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Oracle
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Oracle DB 11g with RAC Upgrade Allows Reports to Run in Minutes Versus Days
Provides Parallel Processing Capabilities, Linear Scalability, Maintenance and Management Tools
Taobao.com is Asia’s largest online shopping Web site. The company engages in consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer trading and has a 70% share of the online market in China. The company recently upgraded to Oracle Database 11g with Real Application Clusters. As part of the upgrade, Taobao.com deployed a 20-node database cluster to improve data processing speed. This has enabled the company to cut the time required to run reports from days to minutes and, in some cases, to near real time.
Oracle's Comprehensive Content Management Solution
New and Improved Oracle Universal Content Management 11g Coming Soon

Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM) receives an enthusiastic endorsement from internationally recognized authority on content management issues, Dmitri Khanine, who writes in CMSWire, " ... Oracle UCM offers a killer set of features and serves a formidable spectrum of needs. Its document and web content management features are excellent and the Web Center — its often freely included companion product — delivers an audit-proof-complete list of the latest online collaboration features."

Virtualization
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Sorting Fact from Fiction on Virtualization Comparisons Between Solaris and AIX
Refuting Some of the FUD Originating from IBM

FUDbuster Jeff Savit, in his blog "Response to 'A comparison of virtualization features of HP-UX, Solaris and AIX'" takes the author of that comparison, Ken Milberg, to task for a number of the assertions made in his blog of that title. Savit notes that, three years ago, he and Milberg were at odds on the issue of UNIX virtualization.

Java Technology
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The Latest GlassFish Podcasts
Feature GlassFish Virtual Conference Replays, GlassFish Roadmap
Anyone interested in GlassFish - the Java EE 5 application server - should take some time to tune in to The GlassFish Podcast Website. All the presentations from the GlassFish Virtual Conference held in December are now available as podcasts, as are interviews, updates, and the recent GlassFish Roadmap presentation, which is offered in English, Spanish, and French.
Java SE 6 Update 20 Released
Fixes Vulnerabilities When Running Java in 32-bit Web Browsers
Java SE 6 Update 20 is a security and bug fix release. This update addresses Oracle Security Alert CVE-2010-0886 and CVE-2010-0887, which are vulnerabilities in desktop Java running in web browsers only. CVE-2010-0886 affects the Java Deployment Toolkit (version 6 update 10 through 19) on Windows only. The second vulnerability (CVE-2010-0887) affects the Java Plug-in (version 6 update 18 and 19) on Windows, Solaris and Linux. Both vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to run commands on the user's system with the privileges of the user, whose system may have become compromised by visiting a malicious web site. Oracle recommends that all customers and Java users update their Java installation to the most recent version. See the release notes and download page for more information.
Free and Open Source S/W
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News on the Mighty Hudson
Some Changes and a Departure
The news of the moment on Hudson is that the current iteration - Hudson 1.354 - contains only bug fixes. One of the infrastructure issues that's half-way resolved is the question of Debian/Ubuntu packages. Creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi has packages uploaded in an experimental apt repository on hudson-labs.org which you can try out. That said, it's not entirely clear whether this is going to be the preferred means of distributing native Debian/Ubuntu packages in the future (individual user mileage may vary).
Solaris
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Patching Strategy for Oracle Solaris
Overview of Patching Procedures, Tips, Recommendations
The recommended patching strategy for the Oracle Solaris operating system is the focus of a BigAdmin Feature Tech Tip. Jon Bowman provides general information on update batch bundles, boot environments, and Solaris Live Upgrade, as well as tips on what to do before you patch, moving from one update to another, scheduled and unscheduled patching, among others.
Scripts for Oracle Solaris ZFS and UFS Filesystem Administration
Screenshots and Code are Provided

Scripts on administrating Oracle Solaris ZFS and UFS in Oracle Solaris 10 are offered by Prashant Pilankar in a tech tip on Oracle BigAdmin. Some of the tasks these scripts can be used to perform include creating an Oracle Solaris ZFS storage pool, adding a device to a storage pool, creating a filesystem in a storage pool, setting quota on an Oracle Solaris ZFS filesystem, creating a mirrored storage pool, adding devices to a mirrored storage pool, creating a RAID-Z (Enhanced RAID5) storage pool, adding devices to a RAID-Z storage pool, destroying a storage pool, determining if problems exist in a storage pool, and creating a UFS filesystem and mounting it.

Partners
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A Standards-based, Open Approach to Network Automation
Force10's Open Automation Initiative Aims to Transform Data Center Infrastructure
Force 10's Open Automation initiative aims to transform data center infrastructure. Introduced in March, this initiative represents a streamlined, standards-based approach to network automation that optimizes data center network performance and efficiency, and lays the foundation for cloud-based services.
Channel Partner Strategies for Sun's Product Lines
The VAR Guy Quizzes SVP of Worldwide Alliances Judson Althoff
Sun products recently have been the topic for a couple of blog entries from The VAR Guy. One covers the two key growth areas related to Sun hardware that Senior Vice President of Worldwide Alliances Judson Althoff says Oracle partners should immediately focus on. The other looks at partner strategies for Sun’s MySQL, Java and OpenOffice offerings.
MySQL
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MySQL Cluster 7.0 & 7.1: Architecture and New Features
Technical White Paper Explores Some of the Latest Additions to the Clustered Database
A MySQL technical white paper by Oracle introduces the MySQL Cluster 7.0 and 7.1, focusing on its features and architecture. Described as a highly scalable, high-performance, clustered database originally designed for the telecommunications industry which often demands database availability at 99.999% or better, MySQL Cluster's latest versions add new scalability/performance, platform, connectors, and monitoring and management features.
Software
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Oracle Grid Engine 6.2 Slide Presentation
Provides an Overview of the Features and Benefits
Get a high-level overview of the features and benefits provided by the Oracle Grid Engine 6.2, formerly Sun Grid Engine, in a slide presentation available on the Oracle Website. The Oracle Grid Engine software is a distributed resource management (DRM) system that manages the distribution of users' workload to available compute resources. This presentation may be worthwhile to those looking for a resource management solution or wondering what this Oracle solution actually does. Login or registration is required to view the presentation.
Events
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Oracle Java Quick Update Webcast
20 Minute Webinar on Oracle's Support of Java
Oracle will be presenting a 20-minute quick-update webinar on Oracle Java Embedded. Find out about Java SE and supported versions, embedded Java futures like JDK 7 and JavaFX, plus services available from Oracle in support of Java. There is a North American showing as well as a Europe and Middle Eastern event scheduled. Registration is ongoing.
Storage
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Lustre Strategy Update
What Users Can Expect from Oracle
In a PDF on the strategy for Lustre, Peter Bojanic, director of Oracle's Lustre Group and Open Storage Systems outlined what is known at the moment concerning the solution's future, being careful to note that his presentation " ... is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract."
OpenStorage
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Sun Storage 7000 2010.01 Release Integrates with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS)
VSS Services Can Now be Performed on Sun Storage 7000 Storage Systems
The Sun Storage 7000 Provider for VSS Software 1.0 is a hardware provider that plugs into the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) Framework on Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008, 64-bit or 32-bit variations. The integration with Microsoft VSS is part of the Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1 release. Paul Monday describes the VSS and how it interacts with the Sun Storage 7000 Appliances.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 146 Issues 1, 2; Vol 145 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 144 Issues 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 141 Issue 2, the top 10 articles were:

  • April 2010 Critical Patch Update
  • Licensing for Sun Ray Clients Under Oracle
  • White Paper on the Oracle Solaris Operating System
  • Running SSH in Single-user Mode
  • New Version of the Sun Unified Storage Simulator
  • Oracle Enterprise Ops Center 2.5 Update 3
  • Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials
  • HTML5 Server-Push Technologies
  • Hardening and Maintaining Security in a Mixed Operating Systems Data Center
  • MySQL Cluster 7.1

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

    Sysadmin
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    Get Better Storage Performance
    Avoid Misalignment Resulting from Disk Partitioning Software

    "Because of disk partitioning software on your storage clients or a mismatch between storage configuration and application request pattern, you could be suffering a 2-4X performance degradation," writes Roch Bourbonnais in his blog "Proper Alignment for extra Performance." While he credits the Sun Storage 7000 server line with great flexibility in selecting different blocksizes for different use within a single pool of storage, he notes that the line has no control on the offset that could be selected during disk partitioning of block devices on client systems. Care must be taken, he urges, when partitioning disks to avoid misalignment and degraded performance. Using full LUNs is preferred.

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