SPARC T5/M5 VAR Technical Training – April 4 2013, 4pm GMT, 5pm CET

You've seen the BIG SPARC Server Announcement, now SAVE THE DATE for the live WebEx SPARC T5/M5 Technical Training and get the scoop on the NEW SPARC Servers with the World's Fastest Microprocessor. Oracle has developed the fastest microprocessor on the planet and fastest systems in their class. Join this (more...)

Oracle Introduces New SPARC Servers – Missed the announcement?

On Tuesday March 26, Larry Ellison and John Fowler unveiled Oracle's newest generation of SPARC servers, with the speed and power to transform your customers' enterprise computing. Missed the live announcement? Watch the pre-recorded Webcast, and visit the SPARC homepage.

eSTEP Newsletter March 2013

The March 2013 eSTEP Newsletter is now available. Click here.

Don’t Miss The Next Live OPN Partnercast On SPARC Servers Update

Visit the Partner Portal on March 27th at 10:00 AM PT for a Live PartnerCast focused on Oracle SPARC Servers. Topics include SPARC Servers Partner Benefits and Background with Ravi Pendekanti, Virtualization on SPARC with Wim Coekaerts, SPARC Servers Services and Specializations with Nick Kritikos, and hosted by Judson (more...)

Larry Ellison Hosts Extreme Performance Event And Webcast – March 26

Join and invite your partners to this live event  and webcast where Oracle's Larry Ellison and John Fowler will unveil a new standard for extreme performance that will transform enterprise computing to ignite innovation and drive results. "Breakthrough with Extreme Performance" will also include a live launch webcast, worldwide (more...)

VAR Training:Save The Date! Learn About The New SPARC Servers – March 28

Invite your partners to SAVE THE DATE for the live WebEx Training to learn about the NEW SPARC Servers with the World’s Fastest Microprocessor. Presenting: Bud Koch, Sr. Principal Marketing Director and Randy Batterson, Channel Go To Market Director. Learn more here

Join the Webcast: “In Touch live with David Callaghan” on April 4th, 10:30 GMT/11:30 CET

The goal of this 30 mins. cast series is to bring our partners the latest headlines and trends from across the Oracle PartnerNetwork. They will also find an opportunity to learn from high level guests from across the Oracle Corporation to give their views on the latest developments from the (more...)

NEW OMM Hardware Business Initiative

To better leverage our partner network, a new OMM Hardware Business Initiative has been launched with the objective of driving growth in incremental Hardware revenue in the broad market during Q4FY13. Read the full announcement here.

NEW: Tape Storage Upgrade Guide – Modernize Your Storage Infrastructure With The Latest Oracle StorageTek Tape Solutions

This interactive guide is a great place to start a conversation with your Tape customers about what they could achieve with a modern tape infrastructure. It features:

A chapter on each of our latest StorageTek Tape products, with explanation of (more...)

ODA X3-2 Marketing Material Available

Material on the new  ODA X3-2 is available to partners in the Oracle Database Appliance Knowledge Zone on the OPN portal.

ODA X3-2 Launch Partner Guide (new!)  - you can find the links to Pre-launch webcast replay, Demo units purchase program in this document.

ODA X3-2 Quick Reference Guide (new!) - you can find elevator pitch, qualifying questions, positioning here.

Oracle Database Appliance Customer Presentation (Technical Part 1) (new!)

Oracle Database Appliance Customer Presentation (Technical Part 2) (new!)

For customer facing documents like whitepaper, datasheet, FAQ, please visit

EMEA VAD Systems Sales Webcast On Next Generation SPARC Systems – MARCH 18th, 9am UKT – 10am CET

To celebrate the SPARC architecture 25th birthday, and the Solaris operating system 20th birthday, Oracle will expand its line of SPARC/Solaris products in the very near future. The Next Generation SPARC products will extend, expand and augment both the T-Series and the M-Series servers families, making them an even richer offering. These new systems represent a major milestone, not only for Oracle but also for you and your partners, and will set new standards in the IT industry.

To give you more information, a sales webcast, dedicated to EMEA VADs, has been set up on (more...)

Optimize Your Time and ROI: Two Key Partner Community Forums in the Same Location!

  • This year the Exadata, Exalogic and Manageability Partner Community Forum, Vienna, 23-24 April, expands its scope to cover all the building blocks of the Cloud infrastructure: Exadata, Exalogic and Manageability! With the sponsorship of Intel. Selected partners will be presenting and sharing their experiences with real-life customer cases, and  Oracle speakers will provide you the latest on these three solution areas and the best way to go to market together.
    Check the Exadata, Exalogic and Manageability Partner Community Forum  agenda and send the invitation to your partners!
  • The Hardware Partner Community Forum takes place immediately after the above Forum, (more...)

eSTEP TechCast – March 2013 Material available

The materials (presentation, replay) from the TechCast "Oracle VM for SPARC Intro and I/O Best practices".are now available via our eSTEP portal.  You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to access the downloads. Link to the portal is shown below.


The downloads can be found under tab Events --> TechCast

Feel free to explore also the other delivered TechCasts and more useful information under the Download and Links tab.

New White Paper: SUN ZFS Storage Appliance vs NETAPP

The results are in… Oracle beat NetApp! Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers significant advantages over NetApp FAS storage, especially when supporting Oracle software environments. With 2X the I/O performance, better cost efficiency, easier to manage, Oracle software integration - You can't lose. Download the white paper “The Best Network Attached Storage Choice for Oracle Database and Software Environments” for a comprehensive comparison of how the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance beats NetApp.

New – Cloud Application Foundation Enriched With New Classes & Assesments

To become a Cloud Application Foundation Sales and Presales Specialist you have the possibility to access the corresponding GLP classes. Additionally, Sales and Presales assessments are now available for you to take. Check them all out today.

Oracle Announces Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Oracle launched its Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 (ODA). This latest release not only boosts hardware configuration, but also extends the use of Oracle Database Appliance to application workloads using the virtualized platform. Check out the Partner Guide for more information.

Invite Your Partners To Join Our OPN Linkedin Subgroups

Are your partners looking for a place to collaborate, get regional specific updates about OPN and scout for jobs on LinkedIn? Then be sure to let them know about our Oracle PartnerNetwork LinkedIn subgroups. They can join the EMEA LinkedIn page today!

New- Competitive Assets For The ZFS Storage Appliance

Check out several new competitive positioning documents for Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance now available in the Knowledge Zone. We have ZFS vs. EMC VNX, ZFS vs. EMC Isilon and ZFS vs. HDS HUS. These are short and concise, one-page, two-sided documents that will help you position Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance against the competition!

New Partner Onboarding Training – Resources Available

In less than 30 minutes, understand the essentials of the OPN program, and the steps required to become resell authorized through this Partner Onboarding Training. Recommended for all new partners! Want more? Watch this short video with 7 great tips to rock & roll with OPN.