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Oracle
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Core Factor for T4 published
Suggestion Is that T4 Will Perform as Promised
Oracle has published an update to the Processor Core Factor Table, according to a blog post by Stefan Hinker. This update lists the still unreleased T4 CPU with a factor of 0.5, which leaves the license cost per socket the same compared to T3 while putting T4 in the same league as SPARC64 VII+ and all current x86 CPUs. A later announcement is expected that will provide performance details, although this core factor seems to confirm that T4 will deliver on Oracle's performance claims.
Features
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Google's Eric Schmidt at Salesforce on Sun, Android, Steve Jobs and a Good Deal More
Keynote Interview with Marc Benioff
Sun invented open systems, and that is its legacy to the IT industry, according to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in an interview that took place at Dreamforce 2011, stressing the role of Java technology in developing that legacy. One of Sun's biggest problems was that it was often first with one-off designs but had trouble matching the competition when it came to volume production, he recalled from his own years at Sun. Schmidt makes many other interesting observations in the course of his hour-long-plus interview with Marc Benioff.
Solaris
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cluster check: One of Solaris Cluster's Best Kept Secrets
Gives More Capability to Adminstrators

cluster check is "one of the best kept secrets of Oracle Solaris Cluster," blogs Ed McKnight. He writes that the latest set of enhancements to cluster check focuses on validating clusters during installation and initial configuration, which enables administrators to perform the most important of the Enterprise Installation Services (EIS) checks themselves. A further important change that McKnight points out is in the titling of check results in progress reporting. He adds that there are now some 40 new checks.

MySQL
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Oracle Releases MySQL Installer for Windows
New Installer Streamlines Deployment, Extends High Availability to Windows Server 2008 R2
Oracle's newly released MySQL Installer for Windows enables users to provision and deploy MySQL in minutes, allowing developers and DBAs to accelerate time to market. Oracle has in addition completed certification of MySQL Enterprise Edition for Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering, which enables Windows users to deploy business-critical applications that demand high levels of availability.
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.6 Now in GA
Release Fixes Several Bugs
Oracle announces the GA release of MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.6, now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will shortly be available via Oracle E-Delivery as well. This is a maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs. More information on the contents of this release are available in the changelog. Binaries for the new release are available on My Oracle Support.
Storage
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Creating a Hierarchical Database Backup System with Oracle RMAN and Oracle SAM QFS
With the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
"Creating a Hierarchical Database Backup System Using Oracle RMAN and Oracle SAM QFS with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance," a 23-page Oracle white paper, describes the implementation of a hierarchical database backup solution that is an ideal solution for users with three or more mission-critical Oracle databases, 40 terabytes (TB) or more aggregate backup data, and a requirement to keep backups on tape for longer than 180 days. With this solution a single DBA can be assigned control and management of database backup, restoration, and recovery.
IDC Report Finds Seven Consequtive Quarters of Storage Software Revenue Growth
EMC, Symantec, IBM Lead the Field
The IDC report "Ongoing Infrastructure Investments Carry Storage Software Revenues to Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Growth in 2Q11" finds a total market value approaching $3.4 billion during the quarter, up 11.3% over the same period last year. IDC reports that this double-digit growth broadly aligned with increased investments made within the server and disk storage systems markets during the same quarter, which suggests that storage software sales benefited from expansive investments made within the infrastructure space. The survey found EMC, Symantec, and IBM were the top ranking storage software suppliers with 24.5%, 15.8% and 14.1% market shares respectively.
WW Disk Storage Systems Post 10% Y/Y Growth in 2Q11; Systems Capacity Grows to 5353 PB
IDC Finds EMC Holds onto Lead
A recent report from IDC, "Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker" finds strong growth continuing in the worldwide disk storage systems market in Q211. IDC found the total disk storage systems market grew to just shy of $7.5 billion in revenues, representing 10.2% growth from the prior year's second quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 5,353 petabytes (PB), growing 46.7% year over year. EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market, followed by IBM and NetApp, who tied for second.
Sun Tape
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Tapes Have Significant TCO Benefits Over Disk
Two Studies Find Significant Advantages in Tape Storage
StorageNewsletter.com has published a story on the results of two studies of TCO in a variety of tape vs. disk scenarios. Both studies found that tape had long-term cost advantages when compared to a scenario that relied on a disk-only solution. The TCO under The Clipper Group scenario found the disk solution for long-term archiving to be more than $67M, contrasted to the $4.5M cost to deploy a tape solution a 12 year scenario. The cost of energy alone for disk at was $4M and only about $18k for tape.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 162 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 161 Issues 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:

  • T4 - Next Generation SPARC Processor
  • VMware Product Support for Oracle Servers and Storage
  • MySQL Live Virtual Classes
  • Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.0 Release
  • Who's Using RBAC These Days?
  • Preparing for Solaris 11 Installation: OTN Video
  • Manage Your Storage Environment with Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-Ins for Oracle VM 3.0
  • Using smpatch to Apply Solaris Cluster Patches and Other Enhancements
  • Deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • MySQL Relational Database Management"

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Bossie Awards 2011: The Best Open Source Desktop and Mobile Software
    Winnners Include VirtualBox VM
    Here are the categories for which 2011 Bossie Award winners have been named:

    • Best Open Source Software
    • Best Open Source Desktop and Mobile Software
    • Best Open Source Application Development Software
    • Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud Software

    VirtualBox won with this endorsement: "A free-to-use and open source virtualization solution for desktop environments, VirtualBox changed hands from Sun to Oracle when the latter bought the former. That hasn't changed the pace or tenor of its development, though, and the last few revisions -- including a major update to the left of the decimal point -- have continued to pile on reasons to ditch commercial alternatives. For anyone who even dabbles in virtualization, it's gone from useful to must-have."

    Performance
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    New World Record for Oracle Database 11g on SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) Standard Application Benchmark
    SPARC Enterprise M9000 Beats All Previously Posted Records
    Oracle announced that Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server with 64 SPARC64 VII+ 3.0 GHz quad-core processors has set a new world record on the SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) standard application benchmark, delivering a record result of 206,360 fully business processed assembly orders per hour. In running this benchmark both the application tier and the database tier were deployed on a single SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, demonstrating its capabilities for workload consolidation.
    Sysadmin
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    Overview Demo of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    Converged Hardware Management Delivers ROI of 139% in One Year
    The Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center demo shows how users can simplify management of all Oracle systems, increase server performance and availability, and reduce security risks. With Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center it is possible to perform system updates up to 90% faster and reduce downtime by up to 75% while achieving an ROI of 139% with a payback period of just 12 months. Oracle VP of Systems Management Steve Wilson explains "converged hardware management," which enables servers, hypervisors, storage devices and network fabrics to be managed from one console.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 46: Oracle Linux
    Roger Brinkley Interviews Lenz Grimmer of Oracle Linux Product Management Team
    In Episode 46 of the of the Java Spotlight, Host Roger Brinkley interviews Lenz Grimmer, a member Oracle Linux Product Management team on the subject of Oracle Linux. Grimmer worked from 1998 to 2002 as a distribution engineer for SuSE Linux AG in Nuremberg, Germany, and then joined MySQL AB as a release engineer, later becoming a member of MySQL's Community Relations team. Taking his customary seat on the Java All Star Developer Panel is Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine.
    Security
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    Platform Centric View of Identity and Access Management
    Adopt Oracle's Integrated Approach to System Implementation
    The key to assuring system security is latency, blogs Naresh Persaud, and the key to optimal latency is an integrated platform such as Oracle offers that minimizes the latency of change across all applications, enabling enterprises to adapt to the velocity of threats. With latency optimized, Persaud argues, employee job changes, employee separation and re-mediation of employee certification reviews become more securely manageable.
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