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Oracle
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"Optimizing and Protecting Storage with Oracle Database 11g Release 2"
White Paper Highlights Key Oracle Database 11g Capabilities
A 22-page Oracle white paper focuses on key Oracle Database 11g capabilities that its authors believe can help IT departments better optimize their storage infrastructure and enable administrators to deliver a cost effective, scalable information management platform, which is easy to manage and delivers the required performance and availability needed for their datacenters.
Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC)
Apply Different Rates of Compression Based on Data Usage, Query Patterns
A new technical white paper on Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC) explains what Exadata compression is and how it works. Considered an important feature for data warehouse customers, Exadata compression increases performance while reducing the overall cost of storage. Warehouse compression and archive compression are two new Oracle Exadata Storage Server features highlighted in this December 2009 eight-page Oracle white paper.
Partners
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Oracle Agrees to Acquire AmberPoint and Convergin
Extending its Portfolio in Middleware and Telecommunications
Oracle is planning on extending its portfolio in middleware and telecommunications, with two new proposed acquisitions: SOA specialist AmberPoint and telecoms solution provider Convergin. Oracle expects AmberPoint to strengthen its Oracle Fusion Middleware SOA Suite and Oracle Enterprise Manager with best-in-class SOA management capabilities; while Convergin's real-time service brokering solutions will complement Oracle CommunicationsÂ’ integrated product suite.
Features
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Cutting Carbon Footprint Is Only Part of the Payoff in Data Center Design
Reduced IT Costs Have a Real Impact on the Bottom Line

"Greening Your Data Center: The Real Deal," an article on eWeek.com by Matthew Sarrel, reports on the interesting current phenomenon in IT, the "greening" of the data center. Striving after ever bigger market share is only part of the motive in this game, Sarrel writes. The other elements involve being able to offer customers both reduced carbon footprints and reduced IT costs as well.

Illumos
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"Fast Track to OpenSolaris"
Learn the Basics as Well as Indepth Looks at ZFS, DTrace and How to Contribute
India's largest IT magazine Digit published a special 96 page mini book entitled "Fast Track to OpenSolaris" that covers Install, ZFS, DTrace, Source Juicer, and more. Kumar Abhishek, leader of the Mumbai OpenSolaris User Group, authored the piece, described as a "quick and dirty guide to OpenSolaris". The mini book is now available for download.
Solaris
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In the Linux vs. Solaris Debate, Watch out for Scalability FUD
And Look Elsewhere than in HPC for the Answer
Yet another entry in the Linux vs. Solaris scalability debate. This time it comes in Garrett D'Amore's blog "Scalability FUD", where he argues that, at least in the HPC arena, most operations involve "user" rather than "sys" time and, therefore, the calls to inter-thread synchronization are relatively few.
MySQL
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"Creating a Simple Web Application Using a MySQL Database"
Tutorial for Beginners Possessing Basics on Web Development
Learn how to create a simple web application that connects to a MySQL database server in a tutorial authored by Troy Giunipero, who also covers other web development technologies in his piece, such as JavaServer Pages (JSP), JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL), the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) API, and two-tier, client-server architecture.
Cloud Computing
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Oracle's Cloud Computing Forum
Learn the What, Why, and How of Cloud Computing
Oracle's Cloud Computing Forum will kick-off its North American leg of the tour on Feb. 23, in L.A., while simultaneously continuing its Europe, Middle East, and Africa tour and Asia Pacific tour on the topic with events in London, Munich, and Seoul on the same day. The event stands in contrast to CEO Larry Ellison's well-publicized mocking of cloud computing, which he has deemed a rebranding and conflation of existing technologies.
Software
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Using Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition or OpenDS with Compressed Data
The Impact on Disk Space Usage

The benefits of having compact entries in the database are available today with Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7 and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2, writes Ludovic Poitou in his blog "Sun Directory Compresses Data for Better Performance," adding that both solutions are helping customers to reduce the overall cost of ownership of the directory services.

Hardware
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What is Flash Memory and Where Will Flash Technologies Lead?
One Suggestion: Filesystem Cache Centric Directory Service Architecture
The basics of flash memory are the topic of a blog entry in The Zone Manager. Engineer Brad Diggs attempts to explain why flash through the ZFS secondary cache, or L2ARC, and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) can improve overall directory performance. He also asserts the use of flash memory and ZFS will enable "radical" new directory services architectures, and explains further in a secondary posting.
Events
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Learn More About the Combination of Oracle and Sun Technologies
Registration for Special Welcome Event Currently Underway
If you'd like to hear directly from Oracle and Sun executives about the combination of the two companies' technologies and what it might mean for you and your company, then consider attending a special Welcome Event being presented at select cities around the world. Designed as an informative session, this event will explore Oracle's plans to engineer and deliver open and integrated systems - from applications to disk.
Storage
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Learn How to Install ADempiere With PostgreSQL on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
How-to Guide Demonstrates Procedures
Step-by-step instructions have been published for using the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System (release 2008.Q4) as a repository for the PostgreSQL database for the ADempiere open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) application. Penned by Praneet Tiwani, the technical article provides all the configuration details as well as installation of ADempiere and test procedures.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 144 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 143 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 142 Issues 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 143 Issue 2, the top 10 articles were:

  • Former Sun Channel Executive Hired by Oracle
  • Oracle's Game-changing Corporate Technology Play
  • The Underground Oracle VM Manual
  • Hot Datacenter Technologies in 2010
  • What's New in Oracle Exadata V2?
  • Best Practices on Securing Enterprise Operating Systems
  • New Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.3
  • Sun GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus 2.2
  • Architecting Superior Virtualization Performance with Sun and AMD
  • Implement and Integrate the OpenDocument Format into Your Environment

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

    LibreOffice
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    OpenOffice.org 3.2 Available for Download
    Numerous Enhancements Made for Speed and Stability
    OpenOffice.org 3.2 for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris is now available for download. This version is both a feature and bug release offering faster start up times, enhanced ODF 1.2 compliance, improved MS Office compatibility and support, and over 750 bug fixes. Numerous enhancements have been made in both stability and speed. For example, Writer and Calc have both reduced 'cold start' time by 46% since version 3.0 was released just over a year ago, the OpenOffice team reports.
    Sysadmin
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    Installing Oracle 11g R2 on Solaris 10 with EMC PowerPath
    A How-to that Eliminates the Unpleasant Surprises
    The task of installing a multi-node RAC cluster of Oracle 11g R2 on Solaris 10 with an EMC PowerPath has acquired the reputation of being a troublesome assignment. In the interests of sparing readers some of the tribulations, Dossy Shiobara has written a guide to the installation that gathers heretofore difficult to find suggestions in a single, how-to source.
    How Hybrid Storage Pools Provide Greater Performance and Efficiency for Less
    Key Business Benefits of HSPs
    Hybrid storage pools (HSPs) enable users to deploy multiple types of storage media together and manage them as a single pool. An Oracle-Sun white paper provides insight into HSPs and discusses their primary benefits, including increased throughput without a full-scale SSD deployment; simplified and centralized management of hybrid storage environments; increased flexibility and scalability for future performance or capacity issues; and much more.
    Java Technology
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    Demonstrating How to Use GlassFish ESB 2.2
    Introduction to the Simple Web Frontend, Common Object Model, Business Processes
    Go through the build, integrations, and some of the design patterns used in creating an online demonstration based on GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) 2.2. In a series of blog entries, readers will be taken through the process of building Oracle-Sun's UK-Pre-Sales team's new Cars Online Demonstration. Originally built using the SeeBeyond ICAN product set, it was decided to try and build the demo using GlassFish ESB 2.2 to leverage its functionality and flexibility.
    JavaFX
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    A Glance at the New UI Layout Control Components in JavaFX 1.2
    Enables Developers to Create More Compelling Graphical Capabilities
    "JavaFX 1.2 UI Control Components: Part 1, Layouts" by Robert Eckstein, java.sun.com senior staff writer, discusses the new user interface (UI) control components that are features of JavaFX SDK 1.2. He explains that these components replace those in earlier versions that were derived from Swing and that limited users to the desktop profile. The new control components, Eckstein writes, enable developers to create more compelling graphical capabilities with the JavaFX scene graph.
    Security
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    Security News Bites
    Short Items of Interest on Security

    • Oracle and Sun Directory Services
    • Oracle's Sun Identity Management Strategy
    • “Identity Management: Securing Information in the HIPAA Environment”
    • ZFS Crypto Project
    • OpenSSO REST Interfaces for Entitlements Service
    • DPS Coherence Plug-in
    • Drupal with AMP Stack AMI build on Hardened Security OpenSolaris 2008.11 AMI

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