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Oracle E-Business Suite, Virtualization and Cloud Computing
New and Valuable Capabilities in this Oracle Release
In a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics, Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in Oracle's Applications Technology Integration group, offers a detailed view of the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1 for prospective and current users.
Rapidly Deploy Mission-Critical Services Out-of-the-Box
With Tadpole Mobile Enterprise Kit (MEK)
If rapid deployment of strategic, mission-critical applications in a non-datacenter environment is a necessity, then the Tadpole Mobile Enterprise Kit (MEK) may be the right solution for your organization. Tadpole MEK is a complete, prepackaged mobile datacenter that provides immediate availability with an out-of-the-box, working infrastructure in the field utilizing pre-staged applications for the deployment of mission critical services. The mobile-rugged computing solution consists of a high performance, dual socket, AMD Opteron powered VM2200a Mobile Server/Workstation with a Tadpole M1400 Ultra-Thin Client. Housed in a hardened transit case, Tadpole MEK allows organizations to run and securely access essential Solaris, Linux, and Windows-based applications in native environments or supported virtual environments under the most demanding field conditions.
Java Technology
Java for Business
Up to 15 Years of Support for EOL Java SE Versions
Java for Business is a support offering that provides up to 15 years of support for versions of Java SE that have reached their End of Life (EOL) status and access to releases of software that are unavailable anywhere else. Created for customers who wished to continue using J2SE 1.4.2 after it had reached EOL status, Java for Business allows customers to continue to receive security updates and minor feature updates for up to 10 years with Standard or Premium support levels, and up to 15 years with a Premium Plus support plan.
New Featured Training Offerings
Includes Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Solaris 10 Patching, Ops Center Administration

New listings of Sun Learning Services instructor-led and live virtual class were recently noted. Some of these classes cover topics on Developing Web Applications using JSF technologies, Virtualization and Cloud Computing Concepts, Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices, and Sun Ops Center Administration.

Free and Open Source S/W
Free Software Appeals to CIOs
Survey Reports Move Toward Free Apps on the Horizon
A recent poll of US and UK CIOS finds that a majority of firms are using free software applications across their networks, and plan to increase their usage of free software. According to marketing-research firm Vanson Bourne, about 76 percent of CIOs surveyed claimed they use free software applications at the organizational level, while 88 percent said they have deployed free software applications at departmental levels.
Tutorial on IP Multipathing (IPMP)
An Overview Along with Insight into New Developments
Joerg Moellenkamp has published an "IPMP - Tutorial Sneak Preview" for those interested in learning more about IP Multipathing (IPMP). He discusses the IPMP implementation in both Solaris 10/older versions of OpenSolaris as well as the current releases of OpenSolaris (Build 107 and up). Beginning with definitions and basic concepts, which are then followed through with more specific details, Moellenkamp offers insight into using IPMP, ending with tips and tricks even seasoned users may not know.
Veritas Volume Manager and File System Now Supported on SPARC and X64 Platforms
With Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 and 3.2 1/09

Get support for the latest version of selected Veritas Storage Foundation software components with Solaris Cluster. Veritas Volume Manager and File System, part of Veritas Storage Foundation 5.1, are now supported on SPARC and X64 platforms with Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 and 3.2 1/09. Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM) 5.1 Cluster Functionality (CVM) is supported on SPARC only.

Datacenter Design Really Matters
An Intimate Conversation with Sun's Datacenter Experts
A multi-city tour is planned to discuss datacenter design. The half-day event offers a presentation and panel discussion with information on Sun's experiences in building some of the world's greenest datacenters along with tips on building better datacenter efficiencies. Registration is currently underway.
Server News Bites
Short Items of Interest on Sun Servers

  • T5140/T5240 Better IO Redundancy Than IBM Power 520 Server
  • Updating Firmware on ILOM-based Sun Servers
  • New 2TB SATA Drives for Sun Storage J4200 and J4400 Arrays
  • Hot-pluggable, 2TB, 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM SATA Drive for Sun Fire X4275 Servers
  • Sun Fire X4540 Controller Module ATO Option with 128 GB Memory

PTO Configurations and X-options Available for Enhanced M3000 Server
Upgrade and Save up to 15%
Pick to Order (PTO) configurations are available for Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 Server with new 2.75GHz SPARC64 VII Processor. The newly enhanced server also offers a new 667MHz DIMMs X-option. The M3000 is only available in PTO configurations, therefore upgrading from the 2.52GHz processor to the 2.75GHz processor requires purchasing a new 2.75GHz system. Trade-in allowances for Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise servers are available for up to 15%.
Sun Unified Storage System Cuts Costs While Increasing Availability and Scalability
Publishing Group Reaps Benefits from Sun's Open Storage
Global publishing group Elanders provides “infomedia” content in print and online as well as archives documents and images on systems at its main office and two remote sites. With its technology reaching its end of life in 2008, Elander began researching the market and decided to deploy a 66TB Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System. The group reports it has cut administration time by 50%, power consumption by up to 50%, reduced customer costs by 40%, and its infrastructure is 10 times as scalable.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 143 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 142 Issue 2, 3, 4, 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 142 Issue 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle Completes Purchase of Sun
  • Free eBook: Guide to Oracle 11g and Database Migration
  • ZPool Splitting
  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.3 Released
  • Sun BluePrints: LDoms I/O Best Practices
  • InfoWorld Reviews Sun VirtualBox 3.1
  • Best Practices Guide for Moving to Solaris 10
  • Java News Bites
  • Using Live Upgrade for Veritas Volume Manager and/or Solaris OS
  • Build-to-Order Containerized Data Center Solutions

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

    "IO Sizes and Alignments with DTrace"
    A Better Way than Using iostat

    Using DTrace to secure a more comprehensive view of IO sizes and alignments than is possible with iostat, for example, is the subject of Lisa Noordergraaf's blog "IO Sizes and Alignments with DTrace." The problem with iostat, she writes, is that while that utility does show the total number of reads and writes, it does not provide the necessary detail about individual sizes and alignments (start addresses) of the IOs as DTrace can.

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