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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.
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".
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."

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.
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.

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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
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