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Oracle's Third Fiscal Quarter 2010 Earnings Report
Revenues Up with New Software Licenses, Earnings Down Partly Due to Restructuring with Sun Purchase
Oracle's revenue jumped 17 percent to $6.4 billion, while its net income came in at $1.2 billion, a drop of 10 percent compared to last year, in the three months ending Feb. 28. Reporting on its third quarter fiscal year 2010 earnings after the market closed on March 25, Oracle's numbers include about a month of contributions from Sun, which Oracle purchased for $7.4 billion on January 26, 2010. Excluding one-time items, earnings per share grew 9 percent to $1.9 billion or $0.38 per share, with $6.5 billion in revenue.
Newly Enhanced Oracle Content Management
With Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition
Oracle released two new components for its Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g and Oracle Forms Recognition, on March 15. The new applications allow businesses to automate document- and image-centric processes such as claims processing. These releases continue Oracle's broad-based initiative to offer its customers a comprehensive, all-in-one stack for various business processes.
Free and Open Source S/W
Open Wonderland Foundation to Continue Work of Project Wonderland
Announces Free, Open Source Open Wonderland Virtual World Platform
The Open Wonderland Foundation has created a new virtual world platform called the Open Wonderland platform, which is a fork of the Project Wonderland toolkit. This free and open source platform is designed for those wanting to create 3D virtual worlds for education, business, and government applications. The same people who were passionate about Project Wonderland, both from Sun and in the broader open source community, are taking the initiative to advance the technology under the Open Wonderland umbrella.
Upgrade to NetApp DataFabric Manager 3.7.1 on Solaris 10
Learn to Use Solaris Live Upgrade

A recent article walks readers through upgrading to NetApp DataFabric Manager (DFM) Server 3.7.1 and Solaris 10 from Solaris 8 OS and DFM 3.2R1 using Solaris Live Upgrade. This latest version of DFM only supports the Solaris 10 OS. The DFM Server is an important tool for centralized monitoring, administration, and performance measurements for NetApp storage, especially for filers.

Rethinking Scalability
A Further Look at the Hockey Stick Curve and Why Solaris Delivers

The subject of scalability becomes the topic considered by Stefan Hinker in his blog entitled "Some thoughts about scalability" in which he reviews the current thinking on the issue. The blog described the "hockey stick" curve that plots degradation of response time in terms of load. As Hinker notes, "a new product usually has a few large bottlenecks, and because they're large, the response time curve take off for infinity early, and goes almost straight up. Overloading the system even a little bit causes it to "hit the wall" and seem to hang. Response time is fairly flat until an inflection point, then heads up like a homesick angel."

Cloud Computing
Questioning the Cloud
Enumerating the so far Unanswered Issues Raised by the Cloud
There are so many unresolved issues surrounding cloud computing technology(ies) that the practice itself is clouded with multiple uncertainties. Few writers have pondered as many of these questions Professor John Jordan does in his article "Dissecting the Cloud" on Among the most important of the several questions Jordan raises is this one: "How will [cloud computing] unfold, and how will organizations, regulators and other actors respond?"
"Widening the Storage Bottleneck for an Oracle Database"
Flash Could Be the Answer to Opening up the Hole
In spite of the evolution of CPUs from single to multicore and the increased storage capacity of hard disks from GB to TB, there remains a bottleneck with applications that are either bandwidth- or latency-constrained, writes J. Brosowski in the article "The Storage Bottleneck" posted on Oracle Wikis. Striping data over multiple arrayed disks hasn't been the solution it was once hoped to be, he writes, then offers other suggestions for addressing the bottleneck, specifically as using new technologies to speed up Oracle Databases.
Oracle Grid Control and Sun Storage 7000 Appliances
Bridging the Gap with Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Controller 1.0
Sun Storage 7000 Management Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Controller creates a coupling between the enterprise-wide monitoring provided by Oracle Grid Control and the monitoring and analytics provided by Sun Storage 7000 Appliances, writes blogger Paul Monday. He explains further that the goal of the plug-in to Oracle Grid Control is to facilitate a Database Administrator in their use of Sun Storage 7000 Appliances without attempting to reproduce the world-class analytics available within Sun Storage 7000 Appliances.
Content Updates for the Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 Release
Documentation Updates Listed, Links Provided
Major release Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 comes with multiple content updates, and Michelle Luna on the Fishworks team shares a progress report of the content development for the 7000 platform along with links to some important documentation updates. Luna gives users of the platform valuable information on resources and this article lists some of the revisions that may of interest to Oracle-Sun Open Storage users.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 145 Issue 1, 2, 3; Vol 144 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4; Vol 143 Issues 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 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    New Strategies for Web Security
    Sophistication of Malware Attacks Calls for Change in Security Measures
    A February 2010 Bloor white paper provides information on the increasing numbers and sophistication of web security threats to organizations, and explores whether it makes more sense to offload security responsibilities to service providers. This paper gives a general overview of the situation and touches on the promises offered by software as a service (SaaS) in protection from malware.
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