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Oracle Takes the Wraps off Solaris 11 in First-ever Online Solaris Forum
Attendees Get to Interact with the Oracle Solaris Development Team in Q&A
Oracle will draw back the curtain on Solaris 11 in its first Oracle Solaris Online Forum, scheduled for April 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Keynoting the event is Bill Nesheim, VP, Software Development, Oracle, who will deliver the strategy update and kick off the comprehensive agenda of presentations and panel discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a live Q&A with the Oracle Solaris Development Team.
Oracle's Sun Purchase: Grading the Results so Far
Larry Dignan. Editor in Chief of ZDNet, Thinks Oracle Did Not Make the Honor Roll
It's report card time for Oracle's acquisition of Sun, and schoolmaster Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, comes up with a mixed assessment.

  • Over grade: Incomplete.
  • Achieving the projected $1.5 billion operating profit: too soon to tell.
  • Giving Sun a direction: "Oracle gets an A on this front."
  • Improving Sun's operations: "If Oracle just cleans up the mess that was Sun’s supply chain it warrants at least a B."
  • Getting Sun off life support: "Oracle gets another high grade on this front, say an A."
  • Sun's technology roadmap: "We’ll give Oracle an incomplete here and that’s probably being charitable."
  • Growth: "Grade: F to incomplete."
  • Market share. Oracle gets a C for charitable grading here."

Overall grade: incomplete.

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.”
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.

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.

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.
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.

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