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Oracle's Open Source Product Marketing Director Beats the Drum for Unbreakable Linux Kernel
Made to Order for Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
Monica Kumar, Oracle's Senior Director of Open Source Product Marketing, provides a refresher on the company's Unbreakable Linux Kernel in a Q&A with the Director of Communications and Community at the Linux Foundation, Jennifer Cloer. Oracle now offers both the Red Hat Compatible Kernel and the new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Kumar, notes, the latter being based on the stable 2.6.32 Linux kernel. She makes several points about the Unbreakable Kernel, and among the most important is that users can switch an application that is running on a system with Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel to a system running the Red Hat compatibility kernel.
Sun Documentation Moved
Now Located at Oracle Technology Network
The new home page for all Oracle Technology Network's Documentation is in operation. And we do mean all. A handy cheat sheet to the wealth of documentation on the page is available here. This will help familiarize users with the location of the former Sun documentation, which is still available in this new location.
Is Oracle Certified to Run on VMware?
Yes, but ....

The answer is "Yes" to the perennial question about whether users can run an Oracle Database or Oracle Real Applications Clusters or Oracle Grid Control or Oracle Middleware in a VM environment with VMware's virtualization products, asserts Mike Dietrich in his blog "Is Oracle certified to run on VMWare?" There some caveats, however, to which he provides links (registration and log-in required). In addition, Dietrich notes that Oracle has not certified any of its products on VMware virtualized environments and will provide support to customers running Oracle products on VMware to the extent that the issues in question are either known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.

Java Technology
Oracle Forges Ahead with Its Commitments to Java
Reports Developments on Several Fronts
In its Profit Online web page, Oracle declares itself a " ... steward of Java technology with a relentless commitment to fostering a community of participation and transparency." Readers are alerted by this particular page to developments on several fronts, including those in automotive engineering, logistics, robotics and others. The page also reminds readers of the commitment Oracle made in October 2010 to those developers and customers interested in fostering collaborative arrangements to innovate on existing Java investments and the OpenJDK reference implementation.
Java EE 6 with NetBeans and GlassFish
Webinar Replay and Transcript of Q&A
If you missed the 47:57 minute webinar screencast on Java EE 6 with NetBeans and GlassFish, #37, blogger Arun Gupta has provided a convenient avenue for latecomers to view it on his blog. The webinar begins from the beginning, so to speak, with illustrations of the download procedure for both NetBeans and GlassFish. Gupta also provides a helpful link to a download of the complete source code built during the webinar, as well as a transcript of the Q&A that came at its conclusion, along with a complete list of the webinars already held (available in replay) and those that are forthcoming.
Facebook Validates Java ME Technology Relevance
Releases Facebook for Feature Phones, an App for Non-smartphones
Facebook, by releasing its Facebook for Feature Phones, a Java ME app that will run on non-smartphones, has registered a vote of confidence in the market potential of the substantial number of Java ME feature phones in the hands of users. This is the opinion of blogger Hinkmond Wong, who writes in his post, "Facebook Validates Java ME Technology Relevance." Facebook for Feature Phones will run on some 2500 devices from vendors as varied as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and LG..
Pre-built Solaris 10 9/10 VirtualBox VM
Six-step How-to Walks Users Through Download and Install
A step-by-step approach to the download and install of the newly released pre-built VirtualBox VM for Solaris 10 9/10 is available in Brian Leonard's blog Solaris 10 9/10 VirtualBox VM. The simple six-step procedure even includes instructions on how to deal with the fact that the VM comes unconfigured. Leonard's instructions enable users to get the download to reboot into the Solaris 10 desktop.
Cloud Computing
Oracle Enterprise Cloud Summit: Worldwide Sessions
Develop Your Strategy and Roadmap for Cloud Computing
Attendees at any of the several venues worldwide of the Oracle Enterprise Cloud Summit will be introduced to the real-world best practices, reference architectures, detailed customer case studies that will enable them to transform IT into a superior service provider with a strategy and roadmap for building, deploying, and managing an enterprise cloud. Among the specifics of the program are learning hoe to build a state-of-the-art cloud architecture; leveraging existing IT investments; and optimizing IT management processes. Sessions are scheduled for North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and the Asia Pacific region.
The Top 10 Drivers of the Storage Industry in 2011, Part 2
Market Predictions from Nexenta
In an earlier Nexenta post, these 5 drivers:

  • exponential growth in demand
  • massive profitability for legacy storage vendors
  • hardware commoditization (and Sandy Bridge)
  • silent data corruption and
  • developer initiatives

were named by Evan Powell as five of the top 10 drivers of the storage industry in 2011. In this post, Powell identifies the remaining five, which are:

  • the virtualization of desktops
  • storage sales by server channels
  • markets in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
  • affordable disaster recovery for SME companies; and
  • OpenStorage

Read on.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 155 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 154 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
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:

  • Solaris 10 Recommended Patching Strategy
  • Stop worrying about Linux and Love Solaris
  • Which Java EE 6 App Server: JBoss 6.0 or GlassFish 3.x?
  • SPARC Supercluster Demonstrates Oracle's Firm Commitment to the SPARC Architecture and Oracle Solaris
  • Critical Patch Update
  • Game-Changing New Technology for Datacenter Storage
  • Resources for VirtualBox 4.0
  • Chime Verion 1.5 Released
  • Enabling the Eco-Enterprise with Oracle Desktop Virtualization and Sun Ray Clients
  • Oracle and the University of Central Florida

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

    x 3.3.0 Release Candidate 10 Available
    Downloads, Release Notes, Checksums All Included 3.3.0 Release Candidate 10 is now available on the download website. A [url summary of new features outlines the changes to be found in RC10. Links are also provided to the release notes and the MD5 checksums.
    Enterprise Single Sign-On: The Missing Link in Password Management
    Oracle White Paper Cites Business Reasons for Implementation
    The Oracle white paper "Enterprise Single Sign-On: The Missing Link in Password Management" argues cogently for the implementation of Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On, noting that the solution can reduce the number of application passwords users require for access; automate the process of password entry; and securely store user credentials for every application in a central repository where they can easily be managed and from which they can be recovered. One key cost factor cited is the reduction of help desk costs associated with password support, even as security is increased by the enforcement of strong password standards.
    Enterprise Single Sign-On and HIPAA
    Understand the Requirements
    The Oracle white paper "Enterprise Single Sign-On and HIPAA" examines the potential of enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) for creating a best practice for ensuring compliance with the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) immediately upon implementation. ESSO, the paper contends. can mitigate an organization’s privacy risk, save valuable time, reduce help desk costs, and improve security by authenticating medical professionals even in emergency situations. The best ESSO solution enables can be deployed quickly, will work virtually everywhere without requiring integration, and will support other authenticators. ESSO automates every password management task for the healthcare practitioner with a legitimate need to access PHI, the paper concludes.
    Implementing Enterprise Single Sign-On in an Identity Management System
    EMA White Paper
    Given the ease with which most hastily derived passwords can be cracked and the even greater ease with which users themselves can forget any one (or more) of the multiple password their access to resources require, the arrival on the scene of enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) is fortuitous. The white paper contends that, by implementing enterprise single sign-on (ESSO), network administrators can set, assign, securely store, and change passwords from a single point of control with the following benefits to the enterprise:

    • Simplified administration
    • Reduced support costs
    • Improved enterprise security
    • Greater user productivity
    • Ability to achieve compliance with HIPAA, SOX, and other regulations

    Read on.

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