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Oracle
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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.
Partners
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Former Sun Channel Executive Hired by Oracle
Tom Wagner to Handle New Hardware Division
Former Sun channel executive Tom Wagner, who once served as vice president of the company's North America partner sales, has been hired by Oracle to handle the company's new hardware division, reported Joseph F. Kovar for ChannelWeb. As part of Oracle's acquisition of Sun, this new hardware division is expected to continue the production and future development of much of Sun's server, storage, operating system and software business as Oracle has promised to do.
Features
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Mind Candy Upgrades Moshi Monsters IT Platform with Sun Technology
Gains Accelerated Performance, Better CPU Utilization, Lower Operating Costs
Mind Candy made its Moshi Monsters upgrade happen with Sun Technology: Sun Startup Essentials, Sun Fire X4170 and X4270 servers, Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System and Java SE6. Mind Candy achieved the upgrade with CPU utilization rates cut from 70 to 15 percent; Tomcat Web application server speed doubled; and the implementation of a cost-effective, eco-responsible infrastructure.
Software
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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.
Events
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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.
Servers
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New Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.3
Adds Operating System Support, New BIOSconfig Utility

The free Sun Server Management Pack for Sun's X64 servers has an updated release. Version 1.3 has added support for Windows Server 2003 and 2008 support, along with Solaris, Linux, VMware, and additional versions of Windows operating systems. The CLI component has new BIOSconfig utility that supports most of the supported operating systems. The Sun Server Hardware Management Agents and associated Sun Server Hardware SNMP Plugins provide flexible in-band management to monitor Sun x64 Server and Blade module's hardware.

Storage
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"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."
Top10
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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.

    LibreOffice
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    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.
    Developer
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    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.
    Sysadmin
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    Updated PatchFinder Adds Two New Features
    Search for New Security Fixes and Objects Delivered

    PatchFinder has two new key features to assist customers in patch searching, reports Gerry Haskins on the blog Patch Corner. The additions are to the Security Filter, which now can identify new security fixes, and a method to search for patches by the objects they deliver. Haskins also alerts customers who use 'wget' to automate patch downloads from SunSolve that they need to login in once to SunSolve and accept the updated software license agreement before they can continue to use it.

    Virtualization
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    "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.
    Java Technology
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    Sun GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus 2.2
    New Supported Platforms, Components, Enhancements, and Add-on Packs Now Available
    GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 2.2 now supports some of the latest platforms, like NetBeans IDE 6.7.1 and GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1.1, plus it incorporates ten new GlassFish ESB components and multiple enhancements. GlassFish ESB is a lightweight and agile ESB platform that packages the Project Open ESB, the GlassFish application server, and the NetBeans IDE into a commercially supported, enterprise-class integration platform.
    JavaFX
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    JavaFX Platform Is the Official Rich Client Technology for the 2010 Winter Games
    Providing Dynamic Visualizations of Medal Results for Countries, Sport Disciplines, Athletes
    The JavaFX and Java platforms are being used as the Official Rich Client Technology by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The historical Winter Games medal results will be available online through an innovative JavaFX application called Medal Wheel.
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