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Oracle Q3 Earnings
Q3 GAAP total revenues up 37% to $8.8 billion
Oracle's fiscal 2011 Q3 GAAP total revenues were up 37% to $8.8 billion, while non-GAAP total revenues were up 36% to $8.8 billion.

New software license revenues were up 29% to $2.2 billion. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 13% to $3.7 billion, while software license updates and product support revenues were up 13% to $3.8 billion. Hardware systems products revenues were $1.0 billion.

Operating income was up 62% to $3.0 billion, and GAAP operating margin was 34%. Non-GAAP operating income was up 35% to $3.9 billion, and non-GAAP operating margin was 44%. GAAP net income was up 78% to $2.1 billion, while non-GAAP net income was up 42% to $2.8 billion.

"Strong revenue growth coupled with disciplined business management enabled an increase in non-GAAP operating margin to 44% and earnings per share to $0.54," said Oracle President, Safra Catz. "Our hardware product gross margins increased to 55% in the quarter so we are now completely confident that we will exceed the $1.5 billion profit goal we set for the overall Sun business for the current fiscal year."

Oracle Stops All Software Development For Intel Itanium Microprocessor
Intel to Focus on x86 Product

Oracle has joined Microsoft and RedHat in declaring its intention to stop all further software development on Intel's Itanium microprocessor. Intel itself has declared the Itanium microprocessor to be nearing end-of-life and announced a new focus on the company's x86 microprocessor. Oracle has committed to provide continuing support for customers using existing versions of Oracle software products that run on Itanium.

Oracle
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Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Database Quick Start Install Guide
For Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Using Oracle Linux with NFSv3 Protocol
"Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Database Quick Start Install Guide for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Using Oracle Linux" presents step-by-step instructions, with the necessary code, on how to install and configure the Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) Release 9.2.0.8 database using the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance with NFSv3 protocol. While Oracle provides cluster software for this version of Oracle RAC for systems running either the Linux or Microsoft Windows operating systems, the focus in this document is on an implementation on a Linux system, with a concentration on Oracle Linux 4U5 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4U5.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Software Overview (White Paper)
Deploy on Exalogic Elastic Cloud Hardware; Increase the Performance of Fusion Middleware-based Applications
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software is a set of enhancements made to the core Oracle Fusion Middleware products that greatly increase the performance of Fusion Middleware-based applications when deployed on Exalogic Elastic Cloud hardware. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Software Overview" explains how Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud -- the world’s first and only integrated middleware machine -- dramatically surpasses alternatives and provides enterprises with the best possible foundation for running applications. The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is designed for maximum performance and reliability, and most applications will experience a significant performance improvement even when only a subset of the optimizations that exist at different layers in the system, are leveraged.
Feature
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Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Call for Papers
Oracle OpenWorld Registration Now Open
Oracle has issued both a call for papers and an invitation to register for Oracle OpenWorld, scheduled for October 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As was the case in past Oracle OpenWorld conferences, the MySQL community will have a track of their own at this year's conference. Oracle's call for papers notes that proposals for presentations on a wide variety of topics and for an audience ranging from beginner to expert are welcome. Oracle is also accepting proposals for Oracle Develop content. The deadline for Super Saver Registration, featuring the deepest discount on the regular conference price is April 1, 2011.
ZFS for the Mac: Now in Beta
Coming Soon from Ten's Complement

Mac users would really not have had any compelling reason to inform themselves about ZFS ... until now, suggests Robin Harris in his blog "ZFS/Mac Coming Soon" where he reports that the company Ten's Complement is developing a ZFS release for Mac that is due out in a server-grade version later in 2011. So what is ZFS? Harris includes a brief but adequate description of ZFS in which he writes, "Its tree structured checksums eliminate most of the bit rot that afflicts Macs and PCs. When ZFS retrieves your data, you can be sure it is your data, and not the misbegotten spawn of a driver burp. Add a disk drive to ZFS and it simply joins the pool of blocks available for storage. You don’t have to manage another disk. Cheap snapshots: roll your file system back to any point in time - like before you downloaded a malicious pdf - with almost no overhead. Fast, cheap RAID. ZFS implements very fast RAID that fixes the performance knock-off against software RAID. In ZFS all writes are the fastest kind: full stripe writes, running on the fastest processor in your system (your Mac), rather than some 3 year old microcontroller. Every time you add a disk to your Mac you see another disk volume on the desktop. ZFS eliminates the whole volume concept. Add a disk or five to your system and it joins your storage pool. More capacity. Not more management." In a word, "Neat!"

Virtualization
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Real World VDI with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Webcast: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9 a.m. PT / 12 noon ET
Coming up on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time is another in the series of Oracle Virtualization Webcasts, this one entitled "Real World VDI with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure." The Webcast, according to Oracle will teach viewers how organizations in a wide variety of industries are using VDI today to meet their desktop management goals right now and in the future." Registration is required.

An earlier Webcast, broadcast on Thursday, March 24 dealt with "What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0." This may be available in the Oracle archives.

Solaris
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Solaris 10 Branded Zones
How to Create them in Solaris 11

In his blog on Solaris 10 Branded Zones Brian Leonard provides a solution to the problem of creating a Solaris 10 Zone in Solaris 11, which requires an existing Solaris 10 environment -- either a Solaris 10 instance or a Solaris 10 zone. Leonard's 12-step solution (with all the necessary code) will enable readers to run a Solaris 10 zone in Solaris 11, with the attendant benefit of having network virtualization and zonestat available.

Solaris 10 Operating System Documentation
Links for Docs by Solaris Release

The "documentation for Solaris 10 Operating System" page includes links to the HTML and/or PDF versions of the documents for each of the releases of Solaris 10:

  • Oracle Solaris 10 update 9 9/10
  • Solaris 10 update 8 10/09
  • Solaris 10 update 7 5/09
  • Solaris 10 update 6 10/08
  • Solaris 10 update 5 5/08
  • Solaris 10 update 4 8/07
  • Solaris 10 update 3 11/06
  • Solaris 10 update 2 6/06
  • Solaris 10 update 1 1/06
  • Solaris 10 (3/05)

Other docs cover VTS and the Java Desktop System.

What's New and Different in Solaris 11 Express
Users of Solaris 10 and Earlier Will Find It Necessary to Make a Few Adjustments

Veteran users of Solaris will find a few obstacles in the path to comfortable use of Solaris 11 Express, blogs Stefan Schneider, although for the most part, binary compatibility is the rule of the day. Schneider categorizes the "adjustments" devotees of Solaris 10 and earlier will find it necessary to make as involving UNIX search paths; operating system installation; and GNU tool installation. A helpful (and growing) list of technical articles written to help implement applications in a uniform way to operate them on Solaris 10 and Solaris 11 with a single source base is appended to Schneider's blog.

How to Set Up a ZFS Root Pool Mirror in Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Start by Protecting the Boot Disk
In his blog post How to Set Up a ZFS Root Pool Mirror in Oracle Solaris 11 Express Constantin Gonzalez takes a cautious approach. He begins with the steps necessary to protect the boot disk. Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to preparing and laying out a fresh disk so Solaris will accept it as a bootable second half of an rpool mirror. The five-step procedure Gonzalez provides shows how. Extensive comments follow the blog.
Oracle Solaris Online Forum - April 14th; Register Now
Find Out What Oracle's Solaris Engineering Team Has Been Up To
Save some time on Thursday, April 14 (9:00 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time) to learn about the latest developments accomplished by Oracle's Solaris Engineering team. According to the OTN Garage release on the event, "The speakers will be talking not only about the technologies in the upcoming Oracle Solaris 11, but explaining how and why they will make your IT shop more efficient, more available, and more secure." Registration for this Oracle Solaris Online Forum is required and available now.
Hardware
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Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview
Designed as an Integrated, Engineered System

IT architecture is moving inevitably in the direction of tightly integrated, engineered systems as a cost effective, simple way of obtaining optimized purposefully built systems that offer improved quality and efficiency over custom-built systems assembled ad-hoc within IT departments. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview" focuses on the hardware aspects of Exalogic Elastic Cloud, including the selection process and rationale, as well as technical insights into what systems modifications have been engineered to offer a system optimally suited for middleware workloads. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud takes the performance of Java- and Java EE-based applications to the next level by offering a platform with a particular focus on WebLogic server and the rest of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

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

  • Zones News in Solaris 10 Update 9
  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Deduplication Design and Implementation Guidelines
  • Oracle Exadata Resource Kit
  • Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine 11g R2
  • Why Switch from Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux?
  • Updated Documentation Library for Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • Garbage Collection on SSD
  • GlassFish 3.1 Blogs & Screencasts
  • Using IT for Value Creation
  • MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition Released with Comprehensive Tools and Oracle’s World-Class 24x7 Support

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

    Developer
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    JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0: A Quick Overview
    Tutorial Shows How NetBeans Can Help in Writing Code Compatible with JDK 7 Language Spec
    One of the most valuable features of NetBeans IDE 7.0 is its ability to automatically fix syntax, which it does -- along with much more -- when users enable support for such JDK 7 language features as diamond operator, string in switch, and multicatch. With these features enabled, NetBeans 7.0 can assist users to write code that is compatible with the JDK 7 language specification. In the blog from NetBeans.org entitled "JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0: A Quick Overview" readers will find a tutorial that shows step-by-step how to enable JDK 7 support in the IDE and illustrates how the IDE handles new language constructs.
    Security
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    Choosing the Right Directory Services for Cloud Computing
    Webcast by Mark Wilcox - March 24, 2011 - 10am PST/1pm EST (Check the Archive for Rebroadcasts_
    Check the archives for a repeat of the Webcast by Mark Wilcox on Security Inside Out. The original broadcast was on Thursday, march 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. (Registration and log-in are required.) The demands of cloud computing, Wilcox contends, are driving organizations to rethink identity architecture in order to come up with a strong identity foundation able to virtualize identity data from any of several legacy applications. Additional requirements are the ability to use standards-based security protocols such as OpenID, SAML, etc.; and to provide performance and stability to meet modern SLA's. Wilcox recommends Oracle Directory Services Plus, which has a complete suite of products necessary to build an identity foundation for the cloud. Combined with Oracle Identity Federation, the result is a complete solution that includes a virtual directory, directory server and directory integration tools used to synch with Active Directory. In the Webcast Wilcox explores how the complete Oracle solution can help organizations build the identity foundation needed to perform in a cost-effective way.
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