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Oracle OpenWorld was highlighted by healthy attendance, significant product announcements, and continued momentum for enterprise movement to the cloud. F5’s Ron Carovano supported the Application Ready Solution for Oracle DB technologies announcement through three media briefings with IT Business Edge, Network Computing and SearchEnterpriseWAN.com. Ron also participated in a short video from the trade show floor with Wikibon-SiliconAngle TV. Below are several highlights from the resulting coverage.

Another highlight from this week’s news included Seattle Business Magazine’s report that Seattle-based F5 Networks made Forbes’ list of midsize companies hiring the most right now.

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blockquote_2 The same goes for smaller firms like F5 Solutions. The company has long touted its ability to provide fluid data environments based on network intelligence and broad compatibility with enterprise software environments. Starting now, clients will be able to integrate F5 tools like the BIG-IP traffic manager and the WAN Optimization Module with Oracle database solutions. The combo should go a long way toward smoothing out the kinks that invariably arise when negotiating with public cloud services. – Arthur Cole, ITBusiness Edge

blockquote_2Seattle Business Magazine reports that Seattle-based F5 Networks made Forbes’ list of midsize companies hiring the most right now. F5, which was named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal this year, says it has added 300 positions since last October 2009. The company makes IT software and hardware for banks, universities and Internet search providers. According to their website, F5 currently has 50 job openings in Seattle and four in Spokane. – Steve Reno, Seattle Business Magazine

blockquote_2He also picked up on recent posts by Lori MacVittie and myself about the back-end 99 percent of the work that will be necessary to make processes strung across clouds work as seamlessly as they do with on-premises applications. (Well, “seamless” may be a relative term, right?) – Joe McKendrick, ZDnet

blockquote_2Internet-Network Solutions ranked sixth out of IBD's 197 groups as of Thursday's edition, up from seventh three weeks ago and 16th six weeks ago. Other highly rated group members are Aruba Networks, F5 Networks and Rackspace Hosting. -- Victor Reklaitis, Investor’s Business Daily

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blockquote_2If HP intends to provide a broad platform capable of fitting into a range of enterprise environments, it clearly thinks Oracle will be a player in the market going forward. The same goes for smaller firms like F5 Solutions. The company has long touted its ability to provide fluid data environments based on network intelligence and broad compatibility with enterprise software environments. Starting now, clients will be able to integrate F5 tools like the BIG-IP traffic manager and the WAN Optimization Module with Oracle database solutions. The combo should go a long way toward smoothing out the kinks that invariably arise when negotiating with public cloud services.” – Arthur Cole, IT Business Edge

blockquote_2Byer, a garment manufacturer, has been using F5's software to help support its Oracle applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite--all of which are mission critical, says Mandar Ghosalkar, application infrastructure manager. While Ghosalkar is not yet using the Application Ready Solution for Oracle Database, he plans on adding it to his F5 suite. In particular, he believes the ability to create virtual connections between the applications and database instances will make it easier load balance between the database instances. "In my previous life I was a DBA so I understand how important it is to abstract the connectivity layer. We used to come up with all kinds of creative ways," he says. "This will make it very easy to create the virtual connecting to the database instances." – Beth Bacheldor, Network Computing

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