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Oracle
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Deploying Oracle Database on the Oracle Solaris Platform
Obtaining Improvements in Manageability, Scalability, Security and Availability
"Deploying Oracle "Database on the Oracle Solaris Platform: An Introduction" is an Oracle white paper intended for the audience of Oracle DBAs interested in understanding the benefits offered by the Oracle Solaris 10 environment. An Oracle database deployment on Oracle Solaris 10 can take great performance advantage of the features of the OS such as Solaris Containers, DTrace and ZFS to deliver enhanced manageability, scalability, availability and security, whether on single or multiple Oracle database instances and across multiple platform and processor architectures.
New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Real Application Cluster
Simplifies Deployment of a Highly Available, Virtualized Database

Oracle announced the availability of new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Oracle Real Application Clusters which enabled customers to rapidly deploy a highly available, virtualized database.

"Only Oracle offers the unique combination of clustering and virtualization,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. “Using an Oracle VM infrastructure combined with the performance, scalability and resiliency of Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle VM Templates, we help customers significantly reduce deployment and operational costs while enabling a highly available infrastructure.”

Free and Open Source S/W
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Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards 2010
Winners Include OpenOffice.org, MySQL, and VirtualBox
12,000 readers of The Linux Journal voted for their Linux favorite apps. Android was selected as Product of the year and three projects closely associated with Oracle/Sun -- OpenOffice.org, MySQL, and VirtualBox -- won in their categories. The announcement of winners has details of the winners and runners up.
Solaris
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Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Enables Production Deployment of the Latest Oracle Solaris 11 Features
Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11 Express, demonstrating Oracle’s continued commitment and R&D investment in Oracle Solaris.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development for over five years in an easy to use, production-ready package, allowing customers to immediately use the latest Oracle Solaris features to deploy new applications.

"We are excited to announce the release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express to enable our customers to deploy the new advanced features of Solaris 11 across a broad set of platforms, as well as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle.

"Through the same engineering disciplines that achieved legendary mission-critical reputation for Oracle Solaris, we are expecting Oracle Solaris 11 to further reduce any downtime by being quicker and easier to deploy, maintain and update; and deliver a highly efficient, virtualized operating system to meet the scale and performance requirements of immediate and future virtualization and Cloud-based deployments."

Slides from Oracle Solaris Summit at LISA 2010
Focused on Solaris 11 Express
  • Introduction to Oracle Solaris 11 Express, Markus Flierl
  • Image Packaging System, Bart Smaalders
  • Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in the Enterprise, Dave Miner
  • Advances in Solaris Networking with Crossbow and Beyond, Nicolas Droux
  • Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, Dan Price
  • ZFS Features in Oracle Solaris Express, Cindy Swearingen
  • New Security Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, Glenn Faden
  • Deploying Applications Using SMF and Other Solaris 11 Features, Liane Praza

Read on for the links to the slides.

MySQL
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MySQL 5.5: Performance and Scalability Unleashed!
MySQL 5.5 is set to ship GA soon
The integration of MySQL 5.5 and the InnoDB storage engine has resulted in a solution whose performance and scalability on Windows is on a par with, or better than, other platforms. With this development, MySQL is now able to fully utilize the computing power of modern multi-core architectures across all platforms. Furthermore, replication is better and easier to monitor, manage and use with InnoDB providing improved features around storage, manageability and efficiency. The Oracle MySQL blog opines that developers will like the new SIGNAL/RESIGNAL syntax and the new partitioning options. These improvements are discussed in further detail in the blog.
The MySQL "Hot" Backup and Restore You've Been Waiting for
A New Tool for DBAs
If you've been waiting for a new and improved backup and restore tool to use with MySQL, it's here. MySQL Enterprise Backup performs online hot, non-blocking backups of MySQL databases and is capable of performing full backups on all InnoDB data while MySQL is online, without interrupting queries or updates. Incremental backups are supported that change only the data that has changed from a previous backup, and partial backups are supported when only certain tables or tablespaces need to be backed up. Further, MySQL Enterprise Backup restores data from a full backup. DBAs can use consistent Point-in-Time Recovery (PITR) to perform a restore to a specific point in time, just as they can useMySQL backups and binlog to perform fine-grained roll forward recovery to a specific transaction. Partial restores allow recovery of targeted tables or tablespaces. Plus, DBAs can restore backups to a separate location, or create clones for fast replication setup or administration. Finally, MySQL Enterprise Backup supports creating compressed backup files, typically reducing backup size from 70% to over 90% when compared of the size of actual database files - reducing storage and other costs.
Events
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Oracle Solaris 11 Express: The Future of Solaris Now
Dec. 7th Webcast
Join this Webcast as Markus Weber, Oracle Solaris Product Marketing Director, and Glynn Foster, Principal Product Manager for Solaris, detail the exciting new features and capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11 Express. You can deploy this release now and use it to prepare your environments for Oracle Solaris 11.

Throughout the Webcast, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a live chat with Oracle Solaris experts to get your questions answered about the new Oracle Solaris 11 Express operating system. You’ll learn about advances in installation, manageability, virtualization, networking, and storage.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express is available now for download.

Servers
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Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module
High-density, dual-node, two-socket Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module based on the Intel Xeon processor 5600-series
The Sun Blade X6275 M2 server features enterprise-class RAS features for mission-critical application environments. The diskless Sun Blade X6275 M2 leverages the high availability and shared resource infrastructure of the Sun Blade 6000 chassis while also supporting power- and cooling-efficient low voltage memory and Oracle's Sun Flash Modules to reduce operating costs.

Ideal for cloud computing and virtualized environments, the dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module is Oracle's highest compute density blade server. Combining the Sun Blade 6000 chassis with hot-swappable Sun Blade X6275 M2 server modules and Oracle VM provides customers with an elastic scalability solution that can be rapidly deployed or expanded to meet the dynamic requirements of private clouds.

The diskless Sun Blade X6275 M2 leverages the high availability and shared resource infrastructure of the Sun Blade 6000 chassis while also supporting power- and cooling-efficient low voltage memory and Oracle's Sun Flash Modules to reduce operating costs.

Driving Datacenter Agility and Efficiency with Oracle Sun Blades
Webcast: Get Greater Performance, Generate Faster ROI
Oracle can provide the tools that enable organizations to enjoy enhanced performance from their datacenters, tools in the form of the Oracle Sun Blade systems, whose modular design offers unparalleled architectural flexibility that can deliver a business-driven infrastructure aligned with current business models. Blogger Ferhat Hatay alerts readers to a webcast originally delivered on November 10, 2010, by Carl J.Ray, Senior Product Marketing Director at Oracle, who explains how Oracle can help customers achieve higher performance and scale with reduced management complexity, even as they leverage investments to produce rapid ROI.

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Storage
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Increasing Efficiency With Easy And Comprehensive Storage Management
5-Page Data Sheet
Unprecedendted Observability, Cost-saving Performance Acceleration, And Superior Data

Storage management has become a key ingredient for success with today's data-intensive application environments. From the workgroup to the enterprise, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance software simplifies storage management and enables you to increase application performance and reliability while also driving down costs. Its easy-to-use interface and comprehensive analytics gives you everything you need to increase storage efficiencies and quickly resolve issues.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 153 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 152 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 151 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center
  • Get Your Guide To Simple, Scalable Unified Storage
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Download Available
  • White paper: The Most Complete and Integrated Virtualization
  • Firesheep Killed HTTP
  • Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switch
  • IDC Insight Report: "MySQL Thrives"
  • Oracle Cloud API and an Archived Video
  • Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder
  • Writing Scripts for the Sun Ray Kiosk Interface

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

    LibreOffice
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    OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 Release Candidate 5
    Everything Word Can Do and More
    Clicking on GullFOSS will take readers to the download site for OpenOffice.org 3.3.0, release notes for the solution, MD5 Cheksums, and Issue Tracker for reporting problems with the build. An abundance of new features includes increased document protection in Writer and Calc; improved slide layout handling in Impress; support of read-only database registrations; redesign of Thesaurus; resetting text to the default language in Writer, and many more.
    Developer
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    Oracle Solaris Studio Performance Tools
    Answers to the Questions Users Typically Ask
    The 35-page Oracle white paper "Oracle Solaris Studio Performance Tools" presents the kinds of performance questions users typically ask about Solaris Studio, and then describes the user model and its several steps for using the tools.Finally, it reviews a number of examples of what the tools can do.
    Taking Advantage of OpenMP 3.0 Tasking with Oracle Solaris Studio
    Everything a Developer Working in OpenMP Might Need for Creating Enterprise Applications
    "Taking Advantage of OpenMP 3.0 Tasking with oracle Solaris Studio," an Oracle white paper, discusses how Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 software provides developers with all the compilers and tools they might need to generate scalable, secure, and reliable enterprise applications in OpenMP, which is an emerging standard model for parallel programming in a shared memory environment. According to the white paper, Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 fully supports the OpenMP 3.0 specification, including the tasking feature, which enables developers to use directives to define pieces of work, called tasks, that can execute concurrently. This technical white paper further shows how to use Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 to implement, profile, and debug an example quick sort (qsort) OpenMP program.
    Sysadmin
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    Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit (JET) 4.8
    Greatly Simplify the Provisioning of Solaris using Jumpstart
    The Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit is the name given to the Jumpstart Framework, developed by Michael Ramchand and Marty Lee within project 'RedBull'.

    Amongst the aims of the RedBull project were to create a framework around Jumpstart that would simplify its deployment, as well as provide a basis to easily provision more complex installations automatically with minimal custom scripting on the part of the user.

    The main highlight is that JET 4.8 has the new sysidcfg variables required for the unattended installation of Solaris 10 09/10. It also knows about the "new" Solaris 10 Recommended patch structure.

    Video Tutorial: Installing Solaris 11 Express in VirtualBox
    By Jim Laurent
    Jim Laurent reports that Solaris 11 Express is available for download and demonstrates in a video tutorial how to install that O/S as a Virtual Machine with VirtualBox.

    Solaris 11 Express allows you to preview the technologies that will be delivered in Solaris 11 next year. In this video tutorial, Jim will take you through the steps to install and configure Solaris 11 Express using Oracle's free Type 2 hypervisor, VirtualBox. VirtualBox can be downloaded for free and is available for MacOS, Solaris, Linux and Windows Platforms.

    Solaris 11 Express is binary compatible with Solaris 8, 9 and 10 and is supported on SPARC as well as X86 chip sets. It is a fully virtualized operating system to include virtual networks, zones and file systems (ZFS).

    Security
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    White Paper: Oracle Fusion Applications Security Leveraging Oracle Identity Management
    A Look at the Mechanics of the Solution
    "Oracle Fusion Applications Security Leveraging Oracle Identity Management," an Oracle white paper describes how Oracle Fusion Applications leverage Oracle Identity Management for foundation security services; identity administration; authentication and trust management; access control; identity and access governance; fraud-prevention analytics; and directory services. The first part of the paper explains how Oracle Fusion Applications designers use Service-Oriented Security (SOS), relying on the Oracle Platform Security Services environment to apply security to Oracle ADF projects. In its second part, the paper explains how identity services delivered by the Oracle Identity Management product stack combine with SOS to provide consistent security across Oracle Fusion Applications, along with seamless integration, high scalability and centralized administration to multiple instances of Oracle Fusion Applications that are deployed across the enterprise.
    Using TCP Wrappers to protect Linux and Solaris services
    Is It Better than a Firewall?

    The fetchingly titled "Blog O'Matty" reports on "Using TCP Wrappers to Protect Linux and Solaris Services" which the author terms "a very simple way to allow and deny network access to applications." TCP wrappers, the blog continues, is an invaluable tool that provides a simple and intuitive way to secure services, cautioning it’s no substitute for a properly functioning host firewall, but instead an additional tool that can be used to protect critical services.

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