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The Value of Linux in Today's Fast-Changing Computing Environment
Integrated Systems, Cloud Computing, Virtualization Make Linux for x86 Architecture a Prime Candidate OS
Linux, in the eyes of the authors of the IDC white paper "The Value of Linux in Today's Fast-Changing Computing Environments" is supremely suited as an OS to the challenges posed by the current developments in system/software integration, virtualization, and cloud computing. Authors Al Gillen and Gary Chen write that, "Linux is best known for bringing attributes that historically were associated with Unix . scalability, reliability, and portability . to the x86 architecture in a low-cost, easy-to-consume form factor." Their paper reviews the ways in which Linux is gaining acceptance as a solution to turn to in response to the changing datacenter requirements and the increasingly favorable view of preintegrated solutions across the industry today. The increasingly dominant position of the x86 platform creates a strong foundation for operating systems that can take advantage of the integrated hardware architecture at the heart of Oracle's approach to business. Gillen and Chen point out that, as the only Linux distribution provider that is also a hardware OEM, Oracle has the capability of offering fully integrated and tested Linux systems.
Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun System Software
Know the Expiration Date for Support for the Oracle Products You Use
Learn about the Oracle product support policies from "Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun System Software," a comprehensive tabulation of the Premium Support offerings available from Oracle. As the brochure indicates, Oracle Premier Support offers single-point accountability and the rights to major product releases for the complete technology stack, including Sun server and storage software, as well as database, middleware and applications software.

Oracle Premier Support lets users know from the outset and with certainty how long their Oracle products are supported. Oracle Premier Support provides a standard five year technical support period. For most products, Oracle extends the technical support period by offering an additional three years of Extended Support and indefinite Sustaining Support.

Pre-Built Developer VMs for VirtualBox
Makes Learning a New Software Stack Easier
Anyone in the market for an alternative to spending multiple cycles on the install process in the course of learning your way around a new software stack? Try Pre-Built Developer VMs, a site that lists several pre-built Oracle VM VirtualBox appliances that can be downloaded, installed, and experienced as a single unit. Just assemble the downloaded files (if needed), import into VirtualBox (available for free), import, and go. Developer VMs are available in the following flavors (more on the way):

  • Java Development VM
  • Database App Development VM
  • SOA & BPM Development VM
  • Oracle WebLogic Server Hands-on VM
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal Framework 11g Hands-on VM
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Developer VM
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Network Virtualization VM
  • Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 VM
  • Enterprise PHP Development VM
  • Oracle Tuxedo Web Application Server Demo VM

Installing VirtualBox is a necessary first step in each case.

Sun Ray Clients Key to Korean Municipality's Green-Up Effort
Oracle VDI Solution Helps Cut Power Consumption by 50%, Reduces SysAdmin Time, Boosts Productivity
The South Korean city of Gunsan underwent a radical transformation recently that involved turning 401 square kilometers of reclaimed land and fresh water reservoirs into a new business, industrial, tourism, and residential area not knows as the Saemangeum Gunsan Free Economic Zone. As part of this transformation, Gunsan City Hall replaced its 100 legacy desktop environment with Oracle Sun Ray Clients, resulting in a 50% reduction in power consumption as well as significant reductions in system administration costs and improvements in employee productivity. Yet another bonus in this upgrade is that, rather than store confidential details of city administration practices on individual desktop hard drives, that data is now more securely stored on the city's central server. The time involved in data backup activities has been cut from three to four hours down to a mere 10 minutes. Employees voice enthusiastic praise for the new system, which consists of two Sun Fire X4170 M2 Servers and two Sun Blade X6270 Servers, all of which run Oracle Solaris. Gunsan installed Sun Storage 7310C and Sun Storage 7210 systems as well.
Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 32: Nandini Ramani, VPof Deveopment in Oracle's Fusion Middleware Group
On JavaFX 2.0 Beta Release
Java Spotlight Episode 32 features Nandini Ramani, VP of Development in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Group. Her responsibilities include the Java Client Platform, to which she brings a long history of creating innovation and futures at Sun. Ramani's credentials include having launched the JavaFX Platform and tools and having been actively involved in JavaFX since its inception in May 2007. Prior to her affiliation with the client group, Ramani was in the Software CTO Office driving the emerging technologies group for incubation projects. She has a background in both hardware and software, having worked in hardware architecture and simulation team in the Accelerated Graphics group and the graphics and media team in the JavaME group. She was also involved in the development of XML standards as Co-Chair of the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics working group and as a member of the W3C Compound Document Formats working group. She was also a member of several graphics and UI related expert groups in the JCP.
Oracle Java ME Embedded Client 1.0 Now Available for Download
Delivers Feature-rich Java Platform Without Requiring Java SE Embedded Environment.
In a recent blog post Hinkmond Wong draws attention to the release of Java ME Embedded Client 1.0, which is now available for download. Wong calls this release the " ... latest Java ME CDC-based stack now brought to you by Oracle." He writes that Oracle Java ME Embedded Client is based on Connected Device Configuration (CDC), a subset of the Java SE platform, and draws from the origins of the Java platform, which was originally designed for embedded devices. On the download page Oracle explains that, "Java ME is targeted for use on devices where a feature-rich Java platform is desirable, despite lacking the resources necessary to run the full Java SE Embedded environment. Java ME runtime implementations are highly tuned to perform well in such environments and can be targeted to run on a wide range of hardware, operating systems and configurations."
Oracle Solaris 11 Express ZFS Technology
Web Site Compiles Several Resources
Gathered on Oracle's site devoted to Oracle Solaris 11 Express ZFS Technology are a number of resources that explain ZFS, the default file system in Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11, characterizing it as an " ... advance in data management with an innovative approach to data integrity, near-zero administration, and a welcome integration of file system and volume management capabilities." Among the desirable features of Oracle Solaris ZFS are:

  • Solid data integrity with end-to-end checksums
  • Self-healing file system prevents silent data corruption
  • Security: supports on-disk encryption
  • Greater efficiency through deduplication and compression
  • Advanced data protection: supports triple-parity RAID

Resources include white papers, screencasts, product documentation and a forthcoming demo.

Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: White Paper
Perfect Solution for Meeting Consolidation Demands
The white paper "Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud" describes Oracle Solaris 11 Express on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud as a complete, integrated solution that offers the IT infrastructure needed to meet current rising demands for consolidation in the datacenter. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud itself, the paper continues, is the world's first and only integrated middleware machine, dramatically surpassing alternatives and providing the best possible foundation for running enterprise applications. Oracle Solaris delivers key datacenter advantages in performance, reliability, scalability, and security for Exalogic systems, where users will appreciate the optimal performance to be found in features such as Oracle Solaris Zones, and Oracle Solaris DTrace. Customers coming from Oracle Solaris systems today will be able to take advantage of physical to virtual movement to Oracle Solaris 10 Zones and/or source or binary compatibility, the paper concludes.
Hardware Compability List for Oracle Solaris
View It on Oracle Tech Network
The Oracle Tech Network now lists the "Hardware Compatibility List for Oracle Solaris," upgraded from the list originally compiled for BigAdmin by Robert Weeks. The HCL includes:

  • Oracle Solaris 10 HCL
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express HCL
  • Solaris for x86 Device List
  • HCL Search
  • Device Detection Tool
  • Hardware Certification Test Suite
  • Information about Oracle's Solaris-Ready Program

The HCL lists all the hardware, including servers, desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices, that are compatible with Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 Express.

Certification with Oracle Linux 6
A Guide to ISVs Certifying Applications
"Certification with Oracle Linux 6," an Oracle Technical Article, covers the key points ISVs must consider in installing and certifying products on Oracle Linux 6. The paper notes that Oracle Linux, which ships with two sets of kernel packages -- Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Red Hat compatible Kernel -- is fully compatible in both source and binary with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). According to the article, in testing and certifying applications on Oracle Linux need only install their applications on Oracle Linux and verify the information presented in the article.
Oracle Linux 6.1 With Both 32 and 64 Bit Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
Features Numerous Improvements: IRQ Balancing; Lock Contention; Network I/O

With the release of Oracle Linux 6.1 users can enjoy the benefits of improved IRQ balancing; reduced lock contention across the kernel (improves performance on large NUMA systems); improved network I/O via receive packet steering and RDS improvements; and improved virtual memory performance. In addition to these improvements, uses will discover numerous driver updates and both a 32 bit and a 64 bit Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. As was the case with the previous release, the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (kernel-uek-2.6.32-100.34.1.el6uek) is installed and enabled by default. If you prefer to maintain full kABI compatibility, the Red Hat compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-131.0.15.el6) is installed as well and can be selected manually at boot up time or by changing the default in the GRUB configuration file.

7000 ZFS Storage Appliance - General Info and Websites
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know on the Subject
Readers can find a useful compendium called "ZFSSA - Tips & Tri8cks with your Oracle 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance" on a recent post by Steve Tunstall to his blog. He explains that "ZFSSA" is the current name of the oracle 7000 family of products and cites the Oracle page on Sun Unified Storage where one can find many more resources than there is room for on his own blog page. Check Tunstall's blog for a tease to the whole enchilada on Oracle's site.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 159 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 158 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 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:

  • Maximum Availability Architecture: Oracle Best Practices for High Availability: White Paper
  • Introduction to the Oracle Solaris ZFS File System: Hands-on Lab
  • Best Practices for Deploying Oracle RAC Inside Oracle Solaris Containers: White Paper
  • ipadm: New Solaris 11 Command for Administering IP Interfaces
  • x86 Optimization for Oracle Solaris
  • IDC Finds Growth in Demand for Unix Servers
  • Does Java Have a Future? If You Think Not ...
  • Oracle Completes Certification of Oracle RAC 11gR2 (with Clusterware) on Oracle Solaris 10 Containers ("Zones").
  • Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
  • Oracle Benchmarks Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity on 100 Million Policy Database

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

    What's the Future of
    FAQs on the Question
    There are answers to several of the many questions occasioned by Oracle's abandonment of the commercial versions of and its donation of the codebase to the Apache software Foundation (ASF) in the article "FAQ: What's the Future of" compiled by Chris Kanaracus of IDG News. With ASF's track record on Tomcat and Hadoop some speculate that OO.o will do well in its stable, while others wonder which will be the winner in a shop that shelters both OO.o and LibreOffice. Another question raised is whether it is reasonable to expect an commercial enterprise version of from some quarter in the future.
    Oracle Secure Global Desktop Delivers Access to Development Environments
    Oracle's Developers Worldwide Have the Access Required for their Work
    As the Oracle white paper "Distributed Development Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop" explains, the Oracle Product Development IT Group (Oracle PDIT) employs Oracle Secure Global Desktop as a gateway to development environments used by Oracle’s software development teams working worldwide on Oracle Fusion, Oracle E-Business Suite, and various other Oracle applications. These software developers use Oracle Secure Global Desktop to access X Windows applications (xterm, fvwm, gnome) running on Solaris OS or Linux servers in the data center, giving them access to various graphical development tools such as Oracle JDeveloper, as well as systems running Microsoft Windows. Oracle PDIT has thousands of concurrent users spread across multiple Oracle Secure Global Desktop arrays around the globe. By this means, Oracle is able to provide its software development teams the access they require to their specific developer environments from any location, reliably and without performance degradation. In addition, administrators can centrally administer access to individual developer environments across multiple locations worldwide.
    DNS on Solaris 11
    The Long and Complex Path to BIND
    The key to what might be a confusing process -- how to properly start name server on Solaris -- is outlined in the post "DNS on Solaris 11," which demonstrates just how deeply one must dig to find BIND or name server on Solaris in order to start it properly. The post includes all of the code involved.
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