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Latest Innovations to Merge Oracle Software and Sun Hardware
Oracle EVP John Fowler's Keynote Highlights New Solutions
Focusing on the engineering collaboration between Oracle and the former Sun Microsystems technologies, the once Sun executive and now Oracle Executive Vice President John Fowler presented the latest solutions that integrate the two companies' software and hardware, namely the SPARC T3 processor, SPARC T3 systems, Oracle Solaris 11 Express, Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle VM for SPARC 2.0, and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, during Oracle OpenWorld 2010.
Oracle and HP Settle Lawsuit
Companies Come to Terms on Former HP CEO's Move to Oracle

Oracle and HP have settled the dispute on the former company's hiring of Mark Hurd, who headed HP as chief executive and president. A lawsuit filed by HP claimed Hurd would violate agreements to protect its trade secrets. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 20, HP modified its separation agreement with Hurd, who claimed he would protect HP’s confidential information and gave up rights to 330,000 shares of restricted HP stock.

Oracle
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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.
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"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.
Virtualization
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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.
Solaris
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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
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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
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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.
Software
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"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."
Hardware
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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.
Storage
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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.
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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.

    NetBeans
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    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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