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Oracle
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Oracle SOA Governance 11g
A Unified Management Approach for SOA and Applications
Oracle's SOA Governance solution strives to ease the transition of an organization to service-oriented architecture (SOA). The solution automates essential SOA governance processes, regardless of the status or progress of an SOA transformation. The most recent release is Oracle SOA Governance 11g, which Oracle states is the "most complete, unified approach for governing service oriented architecture and application integration projects."
Features
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Sun Certification Under Oracle
Some FAQs Answered
The Oracle Certification page has posted FAQs on Sun certification. Paul Sorensen offers answers to some of the most pressing inquiries, such as whether Sun certification will continue to be valid; does one need to be recertified since Oracle has acquired Sun; can someone still become Sun certified, along with many others. In a separate entry, Sorensen also provides information on Oracle Database 11g certification.
Virtualization
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Oracle Announces Some of Its Bets
Emphasis Is Strong on Virtualization Solutions
There have been many questions raised recently about which of Sun's products will have a life after Oracle. Some of these questions are answered in the post "The Oracle VM Product Line Welcomes Sun!" by Adam Hawley, who writes, "We are tremendously excited to combine our portfolios and work side-by-side with our extremely talented Sun brethren to advance the state-of-the art in virtualization."
Oracle's Xen-based Server Virtualization Could Challenge Competitors
Oracle VM 3 Expected to be Released This Spring
The Oracle virtualization portfolio got a boost with the company's acquisition of Sun, and it has signaled a willingness to take on VMware. Oracle VM 3, which is expected this spring, will give Oracle credible Xen-based server virtualization that could challenge VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Systems Inc. -- at least in the tens of thousands of Oracle database and application shops. A SearchServerVirtualization.com article explores Oracle's virtualization play.
Java Technology
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Glassfish Enterprise Server Version 3's Embedded Server
How to Deploy a Secure Application with Protected Methods

Learn how to deploy a secure application with protected methods on Oracle-Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server Version 3. Nithya Subramanian shows how to provide authentication credentials to the embedded server - a key new feature offered by this version of GlassFish - before invoking the protected methods in a recent blog entry.

Free and Open Source S/W
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Oracle's Open Source Initiatives
Now the World's Largest Purveyor of Open Source Software
With its acquisition of Sun, Oracle is now the world's largest purveyor of open source software. However, as Ken Hess notes on the DaniWeb Forum Index, Oracle's support didn't start with its purchase of InnoDB, MySQL or Sun. The company has a history of supporting free and open source software and has done much for the FOSS community.
Solaris
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Deploying Solaris 10 Zones and Choosing Network Configurations
Blogger Outlines the Alternatives and the Possibilities

Exactly how does one go about deploying a large number of zones on an M8000 Enterprise Server, especially given that twelve separate links would be needed for the different networks and twice that number for IPMP. In the course of answering this question for a customer, Steffen Weiberle came up with a number of suggestions in his blog "Solaris 10 Zones and Networking -- Common Considerations."

MySQL
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Can MySQL and Oracle Database Coexist Under Oracle?
MySQL Co-founder and Others Believe So
An assessment of the Oracle-Sun acquisition in terms of the future for the open source database MySQL is presented by Steve Evans of CBR in the article "What now for MySQL?" He reviews the hard fight Oracle eventually won to become owner of MySQL, and offers why the EU's decision should assuage some of the worries of the open source community.
Software
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New Oracle-Sun Downloads
Most Recent and Popular Ones Listed
The Oracle-Sun downloads page offers the latest downloads along with a list of the top software visitors have downloaded. The page also offers its featured downloads, such as Java, NetBeans, GlassFish, JavaFX, OpenOffice.org, VirtualBox, and more. This article lists the most recent and top downloads, and links to access them.
Events
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Java EE, Oracle VM-VirtualBox Integration, Ops Center
Upcoming Topics on OTN's TechCast
The lineup for the next three shows of Oracle Technology Network's TechCast are as follows:

  • March 16: Roberto Chinnici, principal engineer, Java EE, will discuss Java EE 6.
  • March 30: Wim Coekaerts, VP Linux and VM Development, will discuss Oracle VM and VirtualBox integration. A demonstration is expected to be presented.
  • April 13: Steve Wilson, VP, Systems Management, will discuss Ops Center.

Tune in to The TechCast Show hosted by OTN Senior Director Justin Kestelyn at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on the dates listed above, and listen in live. Questions can also be posed via Twitter, Facebook, or the native chat offered.

Servers
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Review: Oracle Sun Fire X4170 Server
Lots of Punch in this 1U Server
For the most part, the Oracle Sun Fire X4170 found favor with the reviewer for V3.co.uk, Alan Stevens, who pronounced the server " ... A good choice for companies looking for maximum performance from a 1U package," and a prime candidate for virtualization service. The X4170 compares quite favorably with its chief competition, the HP ProLiant DL360 G6 and the Dell PowerEdge R610. Stevens gives the Oracle Sun product such high marks in part because " ... it's a dual-processor server capable of accommodating the same range of dual-core and quad-core Xeon 5500 Nehalem chips."
Storage
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Sun Unified Storage System 2010.02
Major Software Update for Sun Storage 7000 Series Appliances

Is the 2010.02 release of the Sun Unified Storage System imminent, asks Joerg Moellenkamp after stumbling upon the wikis.sun.com page that offers release notes for the 2010.Q1.0.0 expected major software update for the Sun Storage 7000 series appliances. Although it was not yet downloadable for the public at the time of this writing, the software update promises to support the Sun Storage 7110, 7210, 7310, 7410, and 7000 Simulator.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 145 Issue 1, Vol 144 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4; Vol 143 Issues 2, 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 145 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Oracle-Sun and Hitachi Data Systems End Reseller Agreement
  • The Keys to Combining Two Very Different Organizations
  • Oracle Clarifies No End of Life Set for OpenSolaris
  • IBM POWER7 SPECfp_rate2006 Scaling Results Scrutinized
  • Virtual Machine Migration
  • Pondering the Dedup Process: Synchronous or Asynchronous
  • Gartner and IDC Release Worldwide Server Market Reports
  • Installing Sun Cluster Running Oracle RAC/CRS and Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems
  • Oracle GlassFish Server 3
  • Oracle Leads in Predictive Analytics and Data Mining, Forrester Reports

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

    Developer
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    Use the Deployment Toolkit for Successful Applet Launches Across Mixed Environments
    Sun Developer Network Piece Presents Six Scenarios
    The browser-based applications that present the kinds of engrossing user interfaces (UIs) and content previously found only in desktop applications -- otherwise known as Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) -- are becoming increasingly popular with developers, writes Sun Developer Network staffer Ed Ort, in part because of the ubiquity of the Internet and also because of the improved uniformity in the way different browsers handle RIAs.
    Sysadmin
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    Facilitating Hierarchical Storage Management System Migrations
    SAM/QFS Saves Time and Money with Its Built-in API

    As certain Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) systems do not scale as well as others, users frequently need to migrate to more capacious solutions in order to meet their storage needs. In his blog post, Israel Pacheco "The Challenge -- Migrate HSM Systems" offers some suggestions for migrating large volumes of data from old to new HSM systems in a timely fashion.

    Oracle Database 11g vs. IBM DB2 Enterprise 9.5
    An Edison Group Comparative Management Costs Study
    A recent study conducted by the Edison Group titled "Comparative Management Costs Study—Oracle Database 11g vs. IBM DB2 Enterprise 9.5" quantifies how Oracle widens the manageability lead against IBM. Points made in the 78-page report: 43% annual savings in database management; typical administrative functions are 40% faster; 49% fewer steps for the same set of standard RDBMS tasks; and save up to $35,155 per year per DBA.
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