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Oracle
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Hardening the Oracle Database with Solaris Security Features
Brief Video Demonstration Shows Some of What Solaris Can Do
Christoph Schuba in Solaris Security hosts a brief presentation on protecting Oracle applications with built-in Solaris Security features. Recorded during the Oracle Open World 2009 event, Schuba states that he along with Glenn Faden created a system that takes advantage of the security features available in Solaris.
Virtualization
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Zones and Ops Center 2.5
Highlights on Ops Center Capabilities in Handling Zones
Sun Ops Center 2.5 offers enhanced support for virtualization solutions such as Solaris Zones. Owen Allen briefly highlights what users can do with Zones in the latest release of this comprehensive management software for physical and virtual systems. This includes managing, monitoring and working with both global and local Zones.
Java Technology
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Article Series Introduces Java EE 6 Platform
Focuses on New Technologies, Usability Improvements
Sun Developer Network (SDN) staff writer Ed Ort has written a three-part article series introducing the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 platform. Released this December, Java EE 6 adds significant new technologies and extends the usability improvements made in previous Java EE releases. Ort's review of the platform highlights some of these enhancements.
New Beta Release of Sun's Java Store Launched
Added and Updated Features, Six Additional Countries Can Now Participate
A new beta release of Sun's Java Store is available with some new features including account creation in the client, the ability for developers outside of the US to preview applications using the Java Store view, improved integration with PayPal and more. Java Warehouse also is now available to six new countries: Israel, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Taiwan and South Korea.
Free and Open Source S/W
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New Fine-Grained Entitlement Enforcement Engine and Directory Proxy Server
Added to Sun's Identity Management Portfolio
Sun announced the availability of a new, fine-grained entitlement enforcement engine as part of OpenSSO Express 9, and a next-generation directory proxy server as part of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2. The entitlement enforcement engine supports enterprise deployments and provides mass-scale extranet deployments with a complete off-the-shelf, standards-based solution that can externalize authorization for more than 100 million users. The new directory proxy server proactively maintains up-time as activity increases with a "global index" to help easily distribute and balance loads - based on factors such as any identity attribute or based on a traffic distribution algorithms.
MySQL
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"Guide to MySQL Embedded Server for Microsoft Windows"
White Paper Outlines Reasons MySQL on Windows is Preferred

Seventy-two percent of MySQL ISV / OEM customers responding to a 2009 survey use Windows for development and 59% use Windows as their application's deployment platform. With these statistics in mind, a guide has been written pointing out the reasons MySQL on Windows is more popular than Microsoft databases along with tips and links to various resources on how to develop and optimize MySQL applications on Windows.

Software
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More on Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0
List of Features and Benefits
Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) 7.0 improves performance by more than three times when compared to its predecessor, Sun reports, and improves authentication and modification performance by 60 percent, allowing customers to accelerate their applications without changing one line of code. See a comprehensive list of DSEE 7.0's features and benefits for more information on this release.
Servers
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Mobility, Flexibility, Small Form Factor Set Tadpole Rack Mount Servers Apart
Systems Provide Universal Building Blocks to Deploy Virtualization, Mobile Environments
Ensuring that critical, decision-quality information flows seamlessly, securely and expediently in the most demanding field conditions, Tadpole Rack Mount Servers offer rapidly deployable, mobile-rugged computing systems to meet current systems needs as well as those planned for the future.

The expense and complexity of supporting existing infrastructure investments through a standard program life cycle has become increasingly challenging as rapidly evolving requirements are demanding support for multiple IT environments. Tadpole systems support SPARC and x64 environments as well as multiple OS options, providing a universal building block to extend the life of existing infrastructure while laying the groundwork to deploy next generation requirements.

Flexibility in the Tadpole Rack Mount Servers provides users with the capability to meet new demands and engage emerging trends like virtualization and cloud computing, along with a choice in operating systems and long-term support.

Learn about Tadpole's year end promotion.

2.88GHz Quad-core SPARC64 VII Processor/Memory Boards
Available on All M8000/M9000 Servers
A new quad-core 8 thread SPARC64 VII processor operating at 2.88GHz are now available on all M8000/M9000 servers and offered as field-install X-options and upgrades. It includes 6MB L2 cache. The 2.88GHz SPARC64 VII quad-core options can be mixed and matched in the SPARC Enterprise M8000 and M9000 servers with the current SPARC64 VI (2.28 or 2.4GHz) and SPARC64 VII (2.52GHz) options.
Storage
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Database Study Observes Performance Gains of Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Examines Query Performance for Data Warehousing Workload
A database study comparing the performance of storage architectures using Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array and storage architecture based only on traditional hard disks was recently conducted, and its results presented by Chang Shu. Both atomic queries such as sorts / joins, and advanced queries containing complex business logic were tested in order to observe the performance gains in using F5100 Flash Array.
OpenStorage
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A Look at the Advantages and Risks of Open Storage
Bob Worrall and Art Licht Examine the Subject
The advantages and risks of open storage, especially from the CIO's perspective, is the subject of Sun CIO Bob Worrall's discussion with Distinguished Engineer Art Licht of Sun Global Sales and Services. The talk begins with a definition of open storage, which is, "... a new way to build a storage product by using open, industry-standard components ... that offers a simpler, less-expensive way to manage data," in Licht's words.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 142 Issue 1, 2; Vol 141 Issues 1, 2, 3; 4; Vol 140 Issue 3, 4
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 142 Issue 2, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Sysadmin
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    Study Finds Higher DIMM Error Rates than Commonly Supposed
    Conclusion Suggests a Larger Role for ECC Technology in the Future of DRAM
    The authors of "DRAM Errors in the Wild: A Large-Scale Field Study", Bianca Schroeder of the University of Toronto and Eduardo Pinheiro and Wolf-Dietrich Weber, both of Google, report on their analysis of measurements of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) errors in a large fleet of commodity servers over a period of 2.5 years. The collected data covers multiple vendors, DRAM capacities and technologies, and comprises many millions of DIMM days. The goal of the research was to answer questions such as the following: How common are memory errors in practice? What are their statistical properties? How are they affected by external factors, such as temperature and utilization, and by chip-specific factors, such as chip density, memory technology and DIMM age?
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