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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.
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.
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.

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.

    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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