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Oracle Linux 5.6
Makes Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel the default kernel
With the release of Oracle Linux 5.6, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has become the default kernel for customers with an Oracle Linux support subscription. Currently, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is available only for the x86_64 platform. The Oracle Linux 5.6 also includes the Red Hat compatible kernel with critical bug fixes from Oracle. This kernel can be installed directly from the DVD or from ULN if you're an Oracle Linux support customer.
Use Oracle Validated Configurations to Deploy Linux Faster
Free Downloads Available
The solution Oracle Validated Configurations comprises a suite of pre-tested, validated architectures—including software, hardware, storage, and network components—accompanied by documented best practices. Users seeking improved performance, scalability, and reliability in Linux solutions, will find them, free of charge, in Oracle Validated Configurations, along with faster, lower-cost implementations. There are many Oracle Validated Configurations, the most recent being one for Oracle VM server virtualization software.
Oracle Sun Hardware Solutions & Oracle Linux Validated Configurations
Better than a Full Craftsman Toolbox

"When You Can't Find the Torque Wrench" here's a couple of handy alternatives that Rick Ramsey blogs to our attention in OTN Garage. They are Oracle Linux Validated Solutions and Oracle's Sun Hardware Solutions.

High Performance Security For Oracle WebLogic Applications Using Oracle SPARC Enterprise T-series Server
A 26-Page Oracle White Paper, January 2011
"High Performance Security for Oracle WebLogic Applications Using Oracle SPARC Enterprise T-series Server," an Oracle white paper by Ramesh Naqappan, discusses the technical prerequisites, configuration, deployment and verification guidelines for Oracle WebLogic server, Java runtime environment and Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework for supporting the cryptographic operations inviolved with encryption/decryption, digital signature, key management functions of SSL and WS-Security application scenarios. The intended audience is the security administrator and Oracle WebLogic administrator charged with deploying and integrating the on-chip cryptographic capabilities of Oracle SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers.
Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
Oracle VM Server for SPARC Was Previously Called Sun Logical Domains or LDoms
The white paper "Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC" calls for a familiarity with LDoms on the part of readers says author Stefan Hinker. Given that, he writes that the paper is designed to help readers understand the general security concerns in virtualized environments as well as the specific additional threats that arise out of them. He discusses these threats and their relation to Oracle VM Server for SPARC, presenting information on how to mitigate the risk with a set of appropriate counter measures. Finally, using a generalized model of security classes as an example. the paper concludes with some general recommendations for secure deployments – both for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and for virtualized systems in general.
Solaris Eye for the Linux Guy Part II
(oprofile, Dtrace, and Oracle Event Trace)

Because getting Dtrace to work at analyzing performance issues in Solaris can be difficult, users are fortunate to have at hand the Dtrace Toolkit, which Glenn Fawcett describes as a set of scripts that serve as a starting point for Dtrace users and includes the “hotkernel” and “hotuser” scripts, both of which analyze either the kernel or a user “PID” to show which routines are most used. This can be extremely useful when diagnosing performance problems that extend beyond the V$ tables or Oracle “10046 event trace” data, writes Fawcett in "Solaris Eye for the Linux Guy ... Part II (oprofile, Dtrace, and Oracle Event Trace). He provides benchmark output to illustrate the operation of both utilities.

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

  • Sun Documentation Moved
  • Pre-built Solaris 10 9/10 VirtualBox VM
  • Is Oracle Certified to Run on VMware?
  • Oracle Enterprise Cloud Summit: Worldwide Sessions
  • Oracle's Open Source Product Marketing Director Beats the Drum for Unbreakable Linux Kernel
  • Enterprise Single Sign-On: The Missing Link in Password Management
  • 3.3.0 Release Candidate 10 Available
  • Implementing Enterprise Single Sign-On in an Identity Management System
  • Enterprise Single Sign-On and HIPAA
  • Packt Publishes 'Open AM'

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

    Oracle Business Intelligence Integration with Oracle Open Office
    Dramatic License Cost Savings Result for Users
    New with the release of Oracle 3.3 is the Oracle Open Office Connector for Oracle Business Intelligence, which enables users to access and run Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition requests directly within Oracle Open Office. According to Oracle's press release, the refreshable requests leverage not only native Open Office functionality but also the scalability and performance of the Oracle Oracle Business Intelligence server (R10.x). The requests reference a single source of information as defined in the Oracle Business Intelligence server data, the release continues, thus ensuring consistent information across the enterprise. A 6:34 minute video demonstrates how it all works.
    Where To Find Oracle Solaris Studio Resources
    Oracle Technical Network Is the Place to Look

    According to a recent blog readers can find a wealth of information on Oracle Solaris Studio compilers and tools on the Oracle Techniocal Network (OTN). Resources include:

    • Solaris Studio website
    • Discussion forums
    • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 documentation
    • Oracle Solaris Studio Technical Articles & Whitepapers

    The blog also includes links to such topics as building; debugging; analyzing; tuning; multicore/parallel programming; and computing.

    Network Virtualization
    Consolidation and Flow Control in Solaris 11 Express
    Network virtualization is but one of the several powerful new features in Solaris 11 Express that is the subject of J. Savit's blog post on flow control. Savit's example is an environment with multiple networked hosts on different switches with differing bandwidth requirements. The post shows how, with Solaris 11 Express, it is possible to describe virtual networks to maintain isolation and different network properties, while also establishing flow settings to manage quality of service. It is possible to create virtual network configurations that match the physical one, and control performance properties, Savit asserts. Code samples are included.
    Leveraging Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus to Achieve HIPAA Compliance
    Oracle White Paper Explains Features that Address HIPAA Security Rules

    Security concerns comprise an important aspect of the Administrative Simplification Compliance Act, itself part of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Oracle white paper "Leveraging Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus to Achieve HIPAA Compliance" outlines how users can implement Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus to achieve compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule in particular and HIPAA security requirements in general. The white paper explains the authentication and access controls in Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On that ensure compliance with HIPAA requirements. Appendices illustrate in detail both the standards and specifications of HIPAA's Security Rule and point out which of these in particular are addressed by the subject solution.

    Enabling Single Sign-On from Desktop to Cloud for the Extended Enterprise
    Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Extols Virt ues of Oracle Open ESSO
    EMA's white paper "Enabling Single Sign-On from Desktop to Cloud for the Extended Enterprise" assesses the potential of single sign-on (Oracle ESSO in particular) in several spheres: the cloud, SaaS, and third-party resources. The paper notes that, inside the enterprise, the Oracle ESSO solution is compatible with a wide range of resources, from Windows to mainframe, Java and Web-based applications. Furthermore, Oracle ESSO supports a number of line-of-business applications such as healthcare, human resources, accounting and financial systems, as well as widely adopted application platforms. In addition, among third-party SaaS and hosted resources, Oracle ESSO extends single sign-on to customers of widely recognized brands such as, GovTrip, NetSuite, major banking sites, and many others.
    Secure Deletion of Flash-based SSDs.
    Encryption Is the Answer (If You Secure the Key)

    It used to be widely thought, writes Joerg Moellenkamp, that it's almost impossible to securely delete the data from SSD devices. And he concedes that it isn't easy. Still, it is possible, he argues, if you use something like ZFS dataset encryption at the time of writing the file to the device and then safeguard the key, which is kept on a USB that is itself stored in a safe. He adds that there remains a need for a secure deletion mechanism in the SSD itself. But that's still in the works.

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