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Oracle
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Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft HCM 9.0
Details in Both a White Paper and a Brief Executive Version
Following a brief clarification on the exact nature of an "optimized solution," blogger Giri Mandalika helpfully guides readers to two versions -- one brief, the other a white paper -- of a paper on Oracle's PeopleSoft in an optimized iteration. The white paper declares its purpose as a report on the "... extensive testing of two modules in Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM) to demonstrate how Oracle's servers, disk storage and advanced flash based storage technology can be used to accelerate database transactions and enable unprecedented application performance.
Features
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Highlights Key Milestones on the SPARC Solaris Roadmap
If You Missed the Original Webcast, Watch the Replay Now
In his launch webcast remarks on the new SPARC Supercluster Larry Ellison announced "The Sunrise Program" as he introduced a number of new developments from Oracle/Sun. These include a new Oracle Database OLTP Performance TpmC world record; a new gold level support SLA for Gold Standard Configurations; two new products: SPARC Exalogic Elastic Cloud and SPARC Superclusters; and four technology updates, all in a crowded 32:53 minute video. Ellison also provided an update on the T4 microprocessor and the so-called "M3" processor, which is under development at Fujitsu. He also enthusiastically promoted FLASH technology, which has been extensively been incorporated into Oracle/Sun products. Overall, Ellison stressed optimization as the governing principle at Oracle.
Exadata Database Machine: "Stunning"
MySQL No Slouch Either in Users' Views
Oracle's Exadata Database Machine V2 is wowing early adopters and reviewers, as does MySQL. For example, IDC summarized the responses in this way:

  • The high expectations for Exadata technology's performance, manageability and scalability are warranted.

  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters will surely be Exadata.

Virtualization
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Sun Ray 3i Thin Client Hardware Provides Fat VDI for Intense Virtual Workloads
Review by eWeek.com
"Sun Ray 3i Thin Client Hardware Provides Fat VDI for Intense Virtual Workloads," a review article by Cameron Sturdevant in eWeek.com, promotes Oracle's virtual desktop infrastructure to the ranks of VMware, Microsoft and Citrix in the competition to impose centralized control over the end-user desktop experience. No small part of the credit, Sturdevant asserts, goes to the zero management Sun Ray 3 and 3i thin client systems, which he finds well designed and easy for the average user to deploy.
Java Technology
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Java SE 6 Update 23 Released
Key Changes for Improved Performance and Reliability

Among the several improvements and added features to be found in Java SE 6 Update 23 enhancements to Java VisualVM 1.3.1; corrections for right-to-left languages in Swing JMenuItem; changes in HotSpot 19 JVM Engine that improve performance and reliability; new language support in SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11; and improvements in supported system configurations.

JCP Executive Committee Vote Approves Java SE 7 and Java SE 8 Technical Specs
Standardizations in Java SE 7 Due in 2011; in Java SE 8 in 2012
According to a recent Oracle press release, the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) for the next two releases of the Java Platform - JSR-336 and JSR-337 - have been formally approved by an overwhelming majority in the JCP Executive Committee vote. This means that the Java standard can now begin to progress through the JCP while the open source reference implementation will be delivered through the OpenJDK project. As in the past, the plan, which includes community feedback and is endorsed by the JCP Executive Committee, calls for standardization of these technologies in Java SE 7 within 2011, and in Java SE 8 following in 2012. Java SE 7 will include language changes for improved developer productivity, dynamically typed language support, and performance improvements. Changes in Java SE 8 will include technologies in support of Java modularization and language enhancements for advanced multi-core support.
Partners
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Oracle for SAP Technology Update
Special Newsletter Edition

John Fowler, Oracle EVP for Systems, addresses the company's SAP customers in his introduction to a special edition of the Oracle Newsletter for SAP, explaining how the complete stack of SPARC and x86 servers, storage, and virtualization technologies, integrated with the Oracle Solaris OS and Oracle databases, can provide the optimal infrastructure on which to run Oracle and SAP. Oracle products, he assures readers, are tested, tuned and certified to run mission-critical SAP applications that meet customer demands for availability, security, scalability, performance and efficiency. Several success stories are appended to the edition. These include the experiences of, among others, Tata Sky Ltd., Dow Corning, and the Hera Group.

MySQL
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MySQL on Windows: Why, Where and How
Windows Is #1 Deployment Platform for MySQL
With Windows having become the #1 development platform for MySQL and the highest ranking deployment platform for MySQL Community Edition users, Oracle's MySQL Blog has collected a number of technical resources such as the My SQL on Windows Resource Center and the first installment in a series by Anders Karlsson on Working with MySQL on Windows.
MySQL 5.5 Now Generally Available
Performance and Scalability Enhancements Highlight Oracle’s Continued Investment in MySQL
Oracle announced the general availability of MySQL 5.5 which delivers:

  • Improved Performance and Scalability: MySQL Database and InnoDB have been enhanced to provide optimum performance and scalability when running on the latest multi-CPU and multi-core hardware and operating systems.
  • Higher Availability: New semi-synchronous replication and replication Heart Beat improve the reliability of data and the speed of failover for continuous application availability.
  • Improved Usability: Enhanced index and table partitioning, diagnostics, and SIGNAL/RESIGNAL syntax for stored objects further improve the usability of MySQL 5.5.

MySQL 5.5 delivers significant enhancements enabling users to improve the performance and scalability of web applications across multiple operating environments, including Windows, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Mac OS X.

Software
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New Oracle Names for Sun Software
With Links
Many of the software products produced by Sun Microsystems have been rebranded since the Oracle acquisition. This is a useful table mapping the old names to the new names along with links to the Oracle (or other) home pages for those products.
Hardware
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Q&A with Rick Hetherington, Oracle Vice President of Hardware Development
A Look at What's in the Oracle Pipeline
Oracle VP for Hardware Development Rick Hetherington shares his perspective on developments at Oracle in a Q&A in the Conversations with Oracle Innovators series. Among the topics discussed are the SPARC roadmap (T4 and T5 processors); what's in the works for SPARC processors (critical thread API); system on a chip; and the use of Oracle Solaris, Oracle OVM for SPARC and the Oracle database in the process of chip design, and the resulting edge this practice gives Oracle over its competitors.
Storage
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Oracle Solaris Storage in Video
A Catalog of Presentations on Oracle Solaris Storage
Oracle Solaris Storage in Video is a repository of a wealth of information on the subject ranging from overviews through seriously technical treatments and deep dives, to the Solaris Storage Stack, QFS, to hardware and performance -- a literal anthology of presentations on Oracle Solaris Storage that runs to several hours, citations to all of which were helpfully gathered by Deirdre Straughan in a blog post.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 154 4 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 153 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 152 Issues 3 and 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:

  • Oracle Processor Core Factor for SPARC Systems
  • Details on the New Oracle SPARC Roadmap
  • AppZero Prescribes "Virtual Viagra" for Solaris
  • New Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express for Sys Admins
  • Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager
  • What's New in Oracle Linux: Part 1
  • Are You Spending Too Much On Storage?
  • How to Monitor SMF Services via Mail
  • What's new in Oracle Linux: Part 2
  • Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster with T3-4 Servers Bests IBM, HP on TPC-C Result

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

    LibreOffice
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    Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3
    First Complete, Open Standards-Based Office Productivity Suites for Desktop, Web and Mobile Users
    Oracle Cloud Office and Open Office 3.3, are two complete, open standards-based office productivity suites for the desktop, web and mobile devices. Based on the Open Document Format (ODF) and open web standards, Oracle Office enables users to share files on any system as it is compatible with both legacy Microsoft Office documents and modern web 2.0 publishing.

    With Oracle Office products, users gain personal productivity, web 2.0 collaboration and enterprise-integrated document tools on Windows, Mac, Linux, Web browsers and smartphones such as the iPhone at an unrivaled price.

    "Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3 deliver complete, open and cost-effective office productivity suites that are designed and optimized for our customers’ needs," said Michael Bemmer, vice president of Oracle Office. "Customers now have the flexibility to support users across a wide variety of devices and platforms, whether via desktop, private or public cloud. With Oracle Office, enterprises can reduce costs while helping to increase productivity and speed innovation."

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