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Oracle's Game-changing Corporate Technology Play
What Its Buy of Sun Means for the IT Industry
Industry analysts say Oracle’s purchase of Sun is the most game-changing corporate technology play made during the economic downturn, reported the NY Times, with it now being able to provide all the parts needed to be an end-to-end service provider. "It's the most significant deal of the decade," said Dan Olds, an analyst with Gabriel Consulting. "Oracle has a shot here to change the rules of the industry and usher in a new era."
Hot Datacenter Technologies in 2010
An Opinion is Offered on Expected Growth Areas
In 2009, multitudes of IT departments had to reassess their datacenters, and many are making enlightening discoveries, like air cooling can be sufficient in keeping systems in optimum condition or 15-30 percent of what is consuming power in their datacenters can be turned off with no harmful effect. So what does this type of complete and thorough datacenter inventorying translate to for the IT industry in 2010? ServerWatch's Andy Patrizio offers his opinion.
What's New in Oracle Exadata V2?
Oracle Systems Technology VP Juan Loaiza Identifies the Improvements
Juan Loaiza, Oracle senior VP of systems technology, outlined the key technology innovations in both Oracle Exadata V2 and the Sun Oracle Database Machine in a recent interview with Oracle Magazine's Tom Haunert. Loaiza identified three key developments: Intelligent Oracle Exadata storage; Hybrid Columnar Compression; and the incorporation of Flash technology.
"The Underground Oracle VM Manual"
Offers Details on the Virtualization Solution
Anyone interested in the Oracle VM may want to read Roddy Rodstein's underground manual on Oracle's server virtualization software. Broken down into seven topics, Rodstein, who is a member of the Virtualization and Linux team at Oracle, offers an introduction and architectural review, along with information on hard and soft partitioning, upgrading, OVS repository configurations, guest disk storage options, and manager command line interface.
"Architecting Superior Virtualization Performance with Sun and AMD"
eSeminar Covers High-performance Virtualization
A Ziff Davis eSeminar entitled "Architecting Superior Virtualization Performance with Sun and AMD" presents Tim Mueting, product manager, Virtualization Solutions with AMD, together with Ron Graham, technical product manager, Sun, where the two discuss AMD processor technology, its connections with virtualization, and benchmarks showing Sun servers and AMD Opteron processors deliver scalable performance.
Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2
Updated Core Directory Server, Significant Improvements in Read/Write Performance
Sun OpenDS Standard Edition (SE) 2.2 provides improvement to the core directory server as well as a new proxy server capability to manage requests between LDAP client applications and remote LDAP servers (either Sun OpenDS SE 2.2 or Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) 7.0). It also includes a web-based "Namefinder" lookup sample application to browse users in the Directory.
Topology-aware Scheduling in Sun Grid Engine
Upgrade 5 Adds Valuable Capability for CPU Scheduling
The benefits of building topology-aware scheduling into Sun Grid Engine 6.2 update 5 are explained in a blog entry by Dan Templeton. Given that an average OS does context switches at a rather high frequency, an application may find itself executing on a different CPU and core every time it gets the chance to run. If that application makes any use of the CPU cache, for example, its performance will suffer for it. The performance might not suffer much, but the difference is usually measurable. Hence, the virtues of topology-aware scheduling.
Oracle Database February Webcasts
Also Posted Replays from December and January Webcasts
Registration is currently underway for Oracle Database February Webcasts. These live webcasts feature experts who will be covering various topics involving the database and security, upgrading, and consolidating. Also posted are past webcasts from December and January that are available for replay. Topics covered include clustering, data encryption, security and regulatory compliance, high availability best practices, and transaction processing and data warehousing.
"Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007"
Creating and Preparing Volumes for Use with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
The quick-start guide "Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007" by Ulrich Conrad provides an introduction to the steps for creating and preparing volumes on a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System (release 2009.Q3) to be published and used by a server running Microsoft Windows for use with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 as a common "share."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 144 1; Vol 143 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 142 Issue 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's Plans for Sun Products, Technologies
  • Tutorial on IP Multipathing (IPMP)
  • Who is the Real Leader on the SAP Benchmark - Sun or HP?
  • IO Sizes and Alignments with DTrace
  • Oracle E-Business Suite, Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  • Java for Business
  • Sun and Force10 Collaborate to Bring Network Automation to the Masses
  • JavaFX and Why You Should Give It a Try
  • A Solution to HPC Application Performance Improvement
  • PTO Configurations and X-options Available for Enhanced M3000 Server

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

    Implement and Integrate the OpenDocument Format into Your Environment
    New Guide Offers Best Practices, Steps on Adopting ODF and Coexisting with MS Office
    The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an XML-based file format for representing electronic documents such as spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. The ISO and IEC International Standard is gaining momentum as more enterprises, governments and organizations adopt it. A January 2010 guide offers suggestions on how to develop an action plan for ODF adoption and collaborate with Microsoft Office users, work with a PDF in an ODF environment, and use connectors for content management systems.
    Outline for a Proof of Concept for a Simple Storage Service
    Some First Steps for Budding Storage Service Vendors
    "Proof of Concept for a Simple Storage Service," an article by Carol Zhang and Case Cao on the Sun Developer Network, briefly introduces the components that make up a storage service, describes in detail how to use Apache web server to set up a proof of concept (PoC) for a simple storage service, and touches on issues affecting storage service in the real world.
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