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Oracle
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Sogeti USA Migrates to Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Consolidation Transforms Oracle E-Business Suite, Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Performance
Yet another success story involving the Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the increase in performance and availability experienced by Sogeti USA, a leading provider of enterprise IT solutions, which has migrated its Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to the Oracle Exadata Database Machine. The result is an increase of six-fold in application performance and a shift from batch job to real-time and on-demand with 24/7 availability, even during the busiest times of the month. Among the benefits to Sogeti from this consolidation are simplified database administration and performance tuning; a savings in the number of servers required to support applications; higher availability of OLTP applications and reporting concurrently.
Features
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Is UNIX Cheaper Than Linux?
A Number of Users Think the Answer is 'Yes'
A survey conducted for HP by Forrester Consulting on the continued loyalty to UNIX by certain companies, even in the face of apparently lower costs for Linux-based systems turned up some interesting findings. "Is UNIX Cheaper than Linux," as ServerWatch titled its report on the survey, reported that availability scored highest among other considerations for those companies favoring UNIX over Linux, especially for high-end, mission-critical applications. Other considerations included scalability, ease of maintenance, security, partitioning, and total cost of ownership. Linux is clearly making inroads in the area of less demanding roles, where it is proving to be less costly to run, and it continues its upmarket trend. At the top, however, UNIX has some enthusiastic, loyal fans.
SPARC
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Oracle's SPARC T3-1, SPARC T3-2, SPARC T3-4 and SPARC T3-1B Server Architecture
Higher Levels of Performance in as Little as 2RU
The 45-page white paper "Oracle's SPARC T3-1, SPARC T3-2, SPARC T3-4 and SPARC T3-1B Server Architecture" explains how these servers, which take the industry's first massively threaded system-on-a-chip (SoC) to new performance levels, can deliver the breakthrough performance and energy efficiency needed to drive data center infrastructure and address typically demanding data center challenges such as guaranteeing availability even while scalability measures are underway. With 128 threads per processor, on-chip memory management, two 10 GbE interfaces, PCIe, and on-chip cryptographic acceleration, the SPARC T3 processor fundamentally redefines the capabilities of a modern processor, the white paper maintains. By incorporating cache coherency for multiprocessor support, SPARC T3 processors allow these capabilities to be multiplied incrementally. With these servers, customers can enjoy fourth-generation multicore, multithreading technology that supports up to 128 threads in as little as two rack units (2RU), and provides increased computational density while staying within variously constrained envelopes of power and cooling.
Java Technology
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java.net
The Only Thing Missing Is the Watercooler
Java.net bill itself as "The Source for Java Technology Collaboration," which pretty fairly and accurately describes the content available there: Weblogs, Editor's Blog, Forums, links to online books, a site Wiki, and Spotlight features. In sum, a perfect way to keep up to date on the developments surrounding Java. Readers will find a handy index of projects that can be accessed in several ways: by community; alphabetically, as incubator projects, and an archive as well.
GlassFish Server 3.1 Delivers Improvements in Load Balancing, Failover, State Management, Centralized Administration
Oracle also Extends Java EE 6 Reference Implementation
The release of GlassFish Server 3.1 and Java EE 6 Reference Implementation comes in response to the growing demand among developers for improved versions of these solutions. GlassFish 3.1 delivers new high availability features specifically in the areas of load balancing, failover, state management and centralized administration. The Java EE 6 update is part of the development work afoot toward the eventual release of Java EE 7. Among the most useful features in the new GlassFish 3.1 is the increased compatibility with Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, which will make for improved application portabillty. Improvements in the management console will deliver up to a 300% increase in performance.
Solaris
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Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Rule-Based Identity Mapping: White Paper
Implementation Guide to Managing Active Directory and Network Information Services
By associating the Windows and UNIX identities of each user of both Active Directory services and Network Information Services (NIS), the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance identity mapping service enables the export of and access to password-controlled directories and files. "Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Rule-Based Identity Mapping Between Active Directory and Network Information Services Implementation Guide," an Oracle white paper, describes the rule-based mapping approach underlying this procedure in which rules are created to map identities by name. These rules in turn establish correlations between Windows and UNIX identities. The result is a quick and simple way to map user and group identities between Windows Active Directory and Solaris NIS directory services.
Partners
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Talend Integration Suite Optimized on Solaris
Sun's Tunathon Program Still Alive and Well at Oracle

Continuing in the spirit of the Tunathon program run by Sun Microsystems that studies and tunes application performance on Solaris, Oracle has enhanced the performance of the Talend Integration Suite being run by one of Talend's financial services customers. Using the ConcurrentHashMap, available since the release of Java 5.0 SE, engineers discovered a contention for the resources of a Java synchronized map that it was possible to resolve by allowing multiple threads to do updates, locking only what each needs rather than the entire map. Oracle's ISV engineering staff can assist companies to avoid limits in scalability with Tunathon resources that can stress applications in house before such limits are encountered.

MySQL
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MySQL On Windows Online Forum
Live Date/Time: March 16, 2011; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. US Pacific Time
Register now for the Oracle MySQL Online Forum about MySQL on Windows. The live date is March 16, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST. Oracle promises a comprehensive look at why MySQL is so popular on Windows; how it fits into the Windows environment; what Windows tools are available to develop, deploy and manage MySQL apps on Windows; and how users can deliver highly available business-critical Windows-based MySQL apps.
Events
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Mainframe Migration with Oracle Technologies: a Low-Cost, Low-Risk Choice
Web Replay: Pull the Plug on Your IBM Mainframe
Given the current emphasis on costs, the IT manager who finds a way to cut them finds the hero's mantle draped over his shoulders. Solid advice on attaining that distinction is available on the Oracle Webcast "Mainframe Migration with Oracle Technologies: a Low-Cost, Low-Risk Choice" that originally ran on March 9, 2011, and is now available in the archives. Irem Radzik and Ruma Sanyal, both Directors of Product Marketing at Oracle, discuss how users can quickly and safely migrate away from their IBM mainframe environments by adopting such technologies as Oracle Tuxedo, Oracle Coherence, and Oracle GoldenGate. Oracle customers can now run their applications on standards-based open systems, significantly cutting both time to market and costs.
Storage
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Podcast: Oracle Zolaris ZFS - More Than a Filesystem
Another Episode in the Series: Oracle - in a Class by Itself
Click here to listen to another episode in "Oracle Solaris: In a Class by Itself," this one dealing with "Oracle Solaris ZFS: More Than a Filesystem." The usual participants are host Dan Roberts; Bill Nessheim, VP of Solaris Engineering; Chris Armes, Senior Director of Solaris Engineering; and special guest, Mark Maybe, Lead Engineer for ZFS. The participants explore ZFS in this deep dive that looks at why ZFS is well more than just a filesystem but rather a different way of managing storage. As Maybe puts it, applying what has been done with virtual memory to storage itself. In other words, virtualizing drives and disks with resultant immense amounts of storage, perhaps as much as there are "atoms in the universe."
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 157 Issue 1; Vol 156 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 155 Issues 2, 3 and 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:

  • Comparing Solaris, RHEL, and AIX
  • 'DTrace' : 1,100-Page Paperback Walks Readers Through the Building of Scripts
  • Nine Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin: See if You Measure Up
  • Quick & Dirty NFS: A How-to
  • Bank of America Deploys Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • SNEEP - Serial Number in EEPROM
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administration
  • Migration From Oracle to MySQL
  • 65 Things About Solaris Studio
  • Datacenter Transformation with Oracle¬ís Blade and x86 Servers: Webcast

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

    Developer
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    Video: 'How to Build Better Applications with Oracle Solaris DTrace'
    Jim Mauro and Brendan Gregg Talk from Oracle OpenWorld
    In a two-part, roughly hour-long Oracle Solaris Video, Brendan Gregg, Principal Software Engineer, and Jim Mauro, Senior Principal Software Engineer, discuss "How to Build Better Applications with Oracle Solaris DTrace." The presenters cover the same material in a downloadable pdf slide presentation that approaches the subject from four aspects: What is DTrace?; Using DTrace; Application Analysis; and USDT Probes. Concluding supplemental example slides include code for Which ZFS file?; Running zfs.d; Measuring ZFS file write latency; Time-based user-mode profile; and User stack trace for mutex_trylock () call.
    Sysadmin
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    Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    Hardware, Infrastructure, Integrated Lifecycle Management and Much More
    In this episode of the "Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself" podcast series, Bill Nesheim, Chris Armes, and host Dan Roberts discuss how you can manage Oracle Solaris, and many other assets in your data center, with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. They are joined by Mike Barrett, the Principal Product Manager for this product, in their discussion of the latest release of OEM Ops Center and its new features, such as new hardware management capabilities, infrastructure management, integrated lifecycle management (e.g. patching), integrated application-to-disk management, Infiniband support, Oracle Solaris Cluster support, virtualization support, and much more.
    Networking
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    Virtual Network - Part 4
    Resource Controls
    Continuing his series on Virtual Network, Jeff Victory blogs on Resource Controls, in which he demonstrates the use of a bandwidth cap on Virtual Network Elements, enabling the imposition of limits on the amount of bandwidth consumed by a particular stream of packets. According to Victor, the bandwidth cap is the simplest resource control among the several network virtualization tools in Solaris 11 Express. He concludes that both physical NICs and virtual NICs may be capped by using this simple method, which can also be applied to workloads that are in Solaris Zones - both default zones and Solaris 10 Zones which mimic Solaris 10 systems.
    Security
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    Schneider National Improves Security, Reduces Cost with Oracle Identity Management
    Global Provider of Transportation and Logistics Services Standardizes on Oracle to Streamline Identity Management and Ensure Compliance
    Schneider National, a leader in transportation and logistics services, has standardized on Oracle Identity Management to streamline its identity management initiatives and enforce sustainable compliance reporting processes. Schneider's implementation of Oracle Identity Management enables the company to automate key processes, reduce manual administrative tasks, close critical security gaps and improve user productivity by granting employees access to the right information, at the right time. Schneider's suite of Oracle identity management solutions includes Oracle Identity Federation, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Identity Manager, and Oracle Virtual Directory, all of which add up to a higher level of security in access control, access governance, and directory services. User experiences have been enhanced and total cost of ownership reduced into the bargain.
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