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Engineering Alone Poses No Threat to Solution Providers
The Key to Fat Profit Margins Lies in Optimization, Writes John Shell
Guest blogging on The VAR Guy, John Shell writes on "Reducing the Value of Solution Providers Through Engineering?" (And, yes, that is a question as he poses it.) Shell finds the answer in optimization as a profit center.
Solaris
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Solaris Critical Patch Update (CPU) Clusters
Now on Oracle's Quarterly CPU Schedule

As part of Oracle, the Solaris Operating System is now on the company's quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) release scheduled, writes Gerry Haskins, director, Software Patch Services. Therefore, with the July 2010 Oracle CPU, the Solaris OS CPUs also have been made available. Haskins clarifies what this new patching schedule under Oracle means for Solaris users, including Solaris 8 OS customers, in a recent entry made to his Patch Corner blog.

How to Purchase an Oracle Solaris 10 License
As Simple as Obtaining the Solaris Software Media Pack
Purchasing an Oracle Solaris 10 license is as easy as buying a Solaris 10 Media Pack, explains Bill Bradford. Although the agreement text may be little confusing, the reality is that the Solaris 10 license is bundled into the media pack (it is on a component CD). This means that the Solaris 10 license comes free with the media pack purchase. So, the moment the media pack is received and opened, users no longer are operating under trial terms. Read an example how one user came to this realization in a post on the Rescue mailing list.
MySQL
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MySQL Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld
Half-day Technical Conference on MySQL Technical Innovations and Community Developments
Oracle OpenWorld will be hosting MySQL Sunday on Sept. 19 with a half-day technical conference focused on the latest information on the open source database. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, fast-paced sessions led by MySQL engineers and community leaders will be held, covering MySQL 5.5; MySQL Cluster; MySQL 5.5 replication; InnoDB; Memcached; MySQL Enterprise Monitor, performance tuning, and scalability; high availability; administration; community developments; and more. MySQL Sunday is open to all Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop attendees.
Cloud Computing
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Oracle's Cloud Management API
Specifications Available from OTN and DMTF
Oracle recently published a Cloud Management API, which was based on the former Sun Cloud specification. William Vambenepe discusses the recent release, explaining why two specifications were published - one on Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and another on the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Cloud Management site - and the differences between the two.
Events
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Sun Product Strategy Events Underway
Global Next-Generation Data Center Efficiency Road Show and Storage Summit

Oracle's Global Next-Generation Data Center Efficiency road show and its Storage Summit event are designed to outline its strategy with some of its newly acquired Sun technologies. The Next-Generation Data Center road show began in Singapore on July 27 and will consist of nearly 100 events in more than 35 countries from July through November. The Storage Summit event series features nearly 100 global events and began on July 13 and also runs through November.

Workstation
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Sun Ray Client Boot Process
Process Flow Detailed in Seven Basic Stages
The detailed work flow of the Sun Ray Boot Process has been posted on the Sun Ray Software Wiki. The process flow shows how a Sun Ray client obtains its basic network parameters, firmware server, and Sun Ray server. From powering on and reading local configurations to determining if a Sun Ray server is available to connect to and connecting, it is all there and laid out in a seven-step process.
Servers
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A Virtualization Platform for Mission-Critical Applications
OracleÂ’s Sun Fire X4470 Server
To support the execution of multiple workloads without starving applications of vital compute resources, a virtualization platform needs to offer high compute performance, a large memory footprint, and superior I/O expansion capabilities. According to Oracle, its Sun Fire X4470 fits the bill, making it an ideal mission-critical virtualization platform. A 30-page white paper elaborates on the architecture of this x86 system to support why Oracle states this server's performance, memory capacity, I/O, and high reliability characteristics is best for virtualization.
Sun Tape
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High Availability and Capacity Enhancements Added to StorageTek Tape Libraries and Drives
Get Up to 150 Petabytes of Native Storage Capacity Managed in a Single Tape Library
Oracle announced it is the first enterprise tape automation vendor to offer up to 150 petabytes of native storage capacity managed in a single tape library. This is a result of the enhancements to the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System and the StorageTek LTO-5 tape drive. With the SL8500 supporting the LTO-5 and increasing its scalable capacity from 70,000 to 100,000 tape slots and redundant electronics, the tape libraries now offer a 90 percent increase in capacity over LTO-4 drives and a 16 percent improvement in overall performance, Oracle said.
OpenStorage
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RAID-Z is Not RAID-5
How Much of an Advance Is a Solution that Costs IOPS?

RAID-Z was designed as a software substitute for the expensive RAID card that has been used in traditional storage and, using its variable width stripes, to overcome the "RAID-5 write hole," writes Fishworks engineer Adam Leventhal in his blog "What is RAID-Z?" For all of that, however, Leventhal suggests that RAID-Z is not the mirror image of RAID-5.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, and 3; Vol 148 Issues 1, 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 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Zetaback - Thin-agent Based ZFS Backup Tool
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster Installation and Configuration White Paper
  • How to Move an Oracle Solaris Container
  • July 2010 Critical Patch Update Released
  • Java Hotspot VM 17.0 and Garbage First (G1)
  • Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 Server Architecture
  • Sun Fire Midframe & Entry-Level Servers Best Practices Update
  • Oracle's Desktop-to-Datacenter Virtualization Solutions
  • The Opportunity for Parallelism Is Where You Find It
  • Client Side Partition Alignment and Its Impact on Performance

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    "The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems"
    Jaspersoft Survey Finds Optimism on the Future of MySQL and Java
    Jaspersoft conducted a survey of its 130,000 registered users and customers to determine the perception of how MySQL and Java programming language could be expected to fare under Oracle's stewardship. Given the importance of both technologies to the future of open source, Jaspersoft thought the survey would provide some indication of user attitudes toward open source trends in the enterprise. The results were published in the paper "The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems."
    Performance
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    Recent World Records Set by the New Oracle Sun Fire X4470
    X4470 Delivers Impressive Results on Three Benchmarks

    The Oracle Sun Fire X4470 Server, equipped with four Intel Xeon X7560 processors capable of running OpenMP applications with 64 compute threads, delivered outstanding performance on the both medium and large suites of the industry-standard SPEC OMP2001 benchmark. The results are reported in the Sun BestPerf blog "Sun Fire X4470 Sets World Records on SPEC OMP2001 Benchmarks."

    Virtualization
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    Differencing Disks and Immutable Images: An Unbeatable Combination
    A How-to on Saving Storage Space and Time

    A recent post by the writer of The Grey Blog covers the topic "VirtualBox: Using Differencing Disks and Immutable Images." The blog begins with an explanation of the three-part image write mode: normal, write-through, and immutable. The immutable image finds the greatest favor with the blogger, who outlines the steps involved in building an immutable image.

    Java Technology
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    "Introduction to Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6"
    Latest Feature Enhancements Highlighted in Oracle White Paper
    Find out more about the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 in an 18-page Oracle white paper that sets out to introduce the enterprise application deployment platform with a focus on its flexibility, development productivity and extensibility, as well as its involvement with Bean Validation and the Oracle GlassFish Server 3.
    Oracle Rebuilds Java SE 6 Update 21
    Aimed at Fixing Issues for Eclipse Users
    An update has been made to the just-weeks old Java SE 6 Update 21 to help clear up the issue of incompatibility with Eclipse and Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) programs. Reportedly the issue arose from the company name property on java.exe being changed from “Sun Microsystems, Inc” to “Oracle”. Eclipse users should be forewarned that this name change will become a permanent part of JDK 7 when it is released.
    NetBeans
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    Creating a NetBeans Platform Application Without Using the NetBeans IDE
    Instructions Also Take Users Through Adding a New Module to the App
    Instructions on how to get started using the NetBeans Platform without using the NetBeans IDE is outlined in a three-part blog series by Geertjan Wielenga, who provides the basic steps in accomplishing this task.
    Security
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    Oracle Identity Management 11g Released
    Industry's First Service-Oriented Security Architecture
    The newest version of Oracle Identity Management is 11g. Identified by Oracle as the industryÂ’s first Service-Oriented Security architecture, Oracle Identity Management 11g simplifies application security via its shared services for identity administration and password management, strong authentication and authorization, and workflow and auditing. The new software's services-based architecture easily extends to cloud environments and provides a single point of control for applications, whether they are housed on-premises or in the cloud.
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