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Oracle Database 11g vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008
An Edison Group Comparative Management Costs Study
An Edison Group report offers a comparative management costs study revealing how the Oracle Database widens the manageability lead over Microsoft SQL Server 2008. The study shows how Oracle Database 11g can save 43% in time and 41% in database management costs over Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
Is Raised-Floor Design Still Appropriate for Data Center Applications?
Improved Cooling Technologies, Modular IT Equipment Design Suggest Otherwise
An APC white paper by Neil Rasmussen suggests that raised-floor data center design is a model whose time has come ... and gone. Rasmussen concedes that the design practice is likely to continue despite the current evidence that highest density and highest efficiency data center power and cooling technologies specifically do not require a raised floor. Convinced of this shift in technology, Sun Microsystems, for one, had eliminated the raised floor design in building both its Santa Clara and Broomfield data centers.
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.1.1 Released
Now Supports Sun Storage 7000 Firmware 2010.Q1

Oracle's Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.1.1 is the latest release of the software, which now offers support for the Sun Storage 7000 firmware 2010.Q1. "Now VDI supports the COMSTAR stack, now you see a storage utilization that you always wanted to see," cheers Dirk Grobler on his blog Jumping VDI. "Way better CPU numbers, much better IOPS, online deduplication for those who look into application streaming. This storage/VDI combination really rocks."

Java Technology
March 2010 Community Update on the GlassFish Roadmap
Slides Cover Naming, Roadmap, Distributions, Licenses, Open Source
The first GlassFish community update presentation since the open source application server project was acquired by Oracle has been made and its slide deck posted. Check out what the future holds for GlassFish by perusing the slides which cover naming, roadmap, distributions, licenses, and open source.
Monitoring and Graphing Performance of Solaris Zones, Containers, and LDOMs
With Halcyon Neuron Agent's New Solaris Zones Statistics
Those interested in monitoring and graphing the performance of Solaris Zones, Containers, and Logical Domains (LDOMs - now known as the Oracle VM Server for SPARC) can now proactively generate alarms/events when critical problems occur with the lightweight standalone Halcyon Neuron Agent. The Neuron Agent now includes a new monitored property labeled "Solaris Zone Statistics that proactively monitors the CPU and Memory utilization of each zone in addition to the number of processes running inside the zone. Screenshots shots are available.
Oracle Partner Network and Sun Partners
Oracle Senior VP Judson Althoff Answers Some FAQs
In a Q&A session with Sandra Haan, director of Worldwide Alliances and Channels Communications at Oracle, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Alliances Judson Althoff talks about the merger of the two companies in terms of what it translates to for Oracle and Sun partners. Topics discussed include direct channel sales, partner opportunities, Oracle software-Sun hardware emphasis, the Oracle Partner Network Specialized program, and much more.
Cloud Computing
"Opportunities for the Cloud in the Enterprise"
Computer Associates Report
Computer Associates Product Management Advisor Sam Somashekar advises readers to bring the cloud into their infrastructure first, before signing up with an external cloud. The 16-page report is directed toward IT managers interested in transforming their infrastructure into "an elastic business-responsive engine .. By adopting this model internally as a first step, all of the benefits of cloud computing can be harnessed without concern," asserts Somashekar.
Microelectronics Innovation Just Got a Lot Bigger at Oracle
Former Sun EVP of Microelectronics Group Sees an Abundance of Opportunity
Former Sun Fellow and 20+-year Sun veteran Mike Splain is excited. As Oracle Executive Vice President and leader of Oracle Microelectronics, Splain sees the opportunity to innovate at Oracle as a much bigger playing field than he formerly had at Sun. "Now we get access to the entire stack," Splain said, as noted by Paulo Folgado on the Oracle PartnerNetwork Portugal blog. "We can look all the way through the stack and say, 'Okay, what would make the database go faster? What would make the middleware go faster?'"
Registration Underway for JavaOne + Develop 2010
Sign Up Now and Get $400 Off Regular Registration Rate
In less than six months, JavaOne 2010 will be underway. This year is the first year it is taking place under Oracle, which has co-located the Java conference with its own Oracle Develop during the week of Oracle OpenWorld. Register for JavaOne + Develop, and choose to have just a JavaOne experience, just a Develop experience, or both. Oracle is offering JavaOne Conference almuni, who are one of the first 1,000 to register, to receive an alumni jacket in addition to their Conference registration package.
Recognizing the Need for Multiple ZFS Storage Pools Per Host in 2010.Q1
Clever Users Had Already Found a Workaround
As the maximum size of Sun Storage 7000 systems grew, writes blogger Eric Schrock in "Multiple pools in 2010.Q1," it became apparent that relaxing the "one pool per system" rule for the release of 2010.Q1 was called for. Given that there are still some workloads that benefit from mirrored performance even in the presence of cache and log devices, he writes, it was necessary to allow pools with different RAS and performance characteristics in the same system.
The New Replication Framework in Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1
Fishworks Engineer Offers a Behind-the-scenes Look at Design Considerations

The Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q12 release is the fourth major software update in just over a year. The remote replication feature is one of the most complex in the management software, writes Fishworks Engineering team member Dave Pacheco, who provides a look at how this feature can be applied to solve various business issues along with an overview of the design goals that must be met in order to fulfill customers' objectives.

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

  • Oracle, OpenSolaris, and Solaris
  • Solaris 10 ZFS Essentials
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center Released
  • What's in Store for the Oracle Office Product Family
  • A More Direct Channel Model Planned for Oracle-Sun
  • Oracle Works to Assuage the Anxieties of Its Customers
  • Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 Quality and Features
  • Running VirtualBox VMs as Services in Windows
  • Online Training Services Information for Recently Acquired Oracle Employees
  • Suits and Their Countersuits

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

    A How-to for Adding Logging to MIDlets
    A Simple Method for Adding Capabilities

    The technical article "Powerful Logging in Java ME" explains how to add logging to MIDlets using the Microlog open-source logging library. Author Johan Karlsson explains, step-by-step, how to program the Microlog open-source logging library, derived from the Log4j or logging library and created with the limitations of Java ME in mind. Karlsson notes that the library is released with Apache Software License V2, which means it can be used in open-source projects as well as in commercial applications.

    Dealing with Package, Patch-level Issues When Moving a Local Zone
    Tech Tip Offers Some Solutions for Transferring a Zone to Another Host
    Have you ever had issues with package and patches when moving a local zone from one host to another on the Oracle Solaris 10 operating system? So has Victor Feng, but he has figured out a few methods that help users avoid patch problems when moving a local zone. He shares his experience in a BigAdmin community-submitted tech tip.
    Solaris Audit Remote / Kinamik Secure Audit Vault Solution
    Free Download Provides Proper Auditing of Events in OpenSolaris
    If you or your organization would like to have secure and reliable transmission and storage of audit records via (encrypted) TCP stream in OpenSolaris, then you may be interested in trying out the Solaris Audit Remote / Kinamik Secure Audit Vault developed by Sun and Kinamik Data Integrity. This freely downloadable plug-in enables the secure transmission of audit trails to a remote storage, which would prevent an intruder who compromised a system from being able to delete the audit trail of that system.
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