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Developers vie for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure certs

Oracle hopes a new developer certification program can drive more interest in its cloud platform, which is well behind the likes of AWS, Microsoft and Google in terms of market share.

To this end, Oracle has introduced a new Developer Associate certification for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, to help developers familiarize themselves with the platform and ultimately build modern enterprise applications there. Oracle now offers five distinct certifications for architects, operators and developers on OCI.

“We absolutely expect this certification will help to grow the number of developers in the Oracle cloud ecosystem,” said Bob Quillin, vice president of Oracle cloud developer relations. “This is a real, professional set of skills and we have a broad set of tools on the toolbox to get and keep developers up to speed.”

Oracle has struggled to attract enterprise customers to OCI, the second-generation version of its cloud platform. The company is hoping the certifications will help in that regard by teaching developers how to use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service APIs, command-line interface and SDKs to write applications.

Bob Quillin, VP of Oracle cloud developer relationsBob Quillin

“Certifications matter when it comes to building software,” said Holger Mueller, principal analyst at Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif. “It matters for enterprises to know what they can expect from developers with a certain certification level. And developers want to document their skills level with a certification.”

Passing the certification means that developers have learned OCI architecture, as well as use cases and best practices, Quillin said.

Traditional leading app platforms providers such as Oracle have a massive installed base of customers and developers invested in their solutions who will continue to adopt new cloud-based solutions.

Developers are less motivated to climb onboard a new brand, which is very costly, so vendors are tailoring new programs and certificates to attract non-Oracle expertise developers and broaden its developer following.
Charlotte DunlapPrincipal analyst, GlobalData

However, “Beyond that pool, developers are less motivated to climb onboard a new brand, which is very costly, so vendors are tailoring new programs and certificates to attract non-Oracle expertise developers and broaden its developer following,” said Charlotte Dunlap, principal analyst at GlobalData in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Quillin said the move to add the new certification was based on developer demand.

“We have thousands of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure certified individuals and are seeing a strong customer demand for Oracle Cloud technical skills,” he said.

This reflects strong momentum among developers who want to build new applications, as well as build extensions to existing applications and data.

“The creation of a certification is a usually a sign of maturity for a platform or product,” Mueller said. “This is the case for Oracle’s cloud developer certification, which just launched. As with all certifications, popularity will determine relevance and we will see in a few quarters what the uptake will be.”

Oracle University is offering the new Developer Associate certification at $150. Oracle University is also reducing the price of all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Associate level certifications — including architect and operations — to $150 and offering the Foundations certification at $95.

In addition, Oracle University has made all its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure learning content available at no charge. Oracle previously charged $2,995 per user subscription.  

The certification exam is 105 minutes long and contains 60 questions. It is currently available only in English.

Moreover, the developer certification is aimed at developers who have 12 or more months of experience in developing and maintaining applications. They should also have an understanding of cloud-native fundamentals and knowledge of at least one programming language.

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For Sale – HP N54L Microserver – 4Gb Ram, NVIDIA GT610 and 64GB SSD OS Drive with Windows 10 Pro

HP N54L Microserver / Home Theatre PC CPU 2.2Ghz Dual Core RAM 4Gb OS Drive. (Mounted in Optical Bay) 64Gb SSD With Licenced Windows 10 Pro OS HDD 1: Seagate 8Tb HDD HDD 2: Seagate 4Tb HDD HDD 3: Western Digital Green 4Tb HDD HDD 4: Bay Empty and Ready for use Does have a small dedicated…

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Using the Windows Admin Center Azure services feature

To drive adoption of its cloud platform, Microsoft is lowering the technical barrier to Azure through the Windows Admin Center management tool.

Microsoft increasingly blurs the lines between on-premises Windows Server operating systems and its cloud platform.

One way the company has done this is by exposing Azure services alongside Windows Server services in the Windows Admin Center. Organizations that might have been reluctant to go through a lengthy deployment process that required PowerShell expertise can use the Windows Admin Center Azure functionality to set up a hybrid arrangement with just a few clicks in some instances.

Azure Backup

One of the Azure services that Windows Server 2019 can use natively is Azure Backup. This cloud service backs up on-premises resources to Azure. This service offers 9,999 recovery points for each instance and is capable of triple redundant storage within a single Azure region by creating three replicas.

Azure Backup can also provide geo-redundant storage, which insulates protected resources against regional disasters.

You access Azure Backup through the Windows Admin Center, as shown in Figure 1. After you register Windows Server with Azure, setting up Azure Backup takes four steps.

Azure Backup setup
Figure 1: The Windows Admin Center walks you through the steps to set up Azure Backup.

Microsoft designed Azure Backup to replace on-premises backup products. Organizations may find that Azure Backup is less expensive than their existing backup system, but the opposite may also be true. The costs vary widely depending on the volume of data, the type of replication and the data retention policy.

Azure Active Directory

Microsoft positions the Windows Admin Center as a one of the primary management tools for Windows Server. Because sensitive resources are exposed within the Windows Admin Center console, Microsoft offers a way to add an extra layer of security through Azure Active Directory.

When you enable the requirement for Azure Active Directory security, you will be required to authenticate into both the local machine and into Azure Active Directory.

To use Azure Active Directory, you must register the Windows Server with Azure, then you can require Azure Active Directory authentication to be used by opening the Windows Admin Center and then clicking on the Settings icon, followed by the Access tab. Figure 2 shows a simple toggle switch to turn Azure Active Directory authentication on or off.

Azure Active Directory authentication
Figure 2: The toggle switch in the Windows Admin Center sets up Azure Active Directory authentication.

Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery replicates machines running on-premises to the Microsoft Azure cloud. If a disaster occurs, you can fail over mission-critical workloads to use the replica VMs in the cloud. Once on-premises functionality returns, you can fail back workloads to your data center. Using the Azure cloud as a recovery site is far more cost-effective than building your own recovery data center, or even using a co-location facility.

Like other Azure services, Azure Site Recovery is exposed through the Windows Admin Center. To use it, the server must be registered with Azure. Although Hyper-V is the preferred hosting platform for use with Azure Site Recovery, the service also supports the replication of VMware VMs. The service also replicates between Azure VMs.

To enable a VM for use with the Azure Site Recovery services, open the Windows Admin Center and click on the Virtual Machines tab. This portion of the console is divided into two separate tabs. A Summary tab details the host’s hardware resource consumption, while the Inventory tab lists the individual VMs on the host.

Click on the Inventory tab and then select the checkbox for the VM you want to replicate to the Azure cloud. You can select multiple VMs and there is also a checkbox above the Name column to select all the VMs on the list. After selecting one or more VMs, click on More, and then choose the Set Up VM Protection option from the drop-down list, shown in Figure 3.

VM protection
Figure 3: To set up replication to Azure with the Azure Site Recovery service, select one or more VMs and then choose the Set Up VM Protection option.

The console will open a window to set up the host with Azure Site Recovery. Select the Azure subscription to use, and to create or select a resource group and a recovery vault. You will also need to select a location, as shown in Figure 4.

Azure Site Recovery setup
Figure 4: After you select the VMs to protect in Azure Site Recovery, finalize the process by selecting a location in the Azure cloud.

Storage Migration Service

The Storage Migration Service migrates the contents of existing servers to new physical servers, VMs or to the Azure cloud. This can help organizations reduce costs through workload consolidation.

You access the Storage Migration Service by selecting the Storage Migration Service tab in the Windows Admin Center, which opens a dialog box outlining the storage migration process as shown in Figure 5. The migration involves getting an inventory of your servers, transferring the data from those servers to the new location, and then cutting over to the new server.

Storage Migration Services overview
Figure 5: Microsoft developed Storage Migration Services to ease migrations to new servers, VMs or Azure VMs through a three-step process.

As time goes on, it seems almost inevitable that Microsoft will update the Windows Admin Center to expose even more Azure services. Eventually, this console will likely provide access to all of the native Windows Server services and all services running in Azure.

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For Sale – Gaming Pc RTX 2080Ti, I7 9700, 32GB Dominator Platinum

What brand is the machine please?
Purchased new?
Purchased from?
Waranty remaining?
Optical drive blu ray?
Any bundled software?
Ancillaries or just PC unit?
Price paid?

thanks
Brian

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For Sale – Mid-2011 iMac 21″, i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD

Hi all, I’m selling my mid-2011 iMac which runs with 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive (health check approved). It’s the 21″ screen version.

The device is in great condition aside from a scratch on the front of the bottom bezel (down in photo).

It’s currently running Mac OS X High Sierra.

The official wireless keyboard and mouse are included in the sale.

Feel free to ask any questions, collection preferred due to the size (TS18 – Stockton)

Many thanks

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For Sale – Lenovo IdeaCentre 510S-08IKL Desktop PC

– Intel Core i3 7100 @ 3.90GHz
– 4GB DDR4 Ram
– Intel HD Graphics 630
– 1TB HDD 7200RPM
– DVD Optical Drive
– Windows 10

Perfect for use as a Plex server or multimedia machine, or a great base for a starter gaming PC

Can also include a Microsoft media keyboard with integrated touchpad if purchased for asking price

Only looking for £125 posted so I feel it’s an absolute steal

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For Sale – Mid-2011 iMac 21″, i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD

Hi all, I’m selling my mid-2011 iMac which runs with 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive (health check approved). It’s the 21″ screen version.

The device is in great condition aside from a scratch on the front of the bottom bezel (down in photo).

It’s currently running Mac OS X High Sierra.

The official wireless keyboard and mouse are included in the sale.

Feel free to ask any questions, collection preferred due to the size (TS18 – Stockton)

Many thanks

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