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HP Sues Oracle for Dropping Itanium Support
Observations By Joe Brockmeier of Network World: 'Give It Up, HP'

Rather than sue Oracle for its change of heart on Itanium, HP should instead develop a technology that would enable its customer base to move to a more viable platform, writes Joe Brockmeier in NetworkWorld. Why, he asks, given that Microsoft, RedHat (and now Oracle) have turned their back on Itanium, should HP continue to market this platform aggressively to its customers in the hope of some degree of resuscitation. The court will decide whether Oracle is legally bound to support Itanium, Brockmeier concedes, but even a decision favoring HP will likely not change Oracle's mind.

Solaris
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Install Oracle Solaris 11 Express on Oracle VM VirtualBox
Solaris 11 Express Version of Solaris-VM Lab
In a lab that is the first of a forthcoming series, students can learn what is necessary for Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express in Oracle VM VirtualBox. The lab consists of several exercises:

  • Exercise 1: Download the Oracle Solaris 10 09/10 Appliance Image for Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Exercise 2: Import the Solaris 11 Express VM into VirtualBox
  • Exercise 3: Start the Solaris 11 Express VM

All of which, Brian Leonard, author of the lab writes, leaves students with " ... an environment in which you can begin to learn about all the great features in Solaris 11. And with VirtualBox's snapshot feature, you never have to worry about messing anything up as you can always rollback to a prior state."

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Edition Demo
A Three-minute Teaser to New Possibilities
Spend three minutes viewing the new MySQL Enterprise Edition Flash demo, urges Bertrand Matthelie in his post on Oracle's MySQL Blog. The demo will show viewers how Oracle’s MySQL Enterprise Edition reduces the risk, cost and time required in developing, deploying and managing business-critical MySQL applications, he writes. Also included in the post are links to the MySQL Enterprise Edition Trial and to relevant whitepapers. (Registration and log in are required.)
Cloud Computing
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Oracle's Complete Stack for Cloud Computing: Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure
Accelerating Enterprise-class Cloud Infrastructure Deployments
Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, newly announced by Oracle, is a tested solution that is fully integrated with Oracle’s Sun Blade server modules, Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux, Oracle’s ZFS Storage Appliance, and Oracle VM. In addition, Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure that, in conjunction with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, can be managed and supported as a single system for simplified datacenter operations using a single console to manage servers, operating systems, firmware, VMs, storage, and network fabrics to provide end-to-end lifecycle management, including built-in integration with My Oracle support, according to Oracle's press release. Oracle offers a variety of service agreements for this solution that enable users to maximize the value of enterprise cloud infrastructure investments.
Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure: 32-Page White Paper
Integrated Solution Offers the Benefit of Reduced Deployment Time
The Oracle white paper "Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure" outlines best practices for optimizing virtualization infrastructures in the course of deploying this solution. The paper covers deployment of software, hardware, storage, and network components and is intended to serve as a practical guide to help IT organizations get up and running. Users can benefit from the integrated nature Oracle has built into the Oracle Optimized Solution, which allows efficient deployment without extensive troubleshooting and testing. Adopting the Oracle Optimized Solution allows deployment teams Deployment teams to avoid having to assemble and integrate a range of hardware and software components from different vendors (e.g. servers, storage, network, virtualization software, and operating systems. Oracle has done all of this for its customer base through the use of its own Oracle Validated Configuration testing program.
'The IT revolution that isn't'
InfoWorld's Eric Knorr's Says Not to Expect any Major Overnight Changes
"The IT Revolution that Isn't." There's a striking title. So what is Eric Knorr saying in his InfoWorld article? That the "IT revolution" is more like an evolution, and a slow one at that. Only in the area of virtualization does he see anything worthy of the term, and even there he asks whether the changes are simply the result of accelerating automation. The modest increase in Software as a Service; the declining numbers of PC sales; the effect on the productivity market of Microsoft's dominance ... these are some of the reasons Knorr cites in asserting that revolution may mischaracterize what's going on in IT at the moment.
Linux
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Installing Additional Packages on Oracle Linux
'Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux'
With the advent of EPEL, the "Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux" repository users can choose and download from a repository of high-quality add-on packages that complement the Fedora-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its compatible spinoffs, such as CentOS and Scientific Linux. Oracle Linux, too, is based on RHEL and is 100% userland-compatible with it. Therefore any package available from EPEL will install and run just fine, giving you access to a large pool of additional software not currently available from the enterprise-heavy Yum server. The blog cautions that software downloaded from EPEL is not covered by any Oracle Linux Support agreement.
Servers
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Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server: Best Virtualization Server for Business Apps
Two or Four Intel Xeon E7-4800; Up to 1 TB Low Voltage Memory
Oracle calls its Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server the "best virtualization server for business applications," especially as a consolidation platform for mixed workloads. The Sun Fire X4470 M2 offers a 35% lower TCO than comparable four-socket HP or IBM systems which, incidentally, it has beaten in standard industry benchmarks. The Sun Fire X4470 M2, that can be consistently and efficiently managed with Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager, delivers superior performance and lower power consumption with its integrated Sun FlashFire technology and up to 1 TB of low voltage memory. The key specifications of the Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server include:

  • Two or four Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 processors
  • Up to 64 DIMMs with a maximum memory of 1 TB
  • Up to six 2.5" disk drive bays for HDDs or SSDs
  • Up to four Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards
  • Hot-swappable disks, cooling fans, and power supply units
  • Optimized to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM

This server is also certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server, and VMware.

Storage
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DTrace with Oracle VM Server SPARC 2.1
A New Feature that Takes the Gueswork Out of Analyzing Domain Activity

Oracle VM Server SPARC 2.1 (or OVMSS) has a new and useful feature: DTrace support, whose inclusion means that users can get information about domain activity that is otherwise unavailable, such as internal flow and timing. The blogger, Jeff Savit, illustrates the operation of DTrace in OVMSS by showing how a script written for that purpose, migrate.d, performs.

Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array
'High availability and Scalability at Entry-Level Prices'
Key specifications of the Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array include:

  • SAS2 (6 Gb/sec) architecture
  • Next-generation 8 Gb/sec FC or 6 Gb/sec SAS2 host interface
  • 2 GB data cache
  • Up to eight FC host ports
  • SAS2 disk drive support
  • AC/DC power supply options

This array offers from 5 to 48 drives (the latter number with three expansion trays) for up to 28.8 TB of storage. The array is SAS based internally. You can put 300GB and 600 GB in it. The 2540-M2 provides 4 (8 optional) FC ports with up to 8 GB/sec. The 2530-M2 has 4 SAS2 ports with up to 6 GBit/s. It has 2 integrated controllers providing 2 GB cache protected by a power backup for 72 hours.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 160 Issues 1, 2, and 3; Vol 159 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 158 Issue 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:

  • DoD Compliant Disk Wipe with Solaris
  • Configuring the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to Use IDMU to Map Identities Between Active Directory and NIS
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine Backup and Recovery: Tier 2 Architectures
  • Discover Enterprise Cloud Computing: Oracle’s Use of Oracle VM for IaaS
  • New GA Release: MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.4
  • Oracle VM Server SPARC 2.1 Released with Important New Features
  • SoftBank Mobile Replaces 36 Teradata Racks with 3 Exadata Racks
  • Annual Kickoff Event for Oracle PartnerNetwork Members - June 28th/29th
  • Oracle Solaris Availability Features: Podcast
  • Java Spotlight Episode 33: Sreekumar Pillai of Experion on Java Mobile Platform

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

    Developer
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    Java EE 6 Development with NetBeans 7
    New Title by David Heffelfinger from Packt Publishing
    David Heffelfinger's new book from Packt Publishing, "Java EE 6 Development with NetBeans 7", wins the praises of Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine in his blog on The Aquarium. He writes that Heffelfinger has written a step-by-step book documenting " ... all of the Java EE 6 features and APIs (including CDI) using the IDE with the best Java EE out-of-the-box experience : NetBeans 7. It uses GlassFish as the default container and PrimeFaces as a JSF component suite." Packt announces that the ebook, available as both a PDF and ePub download, covers the latest versions of major Java EE APIs such as JSF 2.0, EJB 3.1, and JPA 2.0, and new additions to Java EE such as CDI and JAX-RS.
    Virtualization
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    Creating a New Virtual Machine from an Existing Virtual Disk
    Choosing Between Snapshots and Cloned Images

    In the blog post "Creating a New Virtual Machine from an Existing Virtual Disk" Antony Reynolds shows how to take a VirtualBox image and create a new image based on the disks from that original image. Three options present themselves for this task: creating new virtual disk images for each new VM; cloning the existing disk images and pointing the new VM at the cloned images; and pointing the new VM at the existing snapshots. Reynolds chooses the last, given, he says, that it is the most space-efficient approach. Step-by-step, with all the necessary code samples included, Reynolds leads his readers through the process.

    Oracle VM Server for x86 2.2 Release
    Features Expanded Guest OS List, VMPinfo System
    Writing on Oracle's Virtualization Blog Honglin Su provides a rundown on the new features in the Oracle VM Server for x86 2.2.2 Release. Among those features is the expanded guest OS support list that now includes Oracle Linux 6.x and Oracle Solaris 11 Express OS, and the VMPinfo system information and cluster troubleshooting utility, which is now provided.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 34: Chuck Munn Lee on Porting PhoneME on Nintendo DS
    Panelists Discuss Java News, Calendar of Events

    In Episode 34 of the Java Spotlight Oracle Java Evangelist Chuck Munn Lee shares his recent experience of porting PhoneME on Nintendo DS. Regulars Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, join the session, which is rounded out with news and the calendar of events.

    Java Spotlight Episode 35: JVM Performance and Quality
    The Focus Is on JDK 7 Java Virtual Machine
    For Java Spotlight Episode 35 Host Roger Brinkley trots out the heavyweights in an interview with Vladimir Ivanov, HotSpot JVM Quality Engingeer; Ivan Krylov, Licensee Engineering; and Sergey Kuksenko, Java SE Performance Team on the JDK 7 Java Virtual Machine performance and quality. As usual, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, join the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Security
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    Protect Your Applications with Oracle Solaris Security
    Solaris 11 Express version of Solaris security lab

    Yet another addition to Oracle's Hands-on Labs series is "Protect Your Applications with Oracle Solaris Security," which examines privileges, RBAC (Rights and Authorizations) and integration with SMF (Service Management Facility). Students are assumed to have completed the lab "Installing oracle Solaris 11 Express in Oracle VM Virtual Box." There are four lab exercises:

    • Introduction to Solaris RBAC and Privileges
    • A closer look at Solaris Privileges
    • Process privileges and rights
    • SMF.process privileges and authorizations

    Completion time for all four is approximately one hour.

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