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Partners
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Sun Technology-related Knowledge Zones Launched
Learn How to Distinguish Your Offerings from the Competition
Partners interested in identity management, Oracle Exadata, MySQL, Oracle VM, Java, developer tools, Oracle Solaris, Sun servers, Sun storage, and Enterprise Manager Ops Center, now have an opportunity to become more knowledgeable and/or specialized in these areas via the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), which has launched new Knowledge Zones in each of these product lines. Knowledge Zones are designed to assist in making opportunities available to those specialized in a product and are meant to help companies distinguish their offerings from the competition.
Solaris
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Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Release Candidate for Solaris
Enables Web Browsing of Expressive Applications, Content and Video Across Devices
A prerelease version of Flash Player 10.1 is now available for Android and Solaris operating systems. This is the first runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content, and video across devices. Users are encouraged to test and provide early feedback to Adobe on new features, enhancements, and compatibility with previously authored content.
WAN Emulation with hxbt
Use this Little Known Tool in Conjunction with Solaris OS

Have you heard about the hxbt driver, a solution that works with the Solaris OS? Joerg Moellenkamp thinks you might not have, which is why he is introducing it to as wide an audience as possible in his blog Less known Solaris features: hxbt or WAN emulation. "With hxbt," he writes, "there is a STREAMS driver for Solaris that implements such a WAN emulation that's able to simulate certain characteristics of a wide area connection."

Cloud Computing
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Translating Cloud Computing Into Real Business
Where the Opportunities Lie for Oracle Partners

Capitalizing on the business opportunities presented by the cloud computing trend may not be so evident. Alison Weiss writing for Profit Online discusses the Oracle's cloud computing strategy and how its partners can profit from the cloud today and into tomorrow.

Workstation
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Sun Ray Server Software on OpenSolaris
Workarounds for the Unsupported OS

Working through the install of Sun Ray Server Software on OpenSolaris 2009.06, the author of The Grey Blog shares his experience of the process using a Sun Ray 2 client. At this time, the Sun Ray Server Software is not supported on OpenSolaris. The blogger proceeds through the installation and addresses some of issues the open source OS may encounter, offering helpful workarounds.

Servers
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Sun Fire x86 Clustered Systems Launched
Offers Simplified Management, Record Performance and Operational Efficiencies
An InformationWeek 2010 survey reported 54 percent of respondents prefer a single server vendor, to take advantage of purchasing power, knowledge, and support. Oracle is delivering just that with the launch of a complete refresh of its Sun Fire x86 cluster systems which provide high performing application-to-disk solutions capable of being managed and supported as a single system from a single vendor.
Storage
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"Oracle Exadata: a Data Management Tipping Point"
Exadata V2 Integrates All Data Management Operations into a Single Solution with One Vendor
"Oracle Exadata: A Data Management Tipping Point" is a white paper that describes the Sun Oracle Database machine, better known as Oracle Exadata V2 solution. Having integrated all the parts of the data management architecture under a single vendor, Oracle has taken a unified approach to leveraging the full stack, Merv Adrian, the author, argues.
OpenStorage
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Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System Product Line Upgraded
Adds Built-in Data Deduplication, Fibre Channel Support and Larger SAS Disk Drives
New enhancements for the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System product line include built-in inline data deduplication that can be combined with inline data compression; 4 and 8 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel protocol support; multiple storage pools; and new 1 and 2 TB SAS disk drives – doubling maximum system capacity to 576TB.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 148 Issues 1, 2, 3; Vol 147 Issue 1, 2, 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:

  • Oracle VirtualBox 3.2 vs. VMware Workstation 7.1
  • Sharing ZFS File Systems with Windows Clients
  • Overcoming the Absence of ZFS in the Mac OS X Road Map
  • Oracle Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Earnings
  • Oracle and Open Source, Open Standards
  • The Current Shifts in Server Architecture
  • James Gosling Explains Why NetBeans is Better Than All the Rest
  • IEEE Ratifies P802.3ba 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Standard
  • Oracle's Plans to Work With OpenSolaris and Other User Group Communities
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VirtualBox VM, Sun Ray Server Software

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

    Service
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    Protect Your Java and Solaris Development Tools
    With Oracle Development Tools Support Offering

    Developers wanting some security in the tools they use can now purchase two different combined support offerings from Oracle. The first is the Java Development Tools Support that covers all three of Oracle's Java IDE options. The other is the Oracle Solaris Development Tools Support that incorporates Solaris Studio and Solaris Studio Express.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    New Open Source Connector to Link Oracle and Hadoop
    Will Allow Bidirectional Data Transfer Between Cloudera's Distribution for Hadoop to Oracle Databases
    Quest Software and Cloudera announced plans to develop an Oracle connector for Apache Hadoop. This connector will link the Hadoop data management platform to Oracle databases. The bidirectional data transfer between Hadoop, which serves as a large-scale storage and computation engine, to relational data in Oracle databases is expected to be done by a free Quest utility currently code-named "Ora-Oop".
    Developer
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    "Rich Applications for Billions of Devices: What's New in LWUIT?"
    Open-source, Platform-independent UI Toolkit for Mobile Developers
    Developers of applications for mobile devices have traditionally faced a built-in limitation to the widespread deployment of their solutions, writes Terrence Barr in "Rich Applications for Billions of Devices: What's New in LWUIT?" According to Barr, the limitation results from the platform-specific nature of the graphical user interface (GUI) aspect of applications and its UI-related code, which typically makes up the bulk of the application. The answer, as he sees it is a well designed, highly portable, open source, and platform-independent UI toolkit with lightweight memory and resource requirements. LWUIT, in a word.
    Performance
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    Proving Oracle's Sun Systems Ideal for Business Intelligence Workloads
    Delivers Responsive and Reliable BI Environment for Large Numbers of Users
    To prove Oracle’s Sun systems are ideal for business intelligence (BI) workloads, Sherry Yu, Chad Prucha, and Yumiko Hata tested a platform consisting of Oracle Solaris CoolThreads-based servers, Oracle’s Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage, Oracle Solaris Containers, and Oracle Database. There were multiple objectives for this testing. A few of these were to determine the maximum advisable load of the BI software suite on the test environment, demonstrate the benefits of using Oracle Solaris Containers for BI systems, and demonstrate operational capability and explore the upper limits of a cost-effective BI environment using a standard configuration.
    Sysadmin
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    ZFS, Virtual Devices, and Performance
    A Look at How They Work Together For a Better Understanding of IOPS and Bandwidth Performance
    RAID-Z does not always provide good performance. To back that claim, Constantin Gonzalez takes a closer look at ZFS virtual devices (vdevs) and how they affect performance, particularly in relation to RAID-Z.
    "Increasing Application Availability Using Oracle VM Server for SPARC"
    Using Warm Migration Lessens Impact on Application Downtime
    "Increasing Application Availability Using Oracle VM Server for SPARC: An Oracle Database Example," an Oracle white paper authored by Organ Kimchi and Roman Ivanov, provides technical insight about increasing application availability using Oracle VM Server for SPARC technologies (previously called Sun Logical Domains or LDoms). With both an example and various scenarios, the paper describes how to take advantage of the domain mobility capability (also called “warm migration”) in Oracle VM Server for SPARC version 1.3 to increase the availability of an Oracle Database 10g Release 2 single-instance database.
    Publications
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    Solaris and OpenSolaris Book Recommendations
    For Beginner-, Intermediate-, and Advanced-level Users
    Joerg Moellenkamp, who has authored and published a set of tutorials on the "Less Known Solaris Features", has offered a list of must-have book recommendations on the Oracle Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems. He has categorized these references for beginner-, intermediate-, and advanced-level users.
    Virtualization
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    "Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center: Datacenter Lifecycle Management"
    End-to-end Datacenter Lifesycle Management Through a Single Solution
    The Oracle white paper "Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center: Datacenter Lifecycle Management" provides an overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center’s features and architecture and demonstrates how it can be put to use in the datacenter, where users can employ the solution to manage multiple server architectures and myriad operating systems (OSs) even when running on bare-metal hardware or in virtualized environments. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center is an open, extensible system that can be integrated to drive, or be driven by, existing datacenter management tools.
    Java Technology
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    The GlassFish Channel is Now Live
    View GlassFish-related Screencasts, Add Your Own
    The GlassFish Channel has been launched on YouTube. Screencasts are accessible to viewers, with the majority of currently posted videos focused on GlassFish Version 3.0. With the newly released GlassFish 3.1 Milestone 2, it is expected that more screencasts will be posted to illustrate this latest release's new features.
    Security
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    "How to Eliminate Web Page Hijacking Using Oracle Solaris Security"
    Step-by-step Procedures to Ensure Web Page Security
    For those users who have undergone the costly and damaging experience of having their web site hijacked, "How to Eliminate Web page Hijacking Using Oracle Solaris 10 Security," an Oracle white paper, offers recommendations on steps one can take to minimize this growing risk. The paper promises its readers that they will learn the processes necessary to secure common web servers.
    Telco
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    Simple App to Speed Process, Cost Less for Java Verified Seal
    New Testing Service for Simple Java ME Applications
    New Java Verified testing services for simple Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) applications have been launched by the Unified Test Initiative (UTI) - a global not-for-profit mobile application testing body. Known as the Simple App testing criteria, this new testing service reduces the time and cost required to test many Java ME applications, making it easier for developers to meet App Store and industry requirements for Java Verified certification.
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