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Oracle
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Oracle Database Insider Newsletter
October Edition Now Available
In the October 2010 issue of the Oracle Database Insider Edition, readers can learn about the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 from Larry Ellison himself; Oracle's leadership in the embedded DBMS Market; a list of new podcasts; consumer success stories; and upcoming events involving Oracle solutions.
Features
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The Oracle Optimized Datacenter:
Step into the Datacenter of Tomorrow ... Online
Oracle has made access available online to the Oracle Optimized Datacenter, where potential users can explore the possibilities for their new datacenters in an immersive and dynamic fashion. Users can learn about Oracle's vision of an optimized, mission-critical datacenter, with Oracle software, servers, storage, and networking, all of which are designed to work seamlessly together.
Hardware
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A Resource for Information on Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Sun Servers and Storage Systems
Details on the Complete Product Line

Learn about Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Sun Servers and Storage Systems from the Oracle Product Line Card, which provides details on the Oracle portfolio of servers, storage, software and networking solutions that offer the industry's most innovative, performance-optimized solutions for the datacenter.

Workstation
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Sun Ray 3 and Sun Ray 3i Announcements
More Features, Functionality; Same Price Point
Here's a deal for you: Oracle's new Sun Ray 3 and 3i offer new and improved features and functionality and come at the same price as the Sun Ray 2 and Sun Ray 270. How often does that happen? Edward Moffat blogs that the 3i ... gives you more screen, [and] better power consumption control with the auto-sleep functionality.
Servers
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Introducing Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8
Oracle Database Podcast
More information is now available on the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 in the form of a podcast by Ron Weiss, Oracle's Director of Product Management, who informs listeners about how Oracle's new product can enable customers to experience extreme performance for both high capacity data warehousing and OLTP workloads.
Virtualized 10GbE Network Connection to Sun Blade 6000 Chassis
Functions with Zero Management Overhead
The blog on "Virtualized 10GbE network connection to Sun Blade 6000 chassis with zero management overhead" by Ferhat Hatay points out to readers how the solution is designed to seamlessly integrate into Oracle's Sun Blade 6000 chassis and explains the benefits users will enjoy.
Sun Tape
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Oracle Announces StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE)
Offers 2x More Disk Scalability, 5x More Availability than IBM's Mainframe Solutions
Oracle's new StorageTek Virtual Library Extension (VLE) is the industry’s first highly scalable second tier of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. The VLE delivers two times the disk scalability of IBM's mainframe tape solutions to boost performance and accommodate growing workloads and five times the availability. Oracle's press release notes that VLE is the only mainframe solution that offers a completely integrated three-tier approach to storage (FC disk, SAS disk and tape) in a single solution that simplifies management and provides better performance at a lower cost than offerings from other vendors.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 152 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 151 Issues 1, 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:

  • 0.25 Core Multiplier for SPARC T3
  • Oracle's MySQL Strategy
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 TPC-H Result at 3 TB
  • Converged Hardware Management
  • New Sun SPOT Tutorials and Labs available
  • Oracle’s Optimized Solution for Mission Critical Databases
  • What Does Amazon's Support of Oracle VM Mean for EC2 Users?
  • Discover What's New in MySQL 5.5 Replication
  • New Quad Data Rate Infiniband Networking Options for Oracle's Sun Servers
  • An Identity Management Evolution

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

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    Sun's SunSolve, Member Support Center, Email Center Retirement Notice - October 2010
    Oracle Plans Migration of Sun Customers, Partners to My Oracle Support

    The scheduled transition from Oracle Global Customer Support to My Oracle Support, set for later in 2010, will enable Sun customers and partners to take full advantage of the functionality available to all Oracle Support customers. At the time of the migration, legacy Sun applications – including the Member Support Center (MSC), SunSolve, and Email Center – will be retired, and Oracle’s standard support processes implemented. Existing Oracle customers or partners do not need to re-register for My Oracle Support.

    Sysadmin
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    Sysadmin and Developer Resources for Oracle Linux
    How to Keep Tabs on the Latest News About Oracle Linux
    The Oracle page for SysAdmins and Developers is a good site to bookmark because it features news in such categories as Recently Published; From the Community; Products and Topics and Essential Links. A jazzy note from the OTN Garage tips readers off to another resource designed to be even more current in communicating the latest developments involving Oracle Linux.
    Oracle Solaris Summit at LISA 2010 Conference
    Learn All About Oracle Solaris 11 Express
    Booths 103/105 at the LISA 2010 Conference in San Jose, CA, November 7-12, is where you will find Oracle Solaris engineers hosting a free full-day summit on the technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 Express and explaining how users can deploy the solution. Oracle has also scheduled several BOF sessions on specific Solaris topics and the migration of content from BigAdmin to the Oracle Technology Network. Registration at LISA is not required for attendance at the Oracle Solaris Summit sessions.
    Publications
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    Oracle Fusion Middleware Patterns: A New Book
    Guidelines for Implementing the Solution
    Oracle Fusion Middleware Patterns by Harish Gaur and Markus Zirn approaches the question of how one decides to use Oracle Fusion Middleware by presenting 10 patterns that can help solve business needs in three specific areas: process improvement, business visibility and collaboration and security. Each chapter introduces a new pattern, along with an architectural overview of a real-world customer solution developed with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
    Oracle White Papers
    Covering running Oracle Database on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Hardware

    Recent papers covering running Oracle Database on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Hardware:

    • Deploying Oracle Database on the Oracle Solaris Platform – An Introduction
    • Deploying Oracle Database on x86 Systems with Oracle Solaris
    • Deploying Oracle Database on Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series Systems
    • Optimizing Single Instance Oracle Databases on Oracle’s T-series Servers
    • Dynamic SGA Tuning of Oracle Database on Oracle Solaris with DISM
    • Oracle Database on Sun SPARC Enterprise T-series Systems
    • Migrating Oracle Database from Veritas Storage Foundation to Oracle Automatic Storage Management
    • Virtualization Options for Oracle Database Deployments on Sun SPARC Enterprise T-series Systems
    • Virtualization Options for Oracle Database Deployments on Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series System
    • Best practices for deploying Oracle RAC inside Oracle Solaris Containers
    • Highly Available and Scalable Oracle RAC Networking with Oracle Solaris 10 IPMP

    For more white papers go to Oracle Technology Network.

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    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 Released
    Runs on all Supported SPARC T-Series Servers
    The newly released Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 runs on all supported SPARC T-Series servers (i.e. T2, T2 Plus & T3 based platforms), including the just-announced SPARC T3 systems and is fully qualified on the T3-1 server. The complete details can be found in the official product documentation. As qualification activities are completed, support will be announced for the other SPARC servers.
    VirtualBox 3.2.10
    Maintenance Release with Updates and Fixes
    The details concerning VirtualBox 3.2.10, a maintenance release, are detailed in Bob Netherton's Weblog, where he notes that the biggest improvement is Solaris SMP guest stability under a Windows host OS. Netherton reports that he has repeatedly beaten a 4 CPU guest VM with all sorts of nasty workloads since its release, and Solaris SMP has been rock stable. He reminds readers to reinstall the new guest additions for best performance and reliability.
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