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Oracle
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Oracle Completes Certification of Oracle RAC 11gR2 (with Clusterware) on Oracle Solaris 10 Containers ("Zones").
Supported Virtualization and Partitioning Technologies for Oracle Daasestabase and RAC Product Releases
Oracle has posted a tabular list of Supported Virtualization and Partitioning Technologies for Oracle Database and RAC Product Releases that identifies those virtualization/partitioning technologies already supported and reaffirms the policies that each new OS and its complementary virtualization/partitioning technology, must be certified by Oracle and, further, that each new OS plus its virtualization/partitioning solution must be guaranteed by the appropriate hardware vendor to be backward compatible to the version listed in the tables cited in the above link.
Virtualization
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Top Ten Reasons Why Oracle Virtualization Delivers More Value than VMware
Before You Decide, Take a Look at the List

If you are on the fence between Oracle Virtualization and VMware, before you commit, have a look at "Discover Why Oracle Delivers More Value than VMware" where you will find ten compelling reasons to come down on the Oracle side of things. Oracle Virtualization is: :

  • Application-aware
  • Lower cost
  • Offers integrated management
  • Offers accelerated application deployment
  • Features high availability
  • Architected for efficiency
  • Comes with integrated support
  • Is optimized for Java
  • Has virtualization built in to the system
  • Features comprehensive platform support

Still undecided? Take a closer look.

Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
One-hour Webinar Replay with Craig Bender
"Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization" is a reprise of the one hour webinar with Craig Bender, consulting developer, Oracle Desktop Virtualization, (registration and login required) that considers the optimal use of the several elements in Oracle's desktop virtualization portfolio -- Oracle Sun Ray Clients; Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure; Oracle Secure Global Desktop; and Oracle VM VirtualBox -- to ensure security among public sector users. The webinar observes that, for such users, a virtual desktop model, where no data is ever stored on the local device, is an ideal architecture.
Solaris
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Introduction to the Oracle Solaris ZFS File System: Hands-on Lab
Tutorial Takes Participants Inside ZFS

Introduction to the Oracle Solaris ZFS File System is a hands-on tutorial on the basics of Oracle Solaris ZFS that describes how devices are used in storage pools and considers performance and availability. The tutorial also looks at the various types of Oracle Solaris ZFS datasets that can be created and when to use each type. Participants will learn about file system snapshots, cloning data, allocation limits and recovering from common errors. Advanced concepts such as hybrid storage pools will be demonstrated. The included exercises involve creating some zpools and exploring different types of virtual devices (vdevs). Participants will also create two different types of ZFS datasets, file systems and volumes, customizing some properties, snapshotting and cloning them, and finally performing some upgrades. The tutorial's advanced section deals with how some of the other Oracle Solaris services, like NFS (Network File System) and FMA (Fault Management Architecture) are tied into ZFS. Time to completion is estimated at 50 minutes.

x86 Optimization for Oracle Solaris
Oracle and Intel Make the New Solaris 11 a Powerful Solution
Oracle is working to make the most of Intel's innovations in x86 architecture, an effort that is best exemplified in the development of Oracle Solaris 11 OS. Oracle Solaris has a single source base supporting both x86 and SPARC platforms. The solution's numerous architecture-specific enhancements ensure the best in performance, robustness and reliability. These enhancements include:

  • Latest instruction set support in Studio compilers
  • Self Healing for x86 CPUs
  • Kernel-level power management
  • Support for high-bandwidth interconnects
  • Optimization for Intel's QuickPath Interconnect
  • Integration and test with entire Oracle Product Family

Readers will find a number of useful resources at the link cited above, including a download link to Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11.

MySQL
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MySQL Newsletter May 2011
Articles, Whitepapers, Blogs. Links to Webinars
The May 2011 MySQL newsletter is now available. Highlights include a DevZone article on the MySQL 5.5 Pluggable Authentication API, a seminar on Scalability and High Availability, and webinars on Securing MySQL and Scaling Web Databases with Auto-Partitioning and SQL/NoSQL.

There are links to New Product Release, white papers, blogs and on-demand webinars.

Hardware
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Sun SPOT Java Development Kit
Rev8 Now Available in the Oracle Store
The Sun SPOT Hardware Developers Kit Rev8, now available in the Oracle Store contains all the essential components for implementations of Small Programmable Object Technology. A Sun SPOT device is a small, wireless, battery powered experimental platform that is programmed in Java, allowing programmers to create projects that once required specialized embedded system development skills. The hardware platform includes a range of built-in sensors as well as the ability to easily interface to external devices. Clearly, Sun SPOT devices are much more than just an embedded microprocessor that runs Java. Each Sun SPOT Java Development Kit contains two free-range Sun SPOT devices (with processor, radio, sensor board and battery) and one base station Sun SPOT device (with processor and radio). Also included in the kit are software development tools and a USB cable allowing you to start developing applications for your Sun SPOT devices.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 159 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 158 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 157 Issue 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:

  • [Just About] Everything there Is to Know about Solaris 11 OS
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0.8 Released
  • On ZFS Dedup Internals
  • Oracle Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server Information Center
  • TIOBE Software Survey Identifies Top Programming Language
  • Oracle's Exadata Banking and Financial Services Customers Numbers Continue to Increase
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.61 Released
  • OTN Live - Chris Baker Describes Oracle Solaris Optimizations for x86
  • Oracle Solaris: Behind The Scenes With Product Management
  • Oracle Tuxedo 11.1.1.2 Delivers a New Way to Run PHP Applications

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

    Networking
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    ipadm: New Solaris 11 Command for Administering IP Interfaces
    Gives ipconfig a Run for Its Money

    ipadm is a new command in Solaris 11 for administering IP interfaces. It is an upgrade over the venerable ifconfig though, unlike ifconfig, changes made with ipadm persist across reboots, according to Brian Leonard's blog. With this change, he explains, users need no longer contend with configuration files. Even so, he writes, while ipconfig has not gone away, ipadm shows a much cleaner interface that has persuaded him to work increasingly with the new command.

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