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Oracle
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Oracle Q1 Earnings: Up 12% to $8.4 billion
Q1 GAAP EPS Up 34% TO 36 Cents
Oracle announced fiscal 2012 Q1 GAAP total revenues up 12% to $8.4 billion, while non-GAAP total revenues were up 11% to $8.4 billion. Both GAAP and non-GAAP new software license revenues were up 17% to $1.5 billion. GAAP software license updates and product support revenues were up 17% to $4.0 billion, while non-GAAP software license updates and product support revenues were up 16% to $4.0 billion. Both GAAP and non-GAAP hardware systems products revenues were down 5% to $1.0 billion.

GAAP operating income was up 40% to $2.7 billion, and GAAP operating margin was 32%. Non-GAAP operating income was up 21% to $3.6 billion, and non-GAAP operating margin was 42%. GAAP net income was up 36% to $1.8 billion, while non-GAAP net income was up 16% to $2.5 billion.

GAAP earnings per share were $0.36, up 34% compared to last year while non-GAAP earnings per share were up 14% to $0.48. GAAP operating cash flow on a trailing twelve month basis was $12.8 billion, up 46% from last year.

Solaris
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Oracle Releases Solaris 10 8/11 with New ZFS Capabilities
Additional Hardware Support, Performance Enhancements
Newly released Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 provides enhancements to Oracle Solaris ZFS and Oracle Solaris install technologies, advanced support for the latest SPARC and x86 systems and Oracle Database 11g performance improvements. The Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 update includes new features, fixes and hardware support, in an easy-to-install manner and preserves the Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee Program to guarantee binary compatibility with older Oracle Solaris releases.
Simplified Installation and Cloud Provisioning with Oracle Solaris 11
Result Is Lowered Up-front and Ongoing Deployment Costs
Oracle has developed Solaris 11 with simplification and modernization of installation as one of the key areas of focus and the lowering of up-front and ongoing costs of deploying Oracle Solaris-based systems and software stacks as one of the principal goals. A few of the benefits of these new Oracle Solaris installation technologies are:

  • Improvement for the cloud-driven software lifecycle process
  • Reduced complexity resulting from enterprise-scale flexibility features in the product
  • Unified design that supports various installation options
  • Enabled end-users able to take advantage of modern network protocols and architectures with WAN-based network and file-based software repositories
MySQL
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New Commercial Extensions for MySQL Enterprise Edition
Expands MySQL Business Model
There are now three new commercial extensions to MySQL Enterprise Edition, which are:

  • MySQL Enterprise Scalability: Thread Pool
  • MySQL Enterprise High Availability: Features Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition and Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • MySQL Enterprise Security: Allows users to be authenticated using external libraries, directories, etc.
Cloud Computing
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SAS Grid omputing with the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System and the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance
Strong I/O Scalability Makes this Configuration a Winner
In her OTN article on creating a robust platform for SAS Grid Computing that uses the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System and the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance, Maureen Chew concludes that this particular blade/storage appliance combination and the Solaris 10 OS constitute an ideal environment for SAS Grid Computing applications. She writes that 30 compute hours in the SAS Grid Mixed Analytic workload finished in approximately 45 minutes, adding that a mirrored pool across two disk shelves was found capable of delivering more than 3 GB/sec of I/O throughput. Tests using a single PCIe, dual-ported, InfiniBand connection from the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance performed roughly equivalent to a quad 10 GbE link aggregation despite the expectation that the quad 10 GbE might perform 20% to 25% better.
Linux
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Zero Downtime Updates for Oracle Linux with Ksplice
No Reboots, No Configuration Changes
Ksplice is the answer if you're searching for zero-downtime updates for Oracle Linux, says the Penguin. Ksplice is now available at no additional charge to existing and new Oracle Linux Premier Support customers as part of Oracle Linux, enabling users to update the Linux operating system (OS) kernel while it is running without a reboot or any interruption. Oracle Linux Premier Support subscribers can request a Ksplice access key through Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).
Exadata
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Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing 3.2.1 with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2
Configuration Demonstrates Extreme Performance for Utility Bill Processing, Ample Scaling Reserves
In a test using 12 months of historical financial data for a company with one million accounts Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing 2.3.1 running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 processed an unprecedented 16,500 bills per minute or 993,240 bills per hour. A typical night’s billing run for such a — 47,600 bills — was processed in 2.87 minutes. The quarter rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 running Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing 2.3.1 on the application tier running on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4770 server demonstrated ample room for additional growth.
Hardware
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Oracle Database Appliance
Simple, Highly Reliable, Affordable Database System for Small/Midsize Enterprises and Departments
The Oracle Database Appliance is an easy-to-use, affordable, and highly available database appliance that is built using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on a 2-node Sun Fire server cluster running Oracle Linux.

The Oracle Database Appliance features a pay-as-you-grow software licensing for Oracle Database and related software from 2 to 24 processor cores. This allows customers to align their software spend with their business growth without the need for any hardware upgrades.

With proactive system monitoring, one-button software provisioning, full-stack integrated patching, and automatic phone home on hardware failures, the Oracle Database Appliance also reduces the cost and resources required to build and maintain a highly-available database system.

Storage
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Q3.4.1 Code Now Available on MOS for the 7000 ZFSSA Family
Significant Price Reductions
With the code Q3.4.1 release users can employ the new 15K speed 300 gigabyte (GB) and 600 GB drive trays, mixing and matching drive trays in their systems as long as they do not include the high-capacity slower drives in the same pool as the high-speed drives. While, as blogger Steve Tunstall points out, not everyone will need these faster drives, users whose workloads either fill up the cache or by-pass the Logzillas altogether during writes will find the 15K speed spindles a valuable tool.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 163 Issues1 and 2; Vol 162 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 161 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:

  • Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Update 2
  • Questioning the Password Myth
  • First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • Adding Zone Swap Space
  • Webcast - How Oracle Uses Oracle Desktop Virtualization
  • Oracle Exadata: The World’s Fastest Database Machine
  • Installing WebLogic in a Zone
  • Oracle Linux 5 Update 7
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Available on x86-based Oracle Exadata Database Machines
  • Java JDK 7, NetBeans 7.0.1, GlassFish 3.1.1 Released

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

    Performance
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    Six Sun Fire X4800 M2 Servers Combine for World Record on SAP SD Parallel Benchmark
    Outperforms IBM Power 795
    Six of Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers, Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Database 11g Real Application Clusters (RAC) software delivered an SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Sales and Distribution - Parallel (SD Parallel) Benchmark result of 134,080 users as of 09/12/2011. This was 6% more performance compared to the IBM Power 795 server SD two-tier result of 126,063 users.
    Virtualization
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    Windows 8 in VirtualBox
    Fat Bloke Blogs a 4-Step Procedure
    If you need to run Windows 8 in Oracle VM VirtualBox,"] then follow the simple procedure Fat Bloke outlines in his blog. Only four steps:

    • Download Windows 8 from the MSDN
    • Create a New Windows 7 VM in VirtualBox
    • Configure the CD/DVD to point to the downloaded Developer Preview iso
    • Turn it on and go
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 48: Stephen Chin
    Offers Preview of His Forthcoming JavaOne 2011 SF Sessions
    In Java Spotlight Episode 48 Java Champion Stephen Chin, Chief Agile Methodologist for GXS, focuses on three of the four sessions that he is presenting at Java One 2011 in San Francisco. Chin, along with James Weaver, Weiqi Gao, and Dean Iverson, is the author of Pro JavaFX 2 Platform: A Definitive Guide to Script, Desktop, and Mobile RIA with Java Technology. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, are on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Security
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    Recommendations for Creating Reduced or Minimal Oracle Solaris Configurations
    Improves not just Security but Management Costs as well
    One approach to security that has become standard practice within the past decade is the deployment of reduced or minimal configurations of Oracle Solaris in the assumption that if software is not installed it cannot be re-enabled or exploited, or at least not easily. Glenn Brunette's blog on the subject includes recommendations for creating such reduced configurations for security reasons and to reduce the management burden and costs associated with instance provisioning, patching, migration, and audit compliance.
    Oracle Confronts "Apache Killer" Vulnerability
    Security Alert for CVE-2011-3192 Released

    Oracle has responded to the "Apache Killer" vulnerability, which affects several Oracle products such as Oracle Application Server and Oracle Fusion Middleware because of their implementation of Apache. Oracle, as a precautionary measure has issued a patch in advance of the scheduled Critical Patch Update on October 18, 2011. Oracle recommends that all affected customers apply the fixes provided by Security Alert for CVE-2011-3192 in order to maintain their security in depth posture.

    Financial Services
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    Oracle Receives SWIFTReady Payment Label 2011
    Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking 11.2.0 Named Compliant
    Oracle announced that Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking 11.2.0 has received the SWIFTReady Payment Label 2011. The SWIFTReady label identifies products that demonstrate compliance with SWIFT standards, messaging services, and connectivity; integrate efficiently in the SWIFT environment; increase traffic automation; and support straight-through processing (STP). SWIFT, which supplies secure messaging services and interface software to wholesale financial entities, runs an annual program for determining the SWIFT-compliance of third-party software applications for the financial services sector.
    Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing on Exadata
    Delivers Extreme Performance: 9,523 Billable Charges per Second

    Results of performance tests demonstrate that Oracle Financial Services Revenue Management and Billing 2.2 running on a full rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 can deliver unprecedented performance and scalability. In the test, a billion transactions were validated, mapped and aggregated into 200 million transaction groups. These groups were then priced into billable charges. Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the application priced 9,523 billable charges per second, enabling financial services organizations to process pricing requests for 100 million accounts in six hours. Ultimately 100 million bills can be generated in a single monthly run using a 13 hour batch window.

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