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BMC Software Leverages SPARC Servers for Virtualization, Energy Efficiency
Savings Range from $20-35K per Sever over Three Years
BMC Software has implemented Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise T-series servers with Oracle Solaris in its datacenters and research and development (R&D) department resulting in reduced organization-wide energy consumption and improved support for corporate innovation. Oracle's high-density, low power consumption SPARC T-Series servers help reduce data center costs with massive scalability, on-chip security, and built-in, no-cost virtualization enabling BMC to provide customers using BMC Software’s Business Service Management with a comprehensive approach and unified platform that that helps IT organizations cut costs, reduce risk and drive business profit.

In a three-year period, Oracle’s Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 server has saved BMC on average between $20,000 and $35,000 in power costs per server. Oracle’s SPARC T3-2 server is expected to nearly double those savings, consuming one-eighth the power and emitting one-eighth the CO2 of existing UltraSPARC IIIi-based servers.

100 Million Subscriber Performance Test of Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management 7.4
Running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
A performance test of Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) 7.4 running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 has shown a best ever throughput performance. BRM was able to rate, discount and update balances for more than 50,000 Call Detail Records (CDRs) per second. At this rate, a communications service provider using this configuration could process 2 billion CDRs in less than 12 hours, Oracle contends adding that Oracle Communications BRM achieved throughput of more than 4,600 detailed invoices per second, which means a service provider could complete the invoicing process for 100 million subscribers in less than six hours. This result is more than two times faster than previous Oracle performance test results.
PHH Corporation Selects Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Exadata Database Machine
Part of a Complete Oracle Technology Solution for Next-Generation Common Technology Platform
Oracle reports that PHH Corporation, a leading provider of mortgage and fleet management services, has selected Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack for its new Common Technology Platform (CTP), a standardized, shared services platform, built on Oracle technologies, that serves as the core IT foundation for PHH. PHH also has plans to deploy the complete Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack, including Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle Coherence, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Business Process Management (BPM)Suite, Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Foundation Pack, Oracle Tuxedo, Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite and Oracle WebCenter Suite. According to Oracle PHH chose Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata engineered systems to reduce the complexity of its IT infrastructure, rapidly implement new capabilities and share data between organizations securely and efficiently.
Wal-Mart Selects Oracle for Business Intelligence
WorldÂs Largest Retailer Builds on Strategic Relationship with #1 Enterprise Software Company
Yet another corporate giant, Walmart, has adopted Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus to provide comprehensive data intelligence and analysis from across the company's operations. Taking a comprehensive perspective, Walmart will use the system to administer its logistics, transportation, category management, finance, human resources, real estate, merchandising, store and club operations and other business resources within both Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs. Walmart's Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Rollin Ford says, "The Oracle solution is very robust and it integrates well with our other applications, particularly as our business continues to grow in scale and complexity."
Consolidating Applications with Oracle Solaris Containers: Oracle White Paper
Multiple Applications; One Server
The Oracle white paper "Consolidating Applications with Oracle Solaris Containers" has been written as a design guide rather than an installation guide toward providing information about consolidating applications onto a single server using Oracle Solaris Containers to isolate applications and efficiently manage system resources between them. The paper focuses on the decision process required to identify which applications should be consolidated onto a single server and how this server should be built to meet the needs of the consolidated applications.
Oracle Releases Maintenance Update for Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0.6
Mac Bug Remains to be Fixed
Although a bug on Mac hosts remains to be fixed, Oracle has released a maintenance update of Oracle VM VirtualBox version 4.0.6. Work continues on the Mac issue but readers can learn about the other changes in the VirtualBox 4.0 Changelog and can also download the release itself.
Notes from OReilly MySQL Conference
Mark Callaghan Numbers Himself Among the Fans
The response to MySQL 2011 has generally been rosy, and Mark Callaghan's blog for O'Reilly is no exception. He has praise for the direction Oracle's developer staff has taken and for the fact that some key members of the development staff have begun blogging on their work. Callaghan reviews the changes available in the MySQL 5.6 release, specifically those involving InnoDB and replication.
Cloud Computing
National Australia's Bank Builds Cloud Infrastructure on Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Linux
Foundation Is Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service
Oracle's Virtualization Blog recommends having a look at the recent three-part article in CIO Magazine, part one of which is entitled "NAB private Cloud builds new paradigm." National Austrailia's Bank (NAB) is building its private cloud infrastructure on the concept of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), using Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux as the enabling technologies. Already, Ubank, the online-only division of NAB, is running almost exclusively on virtualized infrastructure that extends from the OS to the web portal, as Oracle observes.
Why Pella Corp. Deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Linux: Webcast May 3rd, 9am PST
Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Deliver for Up-scale Window and Door Manufacturer
When the Pella Corporation, a leading North American manufacturer of high-end windows and doors, deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux the company succeeded in improving their ability to manage Oracle applications leveraging Oracle VM. They benefited, as well by selecting Oracle VM and Oracle Linux for their project, which dramatically cut datacenter costs for the company. Register for the webcast on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. PT to hear Pella managers detail their successful deployment of Oracle technologies.
Implementing Fibre Channel SAN Boot with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Managing Local Disks Securely from the Array Level
In his Oracle Tech Network paper "Implementing Fibre Channel SAN Boot with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance" Tom Hanvey starts with the premise that booting from a storage area network (SAN) offers many benefits, leading to cost savings as well as higher levels of protection, ease of management, increased flexibility, and reduced down time. He points out that relying on local disks on individual servers presents particular challenges for multi-site administration and disaster recovery site maintenance that can be overcome by enabling data center administrators to centrally manage all storage-related tasks, such as operating system maintenance, at the array level rather than at the individual server level. Locating server boot devices on a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance accessed by servers across a high-availability Fibre Channel (FC) SAN enables increased efficiency, and even automation, of many administrative tasks, significantly reducing operating expenses. Employing a FC SAN boot solution using a SUN ZFS Storage Appliance on a high availability SAN provides a high level of protection while lowering administrative overhead, Hanvey writes, adding that operating system assets can be protected using a variety of methods including snapshots, clones, replication, or Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backup to tape.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 158 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 157 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
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:

  • Replay of First-ever Online Solaris Forum
  • Oracle Restructures Hardware Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Oracle Database Cloning Solution Using Oracle Recovery Manager and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • to Become Community-based Solution
  • Oracle Critical Patch Update Pre-Release Announcement -- April 2011
  • LibreOffice 3.3.2, Released; 3.4 Due in Mid-May
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Enabling a Flexible, Efficient IT Infrastructure: White Paper
  • 'Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials' from Prentice Hall
  • High Availability for Business-Critical IT Services Using Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers
  • Webcast: Simplify Your Oracle Application Infrastructure

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

    x 3.4 Beta Ready
    Beta Testing Ends May 2
    The Pathedral and the Kazoo is a peculiarly named blog by Eike Rathke that announces the availability for download of 3.4 Beta. Rathke explains that the Beta is available in English and 69 additional languages that can be installed as language packs. Localizations, he writes, are still ongoing. The Beta testing period ends on May 2nd. Rathke invites users to take advantage of this evaluation period to take a closer look at the new SVG import, the improved ODF 1.2 support and other enhancements and to help find open issues. The blog includes a link to a download.
    Language Support for Coding to the Proposed Java SE 7 Specification with JDK 7 Developer Preview
    Available Now in NetBeans IDE 7.0
    Links to NetBeans IDE 7.0 features, tutorials, and videos are provided in Gopalan Raj's blog on the release. He notes that NetBeans IDE 7.0 introduces language support for coding to the proposed Java SE 7 specification with the JDK 7 developer preview, allowing developers to take advantage of the new language features from Project Coin /JSR 334, with editor support for code completion, hints, and in specific cases, converting existing Java SE 6 based code to use the new Java SE 7 based syntax. Raj explains further that the release also provides enhanced integration with the Oracle WebLogic server as well as support for Oracle Database and GlassFish 3.1. Important new capabilities stemming from the Oracle WebLogic server integration enhancements include fast turnaround when redeploying applications; deploy on save; datasource management; server library configuration; the ability to explore deployed applications and resources, and to view server logs and the admin console from within the IDE, he observes in conclusion.
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