MAA has recently published a new whitepaper documenting an end to end approach to health and resource utilization monitoring for Oracle Exadata Environments. In an addition to technical details a troubleshooting methodology will be explored that allows administrators to quickly identify and correct issues in an expeditious manner.
Some of you may be aware that the London GlassFish User Group got launched a few months ago. The group is organized and sponsored by C2B2 Consulting. Their very first meeting (on JMS 2) was led by Nigel Deakin, the UK based JMS specification lead.
If you'd like try Oracle R Enterprise, Oracle Partner Vlamis Software Solutions provides a quick and easy way to get started using a virtual machine (VM) loaded with all the software you require and hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Follow this link and within a few clicks you'll have a "Remote Desktop" connection to the cloud with sample scripts for you to explore both the R language and Oracle R Enterprise, both from R and SQL.
Ok, so you will hear some great stuff about AK8, but are you going to upgrade your production system to a new major release right after it comes out? Probably not. If you have a test system or a lab system you can play with, then I highly recommend upgrading it so you can start to see the new performance features that AK8 can give you. If you only have one system, or they're all in production, then of course you're going to wait for the first minor release of the new code, aren't you? I would too. I'm told the first minor is coming out in just a few weeks.