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Oracle
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Oracle VM Manager
Sizing and Installation Directives Provided by The Underground Oracle VM Manual
Roddy Rodstein's underground manual on Oracle's server virtualization software, Oracle VM, has a few additions since we last covered it in February. The most recent chapter update is the Oracle VM Manager Sizing and Installation where Rodstein introduces the stand-alone management solution and details its resource requirements, installation prerequisites, and installation instructions.
Training
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New Location for Java Tutorials
Now on the Oracle Website with Update and New Tutorials

Java Tutorials, the practical guides designed for programmers interested in the Java programming language, can now be directly accessed from the Oracle site. The latest addition to Java Tutorials archive is "Customizing the Loading Experience," which explains how to provide a customized loading progress indicator for a rich Internet application. Enhancements have been made to this feature in the latest Java SE 6 Update 21 release.

Partners
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Oracle Encourages Its VARs to Work Their Way Up the Stack
Profit Lies in Realizing that Oracle Sells Systems Not Just Infrastructure

How best to make money as an Oracle partner is the question; by selling Oracle/Sun servers to Oracle software partners running on other than the Sun platform may be the answer, as rumor would have it from the Avnet Technology Solutions Partner Summit 2010 at the end of July. This is the suggestion in the interview on ChannelWeb with Oracle execs Tom Wagner, Jim Standard and Lydia Smyers. Scott Campbell is the reporter.

Features
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BNP Paribas Has Glowing Response to Oracle Exadata V2 Implementation
Company Cites Performance Gains, Reductions in Admin and Management Tasks
Viral marketing is often the best endorsement a vendor can hope for. It is certainly what Oracle has found in the response of BNP Paribas to their adoption of Oracle Exadata V2, as reported in InformationWeek by Doug Henschen.
Illumos
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A How-to on Using ISC DHCP for the OpenSolaris Automated Installer
Works on Both Single Machines and an Entire Shop

The subject of "How to use ISC DHCP for the OpenSolaris Automated Installer," is a worthy topic in the eyes of blogger Clay Baenziger given the widespread use of DHCP in settings where laptops need to find their DNS and router settings and IP addresses, as well as the enterprise, where frequently dozens, sometimes hundreds of machines need to migrate and sysadmins haven't the time to visit each desktop. Baezinger runs through the steps involved in configuring an ISC DHCP server for both Linux and Solaris OSes.

Solaris
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Synchronous Writes and ZIL Explained
And the Connection with Solaris ZFS
In his ConstantThinking blog "Solaris ZFS, Synchronous Writes and the ZIL Explained," Oracle consultant Constantine Gonzalez blogs about a topic that crops up frequently in his experience with users: synchronous writes and the ZIL. His personal experience indicates that ZFS performance problems (also part of this blog) have a frequent connection with synchronous writes as well. His leading advice: Don't blame the ZIL!
Cloud Computing
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Key Rights Outlined to Govern Cloud Computing
A Gartner Global IT Council for Cloud Services Bill of Rights

The ChannelWeb post "Know Your (Cloud) Rights: Gartner Inks Cloud Computing Bill of Rights" explains the details of the bill of rights recently devised by the Gartner Global IT Council for Coud Services. The document was developed to define the key rights governing cloud computing and thereby to facilitate the business relationship between providers and their customers.

Events
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The Unconference at JavaOne and Oracle Develop 2010
Some Topics Posted; Suggest One of Your Own
Unconference sessions are currently being scheduled during the JavaOne and Oracle Develop 2010 event. For anyone unfamiliar with the unconference concept, it is a venue allowing individuals to present their own session/workshop on a topic in an informal, interactive setting. The Oracle Wikis Website has a list of current sessions expected to be presented at this year's unconference, and individuals interested in hosting their own are welcome to log-in and share a description of their sessions or propose a session to see if participants are interested.
Workstation
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PC/SC-Lite 1.3 Released for Sun Ray Server Software
Increases Security, Improves Stability of Smart Card Use in Sun Ray Environment.

Sun Ray Server Software users running Solaris 10 are advised to download PC/SC-lite 1.3 and CCID IFD Handler 1.3.10. The PC/SC-lite 1.3 comes with three bug fixes, two of which have been described as critical. The CCID IFD Handler v1.3.10 is designed to be used with PC/SC-lite to enable PC/SC-compliant applications and middleware to use external USB smart card readers on Sun Ray clients.

Sun Tape
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"Tape Technology Leaps Forward in The 3rd Era"
Some Significant Challenges to Disk Storage
The developments in tape technology, now in its third generation and including such changes as significantly improved drive and library reliability, longer media life, higher drive duty cycles and much faster data rates than any previous generation of tape technology, plus tape cartridge capacities that now exceed those of disk drives, call for a re-examination of the common perceptions of tape storage, argues Fred Moore in his paper "Tape Technology Leaps Forward in the 3rd Era."
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 148 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 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:

  • How to Purchase an Oracle Solaris 10 License
  • Oracle Rebuilds Java SE 6 Update 21
  • Solaris Critical Patch Update (CPU) Clusters
  • RAID-Z is Not RAID-5
  • Creating a NetBeans Platform Application Without Using the NetBeans IDE
  • The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems
  • A Virtualization Platform for Mission-Critical Applications
  • Oracle Identity Management 11g Released
  • High Availability and Capacity Enhancements Added to StorageTek Tape Libraries and Drives
  • Introduction to Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6

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

    Virtualization
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    "Effective Enterprise Java Virtualization with Oracle WebLogic Suite"
    Oracle Solutions Overcome Performance Issues Traditionally Associated with Virtualization Operations
    This Oracle white paper by Erik Bergenholtz and contributing authors Mark Prichard explains how virtualization is being affected by the shift to the commodity level and to the virtualization of applications in an effort to keep pace with the new level of benefits becoming available with this change. This technical white paper explores the availability of Platform as a Service (PaaS) initiatives and, specifically, the Oracle WebLogic Suite, which delivers an infrastructure enabling effective virtualization of Java EE deployments.
    Java Technology
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    "Ready for Business: Oracle GlassFish Server"
    White Paper Examines Features of First Application Server to Support Java EE 6
    The Oracle white paper "Ready for Business: Oracle GlassFish Server" announces the availability of Oracle GlassFish Server 3, the commercially supported offering for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition and the industry’s first application server to support Java EE 6. The white paper highlights the advantages of Oracle GlassFish Server 3 for businesses, providing an overview of the product’s core features along with a closer look at some of the new capabilities that are part of Java EE 6.
    NetBeans
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    Eclipse RCP vs. NetBeans Platform
    Reasons Why One Might Consider Switching from Eclipse to NetBeans
    Never mind the cross-platform incompatibilities that blogger Edvin Syse tired of dealing with in Eclipse RCP. There were other issues as well, which he relates in his NetBeans Zone blog "Why I Moved from Eclipse RCP to the NetBeans Platform."
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