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Podcast #377: Oracle Autonomous Database — An Interview with Maria Colgan

This episode brings you an interview with Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager for Oracle Database. Maria joined Oracle in 1996, and since then has held positions as product manager for Oracle Database In-Memory and the Oracle Database query optimizer. Maria is the primary author of the SQLMaria blog and a contributing author to the Oracle Optimizer blog.

“With the Autonomous Database, data scientists and developers can basically help themselves, provision the database and get running and utilize it.” – Maria Colgan

Handling the host duties for this program is Alexa Weber Morales. An award-winning musician and writer, Alexa is director of developer content at Oracle. She is the former editor in chief of Software Development magazine, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology content strategist and journalist.

In this program Maria talks about Oracle Autonomous Database and the new features that allow data scientists, developers, and others beyond traditional database users to help themselves.

This program is Groundbreakers Podcast #377. The interview was originally recorded on September 17, 2019 at Oracle Openworld. Listen!

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Maria ColganMaria Colgan

Master Product Manager, Oracle Database, Oracle

San Francisco, California

Alexa Weber MoralesAlexa Weber Morales

Editor/Content Strategist, Oracle

San Francisco, California

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Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux: Support for minor releases of RHEL, CentOS and Oracle Linux

This article describes the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux support for minor releases of different Linux distributions.

Sophos uses commercially reasonable efforts, as described below, to support Sophos Antivirus for Linux on all minor point releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) while the corresponding major version is supported. This includes the CentOS and Oracle Linux derivatives of RHEL.

Sophos will test and support Sophos Antivirus on the current active minor release of RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux. When a new minor version is released by the operating system vendor, the previous minor version typically stops receiving important security updates. Sophos, therefore, recommends customers upgrade to the current active minor release as early as practicable.

To assist customers who are unable to upgrade their systems in line with RHEL minor releases, Sophos uses commercially reasonable efforts to support Sophos Antivirus on non-current minor releases of RHEL, CentOS, and Oracle Linux, on the following basis:

  • Support for configuration and usage questions for Sophos Antivirus for Linux will be provided by Sophos Technical Support
  • Technical product issues will be investigated using Sophos’ existing maintenance process, on the basis that the issue can be replicated on the current active minor release
  • If a reported product issue cannot be replicated on the current active minor release, or in the event that a software update would be required to provide a resolution for a non-current minor release, Sophos advises that such issues may fall outside the scope of commercially reasonable efforts support
  • The corresponding major version must be supported by Sophos, excluding extended or limited support offerings

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0Chain’s dStorage teams up with Oracle Blockchain to provide a single source of truth for …

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 0Chain LLC, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today, announced a collaboration with Oracle to provide Hyperledger Fabric customers a solution to use 0Chain dStorage as a trusted party for file-based transactions that require data validation from endorsers. The concept is to have enterprises upload the data to dStorage and submit a transaction to the Fabric with the document hash, and have it verified by endorsers retrieving the data directly from dStorage or through a 3rd party distributed verifier.

There are several use cases for multi-party transactions involving documents in various verticals. One example is in healthcare where a medical claim document shared between patient, hospital, doctor, lab, and insurer need to be secured to prevent fraudulent activity. Other verticals such as supply chain, logistics, manufacturing, banking, real estate, agriculture, identity, voting, insurance, cross-border payment, clearing house, licensing & IP, energy trading, certificates, deeds, ad, registry, telecom, forensics, and government industries could all use the Fabric with dStorage for an end-to-end secure transaction platform.

“The 0Chain dStorage platform protects enterprises from data breaches and provides a single source of truth for multi-party transactions to reduce costs associated with fraud, liability, and dispute,” said Saswata Basu, CEO, 0Chain LLC. “Oracle and 0Chain are at the forefront of innovation and with this relationship, customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the blockchain seamlessly.”

About 0Chain

0Chain is a decentralized storage platform, protecting enterprises from data breaches, and providing a single source of truth for data, with unparalleled privacy, security, transparency, and performance. For more information about 0Chain, please visit, or email at

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit:


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Microsoft and Oracle to Interconnect Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud

Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. on Wednesday announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Enterprises can now seamlessly connect Azure services, to Oracle Cloud services. Today, a lot of enterprises already use a combination of Microsoft and Oracle to run their business. In addition, enterprises have invested heavily in both Oracle and Microsoft solutions for many years. Now for the first time, organizations can develop and leverage both Microsoft and Oracle cloud services simultaneously which enables easier migration of on-premises applications, the utilization of a broader range of tools, and the ability to take advantage of existing investments across both clouds.

As a result of this expanded partnership, the companies are today making available a new set of capabilities:

  • Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises data centers to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.

  • Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview today, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.

  • Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.

  • A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes.

  • Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.

More information about specific cross-cloud capabilities, use cases, business advantages, and more can be found here:


Oracle Move – Successfully Migrate Your Data to the Oracle Cloud

The Oracle Database is enterprise-proven—it supports all types of workloads and various deployments as well as platforms on-premises and in the cloud. The question is, how can you migrate your Oracle Database into the cloud successfully, easily, and with virtually no downtime?

The answer to this question is Oracle Move:

Oracle Move provides the information and tools you need to determine the best strategy and methods to migrate your on-premises database to the Oracle Cloud and then helps you execute on the plan.

The Oracle Database in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is available in several services and configurations, each one tailored to your business needs. Oracle Move therefore not only supports a variety of source database configurations, but also considers the managed Oracle Cloud database services you can choose from and be provided with the most efficient path into the Oracle Cloud. For example, Oracle Move supports the migration of an Oracle Database into the Exadata Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud at Customer, and of course, the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and the Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing services. In other words, Oracle Move is your one stop solution.

Moving your Databases to the Oracle Cloud starts from where you are today, taking into consideration your source database, whether it’s an Oracle Database or other databases hosted on a 3rd Party Cloud. Oracle Move offers a simple advisor that recommends the optimal migration solution based on your selection of the target and source database deployments.

Oracle Move offers simplicity and efficiency. Oracle automated tools make it seamless to move your database to the Oracle Cloud with virtually no downtime. Using the same technology and standards on-premises and in the Oracle Cloud, you can facilitate the same products and skills to manage your cloud-based Oracle Databases as you would on any other platform.

Oracle Move is flexible. You can directly migrate your Oracle Database to the Oracle Cloud from various source databases into different target cloud deployments depending on your requirements and business needs. Oracle Move provides a well-defined set of tools, giving you the flexibility to choose the method that best applies to your needs.

Oracle Move is cost effective. The same flexibility that lets you directly migrate your Oracle Database to the Oracle Cloud is applied to finding the most cost effective solution for the purpose and duration of the migration.

Oracle Move is highly available and scalable. The tight integration of all migration tools with the Oracle Database lets you maintain control and gain better efficiency when moving your databases into the Oracle Cloud, while the Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA)-approved tools as well as Oracle’s soon to be released Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM)-based migration ensure that your migration is handled as smoothly as possible.

The Oracle Zero Downtime Migration tool follows a simple single button approach, is fully MAA-compliant and scales to your fleet needs. Oracle ZDM leverages Oracle Data Guard in order to provide an automated migration for your on-premises database to the Oracle Cloud; all of this, with a five step process that analyzes both the source and target, prepares both databases, migrates your data, provides monitoring and then a controlled switchover of the application to your newly migrated database in the Oracle Cloud.

Oracle Move provides all the resources for Migrating OVEr to the Oracle Cloud. For more information, visit to find your best path to the Oracle Cloud.


Education Available at COLLABORATE 18

By: Ilona Gabinsky

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Today, we have guest blogger – Wincy Ip – Senior Manager, User Groups

Whether organizations are seeking to modernize their Oracle on-premise solutions, evaluate a path to the cloud, or optimize business already in the cloud, COLLABORATE offers a unique opportunity for Oracle users to learn how to maximize existing Oracle investments and take them to the next level. This year’s program at COLLABORATE 18 features key themes such as how to achieve breakthrough value from existing on-premise and database offerings; increase the value of on-premise investments by migrating, connecting, and extending with Oracle’s Cloud solutions; and how emerging technologies impact established business processes.

COLLABORATE 18 offers more than 1,200 educational sessions, with 230 being led by Oracle speakers. For Oracle on-premise customers, sessions include 314 focused on Oracle E-Business Suite, 214 JD Edwards, 179 PeopleSoft, and 99 Hyperion. Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud, will present the Oracle keynote: Oracle Cloud – How to Build Your Own Personalized Path to Cloud. Attendees can then select from over 500 sessions spanning how Oracle’s SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS solutions can accelerate business transformation, increase agility, and optimize security with their existing solutions.

COLLABORATE, the premiere, annual technology and applications forum for the Oracle community, will take place this year April 22-26, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by three Oracle user groups – IOUG, OAUG, Quest International Users Group – the five-day user conference will host more than 5,000 attendees in keynotes, sessions, workshops, networking events, and an exhibitor showcase with 200+ vendors.

Below are some of the sessions to explore at COLLABORATE 18:

What’s New in Oracle Database 18c

William Hardie, Vice President, Oracle Database Product Management [Session ID: 1162]

Preview of Oracle Autonomous Database

Maria Colgan, Master Product Manager, Oracle [Session ID: 1363]

Revolutionize Your Data Management with World’s 1st Autonomous Database

Monica Kumar, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle [Session ID: 1721]

The Future of Autonomous – Powered by Oracle

Monica Kumar, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle [Session ID: 1162]

Upgrade and Migrate to Oracle Database Cloud

Roy Swonger, Vice President, Database Upgrades & Utilities, Oracle [Session ID: 1175]

Hands-On Lab: Upgrade and Migrate to Oracle Database 18

Roy Swonger, Vice President, Database Upgrades & Utilities, Oracle [Session ID: 1176]

Oracle Database In-Memory: Past, Present, and Future

Tirthankar Lahiri, Vice President, Data and In-Memory Technologies, Oracle [Session ID: 1337]

Check out the complete agenda where you can search by keyword or apply filters by education track, product line, business goal, or industry. You can also create a profile to build and save your personal education plan.

Haven’t registered? What are you waiting for? For more information, visit and register today!


What’s new in CCS SCU 2017-3

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Symantec CCS SCU 2017-3: New Updates and Significant Enhancements

  1. Content Updates

As a Compliance Officer, I want to use Security Best Practices Standards and CIS Benchmarks to perform security configuration assessment, policy compliance, and regulatory compliance on various platforms, databases, and applications using CCS 11.x & 12.0.

  • New Standards
    • CIS Benchmark for Oracle MYSQL Enterprise Edition 5.6 v1.1.0 (On Unix)
    • CIS Benchmark for Oracle MYSQL Enterprise Edition 5.7 v1.0.0 (On Unix)
    • CIS Benchmark for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 v1.0
    • CIS Benchmark for Amazon Linux v2.0.0
    • CIS Benchmark for Oracle Linux 7 v2.0.0
    • CIS Benchmark for CentOS Linux 7 v2.0.1
    • CIS Benchmark for Microsoft IIS 8.0 v1.5.0
    • CIS Benchmark for Microsoft IIS 8.5 v1.5.0
  • Security Essential Standards in Standard Manager
    • Security Essentials for JBOSS EAP 6.3
    • Security Essentials for Apple OSX 10.12
    • Security Essentials for Kubernetes 1.8
    • Security Essentials for Debian Linux 8.x and 9.x
    • Security Essentials for Check Point Firewall R80.10
    • Security Essentials for Fortinet Fortigate Firewall v5.6
    • Security Essentials for Apache Hadoop 2.9
    • Security Essentials for AIX 7.2
    • Security Essentials for Oracle MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.6 (On Windows)
    • Security Essentials for Oracle MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.7 (On Windows)
  • Regulator Frameworks/Mandates
    • Update to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as per Symantec Legal Guidelines.
    • CIS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense Ver 6.1 (CIS Top 20 Mandate)
  1. Oracle agent credential management for Unix platform
    • As a IT Operations User, I want the capability to manage Oracle credentials on agent side for Unix platform while scanning CCS Oracle agent bases assets.
  1. MySQL Platform Support
    • As a IT Operations User, I want to the ability to collect data from MySQL 5.6/5.7 databases deployed on Unix/Windows platforms so that I can assess the security configuration.
  1. Other Changes in SCU 2017-3
    • Support for the diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256 key exchange algorithm and the hmac-sha2-256 MAC algorithm.
    • Support for Superseding patch field in “Installed Software Features”.
    • Windows data collection support in Active Directory (AD) environment with Windows 2016 Functional Levels.
    • Added Questionnaire to Control Compliance Suite Assessment Manager (CCS AM) corresponding to mandate CIS Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense Ver 6.1 (CIS Top 20 Mandate) in CCS AM content update.
    • Marked following standards as deprecated considering platform reached its extended end of life date from vendors or CCS has new standard corresponding to the latest CIS benchmark version
      • Security Essentials for CentOS 7.x
      • Security Essentials for Windows 2016
      • Security Essentials for Microsoft IIS 8.0 and 8.5

You can visit following link for What’s New in the SCU 2017-3 release

Download Location(s):

SCU 2017-3 is available via Enterprise support site.  SCU 2017-3 package is also available via Live Update as well.

SCU 2017-3

SCU for CCS AM 11.x

Agent Download(s)

Security Updates