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Important Oracle Database Product Update
Interactive Webcast on September 21; Registration Required

Oracle plans to part the curtain on a new database product that will enable customers to optimize their use of Oracle Database 11g. Appearing on the interactive webcast on September 21, 2011 are Oracle executives Mark Hurd, Andrew Mendelsohn, and Judson Althoff. Oracle customers and partners will have the opportunity to join the discussion regarding Oracle’s new database product. Registration for this webcast is required.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 47: JavaOne 2011 San Francisco
What's on Tap for the Next Java Gathering
JavaOne is just around the corner, as host Roger Brinkley reminds his audience by inviting Alvina O'Neal, the JavaOne Conference Lead, and Sharat Chander, the JavaOne Program Chair, to discuss what attending developers can expect for JavaOne 2011 San Francisco with regards to the programming and logistics for the event in Episode 47 of Java Spotlight. As usual, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, takes his customary place on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
With Project Crossbow, Creating an IPMP Group on Solaris 11 Is Simple
imadm Makes It all Happen Without the Old Headaches
Among the many useful networking features available in Project Crossbow is the capability to create IP multipath groups with a single new command -- ipadm -- that eliminates the fuss and bother that was once involved in setting up IPMP. Blogger unixben alerts users to this feature in his blog, where he adds the comment that, if you felt there was no compelling reason to upgrade to Solaris 11, Project Crossbow changes all that.
Solaris 11 Available for Early Adopters
Be Among the First to Download
An update to Oracle Solaris 11 Express that contains all the features expected to be part of Solaris 11 is now available to download on the Oracle Tech Network, blogger Constantin Gonzalez writes. Users will need to accept the special OTN Early Adopter License and join the OTN program, according to Gonzalez, who writes that the release notes cover known issues, numerous ways of installation, and a list of obsolete packages and new packages since Solaris 11 Express 2010.11.
New MySQL Installer for Windows is GA
Oracle Certifies Windows Failover Clustering, Expands Range of Available HA Solutions

As reported elsewhere in this issue of System News, MySQL Installer for Windows has been released to General Availability, according to Bertrand Matthelie's blog. MySQL Installer for Windows takes only a few minutes from downloading the MySQL Installer to having a ready-to-use MySQL system on your machine, radically simplifying the installation process for all MySQL users on the Windows platform. Oracle's certification for Windows Failover Clustering expands the range of High-Availability solutions available for MySQL on Windows, which previously included replication and MySQL Cluster.

MySQL Quickstart Fundamentals On Demand Webcast
WhatÂs New in MySQL 5.5; How to Configure MySQL Server Easily
In this On Demand webcast, Ron Soltani, a Principal Instructor at Oracle University, explains what’s new in MySQL 5.5 and how to configure MySQL Server easily. Soltani's presentation topic include introduction of InnoDB as MySQL’s default Storage Engine Management; improved availability and usability; and steps to configure and setup MySQL server easily. Registration and log in are required.
Cloud Computing
Joyent's Cloud Has Designs on Amazon EC2
Claim Is that SmartOS VMs Outpace Amazon Instances by a Factor of 14
Joyent's "infrastructure cloud," which now welcomes Linux and Windows applications, is in a good position, writes Cade Metz in The Register, to take on Amazon's EC2 with its Solaris-based SmartOS. With the KVM hypervisor ported from Linux to SmartOS the Joyent Cloud delivers a readily scalable computing resource that includes both power and storage, as well as D-Trace and ZFS. Joyent has also changed its pricing model from subscription to a charge-by-the hour structure. Joyent claims that its SmartOS VMs are up to 14 times faster than Amazon's comparable server instances.
IT - Cloud
Make Sure You've Got Your 6 Covered (September 8, 2011)
"While cloud may make a company's IT infrastructure more agile, it also requires a leap of faith - putting vital data and systems into the hands of a third party rather than keeping them safe as part of inhouse IT ..."

Covering your six is a nice way of making sure you’re protected and if you are Worried Your Cloud Provider Will Go Bust; here are Seven Ways to Protect Your Business. Putting all you eggs in one basket is not a bad idea as long as you keep a very close eye on that basket.

Step Back Objectively
Baseline (June 6, 2011)
"As you ponder your cloud computing strategy – and more than half of Fortune 1000 companies are doing just that, with 10% currently selecting cloud providers – it pays to ask some key questions about how the move will contribute to business objectives and how to pursue a seamless transition ..."

Jumping or being pushed into the cloud without addressing these "Eight Critical Questions About Cloud Computing" can turn a cloud into a thunderstorm very quickly. The need for due diligence means looking at the business reasons on why the cloud and why now.

You Are Not Off the Compliance Hook
Dark Reading (September 12, 2011)
"Looking for a magic solution to make their cloud environments compliant with security regulations ... There is none, just as there isn't a silver bullet for compliance in any other IT environment. As with on-premise solutions, compliance in the cloud takes hard work and a lot of planning ..."

Just because you have moved your data offsite doesn't relieve you of any compliance responsibility. "Getting Started with Cloud Compliance" means getting your house in order and remember you are ultimately responsible for compliance. Can you be compliant in the cloud, no doubt, not easy and not cheap but definitely possible.

IT - CxO
Hitting Bottom and Recovering with IT Help
InformationWeek (September 14, 2011)
"Heavy truck maker, the No. 1 company in ... 2011 InformationWeek 500 ranking, makes its mark with in-vehicle electronics."

You may not know the name PACCAR but you know their products: Kenworth and Peterbuilt. Find out how "PACCAR Revs IT Innovation Amid A Brutal Recession" and grew revenues by $2.2 Billion (25% in 2010) in one year after losing 40% in the previous three years (2007, 2008 & 2009).

Pick a Leader but not Just Any Leader:
Continuity Central (September 16, 2011)
"The recent anniversary of 9/11 reminded us what good looked like in a crisis – it looked like New York City firefighters and of course Rudolf Giuliani, the mayor of New York in 2001 ..."

When a disaster strikes, no if but when, that is not the time to decide who is going to be in charge. Before a catastrophe arrives ask yourself, "Can You Profile the Perfect Crisis Manager?" The answer may be that there is one but a series of managers that take over at the right time, in the right place to provide the right leadership.

    Stop or Go On
    InfoWorld (September 12, 2011)
    "If natural disaster looms, should you pull the plug or play the hero? When Irene hit, shutting down two data centers proved a wise choice ..."

    With the multitude of natural disaster over the past few weeks data center managers are wondering "When to Power Down the Data Center" or leave everything status quo. Turning off the power may be the lesser of two evils.

      IT - Networks
      Go Slow with 100GbE
      NetworkWorld (September 15, 2011)
      "... the adoption of 100 Gig to be much bigger than 40 Gig ... 40 Gig was really a step on the way to 100 Gig ..."

      Like IPv6, 100GbE is going to happen; companies may decide to skip the 40GbE and move to the higher speed. Knowing "The When and How of 100 Gigabit Ethernet" will help the decision process of staying where you are, moving the intermediate of going to 100GbE.

        IT - Operations
        Creative Saving Ideas for Power and Cooling
        InfoWorld (September 7, 2011)
        "How vendors and industry groups are confronting the challenge of data center power and cooling in new and unusual ways ..."

        With the cost of power increasing and the consumption of power by data centers one thing is for certain, power costs are not going down. The save hard dollars take a look at these "6 Energy-Efficient Data Center Practices"; the last couple of suggestions are a little weird, but the rest is pretty good.

          Tough Lessons from 9/11
          IT World (September 12, 2011)
          "Data centers have always been secure, tightly controlled facilities, but 9/11 brought about changes that pushed security and physical protections to even higher levels ..."

          The rules for data centers were significantly altered on that fateful day. Understanding "How 9/11 Changed Data Centers" will give some insight as to what direction your future design considerations should take regardless of your location in the world.

          IT - Security
          A Typo Can be Expensive
          V3 co uk (September 12 2011)
          "30 per cent of Fortune 500 companies are susceptible to 'doppelganger domain' email addresses set up by criminals to harvest mis-typed messages ..."

          We are all familiar with phishing schemes; but have you heard of the latest in the bad guys repertoire? "Doppelganger Domains Causing Email Man-In-The-Middle Woes" as criminals are registering e-mail addresses with one or two character misspelled. When you make a typo in the e-mail address, guess who gets the e-mail and all the information contained.

            Lessons from Jurassic Park
            NetworkWorld (September 12, 2011)
            "... Jurassic Park ... The entire complex depends on computer controlled electric fences and gates to keep a range of prehistoric critters from eating the tourists and staff. So at a simple level, if the network fails, people turn into dinosaur food ..."

            Most of us have seen the movie Jurassic Park a couple times; for me there were always some unsettling questions about the park’s security. In "Velocihackers and Tyrannosaurus Superior" we look at the holes in the security setup and administration failures that make up the heart of the movie meltdown.

            ThatÂs Where the Money Is
            Dark Reading (September 9, 2011)
            "Information stored in data warehouses that service business intelligence applications should be a security priority ..."

            You know why robbers target banks ... that’s where the money is located! The same is true for data thieves; the money is in the data warehouse. The problem is that "Big Data Brings Big Risks"] and many companies spend there time keeping the bad guys out of everything and protecting the data warehouse with the same methods used elsewhere.

            What You DonÂt Know Can Bite Big Time
            CIO Insight (September 13, 2011)
            " ... it's impossible to peer into every single thing your company's workers are doing with the technology you've given them ... many cyber attacks come in by way of common human error ..."

            You and I know that employees know most of the time when they are doing something wrong. "Understanding What Workers Hide From IT" won't let you sleep any better at night, but will allow you to make sure through education, policies and more education what is acceptable and what isn't and the reasons.

            IT - Careers
            Who You Gonna Call
            InfoWorld (September 12, 2011)
            "IT superheroes can't fly ... But the geeks who save the day time and time again for enterprises around the globe exhibit some extraordinary powers ..."

            In IT we have people that can walk on water without getting their feet wet – most of the time. Here are "7 IT Superheroes – And Their Fatal Flaws"; even Superman had Kryptonite. These people are indispensable when stuff hits the fan but beware that Kryptonite lurks just around the corner.

              IT - Virtualization
              One Size Does Not Fit All
              InformationWeek (August 15, 2011)
              "While IT rushes to virtualize applications, high-end databases are increasingly moving against the tide, from software to hardware ..."

              There are different solutions in the data center that must be considered when looking at hardware or software solutions. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that HW or SW tailored to solve a specific problem outperforms a generic solution every time. The same is true for virtualization, data centers must consider a Physical Vs. Virtual approach so we don’t try and fit everyone into one size shoe.

                IT - Compliance
                HIPAA No Longer a Toothless Tiger
                NetworkWorld (September 9, 2011)
                "Healthcare organizations that are performing risk assessments as a way to craft patient-privacy policies might want to consider a new potential attack vector: federal regulators ..."

                Not only has HIPAA developed claws but has become aggressive; "Warning: HIPAA Has Teeth and Will Bite Over Healthcare Privacy Blunders. The US Health and Human Services department has decided to take off the gloves; if you are in the healthcare business there is a new sheriff in town.

                Client Solid State Storage (SSS) Performance Test Specification (PTS) Released to Public
                Enables Fair Testing of Disparate Storage Implementations
                According to the Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has released the Client Solid State Storage (SSS) Performance Test Specification (PTS) to the public. The Client PTS comprises a suite of tests and test methodologies necessary to enable comparative testing of individual SSS client device performance. The SSS PTS itself includes a Reference Test Platform (RTP) that ensures the comparison of results on a true 'apples-to-apples' basis across multiple testers,
                Pillar Axiom Release 5 Storage System Software
                Now Available for Pillar Axiom 600 Storage Systems
                Pillar Axiom Release 5 Storage System Software is now available for Pillar Axiom 600 Storage Systems and is also compatible with Pillar Axiom 500 and 300 storage systems. The software provides incomparable, upgradeable investment protection for all current Axiom customers. The enhancements in Pillar Axiom Release 5 Software include: Pillar Axiom Storage Domains allow disparate customer, application, or workload data to be securely separated physically in drive groups in a single storage array, while maintaining full data accessibility; Pillar Axiom MaxMan enables management of multiple Axiom storage systems anywhere from a single Java-based interface; Pillar Axiom MaxRep simplifies data mobility and migration.
                IT - Database
                Open Avenues for Data Leakage
                Dark Reading (September 14, 2011)
                "Bad database security habits make life easy for hackers and malicious insiders ..."

                Do you know what robbers target banks? That’s were the money is located! The same is true for your databases and here are "Seven Ways You Give Thieves Dibs on Your Database." Doesn't matter the reason you've left these holes, fix them as fast as you can.

                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                Vol 163 Issue 1; Vol 162 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 161 Issues 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:

                • Patching Oracle Solaris Using Advanced Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade
                • Determining the Costs of Using Dedup with ZFS
                • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on iPad in Action
                • Oracle Linux Podcast on Btrfs
                • Video Vignettes for My Oracle Support: Featuring User-driven Innovations
                • Two New Offerings in Updated Oracle Solaris Cluster Content
                • Three-fold Focus in Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Beta Program
                • NetBeans Announces 1,000,000 Active Users
                • Top 5 Docs to Introduce You to JavaFX
                • Java Spotlight Episode 40

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

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