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Oracle
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Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebCenter Suite
Lower TCO, Increased Productivity, Security and Performance
"The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebCenter Suite enables superior performance, security, and availability for Oracle WebCenter applications at lower costs. Scalability testing on a range of hardware choices provides guidance for a measured approach to either adoption of the system entire, or for adding to an existing enterprise portal infrastructure. This solution demonstrates how Oracle's hardware complements the industry-leading Oracle WebCenter Portal software suite. Two Oracle white papers provide further information on this implementation: "Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g: The Modern user Experience Platform for the Enterprise and the Web" and "Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebCenter Portal--A Technical White Paper."
Features
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Video Vignettes for My Oracle Support: Featuring User-driven Innovations
Brief Instructional Videos on a Variety of Subjects
My Oracle Support has made "video vignettes" available, each devoted to a different training module and viewable through the Feedback link at a user's convenience. The vignette titles include:

  • Overview of My Oracle Support
  • Registering for My Oracle Support
  • Registration and Account Administration
  • Introduction to the new Health Recommendations features
  • Introduction to the new Certify Search
  • Certifications Searching - Advanced Uses
  • Upgrade Planner
  • Upgrade Planner - Advanced Uses
  • Most Popular
  • Installing configuration manager
  • Why use configuration manager?
  • Creating a Service Request
  • Dashboard Customization
  • PowerView
  • Searching
  • Reporting

A MyOracle support account is not required to view these videos.

Oracle Healthcare Solutions Provide Foundation for Singapore's Electronic Health Record System
Deployment Accomplished within 10 Months with Aid of Oracle Consulting

Singapore has opted for an extensive implementation of Oracle solutions in the establishment of its National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) system. NEHR has deployed Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base, Oracle Database 11g, multiple Oracle Database Options, Oracle VM, and several components of Oracle Fusion Middleware, such as Oracle Identity Management 11g, Oracle SOA Suite 11g and Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g. NEHR will enable health care providers to access a single patient record for medical information, including patient demographics, diagnosis, medications, tests, procedures and discharge summaries, for exchange among clinicians. This comprehensive deployment of a platform for electronic health records was completed in 10 months with the aid of Oracle Consulting.

Linux
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Oracle Linux Podcast on Btrfs
With Chris Mason, Oracle Director of Software Development
The second episode of the Oracle Linux Podcast features Chris mason, Director of Software Development at Oracle and principal author and coordinator of the Btrfs file system. The topic under discussion is the file system's general features, the latest developments and how the development process of Btrfs is performed in collaboration with other contributors from the Linux kernel community. Btrfs is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Initially developed by Oracle, Btrfs is licensed under the GPL and open for contribution from anyone.
Storage
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Determining the Costs of Using Dedup with ZFS
Blogger Takes a Case Study Approach
Whether -- or not -- to dedup is a question addressed by Constantin Gonzalez in a recent blog that subject the question to a cost/benefit analysis as a means of allaying the anxieties of those users who remain uneasy about the dedup capabilities of ZFS. Gonzalez blogs that, "the decision to use ZFS deduplication or not is almost always a simple cost/benefit analysis. When using deduplication, one needs to plan for at least some extra L2ARC SSD requirements, or better some extra RAM for storing the dedup table in a manner that doesn't negatively impact write performance. Especially RAM can become a decisive factor in deciding for or against deduplication, so usually a dedup savings factor of 2 is a necessary threshold for deduplication to become a real cost saver." He reviews the means in a case study approach to learn just how much space is saved in a dedup procedure; calculating the memory costs of using dedup; L2ARC as an alternative to dedup. Finally, Gonzalez lays out how to determine the break even point in assessing dedup costs and provides a couple rules of thumb.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 161 Issues 1,2, 3 and 4; Vol 160 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 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:

  • Many New Features, Improvements in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1
  • Integrated Load Balancing Feature in Solaris 11
  • The Oracle Hardware Management Pack
  • Oracle Solaris Zones Demo on OTN
  • Andy Bechtolsheim Casts His Vote for Merchant Silicon
  • Live Upgrade
  • How Uncle Sam Gave Rise to Open Source
  • Extreme Solaris Virtualization Performance: Webcast
  • Oracle Solaris Security: It's a Given
  • Oracle x86 Infrastructure TCO Study

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

    LibreOffice
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    Oracle, SUSE, Red Hat drive 70% of LibreOffice Development
    Document Foundation Declares LibreOffice 3.4.2 'Enterprise Ready'
    Standing firmly behind LibreOffice are Oracle, SUSE, and RedHat, each contributing 25 percent, 25 percent, and 20 percent, respectively, of the new code. In addition, note Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and Paula Rooney in ZDNet, Oracle donated OpenOffice to the Apache Foundation. This means, in the eyes of the Document Foundation, that "corporate support for LibreOffice is strong and that this Office suite is 'enterprise ready.'" The writers add that the remaining 30 percent of code came from pre-TDF developers, Canonical, Tata Consulting Services, Bobiciel, CodeThink, Lanedo and SIL. RedFlag 2000 is one new LibreOffice contributor. When LibreOffice 3.4.3 is released at the end of August, it will contain more bug fixes and security fixes.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Open Source, Java, and Oracle - Cracking the Code
    Oracle's Steve Harris at OSCON
    Steve Harris's keynote address at OSCON is very capably summarized in Tori Wieldt's blog "Open Source, Java, and Oracle -- Cracking the Code," in which Wieldt writes that Harris said the company [Oracle] does not have a top-down strategy around open source, but rather individual lines of business, which have open source strategies of their own to meet business needs. Concerning Java, which resides in the Oracle Middleware line of business, Oracle's priority, Harris said, is to keep Java vibrant with increased investment in platform, continuing to move towards free and open, and to improve support for the Java developer community. Finally, Wieldt blogs, in a nod to Oracle's view of how the open source community perceives the company, Steve Harris introduced the humorous "Perceived Open Source Threat Level" graphic and said "We’re not where we should be, but it has gotten better and it will get better.” The ever-shifting pointer hovers uneasily between GUARDED and ELEVATED.
    Developer
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    Three-fold Focus in Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Beta Program
    Improvements in Performance, Reliability, Developer Productivity
    In its beta release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 the focus is on enhancements to performance, reliability and developer productivity, Oracle announces. In the area of accelerating performance, improvements, compiler and library optimizations for the newest Oracle Sun Enterprise Servers; acceleration of SPARC-based systems (incl. SPARC T4) that speed up application performance up to 3x over gcc, with up to a 40% boost over Sun Studio 12; and improvements in application performance of up to 1.5x over gcc and up to 20% faster than Sun Studio 12 for x-86-based systems figure prominently. Application observability has been improved by adding a new code analyzer that identifies common coding and memory access errors and by enabling application concurrency graphs and multi-process application profiling. Enhancements in the area of developer productivity include the capability of remote access from a Windows desktop in development of Oracle Solaris applications; the inclusion of Oracle Pro*C & OCI/OCCI Database development in Solaris Studio IDE; updated support for key open source runtime libraries, including BOOST and Apache C++; and the ability to build applications up to 20% faster than Studio 12.2 and up to 20% reduction in debug information size.
    Sysadmin
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    Patching Oracle Solaris Using Advanced Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade
    Strategies for Zones and Clusters: A How-to

    "Patching Oracle Solaris Using Advanced Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade Strategies for Zones and Clusters" is a lengthy, detailed guide that extends to a number of sections, including:

    • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Oracle Solaris Zones
    • Zonepaths on ZFS
    • General Rules for Using Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade with Non-Global Zones
    • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Non-Global Zones with Mount Points Added
    • Oracle Solaris8 and Solaris9 Branded Zones
    • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and ZFS
    • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Cluster Technologies

    Two detailed examples are also included.

    Two New Offerings in Updated Oracle Solaris Cluster Content
    Oracle Solaris Cluster Administration: Basic and Advanced

    A blog post from the Oracle Solaris Cluster Oasis draws attention to the availability of two items in Updated Oracle Solaris Cluster Content. These are:

    Oracle Solaris Cluster Administration

    A course that provides students with the essential information and skills needed to install and administer Oracle Solaris Cluster hardware and software systems. Students are introduced to Oracle Solaris Cluster hardware and software product features, hardware configuration, and software installation, along with cluster configuration, data service configuration, and system operation.

    Oracle Solaris Cluster Advanced Administration

    The Oracle Solaris Cluster Advanced Administration course provides System Administrators, Database Administrators, and Support Personnel with advanced configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills and procedures for Oracle Solaris Cluster. The course is intended for students who already have experience installing and configuring basic applications for Oracle Solaris Cluster.

    VDI
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    Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet
    Network Drop Alone Powers Thin Client, Monitor with Cisco's Catalyst 4500E Switch
    Networking and power on the same physical line? No problem at all, blogs Chris Kawalek in the post "Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet." The phenomenally low power consumption of both the Sun Ray Client (as low as six watts) and the integrated 21.5 inch display (20 watts) is well within the 60 watt capacity of Cisco's Catalyst 4500E Switch, he writes. This makes it possible to establish impromptu connections in such settings as manufacturing floors and warehouses, point of sale stations, and information kiosks with only a network drop and without a separate AC power line.
    Virtualization
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    Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on iPad in Action
    Connects to the Datacenter, Enables Remote Desktop Use
    The iPad is everywhere as Jaap's blog post "Oracle Virtual Desktop client on iPad in action" attests. He recounts his experience in connecting to the datacenter with an iPad through both private and public WiFi networks and also with a 3g connection through a tethered mobile phone. He found the network performance of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) for iPad surprisingly good in that the ALP protocol enabled him to work on a remote desktop over a 3G connection. The blog post includes an impressive video demonstration of the OVDC on iPad.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 40:
    DFJUG Q&A Session from Brasilia
    Java Spotlight Episode 40 features a Q&A session with Roger Brinkley and Arun Gupta with DFJUG in Brasilia, Brasil. Java All Star Developer Panel Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, takes his customary place on the Developer Panel.
    Release of GlassFish 3.1.1 Met with Generous Enthusiasm
    Now Supports Java SE 7
    In comments on the recent release of GlassFish 3.1.1 blogger Tori Wieldt notes the support now available for Java SE 7, including the Java language improvements provided by Project Coin, along with improvements to the Java SE 7 JVM.Wieldt also mentions the additional platform support with AIX 6.1 and 7.1 integration and support for Solaris 11 Express Edition; improved performance and faster runtime on Oracle GlassFish Server with 64-bit load balancing plug-in support; enhancements to performance and stability to Weld, EclipseLink, and Jersey runtimes; support for multiple tenants, composite persistence units, and extended entities in EclipseLink 2.3; support for OSGi/HTTP, OSGi/Web, OSGi/JDBC, OSGi/Java EE Hybrid applications; and improved fidelity when using GlassFish Embedded APIs.
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans Announces 1,000,000 Active Users
    Oracle Support Continues for Premier Java IDE
    Initially developed as a Czech Republic student project in 1996, NetBeans IDE, which became Sun Microsystems' flagship Java IDE, has as of July 2011, grown to a community of 1,000,000 active users. "That's not downloads," says John Jullion-Ceccarelli, NetBeans senior manager. "That number represents people who are regularly using NetBeans IDE each month. NetBeans IDE has come a long way.” The latest release of the NetBeans IDE is closely aligned with Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and is the first tool to provide support for the new features included in Java 7. NetBeans continues to be developed in the Czech Republic, under Oracle's sponsorship
    JavaFX
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    Top 5 Docs to Introduce You to JavaFX
    Some Answers on the Release of Beta 2
    "Top Five Docs to Introduce You to JavaFX" covers several aspects of the new release of JavaFX 2.0 Beta. The titles include:

    • What is JavaFX?: Maybe you've worked with previous versions of JavaFX or maybe you are new to JavaFX. Either way, this doc explains the features of JavaFX 2.0 Beta and what type of applications you can build with it.
    • Getting Started With JavaFX: Once you've gotten a feel for JavaFX, you're ready to try building an application. This guide steps you through the basics of a JavaFX application, then shows how to enhance the application with visual effects and bring it to life with animation.
    • JavaFX Architecture and Framework: Now for a little deep diving. This guide explains the JavaFX 2.0 APIs and the programming model.

    • UI Controls and Layout: Many applications need controls. Here you'll learn about the button, text box, scroll bar, and the rest of the controls, and also how to ensure they are properly positioned, aligned, and resized. You'll see samples of how to use each control.

    But wait, there's more: There is documentation about the JavaFX scene graph, embedded browser, media, interoperability with Swing, and more.

    Security
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    Don't Worry Whether Your Data Is Secure
    Oracle Solutions Can Make It So
    With the solutions cited in Oracle's Profit Online magazine, security executives and database managers can rest, if not soundly, at least in a less disturbed state. With a "security inside out" approach that ensures information assets are protected all the way from databases to applications to end points, and with such solutions as Oracle Identity Management 11g, Oracle Database Vault, Oracle Audit Vault, and Oracle Database Firewall deliver the detailed audit and monitoring capabilities to effectively monitor both Oracle and non-Oracle databases, preventing SQL injection attacks from affecting the database, Oracle assures its customer base.
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