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Configuration Guide on Oracle Database 10G with RAC and RDS
Over Infiniband on Solaris 10
Oracle Database 10g with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) using Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) on Solaris 10 is the subject of a Sun BluePrints article that describes the software and hardware configurations, along with the steps necessary to install and configure the components. Authors Uday Shetty and Peter Sciarra also explain the testing used to validate the example configurations defined in the article.
Zend Server Now Available Via Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network
Includes Out-of-the-box Enterprise-grade Connectivity to Oracle Database
Oracle and Zend Technologies are working together to make PHP/Zend Server more integrated with Oracle Enterprise Linux by offering the server to customers from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). This server is a complete, Oracle-enabled, enterprise-ready Web application server for running and managing PHP applications and includes out-of-the-box enterprise-grade connectivity to Oracle Database.
What is the Role for Social Networking Sites in the Enterprise
Three Sun Experts Exchange Views
Writing for the Sun Inner Circle, CIO Bob Worrall discusses the possibilities for the enterprise of social networking. Worrall is joined by Mary Smaragdis, Director of Sun News Network and New and Social Media, and Linda Skrocki, Senior Engineering Program Manager for Sun's high-volume external-facing community web properties, both social community experts.
Sun Solutions Cut Annual Power Consumption for SAP Environment by 59%
Case Study Also Shows 108% Increase in Server Efficiency

Anyone looking to boost energy efficiency for SAP environments, while increasing hardware performance and environment expansion should take a look at a case study on BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. The Germany-based domestic appliance supplier migrated its SAP software onto a platform consisting of Sun SPARC Enterprise servers, Solaris 10, Sun Blade servers and Sun StorageTek systems. This move reduced its annual power consumption by 59% and increased server efficiency by 108%.

"Patching the Solaris OS Using Sun Ops Center 2.5"
Patch Management Without the Headaches
A recent Sun Docs BigAdmin paper by Shanthi Srinivasan and Laura Hartman describes "Patching the Solaris OS Using Sun Ops Center 2.5." The paper explains that Sun Ops Center offers comprehensive data center management software for the physical and virtual systems in the data center. This software enables users to provision, patch, virtualize, manage, and monitor the assets in your data center from a single browser user interface (BUI).
Sun Java System
How Sun Java Communications Suite Answers Service Providers' Needs
Sun White Paper Provides Feature Overview, Solution's Marketplace Value
Learn more about the Sun Java Communications Suite in a Sun white paper focused on relaying to service providers how the communications and collaboration solution can help them build their business. Its capabilities, such as enhanced email indexing and search; interoperability with Mac's iCal and Mozilla's Thunderbird/Lightning calendars, Microsoft Outlook, etc.; and native calendar synchronization with mobile devices that support CalDAV, such as Apple's iPhone, are a few reasons why the Communication Suite is worth investigating.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 141 Issues 1, 2, 3; Vol 140 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 139 Issue 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 141 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Enabling IP, Resource, Environment-Based Authentication With OpenSSO
    Learn How to Define Customized Polices and Improve User Experience

    Learn how to configure the OpenSSO server and its Policy Agents to use IP/Resource/Environment-based authentication for a flexible mechanism that can define customized policies and improve user experience for access control. The three-part article series hosted on the Sun Developer Network comes from the minds of Qingwen Cheng, Mrudul Uchil and Rick Palkovic. The series explain the resource authentication architecture and information flow of OpenSSO components, and presents five use cases for enterprise/corporate SSO and federated SSO deployments.

    "Web Site Performance Tips and Tools"
    Simple Suggestions, Resource Links Offered
    Java Technology Evangelist Carol McDonald has posted a list of web site performance tips and tools with simple suggestions on how to improve web site performance along with links to a variety of tools to help resolve common issues faced by many users.
    WRF Benchmark Puts X6275 Cluster to the Test
    Performance and Scalability Results Are Impressive on CONUS 2.5 km Dataset
    The blog posting on Sun BestPerf by Paul Kinney reports on the results of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) code running on twelve Sun Blade X6275 server modules housed in the Sun Blade 6048 chassis, using the 2.5 km CONUS benchmark dataset. According to Kinney, the Sun Blade X6275 cluster was able to achieve 373 GFLOP/s on the CONUS 2.5-KM Dataset. Further, the results demonstrate an 91% speedup efficiency, or 11x speedup, from 1 to 12 blades. The current results were run with turbo on, he adds.
    World-record TPC-C Benchmark With Sun SPARC and Oracle 11g
    Beats IBM Performance by 26%, HP's by 87%
    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server Cluster is number one in the Top Ten TPC-C List by Performance as of Nov. 24, 2009. Using 12 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 servers, 60 Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays and Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Partitioning, Sun delivered a world record TPC-C benchmark result of 7,646,486.7 tpmC and $2.36 $/tpmC (USD). TPC-C is an online transaction processing (OLTP) benchmark.
    Education and Research
    New Cloud-based Desktop as a Service for Educational Institutions
    Offers Benefits of Cloud Computing to the School Desktop

    A new cloud-based Desktop as a Service is being offered for educational institutions by Sun and Ashbourne Technology Group. The multi-platform service provides a virtual desktop experience for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris to most client devices, including Sun Ray thin clients and other platforms with Java-based browsers.

    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of November 25th, 2009
    Using Oracle Databases With NFS on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems

    This quick start guide shows how to deploy Oracle Database using the NFS protocol with Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems (release 2009.Q3). Here are configuration tips for the Solaris 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Oracle Enterprise Linux operating systems.

    Updated: Firmware Flash Utility for SAS Expanders

    This unbundled product requires Solaris 10 10/08 OS or later (using SPARC and x64 platforms). The utility allows you to upgrade the SAS expander firmware on Sun Fire T5140/T5240 servers, Sun Storage arrays, and some storage blades.

    Virtualizing Enterprise Application Infrastructure with Sun CMT Technology
    A Clear Path to Increased ROI
    "Virtualizing Enterprise Application Infrastructure with Sun Chip Multithreading (CMT) Technology Using Sun's Built-in, No-cost Virtualization Technologies to Dramatically Increase ROI" is the long title of a relatively brief (16 pages) Sun white paper. The authors write that IT managers, drive to lower both capital and operating expenditures while increasing capacity for more application services and growing markets must determine ways to reduce both the number and complexity of the systems in the corporate infrastructure. These managers must simultaneously deliver increasing performance, capacity, and security.
    Java Technology
    "Performance Tuning the Sun GlassFish Web Stack (Apache, MySQL, and PHP)"
    What to Tune and How
    The Sun white paper "Performance Tuning the Sun GlassFish Web Stack (Apache, MySQL, and PHP" is an introduction to tuning different components of the Sun GlassFish Web Stack, with a focus on Apache, MySQL, and PHP. The guide also explains how the features of Web Stack Enterprise Manager can identify which areas of the system to tune for a user's workload.
    Java CAPS 6.2 Released
    Enables Clustering via GlassFish Enterprise Server
    Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) 6.2 comes with some significant features, including clustering via GlassFish Enterprise Server to distribute processing across multiple servers. It also adds support for RESTful Web services, SWIFTReady 2009 certification and a number of platform-level enhancements. Java CAPS provides a standards-based, open, extensible platform for developing software infrastructures using a service-oriented architecture approach.
    NSA Offers Security Guidelines for Sun, Apple and Red Hat
    To Help Protect OSes Against Certain Types of Attack
    The National Security Agency (NSA) is working with Sun, Apple and Red Hat "to develop secure baselines for their products," commented Richard Schaeffer, the NSA's information assurance director, on Nov. 17 at a hearing before the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.
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