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Oracle
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Dapey Zahav Chooses Oracle Exadata
Israeli Yellow Pages Signs 3-year Deal Including Advanced Support Services
Oracle Exadata Database Machine is now doing the walking through Dapey Zahav (the Israeli Yellow Pages) where it has assumed the functions of data warehouse, Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) systems, and as the main platform for consolidation of databases. Oracle estimates that, with Oracle Exadata, Dapey Zahav will have access to better performance, easier systems consolidation, quicker data scanning, data warehouse shrinkage at a 10:1 average scale, faster random access to data, better service levels, and more, when compared to its previously used systems. As Udi Fliesher, CIO of Dapey Zahav group puts it, “The Oracle Exadata solution will enable our group to better its ability to address the increasing demand for its diversified advertising products and to provide a quick and qualitative response to the large community of users.”
Solaris
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Zone Clusters: How to Deploy Virtual Clusters and Why
An Oracle White Paper February 2011 (45 Pages)
This paper introduces the zone cluster (also called an Oracle Solaris Containers cluster), a virtual cluster in which an Oracle Solaris Zone is configured as a virtual node. The zone cluster supports the consolidation of multiple cluster applications on a single cluster.

This paper addresses the following topics:

  • Cluster Application Consolidation
  • Server Virtualization Technologies
  • Zone Cluster Overview
  • Zone Cluster Design
  • Administration Overview
  • Example Zone Cluster Configuration
  • Zone Cluster Administration

Many organizations are seeking ways to better utilize computer systems. Virtualization technologies provide a safe way to consolidate multiple applications on a single system. Read on to find out how.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express Package Management with Image Packaging System (IPS)
Further New Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Learn about Oracle Solaris 11 Express Package Management with Image Packaging System (IPS), the new network-based package management system included in Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 that provides a framework for complete software lifecycle management such as installation, upgrade and removal of software packages. The IPS features include and enable:

  • Safe system upgrades with ZFS boot environments
  • Network package repositories of software
  • Efficient downloads and automatic dependency checking
  • Support for disconnected data center environments
  • Extensive package publishing tools

The above link leads readers to a wide variety of resources concerned with the IPS, including white papers, training, how-to's, and podcasts.

Servers
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Three New Validated Oracle Linux Configurations
Enable Users to Deploy a Modern, Reliable, and Optimized Corporate IT Infrastructure
Three new Oracle Validated Configurations are now available to enable Oracle Linux customers to quickly deploy a modern, reliable, and optimized corporate IT infrastructure using enterprise hardware and software based on Oracle Linux with Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The new configurations consist of Oracle Linux 5 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle RAC, Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance. One of the following is also part of the configuration:

  • Sun Fire X4800 server
  • Sun Fire X4470 server
  • Sun Fire X4270 M2 server

Validated Configurations enable easier, faster, and lower-cost deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM solutions in the enterprise by offering best practices via pre-tested, validated architectures that help improve the reliability of solutions.

Storage
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Oracle Business-Ready Storage Solutions at SNW Spring 2011
Presented in Santa Clara, California, April 4-7
At Storage Networking World SPRING 2011 held in Santa Clara, CA April 4-7, 2011, customers had an opportunity to learn about how to align data growth with business-driven storage requirements by implementing solutions from Oracle’s complete storage portfolio that includes extremely fast Flash-based products, industry-leading Fibre Channel arrays and Unified Storage, and highly-scalable tape automation solutions. These products are all engineered and integrated with Oracle software to optimize performance, maximize data protection, and help reduce the cost of ownership for Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Applications, and heterogeneous environments.
Performance
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New x86 Servers Demonstrate World Record Processor Performance on SPECjbb2005 Benchmark
OracleÂs Integrated Approach to Software and Hardware Outperforms Competition Once Again
Oracle forges ahead in the development of x86 enterprise servers, namely its forthcoming Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server, which is based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family which also recently achieved record-breaking performance for 4-processor servers on the SPECjbb2005 benchmark. The results show up to a 39% increase in overall system performance, compared to the previous generation, which means customers should see significant gains in application-level computing capacity, allowing them to run their software more effectively in the same physical footprint, according to the Oracle press release.
Sysadmin
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Live Patching of Oracle Solaris 9
Without Having to Bring a Machine into Single-user Mode

The supposed need to put a system running Oracle Solaris 9 into single-user mode before applying cluster patches can be an nuisance. Veteran system administrator Joseph Gan has written a convenient procedure for using the Live Upgrade tools in Solaris to apply the latest cluster patch without needing to bring the machine into single-user mode. While he notes that the details in is procedure apply to Oracle Solaris on SPARC systems, he writes that the same procedure would work on x86 systems as well.

Virtualization
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Oracle VM overview
48-Page Presentation from Partner Webcast

Oracle VM is a free, next-generation server virtualization and management solution that makes enterprise applications easier to deploy, manage, and support. Backed worldwide by affordable enterprise-quality support for both Oracle and non-Oracle environments, Oracle VM facilitates the deployment and operation of your enterprise applications on a fully certified platform to reduce operations and support costs while simultaneously increasing IT efficiency and agility. Oracle VM provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for creating and managing virtual server pools running on x86 and x86-64-based systems across an enterprise, both on Linux and Windows.

Java Technology
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Java Spotlight Episode 23: Netbeans Dream Team on Embedded Development
Java Mobility at Work in Brazil
Episode 23 of the Java Spotlight Podcast covers several topics, including an interview with Vinicius Senger, NetBeans Dream Team member, and founder of Globalcode, the largest Java Training Company in Brazil. In addition, over the last two years Senger has started working with embedded devices in a new company, Elétron Livre, Globalcode's initiative towards electronics production, robotics, open-source and digital divide inclusion. The podcast is on an MP3 file and also covers JSR 334 (Project Coin) (now in public review); SigTest 2.2; and Google Analytics ME. Notes on events for the month of April 2011 are included as well.
Using Adobe Flex and JavaFX with JavaServer Faces 2.0
Article Explains How to Take Advantage of New Features in JSF 2.0
Using Adobe Flex and JavaFX with JavaServer Faces 2.0, an article by Re Lai, an Oracle senior manager for CRM Application development, explores how the new features in JavaServer Faces 2.0 can be utilized to facilitate embedding rich client applications. The article begins with a sample Flex pie chart application that displays the results of a survey about the popularity of ice cream flavors. A JSF composite component is used to encapsulate the embedding. Next, instead of hard-coding, the survey result is passed to the Flex application from a JSF managed bean. This result further enhances the sample by adding server round-trips that submit a user’s choice of the favorite flavor. Finally, the author re-implements the chart in JavaFX and shows how to embed it into the JSF application.
Security
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Choosing The Right Directory For The Cloud
Mark Wilcox Webcast

As interesting as the remarks themselves on Choosing the Right Directory for the Cloud by Mark Wilcox, Principal Product Manager, Directory Services, Oracle"] the Q&A following the webcast also includes a number of inquiries that involve matters other than the directory. Wilcox examines how the complete Oracle solution can help users build the identity foundation they need to perform in a cost-effective way. Originally broadcast on March 24, 2011, the webcast is available in the archive. Registration and log-in are required.

Telco
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More Telcos are Using Oracle Exadata
Deploying Exadata to improve performance, lower IT costs, enhance competitive position
Increasing numbers of Telcos are adopting Oracle Exadata Database Machine as a means to improve performance while lowering IT costs and improving their competitive positions. The link above offers further links to success stories involving Virgin mobile Australia and Bangladeshi telecom provider Robi-Axiata. In addition, information is provided on the adoption of Oracle Exadata by SoftBank Mobile, Turkcell, and Avea.
Financial Services
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Oracle Exadata Database Machine Transforms Operations for Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A.
Server Consolidation, Data Compression, New OLTP System Result in Performance Improvements
By adopting Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Database 11g Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. has achieved an eight-fold performance improvement in dozens of transactions, enabling the financial services company to provide business users faster access to data while also gaining a ten-fold rate of data compression, resulting in cost reductions in servers, power, real estate and maintenance. Banco Santander was assisted in this implementation by Oracle's Advanced Customer Services, Oracle Consulting and Oracle University. The company now runs the most advanced OLTP (online transaction processing) and data warehousing system in the market. Many processes, which Banco Santander was able to run only on a weekly basis with its legacy system can now be run daily.
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