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Oracle
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Latest Release of Oracle Berkeley DB
11g Release 2 Provides Interface for SQL Developers and Support for Android
Oracle Berkeley DB is an open source embedded database, providing developers with a database offering SQL, Key/value, or Java interface. Oracle Berkeley DB 11g Release 2 introduces a new SQL API, based on SQLite, and support for JDBC and ODBC connections as well as support for the Android platform.
Partners
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Best Practices for Solution Providers to Successfuly Engage Customers
Oracle White Paper Identifies 10 Key Areas
Successfully managing and delivering an integrated solution is key in becoming a true solutions provider. Edward Clay has identified 10 best practices every solutions provider should know in order to ensure customer satisfaction in solutions engagements. In the 52-page Oracle white paper, Clay pinpoints 10 key areas that need to be mastered and, once handled correctly, will inevitably lead to a greater success rate in customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Illumos
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Intel CPU/Memory HotPlug for OpenSolaris
Support for Hot-adding CPUs and Memory to a Running Xeon 7500 Platform

Scott Davenport recently revealed a new Intel CPU and memory hotplug for OpenSolaris. Rest assured that fault management functionality is included in this integration, per Davenport's work with Intel. Read his brief introduction and visit the resource link for more on the CPU and memory hotplug for x86 on the OpenSolaris Website.

Solaris
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DTrace GUI Plugin for NetBeans and Oracle Solaris Studio (formerly Sun Studio)
Enables Running of D Scripts and Their Vizualization with Chime

DTrace, the comprehensive dynamic tracing framework for the Solaris OS, features a NetBeans GUI Plugin that can be installed into the Oracle Solaris Studio (formerly Sun Studio) IDE and the NetBeans IDE (versions 6.0 and later) that enables the running of D scripts from the GUI, including not only those embedded in shell scripts but those that are packaged in the DTrace Toolkit as well. Vijay Tatkar blogs on the plugin. The blog explains DTrace and provides a link to Chime which enables users to visualize DTrace aggregations, in particular the display of data over time.

Hardware
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Oracle's Hardware and Systems Support Policies
Translating These Policies for HW, Solaris, OpenSolaris Without All the FUD
On March 16, Oracle published its hardware and systems support policies statement, which covers its newly acquired Sun hardware and software. Speculation on the effect Oracle's policies will have on Solaris and OpenSolaris licensing has caused FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt)-driven rumors to arise. This article will take excerpts highlighting what is actually stated in the policies document and present a couple of interpretations.
Workstation
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Sun Ray 3 Plus Client
The First Member of the Third Generation of Sun Ray Clients
Oracle released the Sun Ray 3 Plus - replacing the Sun Ray 2 FS, according to Edward Moffat. It offers high-performance and ultra-low power consumption (ENERGY STAR 5.0-qualified), and the chassis uses eco-friendly and recyclable materials. Its new design has the smart card at the top, a larger surround on the card reader, new front power on/off switch, new sleep timer, an additional USB 2.0 port in front and two located on the back for a total of four, a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, a 1000 Mb SFP port, standard DB-9 Serial port, and two DVI ports each driving 2560 x 1600 resolution.
Storage
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Storage Domains
How to Figure Out Just How Many You Need
Andress Ness answers a common question asked by many customers - how many storage domains are needed for specific configurations? Although there is not one definitive answer for every data center, Ness explains how to determine what number is the best one.
OpenStorage
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Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 Shows Marked Improvement in OLTP
Both Throughput and Variability Rates Improved
Among the improvements in Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 is one that involves configurations using shares or LUNs with small record sizes. Blogger David Lutz writes that the two most likely configurations to benefit from this change are OLTP databases, which typically configure the record size of a share to match the block size of the database, and iSCSI LUNs, which have a default block size of 8KB.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 145 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 144 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 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 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • OpenSolaris ZFS Deduplication
  • Monitoring and Graphing Performance of Solaris Zones, Containers, and LDOMs
  • Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.1.1 Released
  • Is Raised-Floor Design Still Appropriate for Data Center Applications?
  • Oracle Partner Network and Sun Partners
  • Implications of the Single-stack Approach for BI and DW
  • Oracle Database 11g vs. Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Recognizing the Need for Multiple ZFS Storage Pools Per Host in 2010.Q1
  • Microelectronics Innovation Just Got a Lot Bigger at Oracle
  • The New Replication Framework in Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1
  • 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.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Project Kenai Update
    Migration of Java.net to Kenai Infrastructure Continues

    Work is on-going for migrating the java.net domain over to the Kenai infrastructure, so notes the Project Kenai Team. The overall plan is to move the existing Kenai.com projects over to the java.net domain and make java.net the hosted development community. "This means that any project currently hosted on kenai.com will be able to continue as you are on java.net," wrote Oracle's Ted Farrell. This change came as part of Oracle Corporation's restructuring of Sun.

    Developer
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    Java Champion Offers Developers Expert Perspective on Java EE
    'Just Write the Code that Makes Sense'
    In yet another installment of her series on Java Champions, Janice J. Heiss interviews Yakov Fain, long-term toiler in the enterprise technology vineyards and Managing Director at Farata Systems, which sells consulting services specializing in the development of enterprise rich Internet applications that utilize Adobe Flex on the client and Java EE on the server side. At Farata, Fain's duties include offering sales support without sales, which he does by producing technical materials, writing blogs, speaking at technical conferences, conducting trainings, mentoring client teams, managing offshore developers, and participating in development and promotion of open-source products.
    Performance
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    I/O Optimized Reverse Time Migration Benchmark Results for Sun Blade X6275/QDR IB/
    Enhances HPC Applications for Use by Geophysical Science
    The Reverse Time Migration Benchmark presents MPI I/O tuning techniques in order to exploit the power of the Sun HPC ClusterTools MPI I/O implementation while also demonstrating the performance of the Sun Lustre File System as it might be used by exploration geophysicists worldwide. This is the explanation Melinda McDade provides in the blog "Sun Blade X6275/QDR IB/Reverse Time Migration."
    Education and Research
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    Oracle BI and Applications Answer Requirements by ARRA 2009
    Educational Institutions Implementing Solutions for Transparency, Reporting, Performance Gains

    Oracle business intelligence (BI) technology and applications are being swept up by school districts and state education agencies throughout the United States to help build data systems with the aim of fostering transparency and enabling efficient reporting, while improving performance management throughout their organizations. Recent purchases of Oracle technologies have been reported from five large educational institutions taking advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that offered $245 million for state educational agencies to develop and implement statewide data systems to manage and analyze individual student data.

    Sysadmin
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    The Evolution of Oracle Data Mining
    And Its Deserved Place at the Top of Data Mining Applications

    The evolution of Oracle Data Mining began, blogs Marc Hamilton in "Oracle Data Mining Technology" with the 1980s supercomputer company Thinking Machines which passed on its hardware assets and numerous employees, after that company's bankruptcy in 1994, to Sun Microsystems. What remained of Thinking Machines morphed into the data mining software company Darwin, which was then sold to Oracle in 1999, which led to the emergency of Oracle Data Mining.

    Integrating Sun Role Manager and Oracle Identity Manager
    Using Thor-API Connection Mechanism Enables Seamless Integration
    "Integrating with Oracle Identity Manager" is Chapter 2 of Sun Role Manager 5.0.3 documentation. Sun Role Manager software (Role Manager) and Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) software work together seamlessly when integrated using the Thor-API connection mechanism, the document explains. When integrated, the chapter continues, Oracle Identity Manager serves as the automated provisioning and identity synchronization solution, while Role Manager defines the Role-based Access Control (RBAC) framework, the attestation process, and the approach to Segregation of Duties (SoD) policy enforcement.
    Virtualization
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    Oracle's Sun VirtualBox 3.1.6
    Maintenance Release Includes 40 Different Updates
    Oracle's high performance, cross-platform virtualization software Sun VirtualBox has a new release as of March 25. VirtualBox 3.1.6 is a maintenance release with over 40 fixes included in this freely downloadable update. VirtualBox is open source software and hugely popular: surpassing 20 million downloads worldwide since October 2007, with in excess of 40,000 downloads a day. The VirtualBox software is compact - a 50 megabyte download - and installs in just a few minutes.
    Java Technology
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    Java SE 6 Update 19 Released
    Contains Critical Security Updates and Bug Fixes
    JDK 6 Update 19 is now available to download from Oracle's Sun Developer Network (SDN) Java SE 6 downloads page. This is a security and bug fix release containing critical security updates to the Java runtime, and is for the Windows, Solaris, and Linux operating systems.
    Security
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    Web Services Security Using NetBeans and GlassFish
    Implementing Customer Validators with the Latest Versions of These FOSS
    Seventeen short steps are outlined, with screenshots and written instructions, to help users follow through on how to implement plain text username/password validators for their web services security using NetBeans 6.8 and GlassFish Version 3. Sreekanth Manga's March 18 blog entry covers the details.
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