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Gartner Positions Oracle as a Leader in Data Integration Tools
Citing Oracle Fusion Middleware Components
Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle as a leader in its "2010 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools", citing Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g as " ... the industry’s most complete, open and fully-integrated, enterprise-class, real-time data integration solution." Gartner's criteria for inclusion in the quadrant are companies that " ... are front runners in the convergence of single-purpose tools into an offering that supports a range of data delivery styles."
Consolidating and Virtualizing with OracleÂís Network Fabric
Datacenter Technologies Prove Their Worth in Network Virtualization

It was a fruitful synergy that allowed the server, storage, and OS virtualization technologies common in datacenters to be considered for a new role in network virtualization, where cost reductions and increases in network flexibility are now reasonable expectations. In his blog "Consolidating and Virtualizing with Oracle's Network Fabric" Ferhat Hatay writes, "Oracle provides a networking fabric that delivers cloud-ready network services based on Ethernet or InfiniBand fabrics that are tightly integrated with application infrastructure. Oracle’s network fabric provides the performance and manageability required for any Oracle application environment or private cloud infrastructure."

VBoxHeadless - Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 4.0
On A Headless Ubuntu 10.10 Server
"VBoxHeadless: Running Virtual Machines with VirtualBox 4.0 on a Headless Ubuntu 10.10 Server" by Falko Timme explains how to use the VirtualBox tool VBoxHeadless to to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, eliminating the need for the VirtualBox GUI. The post includes all the necessary code, as well as the caveat, "I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!"
Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on a Minimac with USB Smart Card Reader
Works Out of the Box, Wim Coekaerts Blogs
Wim Coekaerts blogs about his satisfactory experience of installing Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) on his minimac at home and using the external usb card reader feature to re-connect with the sessions on the Sun Ray 3i at work. He used the SCM SCR 3500 Smartfold to read his smart card in the re-connect. It worked out of the box, he reports.
Java Technology
Migration Guide for GlassFish
Includes Sections on JBoss, WebSphere, WebLogic, Tomcat, and Jax-RPC
The M2GM MigrationGuide for GlassFish is divided into a number of subheadings. These include:

  • JBoss -- GlassFish Migration Issues
  • WebSphere -- GlassFish Migration Issues
  • WebLogic -- GlassFish Migration Issues
  • Tomcat -- GlassFish Migration Issues
  • JaxRPC -- JAX-WS Migration Issues

The guide is comprehensive in scope, providing all the necessary code for each category.

Top Seven Java Stories of 2010
By Darryl K. Taft
The end of 2010 saw the usual plethora of "Best of, Worst " stories. Why not a rating of the top stories on Java as well? Darryl K. Taft has provided one in his compilation of the "Top seven Java stories of 2010" in eWeek that ranges from the departure of James Gosling from Oracle to the withdrawal of Apache from the JCP; the lukewarm response to Oracle's first staging of JavaOne; Oracle's suit against Google over Java in Android; the controversy over the approval of roadmaps for Java 7 and 8; and the signing on of IBM and Apple to the OpenJDK.
GlassFish in 2010
A Good Year to Turn Five
Things really started happening in a positive way for GlassFish in 2010 when, in March, reports The Aquarium the issuance of the roadmap made it clear that Oracle was committed to the open source project. That was followed in June by the the "100-day" (Oracle-branded 3.0.1) release to coincide with the five-year celebration of GlassFish and, following in a matter of days, five years for The Aquarium itself.
Free and Open Source S/W
Turns Out Oracle Did Not Become the Proprietary Villain Certain Segments of the Press Predicted
The Perspective from Buenos Aires
Turns out Oracle is not the villain some segments of the IT press suggested it would become once Sun was safely within its fold. Fernando Cassia, for one, disputes those alarmist headlines so common during the acquisition negotiations (Oracle Might Kill OpenOffice; Oracle Will Kill MySQL) in Most of the open source projects that came through Oracle's door with Sun are still vital and ongoing, Cassia writes, noting the apparent exception of OpenSolaris.
Solaris 11 Express Addresses Forced Privileges Issue
Gives Admins Better Control of setuid Binaries
With the release of Solaris 11 Express, users will find a new implementation of the forced privileges mechanism. In addition to being system agnostic, it does not store additional information on disk with the binary as did the version from Trusted Solaris 8 and earlier. Darren Moffat comments on this feature in "When setuid root no longer means setuid root (Forced Privileges,)" where he explains that now, when the kernel is processing an exec(2), it treats setuid to root differently (setuid to any other uid or setgid is as in Solaris 10). In the new implementation the kernel looks for an entry in the Forced Privilege RBAC profile in exec_attr(4) to determine which privileges the program should run with. It will now run with only the current uid and just those additional privileges the Forced Privilege RBAC execution profile assigned to that pathname, he adds. This means that Solaris 11 Express has 15 fewer "true" setuid binaries, although this may change with future software updates.
Oracle Solaris 11 ISV Adoption Guide
Cites Instances Where Changes May Be Required to Applications
"Oracle Solaris 11 ISV Adoption Guide" is a white paper written to assist ISVs transition their applications smoothly from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11. While applications developed for Oracle Solaris 10 or earlier Oracle Solaris operating systems are binary compatible with Solaris 11 Express and Solaris 11, it is inevitable that changes to component versions, retired frameworks and command line changes or undocumented APIs may require changes in order for those applications to run well on Solaris 11. The white paper provides a list of all currently known reasons for modifications which need to to be made to existing applications.
NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
A 31-page Oracle White Paper - December 2010
"NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance," an Oracle white paper, describes the implementation and configuration details for Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backups on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, using such industry-leading backup applications as Oracle Secure Backup, Symantec NetBackup 7.0, and EMC Legato Networker 7.6.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 155 Issue 1; Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 153 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan For World Domination
  • Gartner's Top 10 for '11
  • 50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
  • The Underground Oracle VM Manual by Roddy Rodstein
  • Sun Founders Panel 2006
  • Solaris LDAP client
  • Application Performance and Scale on M-Series Servers
  • SPECint results for the SPARC64 VII+
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Silent Data Corruption
  • SPARC T3-1B Blade Server, Dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Modules

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

    Configuring Bootable AI in Solaris 11 Express
    No Need for a Network Install Server

    "Configuring Bootable AI in Solaris 11 Express," Scott Dickson's blog, shows how to boot directly from the AI (Automated Install) ISO, fetch an installation manifest, and act on it, all without having to set up an AI install server. The chief part of his focus is on the manifest, he writes, adding that it applies to AI booted from the network as well as from the ISO. Dickson explains that bootable AI allows users to boot from the AI media rather than rely on a network service to fetch the needed information to boot. The advantage in this approach, he writes, is that no AI service has to be installed on the network. The disadvantage is that it does require at least one interaction (responding to a prompt for a URL leading to an installation manifest) if you want to specify a non-default manifest.

    Installing Oracle Solaris 10 Using JumpStart on an Oracle Solaris 11 Express Server
    Procedure Includes Code Samples, Workarounds

    Oracle Solaris 11 Express server can perform two different functions, writes Mary Ding in "Installing Oracle Solaris 10 Using JumpStart on an Oracle Solaris 11 Express Server." These are to serve Oracle Solaris 11 Express OS installations using Automated Installer and to serve Oracle Solaris 10 OS installations using JumpStart. Ding describes the procedure for setting up a JumpStart install server on an Oracle Solaris 11 Express system. She provides code samples as well as suggested workarounds.

    Demand for Network Flexibility, Cost Reductions Spotlights Network Virtualization
    Project Crossbow Matures into the NV Features Now Available in Solaris 11 Express
    With the imperative to increase network flexibility while minimizing the cost of that initiative, IT staffers are looking to network virtualization (NV), hoping to exploit its potential to reduce cost while increasing network flexibility. Jeff Victor provides some basic information on NV in his blog. He notes that among the benefits of network virtualization are increased architectural flexibility, better bandwidth and latency characteristics, the ability to prioritize network traffic to meet desired performance goals, and lower cost from fewer devices, reduced total power consumption.
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