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Oracle
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New Release Introduces Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
Complete, Integrated, Scalable Suite of Business Intelligence
Oracle has released the Oracle Business Intelligence 11g, which it bills as "the most complete, integrated and scalable suite of Business Intelligence products for customers to achieve better business visibility and alignment." Oracle characterizes the solution as able to provide the industry’s only unified environment for accessing and analyzing data that resides in relational, OLAP, and XML data sources.
Features
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Ideas for Building Your Next x86 Cluster
Highlights of recent launch from Marc Hamilton
Commenting on the recent launch of x86 products from Oracle, Marc says that, "Oracle's new x86 servers are designed to be used together in clusters, along with our high performance 10 GbE and InfiniBand switches, Oracle storage, and Oracle software. Engineered together from application to disk."

Marc says that Oracle's x86 engineers have been busy, "engineering complete systems of x86 clusters for Oracle and non Oracle workloads."

Virtualization
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"Oracle VM Server for SPARC Enabling a Flexible, Efficient IT Infrastructure"
Use server virtualization to capture business value through an efficient, nimble IT architecture
This 17-page white paper from Oracle highlights the advantages of using server virtualization to capture business value through an efficient, nimble IT architecture built on Oracle VM Server for SPARC:

  • technology that can lower the cost and complexity of managing ever-expanding compute environments.
  • strategies and tools that help maximize the use of every compute asset
  • improve operational flexibility
  • virtualization
  • extract value maximum value from IT assets
  • create an infrastructure capable of rapidly adapting to today¬ís dynamic business environment
  • address sprawling compute infrastructure
  • management and utilization
  • deal with physical and budgetary constraints in the areas of power, cooling, and real estate
  • tackle inefficient IT infrastructure carries cost burdens that can actually limit business growth
  • develop more-effective hosting strategies.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC was previously called Sun Logical Domains.

Java Technology
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Java SE 6, Update 21
Newly Released Update Includes Additional OSes
Update Release 21 for Java SE6 has been newly released Dr. Dobb's blogger Eric Bruno writes that the update mainly includes support for more operating systems and bug fixes.
Free and Open Source S/W
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Open-Source Solutions Make Inroads in the Enterprise
Accenture Survey Finds Enthusiasm Among Blue Chip Corporations for Open Source
In his recent post on ReadWrite Enterprise entitled "Study: Open-Source Making Significant Traction in the Enterprise" Alex Williams reports on a survey conducted by Accenture that revealed more than two-thirds of the enterprises surveyed indicating plans to increase their investment in enterprise-capable open-source software in the coming year. Nearly 40% of respondents reported plans to migrate mission-critical software to open source within the coming year, Williams writes.
MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Monitor: Business Overview
Solve Your Datacenter Staffing Problems with this Solution
The MySQL white paper "Virtual MySQL Assistance for the DBA: Enterprise Monitor, Advisors, and Query Analyzer" is directed to the DBA with concerns over staffing levels necessary to meet the demands of the modern corporate data center. MySQL Enterprise Monitor can assuage those anxieties, the white paper contends, by acting as a virtual MySQL DBA. The white paper explains how this solution can be leveraged to meet the scale out rate required of MySQL and deliver the productivity demanded of contemporary DBAs.
MySQL High Availability -- Tools for Building Robust Data Centers
By Charles Bell, Mats Kindahl, Lars Thalmann
Server bottlenecks and failures are a fact of life in any database deployment, but they don't have to bring everything to a halt. MySQL has several features that can help you protect your system from outages, whether it's running on hardware, virtual machines, or in the cloud. MySQL High Availability explains how to use these replication, cluster, and monitoring features in a wide range of real-life situations.

Written by engineers who designed many of the tools covered inside, "MySQL High Availability" (O'Reilly, ISBN: 9780596807306, 624 pages) reveals undocumented or hard-to-find aspects of MySQL reliability and high availability -- knowledge that's essential for any organization using this database system.

Hardware
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Sun Hardware's Value Proposition for Oracle
Analysts Expect Oracle to Sell More than Just Sun Software
In his breezily titled piece "How Oracle has made Sun rise again" silicon.com writer Tim Ferguson observes that, a mere six months from Oracle's acquisition of Sun, the latter company has turned the profit and loss corner for the first time in more than a year. " During the first full quarter with Sun under the Oracle umbrella, Ferguson continues, Sun's hardware business added some $1.2bn in revenue to the Oracle ledgers, which amounted to $400m in profits.
Events
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International OpenOffice.org Conference 2010
Set for August 31 - September 3
The OpenOffice.org Conference 2010 will be held August 31st-September 3rd on the campus of Central Euorpean University in Budapest, Hungary. Registration is now open. Conference organizers have announced a productivity competition to challenge the creative and problem-solving skills of the Community. The call for papers is now closed.
Free Webinar: Introducing Oracle Identity Management 11g
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Nick Wooler blogs that, "The Identity Management market is evolving and it is an exciting place to be involved in shaping that evolution. For some that evolution is an opportunity for others it is a headache. At Oracle we see this as a great opportunity."

  • Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  • 10:00am PDT, 1:00 EDT, 7:00pm CET
  • Host: Amit Jasuja, Vice President of Identity Management and Security at Oracle

Nick notes in the blog post, "The fuel behind this tremendous evolution is the business environment in which these solutions exist. There is no magic in figuring out these key business trends. Organizations face increased threats from global security risks internally and externally."

Servers
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"Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems from Oracle"
Meeting Datacenter Needs; Protecting IT Investment into the Future
Recognizing the central the datacenter plays in the growing, changing web services marketplace, Oracle has published the white paper "Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems from Oracle," which extols the capabilities of the Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems whose blade server architecture offers considerable promise toward addressing both this phenomenal rate of growth and the increasing inability of the legacy datacenter to provide the necessary flexibility required by applications such as Oracle Ebusiness Suite, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the Oracle database itself.
OpenStorage
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J4410 Expansion Module for 7000 Series Storage Appliances
Take Advantage of New SAS Drives, Improved Granluarity
Two aspects of the recent release of the J4410 expansion module for the Sun Storage 7000 Modular System got blogger Ryan Matthews excited. These were the switch from SATA to SAS drives and the improved granularity with which storage pools can now be configured.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 149 1; Vol 148 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 147 Issue 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 Solaris and Sun SPARC Systems
  • Architecture and Performance Documentation Released on New Sun Fire x86 Clustered Systems
  • VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide
  • Oracle and Sun Websites to Complete Migration of Some Developer, SysAdmin Sites
  • Oracle Solaris: General FAQs
  • Hudson 1.365 Released
  • CPU Resource Pools
  • Unconventional Resources on Oracle Exadata Version 2
  • JavaOne Early Bird Registration Ends July 16th
  • Data Center Latency Identified With Visual Heat Map Analytics

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

    LibreOffice
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    GStreamer Offers Better Multimedia Support for OpenOffice.org on Unix Systems
    Delivers Improved Service Over Now Outdated Java Media Framework

    In the GullFOSS blog Better multimedia support for OpenOffice.org on Unix systems Kai Ahrens reports that the OpenOffice.org Engineering at Oracle has decided on GStreamer as the favorite framework for an up to date multimedia backend. By making this choice, he writes, the team hopes to serve as many Linux and Solaris OpenOffice.org customers as well as possible. Ahrens writes that this choice was motivated in part by the feedback from SOHO as well as enterprise customers in the past.

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