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Oracle
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Resources for the Latest on Oracle Tuxedo
Data Sheets, Demonstration, White Papers
Anyone interested in the recent release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g can gather more technical information in the forms of data sheets, a demo, and white papers - all of which shed more light on the advances made to this key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Application Grid.
Partners
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Marketing Basics for Partners
Self-service Marketing Tutorials
Oracle's Marketing Basics for Partners is a set of self-service marketing tutorials aimed at transferring marketing knowledge to its partner community. The goal of these on-demand training sessions is to assist partners in executing demand generation campaigns and generate valuable sales leads. Stein Surlien, senior vice president, Alliances and Channels, Oracle EMEA, commented, "We’ve designed the self-service marketing tutorials to be a practical service where partners can draw on our experience to execute their own campaigns."
Features
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Latest Releases from NetBeans and JavaFX Recognized by Java Founder
James Gosling Praises Improvements and Performance Boosts
The latest releases from NetBeans and JavaFX prompted Java founder James Gosling to blog a bit about them. He praises the improvements in the NetBeans platform and updates to performance in JavaFX. The NetBeans IDE is an integrated development environment available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. JavaFX provides a unified development and deployment model for building rich client applications that integrate rich immersive media such as audio and video, graphics, rich text and web services.
Illumos
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iTouch App Allows Users to Monitor OpenSolaris
Blogger Relates Details on Using iStat
The Apple iTouch application iStat allows users to remotely monitor a Mac or Mac server as well as other OSes by running an open source daemon on your OS of choice. Karim Berrah demonstrates how he monitors OpenSolaris from his iTouch, sharing how to compile on the latest build of OpenSolaris. Berrah also shares some tips he learned along the way in using the iTouch application.
Solaris
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How SunSolve Entitlement Works
Oracle Wikis Page Explains the Process
Merging two major players in the IT industry takes time and patience. Unfortunately for many Sun product users who rely on their former Sun solutions to maintain their daily data center tasks, the consolidation process can be quite frustrating. One area where some former Sun customers are perplexed deals with entitlements. An Oracle Wikis page may have the answers needed to make the transition, at least in this area, a smoother one.
Get Free Software Packages for Solaris at Sunfreeware.com
More than 60 Gigabytes of Packages for Solaris 2.5 through 10
Sunfreeware.com is an archive of pre-compiled free software for Solaris 2.5, 2.6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 operating systems for both SPARC and Intel architectures. In operation since 1994, this freeware project just requires users pick their architecture to access the list programs available. Then, decide on the selected programs and download.
Sun Java System
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Sun Java Communications Suite VMware Image in VirtualBox
How to Set up the Configuration

Oracle's Communications Suite Information Wiki has posted an article entitled "Using Sun Java Communications Suite VMware Image in VirtualBox" in which a community member offers 10-steps to setting up this configuration. It should be noted that the information has not be verified by Oracle or Sun, but may be worth a try for the more adventurous.

Servers
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IDC Reports Users are Adopting "Virtualize First" Mentality
Trend Seen as Logical Post-downturn Strategy
The Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker published by International Data Corporation (IDC) reveals an increase of 18.2% in all new servers shipped in 4Q09 that were virtualized, as contrasted with 15.2% in 4Q08. The Tracker reports that customers have adopted a virtualization mentality as a post-downturn strategy. Still, the Tracker continues, " ... new server shipments virtualized for the total of 2009 declined 5% from 2008. Virtualized server end user spending declined 2% year over year in 4Q09 and 14% for all of 2009 to $15.2 billion."
Sun Tape
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Tape Storage's Future Secure Under Oracle
Oracle Affirms Commitment and Promises Continued Development
"Oracle is very committed to the tape business," Jim Cates, vice president of tape development at Oracle, told Enterprise Storage Forum. Writing for internet.com's ESF, Paul Shread also reveals correspondence from Large Tape Users Group (LTUG) executive board president Geoff Cleary who is optimistic about Oracle's plans for its tape product line following a recent LTUG event where Oracle was present.
OpenStorage
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Looking at Performance Improvements Stemming from ZFS Appliance 2010/Q1
50% Improved OLTP Performance, 70% Reduced Variability, 200% Improvement on MS Exchange

In his blog post "Doubling Exchange Performance" Roch "Mars" Bourbonnais lavishes praise on the performance improvements that have resulted from release of the ZFS Appliance 2010/Q1 update. Changes to the ZFS metaslab code now make it possible for 50% improved OLTP performance and 70% reduced variability from run to run, Bouronnais writes. He also notes a 200% improvement on MS Exchange performance from these changes.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 147 Issue 1; Vol 146 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 145 Issues 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 147 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • New OPN Specializations and Training Resources for Sun and Oracle Technologies
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Flash Archive Recovery Image
  • Oracle's Integrated Identity Management Stack
  • Oracle's Triple-threat Data Backup Architecture
  • Recent GlassFish/Sun Java System Application Server Patch Releases
  • VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 Released
  • Oracle Sun Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Can Improve Performance Over HDD Solutions
  • Load Balancing with Sun Java System Web Proxy Server Using Reverse Proxy
  • Oracle 11g on an OpenSolaris Zone

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

    Service
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    Support Policy Update on Some Sun Products
    Sun Directory Services, Sun Identity and Access Management, Sun SOA Release, and More
    The Oracle Support Library has posted an updated version of its Oracle Lifetime Support Policy that includes some Sun products. The 55-page PDF contains information on Sun and GlassFish Application Server, NetBeans, and Sun JDK; Sun Master Data Management and Data Integrator; Sun Portal; Sun Directory Services and Sun Identity and Access Management; and Sun SOA; among others.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    OpenDS 2.3.0-build002 Now Available
    Free LDAPv3 Compliant Directory Server Written Entirely in Java
    The OpenDS Directory Server offers a fully featured LDAPv3 compliant directory server with multi-master replication, advance command line interface, graphical user interface and much more. Just this month, the open source project released OpenDS 2.3.0-build002. Visit the promoted build page and the Changelog for the latest on this release. More general information on OpenDS is available from its home and wiki pages.
    Developer
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    "Parallel Programming with Oracle Developer Tools"
    Oracle White Paper Examines Programming Model with Emphasis on OpenMP and MPI
    "Parallel Programming with Oracle Developer Tools," an Oracle White Paper, addresses the audience of developers interested in learning about parallel programming. The white paper explains that OpenMP provides for parallelization of applications running within a single multicore-based system, while MPI provides for parallelization of applications running across many such systems, often referred to as a compute cluster.
    Sysadmin
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    DTrace Solves Load Spikes Mystery
    Understanding System Activity Assists in Monitoring

    Experienced a load average spike that then reverts back to normal without having any other system performance effects? Alan Hargreaves has and he details how he used DTrace to find out why this was occurring by examining threads and dispatch queues. He provides a helpful script to analyze system activity and offers a possibly better method to monitor system activity.

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox Tips
    Covers Cloning a VirtualBox Disk and Opening a .VDI Virtual Machine
    If learning how to clone a VirtualBox disk or open a virtual machine with a .VDI extension grabs your attention, then two of Federman Hoyos' blog entries listed in his April 2010 archive have hit the mark. Hoyos offers straightforward actions for readers to take to quickly accomplish these two tasks.
    VirtualBox 3.1.8 Released
    Maintenance Update Fixes/Adds 33 Items
    Oracle released VirtualBox 3.1.8, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 3.1 that improves stability and fixes regressions. It also supports new platforms like Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems, including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD. See the Changelog for details on the updates. The download is available from the VirtualBox or Oracle Web sites.
    Java Technology
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    Making the Choice Between Java EE 5 and 6
    Assess Your Situation, then Move Ahead

    In making the choice between Java Enterprise Edition 5 or 6, it is possible to approach the matter systematically, blogs Markus Eisele, German author and software architect in "Java EE 5 or 6: Which to Choose Today."

    JavaFX
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    New User-interface Control Components in JavaFX SDK 1.2
    Part Two: Nodes and Buttons

    Users of JavaFX SDK 1.2 now have a capability previously unavailable to them in the new set of user-interface control components featured in the release. These afford not only greater portability but allow programmers to create more compelling graphical capabilities, writes Robert Eckstein in his Sun Developer Network piece "JavaFX 1.2 UI Control Components: Part Two: Nodes and Buttons." Part One discussed new layout classes in JavaFX.

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