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Oracle
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Oracle Exadata Resource Kit
One Convenient Link to Everything the DB Manager Needs to know About Oracle's Database Machine
Learn about the Oracle Exadata Resource Kit, (registration and log-in required) where you can view a 3-d demo on Oracle Exadata; a Gartner Executive Video on the Opportunities and Challenges for Managing Data and Lowering IT Costs; read a white paper entitled, "A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine; and see customer case studies, videos and podcasts, all of which will demonstrate why Oracle Exadata is the only database machine capable of providing extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications. Get the Oracle Exadata Start-Up Pack as an added benefit.
Webcast: Integration Results in Enhanced Java and Database Performance
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Exadata Database Machine Unsurpassed Reliability, Scalability, Reliability
One of the many virtues of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is that it can be integrated with the Oracle Exadata Database Machine resulting in a single high-speed computing fabric that will run both middleware grids and database grids. [Blogger Sriram Natarajan shows how this potent combination can deliver extreme Java and database performance, along with unmatched reliability and scalability, as well as cloud-enabled elasticity. Registration and log-in are required. The original Webcast was presented on March 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. PST.
Features
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Using IT for Value Creation
Not Just a Commodity Any Longer, at Least in the Technologically Savvy New World of Business
Time for a new mantra in the world of business, says Michael Schrage, research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business and visiting fellow at the Imperial College Business School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group in London. A possible candidate expression is the one he cites in an interview with MIT Sloan Management Review’s editor-in-chief, Michael S. Hopkins. That expression is a quote from Warren Buffett, who has said, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”

Schrage urges executives to view IT as more than just commoditized infrastructure that works -- one hopes -- when the switch is thrown. Instead, he argues that management must understand the value it wishes to achieve and then reverse engineer their processes in order to ensure realization of that value. Experimentation, according to Schrage, is cheaper and less risk-laden than it used to be, given the advances delivered by evolving IT technology.

A video accompanies the article.

Garbage Collection on SSD
Makes the Work of Forensic Investigators More Difficult

Joerg Moellenkamp sees hard times ahead for forensic investigators seeking to recover incriminating data from solid state drives (SSDs) because, by design, SSDs automatically erase unused data simply in order to maintain high levels of performance. Employing a flash chip reader that circumvents the flash firmware might enable the recovery of some data, he suggests, but concedes in the end that "analyzing SSD looks like a really futile endeavor."

Solaris
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Updated Documentation Library for Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Consolidated List of Resources Available at a Single Mouse Click
The OTN Garage has made available a link to the Updated Documentation Library for Oracle Solaris 11 Express, where users will find all Solaris 11 Express documentation organized into one neat stack of books. The stack includes such items as

  • Links to Related Information that not otherwise available on docs.sun.com
  • Search within the library
  • Search within individual books
  • A "Feedback" button from content pages so you can contribute to improved content
  • Enhanced navigation within the content pages
  • The ability to return to the Library from within the books
  • Links from the HTML to the related PDF document

Oracle will be using a similar approach to other documentation libraries in the future.

Compatibility Checker Now Available for Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Comes in SPARC and x86 Flavors

While most applications currently running on Oracle Solaris 10 will continue to run unmodified on Oracle Solaris 11 Express, a few might have incompatibilities. Not to worry, as the Oracle Solaris 11 Express Compatibility Checker allows developers to zero in on incompatibilities and repair them.The Checker includes:

  • Source code analysis
  • Static binary analysis
  • Runtime analysis (coming soon)

Checkers are available for SPARC and x86 versions of Solaris. A README is available here.

MySQL
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MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition Released with Comprehensive Tools and OracleÂs World-Class 24x7 Support
Delivers Increased MySQL Manageability, Higher Performance and Lower TCO
Now available, MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition is a comprehensive subscription offering that includes MySQL Database plus monitoring, backup and design tools, with 24x7, worldwide customer support. In its announcement, -- Oracle Enhances MySQL Enterprise Edition -- Oracle reports that this release includes MySQL Enterprise Backup and MySQL Workbench, along with enhancements in MySQL Enterprise Monitor. The recent integration with MyOracle Support enables MySQL customers to access the same support infrastructure used for Oracle Database customers. Joint MySQL and Oracle customers can therefore experience faster problem resolution by using a common technical support interface. MySQL 5.5 supports multiple operating systems including Linux and Windows and can enable customers to achieve up to 90 percent TCO savings over Microsoft SQL Server.
Oracle Details Strategy and Offerings for MySQL on Windows
Learn How Windows Users Can Save Up to 90 Percent and Benefit from Enhanced MySQL Features
In its March 16, 2011 online forum, Oracle announced its strategy for MySQL on Windows. Oracle VP for MySQL Engineering Tomas Ulin explained how enterprise users and ISVs can benefit from Oracle’s investment in making MySQL even better on Windows to the extent that MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition delivers up to 1,500 percent performance gains when operating on Windows. A further inducement to migrate to MySQL 5.5, which now includes a complete suite of visual tools for modeling, development, monitoring, administration and backup of Windows-based MySQL applications, lies in its ability to deliver up to 90 percent TCO savings over Microsoft SQL Server.
Events
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Why Switch from Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux?
Live Webcast: March 24 2:00 pm PT
IT managers under the gun to reduce operating costs (that includes just about everyone in the field) would do well to consider the information Monica Kumar, Senior Director of Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL, and Avi Miller, Principal Sales Consultant, Linux and Virtualization, will be presenting on the live Webcast scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. PT. They are going to suggest that subscribers to Oracle's Unbreakable Linux support program stand to reduce support costs in a range of 50-90 percent. Specifically the pair will discuss the why and how of switching to Oracle Linux; testing and integration with systems and applications; free management and high availability tools; and provide customer success stories. Registration and log-in are required.
OpenStorage
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Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Deduplication Design and Implementation Guidelines
Jeff Wright Explains how Reductions in Physical Space can Be Had Without Diminishing Performance
This paper by Jeff Wright describes the technical aspects of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance deduplication feature and how to apply this feature to solve common IT storage challenges. Among the aspects of the subject that Wright considers are:

  • Improving Storage Efficiency with Compression and Deduplication
  • Data Deduplication in the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Application Guidelines for Deduplication
  • Performance Guidelines for Deduplication
  • Known Issues and Limitations

Storage system deduplication combined with data compression provides a compelling and effective solution for increasing efficiency.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 157 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 156 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 155 Issues 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:

  • Is UNIX Cheaper Than Linux?
  • Define and compare: Virtualization technologies for Solaris
  • Oracle's SPARC T3-1, SPARC T3-2, SPARC T3-4 and SPARC T3-1B Server Architecture
  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Rule-Based Identity Mapping: White Paper
  • Podcast: Oracle Zolaris ZFS - More Than a Filesystem
  • GlassFish Server 3.1 Delivers Improvements in Load Balancing, Failover, State Management, Centralized Administration
  • Grid Engine Migration Webinar - Wed 16th 11am EST
  • Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Oracle Joins Energistics to Help Develop Data Exchange Standards for the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Virtual Network - Part 4

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

    Performance
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    Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Achieves World Record Result with SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark
    Bests Results of IBM WebSphere Running IBM DB2 9.7

    Results on the SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark clearly demonstrate the superior performance of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, together with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Linux, running on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B440 M1 Blade Servers over IBM WebSphere with IBM DB2 9.7. Both systems used two cores. The Oracle WebLogic Server 11g with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved 17,301.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS, a world record result.

    Sysadmin
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    Zones News in Solaris 10 Update 9
    Slide Presentation on Configurable Hostid; zoneadm(1M) attach -U; p2v

    Frank Batschulat's blog post Zones News in Solaris 10 Update 9 contains the slides for his earlier presentation on the release of Update 9 as well as an updated version of the reference section of that presentation to make it conform to the revisions Oracle has made to docs.sun.com. Principal topics in the presentation are:

    • Configurable Hostid • zoneadm(1M) attach -U • p2v

    Publications
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    Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine 11g R2
    New Book on Exadata Available from Oracle Press
    "Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata and the Sun Oracle Database Machine," a new title from Oracle Press, is a book filled with best practices for deployments, hardware sizing, architecting the database machine environments for maximum availability, and backup and recovery. The book also covers the Oracle Database 11gR2 features used within these offerings, as well as migration options and paths for Oracle and non-Oracle databases to Oracle Exadata. In addition, this Oracle Press guide also discusses architecture, administration, maintenance, monitoring, and tuning of Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and the Sun Oracle Database Machine.
    Networking
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    Surveying the Business of Bandwidth (and the Insatiable Demand for More of It)
    A Register Artcile by Alan Stevens

    Among the many changes over recent years involving IT technology, there has been at least one constant, and that is the demand for more and more bandwidth, a demand vendors have been hard at work to satisfy. Alan Stevens, writing in The Register considers the multiple developments around bandwidth and provides some perspective on what to expect in the coming decade. Among the items under discussion 40 GbE; 100 GbE; Terabit networking technologies; iSCSI storage networking; Fibre Channel over Ethernet; and, oh yes, Wi-Fi. Some or all of which can be expected to put in an appearance at a datacenter near you in the not to distant future.

    Java Technology
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    GlassFish 3.1 Blogs & Screencasts
    View Them on YouTube
    Coincidental with the release of GlassFish 3.1, Arun Gupta has posted a 57-item list of blogs and screencasts produced by the GlassFish Team on the solution. A good place to begin, Gupta suggests, is with the GlassFish 3.1 videos available on YouTube.
    Stephen Chin, Java Champion, on Visage
    Java Spotlight Episode 21
    Java Spotlight Episode 21 features an interview on Visage, an open source implementation of the JavaFX Compiler for JavaFX 2.0, with Java Champion Stephen Chin, whose principal occupation is as Chief Agile Methodologist for GXS, a player in the supply and EDI marketplace. Chin has made contributions to many JavaFX projects in addition to Visage, among them JFXtras, a collection of utilities, add-ons, and samples for the JavaFX language; and Piccolo2D, a Zooming User Interface (ZUI) library for Java. The host for this downloadable MP3 episode is Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine. A transcript of the interview is forthcoming.
    Financial Services
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    FrontRunner 2.0: Object Trading Delivers Even Faster Cross Platform DMA Integration
    Runs Across Linux, Solaris and Windows
    Object Trading has released FrontRunner API 2.0, which now supports customers' Direct Market Access client-system connections via their easily integrated FrontRunner API across Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms, allowing rapid (up to 25 percent faster than existing high-speed connection methods), customized development of connectivity on these platforms to over 50 destinations world-wide. At the same time, Object Trading stresses, FrontRunner also continues to natively support existing FIX-based interfaces for clients trading via FIX 4.2 and FIX 5.0 and algorithmic or front-end vendors' integration layers; including popular choices such as Trading Technologies X_Trader and the TT FIX Adapter for Asian markets, integration recently completed by Object Trading and launched in January 2011.
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