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Oracle
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Technical Overview of the Exadata Product Family
Oracle White Paper Explains Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Server and Database Machine
In the newly released 29-page white paper by Oracle, the company introduces the Exadata product family: Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Server and Sun Oracle Database Machine. The paper examines the Exadata architecture and includes information on the database server software, enterprise manager plug-in for Exadata, software, smart scan processing, I/O resource management and accelerated performance with Exadata, and Exadata storage virtualization.
Features
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Sun-based SOA Helps Solve Disparate Legacy Architecture for Health Insurer
Newly Integrated IT Architecture Gives Provider the Agility Needed to Handle Claim Load
The Canadian health insurer Mediavie Blue Cross solved the problem it was experiencing with disparate legacy architecture by implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) comprising several Sun solutions. A first step in the migration involved deploying an enterprise-service bus (ESB) that integrates legacy applications to manage claims processing. In restructuring the company’s enterprise architecture, Mediavie IT personnel relied on Sun product managers, the open-source community, and Sun Educational Services for advice and training.
SPARC
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Sun's SPARC Server Roadmap in The Register
One-page Timeline on Processors Anticipated Release
The Register's Timothy Prickett Morgan reports on a Sun generated roadmap for the SPARC processors that was purportedly produced in June for some of Sun's largest customers. Since Sun is in the midst of being acquired by Oracle, Morgan points out that readers should understand it is by no means the ultimate roadmap that Oracle will use to pilot the Sun server business once it has been acquired. It is, however, a hint at where Sun would expect the SPARC processors to develop and be released.
Virtualization
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Business Benefits of Virtualizing IT Infrastructure
White Paper Presents Virtualizing with Sun CMT Solutions
This new white paper addresses issues many datacenters are currently facing - how to lower TCO while supporting more customers and reducing time to market for new services. This Sun white paper describes some Sun solutions and their technologies, including Sun Blade T6340 and T6320 Server Modules, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440, T5240, T5140, T5220, and T5120 Servers, Sun Logical Domains, and Solaris Containers, to demonstrate the business benefits of consolidating enterprise applications onto Sun CMT rackmount and blade servers.
Java Technology
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G1: Java's Garbage First Garbage Collector
Details on How the Java SE 6 Update 14 Feature Works
An entry in Dr. Dobb's Journal, "G1: Java's Garbage First Garbage Collector," discusses Garbage First (G1), a much-anticipated feature newly introduced with the release of Java SE 6 Update 14. G1 works to reclaim areas of memory within an application that will never be accessed again. According to the article, G1 is a low-pause, low-latency, sometimes soft real-time collector that allows users to set max pause time goals and collection intervals through suggestions on the Java VM command line.
Training
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Sun VDI 3 Five-Day Workshop
Hands-on, Instructor-led Training Introduces VDI 3 Technology, Software Administration

Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3 Implementation Workshop (VM-450) is a five-day workshop that introduces Sun's VDI technology and software administration. Along with installing Sun VDI Software 3, individuals signing up for the Sun training course will be introduced to the architectural details of the software, as well as VDI components and features such as Sun xVM VirtualBox and VMware Virtual Center desktop brokers.

Solaris
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Why Consider Solaris?
Solves Consolidation and Utilization Issues, and Then Some
In Aparna Kumar's experience with startups, a universal goal when considering their IT environment is getting better utilization of their computing resources. Virtualization is a common solution. Along this line of thinking, Kumar wants readers of his blog to consider that a company might want to look into changing their operating system to Solaris in order to meet this goal and then some - "without cost, without performance overheads and with ease of configuration & management."
Configuring LDom Guest Domains as Solaris Cluster Nodes
A Solaris How-to Guide
This Solaris How-to Guide is designed to teach both new and experienced Solaris users how to quickly and easily install and configure Solaris Cluster software for two nodes that are LDom guest domains. Topics covered include sample primary domain and guest domain configurations, initial preparation of public IP addresses and logical hostnames, defaults, and installing and configuring Solaris Cluster software and its packages.
MySQL
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MySQL Live Webinars in October
Topics Include MySQL on Windows, Connector/MXJ, Enterprise Fall 2009 Release
Multiple live webinars on MySQL topics are scheduled throughout the month of October. The following topics are set to be covered:

  • Getting Started with MySQL on Windows
  • Kickfire/Kimball Group: Part III: Kimball Data Warehouse Lifecycle
  • For ISVs and OEMs: Using MySQL Connector/MXJ
  • How to Grow Your User Base 275% with High Availability
  • Inserts at Drive Speed: Designing a Custom Storage Engine
  • MySQL for the SQL Server DBA
  • Alfresco - Web Based Collaborative Content Management
  • FreeRADIUS server and the MySQL Cluster
  • Best Practices Webinar: Shopatron's eCommerce Services Powered by MySQL Cluster
  • What's New in the MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release - AS & IN

http://www.mysql.com

Cloud Computing
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The Benefits of Open Standards and Open Source in Cloud Computing
Sun White Paper Specifies the Efficiencies and Economies
Efficiency and economy are words customers are driven to, and consequently, open source and cloud computing are the technologies they are looking into since they offer the resourcefulness, power, and performance to meet and exceed their IT requirements. A recent Sun White Paper explores the benefits of open source and cloud computing, including a look at the Sun Open Cloud Platform, Sun Cloud, Sun Cloud Storage Service, and Sun Cloud Compute Service.
Software
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Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0
LDAP Core Designed for Easy Installation, Embedding, Configuration
Sun OpenDS Standard Edition is a pure Java technology-based directory server designed for use of directory services with applications that were traditionally devoted to databases or highly specialized solutions. Based on the OpenDS open-source community project, this second version comes with a complete LDAP v3 compliant Directory Server that claims a five minute install process and features that make it easy to use and manage.
Hardware
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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card
Storage-server Integrated Solution for I/O-intensive Applications
The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card is part of the Sun's FlashFire product family. It delivers up to 96 GB of solid-state disk capacity and 100K IOPS without consuming any disk slots. It also provides 87,000 write IOPS at 4k. The card contains a super-cap to ensure that there is power to write down the caches to the flashes.
Servers
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InfoWorld Reviews Sun Fire X2270 and X4270 Servers
Noted as Impressive Entries into the Nehalem-based Server Market
The Sun Fire X2270 and X4270 servers "... are the fastest x64 servers Sun has ever produced," writes Paul Venezia in his InfoWorld review. He states that both models are impressive entries into the Nehalem-based server market and would like to see them survive the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.
OpenStorage
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Sun Enhances Its Unified Storage Systems
Offers as Much as 30% Increase in Performance
Sun is adding a 30 percent performance boost to Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System with the addition of new CPUs providing up to 24 cores. Enhancements include improved application performance through enhanced iSCSI SAN support and a boost in performance for Oracle databases. Higher network performance can be achieved with up to four times more bandwidth (40Gb/sec) and lower network latency through InfiniBand (IB), along with twice the DRAM cache - up to 512GB.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 139 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 138 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 137 Issue 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.

    LibreOffice
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    Migration Guide for Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org/StarOffice Migrations
    Overview Presents Procedure Steps, Multiple Scenarios
    Intended as a guide for IT professionals and system integrators wishing to move an organization from Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 to OpenOffice.org or StarOffice. The Sun white paper "Migrating from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org or StarOffice 9" provides a general framework for a migration including a discussion of the key technical aspects of migration planning and file conversion. The basic information that is needed to plan for contingencies during the critical pre-conversion and post-conversion stages of the migration is also provided.
    Developer
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    Solaris Application Memory Management
    How to Manage App Memory and Resolve Common Issues

    Learn the basics for managing application memory on Solaris and resolving common memory usage problems in a Sun Developer Network article by Xinfeng Liu. His article discusses how to observe memory usage on Solaris, how application memory is laid out on Solaris and how to use the libumem memory allocator to improve memory allocation efficiency.

    NetBeans
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    Upload Applications Composed of Several JAR Files Into the Java Warehouse
    NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 Is the Solution to Use

    How to "Use NetBeans IDE 6.7 to Combine JAR Files Into a Single JAR File" is the subject of Robert Eckstein's Sun Developer Network article that provides a workaround for the limitation in Java Warehouse that prevents the uploading of applications composed of several Java Archive (JAR) files into the Java Warehouse. This can be accomplished, Eckstein writes, by concatenating each of the user and library classes into a single JAR file. He claims this is very easy to do for both Java and JavaFX projects using NetBeans IDE 6.7.1.

    Security
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    Migrating to Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
    Take Your Time and Bring Along Plenty of Upper Management Company

    In his intriguingly titled blog "How to Eat an Elephant" Simon Moffatt considers the migration from a user centric access platform to an RBAC framework. In his discussion, Moffatt focuses on roles enforcement as an aspect of the evolution of identity management.

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