according to Monica Kumar, senior director of product marketing for Linux and open source products at Oracle.

The company does not have plans to support other Linuxes or other virtual machine formats or hypervisors on x64 iron with the Oracle VM Template Builder. It will almost certainly support the spinning of software appliances for Amazon EC2 images based on the Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM combo, however. Oracle doesn't seem inclined to create appliances based on Unix or Windows platforms, either, but this can, and likely will, change once Oracle has control of the Solaris Unix variant.

Speaking of which, Kumar was not at liberty to say anything about how Sun's xVM Server hypervisor and xVM OpsCenter management tool would play into its Oracle VM 3.0 roadmap for x64 iron, and was similarly mum about how Solaris containers (a kind of virtual private server, as distinct from a virtual machine) and logical domains (another kind of virtualisation that is available on the Sparc T series of chips) would play in Oracle's virtualisation push.

Oracle does, of course, support Windows, other Linuxes, Unix, and several proprietary operating systems when it comes to its database, middleware, and application software, but there seems little doubt that Oracle is going to be touting its complete control and integration of the software stack on Unix iron as a benefit, much as it is already doing on x64 iron with its Linux and VM software.

Oracle VM Template Builder is available now, and is being released through Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and Oracle Technology Network. The tool was written in Python and is being open sourced, which means other Linux projects can appropriate it, much as Oracle has done with Linux and VM code.

You can get a list of existing templates that Oracle has already created for Oracle VM here, and you might notice that the new one on the list is the Siebel CRM 8.1.1 software from Oracle, which is packed up on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle 11g database atop Oracle VM.

In a related announcement, Oracle says that Oracle VM Server is now added to the official validated configurations for Linux listing. The validated configuration seal of approval is not just for Oracle Enterprise Linux, but also for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and includes 145 different combinations of Oracle software mixed with those operating systems and with various hardware to run it all.

Now, deploying those Oracle applications in an Oracle VM wrapper is certified on specific servers and storage. The idea is to make it easier for customers to put together a solution and know it will work.

PSOUG / Oracle Technology Network Developer Day
« on: August 03, 2009, 07:06:12 AM »
Oracle Technology Network Developer Day

When:   Thursday, Aug 6, 2009, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
The Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA  98101
Category:   Oracle Event
Registration:   Required

Discover a Faster Way to Develop Ajax -Enabled Application Based on Java and SOA Standards

Get Hands-on with Oracle Jdeveloper, Oracle Application Developer Framework and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

You are invited to attend Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Developer Day, a free, hands-on workshop that will give you insight into how to create Ajax-enabled rich Web user interfaces and Java EE-based SOA services with ease.

We'll introduce you to the development platform Oracle is using for its Fusion enterprise applications, and show you how to get up to speed with it. The workshop will get you started developing with the latest versions of Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF 11g, including the Ajax-enabled ADF Faces rich client components.

This workshop is designed for developers, project managers, and architects. Whether you are currently using Java, traditional 4GL tools like Oracle Forms, PeopleTools, and Visual Basic, or just looking for a better development platform - this session is for you. Get explanation from Oracle experts, try your hands at actual development, and get a chance to win an Apple iPod Touch and Oracle prizes.

Come see how Oracle can help you deliver cutting edge UIs and standard -based applications faster with the Oracle Fusion Development software stack. At this event you will:

    * Get to know the Oracle Fusion development architecture and strategy from Oracle's experts.
    * Learn the easy way to extend your existing development skill sets to incorporate new technologies and architectures that include Service-Oriented Architecture, Java EE, and Web 2.0
    * Participate in hands-on labs and experience new technologies in a familiar and productive development environment with Oracle experts guidance.

Click here to register for this FREE event. Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to network with your peers and discuss today's most vital application development topics with Oracle experts.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Technical Session 1: The Oracle Fusion Development Platform
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Technical Session 2: Developing Reusable Business Services
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Technical Session 3: Creating Rich Internet Applications
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch and Open Q&A Session
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Install Fest and Hands-on Sessions
4:45 p.m.   Raffle Drawings and Wrap-Up

Oracle will be hosting the Fusion Middleware 11g Launch program in both Portland and Seattle in August.

Portland E-vite Link:
Event Date:  Thursday, August 20th
Location: The Nines Hotel
Time:  8:00 am - 2:30 p.m.

Seattle E-vite link:
Event Date:  Thursday, August 27th
Location:  The Grand Hyatt
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

PSOUG / WTIA July Events Bulletin
« on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:30 PM »
WTIA July Events Bulletin
Join WTIA for the hottest event of the summer! With just a few days to go, register NOW to get online pricing and beat the lines at onsite registration

Pyramid Alehouse & Restaurant | Beer Garden
July 30, 2009
5:00pm to 10:00pm

WTIA Members: $30 pre-registration
Non-Members: $35 pre-registration

Event Supporter Package: 20 tickets for $500
($200 SAVINGS + your company featured on our website!)

Raffle Tickets (all raffle ticket proceeds will go to our Charitable Partners: Technology Access Foundation and Jack Straw Productions)
$2 per ticket OR $5 for 3 tickets

Raffle prizes include: a Harbor Cruise from Argosy Cruises, tickets to Ride the Ducks of Seattle, Guitar Hero, Mariner's autographed baseballs and more!
Check out the list of raffle prizes so far.

Mark your calendars for the Annual WTIA Summer Celebration! This year we have teamed up with Xconomy to bring you the Battle of the Tech Bands! What's better than enjoying Pyramid's best grub and a cold drink with friends, all while listening to some local bands? Not, don't miss this summer bash!

Check out the 5 bands who will be rockin' out on the 30th:

Afraid of Figs
(representing MorphoTrak, Robert Half Technology)

Between These Lines
(representing HP)

Indigo Soul
(representing Microsoft, Adobe, Caiman Consulting)

Juda's Wake
(representing Microsoft)

Lions Ambition
(representing Boeing)

PSOUG / Oracle Fusion Middleware 11G Forum
« on: July 18, 2009, 08:11:48 PM »
Oracle Fusion Middleware 11G Forum        

When:   Thursday, Aug 20, 2009, 8:00 AM until 2:45 PM
Where:    The Nines Hotel
          525 SW Morrison
          Portland, OR  97204   
Additional Info:
Category:        Oracle Event
Registration:      Required

Today, business  factors like increased competition, business expansion, and dynamic market conditions require a continual response to change. Improving  your company's ability to adapt and change quickly can only make your business stronger. That's why Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g offers new ways to reduce complexity as you maximize your IT efficiency and enhance your existing application investment.   
   The latest release of the world's #1 middleware application infrastructure family provides an adaptable, cost-effective foundation for the mission-critical applications, such as CRM, ERP, and others, that drive your business.
   We invite you to attend the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Forum to find out how the latest release can help you:

  • Make your business—and business applications—more agile, intelligent, and responsive
  • Ensure long-term flexibility in heterogeneous IT environments with technologies like SOA, event-driven architectures, Enterprise 2.0portals, and more
  • Take advantage of modern software and hardware architectures—delivering both cost savings and innovation

Seating is limited; please RSVP by Monday, August 17.
Register online or call 1.800.820.5592 ext 6427   
Click here to view Event Agenda.

OTN Fusion Developer Days - Oracle Fusion Development Experience

Date: August 6th 8:30am
Location: Westin Hotel Seattle

Register here:

Discover a Faster Way to Develop Ajax -Enabled Application Based on Java and SOA Standards

Get Hands-on with Oracle Jdeveloper, Oracle Application Developer Framework and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

Youare invited to attend Oracle Technology Network (OTN) Developer Day, a free, hands-on workshop that will give you insight into how to create Ajax-enabled rich Web user interfaces and Java EE-based SOA services with ease.

We'll introduce you to the development platform Oracle is using for its Fusion enterprise applications, and show you how to get up to speed with it. The workshop will get you started developing with the latest versions of Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle ADF11g, including the Ajax-enabled ADF Faces rich client components.

Denver, CO July 14, 2009 -- BI Consulting Group partners with Oracle for a one-day technology briefing on Enterprise Performance Management through Information Insight, featuring an interactive hands-on workshop with the latest on Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition. Workshop will take place at the Oracle Corporation in Denver on Thursday, July 30th and will showcase OBIEE as designed for pervasive use, with new levels of usability and reach to empower the broadest audiences with complete and timely insight. Oracle BI EE is also the technology foundation for business intelligence in Oracle Fusion applications.

BI Consulting Group, Oracle’s premier consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence.

BI Consulting Group to host free workshop highlighting BI Apps/Essbase.

Oracle BI Suite Enterprise Edition (EE) is a comprehensive and innovative next-generation BI platform that offers the best foundation for building enterprise BI solutions from data spanning heterogeneous data sources, including Oracle and non-Oracle systems.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Oracle Corporation
7604 Technology Way, Building 2, Room 1250
Denver, CO 80237

To view complete conference details please visit: Free Oracle Hands-on Business Intelligence Workshop

About Oracle:
Oracle is the world’s largest business software company, with more than 320,000 customers including 100 of the Fortune 100 representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe.

About Bi Consulting Group:
BI Consulting Group is Oracle's premier consulting partner focused exclusively on Oracle EPM and Business Intelligence. Service offerings include consulting services, support, and education. The experts at BI Consulting Group have successfully completed some of the most complex implementations of Oracle BI in the world. Along the way, BICG has been honored with Oracle's Most Valuable Partner Award for Business Intelligence and the Oracle Excellence Award for creatively using Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards etc) to create innovative and standards-based technology solutions.

PSOUG / Mass Speculation Suggests Oracle May Kill OpenSolaris
« on: July 13, 2009, 04:33:23 PM »
Mass Speculation Suggests Oracle May Kill OpenSolaris

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is one of many people questioning where Oracle may land once the acquisition of Sun is complete. One concern that many people express is that there may be a good chance of OpenSolaris getting the axe for not fitting in with the overall corporate vision.

"People outside of IT seldom think of Oracle as a Linux company, but it is. Not only does Oracle encourage its customers to use its own house-brand clone of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), Oracle Unbreakable Linux, Oracle has long used Linux internally both on its servers and on some of its desktops. So, what does a Linux company like Oracle wants to do with its newly purchased Sun's open-source operating system, OpenSolaris? The answer appears to be: 'Nothing.' Sun, Oracle and third-party sources are telling me that OpenSolaris developers are afraid that they'll be either moved over to working on Linux or let go once the Sun/Oracle merger is completed."

PSOUG / COLLABORATE 09 - OAUG Forum Papers and Session Recordings
« on: July 13, 2009, 08:25:17 AM »
COLLABORATE 09 — OAUG Forum Papers and Session Recordings
Hundreds of informative conference papers from the COLLABORATE 09 — OAUG Forum are now available, free to OAUG members. Log in to the OAUG Knowledge Factory™ to browse the many excellent sessions, or search for specific topics that were addressed during COLLABORATE 09: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community.

In addition, more than 150 hours of recorded content and accompanying slides or written materials from the COLLABORATE 09 — OAUG Forum are available to you. You may search and select a single session,create a customized learning curriculum or purchase the entire OAUG Forum package. Pre-order recordings on CD ROM today. Online streaming and podcast programs will be available soon.

PSOUG / Oracle Advanced Security Encrypts Oracle Applications Data
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:46:57 AM »
Oracle Applications Now Certified with Oracle Advanced Security’s Transparent Data Encryption Feature

Redwood Shores, CA – June 29, 2009

News Facts
Continuing to deliver comprehensive data protection to the Oracle® E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle’s Siebel CRM and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application customers, Oracle today announced that Oracle Advanced Security, an option to Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, transparently encrypts all application data stored in an Oracle Database tablespace.

Customers that use the Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle Advanced Security can now encrypt entire data sets used by Oracle Applications for data privacy protection and to help meet regulatory requirements.

By transparently encrypting application data using Oracle Advanced Security, customers can deploy quickly and implement greater data protection across their applications using efficient transparent encryption and decryption inside their Oracle Database.

Full Encryption for Sensitive Oracle Application Data
Oracle’s Transparent Data Encryption provides increased protection for application data stored in the database (tablespace), without requiring enterprises to know which fields contain sensitive or regulated data, helping reduce deployment time and effort.

It enables strong data privacy through the use of standards-based encryption algorithms such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES), as well as built-in key management with support for industry leading Hardware Security Modules.

Since Oracle’s Transparent Data Encryption automatically performs all cryptographic operations inside the Oracle Database, no costly and time consuming changes to existing applications are required.

Customers can secure their application data with confidence, knowing the tablespace encryption and decryption operations are performed transparently and efficiently at the Oracle Database I/O layer.

Oracle Advanced Security also works with Oracle Advanced Compression enabling Oracle Database 11g customers to encrypt application data after compression -- providing both data protection and storage savings.

By encrypting data at rest in the database as well as when it leaves the database over the network or during backups, Oracle Advanced Security provides a cost-effective solution for data in transit and at rest encryption.

Part of Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of database security solutions, Oracle Advanced Security helps organizations comply with privacy and regulatory mandates such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as numerous breach notification laws.
Supporting Quotes

“Oracle Applications drive many of the business processes in the enterprise and their data must be protected. Being able to efficiently and transparently encrypt application data in the database tablespace makes Transparent Data Encryption very easy to deploy,” said Vipin Samar, vice president of Database Security, Oracle. “Using the Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle Advanced Security in conjunction with Oracle Database 11g, customers can now efficiently encrypt not just select fields or columns, but all the application data - enabling a greater level of data privacy protection.”

“New data privacy regulations are being introduced worldwide and existing regulations are being expanded to address increased threats to data,” said Gary Loveland, PricewaterhouseCoopers' Advisory principal and security practice leader in the US. “Over the years, we've seen requirements to expand protection around critical data such as medical data, personal identifiable information, and credit card information. There is no doubt that in 2010 even more data will need to be protected. Being able to encrypt all application data efficiently is a big benefit to organizations in terms of keeping up with business needs and staying ahead of regulatory requirements.”

Supporting Resources
Oracle Applications
Oracle Advanced Security
Oracle Transparent Data Encryption Best Practices
Oracle E-Business Suite Technology Blog
Oracle Security Inside Out Blog
Download a free, evaluation version of Oracle Database 11g. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.

For more than 30 years, Oracle has led the industry in securing sensitive data. Oracle Database 11g addresses today’s data security challenges from data encryption, access control, and data classification, to audit and compliance reporting, as well as secure deployments and data masking. The comprehensive portfolio of security options for Oracle Database 11g, including Oracle Advanced Security, Oracle Database Vault, Oracle Label Security, Oracle Data Masking, and Oracle Audit Vault, helps organizations to transparently safeguard against data breaches and to achieve regulatory compliance without requiring changes to existing applications. To learn more about how to protect data with Oracle Database 11g today, please visit:

About Oracle
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PSOUG / U.S. government seeks more data on Oracle-Sun deal
« on: June 29, 2009, 07:38:32 AM »
U.S. government seeks more data on Oracle-Sun deal

U.S. antitrust regulators have asked for more information on Oracle Corp's plan to buy Sun Microsystems Inc and need a little more time to review the $7 billion deal, an attorney for Oracle said.

This means that Oracle has failed to get approval for the deal as quickly as some had hoped, as Friday had marked the expiration of an initial 30-day review period in which antitrust officials could have approved the deal quickly by letting the deadline pass without asking any questions.

The Department of Justice asked both companies for information related to the licensing of Sun's Java software language, said Daniel Wall, a partner with Latham & Watkins and an attorney for Oracle.

The request was related to a narrow, technical matter, according to Wall, who said he expected the DOJ to soon approve the deal and allow Oracle to complete the acquisition during its current fiscal quarter, which ends on August 31.

"We've had a very good dialogue with the Department of Justice and we were almost able to resolve everything before the Second Request deadline. All that's left is one narrow issue about the way rights to Java are licensed that is never going to get in the way of the deal," Wall said in an interview. "I fully expect that the investigation will end soon and not delay the closing of the deal this summer."

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PSOUG / Oracle profit beats forecast, margin at record
« on: June 23, 2009, 07:00:18 PM »
Oracle profit beats forecast, margin at record
By Jim Finkle

BOSTON, June 23 (Reuters) - Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) reported quarterly earnings above expectations as the No. 3 software maker's profit margin hit a record thanks to robust growth in its maintenance business, sending shares up 2.7 percent.

The company run by billionaire Larry Ellison also reported a smaller-than-expected drop in new software sales and said it grabbed market share from SAP in certain segments -- signs that Oracle may be weathering the downturn better than rivals.

 "We've been able to push through the economic situation rather well and I have to tell you that I still see the pipeline growing rather significantly," Oracle President Safra Catz said in a conference call.

Oracle's quarterly results and outlook beat expectations it set in March, when executives warned the recession and strong dollar would take a substantial bite out of profits. Since then, the economy has stabilized and the currency has weakened, setting Oracle up to beat those conservative estimates.

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PSOUG / The NWOUG Fall Conference: September 15th, 2009
« on: June 23, 2009, 07:50:01 AM »
The NWOUG Fall Conference!
September 15th, 2009
Lloyd Center Double Tree Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon 97232
Mark Sunday, Oracle CIO,will be the Keynote Speaker

This exciting conference will bring the best of Oracle innovation and leadership to the Pacific Northwest!

Presenters who wish to be considered for the Fall Conference must submit a 50 - 75word abstract of their presentation to time line and steps for presentation submittal, selection and preparation is as follows:

  •   presentation abstract submission opens NOW!
  •   presentation abstract submission closes: June 15, 2009
  •   presentation abstract selection results communicated: June 26, 2009
  •   full presentation due for conference package preparation: August 31,  2009
  •   presentation at the conference: September 15, 2009

Additional information regarding the Fall Conference will soon become available here on the NWOUG web sit.

Need more information or have questions? Contact us at

PSOUG / NoCOUG's First Annual SQL Challenge
« on: June 23, 2009, 07:46:03 AM »
FREE Oracle Technology Day - June 17, 2009
NoCOUG's First Annual SQL Challenge

The Northern California Oracle Users Group is an independent, volunteer organization dedicated to the education and representation of the users of Oracle Corporation's database and tools  software. NoCOUG has been around for over 15 years.
We are a dynamic group of over 450 members from all over Northern California. Typically from 200 to 250 members and guests attend our meetings each quarter. NoCOUG events take place at various locations around San Francisco Bay, including Redwood Shores, San Ramon, and Sunnyvale. Many of the presentations from our recent conferences are available for download.

We have some terrific, long-term meeting site sponsors as well as vendors who help support our organization.

NoCOUG and the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) are alliance partners. We encourage you to learn more about IOUG by visiting the IOUG website at

PSOUG / Microsoft kills Visual Studio's Oracle data connection
« on: June 22, 2009, 09:10:30 AM »
Microsoft kills Visual Studio's Oracle data connection
By Gavin Clarke

Swift reaction: 'Sucks', 'shortsighted'

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Coders have reacted with disappointment and frustration to Microsoft's decision to cease development of a connector to Oracle in its .NET Framework, a move that looks like another budget cut.

Microsoft has said it will no longer develop OracleClient,or System.Data.OracleClient, with the up-coming .NET Framework 4.0. It will still be included with the framework but will be "marked as deprecated."

The .NET Framework 4.0 is the basis of Visual Studio 2010 - both due later this year - and therefore the programming model for new and recent versions of Windows. Oracle is the industry's number-one database in terms market share.

"We strongly recommend customers to use our partners' ADO.NET Provider for Oracle instead of continuing to use Microsoft's OracleClient for new application development," ADO.NET OracleClient program manager Himanshu Vasishth blogged. He added Microsoft would continue to provide bug fixes for "critical" issues in OracleClient and development of new applications using OracleClient would be supported.

. . .

Furthermore, there's a suggestion that Microsoft is killing its development efforts as part of the overall corporate strategy of cutting costs to get through the recession. Microsoft has been re-configuring product teams and cut projects and business units that are considered small and non-core but that, naturally, have a financial cost associated with them.

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