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Oracle
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IDC Opinion: Oracle Exadata Exceeds Expectation
Report from Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Says Oracle's Optimization Strategy is IT's Future
Reporting from Oracle OpenWorld 2010, IDC has declared "... Oracle's claims regarding Oracle Exadata's speed, efficiency, and scalability were not hype; if anything, they proved modest when compared with actual experience.” The IDC report continues with the observation that, "More than a dozen customers at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 lauded the technology’s ease of deployment, backup time reduction, and dramatic query performance gains of 20 to 30 times."

Oracle's integrated hardware and software offerings are provoking enthusiastic responses throughout the IT world and beyond, as evidenced by IDC's concluding observation: "Only Oracle has been so bold as to present this approach as the future of database technology."

Features
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Now that the Dust Has Settled ... (and Sun Has Set)
McNealy on the Demise of Sun (and What He Wishes He Had Done Differently)
Take a few minutes to read Gavin Clarke's revealing account in The Register of Scott McNealy's post-acquisition reflections. There are several choice McNealy quotes, such as, "I think we got the donate part right, I don't think we got the monetize part right." And this: "If we'd have just decided to release Solaris on metal instead of shrink wrapped, Solaris on Intel would have been a wild hit and nobody would have done Linux."
SPARC
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Fujitsu and the History of the SPARC64 Processor
Since 1998, a Leader in the Development of this Technology
Fujitsu's affiliation with the development of the SPARC64 processor is a long and continuing relationship, from the development of SPARC64 GP in 1998 to the forthcoming SPARC64 VII+, due in 2011, Fujitsu has been in the forefront of this technology. View and read about the chronology of this relationship at SPARC64 Processor History to learn about both Fujitsu's role in processor development and their relationship with Oracle/Sun, in whose M-Series Servers, the Fujitsu presence is integral to their outstanding performance.
Virtualization
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Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2
Ideal Foundation for Cloud Computing
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 is available as the world's best foundation for cloud computing, declares Oracle. The press release describes the new release as, " ... a complete cloud application infrastructure for consolidating the widest possible range of Java and non-Java application types and workloads and meeting the most demanding service-level requirements." It adds the information that the cloud is " ... an optimized hardware and software system that combines 64-bit x86 processors, an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric and solid-state storage with the market-leading Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software." Because the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 can support thousands of both Java and non-Java applications, each with different security, reliability and performance requirements, the solution is ideal as a platform for enterprise-wide data center consolidation, as well as ERP and mainframe applications.
VirtualBox Development Images
NetBeans/JavaEE/GlassFish Combo

The Aquarium reminds readers that three VirtualBox development images -- SOA & BPM Development, Database App Development, and Java Development -- have been made available as VirtualBox images loaded with all the necessary software that enables users to get on with things the moment they log on to the system. As an example of the inclusive nature of these development environments, The Aquarium notes that the Java Development image uses Oracle Linux version 5, JDK 6, Java FX 1.3.1, NetBeans IDE 6.9.1, and GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.0.1 -- everything one might need to get started with Java EE 6 development and you'll even find three labs (with code and instructions) to start using JSF 2, JAX-RS 1.1, EJB 3.1, Servlet 3.0, JPA 2.0 and CDI 1.0.

Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Enables Mounting an ISO as Package Repository
No Longer a Need to Configure and Run a Local PackageServer

A new and welcome feature of the new Solaris 11 Express is the ability to mount an ISO that can be used as the package repository without any longer also needing to configure and run a local package server, says The Observatory blog. With Solaris 11 Express, the blog continues, it is now possible to serve the packages directly from the local repository files, bypassing the server. A four-step procedure, with code samples, explains how to accomplish this installation.

Software
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OracleÂs Optimized Solution for WebLogic Suite: An Optimal In-Memory Data Grid Architecture: White Paper
Balancing Oracle Coherence Software with Oracle/Sun Servers

"Oracle's Optimized Solution for WebLogic Suite: An Optimal In-Memory Data Grid Architecture" is a technical white paper that discusses a drop-in implementation of Oracle Coherence running on Oracle's Sun servers utilizing Oracle Fusion Middleware components -- chiefly WebLogic Suite -- citing benchmark results that substantiate the scalability and performance of web-facing architectures. The results demonstrate that creating an architecture to transfer the burden of scalability from the vertically-scaled database tier to the horizontally-scaled grid can enable new levels of scalability in applications. Customers can use the best practices derived from this tested configuration to create an Oracle Coherence deployment that balances the Coherence software track with the appropriate Sun servers from Oracle.

Servers
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Oracle VM Blade Cluster Reference Configuration
Discover the Virtues of Single-vendor Implementations
A recent Oracle InfraRed posting announced the single-vendor Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration solution for Sun Blade 6000 modular systems. This new cluster reference configuration helps users reduce deployment time by up to 98 percent over deployments using multi-vendor configurations. In addition to the faster time to value and reduced deployment cost and risk users can derive from this reference configuration, elastic scalability is also a valuable benefit. Oracle has tested all the components in the reference configuration, which means users will not have to submit their
Storage
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Podcast: Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Gaining Efficiency in the Datacenter
Join Matt Miller, principal product manager for Oracle's storage group, and Bob Murphy, principal product director for storage, who share with listeners information about important advances in Sun ZFS storage technology, which they explain can help users manage ever increasing volumes of data in the most efficient manner. As Bob Murphy says, given that "storage efficiency has become a financial imperative," the advances found in ZFS technology offer a tool for maximizing available budget in dealing with increasing demands on storage infrastructure. Miller focuses his remarks on both compression and deduplication, two important ZFS features, along with comments on the 2 TB hard disk drives in the ZFS product line, which represents a doubling of storage density.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 5; Vol 153 Issues 1, 2, 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 VM VirtualBox 4.0
  • Roadmap for SPARC Enterprise Servers Through 2015
  • HP, RedHat: Stand Aside, Says Larry Ellison
  • New Weekly Blog on Java Updates
  • SPARC T3-1B Server
  • Oracle Solaris: A Security Overview
  • Sun Blade X6275 M2 Cluster with Sun Storage 7410 Shows 40% Improvement
  • Solaris Virtual Consoles: Now Back After a Long Absence
  • Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module: Oracle's Highest Compute Density Solution
  • Oracle Linux Delivers Top CPU Benchmark Results on Sun Blades

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

    Sysadmin
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    FMA and Email Notifications
    A Feature in the New Oracle Solaris 11 Express
    Among the many extraordinary features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11, blogs Rob Johnston is a new service smtp-notify, that can be configured to send email notifications in response to various Fault Management events, such as when a hardware component has been diagnosed as faulty. These notifications can be configured for such FMA event types as problem-diagnosed; problem-updated; problem-repaired; and problem-resolved. The smtp-notify service is enabled out-of-the-box. Further, the blog continues, the smtp-notify service can also be configured to generate notifications for SMF service state transitions.
    Zonestat: New Feature in Oracle Solaris 11 Express: Part 2
    CPU Resource Management Made Easier

    As promised in Part 1, "Zonestat in Solaris 11 Express," Jeff Victor returns with Part 2 to complete his description of the new feature. He shows how Zonestat can help users monitor instances of CPU contention and identify which zones, if any, are using more compute resources than expected. He adds that, in addition to providing intelligence on short-term resource usage, Zonestat can provide summary reports of peak or average usage over longer periods. He shows readers how to specify the interval at which Zonestat gathers data by setting the zones-monitoring:default service property config/sample_interval.

    Networking
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    Consolidating and Virtualizing Datacenter Networks with OracleÂs Network Fabric
    Converged Infrastructures Enable Savings of 5x 10x vs. Multi-vendor Implementations
    As the Oracle white paper "Consolidating and Virtualizing Datacenter Networks with Oracle's Network Fabric" notes, shifting from traditional datacenter network architectures that call for numerous tiers of networking and parallel networks to support server-to-server, server-to-storage and server-to-LAN traffic, and adopting instead Oracle's converged infrastructures of compute, storage and network components customers can expect substantial reductions in infrastructure and consequent reductions in acquisition, power and cooling, and management costs, along with faster deployment times and greater agility in conforming IT infrastructure to dynamic business needs in the management of their private clouds. The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine are but two examples of Oracle's ability to produce solutions that tightly integrate network services across application infrastructure. Performance gains are in the order of 5X to 10X compared to those involving multi-vendor architectures.
    Security
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    pfexec or sudo?
    Depends on How You Get to OpenSolaris

    OpenSolaris users -- that is, those who have downloaded a fresh installation of Solaris 11 Express -- will find that the Primary Administrator profile is no longer assigned to the user created during installation since pfexec is impotent with that version. But, sudo is alive and well, though it does now require a password. Somewhat the reverse situation obtains for users who have upgraded from earlier versions of OpenSolaris. For them pfexec still works but sudo does not, writes Brian Leonard in "The Observatory." He explains these situations, and the options available, in the blog, providing the code that applies to both.

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