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Sun Technologies and the Oracle Database
Wiki Highlights Key Technologies for Running Oracle
Sun and some of its engineers from Performance Technologies are putting together a list of Sun technologies that enhance the performance, monitoring and tuning of the Oracle database on Sun servers. Grouped in categories entitled: Early Innovations, Solaris 9, Solaris 10 and Misc Innovations, the lists spans from Intimate Shared Memory (ISM) in Solaris 2.2 to Dynamic ISM (DISM) and Expanded Multiple Page Size Support (MPSS). All are invited to contribute so that important technologies don't get missed.
Doing a Mobile Install of OpenSolaris and VirtualBox on a Laptop
Engineer Shares Experience, Offers Advice

In a blog that deals with Windows, OpenSolaris and VirtualBox, Sun engineer Alan Hargreaves recounts his experience with loading VirtualBox and a release candidate ISO of OpenSolaris 2009.06 on his laptop. He also used the exclusive-to-Sun-employees test tool punchin. His first caution is not to attempt this install with a mere 512MB memory since the laptop shows the installation as apparently successful when it is not in fact.

Resources for the Open Virtualization Format
History, Links, Views on the New Virtualization Standard
Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is a platform independent, efficient, extensible, and open packaging and distribution format for virtual machines. On the VirtualGuru blog, an extensive set of resources on OVF are offered for those interested in learning more and/or adopting this cross-platform, vendor independent distribution framework, which the blog's author contends does not just define simple, portable virtual machines.
VirtualBox 3.0 Released
Major Enhancements: SMP Support, VMs Management Capabilities
Download the freely available Sun VirtualBox 3.0 and get symmetrical multi-processing (SMP) support, meaning support for guests that have multiple virtual CPUs (vCPUs), with up to 32 vCPUs in a single virtual machine (VM). This new release also allows users to deploy, start, stop, etc., VMs within a network or datacenter for ease in management. There are additional updates and added desktop support in this latest version, which Sun identifies as "significant".
Free and Open Source S/W
Better Quality and Injecting Specific Requirements Add to Open Source Appeal
Sun Exec on Why Open Source Software is Better Than Proprietary
Sun Federal President and COO Bill Vass continues to make the case that open source technologies are the best choice and offers a multitude of reasons (and blogs) to substantiate his point. Previously, he had outlined four reasons, including security, reduced procurement time, prevent vendor lock-in and reduced cost. Now Vass asserts open source offers better quality and a means to get specific requirements injected into a product.
Patch Checked Advanced (PCA) - Solaris OS Patch Management Utility
Generates Lists of Installed and Missing Patches for Solaris

The testimonials marshaled in Dr. Hung-Sheng Tsao's blog on Patch Check Advanced (PCA) attest to the excellence and value of this command line utility for patching and support his own assertion that PCA is "...the only tool you ever need for patch management, be it on a single machine or a complete network. Just one perl script, it doesn't need compilation nor installation, and it doesn't need root permissions to run. It works on all versions of Solaris, both SPARC and x86." The blog identifies the source of PCA as Martin Paul from Vienna's Institute of Scientific Computing.

Latest Support and Key Features of Solaris Cluster for SAP NetWeaver Stack
SAP Components More Available than Ever for Running on Solaris OS
Among the many software applications supported by Solaris Cluster 3.2 01/09 is support for the SAP NetWeaver stack, which Prasad Dharmavaram discusses in a recent blog post. According to the blog, Solaris Cluster software can be used to improve the availability of SAP components running on Solaris OS. Because Solaris Cluster uses redundant components to protect against any planned or unplanned downtime, there is no single point of failure in the entire stack, Dharmavaram writes.
Solaris News Bites
Short Items of Interest to Solaris Users

  • Updated Book of Less Known Solaris Features
  • Bandwidth Limiting and Flow Accounting with Crossbow
  • End-of-Software Support Statements
  • I/O Analysis using DTrace
  • More on Solaris 9 End of Life
  • Solaris 10 Upgrade Resources
  • Freeware Covered by Solaris Support Contract
  • UltraSPARC with Solaris 10 Supports Platform Specific Routine
  • Latest x86 Installation Check Tool

Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Infrastructure and Architecture
White Paper Presents General Concepts, Architectual Models & Considerations
Sun's perspective on cloud computing is revealed in a June 2009 white paper that covers the general nature of cloud computing including the infrastructure models and benefits, as well as the architectural considerations for Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) such as evolving applications architectures, horizontal scaling, parallelization, data physics and network security, among other aspects of this new IT shift in computing.
New Configuration for Sun Storage 7110 System
4.2TB Raw Capacity Offered as Additional Option
Customers now have a choice between 2 or 4.2 TB raw capacity configurations with the Sun Storage 7110 System. The 4.2 TB is the latest configuration for this Unified Storage System. The configuration consists of 14 data drives, 300GB 10K-rpm SAS drives and is available as a PTO or ATO option. Sun Storage 7110 is part of the Sun’s Unified Storage Systems, which can deliver higher performance at up to 75% less cost than traditional storage solutions, Sun reports, by utilizing cost-effective components and providing a rich set of built-in software features.
Sun Open Storage for the Web Platform
Reduces Storage Costs for Digital Assets by up to 90%
IT managers responsible for storage of digital assets and the management of them may want to take a look at the white paper "Managing Web Infrastructure Storage Cost, Complexity, and Performance" that provides an overview of Sun Open Storage for the Web platform. The paper covers specific tools to address massive data growth, trends in open storage and key features of Sun solutions.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 136 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 135 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 136 Issue 4, the top 10 articles were:

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Encryption Examined for ODF Documents
    Encryption Process Explained, Demonstrates Strength
    Malte Timmermann answers questions about for Open Document Format (ODF) documents. He specifically delves into the encryption process, asserting that it can be considered quite strong. ODF is an XML-based file format for representing electronic documents such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. ODF documents are Zip archives, Timmermann explains, and the encryption is applied to all ODF relevant streams, and not to the zip archive itself.
    NetBeans 6.7 Released
    Collaboration Made Even Easier with Integration of New Features
    With the release of NetBeans IDE 6.7, it is now even easier to build applications with Java, C/C++, JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy, Python and PHP. New features in NetBeans IDE 6.7 help keep developers connected and in sync, particularly with the integration of Project Kenai - a collaborative environment that lets developers host their open source projects in the cloud.
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