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End of support: transforming your Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 09:00

On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 went end of support. This means that security updates will not be available to workloads available for this version of Windows Server and customers can be vulnerable to security and compliance issues.

If you’re still running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, there are a few options for you to secure your workloads. They include migrating to Azure and taking advantage of three years of extended security updates, upgrading to a later version of Windows Server, or you can remain on-premises and connect to Azure through Windows Admin Center. You can also bring Windows Server licenses to Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit. Read the recent blog, "Turn to a new chapter of Windows Server innovation" to learn more about these options.

Learn more about Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support by checking out the resources below.

If you’re curious about what a migration to Azure would look like and want to learn tips and best practices, attend the Azure Migration Virtual Event: Best Practices for Windows Server and SQL Server on February 26, 2020.

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Why Businesses Need Gen 2 Cloud

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Thu, 01/16/2020 - 07:46
Blog Why Businesses Need Gen 2 Cloud

By Barbara Darrow—Jan 16, 2020

As we move into the third decade of cloud computing, it’s important to remember that not all clouds are alike.

Back in, say 2006, cloud computing services were a revelation to software developers. These rentable storage and compute services provided a handy virtual holding cell that developers could use for designing and prototyping new applications without breaking the bank, or requiring scarce cooperation from in-house resources. And that was all well and good for that time.

Fast forward more than a decade and the status quo is a lot more complicated. As businesses of all sizes weigh the use of cloud platforms to run their critical applications, one part of the equation is that these applications cannot fail without serious financial and reputational consequences. Put it this way: If a computer game glitches, your point total may take a hit. If your manufacturing system hiccups, you can lose real money. And/or your job, depending on your role at the company.

For these types of workloads, businesses require highly secure cloud services that can work in tandem with other cloud services, with services that remain on-premise, and are modern enough for emerging competitive and technological needs.

Wanted:  Gen 2 Cloud

This shift in how companies look at cloud services affects tech suppliers and their customers alike, said Edward Screven, Oracle’s chief corporate architect, in an address earlier this month to Oracle customers attending Oracle Cloud Day in New York City .

“Gen 1 clouds are not good enough for many uses,” he said. Oracle built its Gen 2 cloud to support its cloud business applications, and for its business customers. “Your critical apps drove how we built our cloud,” Screven said.

Early clouds were built so that processors were shared by many customers. The advantage was cost efficiency; the downside was that customer code can, in some circumstances, access the very computers that are used to run the cloud service. In this case, if that customer code were to be infected by malware, the threat may not be contained to that customer’s workload, and can spread.

Oracle’s Gen 2 cloud, by contrast, isolates customer code so it cannot access the cloud’s control computers—or vice versa. A separate processor, which Screven called a perimeter control computer, filters incoming network packets to prevent bad code from entering the customer’s work zone. Isolating the controls of the cloud operations from customer’s tasks helps ensure better security all around.

Gen 2 cloud also utilizes autonomous technology to patch, update, and configure cloud resources without human intervention. In complex environments, it is expensive and time consuming for human administrators to keep up with the latest security threats or configuration wrinkles—provided you can even find them in a tight labor market.

Oracle’s Gen 2 cloud supports online patching. During the Spectre /Meltdown bugs that afflicted Intel processors, online patching averted downtime for Oracle customers by applying 150 million fixes across 1.5 million computer cores. That massive operation took just four hours, Screven said. Perhaps more impressively, online patching -- based on Oracle’s K-splice technology—meant no servers had to be rebooted at all. “Our customers didn’t realize we’d even done it,” Screven said.

Autonomous capabilities give Oracle’s Gen 2 cloud 99.995% availability—which nets out to less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month.

Bolstering Hybrid

While it is true that many business workloads are moving to outside public cloud infrastructure, it is also true that most businesses will keep running some mission-critical applications on premise.

According to Forrester VP and principal analyst James Staten, a healthy 74% of businesses surveyed describe their IT strategy as hybrid, meaning they use cloud in parallel with non-cloud technologies.

Those companies need a comprehensive way to manage their data and applications across deployment models. 

Oracle’s latest release of Enterprise Manager is intended to help companies migrate workloads to Oracle’s Gen 2 cloud—as well as manage their databases from a single dashboard, whether they are running on premise or in the cloud.

New world order

Businesses are quickly learning that Gen 1 clouds relying on commodity hardware and software, and a patchwork quilt of disparate services, are not up to the mission-critical task of running their most important applications and safeguarding their data in a secure, scalable, reliable way.

Most likely they will want to avail themselves of a Gen 2 cloud built from its foundations to handle important business applications.

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Oracle Helps Customers Easily Move to Autonomous Cloud

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle Helps Customers Easily Move to Autonomous Cloud New Oracle Enterprise Manager automates database migration and simplifies complex hybrid cloud environments

Redwood City, Calif.—Jan 15, 2020

To help customers easily move Oracle Databases to the cloud and simplify management of hybrid cloud environments, Oracle announced significant enhancements to its enterprise management platform, Oracle Enterprise Manager. The new release adds functionality that automates database migration and provides a single dashboard that improves visibility, control, and management for hybrid IT environments. 

Oracle Enterprise Manager’s migration capabilities provide unprecedented flexibility and ease of use to accelerate and simplify the transition to the cloud. Since most large organizations have to move multiple databases to the cloud over an extended period of time, it’s critical to have a cloud migration solution that eliminates the timing and pricing pressures typical with other vendor’s rigid migration solutions.

“As organizations move to the cloud, they are faced with complex, time-consuming, manual, error-prone migration tasks,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Software Development, Oracle. “Only Oracle provides Autonomous Cloud services, as well as the tools and migration services to help customers easily move to the cloud. Oracle Enterprise Manager removes the complexity with highly automated, guided migrations and provides a single dashboard for easily managing hybrid cloud environments.”

“IDC’s research shows that well over 90 percent of major enterprises rely on a mix of on-premises IT, dedicated cloud environments and public cloud services, and are seeking efficient ways to onboard, monitor, and manage across these hybrid environments,” said Mary Johnston Turner, IDC Research vice president for Cloud Management. “Enterprise cloud management leaders tell us that analytics is their number one priority, since the scale and complexity of hybrid and multi-cloud operations requires robust automation that is informed by deep performance and optimization intelligence.”

Built for Hybrid Environments

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides enhancements in three key areas to help enterprises more easily manage hybrid database environments, including:

  • Intelligent Analytics: New intelligent analytics provided by the Exadata Warehouse enable users to maximize performance and utilization of Oracle Database and Exadata environments on-premises or in the cloud via improved capacity planning and forecasting. Additionally, the new version improves visibility of the entire hybrid estate through comprehensive monitoring and management for Oracle’s latest technology, including Autonomous Database and Exadata Cloud Service.

  • Comprehensive Lifecycle Automation and Control: Advancements in lifecycle automation and control enable enterprises to easily adopt Autonomous Database and Exadata Cloud Service and improve their security posture.

  • Mobility and Security: New comprehensive security controls include fleet maintenance support for Transparent Data Encryption, improved compliance monitoring, fine-grained control of on-premises fleets, and new security standards for Oracle Database 18c and 19c.  The new functionality also provides access to a new mobile app and new Grafana plug-in for rich visualization of Oracle Enterprise Manager data.

Additionally, Oracle is expanding deployment and access choices for Oracle Enterprise Manager. DBAs can now deploy Oracle Enterprise Manager on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using Oracle best-practices for high availability, capitalizing on Oracle Enterprise Manager features while enjoying the benefits of a cloud deployment.

In addition, Oracle announced today that Oracle Enterprise Manager has been certified by the Center for Internet Security Benchmarks to compare the configuration status of Oracle Databases against the consensus-based best practice standards contained in the Oracle 12c Benchmark v2.1.0, Level 1- RDBMS. Organizations that use Oracle Enterprise Manager can now ensure that the configurations of their critical assets align with the CIS Benchmarks consensus-based practice standards.

Organizations Benefit from Highly Automated Capabilities, Easy Migration to Cloud

“We depend on Oracle Enterprise Manager to optimize our Oracle Database and Exadata fleet, which provides a mission-critical shared service for all of our most important business functions,” said Jones John, Database Services Manager, Technology and Innovation Division at Link Group. “The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager allows us to adopt the newest Exadata X8 environments without delay, and to continue to use Oracle Enterprise Manager’s comprehensive management automation capabilities across our entire hybrid database fleet.”

“Our key public sector and commercial customers and our own experts use Oracle Enterprise Manager every day to manage their Oracle Database and Exadata fleet,” said Erik Benner, Vice President, Transformation at Mythics, an Oracle Cloud partner. “The new Oracle Enterprise Manager functionality to ease migration to Autonomous Database and to apply machine learning analytics to their Oracle Enterprise Manager data is precisely what is needed to help ensure they can continue to operate seamlessly across their entire Database fleet.”

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Largest Russian Footwear Retailer Kicks Manual Assortment Planning to the Curb with Oracle

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:00
Press Release Largest Russian Footwear Retailer Kicks Manual Assortment Planning to the Curb with Oracle ZENDEN Group plans to increase business margin by 3.5 percent while reducing cross-store replenishment by 50 percent

NRF 2020 Retail’s Big Show, New York City—Jan 14, 2020

Popular Russian footwear chain, ZENDEN Group, deployed Oracle Retail to drive inventory productivity and elevate the customer experience with better inventory placement. Today, ZENDEN leads the Russian footwear market on profit per square meter, engaging about 3 million loyalty cardholders and having more than 74.4 million people visiting its stores. In the last five years, ZENDEN has sold 42 million pairs of shoes. With Oracle Retail, ZENDEN Group shifted from a manual planning process to adopt automated demand-driven assortment planning. The new process helps to ensure the right shoes are always in stock for its customers.

“With the rapid growth of the brand, we required a modern solution that could optimize the process, of forecasting and planning assortment. For us, those were the most important factors which have influenced our decision. The new Oracle Retail solution provides the common environment for all participants of the process and also allows us to make the top-down and bottom-up plans,” said Vitaly Fomin, project director, ZENDEN Group. “Due to high accuracy and the new forecasting tool which uses machine learning, we can more effectively meet consumer demand in our stores by providing better assortment availability. In the long-term this helps to reduce the volume of clearances and to increase the overall margin of the business.”

“Before the implementation, our team was responsible for shipments into over 400 stores that we managed through a highly manual and time-consuming process with using big and unsynchronized spreadsheets. Now we have a universal solution with a single user interface and seamless automation of our best practices, which gives us the capacity to think more strategically,” said Victoria Rakhimzhanova, planning department director, ZENDEN Group.

With Oracle Retail, the teams have standardized 90 percent of the planning process in one central system. ZENDEN Group implemented assortment planning solution, Oracle Retail Assortment Planning; demand forecasting solution, Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting; and Veltio’s new Product Forecasting on the Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server platform. Veltio, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), provided Implementation services on the project.

“In our recent global consumer research showed that it’s no longer good enough for retailers to simply sell products. Retailers need to get better at acquiring the right customers and placing assortment and inventory where the customer expects to engage with the brand,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president, and general manager, Oracle Retail. “By leveraging the machine learning embedded in our Planning and Optimization solutions, ZENDEN gains a single view of the assortment and can now orchestrate the supply chain to continue to drive margin and reduce costs.”

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Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website www.oracle.com/retail.

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About Zenden

Zenden Group – Russian diversified multidisciplinary holding on a federal scale with 22 years of history. The company manages retail chains, modern shopping centers, foreign representative offices and a number of social projects. Due to the active use of the world’s best practices and the latest technologies in footwear production, highly qualified management and staff, the holding annually shows high production and financial results, and also strives to become the most dynamic, efficient and innovative company in Russian shoe retail.

About Veltio

Veltio is one of the world leaders in the field of analytics and optimization of retail processes, solving complex business problems using machine learning systems, data mining and decision support based on Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization solutions Veltio works. For more information, visit our website http://www.veltio.com.

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Oracle Delivers Modern Retail in the Cloud

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 09:00
Press Release Oracle Delivers Modern Retail in the Cloud Powered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Retail provides customers the ability to innovate faster and more securely

NRF 2020 Retail’s Big Show, New York City—Jan 13, 2020

An increasingly fierce retail market requires new approaches to engaging customers and satisfying their demands with efficiency and elegance. Retailers need the transparency and flexibility to shift with the needs of their customers and business—whether those interactions are happening online, in-store or in the spaces in-between, such as buying online and picking up in-store (BOPIS).

Everything from inventory to experiences must live in harmony and that requires brands to innovate faster, have intelligence at the tips of their fingers, and use data science to put customers at the center of decision making. Yesterday’s cloud infrastructure can’t meet the demands of today’s customers. Providing retailers the modern platform they need to deliver on their brand promises, Oracle’s core retail operations portfolio is now powered by Oracle's Gen 2 cloud.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is a purpose-built, best-in-class platform for running the most important enterprise applications with unmatched performance, security, and cost. Only Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud runs Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry's first and only self-driving database. Oracle Cloud provides a comprehensive cloud computing portfolio, from application development and business analytics to data management, integration, security, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

“The retail enterprise is becoming increasingly complex with a slim margin for error when it comes to maintaining customer loyalty,” said Jeff Warren, vice president, Oracle Retail. “It’s more critical than ever that retailers can operate with agility and next-level intelligence on everything from planning to inventory management to customer acquisition. This can only be achieved with a next-level cloud platform, like Oracle CIoud Infrastructure.”

Customers are already seeing the advantages. For example, Gap Inc. partnered with Oracle to deploy Oracle Retail Merchandising Cloud Service and Oracle Retail Integration Cloud Service, powered by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, to drive operational agility and furnish the Banana Republic business teams with better intelligence.

Oracle Retail applications leverage Oracle Cloud’s highly fault-tolerant regions to protect customers from unexpected outages. Oracle’s cloud applications can tolerate network, power, or hardware outages and continue to provide service without missing a beat. Additionally, the applications are architected with redundancy at all levels. If a particular component fails, another is there to take its place without disruption to the services. Oracle’s focus on continuous service versus eventual recovery help reduce the risk and magnitude of lost business and customers.

Contact Info Kaitlin Ambrogio
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Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website www.oracle.com/retail.

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The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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