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Oracle
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Oracle Exadata Version 2 for SAP Applications
Interested Users May Be Able to Speed Adoption Process By Making Requests
Oracle Exadata V2 for SAP is momentarily under evaluation, and it is expected to be certified by early 2011. The speed of the adoption process depends on customer demand. Interested SAP users can make their desire known by downloading a request form, answering a few questions, and sending the completed form to the noted individuals listed on the form.
Training
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Oracle Solaris Certification
Get Started with Oracle Solaris Learning Paths
Updated Oracle Solaris learning paths are now available on the Oracle University site. The company states that these updates are aimed at continuing to align to principal system administration roles, culminating in an Oracle Solaris Certification to help administrators validate their proficiency.
Partners
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Live Interactive Virtual Event on the OPN Specialized Program
Focus on Sales Strategies and Messages
Register for the June 29th live online global kickoff of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized Program where company executives will provide specific sales strategies and messages to help partners successfully engage in the OPN Specialized program for Oracle's fiscal year 2011. “With the addition of so many new products into our portfolio in the past year, as well as new partners joining us from recent acquisitions, it is extremely important that our partners understand Oracle’s strategy," said Judson Althoff, senior vice president, Oracle Worldwide Alliances & Channels.
Illumos
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Slide Presentation Hints at OpenSolaris Road Map
Links Provided to Expected Bordeaux, Fluendo Features
A slide presentation by Harry J Foxwell, Ph.D. and principal consultant for Oracle Public Sector, outlines the near-term expected road map for Oracle Solaris and OpenSolaris. Listed are some links to Bordeaux for OpenSolaris and the Fluendo DVD player.
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 10 Features Supported by DB2
Installation Procedures Using Solaris Containers

In a lengthy Oracle BigAdmin System Administration Portal feature article, Cherry Shu outlines guidelines for running IBM DB2 UDB V8.2x in non-global zones under the Oracle Solaris 10 OS using Solaris Containers technology. Shu explains in detail the process of creating a non-global instance of Solaris Containers appropriate for deploying a DB2 database.

Cloud Computing
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Cloud Computing and Java Technology
Cloud Gazing with Java Champions
The fifth installment in Janice J. Heiss's Developer Insight Series of interviews is devoted to talks with Adam Bien, Alan Williamson, and Kirk Pepperdine, who discuss cloud computing from the perspective of the Java Champion.
Events
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JavaOne, Oracle Develop, and Oracle OpenWorld Sessions Posted
Find Your Topics of Interest in the Content Catalog or Suggest One
Wondering what sessions are scheduled for Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop 2010? Check the live Content Catalogs that have been posted and show just what type of content will be headlining the almost 2,000 sessions currently booked for the event. If a session is not named that someone would like to attend, the Oracle Mix Community provides a tool called Suggest-a-Session for submitting and voting on sessions.
OpenStorage
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Using External Tables to Load Data into a Data Warehouse
The Fastest Method Available

A veteran of nearly a year's effort involving Exadata V2 performance projects, Glenn Fawcett blogs on the use of external tables as the fastest method of loading data into a data warehouse. As he writes, "With the size and power of Exadata, businesses are creating larger and larger data warehouses. There will often be dozens of machines that collect and stage data for ingest by the data warehouse. So this means the staging area for these flat-files must be huge, real fast, and accessible from multiple networks." External tables fill the bill, according to Fawcett.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 148 Issues 1, 2; Vol 147 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 146 Issues 3, 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 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Download Available for Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.4
  • Sun SPOT Repriced
  • Solaris Recommended and Sun Alert Patch Clusters Now Merged
  • Cloning a VMware Guest on a ZFS NFS Share
  • Data Integrity in the Cloud
  • Minimizing Your Solaris Attack Surface
  • Oracle Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire Storage Stores NASA Solar Images
  • Oracle Solaris Studio Express 6/10
  • Oracle Tops IBM DB2 Once Again
  • Open-source R Interface Available for Oracle Data Mining

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

    Service
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    Service and Support Helps Derive More Value from Technology Investments
    CIOs Seek Closer, More Sustained Contact with Their Providers
    The Oracle white paper "The New Reality of Service and Support" cites a recent IDG Research Services survey that discovered 80 percent of CIOs have come to consider their relationship with external IT service and support providers critical to the accomplishment of their missions. Further, according to the survey, the majority of senior executives claim their company’s reliance on external IT service and support providers has increased over the past 12 months.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    New Release of the ODFDOM - the OpenDocument API
    Easy Lightwork Programming API Portable to Any Object-oriented Language
    ODFDOM is a free OpenDocument Format (ODF) library. Its purpose is to provide an easy common way to create, access and manipulate ODF files, without requiring detailed knowledge of the ODF specification. It is designed to provide the ODF developer community with an easy lightwork programming API portable to any object-oriented language. A new version of ODFDOM was released this month. ODFDOM 0.8.5 of the Java implementation provides more than a dozen patches/bug fixes and two new features.
    Performance
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    Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Sets World Record SPECjAppServer2004 Mark
    Uses Fewer RUs than Either IBM or HP Plus Without Requiring External Storage
    A recent BestPerf blog reports that the Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (five in number) and a single Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server delivered a world record result of 28,648.74 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard on the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark. According to Kevin Kelly, the result was run using the Oracle WebLogic 10.3.3 Application Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition with Oracle Solaris 10 to obtain this world record result.
    Sysadmin
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    Saving Space and Physical I/O with Exadata
    Examples of Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC) Results

    Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression (EHCC) is the subject of two blog entries by Tyler Muth who examines some numbers on EHCC and Advanced Compression using ALL_OBJECTS to determine how much space is saved, and the physical I/O that can be saved. Oracle’s EHCC technology is a new method for organizing data within a database block. As the name implies, this technology utilizes a combination of both row and columnar methods for storing data.

    Publications
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    "Solaris 10 System Administration Essentials"
    Details Solaris System for Basic System Administration
    The "Solaris 10 System Administration Essentials" covers just that - the essential features of the Oracle Solaris 10 OS. Key topics include installing, booting, and shutting down a system; managing packages and patches (software updates); controlling system processes; managing disks and devices; managing users; configuring networks; and using printing services.
    Virtualization
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    Teleportation and VirtualBox 3.1
    Setting up a VirtualBox Host
    Teleportation first made its appearance in the VirtualBox 3.1 release. It basically allows users to move running virtual machines between hosts without interruption. This means users can move running virtual machines between different hosts, across different architectures, different host operating systems, and between servers and clients. Learn more about the "cool feature" in a blog entry by Sentayehu Seifu who defines the feature's capabilities and shows how to set up a VirtualBox host.
    "Virtualizing Mac OS X Client with VirtualBox"
    Step-by-step from Download to Running the Installation
    Writing in CNET Reviews, Topher Kessler takes a comprehensive approach to the Virtualization of the Mac OS X Server with VirtualBox, Version 3.2, beginning with a link to Apple's EULA requirements just to ensure the legality of the installation.
    Java Technology
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    Oracle GlassFish Server Released - Community and Commercial Versions
    Version 3.0.1 Comes With New Branding, Additional Platform Support, and Over 100 Bug Fixes
    GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.0.1 and the commercial Oracle GlassFish Server 3.0.1 product are both now available. This is its first product release under Oracle, and the newly branded Oracle GlassFish Server includes numerous critical fixes and updated platform support.
    New Patch for GlassFish Version 2
    Patch Addresses 19 New Defects

    There is a new patch available for Oracle GlassFish Server 2.1 customers. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1 Patch 5 released on June 3rd addresses 19 new defects and contains fixes from previous patches. Readers should note that this is a commercial or restricted patch. Release notes provide an overview and links to the patch.

    NetBeans
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    The NetBeans IDE 6.9 Release - First Under Oracle's Leadership
    Introduces JavaFX Composer, Adds OSGi Interoperability, and More
    NetBeans IDE 6.9 introduces the JavaFX Composer, a visual layout tool for visually building JavaFX GUI applications, similar to the Swing GUI builder for Java SE applications. Additional highlights include OSGi interoperability for NetBeans Platform applications and support for developing OSGi bundles with Maven; support for JavaFX SDK 1.3, PHP Zend framework, and Ruby on Rails 3.0; as well as improvements to the Java Editor, Java Debugger, issue tracking, and more.
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