Oracle Private Cloud with Enterprise Manager 13c

Oracle Enterprise Manager has grown and matured a lot in the past few years with the latest release allowing you to fully manage your Cloud from a Single Interface. It’s not just Private Cloud or Public Cloud Management anymore, it’s actually Hybrid Cloud Management.

The latest offering, Enterprise Manager 13c, addresses both public and private cloud concerns through new enhancements that manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with 100% reuse of existing management tools and practices. These enhancements will provide centralized visibility and control to Oracle customers on their cloud journey, while helping to ensure that their existing company-wide standards are applied across the estate.

Oracle Enterprise Manager today is the nerve center of IT operations among thousands of enterprises, while it’s on the back of Oracle’s very own public cloud operation. This release has been focused to make monitoring cloud scale and resilient. One of the big things in this release is the unification of hardware and software management. See “Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Hardware & Virtualization Management”. Of course, there are many more new exciting features (see the full list) as well as hundreds of enhancements introduced into the existing features, but this is not the focus of this post. Continue reading “Oracle Private Cloud with Enterprise Manager 13c”

Bitnami – The little engine that could

The_Little_Engine_That_Could_thumb-115x150[1]“I think I can! I think I can!” This well-loved classic tale of the Little Blue Engine who isn’t afraid to try has and will continue to inspire and entertain generations of children.

Bitnami is a library of popular server applications and development environments that can be installed with one click, either in your laptop, in a virtual machine or hosted in the cloud. Bitnami was sponsored by Bitrock, a company founded in 2003 in Seville, Spain. Despite being a modestly-sized vendor, they’ve managed to see great success convincing cloud vendors to use their application marketplace. What Bitnami does is actually rather simple, yet very valuable. Bitnami makes it easy to run your favorite server apps anywhere, with the focus on ANYWHERE

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Oracle eBooks… For Dummies (No Offence!)


Dummies.com The ‘For Dummies’ brand with more than 200 million books in print and more than 1,600 titles, is the world’s bestselling reference brand. The past few years licensing the use of the books by large vendors seems to be very popular. These can often be picked up as print freebies at conferences or as ebooks online on specific topics online.

Oracle has been offering such eBooks for quite some time and in the past we have referenced several such titles available from Oracle. Here’s the list of currently available topics and ebooks offered freely by Oracle. Continue reading “Oracle eBooks… For Dummies (No Offence!)”

Netflix goes Global – Now available in Greece

As of January 2016,  the World’s Leading Internet TV Service Netflix is running Live in More than 190 Countries.

For starters, let’s take a look at what Netflix is. Netflix is in short something like “online video club” where users pay a monthly subscription and have access to thousands of movies and series. Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth (and in HD resolution).

Since Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007, the service has expanded globally, first to Canada, then to Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to include 60 countries. Continue reading “Netflix goes Global – Now available in Greece”

Greece 2015 – solidarity to “Visitors”…

The celebration of Christmas is inseparable from the family warmth, love, solidarity and, above all, the joy of children. There are times you may think you do not have someone to share these moments. Yet the redemption may be found in thing you did not imagine. Even under a damp tarpaulin in the back of a farm truck.

Another excellent short film entitled “Visitors” presented by the award-winning in Greek and International Film Festival, Theo Papadoulakis, sponsored by Bank of Chania and the wishes of Indigoview.

A house in Chania opened its doors to four unexpected “Visitors” and became a crib and a hug. A Christmas message of unconditional love, solidarity and humanity achieves to get people thinking, especially during the holy days of Christmas.
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Now Available

Virtualbox 5.0

Version 5.0 of the open-source virtualization software VirtualBox was released on July 9, 2015. This is the first major release of VirtualBox since 2012, and it contains substantial improvements. This latest release by Oracle, demonstrates its commitment to the software, which was acquired as part the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010, and enables organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications.

Oracle VirtualBox 5.0 brings in a range of useful changes and improvements that truly justify a whole integer increment. On paper, the list of new features is impressive and useful. Some of it is geared toward home users, some toward server deployments, and all of it toward having a good and powerful virtualization product. Continue reading “Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Now Available”

Moving on From Excel to MySQL

Do you work with both MySQL and Excel? Are you stuck editing Excel file after Excel file, while you know that in a database things would be easier? Fetching data from a database to then get it into an Excel spreadsheet to do analysis, reporting, transforming, sharing, etc. is a very common task among users. Do you want to interactively “connect” to an MySQL database, retrieving content? Do you need to keep having office users updating excel sheets, while you still need to have the data on a database? MySQL for Excel is an application plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel. It enables you to directly work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel so you can easily do tasks such as:

  • Importing MySQL Data into Excel
  • Exporting Excel data directly into MySQL to a new or existing table
  • Editing MySQL data directly within Excel

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Oracle® Database 12c is Now Available

Oracle Database 12cOracle Database 12c is here, complete with more than 500 new features.

Launch Webcast: Plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it easy to deploy and manage database clouds. Innovations such as Oracle Multitenant, for consolidating multiple databases quickly, and Automatic Data Optimization with Heat Map, for compressing and tiering data at a higher density, maximize resource efficiency and flexibility. These unique advancements, combined with major enhancements in availability, security, and big data support, make Oracle Database 12c the ideal platform for private and public cloud deployments. Continue reading “Oracle® Database 12c is Now Available”

Always have your stuff when you need it with Dropbox

If you’re not already using Dropbox, I have to ask: What are you waiting for?

This popular service lets you easily sync files between computers, share with them others, and create backups. Best of all, it integrates so seamlessly with Windows — and other platforms — that you’re barely even aware that you’re using it. This program is a must-have for anyone who needs to make their files readily available to multiple users or computers.

According to Wikipedia (not the most authoritative source, I know, but a good basic description) Dropbox is:

is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder also are accessible through a website and mobile phone applications.

In short, Dropbox is storage space on the cloud – based servers where users can store files and share them with others for free (up to certain storage space limitations).
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Ubuntu for Phones & Tablets

At the beginning of this year, Canonical announced that it was making an alternative mobile device operating system, called Ubuntu for Phones. With its lack of need for hardware buttons and use of screen sides as hot zones to initiate gesture commands, the underlying UI concept was vastly different from Android.

On the 15th of February, Canonical announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 will become available on the 21st of Feb. This was intended for developers and enthusiasts to get used to Ubuntu’s smartphone version. This same day tools and instructions for flashing this to devices are now released on the Ubuntu Wiki.


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