It’s time for the the annual IOUG Collaborate Conference again, April 7-11 in Las Vegas at the Venetian and Sands Expo Center.

We have a line up of great tracks and speakers focused on Cloud Computing, and this is a mini-compilation of the sessions focused on Cloud Tracks.

Enjoy and look forward to meeting everyone at Collaborate (#C14LV).

Best Wishes,

Charles Kim and the Cloud SIG Team (George, Bert, Kai, Ron, Steve).


Oracle’s Application Express platform (APEX) has emerged as the most compelling RAD platform available in the Oracle ecosystem. It is easy to learn, provides broadly useful functionality and is free to develop and use for existing Oracle customers. However, it has never been positioned as a “serious” development platform for mission critical enterprise (and certainly not commercial) product development. After all, it’s free and it doesn’t support Java. How important a platform could it be whose language underpinnings are SQL and PL/SQL? Why would I trust a platform for critical product development that’s not encouraged or even considered for such things by its own sales force?

Yet development trends are telling a different story. Organizations across industry boundaries and of every size and profile increasingly rely on APEX’s predictable ROI to create not just internal one-off applications and utilities but full-scale, enterprise-critical and even commercial cloud-based offerings.

Come to this session and see how we are leveraging APEX with FOEX as the preferred enterprise development tool and how it can be used to create compelling applications across full spectrums of criticality and enterprise expectation.


Let’s look at the step-by-step procedures to create a VMware template from an existing golden image VM. The following URL to the PDF will demonstrate the the steps to templatize a VM and to provision a new VM from the newly created template:

VMware Clone to Template and Deploy Virtual Machine from this Template

Our concept of templatization does not stop at the VM. We have to create a template of the Grid Infrastructure and Database Home binaries. After we install Oracle Database 11.2.0.3 or 11.2.0.4, we will apply the latest (N-1) PSU to both the Grid Infrastructure and Database Homes and required one-off patches as needed. For example, customers who have implemented GoldenGate may have to apply patches for the ACFS and/or for Integrated Extracts. Once we establish what we conceive to be the golden image for the Grid Infrastructure and Database software stack, we will create a Tar archives of both homes.