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HP, RedHat: Stand Aside, Says Larry Ellison
Solaris 11 Is Going to Force Some Changes in OS Market Share
The intensity of Larry Ellison's focus on dominating the server OS market has all but eliminated HP from his perspective, or so it would seem. While there are skeptics who doubt that Solaris will indeed, as Ellison pledges, become the "#1 Unix," few of them are putting money on the table against his success. It continues to be the current case, as Paul Rubens writes in ServerWatch that defections from Solaris to HP-UX continue at what is currently a steady rate -- according to HP -- although Oracle predicts that Solaris 11 will turn the tide in its favor. If Red Hat and HP are quaking in their boots, writes Rubens, they are pretty successfully keeping it to themselves.
SPARC
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Roadmap for SPARC Enterprise Servers Through 2015
John Fowler Outlines Plans for Oracle's Entire Product Family
Oracle is on a well defined roll, as EVP John Fowler makes clear in the pdf Oracle Systems/Storage Product Briefing, which lays out the company's plans for its optimized product lines between now and 2015. Goals for the five-year SPARC Enterprise Servers include 4x improvements in cores; 32x in threads; 16x in memory capacity; 40x in database TPM; and 10x in Java ops/second. Along the roadmap for Solaris 11 customers are told to expect platform and SW integration (2010); improvements in software lifecycle scalability, networking, security (2011); enhancements in high-availability, memory scalability and virtualization (2012); improvements in system management and IO scalability (2013); and improved core scalability in the 2014-2015 updates to Solaris 11. Fowler also outlines the plans for Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Optimized Oracle Infrastructures, Oracle x86 clusters, Oracle storage, and Oracle Enterprise Manager. In other words, progress on all possible fronts from Oracle.
Servers
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SPARC T3-1B Server
Up to 128 simultaneous processing threads per module
Learn about Oracle's new server lines and storage solutions in an on-demand webcast with EVP for Server and Storage Systems John Fowler. He discusses Oracle's new 16-core processor and the new SPARC T3 server systems, along with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line and Oracle's optimized-solution applications-to-disk approach to IT.
Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module: Oracle's Highest Compute Density Solution
Designed for Virtualization and for the Private Cloud
Oracle's diskless, dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module with up to 24 cores, is Oracle's highest compute density blade server and, as such, is ideally suited for cloud computing and virtualized environments. The hot-swappable Sun Blade X6275 server modules and Oracle VM, in combination with the Sun Blade 6000 chassis, deliver an elastic scalability solution capable of the rapid deployment and equally rapid scalability required in private clouds. Furthermore, the blade's high IOPS, low voltage Sun Flash modules enable savings in power and cooling costs. Yet another valuable benefit of combining the X6275 with the Sun Blade 6000 Ethernet Switched Network Express Module 24p 10GbE is that this overcomes potential network bottlenecks and reduces networking costs by eliminating an entire tier of datacenter switching and reducing cabling by 4:1.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 154 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 153 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 152 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:

  • New Oracle Names for Sun Software
  • Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Highlights Key Milestones on the SPARC Solaris Roadmap
  • Oracle Solaris Storage in Video
  • Sun Ray 3i Thin Client Hardware Provides Fat VDI for Intense Virtual Workloads
  • Oracle Cloud Office and Oracle Open Office 3.3
  • Oracle Report Earnings - $8.6 billion for Fiscal Q2 - Up 47%
  • Exadata Database Machine: "Stunning"
  • Q&A with Rick Hetherington, Oracle Vice President of Hardware Development
  • MySQL on Windows: Why, Where and How
  • JCP Executive Committee Vote Approves Java SE 7 and Java SE 8 Technical Specs

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Open Source Survey: Oracle Products Top Several Categories
    Did Someone Doubt the Future of Open Source at Oracle?
    The funeral seems to be dragging on interminably in the opinion of some, but yet another myth surrounding Oracle's acquisition is nevertheless being laid to rest: Oracle's plans will not involve open source. Well, results of the 2010 Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards suggest otherwise. Given that Oracle solutions took first place in four categories and given the strong statement of support voiced by Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect: ("Supporting open source is important to Oracle and our customers, and we continue to invest in it."), it looks like open source has a vibrant future under the Oracle umbrella. The four winners?

    Performance
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    Oracle Linux Delivers Top CPU Benchmark Results on Sun Blades
    Exceeds HP ProLiant BL2X220c G5 by Significant Margin
    Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5, running on a dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module (two compute nodes per blade) delivered the best SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 benchmark results for all systems with Intel Xeon processor 5000 sequence. The opposition included HP's dual-node blade server and, based on their single node performance, the Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module SPECfp_rate2006 score of 241 outperformed the best published HP ProLiant BL2X220c G5 server score by 3.2x, as reported in Oracle's Linux Blog.
    Sun Blade X6275 M2 Cluster with Sun Storage 7410 Shows 40% Improvement
    Running Seismic Processing Reverse Time Migration
    A recent BestPerf blog on performance of the Oracle Sun Storage 7410 system attached via 10 Gigabit Ethernet to a cluster of Oracle's Sun Blade X6275 M2 server modules demonstrated up to a 40% improvement over the previous generation server module in a 3D VTI Reverse Time Migration application, a heavily used geophysical imaging and modeling application for Oil & Gas Exploration. This balanced server/storage combination showed linear scalability for the total application throughput, including the I/O and MPI communication, to produce a final 3-D seismic depth imaged cube for interpretation. The report notes that the final image write time from the Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module nodes to Oracle's Sun Storage 7410 system achieved 10GbE line speed of 1.25 GBytes/second or better write performance. The effects of I/O buffer caching on the Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module nodes and 34 GByte write optimized cache on the Sun Storage 7410 system gave up to 1.8 GBytes/second effective write performance.
    Sysadmin
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    Solaris Virtual Consoles: Now Back After a Long Absence
    A How-to Guide for Enabling

    Virtual consoles, a feature long absent from Solaris OS, has returned with Oracle Solaris 2010.11 Express. It is a desirable feature, as blogger Dan Anderson notes because it comes in handy for recovery purposes when one's X Window GUI console makes itself scarce. The only shortcoming, if you consider it that, is that virtual consoles is not default enabled. Anderson helpfully provides the code that enables virtual consoles (run as root). He throws in some helpful tips on attaining best functionality as well. So, maybe not such a shortcoming after all.

    Zonestat in Solaris 11 Express: Part 1
    New and Improved, Fully Supported Feature

    Before someone begins experimenting with the many new functions in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, it would be prudent, Jeff Victor blogs to have some means of measuring the results. A new and improved version of Zonestat is the answer, he advises, in Part 1 of a series. He reviews to shortcomings of the version of Zonestat in Solaris 10, adding that the new Zonestat is a fully supported, fully featured version that does everything its predecessor did and more. Victor demonstrates some of the things that the new and improved Zonestat enables.

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0
    New Release of Open Source, Cross-Platform Virtualization Software Delivers Improved Usability, Performance and Scalability
    Oracle VM VirtualBox enables desktop or laptop computers to run multiple guest operating systems simultaneously, allowing users to get the most flexibility and utilization out of their PCs, and supports a variety of host operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, most popular flavors of Linux (including Oracle Linux), and Oracle Solaris.

    "Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 is the third major product release in just over a year, and adds to the many new product releases across the Oracle Virtualization product line, illustrating the investment and importance that Oracle places on providing a comprehensive desktop to datacenter virtualization solution,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. "With an improved user interface and added virtual hardware support, customers will find Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 provides a richer user experience."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 delivers increased capacity and throughput to handle greater workloads, enhanced virtual appliance capabilities, and significant usability improvements.

    Linux and Virtualization Update with Wim Coekaerts
    20 Minute Video From TechCast Live
    Seeking to avoid the problems inherent with a "virtualization only" approach to server consolidation, Oracle has developed its Oracle VM Templates, explains Senior VP for Linux Wim Coekaerts in the 22:43 "TechCast Live: Linux and Virtualization" webcast. VM templates are fully preconfigured environments that spare the applications tech the headache and hours of labor necessary to reconfigure an Oracle product stack to conform to the changes intrinsic to a virtualized server. The Oracle VM Template does all of this for the customer. Some 40 or more VM templates are available at the moment, Coekaerts reports, each tailored to a particular application. Furthermore, all of this exists in-house at Oracle. He stresses that virtualization is part of the solution, not the whole solution in itself. Oracle VM Templates fills in the gaps. Updates are as simple as downloading a file. Coekaerts also comments on the Oracle Linux Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
    Java Technology
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    New Weekly Blog on Java Updates
    A Lot Going on with Java at Oracle
    Clearly, in spite of all the early skepticism, Java is alive and well at Oracle. So much so, in fact, that the Java Team has found it necessary to create the weekly blog What's brewing in the world of Java? In the current edition readers will find information about JavaOne Brazil; a build (unofficial) of OpenJDK 7 for Snow Leopard; HotSpot-enabled Java SE Embedded vs. Android (Java won); a link to a December 16th Webcast on Java TV Standards; and a further link to the now numerous screencasts created by the LWUIT Builder Team; plus an appraisal of the new JavaFX 2.0.
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans Podcast 53
    NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu - 1 hr 9 minutes
    For the latest on NetBeans 7.0 beta, log on to the 69 minute Podcast #53 to hear from a variety of players in the solution's development. For a preview, one can also log on to an outline of NetBeans Podcast #53, which reveals that podcast content includes reports from far and wide by the traveling NetBeans team, along with news about enhancements to the NetBeans platform for NetBeans 7.0; a glowing endorsement of the solution from Adam Bien, Oracle Java Developer of the Year; as well as comments from members of the NetBeans engineering team about their favorite highlight in the latest beta release; an API design tip from Jarda Tulach on the ThreadContext ClassLoader; and an interactive feature: the NetBeans Puzzler with Jeffrey Rubinoff. Deadline to submit the puzzler answer: January 7, 2011. Send to: nbpodcast at netbeans dot org.
    Security
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    Oracle Solaris: A Security Overview
    Part of the Oracle Solaris: In a Class by Itself Series
    In this episode of the "Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself" podcast series, the hosts are joined by Dr. Christoph Schuba, co-security lead for hardware at Oracle, to talk about Oracle Solaris security. After a brief overview of Oracle's Security Assurance Program (which guides Oracle's engineers in their product development) participants cover some of the key security capabilities in Oracle Solaris 10 such as Trusted Extensions, Zones, Role Based Access Control, transparent cryptographic support, and Secure By Default while also discussing concepts like Mandatory Access Control and the principle of Least Privilege. Dr Schuba takes the lead in discussing Oracle Security Assurance.
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