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Gartner Recognizes Oracle as Leader in Continuous Controls Monitoring
Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute Earn Vendors a Spot in Gartner's Magic Quadrant

Gartner's 2010 report “Magic Quadrant for Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM)” places Oracle in the Leaders Quadrant. CCM, as defined by Gartner, is an emerging governance, risk, and compliance technology that monitors controls in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other financial applications with the goal of improving financial governance, monitoring and verifying access and transactional rules, as well as automating audit processes.

New OPN Specializations and Training Resources for Sun and Oracle Technologies
Includes Six Oracle Sun Specializations
The Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) partner enablement resources now include new training resources and Specializations for core Sun and Oracle technologies, the company announced. Value-added resellers (VARs) can get trained and specialized in fifteen new areas, including Oracle Solaris, SPARC, Chip Multithreading (CMT), Sun Storage 7000, and Sun StorageTek Tape Libraries.
Oracle 11g on an OpenSolaris Zone
Bloggers Offers Quick and Easy Instuctions with Cut and Paste Script
For a quick rundown on installing Oracle Database 11g on an OpenSolaris Zone, visit the blog of Warren Strange where he presents a quick to-do with a convenient cut-and-paste script, followed by the basic next steps. Further references are linked for interested readers.
USB Devices Under Solaris
Some FAQs Answered
The Solaris USB FAQ has temporarily been placed on Paul Johnson's blog as the information from the Sun Website continues with its transition to Oracle. The intention of this question and answer page is to assist users working with USB devices under Oracle Solaris. The questions mostly deal with Solaris 10 Update and OpenSolaris releases, although there are some concerning Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 versions.
Oracle Tuxedo 11g and Associated Mainframe Re-Hosting Products
Oracle Fusion Middleware's Strategic Transaction Processing Product
Oracle Tuxedo 11g release introduces three brand new products within its Tuxedo product line. Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime (ART) provides the ability to migrate CICS and batch applications to run them on open systems like Oracle Tuxedo without any change in application code. Oracle Tuxedo Application Rehosting Workbench automates adaptation of COBOL program, conversion of JCL to batch applications, migration of data schema, and more. These products reduce cost, risk, and inflexibility of running CICS and Batch applications on mainframes. Oracle Tuxedo JCA Adapter enhances Tuxedo's hot-pluggability by providing bi-directional service invocation with any JCA compliant application server.
Load Balancing with Sun Java System Web Proxy Server Using Reverse Proxy
Easy to Install and Configure; A Free Download as Well
Following his experience with the squid proxy, Dhaneshan Kootali, author of the Oracle BigAdmin paper "Oracle iPlanet Web Proxy Server 4.0.9 for Load Balancing Using Reverse Proxy" instead chose the Oracle solution, (formerly known as Sun Java System Web Proxy Server), which he found very easy to configure for the purpose of load balancing. Furthermore, he notes, the Oracle solution is available as a free download.
Oracle's Triple-threat Data Backup Architecture
StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software, Oracle Solaris OS, Sun CMT Servers
In the May/June 2010 Oracle Magazine, writer Kemer Thomson addresses the subject of "Next-Generation Data Backup," including in his discussion such solutions as StorageTek Enterprise Backup software, Sun Chip Multithreading servers, and Oracle Solaris.
Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
The Right Choice for Users Seeking Acceleration of Database Operations
The Oracle white paper "Sun Storage 5100 Flash Array: Storage Considerations for Accelerating Databases" points out that the Sun Storage F5100 flash array is a simple, high-performance, eco-efficient solid-state storage solution that has been designed for the acceleration of database operations. The enterprise-class flash memory modules used to build the array provide low latency at an affordable price point, enabling the Sun Storage F5100 to deliver fast access to critical data while enhancing the responsiveness of database applications without the need for modifications to the application code.
Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) on Sun Storage 7000 Systems
White Paper Reports Easy, Straightforward Configuration
"Setup, Tuning, Workload Performance Guide for Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) on Sun Storage 7000 Systems" by Sanjay Gianchandani outlines the procedure for configuring the Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database server to use Oracle's Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems as a storage unit.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 146 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 145 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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 4, the top 10 articles were:

  • The Impact of ZFS Dedup Procedures on System Performance
  • Two Variations on Separating /var from /
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Integrates Sun Systems
  • New Arista 7500 High Speed Switching Device
  • Managing Solaris OS System Processes
  • Transform Supplier Performance and Information Management
  • SPC-1C Benchmark Results for the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
  • Status Update on OpenESB
  • Sun Learning Services Customers Receive Welcome from Oracle
  • Running Java Applications in a Virtualized Environment Now Easier and More Practical

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

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    JAPS (Java Agile Portal System) Version 2.0.10
    Open Source, Professional Enterprise Accessible Information Platform
    Java Agile Portal System (jAPS) is an enterprise accessible information platform that eases aggregation, publishing, access, customization, and integration of information, services, processes and resources, compatible with accessibility international standards like WCAG 2.0, Section 508 and PAS 78, for both front end and back office. The latest version of jAPS is 2.0.10. It introduces a new "entity interface," allowing the configuration of the entity types, the CMS content types and the modification of the entity attributes.
    Oracle Sun Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Can Improve Performance Over HDD Solutions
    Benchmark Finds Performance Increments in Both Scalability, Quality of Service
    A blog in the Sun BestPerf series, "Oracle Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Accelerates Web Caching Performance," reports on a benchmarking exercise that demonstrates the excellence of the Sun F20 PCle Card as a candidate to improve performance over using HDD solutions.
    Flash Archive Recovery Image
    Instructions on Creating FLAR Image to Recover From Failed Disk Drive

    Learn how to create a Flash Archive recovery image that can be used to restore a system to "factory fresh" condition. An Oracle BigAdmin Wiki article provides the simplest instructions to create a Flash Archive (FLAR) image that can be loaded onto the target system to recover from a failed disk drive.

    VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 Released
    Many Changes, Bug Fixes in this Major New Update

    The very first comment Frank Mehnert directs to the readers of his posting "Announcement: VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 Released" is, "Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines! A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes." That said, he provides a link for downloading the binaries, as well as for reporting any problems with the Beta.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox
    What It Is, Where It's Been, and How to Use It
    Sun's VirtualBox has joined the Oracle VM portfolio. During its tenure at Sun, VirtualBox quickly worked its way up to the third position in most popular downloads trailing only the well-known Java and MySQL. Oracle's Virtualization Blog recaps some of the finer points of VirtualBox with information on its community, tutorials, download, and more.
    Java Technology
    Recent GlassFish/Sun Java System Application Server Patch Releases
    Three Patch Releases Fix 66 Issues
    Commercial, for-fee patches have been released for GlassFish Version 2. Known under various names, depending on the version of the application server obtained, these patch releases are part of the commercial support for GlassFish Version 2.1, Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (or GlassFish Version 2 Update 2), and Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server Version 2.1. Writing for The Aquarium, Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart reports, "All patch releases are cumulative ... accumulating 97 fixes since v2.1, or more than 829 defects since v2U2."
    NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta Release
    Adds OSGI Compatibility, JavaFX 1.3 Support, and Much More
    NetBeans IDE 6.9 Beta is available. Although it is not recommended for production environments since it is in beta status, this release is quite an enticing one. The newly released JavaFX SDK 1.3 is supported as is the JavaFX Composer, which brings the Matisse-based Swing GUI builder's capabilities to JavaFX development. It also provides OSGi interoperability for the NetBeans platform and support for PHP Zend and Ruby On Rails 3.0.
    JFXtras 0.6
    Third-party Library of JavaFX Add-ons
    The open-source JFXtras project, which offers the largest third-party library of JavaFX add-ons, released version 0.6 in April. Java Champion Stephen Chin reviews the project's features like wipes, shapes, advanced layouts, and borders, among others, in a blog entry. He offers Web Start demos on some of the highlighted features, giving readers a first-hand look at JFXtras capabilities in action.
    Oracle's Integrated Identity Management Stack
    Addition of Sun Innovations Expected to Strengthen Oracle's Offerings
    Oracle's strategy to develop an integrated identity management stack with its newly acquired Sun technologies includes protecting current customers' investments in Sun Identity Management through continued maintenance, declares an article in Oracle's Security Inside Out April 2010 Edition that identifies five reasons why the Oracle-Sun combination makes its identity management offerings competitive.
    Financial Services
    Oracle Shuffles its Financial Services Global Business Unit
    Some Executives to Take on New Roles as a New Member is Hired

    Oracle's Financial Services Global Business Unit (FSGBU) is shuffling personnel and introducing a new member to its deck. Frank Brienzi is joining the FSGBU as General Manager and the board of directors of Oracle Financial Services Software Limited (OFSS). Accompanying Brienzi on the BOD of OFSS is Joseph John, who is the executive vice president of the banking products division of OFSS. The new Chief Operating Officer for FSGBU is R. Ravisankar, while Rajesh Hukku is now Chief Strategy Officer of Oracle's Financial Services.

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