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OracleÂs Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux
New Linux Kernel Optimized for Oracle Software and Hardware
Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is a Linux kernel that is optimized for Oracle software and hardware, and is now the only Linux kernel Oracle recommends for use with its software. Announced during Oracle OpenWorld 2010, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is derived from the stable 2.6.32 mainline Linux kernel, and it will continue to track mainline. The latest edition of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud will rely on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
"Developing Parallel Programs  A Discussion of Popular Models"
Oracle White Paper Presents Objective Treatment of the Alternatives
The Oracle white paper "Developing Parallel Programs -- A Discussion of Popular Models" discusses emerging issues and key trends in the area of parallel software development, examining several common approaches to the process of parallel programming. Such common industry frameworks, APIs, and standards as Open MultiProcessing (OpenMP), Intel Threading Building Blocks, Apache Hadoop, Message Passing Interface (MPI), and Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch are described and illustrated using a typical programming example.
OpenSolaris Branding Is Officially Over
Company Trying to Simplify Naming, Oracle Exec Says

OpenSolaris as a brand is no more, stated Oracle's Director of Solaris Product Management Dan Roberts at Oracle OpenWorld 2010. "There will no longer be a separate brand called OpenSolaris,” stated Roberts as reported by CMS Wire's Drew Robb. "We are going to focus everything around Solaris 11 to keep it simple." Roberts reassured the community that Oracle will continue to work with the Linux community on the open-source version of OpenSolaris, as well as Oracle Linux and its Red Hat Compatible Linux.

Overview of Oracle Solaris 11
Oracle Solaris 11 Express Release Coming by Year's End
Oracle officially announced that it will be releasing Oracle Solaris 11 Express by the end of calendar year 2010. This release will provide the latest Oracle Solaris 11 Express features with an optional Oracle support agreement, and is expected to be "the path forward" for developers, end-users, and partners using previous generations of earlier Solaris and OpenSolaris releases.
MySQL 5.5 Release Candidate
Improves Performance and Scalability of Applications Across OSes
The release candidate for MySQL 5.5 is now available for download. Users can expect to experience improvements in performance, scalability, availability, and usability in this latest release. “The availability of MySQL 5.5 release candidate is a testament to Oracle’s focus on helping not only LAMP users, but also Windows users maximize the performance and reliability of critical application environments while reducing cost," commented Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect.
Cloud Computing
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
Integrated Middleware Machine Offers Maximum Performance, Minimal Set-up and Operational Cost
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is a complete cloud application infrastructure, combining 64-bit x86 processors, an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric, and solid-state storage with Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products, and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software. The system contains 30 servers, each loaded with two six-core processors for a total of 360 processor cores. They are interconnected with each other and storage via Infiniband connections.
"Developing Enterprise Applications with Oracle Solaris Studio"
Oracle White Paper Details Features of New Developer Tool
Developers, whether they work with Oracle servers based on UltraSPARC or SPARC64 processors or on x86 and x64 systems with Intel processors, will find a powerful tool in Oracle Solaris Studio that delivers everything one might require to create high quality, high performance applications. This tightly integrated, productive development environment is the subject of the Oracle white paper "Developing Enterprise Applications with Oracle Solaris Studio."
SPARC T3 Processor and SPARC T3 Systems
The IndustryÂs First 16-core Server Processor
Oracle announced the industry’s first 16-core server processor and new SPARC T3 systems. The Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series Rackmount Systems have added the SPARC T3-1, T3-2, and T3-4 Servers, while the Sun SPARC Enterprise Blade Server Modules' newest addition is the SPARC T3-1B Server. These systems range from a single socket 16-core blade to a 4-socket, 64-core server with 512 threads in a compact five-rack unit. Some SPARC T3 server models are expected to begin shipping in the next 30 days.
Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8
Touted as the World's Most Secure Database Machine
Only recently released by Oracle, its Exadata Database Machine is now available in three configurations, the most impressive of which is the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8, billed by Oracle as the world's most secure database machine. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 delivers the ability to query fully encrypted databases with near-zero overhead at hundreds of gigabytes per second, which is accomplished by moving decryption processing from software into the Exadata hardware.
New Sun Ray 3 Client and Sun Ray 3i Client
Improved Security, Less Management, Lower Energy Costs
Oracle has added two new thin client devices to its desktop virtualization portfolio, the Sun Ray 3 Client and the Sun Ray 3i Client, both of which provide customers with a desktop computing solution designed to increase security, improve employee access, and reduce the maintenance, upgrade, and operational costs associated with traditional desktop environments, according to Oracle's product release announcement.
Next-Generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Product Line
Enhancements Lead to Performance, Scalability, Cost Improvements
Newly released by Oracle, the ZFS Storage Appliance product line features best-in-class management software and an innovative hybrid storage pool architecture that has been integrated with Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, to provide optimal business system performance. Oracle's product announcement claims that the products deliver the leading throughput, flexibility and ease of use demanded by organizations using storage for cloud computing, virtualization, storage consolidation and data protection.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 151 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 150 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 149 Issue 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:

  • Solaris 11 or Illumos?
  • Licensing Changes for Some Solaris-related Products
  • OpenIndiana Launched
  • Oracle Solaris: In a Class by Itself
  • Virtualizing Your Enterprise Infrastructure: Zones Physical to Virtual (P2V)
  • New Release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop Now Available
  • Patent Dispute Between NetApp and Oracle Settled
  • Oracle's First Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Results
  • 'Painless' Update Process for Java EE 6 Update 1 Described
  • 'Using Oracle Solaris 10 to Overcome Security Challenges'

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

    "Oracle Integrated Stack Complete, Trusted Enterprise Solutions"
    Oracle Explains Its Vetting Process
    In its white paper "Oracle Integrated Stack Testing Hardware. Software. Tested Complete: Reference Configurations Introduced," Oracle makes the claim that, "Only Oracle can offer an integrated stack advantage to its customers through deep and seamless integration between the tiers that competitors cannot match." The white paper then proceeds to describe the testing and validation of five reference configurations.
    Oracle on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Using Oracle VM
    Certification and Support Announced for Oracle Applications, Middleware and Databases
    A wide selection of Oracle enterprise software has been certified to run on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) using Oracle VM virtualization. Oracle software customers will now be able to use the utility-based pricing model of Amazon Web Services for production workloads with full support from Oracle and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Additionally, customers may use their existing Oracle licenses on Amazon EC2 at no additional license cost, or they may acquire new licenses from Oracle.
    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0
    Advanced Virtualization for SPARC T-Series Servers
    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 was announced during the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 conference. Previously called Logical Domains, Oracle VM Server for SPARC is a server virtualization solution that allows up to 128 virtual servers on one system by taking advantage of the massive thread scale offered by SPARC T-Series servers, including the new SPARC T3 servers also announced during Oracle's annual conference event.
    Java Technology
    Java Development Kit (JDK) 7 and 8 Features List
    Oracle's Future Plans for the Java Platform Outlined
    OpenJDK recently listed the features being developed by Oracle and others for JDK 7. The roadmap for JDK 7 and JDK 8 were discussed by Executive Vice President of Product Development Thomas Kurian during his opening keynote of JavaOne 2010, which also outlined plans for the future of the Java platform and showcased product demonstrations illustrating the latest Java technology innovations.
    NetBeans IDE 6.10
    Published Outline Informs Users on Future Plans for the IDE
    NetBeans users may be interested in learning what the IDE has in store for its next release NetBeans IDE 6.10, whose availability is anticipated in January 2011. The main focus will be improving Java EE quality and enhancing supported servers list.
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