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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.
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.

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.
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

More Details on Sun Ops Center 2.5
Highlights of the Latest Features, Resources
Get more details on the September announced new release Sun Ops Center 2.5, which introduces several new features involving Solaris Zones, Logical Domains (LDoms), Storage Library Management, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Windows patching, Live Upgrade, installation and deployment, smart groups, Enterprise Controller, enhanced upgrade experience, and more browser support.
Sun Java System
Sun Java Indexing and Search Service 1
A Closer Look at Key Capabilities, Benefits
The Sun Java Indexing and Search Service (ISS) 1 is part of the Sun Java Communications Suite 7. It offers real-time indexing and search of email content, including attachments in a wide variety of data types such as PDF, Microsoft Office,, and popular image formats. The Factotum blog outlines some of the key capabilities offered in this indexing and search service along with a view of the ISS software architecture and the benefits that can be derived.
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 X4270 Produces Excellent Result on VMware's VMmark
    Virtualization Benchmark Measures Performance, Scalability
    The Sun Fire X4270 server running VMware ESX 4.0 OS earned an excellent result on the virtualization benchmark VMmark from VMware for 8 core platforms. The Sun x64 server delivers near linear scalability under the heavy load conditions of the VMmark benchmark, whose purpose is to measure performance and scalability of a pre-established mix of workloads (a Tile), which allows comparisons among similar platforms.
    Education and Research
    Universities Rely on Sun Open Source Technologies
    Solutions Offer Support for 21st Century Teaching, Learning, Research
    Columbia University will use an open source Sun solution to run its digital preservation project, and the University of Zurich is deploying Project Wonderland projects to advance a global eLearning initiative. The Sun Open Computing portfolio includes Sun OpenStorage, OpenSolaris, Sun Open Archive solutions and the OpenSPARC T1 processor.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of November 5th, 2009
    Updated for New Solaris 10/09 Release: x86 Installation Check Tool

    This tool detects whether your x86 system is able to run the Solaris 10 OS. Version 1.7 loads the Solaris 10 10/09 kernel.

    Community Tech Tip: Creating a Solaris 10 x86 OS Bootable DVD or CD

    A sys admin from the BigAdmin community posted this tech tip on our wiki. The author explains how to create a bootable DVD or CD for the Solaris 10 OS on x86 platforms, which you can then use for system recovery and bare-metal rebuilds.

    "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.
    Free Ebook: HPC for Dummies
    Covers the Basics of HPC and More
    High performance computing (HPC) is playing a central role in data centers all over the world, enabling organizations to develop new products, streamline processes, cut costs, and gain a competitive advantage. Get the facts about what exactly HPC is and how it can benefit IT environments in the free eBook, "High Performance Computing For Dummies, Sun and AMD Special Edition" by Douglas Eadline.
    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.
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