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Therap Services Expands Health Services Infrastructure with Oracle Servers
Oracle's Scalable Solutions Deliver Relief from 1 Billion Record Paperwork Load
Therap Services, LLC, which provides an integrated, Web-based solution for automating the documentation and communication needs of agencies supporting people with disabilities, has become an Oracle shop, implementing Oracle’s latest x86 Sun Fire X2270 M2 and Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers servers running Oracle Solaris, with Oracle Database 11g and Oracle GoldenGate 11g software. Oracle GoldenGate provides Therap with the ability to replicate transactions in real time between two data centers, giving health services agencies immediate access to the system for vital filings and real-time reporting. Therap and its customers now enjoy an electronic alternative to the immense amount of paperwork that many care providers still complete manually, The more than 1 billion records Therap Services stores are now accessible in a system that scales to accommodate an expected annual growth rate of 100 percent over the next three years. Oracle’s Sun Fire servers enables a ten-fold increase in processing speed over legacy systems during the testing phase.
Exadata
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Polk Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Migration to Enterprise Edition Enables Multiple Savings, Efficiencies
Polk, provider of automotive marketing information and marketing solutions, manages a growing and complex set of vehicle data online to support the automotive industry. Oracle announces that, by moving its enterprise data warehouse onto a half-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 system, Polk has achieved query and reporting performance increases an average of 10x out-of-the-box. The move to Oracle Exadata has enabled Polk to realize a tenfold improvement in query execution speed and to support a much higher level of complex concurrent analyses. In addition, Polk has reduced storage costs by using Oracle Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression to compress data 10x to 15x. A further benefit to Polk is that the move to Oracle Exadata has enabled the company to consolidate several standalone databases and to decommission existing hardware while, in addition, to drastically reduce time spent on performance tuning while bringing new warehouse-based services to market faster.
Business Transformation with Oracle Exadata : An Interactive E-Book
Success Stories, Product Information, and More
The Oracle e-book Business Transformation with Oracle Exadata, cites numerous customer success stories and features video interviews attesting to the business benefits of using Oracle Exadata Database. The book also outlines the latest trends in data warehousing and OLTP and features as well the Oracle Exadata 3-D demo and detailed product information. One of the more enticing bits of information in Oracle's announcement is that, "by the time you read this, a marketing firm will have used Oracle Exadata to complete more than 1,390 online transactions"
Virtualization
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.0 Released
Important New Features, Support for Multiple OSes
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 offers several new capabilities including a powerful new virtual machine cloning facility, enhanced large system support, improved remote access, and expanded platform and application support. Oracle's product press release states that Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 supports a variety of host operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and other popular flavors of Linux. Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 is available as a free download although terms, conditions, and restrictions apply.
Java Technology
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Don't Overlook Java's Potential as a Programming Language
Bloggers Think Java Deserves Another Look
"Is Java Becoming an Emerging Technology Ask O'Reilly" is a question that blogger Dustin Marx reviews in his blog that examines a number of posts by various figures that suggest O'Reilly's interest in Java is being rekindled. Marx quotes Kevin Farnham's comment, "The folks at O'Reilly [have] historically done a pretty good job of sensing where technology is heading." And it is O'Reilly's phrase "emerging technology" that has given rise to the discussion in this article. Recognizing this renewed interest, Marx writes, "The rise of the JVM languages, the rise of Android, and a new version of Java (7) with plans for even further new versions of the language, seem to have started bringing back enthusiasm for Java and the JVM. O'Reilly's Radar may turn out to once again be a particularly adept gauge of the language's popularity."
Java 7 Launch Webcast: The Road Ahead for Java
Five Java 7 Technical Breakout Videos also Available
The skids are greased and Java 7 is on its way. Watch the Java 7 Celebration Webcast for an inside look at this new solution. A number of Java 7 technical breakouts are also available. These include:

  • "Making Heads and Tails of Project Coin. Small Language Changes in JDK 7"

  • "Parallelism with the Fork/Join Framework"

  • "The New File System API in JDK 7"

  • "A Renaissance VM: One Platform, Many Languages"

The webcast finished with a Q&A and Panel Discussion.

Facebook for Java ME - for 2,500 feature phones
Facebook for Every Phone
"Facebook for the dumb-phone masses" is a recent blog post by Hinkmond Wong who writes that, " ... Java ME is a relevant technology in today's mobile marketplace. The trick is being able to read the signs of how Java ME technology can help you with your mobile apps." Facebook hopes that "Facebook for Every Phone" will save the day, according to Wong.
Java Spotlight Episode 38: JDK 7 Release and Speculation about Features in JDK 8
With Adam Messinger, VP of Development, Oracle Fusion Middleware Group
Java Spotlight Episode 38 will feature discussion of the JDK 7 release and comments on the possible features list in JDK 8. Principal guest is Adam Messinger, Oracle's Fusion Middleware VP. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, take their customary seats on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11 Release
Top Choice for Both High Availability and Disaster Recover in Physical and Virtual Environments
In his blog post "A New Oracle Solaris Cluster Release" Markus Weber draws attention to the availability of Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11, a new High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution for use in mission critical services that enables the safe deployment on physical and virtual environments whether local or global. Weber points his readers to Oracle's own announcement on the release, which notes that Oracle Solaris Cluster is a unique HA solution for Oracle Solaris virtual environments that lowers the inherent risk of consolidated infrastructures by leveraging redundancy to protect from outages. Oracle Solaris Cluster Disaster Recovery (DR) option further extends these benefits to multi-site, multi-cluster architectures to protect against planned and unplanned downtime in both physical and virtual environments.
Partners
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SAP Applications Certified for Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Customers can Consolidate SAP ERP and BW Applications onto Private Clouds
Now that SAP applications based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x certified with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 such as SAP ERP and SAP Business Warehouse (BW) are certified for use with Oracle Exadata Database Machine, they can be deployed using Oracle Exadata Database Machines X2-2 and X2-8. This certification enables customers to consolidate SAP ERP and BW applications onto private clouds. Oracle's announcement notes that SAP customers requiring 24/7 application availability can take advantage of the Maximum Availability Architecture, which hundreds of current production SAP customers rely on and are familiar with.
MySQL
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The Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition
Provides Pre-installed, Pre-configured Virtualized Software Image
The Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition is the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to provision virtualized MySQL instances, enabling users to meet the explosive demand for web-based services. The July 13, 2011 webinar dealt with how the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition ensures rapid deployment and helps eliminate configuration efforts and risks by providing pre-installed and pre-configured virtualized software image, also taking advantage of Oracle VM’s mechanisms to deliver high availability. The one hour webinar covered:

- An overview of the technologies packaged into the template - How to configure and deploy the template - How to use, modify and save an adapted template that supports specific application requirements

New ÂMeet The MySQL Experts Podcast Series
Oracle MySQL Engineers to Provide the Lowdown on MySQL Improvements
To keep users up to date on enhancements to the several MySQL products in Oracle's line there is now a new podcast series that is called "Meet the MySQL Experts." The first episode featured Oracle MySQL engineer Mats Kindahl on the subject of MySQL Replication. Registration and log in are required.
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.6: Free Download, 30-day Trial
New Backup Streaming, Integration with Oracle Secure Backup, Other Common Backup Media Solutions
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.6 got the attention of blogger Rob Young who posts that MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) performs high performant, online "hot" backups for MySQL databases and provides all of the backup/recovery features and functionality from a scriptable command line interface. Young is especially gratified to find Single File Streaming, which allows DBAs to offload the footprint of backup images to a different server or storage device without an intermediate "save" step on the local MySQL database server. He is also enthusiastic about the inclusion of support for SBT interface, which enables the DBA to generate and stream MySQL backup images directly to advanced enterprise backup media management solutions (Oracle Secure Backup, Symantec Netbackup, most others) that are already deployed within an environment. MEB 3.6 is available for free download and 30-day trial at Oracle eDelivery.
Software
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Two Webcasts: Introducing Oracle Entitlements Server 11g
And Oracle Unified Directory 11g

Oracle Entitlements Server 11g is the industry’s most mature, scalable, standards-based, and hot-pluggable solution to secure applications and data, reduce risk, and address evolving compliance mandates -- exactly the tool to address such modern enterprise security challenges as insider threats, changing regulatory mandates, and fragmented application security. The granular control of authorization and flexibility to change policies enabled by Oracle Entitlements Server 11g provides precisely the level of security current conditions call for. Roger Wigenstam, Director of Product Management, Oracle, and Swapnil Mehta, Director, Global Access Management Practice, SENA Systems, explain why Oracle Entitlements Server sets the new bar for external authorization management. Registration and log in are required for this webcast, originally broadcast on July 14, 2011. Clayton Donley, Senior Director of Engineering at Oracle, discussed Oracle Unified Directory 11g in a webcast on July 21, 2011, explaining why that solution is the leading choice for a directory server from a single vendor that delivers scalability and a complete directory server solution without compromise. Registration and log in are required for this archived webcast as well.

Servers
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Sun Fire Servers 3D Demos
X4800, X4470 M2, X4170 M2, X2270 M2
3d demos of the Sun Fire X4800, Sun Fire X4470 M2, Sun Fire X4170 M2 and the Sun Fire X2270 M2 are available.
Storage
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Unified Data Storage Adoption Rate Rising
Block Data and File Data ... One Storage System Handles Both

While not exactly a new concept though it is one that is finding an increasingly wide adoption, unified storage is a single shared pool of storage that can combine both block and file data, eliminating the need to manage separate block and file systems. Fewer storage systems mean fewer systems to power and cool, which can reduce costs and optimize resources. Plus, as virtual server environments and the cloud become more popular among users, consolidation is key. Having one unified storage system helps create a standardized environment. Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Terri McClure writes on the subject in SearchStorage.com.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 161 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 160 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 159 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:

  • Oracle Releases Information on the New SPARC T4 and Beta program
  • Negotiating with Oracle
  • Oracle Solaris Performance Analysis Cheat Sheet
  • Effectively Manage Change in your Solaris Environment
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Protocol Performance Comparison with Oracle Database 11g R2
  • Updated Technical Best Practices Whitepaper
  • Do We Really Want 100Gig Ethernet?
  • OVM Templates: Oracle Solaris Container with Oracle Database 11gR2
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 + Oracle Sun Fire HW
  • Sun Blade 6000 Interactive 3D Demo

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

    Sysadmin
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    SSH Client PuTTY 0.61 Released
    Offers New Features for Windows, Unix
    The release of SSH client PuTTY 0.61 is announced on Help Net Security, which reports that the popular free telnet/SSH client for Windows and Unix platforms now brings new features, bug fixes, and compatibility updates for Windows 7 and various SSH server software. PuTTY 0.61 supports SSH-2 authentication using GSSAPI, on both Windows and Unix. Users in a Kerberos realm should now be able to use their existing Kerberos single sign-on in their PuTTY SSH connections, the announcement continues. For information on further improvements in this release, click on the link above.
    July 2011 Critical Patch Update Released
    Fixes for 78 New Security Vulnerabilities
    A summary of Oracle's July 2011 Critical Patch Update can be found on Eric Maurice's blog where he notes that the update provides fixes for 78 new security vulnerabilities in a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database Server, Oracle Secure Backup, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, and Oracle Sun Products. Maurice adds that the disparities that once existed among the practices in Sun's various hardware security groups are now integrated under Oracle Software Security Assurance guidance. Finally, Maurice observes, Oracle Software Security Assurance programs affect all Oracle products (and their respective development organizations) and help ensure consistency in coding practices, security reporting, etc. resulting in effective information sharing between Oracle groups.
    Security
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    Secure Administration of Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains)
    Separation of Function Is Critical in Virtual Environment, Jeff Savit Argues

    In his blog post "Secure administration of Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains)" Jeff Savit describes how to use RBAC to secure an Oracle VM Server for SPARC system by eliminating use of the root userid and restricting power to specific users and roles when they need them. That step, along with restricting which userids can log into a control domain in the first place, should be considered for any domain environment, he contends.

    Other tasks one may wish to consider include using RBAC to control access to guest domains consoles and to enable security auditing, he adds. OVMSS Security, Savit writes, provides the necessary separation of function that is especially critical in a virtual machine environment. He concludes that reference information for the tasks in his blog can be found in Chapter 3 of the Oracle VM Server Administration Guide.

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