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Oracle
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Oracle E-Business Suite on Exadata Database Machine
Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) Best Practice
The Oracle white paper "Maximum Availability Architecture: Oracle Best Practices for High Availability" details the best practices for implementing Oracle high-availability technologies such as Oracle E-Business Suite Applications on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.
Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan For World Domination
Analysis by Bob Evans of InformationWeek
One glance at the headline of the piece in InformationWeek by Bob Evans -- "Global CIO: Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan for World Domination" -- unequivocally conveys the tone and implies the content of the article. Were more needed, Ellison's quote from early in the piece, clears up any possible ambiguity: "We expect overall that our new generation of Sun machines—Exadata, Exalogic, and Sparc Superclusters—will enable us to win significant share in the high-end server market and put us into the #2 position behind IBM very, very soon. Then we'll fight it out with IBM for the #1 spot." 'Nuff said. And that's just Point #1.
Features
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Sun Founders Panel 2006
Computer History Museum (and YouTube)
Redundancy is sometimes the salvation of technology. Certainly in the case involving the supposed holdings of the Computer History Museum, without redundancy and YouTube, the "Sun Microsystems Founders Panel" (Bill Joy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and moderator John Gage) would have vanished forever since the video disappeared mysteriously from the museum's web site during the confusion around the reorganization reflecting Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Now, in all their glory, the founding four, courtesy of YouTube, share their personal stories of the early days at Sun.
Gartner's Top 10 for '11
Technologies to Keep an Eye on
In their prediction for 2011, Gartner sees 10 technologies with the potential to have disruptive effects on IT as it is known and practiced. Oracle's "Complete CRM Blog" observes that CRM weighs heavily among the candidates.
Virtualization
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The Underground Oracle VM Manual by Roddy Rodstein
At Last, Between Two Covers, All 354 Pages
Without a doubt, "monumental" is a term that applies to "The Underground Oracle VM Manual" by Roddy Rodstein, all eight chapters of which appear at last in a 354-page pdf. Rodstein, a member of Oracle's virtualization and Linux team, is an Oracle VM insider.
Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.0 Extension Packs
New, Simplified Download and Install Process

Release of the new Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 extension packs have raised questions in the minds of some users that Wim Coekaerts seeks to put to rest in his blog on the subject. Prior to 4.0, he explains, there were two versions a user could download. Oracle has simplified the process by separating the two out and enabling installation through the "extension pack." The two classes of license are still available (commercial and PUEL). The result, Coekaerts contends, is a more flexible structure for installing VirtualBox and its drivers and one that allows for more modular additions as well.

Java Technology
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Java Takes No Holiday
2010: A Busy Year with Many Firsts
New JSRs for Java SE 7 and 8, Update 23 for Java SE, new tutorial for JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0, new podcasts on Java Spotlight Podcast Episode 7, Episode 53 of NetBeans Podcast series ... who could have guessed it was a holiday season, given the level of activity in the world of Java as reported by Jacob Lehrbaum in "The Java Source."
Servers
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Accelerate Deployment of Virtual Infrastructure
Oracle VM blade Cluster Reference Configuration

Oracle has released its new Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration for Sun Blade 6000 modular systems, writes Monica Kumar in Oracle's Virtualization Blog, which provides high availability via the blade cluster as well as a documented best practice guide. The guide helps reduce deployment time required in assembling and integrating software and hardware systems from multiple vendors by up to 98 percent while reducing cost as well for customers implementing highly virtualized applications or private cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) architectures. Once ready, according to the Oracle press release, the infrastructure can be used to easily deploy enterprise applications in a matter of minutes to hours as opposed to days/weeks, by using Oracle VM Templates.

The Importance of the 0.5 Core Factor for the SPARC64 VII+
Compensates for the Edge IBM's Power7 Gets from rperf Calculations

Joerg Moellenkamp's blogs are becoming the locus of dispute, which makes for interesting reading. In one of his most recent "The importance of the 0.5 core factor for the SPARC64 VII+" he questions the practice of using rperf to extrapolate TPC-H performance. He contends that rperf really gives IBM's Power 7 an undeserved benefit of the doubt. His complicated argument results in the conclusion that SPARC64 is legitimately competitive with Power7 in spite of the edge IBM gets from the rperf calculation. Some of his readers disagree, however.

Storage
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SPARC T3-1B Blade Server, Dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Modules
Oracle Expands Sun Blade Portfolio
Oracle's Sun Blade Portfolio has been expanded for both the cloud and for highly virtualized environments, according to a recent release. The expanded portfolio, the press release explains, "... adds the SPARC T3-1B blade server and the dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module, as well as an Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration and Oracle's optimized solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite." Best-in-class SPEC CPU2006 results with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, and six Fluent world records, demonstrate the clear superiority of the Sun Blade Portfolio to IBM's Power 755 running the NAMD workload. The SPARC T3-1B blade server is powered by the industry's first 16-core processor with up to 128 simultaneous threads and features integrated on-chip cryptographic acceleration to deliver 2x the throughput, 2x the memory, as well as a 4x I/O bandwidth improvement over previous generation models.
OpenStorage
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Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q3.2.0 Release
A New Minor Update to the 2010.Q3 Software
A new minor update to the Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q3 software has been posted. The release includes more than 60 bug fixes, among them, fixes for a number of ZFS-related panics, improvements to ACL handling and NDMP behavior, and improvements to scalability in the block target management subsystem. Please read the release notes for more details,including a full list of changes. Also, please note that Oracle has shut down the Sun Download Center, so be sure to read and follow the new instructions for obtaining and installing the software, as found on the main software update landing page.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 153 Issues 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • Now that the Dust Has Settled ... (and Sun Has Set)
  • Fujitsu and the History of the SPARC64 Processor
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Enables Mounting an ISO as Package Repository
  • pfexec or sudo?
  • 100 Most Popular Articles of 2010
  • IDC Opinion: Oracle Exadata Exceeds Expectation
  • Podcast: Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle VM Blade Cluster Reference Configuration
  • Oracle’s Optimized Solution for WebLogic Suite: An Optimal In-Memory Data Grid Architecture: White Paper
  • Improved Performance of Sun Blade Portfolio

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

    Sysadmin
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    50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
    by Ramesh Natarajan
    A handy catalog of 50 UNIX/Linux tutorials of interest to sysadmins can be found on The Geek Stuff, courtesy of Ramesh Natarajan. What is more, appended to the list of 50 tutorials are five further references, one of them listing another 50 Linux sysadmin tutorials. All in all, TGS has provided readers with several months' worth of instructional resources ... quite a nice holiday gift.
    Security
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    Solaris LDAP client
    with OpenLDAP server
    "Solaris LDAP client with OpenLDAP server" is a blog that documents the configuration of Solaris' NATIVE LDAP client with OpenLDAP server. With a working LDAP tree in place, the blog proceeds to outline a step-by-step approach to configuring a Solaris host for LDAP. While the instructions were written for Solaris 10, the blog assumes they should work with Solaris 9 and even Solaris 8, though it cautions to expect semantic differences.
    Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Silent Data Corruption
    Addressed by Oracle and Emulex HBA

    Surely one of the principal concerns of DBAs and Sys Admins is silent data corruption. Now, with the release of the HBA from Emulex supporting T10 Protection Information (T10-PI), employed in combination with Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, that worry gets a downgrade. As Emulex says in its press release, "The implementation of the T10-PI standard via Emulex's BlockGuard feature, in conjunction with other industry player's implementations, ensures that data is validated as it moves through the data path, from the application, to the HBA, to storage, enabling seamless end-to-end integrity." For more information on this technology, see the links below.

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