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Oracle Plans One-Two Punch With Specialized Partners and ISVs
Oracle now has 1,000 specialized channel partners
Commenting on the PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized the VAR Guy opines that the effort is taking hold with channel partners, given that Oracle now has 1,000 specialized channel partners, a figure that, according to Channel Chief Judson Althoff, will surpass 2,000 specialized partners by the time Oracle wraps up its fiscal year 2011 in May. Althoff also shared with the VAR Guy the news about an aggressive ISV (independent software vendor) strategy that will surface in Fiscal 2012. Further, Oracle plans to reward specialized partners with a new match-maker portal that helps customers find specialized partners, he writes.
WealthEngine Selects Oracle Exadata to Advance Prospect Research Services
Benchmarks Demonstrate Data Loading Gains Up to 240x and Response Times Up by 18-35x

WealthEngine is one of the most recent adopters of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, which it uses in the operation of its FindWealth research service for customers of its wealth identification and information-based fundraising solutions. The solution has obviously exceeded the expectations of WealthEngine, judging from the comment of Silas Matteson, SVP of Products and IT with the firm, who says, “When testing Oracle Exadata Database Machine with our data in the lab, we tried to find what the limits of the system were. We issued queries that we would never think of doing—massive joins across different, large tables and we got results back in incredible response times. We saw first-hand the power of conducting non-index searches and what that could mean to our product and customers and how it could potentially transform our business.” WealthEngine's 2,400 customers and 6,000 users access WealthEngine through its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application as well as through integrations with specialized CRM systems or Donor Management Systems (DMS) via APIs.

Tape The Digital Curator of the Information Age
Don't Count Tape Out, Writes Fred Moore of Horison, Inc.: It's Not Even Down
While disk storage has stolen away a good measure of the backup/recovery market that was once dominated by tape, a significant role for that older technology has emerged in the form of Tier 3 applications such as fixed content, compliance and archive. "Tape isn't going away as its role is in transition, expanding from a pure backup solution to that of a premier long-term storage technology and archive," writes Horison Inc. President Fred Moore in "Tape: The Digital Curator of the Information Age." Moore suggests that the big question for tape is when vendors will begin to capitalize on the new prospects for tape in the current market. Moore sees this as a golden opportunity for tape vendors in his discussion of tape technology at this exciting time.
An Offer You Cannot Refuse: Cash for Clunkers
Oracle Offers up to 50% off Sun Servers with Trade-in of Old HP Superdome
Enterprises running their apps on the tired, old HP Superdome now have an attractive offer that Oracle calls its "Cash for Clunkers" program, which offers customers a 50% discount on the Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 and M89000 server series. The particulars of the deal are:

  • Trade in any HP Superdome server to receive 50% off the list price of all Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 or M9000 server and eligible installed server options.

  • Offer good until May 31, 2011. Quotes with 50% discount generated prior to May 31, 2011 valid to the extent specified in quote terms and conditions.

Oracle sales representatives and Oracle partners have the complete details on this trade-in offer.

Oracle's Tiered Storage Solutions Flash Demo
Tape, Disk and Flash: A Comprehensive Picture
An engaging animated presentation on Oracle's Tiered Storage Solutions gives viewers a comprehensive view of Oracle's solutions for tape, disk and flash storage in a matter of minutes.
Sun Open Storage at the Queensland Brain Institute
1PB of Storage Capacity at a Licensing Cost Savings of AU$100,000
The Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland has saved AU$100,000 by adopting a scalable Sun Open Storage system with more than one PB of data capacity. The elements of this solution include the Sun Fire X4200 M2 Server, the Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server, the Sun StorageTek 6140 Array, and the Sun StorageTek SL500 Modular Library System, all of which will enable the institute to carry out its mission of exploring a wide range of neuroscience interests. With this implementation the institute saved more than AU$100,000 in licensing costs while reducing cost per TB by 65% and eliminating silent data corruption.
Sun Tape
Lowering Storage Costs with the World's Fastest Tape Drive
An Oracle White Paper on the StorageTek T10000C
A welcome entry on the tape storage stage is the Oracle StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive, which features native capacity of five terabytes and native throughput of 240 MB per second. Given the relentless pressures on administrators to provide cost-effective archival and backup solutions, the T10000C has arrived just in time. "Lowering Storage Costs with the World's Fastest Tape Drive," an Oracle white paper, calls the StorageTek T10000C " ... the world's fastest, highest capacity enterprise tape drive," capable of delivering the lowest total cost of ownership.
Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions
An Oracle White Paper March 2010 (PFD, 29 Pages)
"Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions" is a tutorial that presents a framework and financial methodology to use in determining whether to adopt a proposed tape storage approach to enterprise storage needs, replacing the legacy tape systems still in place in so many installations.

Both the framework and methodology are illustrated by reference to an illustrative business case that considers each of the value drivers contributing to the cost of the legacy implementation. The examination then uses aggregate analysis of the value drivers to calculate the discounted total cost of ownership (TCO) savings: the difference in TCO between the status quo and proposed solutions. And, finally, additional financial measures further evaluate whether it is in the enterprise’s financial interest to replace the status quo solution with a proposed tape storage solution.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 156 Issue 1; Vol 155 Issues 1, 2, 3and 4; Vol 154 Issues 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:

  • StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive
  • Solaris Eye for the Linux Guy… Part II
  • Oracle Sun Hardware Solutions & Oracle Linux Validated Configurations
  • Network Virtualization
  • Use Oracle Validated Configurations to Deploy Linux Faster
  • Oracle Linux 5.6
  • Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Enabling Single Sign-On from Desktop to Cloud for the Extended Enterprise
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Integration with Oracle Open Office
  • Leveraging Oracle Enterprise Single Sign-On Suite Plus to Achieve HIPAA Compliance

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

    Overview of Oracle Solaris Studio Compilers & Tools
    Get to Know the Components and Features
    The "Compile My Code blog" contains a link to a pdf that provides an overview of Oracle Solaris Studio Compilers and Tools. Oracle Solaris Studio is the solution that provides everything required to develop C, C++, and Fortran applications to run in Oracle Solaris 10 on SPARC or x86 and x64 platforms, or in Oracle Linux on x86 and x64 platforms. The compilers and tools in Oracle Solaris Studio are engineered to make applications run optimally on Oracle Sun systems. The blog notes that Oracle Solaris Studio tools are designed to leverage the capabilities of multicore CPUs including the Sun SPARC T3, UltraSPARC T2, and UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors, and the Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors. The tools allow users to more easily create parallel and concurrent software applications for these platforms.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 15 - Bruno Souza and SouJava
    Read the Story of How the Legendary Brazilian Java Man Came into Being
    The role of the Brazilian Java Users Group (JUG) SouJava and its founder Bruno Souza come up for discussion in Java Spotlight Episode 15. SouJava was nominated to serve on the JCP SE/EE Executive Committee, and Souza, a Java Champion and Brazilian Java Man, shares his thoughts on SouJava and the JCP.
    On-demand Webcast: Java in the Smart Grid
    With Oracle Director of Java Product Marketing Jacob Lehrbaum
    The on-demand webcast (registration and log-in required) on Java Products for the Smart Grid with Jacob Lehrbaum, Oracle's Director of Product Marketing, Java Products, that explains the key Java features required for developing embedded solutions; shows how Java helps devices share information both securely and efficiently and how it makes devices eco-friendly; and explains how Java aids in the building of easy-to-use, consumer friendly interfaces.
    Safeguarding Financial Privacy: The Role of Enterprise Single Sign-On
    Oracle White Paper Explains Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999
    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) or the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, as it is sometimes known, formalizes safeguards to protect the information required of individuals by the financial services institutions they patronize. The Oracle white paper "Safeguarding Financial Privacy" provides an overview of the GLBA, focusing on its Safeguards Rule and its effect on the agreements entered into between financial institutions and the service providers and other institutions they deal with. The effectiveness of enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) in addressing this issue is also discussed.
    Financial Services
    Oracle Exadata Database Machine Delivers Extreme Performance for Profitability Measures
    Demonstrates Possibility of Running Daily Profitability Reports

    Oracle reports that the Oracle Financial Services Profitability Management solution running on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine computed profitability for 172 allocation rules across 250 million accounts and more than 1 billion transactions in only 4 hours and 45 minutes. These results, Oracle contends, demonstrate the practical possibility of generating detailed profitability reports at the account level on a daily, even intra-day basis. The performance testing was performed using a full-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine running Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters. The application tier was installed on Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server running Oracle Solaris to drive the load.

    Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications Delivers Extreme Performance
    Helps Tier One Financial Institutions Comply with Increasingly Stringent Regulations, such as Basel III
    Completed performance testing with Oracle Reveleus Basel II on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 computed risk-weighted asset calculations on 65 million exposures in only 1 hour and 29 minutes. This reflects the exposures typically found in the world’s largest diversified financial institutions, such as the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Advanced Internal Ratings-Based (AIRB) approach. Such results demonstrate that global financial institutions can dramatically reduce the lead times required to perform key analyses like stress testing, liquidity risk management and profitability and respond to increasing regulator demands, like Basel III. Oracle notes further that, the extreme performance on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 also creates new flexibility to help institutions comply with increasingly complex regulatory processes for capital requirements that often require multiple resubmissions with changes to assumptions and calculations. Oracle Reveleus Basel II is part of the Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications family of Risk, Finance, Compliance and Customer Insight solutions, and currently used by demanding tier-one institutions around the world.
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