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Enhancements for PHP in Oracle Database 11g Release 2
New Features Useful for PHP OCI8 Applications
The availability of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 has Christopher Jones blogging about the new features useful for PHP OCI8 applications. They include enhancements that let online production applications be upgraded with minimal downtime, and features that improve existing important capabilities introduced in Oracle 11g Release 1, such as DRCP connection pooling and the Client Query Result Cache.
Protect Existing Investments While Considering New Architectures
Get Continuity of Operations and Support for UltraSPARC IIIi/Solaris Systems
In today's economic climate, it is vital that organizations take careful consideration of their IT budgets. For most, investment protection is a top priority and that includes investing in solutions that can bridge support for future requirements. General Dynamics C4 Systems with Tadpole computing products (Tadpole) is answering this market need. Tadpole ensures customers of the ongoing reliability of existing deployments for years beyond a typical vendor agreement, while supporting technology refreshes with new products under a new warranty. Learn how organizations can sustain operations for UltraSPARC IIIi and Solaris 8.
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 Features
Sun VDI 3.1 Beta Intrigues With More Additions
Impressive features is how the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.0 software is described by Pedro Gomez, who describes a few them in his blog along with screenshots to demonstrate his points. For those looking ahead, Dirk Grobler explains why Sun VDI 3.1 early access may be worth trying, noting that the upcoming release will be adding some major updates.
Java Technology
PayPal Supports Application Payment in Java Store
Real-time Payments to Developers, Single-click Buying Experience for Consumers
PayPal is supporting application payment in the Java Store Beta, a consumer-facing storefront for Java and JavaFX applications. Utilizing the new Adaptive Payment API from PayPal, consumers can authorize the Java Store Beta to bill against their PayPal account so they can simply click the "Buy" button and never have to leave the store. Developers can set their own application price from $1.99 to $200.00 (USD), receiving 70 percent of any for-fee application sold immediately with this new Sun-PayPal alliance.
Details on Solaris 10 10/09 OS
Key Features/Benefits, System Requirements, Supported Platforms, Licensing
The latest release of Solaris 10 released in October comes with enhancements and new features, such as streamlined patching for Solaris Containers, faster package management, support for latest Intel CPU technologies, new features for ZFS filesystem and datacenter-grade power management. This article covers some of the key features and benefits offered in the new release.
Solaris News Bites
Short Items of Interest for Solaris Users
  • Solaris 10 10/09 Patch Bundle Available
  • DTrace Quick Start Guide
  • ZFS Now Offers Built-in Deduplication
  • ZFS Deduplication Features in PSARC
  • ZFS: Changing The Way You Look at Storage
  • Tuning ZFS for Sun Storage F5100 Array
  • How to 4k Align Flash on Solaris x86
  • pkgin and 5,000 Packages for Solaris 10/x86
  • Can Your x86 System Run Solaris 10?
  • Multiple LDom vdisks With the Same Backend
  • Installing Native and Branded Zones
  • Automated Backups With Inserted USB Disk/Memory Drive
  • Using Solaris Live Upgrade to Move From Solaris 8

Exadata Partner Program
Partners to Resell Sun Oracle Database Machines, Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Servers

Oracle announced a new partner program allowing Oracle and Sun channel partners to sell the Sun Oracle Database Machine and Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Server. Revealed during the Oracle Open World conference, this program requires partners to belong to the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and hold a valid full use distribution agreement to resell the Exadata products, the company said.

Eleven Major Trends in Identity Management
Sun CIO Looks at the Impact of These Trends on Business
Sun's Chief Identity Officer of the North America Software Line of Business Mark Dixon describes eleven major trends in Identity Management for 2010. In a summary blog, Dixon highlights each of these trends, which he further expounds upon in separate entries. They include market maturity, authentication, authorization, identity assurance, roles and attributes, identity federation, regulation, personalization and context, identity analytics, Internet identity and identity in the cloud.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 140 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 139 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 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 140 Issue 4, the top 10 articles were:

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

    100 Million Downloads of
    Mark Hit Just Over One Year Since Release of Version 3.0 (OOo) project developer Joost Andrae has announced that the free office suite has been downloaded more than one hundred million times since the launch of version 3.0 a little over a year ago. The total number of downloads comes from combining 59.9+ million downloads since OpenOffice 3.0 was announced and 40.2+ million downloads of OpenOffice 3.1, which was released this past May.
    "Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 with Oracle"
    Sun BluePrints Describes Architecture, Provides Performance Information
    A Sun BluePrints Online article discusses the Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 with Oracle solution, describing the architecture and performance characteristics for determining proper sizing of systems. According to the authors, the Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 with Oracle solution provides an integrated platform to deploy a highly reliable Enterprise 2.0 infrastructure that delivers simplicity, speed, and savings. Read the BluePrints piece to learn more.
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