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Oracle
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Oracle Magazine - Electronic Format
March/April 2011 (84-pages)
Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief, "Oracle Magazine", describes highlights from the March/April 2011 issue, as:

  • Plug into the Cloud
  • Billions Served
  • News (with on-demand event Webcast): SPARC Torches Benchmark
  • Interview (with audio): The What, Why, and When of Oracle Exadata
  • Up Close (with video): Connecting in Asia

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Oracle Is #1 in Embedded Databases Worldwide for Third Year in a Row
Vendor Share Continues to Grow

Read IDC's report "Worldwide Embedded DBMS 2010-2014 Forecast and 2009 Vendor Shares," which reports that Oracle has been named yet again the leading embedded database management systems (DBMS) vendor for the third year in a row. At the moment, Oracle commands 30.2 percent of worldwide embedded DBMS software revenue and enjoys a growing lead in its vendor share.

Partners
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Wolf Medical Systems Enhances Caregiver Mobility with OracleÂ’s Sun Ray Clients
Optimizes Physician Time with Patients, Streamlines IT Management
Through the use of Oracle's Sun Ray Clients, Wolf Medical Systems has enhanced caregiver mobility, optimizing physicians' face time with patients and streamlining IT management. A leading provider of electronic medical records (EMR) software for physician offices and medical clinics across Canada, Wolf has integrated its EMR software with Sun Ray Clients and Sun Ray software, providing to provide doctors and other care providers with a powerful productivity tool that enables them to optimize time with patients, saving up to 20 minutes per day per physician and staff member.
Features
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Your Tag Is Showing (And That's a Good Thing)
How to Track Your Oracle Sun System Assets by Using RFID: Oracle White Paper

Keeping track of IT hardware assets has become a simpler task, thanks to the second generation RFID tags that Oracle now includes on each of its hardware products. The white paper "How to Track Your Oracle Sun System Assets by Using RFID" explains the workings of RFID technology, citing the contest for which Oracle's RFID tags were developed and noting the standards they adhere to, with examples of how users can leverage them to augment existing IT asset lifecycle management. The white paper points out that using RFID reduces the time and expense of tracking IT assets, thereby easing compliance with Sarbanes Oxley and other regulatory requirements. In addition, RFID also enables more accurate tracking of asset movement within the enterprise, ensuring against loss.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Sticks with Oracle Sun hardware
Prefers SPARC/Solaris to Windows and Linux on Intel and AMD
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), based in Canberra, is a federal government regulatory safety agency tasked with delivering services for maritime safety, aviation, marine search and rescue and protection of the marine environment. AMSA is proceeding with plans to expand its Oracle Sun hardware and software installation and set up a supplier panel for future upgrades and support services. Despite the availability of cheaper Intel and AMD systems that run Windows and Linux, AMSA is sticking with Solaris on SPARC because it deems the platform mature and mission-critical. According to AMSA CIO Ewan Perrin, "The platform is stable, mature and high-performing. AMSA will continue to leverage this investment in technology and internal skills, ensuring no disruption to search and rescue operations.” At the low-end, AMSA is pricing a SPARC Enterprise M3000 with one CPU and 16GB of memory, and at the high-end it is requesting quotes for Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 systems with four CPUs and 64GB of memory.
Events
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Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Integration with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Maximizing Oracle Database with Extreme Java Performance: Webcast March 15, 2011, 1:00 p.m. EST
Learn how Oracle Exalogic and Exadata can deliver extreme Java and database performance by registering to watch the webcast on March 15, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. that will demonstrate Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud's position as the industry's first engineered platform for enterprise Java application consolidation, one that can be integrated with the Oracle Exadata Database Machine to create one high-speed computing fabric to run middleware grids and database grids. This combination can deliver extreme Java and database performance, unmatched reliability and scalability, and cloud-enabled elasticity.
Workstation
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Sun Ray 3 Plus Client Technical Specifications
Improvements to an Old and Trusted Work Horse
Complete details on the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client Technical Specifications are listed in an Oracle Wiki. The Sun Ray 3 Plus Client offers high-performance with industry-leading features and ultra-low power consumption. What is more, the chassis uses eco-friendly and recyclable materials.
Servers
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Oracle Exadata Database Machine 3-D Tours
Interactive Tool
The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, making it the ideal platform for consolidating onto grids or private clouds. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure, and redundant. With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, customers can reduce IT costs through consolidation, manage more data on multiple compression tiers, improve performance of all applications, and make better business decisions in real time.

Use the interactive tool to explore these systems.

Storage
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Sun QFS and SAM-QFS 5.2
Next Generation File System and Storage Archive Management Products
The release notes for Sun QFS and SAM-QFS 5.2 point out how these solutions provide the foundation for the next generation of file system and storage archive management products. Sun QFS and SAM-QFS 5.2 improve stability and performance over the previous SAM-QFS products. Although no significant new features are provided, several key enhancements are intended to ensure the safety of your data. In addition, a number of bug fixes have been included, an abridged list of which is available.
Frequently Asked Questions About Flash Memory (SSDs) and ZFS
And The Answers, Thanks to Constantin Gonzalez
It's fortunate that Constantin Gonzalez keeps lists, as he has assembled a number of 17 or more FAQs put to him on the subject of Flash-Memory SSDs and ZFS. And -- not to worry -- he also provides the answers in his blog "Constant Thinking."
Sun Tape
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Redefining Tape Usage With StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator and StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator
Enables Random Access and Removal of Physical Partitions

As the Oracle white paper "Redefining Tape Usage With StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator and StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator" explains, the company's StorageTek T10000C tape drive is doing more than just improving “speeds and feeds” with its 5 TB native capacity and a native throughput rate of 240 MB/s. Instead, Oracle is changing the way applications use storage and defining new strategies for the use of tape. A new tape storage format with the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, using an innovative partitioning architecture, allows the addition or removal of storage space as needed. The StorageTek In-drive Reclaim Accelerator and StorageTek Tape Tiering Accelerator provide the capability to randomly access, add or delete physical partitions, which is a powerful tool in making tape the low cost storage of the future.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 156 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 155 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 154 Issue 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:

  • A Year Later: Has Oracle Ruined Or Saved Sun?
  • Two New Netra SPARC T3 Servers from Oracle
  • Solaris 11 Express VirtualBox VM
  • Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache
  • Why Solaris Zones?
  • Not Dead Yet: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Java
  • Grid Consolidation in a Private Cloud
  • Virtual Network - Part 3
  • Hardware Activity Reporter (HAR) 2.0: Performance Monitoring Using Hardware Counters
  • Enterprise Manager Ops Center

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

    LibreOffice
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    OpenDocument Java Library
    New Release ODFDOM 0.8.7
    The Apache 2-licensed OpenDocument Java Library (ODFDOM) has been released with a number of enhancements, including ODF validation; full Maven support; OdfPackageDocument package level document base class that enables saving of all sub documents; JDK XPath expressions can now include any user/custom XML loaded as part of the ODF XML or that has been added to the DOM during run-time; correction of the earlier design assumption that every high level object inherits from a DOM element; plus various library updates.
    Performance
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    SPARC T3-1 beats IBM Power7 by 25% on JD Edwards Benchmark
    T3-1 Also Bests IBM x3650 M2 on 'Day In the Life' Test
    A post in the Sun BestPerf blog reports that SPARC T3-1 takes JD Edwards 'Day in the Life' benchmark lead, beats IBM Power7 by 25%. In attaining this result, two JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and two Oracle Fusion Middleware WebLogic Servers 11g R1, coupled with two Fusion Middleware 11g Web Tier HTTP Servers instances on the SPARC T3-1 server, were hosted in four separate Oracle Solaris Containers to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application and web servers. The SPARC T3-1 server proved itself 25% faster and with better response time than the IBM P750 POWER7 system when executing the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.1 Day in the Life test, online component. In addition, the SPARC T3-1 server had 25% better space/performance than the IBM P750 POWER7 server and demonstrated itself to be 5x faster than the x86-based IBM x3650 M2 server system when executing the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.1 Day in the Life test, online component. Furthermore, the SPARC T3-1 server had 2.5x better space/performance than the x86-based IBM x3650 M2 server.
    Virtualization
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    Virtualization in Solaris 11 Express
    New Features for Solaris Containers
    Oracle Solaris Containers made their first appearance with the release of Oracle Solaris 10 OS. Now, in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, various enhancements and features have been added that improve and extend the Oracle Solaris Zone model. Containers are also available with the Oracle Solaris Cluster, enabling users to failover applications in a Container to another Container on a single system or across systems for additional availability. A quick summary of the new features is available at the link above.
    Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.0 Preview
    On an iPad at Sun Ray Labs
    If you've become an iPad owner (or owner of one of the iPad's increasingly numerous clones), have a look at the YouTube video Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVCD) 3.0: Strategic Direction Preview to see what the folks at Sun Ray Labs are doing by way of exploring the possibilities potentially available to users of the OVDC on an iPad device. May not be on the shelves tomorrow but you can pretty confidently expect to see it on an iPad near you one day soon. No marketing department could have done it better.
    Java Technology
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    TechCast Live - Java and Oracle, One Year Later
    OTN Webcast: Available in the Archive
    Ajay Patel, Vice President of Product Development for Application Grid Products, and Justin Kestelyn, Director of the Oracle Technology Network discussed the changes that have come to Java and Oracle since the Sun acquisition, just over a year ago.on a recent OTN TechCast. The conversation included comments on the highlights, challenges and what lessons learned over the past year; the future of Java and its importance to Oracle and the community; and Oracle's Application Grid product portfolio today. You can find the archived TechCast here.
    Java Champion Stephen Chin on New Features and Functionality in JavaFX
    Plus Some Thoughts on What to Expect of Visage
    Java Champion (and Java Rock Star) Stephen Chin discusses his experience with various Java projects, including JavaFX itself and JavaFX Script and its successor, Visage, of which he says, "Visage takes over where JavaFX Script left off, providing a statically typed declarative language with lots of features to make UI development a pleasure." Read the entire Janice J. Heiss interview here.
    Security
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    Oracle Database Firewall
    World Class Protection for a Worldclass Database

    Oracle has released its Oracle Database Firewall, a solution designed to establish a defensive perimeter around databases, monitoring and enforcing normal application behavior in real-time, helping to prevent both SQL injection attacks and unauthorized attempts to access sensitive information. The Oracle Database Firewall uses innovative SQL grammar analysis technology to scrutinize SQL statements sent to the database, which allows the solution to determine with high accuracy whether to pass, log, alert, block or substitute SQL statements based on pre-defined policies such as white list policies, black list policies, exception policies, and policies that utilize such attributes as time of day, IP address, application, user, and SQL category. The Oracle Database Firewall is easily deployable and requires no changes to existing applications, the database infrastructure or the existing OS.

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