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Oracle
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GM's OnStar Now Shows the Way with Oracle SOA Suite
Managment Retires Legacy Client-Server Architecture
With as many as 36 system releases and 8,000 IT changes per year, a client-server model for GM's OnStar system was not consistent with management's plans to offer more services and move into new markets. GM chose Oracle's SOA Suite, which features a business rules engine, a BPEL engine, an enterprise service bus, and monitoring and management tools to replace the legacy infrastructure. Writing in Profit Online Tara Swords reports GM's savings of 40 percent or so in application development and deployment costs and about 45 percent reduction in ongoing sustained costs. Not to mention increased functionality for the user.
0.25 Core Multiplier for SPARC T3
How Important Is It When It Comes to Licensing Costs?
You really must read Joerg Moellenkamp's blog "About that 'core performance is important for licensing' myth" for yourself because the logic of his argument is too complicated for this teaser. His striking conclusion -- " ... I think we can safely bury that myth, that core performance is interesting because of licensing. The licensing metrics take care of that challenge," -- should pique your curiosity on the subject and take you to the blog. If you are also curious about what prompted Moellenkamp's argument, see the "Oracle Processor Core Factor Table."
OracleÂís Optimized Solution for Mission Critical Databases
A Technical White Paper
The technical white paper "Oracle's Optimized Solution for Mission Critical Databases" applies the criteria of simplification (elimination of multiple vendors); availability; scalability; and investment protection to come up with the recommendation of Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers, the Oracle Solaris OS, Oracle Database 11gR2; Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center; Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash array; Oracle's Sun disk storage arrays; and Oracle business applications as optimal for enterprise mission critical databases. The paper explains these recommendations in detail.
Partners
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Oracle PartnerNetwork Certified Specialist
Follow the Path to the OPN Certified Specialist Designation
A new certification offered by the Oracle Certification Program is Oracle PartnerNetwork Certified Specialist (OPN), a new designation for those Oracle Partners who have completed specified requirements for select Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Oracle Certified Expert (OCE), and Oracle Certified Specialist (OCS) certifications. Credit for the OPN certification will also be included in their company's OPN Specialized recognition.
Features
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New Sun SPOT Tutorials and Labs available
Content Now Available Online from JavaOne
SunSPOTWorld has been updated to include tutorials from the last few years of JavaONE proceedings. Blogger Roger Meike gives readers the details in his blog New Sun SPOT tutorials and Labs available online. If you are unfamiliar with SunSPOTWorld, the Sun SPOT Quick Start Tutorial is a good place to start. You can follow up with the Robot Tutorial.
An Identity Management Evolution
From Nice-to-have to Compliance-driven Mandate
Oracle's recently announced Oracle Identity Management 11g, is a comprehensive product suite featuring identity management, access management, identity analytics, directory services, identity federation, entitlements, information rights management, and more. In a recent interview conducted by Caroline Kvitka, senior managing editor of Oracle Magazine, Amit Jasuja senior VP of development, identity management and security products, provides the details on the new release. Readers can download the full podcast of the interview.
Solaris
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October 2010 Solaris OS CPU
(Critical Patch Updates)

The October 2010 containing all available Security, Data Corruption, and System Availability fixes Solaris OS CPU (Critical Patch Updates) are now available from My Oracle Support (MOS) and SunSolve. Gerry Haskins, Director, Software Patch Services, advises users to see Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts and "which includes CVE mappings for Oracle Sun products.

MySQL
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Oracle's MySQL Strategy
The Inside Story
If you've wondered about the fortunes of MySQL under the Oracle banner, here is some information that will bring you up to date on the solution, which Oracle has made improvements to since the acquisition. Oracle has declared that MySQL is integral to its complete, open and integrated corporate strategy.
Discover What's New in MySQL 5.5 Replication
Scaling, Performance Gains Are Remarkable, Says Oracle
Improvements in replication are impressive in MySQL 5.5, reports Oracle's MySQL Blog. These include increases in performance and scalability and the addition of features such as semi-synchronous replication, replication heartbeating, fsync tuning, relay log recovery, and per-server replication filtering.
Sun Tape
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U of Michigan Health System Selects OracleÂís StorageTek Tape Libraries
Secure, Scalable Infrastructure Deployed
To securely archive and protect growing amounts of clinical and diagnostic patient data, the University of Michigan Health System has deployed two Oracle StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library Systems. Oracle's press release says, using the StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library Systems, the University of Michigan Health System is able to archive more than 30 terabytes of compressed data (2.5 to 1) per year with scalable capacity to handle an expected 20-30 percent increase in data year over year.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 152 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 151 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 150 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:

  • Preparing for Solaris 11 Installation
  • Deploying Oracle Database on Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series Systems
  • Keep Up with the Latest on Oracle Solaris
  • Where Are the Real Savings in Unix vs Wintel/DP
  • Hard Drive Space and ZFS
  • How to Set Up Kerberos Authentication
  • White Paper on High Performance Security
  • DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD
  • How to Build Better Applications with Oracle Solaris DTrace
  • OpenDJ from ForgeRock

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

    LibreOffice
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    Oracle Demonstrates Continued Support for OpenOffice.org
    Participates in ODF Plugfest
    Good news for the diehard fans of OpenOffice.org: Oracle will be in attendance at the ODF Plugfest in Brussels, October 14 and 15. With OpenOffice.org 3.3 now in Beta, Oracle has demonstrated its commitment to continuing support for the open source versions of its product line while fostering such contributions from the community as localization, quality assurance, porting, documentation and user experience. Oracle's investment in developing, testing, optimizing, and supporting its other open source technologies -- MySQL, GlassFish, Linux, PHP, Apache, Eclipse, Berkeley DB, NetBeans, VirtualBox, Xen, and InnoDB -- is further evidence that open source is alive and well within the Oracle camp.
    Performance
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    Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 TPC-H Result at 3 TB
    Oracle Releases Revised Results
    Oracle has released revised figures for its Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with 32 SPARC64 VII 2.88 GHz processors, and Sun Storage 6180 arrays, Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Solaris on TPC-H 3 TB non-clustered performance with a result of 198,907.5 QphH@3000GB with a price of $16.58/QphH@3000GB. Joerg Moellenkamp attributes the performance to the substitution of Sun Storage 6180 for F5100 Flash.
    Sysadmin
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    Converged Hardware Management
    With Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    In a brief (56 seconds) video, Steve Wilson, Oracle VP for Systems Management, introduces Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center with Converged Hardware Management, which will allow users to manage servers, hypervisors, storage devices, and network fabrics from a single console within an ops center with hardware and software engineered to work together, as only Oracle can provide.
    Publications
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    Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1
    Sixth Edition from O'Reilly
    Learn how to code, package, deploy, and test functional Enterprise JavaBeans with the latest edition of bestselling guide. Written by the developers of the JBoss EJB 3.1 implementation, this book brings you up to speed on each of the component types and container services in this technology, while the workbook in the second section provides several hands-on examples for putting the concepts into practice. Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 is the most complete reference you'll find on this specification.
    Networking
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    New Quad Data Rate Infiniband Networking Options for Oracle's Sun Servers
    Putting the I/O Bottleneck Out of Business
    Throughput is the operant word in discussions about the new Infiniband networking options for Oracle's Sun servers. Users of the new Oracle Quad Data Rate InfiniBand networking options will find that, "These HCAs provide enterprise datacenters with the high throughput and low latency benefits of InfiniBand, and enable Oracle's Sun servers to run at peak performance by eliminating I/O bottlenecks," in the words of Oracle's release.
    Virtualization
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    What Does Amazon's Support of Oracle VM Mean for EC2 Users?
    Reading Between the Lines, Little Has Changed
    Several questions may have arisen in the minds of readers attempting to fathom the implications of the announcement that "Amazon Web Services and Oracle Announce Certification and Support of Oracle Applications, Middleware and Databases on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud using Oracle VM." At least they did in John Margaglione's mind. Read carefully, he advises, little has changed. "Amazon has said that they want to support Oracle customers on their cloud, and the proper way to do that is to support Oracle VM," he writes, adding, "customers may use their existing Oracle licenses on Amazon EC2 at no additional license cost, or they may acquire new licenses from Oracle.
    Java Technology
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    Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 with Contexts and Dependency Injection:
    The Perfect Synergy

    Important elements of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 specification, writes Adam Bien are "Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 and Contexts and Dependency Injection." EJB 3.1, he reports, greatly simplifies the EJB specification and provides declarative aspects, such as transactions, security, threading, and asynchronous processing while Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) provides Dependency Injection (DI) power and flexibility.

    IBM and Oracle to Collaborate on OpenJDK
    OpenJDK Becomes the Primary Forum for Open Source Java SE Development
    A helpful series of links having to do with the alliance between IBM and Oracle on accelerating innovation of the Java Platform is now available on The Aquarium blog. Blogger Pelegri writes that, "The new arrangement should indeed provide an acceleration of the development of the [Java] platform."
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans 6.10 Morphs into NetBeans 7.0
    Further Details in New Roadmap
    The newly revised NetBeans roadmap reveals NetBeans 6.10 Changes to NetBeans 7.0, which now releases in March 2011, reports "The Aquarium. NetBeans 7.0 will still have support for GlassFish 3.1 but now will also come with support for JDK 7 language features and for JDK 7 beta. Pelegri blogs that the plan is to issue a minor patch release later when JDK 7 goes final, and later yet there will be a NB 7.1 with support for Client Java and JavaFX Java APIs. NB 7.0 will also add support for WebLogic Server, Maven 3 and Oracle DB.
    Security
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    Oracle Critical Patch Updates for Java SE and Java for Business
    Sign Up to Be Alterted for Regular Security Patch Updates

    An Oracle Critical Patch Update (including Sun products) and an Oracle Java SE and Java for Business Critical Patch Update were released on October 12, 2010. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches for these as soon as possible. The Critical Patch Update Advisories are the starting point for relevant information, as they include the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, summaries of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Oracle will issue Security Alerts for vulnerability fixes deemed too critical to wait for distribution in the next Critical Patch Update.

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