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Oracle
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Oracle Positioned in Leaders Quadrant for Web Content Management
Gartner Offers its Opinion in its Magic Quadrant
Oracle has been named to the leaders quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) by Gartner, which states the 2007 purchase of Stellent and integration of its excellent WCM capabilities into the Oracle Fusion Middleware strategy was a wise one. In its assessment, Gartner takes into account a vendor's current product offerings and overall strategies, as well as their future initiatives and product road maps. It also factors in how well a vendor is driving market changes, or at least adapting to changing market requirements.
Illumos
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A Primer for Linux Users on Role Based Access Control
Blogger Asks, 'pfexec is a kind of sudo'?

The confusion some users experience over the authorization mechanism in OpenSolaris is dispelled somewhat by the discussion in the blog by Trochejen entitled "pfexec is a kind of sudo, right?" which discusses the connection with Role Based Access Control.

Solaris
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How to Work with ZFS Snapshots
Solaris 10 How-to Guide Can Help You Get Started
Intended for new users interested in learning how to use the ZFS snapshots feature, this free 8-page PDF describes the steps necessary to set up a ZFS filesystem and the use of snapshots including how to create them, use them for backup and restore purposes, and how to migrate them between systems.
DLight Screencast Demonstrates Profiling
Provides Basics on Using Tool to Identify Performance Issues
Maria Tishkova demonstrates runtime profiling using DLight, which unifies application and system profiling with DTrace technology on Solaris platforms. System profiling tools like DLight allows for the exploration of a system to help users understand how the system works and track down performance problems across many software layers.
MySQL
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Fall 2009 Release of the MySQL Enterprise
New Features and Services Offered
New updates have been announced for MySQL Enterprise. The new MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release, which is expected to be commercially available within the next 30 days, offers graphical enhancements to the MySQL Enterprise Monitor allowing users to visually correlate MySQL and OS graph and query activity to easily find the most expensive queries and analyze execution patterns and trends that may be causing spikes in key system resources. Thirty-day trial subscriptions are now available free-of-charge from the MySQL Web site.
Software
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Links to Resources for Creating LDAP Client APIs
Includes Material in Several Programming Languages
The variety and the performance capabilities of LDAP client APIs is the subject that Mark Craig addresses in his blog of that title, which outlines the operations performed by an LDAP client. The blog includes links to resources for creating LDAP clients in Java, C, Perl, PHP and Python.
Events
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Oracle on Sun Benchmarks to be Revealed at Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle OpenWorld: 2009, Oct. 11-15th, San Francisco
Sun and Oracle are enticing performance buffs with teasers about a reveal to be made at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference that will prove "even IBM DB2 running on IBM's fastest hardware can't match the speed and performance of Oracle Database on Sun systems." The new Oracle-on-Sun performance proofpoints are expected to be disclosed October 14th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where the conference will be taking place from the 11th-15th.
Servers
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IT Pro Reviews Sun Fire X4275 Storage Server
Rugged, Versatile, Offers Abundant Storage Capacity
The Sun Fire X4275 Server comes in for some generous praise in Dave Mitchell's review for ITPro, from whom it receives four out of six stars as a solution eminently qualified for duty in such storage-hungry applications such as multimedia, data warehousing and video surveillance, given its 12 TB and 24 TB SATA drive configurations.
Windows
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Free and Open Source Software Must-haves for Windows
10 FOSS-on-Windows Treasures Selected by ITBusiness.CA
Many don't know that there are compelling open source software solutions for Microsoft Windows. Besides the free and open source Mozilla Firefox web browser, which is widely known, used and definitely part of this top 10 list, there are many more undiscovered FOSS-on-Windows treasures and Randall Kennedy with itbusiness.ca has picked out another 9 applications he believes all Window users must have.
OpenStorage
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CommVault Simpana DA Using CIFS with the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
Quick Start Guide for Sys Admins
The Sun BluePrints Online paper "Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System for CommVault Simpana Using CIFS Quick Start Guide" by Ulrich Conrad was written for the system administrator who is already comfortable with the Simpana product and familiar with the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System. Conrad's article is a guide to setting up the Sun OpenStorage system for use with the Simpana Data Archiver.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 139 Issue 1; Vol 138 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 137 Issues 3, 4, 5
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 138 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    InfoWorld's 2009 Best of Open Source Software Awards (Bossies)
    MySQL, Java, NetBeans, VirtualBox, and OpenOffice.org Recognized
    NetBeans 6.7 and VirtualBox were named as two of the 40 named best open source softwares in InfoWorld's 2009 Bossies. This year a new Hall of Fame list was compiled to name the top picks for the most indispensable open source software of all time and MySQL landed in the top 10 of "the most important and valuable" open source software. Also in the Hall of Fame, Sun and its Java programming language received a salute along with JIT compiler for becoming a part of the open source community.
    Performance
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    New Speed Benchmark Set by Joyent with MySQL in the Cloud
    Outpaces Amazon EC2
    Enterprise-class cloud computing vendor Joyent now offers optimizations to the Joyent Cloud for MySQL with Joyent and Sun's database group teaming up to create Virtual Appliance templates for the database. Performance benchmarks demonstrate that Joyent's Virtual Appliance for MySQL can deliver three times the number of Transactions per Second than comparable deployments of Xen-based clouds, such as Amazon's EC2.
    Sun-Oracle Deliver World Record on Two-tier SAP S&D
    Sun Fire Server and Oracle Database Top IBM, HP/Microsoft
    The Sun Fire X4270 server and the Oracle 10g have set a world-record result for a two-processor system on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, outperforming IBM System 550 server and DB2 as well as HP ProLiant BL460c G6 and Microsoft SQL Server. The two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark measures the system performance to process dialog steps and order line item postings per hour for SAP solution-based transactions.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of September 10th, 2009
    Sun Support Resources for System Administrators

    The new BigAdmin Support hub covers Sun services and solutions of interest to sys admins, e.g. different support scenarios for Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems. Find out about SunSpectrum Support Programs and service plans for sites and solutions, for servers, or for software.

    Backup and Recovery Snapshots for VMware ESX Server With Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

    This implementation guide from a Sun engineer discusses array-based backup and recovery operations for VMware ESX Server and VMware vSphere virtual machine environments. These examples use the snapshot, clone, rollback, and replication features of Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems.

    Sysadmin
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    BigAdmin Paper Discusses Running SAP ERP With Oracle on Sun OpenStorage
    Using Oracle as Database Platform and Volumes on a 7210 Mounted via NFS
    The BigAdmin paper "Running SAP ERP 6.0 With Oracle Database on the Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System" by Ulrich Conrad describes the steps to implement an SAP ERP 6.0 application on Solaris 10 for x64 platforms with Oracle as the database platform and volumes on this Sun OpenStorage system that are mounted via NFS.
    Virtualization
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    What Does Virtualization Mean After All?
    Engineers Understand the Term to Mean Something Different from Marketers
    "Demystifying Enterprise-Class Server Virtualization," a Sun BluePrints Online paper by Chad Prucha defines and classifies the various subtypes of server virtualization and provides an overview of the various enterprise-class server virtualization offerings available today from Sun Microsystems and other vendors.
    JavaFX
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    A Glance at the Present and Future with JavaFX Developer Stephen Chin
    How JavaFX Will Make Things Easier for Developers
    Stephen Chin, creator of WidgetFX and co-author of the Pro JavaFX Platform book, spoke recently with Reviews Interactive on the subject of JavaFX and his involvement with it. Chin said he does his development work on a quad-core, 64-bit Windows box; a Mac that enables him to test WidgetFX natively across platforms; and an HTC Diamond on which he develops and deploys JavaFX Mobile code.
    Leading Independent IPTV Specialists Incorporate JavaFX
    Opportunity for Third-party Developers to Deploy Apps and Services
    The JavaFX TV Platform has been chosen by Amino Communications to be used in its next generation IPTV set-top boxes (STBs). This will enable third-party JavaFX developers to create new, expressive content that combines IP-delivered secure video with the JavaFX platform. Content authors also will be able to take these applications to multiple screens with JavaFX's support for the browser, desktop, and mobile platforms.
    Security
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    Drupal with AMP Stack AMI on Hardened OpenSolaris 2008.11 AMI
    On Amazon EC2's Cloud Computing Service
    There is a new release of hardened OpenSolaris 2008.11 AMI on Amazon EC2's cloud computing service. It contains Drupal AMI with AMP stack. Installed and pre-configured on this publicly available AMI are Drupal v6.10, Apache v2.2, MySQL v5.0, and PHP v5.2. In his introduction of this release, Sun Distinguished Engineer and Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette offers two points: 1) no security-relevant changes were necessary to Drupal; and 2) MySQL was modified to not listen on the network for connections.
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