New Footprint in Australia!

Hello from “Down Under”!  We are pleased to announce a new hosting footprint in Australia!  We have partnered with AWS to offer Oracle RDS and other web services based out Sydney, Australia.  Our Asia Pacific based customer can continue to enjoy Revion’s high level management services while taking full advantage of the flexible and speed that we come to expect from Amazon Web Services. Two factor authentication

We’re pleased to announce two-step verification as an optional extra layer of protection for your portal account . Once enabled, logging in will require a six-digit security token in addition to your username and password.

SecurID First  step is to download a FREE app for your mobile device, for the purpose of this tutorial, we will use Google Authenticator (recommended) and the Iphone. However, any app that supports the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) algorithm can be used to generate the security token for you.

Google Authenticator (iPhone/Android/BlackBerry)
Duo Mobile (iPhone/Android)
Amazon AWS MFA (Android)
Authenticator (Windows Phone 7)
Authomator (BlackBerry 10)

Step 2: Login to the Customer Portal. You can enable this new feature by clicking on top right corner under “Hello Jonn!”=> Edit Account Details => Security Settings from within the Customer Portal , and then “Enable Two-Factor Authentication”. You’ll be shown your shared secret passphrase and its QR code, which you can scan into your two-factor app. Install one of these apps, scan the QR code shown in the Portal, and then use the app to generate a secure token every time you log in. Again, any app that supports the Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) algorithm can be used to generate the security token for you. Please see screens below:


 Step 3:  Open downloaded Google Authenticator App and tap Begin Step. We recommend  to Scan Bar Code as displayed in Customer Portal Page and as per screenshot #3 above. Please follow these screen shots:



 Step 4: After you successfully scanned bar code you will receive 6 digit pass code as per screenshot #3 above. These numbers are changed every 60 seconds. Please enter displayed number into Verification Step. See below. You are now all set! You should get successful message and backup key as per below screen shots. If you ever get locked out we can always reset your security settings. You may also disable two-factor security settings by going to clicking on top right corner under “Hello Jonn!”=> Edit Account Details => Security Settings. from within the Customer Portal 




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We are happy to announce that now offers SSL certificates to our customers.  Whether you are looking to protect your website or application, Revion has the right certificate for the job. You can now purchase SSl certificates Comodo, Geotrust, RapidSSL and Symmantec directly thru your client portal at competitive prices. Help establish confidence and trust with your customers and purchase an SSL certificate today!

How to back up Oracle Apex applications – Tutorial

We have been receiving many requests for a step by step tutorial on installing and using Oracle’s Apex backup application – APEX Application Archive.

So here you go:

Installing APEX Application Archive:

  1. Once logged in to your workspace, navigate to Application builder -> Packaged Applications
  2. There you will see a list of productivity applications.  Click on APEX Application Archive and then click on the Install Application button
  3. On the next screen you will be asked to choose Authentication method.  You may chose the default method – Application Express Accounts
  4. On the summary page, verify your information and click Install Application
  5. You should see the application installed successfully.  Hit the Run Application to start backing up your applications.

Backing up applications using APEX Applications Archive:

  1. Once you run APEX Application Archive, you will be prompted to enter a username/password.  Since you chose “Application Express Accounts” as your method earlier, you may use your Apex workspace username and password to login.
  2. Once logged in, you will see an overview of your archived applications.  To start archiving, click on “Applications” at the top of the screen.
  3. On the next screen a list of archivable applications will appear.  Click on the archive button on the application you want to archive (backup)
  4. This will lead you back to the application page and you should see that application is now “Archived” under status.
  5. Now click on the Archived Content tab at the top of the screen.  Here you will be download your archived application to start maintaining your own backups locally.

Restoring your applications using APEX Applications Archive:

Now that we successfully installed the Apex Applications Archive application and archived your applications, we can now test the restore functionality of the archive applications.  Lets say you accidentally deleted an application and your local backups you made are lost as well.  Follow the steps below to restore your archived application.

Method 1-

  1. Log back into APEX Application Archive (Application Builder -> APEX Application Archive -> run)
  2. Once logged in, go to Archived Content by clicking on the tab at the top of the screen
  3. Click on the “Restore” button and you will see the following message:Application xyz (376 KB) has been copied to the APEX export repository and can now be installed. To install this application:
  • Navigate to Oracle Application Express home page
  • Click the Application Builder
  • Click the import button
  • Click the import from repository link
  • Locate your file and click the install link

However, that message is not entirely accurate as there is no “import from repository link”.   You will need to click on the “Manage Repository Link” and then locate the file and click the install link.  From there you can just follow the prompts to restore the app.

Method 2-

  1. Log back into APEX Application Archive (Application Builder -> APEX Application Archive -> run)
  2. Once logged in, go to Archived Content by clicking on the tab at the top of the screen
  3. Click on download link and save the archived application locally.
  4. Navigate back to the Oracle Application Express home page and go to Application Builder and re-install the app as you were importing a new application.

Again, as of this writing, there is no automated version of this application.  Meaning, this is a manual process. However, this application is great way to start managing and backing up your applications.







How to backup Oracle Apex apps

One of the most common questions we come across is, “how do I backup my Oracle Apex applications?”  Prior to Oracle Apex version 4.2.2, you could only back up your applications manually by going into Application Builder and running the Export function.  While this worked fine, there was no way to control or manage the versions of your application.

With the release of Oracle Apex version 4.2.2 comes Packaged Applications.  Packaged Applications are productivity base applications that are more or less quite usable out of the box.  One of the applications in particular is  quite helpful for managing your applications –

APEX Application Archive 





Apex Application Archive (once installed) stores your application histories into the database itself.   Meaning, even if you delete the application on accident, you will be able to download the application from the Apex Application Archive.

Another cool feature is the ability to choose with version of the application you would like to archive/restore since you are able to view the version and time it was archived using this application.

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While this application is not perfect (does not have automated feature yet), it is definitely a step in the right direction in the effort to backup your Oracle Apex applications.

Oracle Apex Listener Hosting

Revion Solutions Inc  ( the leading Oracle hosting and managed solutions provider, is pleased to announce availability of APEX Listener Release 2.0.2 for all Oracle Apex or Glassfish hosting.

More information about APEX Listener Release 2.0.2 is available at


Oracle Apex Hosting plan is available at

Google Checkout to be retired 11/20/13

Google checkout will retiring on 11/20/13.  All clients who use Google checkout as a payment for all invoices will need to switch to or Paypal.  This can be done by simply choosing or Paypal at the top of the invoice.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Google announcement is available here:

Application Express 4.2.2 is now available

Revion Solutions Inc  ( the leading Oracle hosting and managed solutions provider, is pleased to announce availability of Application Express 4.2.2 for all new sign ups.

Application Express 4.2.2 is now available!!! As usual we will keep you informed with update schedule. Full release notes: 

SmarterMail 11 Enterprise hosting has arrived!

SmarterMail 11 Enterprise hosting has arrived!
We have successfully upgraded our email servers to SmarterMail 11.x

Some major highlights:

1. Intuitive Webmail -

  • Full support for international users
  • Powerful and intuitive spell-checking
  • Auto-complete addressing
  • Easily migrate mailboxes from Gmail, Live Mail, iMail, Zimbra and more
  • Find attachments easily

2. Unified Email and Collaboration Server –

  • Robust calendaring and scheduling
  • Find a conference room
  • Full contact management, including attachment, meeting and email history
  • Support for the latest and greatest devices and applications

3. Complete Mobile Communication –

  • Exchange ActiveSync for industry standard synchronization
  • Full mobile instant messaging
  • Built for quick and easy mobile navigation
  • Compatible with iOS, Android, Blackberry and more
  • Interface designed specifically for smartphones

and many more Enterprise level features! Contact today to find out how we can help you with Enterprise level mail hosting.
Please take  a moment to review New and exciting features : – enterprise mail hosting. Powered by SmarterMail. – New High Availability Cloud platforms

We here are are excited to announce our new cloud platforms.   We offer both public and private clouds for your web sites, applications, file storage, and backups.   Powered by Parallels control panel, our new cloud architecture will be offer high availability combined with superior on demand scalability.