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Oracle
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Hotwire, Inc. Innovates Faster with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Leading Discount Travel Site Improves Business Visibility by Expanding Analysis and Usage of Data Warehousing System

Hotwire.com, a leading travel site, has dramatically improved the performance, availability and scalability of its enterprise data warehouse while expanding the scope of its analysis with Oracle® Exadata Database Machine.

"Oracle Exadata Database Machine allows us to support increasingly complex analytic work on rapidly growing data volumes," said Kolin Ohi, BI Architect, Hotwire. "By removing system constraints, it encourages more innovative uses of our data and gives us a significant advantage in the highly competitive discount travel industry."

Virtualization
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Resources for VirtualBox 4.0
A Collection on OTN Garage

OTN Garage assembles a number of resources for VirtualBox 4.0 that include the following:

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0
  • OTN Live video: VirtualBox and Oracle's Virtualization Story
  • VirtualBox 4.0 User Guide
  • The VirtualBox Community

And the two blogs, "What's New in Version 4.0" and "Changes to Configuration Files in VirtualBox 4.0."

Solaris
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SPARC Supercluster Demonstrates Oracle's Firm Commitment to the SPARC Architecture and Oracle Solaris
Podcast: Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself
In this segment of the "Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself" podcast series, Charley Boyle hosts a discussion of the [url "Gold Configuration" of the SPARC Supercluster with Oracle Solaris VP Bill Nesheim and the senior director of Solaris Engineering Chris Arm. The panel stresses the comprehensive approach to design, building and testing taken in developing the SPARC Supercluster, which integrates the best of Solaris OS, SPARC T-Series and M-Series servers and InfiniBand switches to create a super reliable reference configuration that one can find implemented worldwide. In that consideration, the panel says, individual implementations of Superclusters are not unique. The SPARC Supercluster, while it delivers rare levels of performance is no rare bird itself.
Solaris 10 Recommended Patching Strategy
Brief Paper Plus Slide Presentation
In the Patch Corner blog Gerry Haskins provides a printed overview of the recommended patching strategy for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS, along with a slide presentation covering the same material. Both contain a number of links to further useful resources.
Chime Verion 1.5 Released
Graphical Tool for Visualizing DTrace Aggregations
The Observatory: A Closer Look at Using Oracle Solaris reports on the release of version 1.5 of the Chime Visualization Tool for DTrace. The OpenSolaris website defines Chime as " ... a graphical tool for visualizing DTrace aggregations. It provides an alternative to similar CLI-based tools (such as intrstat) that is more visually appealing and potentially more useful. In particular, its ability to sort columns arbitrarily and display data over time offers convenience and better visibility of system and application behavior." Among the improvements in 1.5 are the ability to include total rows in plots over time; to view sparklines on total rows; the ability to to make the aggregate sampling interval a saved preference independent of the DTrace aggregate option; the ability to scale plots over time with the sampling interval; and the ability to select or hide individual plot lines by clicking on the plot legend. Further the update removes all dependence on third party code.
Cloud Computing
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Oracle Delivers 'Roadmap to Cloud'
at Gartner Summit
Analysts and industry executives at a recent Gartner Data Center Conference gathered to hear Oracle executives lay out OracleÂ’s roadmap to cloud computing.

"Cloud computing is a continuation of the direction the industry has been going for the last several years in terms of using shared and elastically scalable computing resources," says Rex Wang, VP of Product Marketing at Oracle, who spoke at the conference. "With Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle is providing the building blocks for the next wave of datacenter evolution."

According to research from the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), cloud computing in the enterprise is growing steadily. A recent IOUG survey found that almost 29 percent of respondents already have internal or private clouds within their datacenters, and nearly 14 percent are using public clouds for some of their applications.

Hardware
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About integrated memory controllers, crossbars, system architecture and overly simplistic world views
Ruminations by Joerg Moellenkamp

After an extremely long introduction in which he settles some scores, Joerg Moellenkamp proceeds to write "About integrated memory controllers, crossbars, system architecture and overly simplistic world views" in a recent blog. He looks at circumstances in which integrated memory controllers are better suited to a given situation when such issues as remote vs. local memory are involved. The number of CPUs and the method of their interconnection are also factors in this equation, he writes.

Events
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Enabling the Eco-Enterprise with Oracle Desktop Virtualization and Sun Ray Clients
January 27th Webinar - 9am PST
Organizations around the world are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment and the steps they need to take to reduce their eco-footprint. Most of these initiatives are based on reducing power consumption in the datacenter, but another area of concern is the amount of power consumed by desktop PCs and laptops.

Because of the sheer quantity of these devices in use across an enterprise and the roughly 80-100 watts of power consumed by each one, vast power savings can be realized by switching to eco-efficient Sun Ray Clients. Consuming as little power as a night light, Sun Ray Clients provide a rich desktop experience that offers high security, improved mobility, and excellent manageability over existing PC-based infrastructures.

Learn how Sun Ray Clients can help your organization meet its green computing objectives in this one hour live webinar.

The Featured Speaker will be Michael Dann, Senior Manager, Software Development Desktop Virtualization, Oracle

Game-Changing New Technology for Datacenter Storage
Jan 31 - DonÂ’t Miss This Big - and Fast, Powerful, and Scalable - Storage Announcement

  • Monday, January 31, 2011
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PST (Noon to 1pm EST)

Oracle is taking a dramatic leap in storage technology with an exciting enterprise storage product announcement. We canÂ’t tell you just how much this will improve your datacenter until the big event. But we can say it means:

  • Much lower costs—per terabyte of capacity and floor space consumption
  • Dramatically higher performance—letÂ’s just say the old benchmarks just got older
  • Greater capacity—in a much smaller footprint
  • Greater capability—optimized for archive and data protection

If your business counts on storage performance, scalability, and value, then Oracle has all-new solutions youÂ’ve been waiting for. Read on for the registration link.

OpenStorage
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The top 10 drivers of the storage industry in 2011: Part 1
Demand for Capacity; Profit from Storage; Commoditization; Silent Data Corruption; Wily Developers
The face of storage is changing, and Nexenta's Evan Powell highlights the top 10 drivers of the storage industry in 2011: Part 1 in a recent blog. The first five are:

  • Capacity demands will continue their exponential rate of growth

  • IT vendors will appreciate more profit from storage than any other segment

  • Hardware commoditization (read Nexenta, Supermicro, other OpenStorage solutions) will leave proprietary solutions in the dust

  • Silent data corruption will grow apace with capacity and users will increasingly turn to solutions like ZFS to checksum everything in order to maintain file integrity.

  • Developers, impatient with the snail's pace response of corporate IT to their need for SAN and NAS will turn to solutions such as NexentaStor and other open storage solutions to meet those needs. And then there's the cloud. Developers are learning to make an end run around corporate priorities.

Stay tuned for the next five storage industry driving forces for 2011.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 155 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 153 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • A 25-Year Collaboration Between Oracle and HP Becomes Casualty of Executive Suite Musical Chairs
  • Turns Out Oracle Did Not Become the Proprietary Villain Certain Segments of the Press Predicted
  • Oracle Solaris 11 ISV Adoption Guide
  • VBoxHeadless - Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 4.0
  • Force10 Newsletter
  • NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Installing Oracle Solaris 10 Using JumpStart on an Oracle Solaris 11 Express Server
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on a Minimac with USB Smart Card Reader
  • Demand for Network Flexibility, Cost Reductions Spotlights Network Virtualization
  • Solaris 11 Express Addresses Forced Privileges Issue

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

    Security
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    Integrating Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus with Strong Authentication
    Oracle ESSO Will Work with Password Protected Systems and those Employing Authentication
    Whether an enterprise requires multiple, frequently changed strong passwords of its internal users, or instead requires users to authenticate to the network with a form of strong authentication, both implementations can benefit from the use of enterprise single sign-on (ESSO).

    "Integrating Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus with Strong Authentication," an Oracle white paper, outlines the value of implementing Oracle ESSO Suite Plus in conjunction with, to extend the value of, or to lay the foundation for a strong authentication deployment.

    The Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus has simplified the deployment of ESSO for organizations, the white paper asserts. Integrating Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus with strong authentication enables organizations to either extend the value of two-factor user authentication to applications or pave the way for a strong two-factor user authentication process.

    Significant benefits can result, including more effective protection for enterprise data with enhanced security while bringing about reduced help desk costs, improving user satisfaction, and enhancing compliance capabilities.

    Solaris 11 Express and US DoD Security guides
    Investigation Shows Solaris Can Comply with STIG for Unix/Linux Systems

    Comparing the capabilities of Solaris 11 Express with the requirements of the U.S. DoD Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (specifically the STIG document for Unix/Linux operating systems), Jim Laurent blogs that, with one exception, Solaris 11 Express can be made to come into compliance with the Defense Information Systems Agency's STIG. That exception involves the default ZFS root file system which currently does not allow /var to be mounted as a separate filesystem as required by one of the STIG items. Laurent has notified Solaris Engineering of this fact. He cautions that his investigation is altogether unofficial has is not sanctioned by either Oracle or DISA.

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