European Union (EU) regulators extended the deadline for their final decision on Oracle's plans to buy Sun by eight days. Announced on November 20, this extension was set in place to satisfy a request made by Oracle, which is building its rebuttal to the European Commission's Statement of Objections issued on November 9th opposing Sun's acquisition by Oracle. The Commission said it has pushed back its deadline to January 27, 2010, from the original January 19 deadline set back in September.
A group of 59 U.S. senators sent a letter to the European Commission (EC) on Nov. 24 urging the European antitrust regulators to hurry their investigation into Oracle's acquisition of Sun, citing the latter's "precarious" financial condition and fears about more layoffs at the struggling computing company, reported AP Technology Writer Jordan Robertson.
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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
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.