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The Oracle Database Appliance
Offers Simplified Approach to Deploying a High Availability Database
The Oracle Database Appliance simplifies deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability database solutions. Oracle Database Appliance is built from the latest generation of Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters, and offers customers a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage and networking in a four-rack unit consisting of two server nodes and 12 Terabytes (TB) of raw storage capacity running Oracle Linux and Oracle Database 11g Release 2.
Replay of Webcast: Oracle SPARC SuperCluster Announcement
Larry Ellison, John Fowler Extol the Virtues of Oracle's New Release
Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster is introduced by CEO Larry Ellison and EVP John Fowler in a webcast that explains how the SPARC T4 and Oracle Solaris stand to redefine the IT industry. As Ellison and Fowler explain, the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 is the first general-purpose engineered system that combines the computing power of the new SPARC T4 processor, the performance and scalability of Oracle Solaris 11, the optimized database performance of Oracle Exadata storage, and the accelerated middleware processing of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. (Registration and log-in required.)
Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
WorldÂís Fastest General Purpose Engineered System
Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, the world's fastest general purpose engineered system and a complete application-to-disk solution, has demonstrated its capability to deliver twice the performance of the IBM Power7 and HP Superdome systems at only half the cost of running enterprise applications. The SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 combines Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Solaris with the optimized database performance of Oracle Exadata storage cells, the accelerated middleware and application processing of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud software, and offers internal shared disk storage via Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7320 Appliance.
Exadata Storage on Demand
License Only What You Need
For those purchasers of Oracle Exadata Database Machine who anticipate future growth in storage demands, blogger Andy Colvin suggests purchasing the hardware up front but licensing only what is needed at the moment. Working with a half rack that was only licensed for a 1/4 rack, saved $480,000 in licensing costs. Come time for expansion, Colvin continues, cells 5 through 7 were removed one at a time with a rebalance performed in between setting the DISK_REPAIR_TIME attribute for each diskgroup to 1 minute through sqlplus. No downtime necessary.
Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management on Exadata, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Demonstrates Extreme Performance
Processes One Billion Meter Reads per Hour

The Smart Grid's "Data Deluge" is no match for Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management 2.0.1, running with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2, processed 1 billion meter reads per hour. This configuration also responded to 19.3 million requests for bill determinants per hour, with each request requiring the calculation of four bill determinants, equating to 77.2 million bill determinants calculated per hour. The test used data from 5.5 million smart meters measuring consumption in 15-minute intervals.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 49: Charlie Hunt on Java Performance
Oracle JVM Lead Performance Engineer, Lead Author of New Title 'Java Performance'
Charlie Hunt, JVM Performance Lead Engineer at Oracle and the lead author of the newly published Java Performance book, joins host Roger Brinkley on Episode 49 of Java Spotlight to discuss both Java performance and the book as well. Hunt's responsibilities at Oracle include improving the performance of the Java HotSpot VM and Java SE class libraries. He has also been involved in improving the performance of both GlassFish Server Open Source Edition and Oracle WebLogic Server. In his customary seat on the Java All Star Developer Panel during Episode 49 is Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.
Free and Open Source S/W
15 Essential Open Source Tools for Windows Admins
No Need to Check with Microsoft

Despite what you may have assumed, there is an alternative to Microsoft when it comes to enhancements for Windows, and these enhancements are free and olpen source, so why call Redmond. J. Peter Bruzzese a number of these offerings in his InforWorld article "15 Essential Open Source Tools for Windows Admins." Here's a list:

  • Wireshark
  • MailArchiva
  • Exchange 2010 RBAC Manager
  • Core Configurator 2.0 for Server Core
  • AutoSPInstaller for SharePoint 2010
  • OCS Inventory
  • UltraDefrag
  • Nmap for Windows
  • Zenmap
  • PowerGUI
  • Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool
  • ClamWin Antivirus
  • Virtual Router
  • VirtualBox

Microsoft also hosts CodePlex, a site for open source projects.

HP-UX to Oracle Solaris Porting Guide
Oracle White Paper Argues that Porting HP-UX to Solaris Is Both Logical and Operationally Sound
In 111 pages, "HP-UX to Oracle Solaris Porting Guide," an Oracle white paper, treats the subject in exhaustive detail, filling a growing need as the future of HP-UX becomes increasingly uncertain. With ISVs offering diminishing support to HP-UX 11i -- an even more threatening situation to those users running on Intel Itanium processors -- porting to the Oracle Solaris OS presents itself as a logical solution. The white paper adds the consideration that source code compatibility between platforms ensures applications ported to SPARC systems can be recompiled easily on x86 systems and vice versa.
New Commercial Extensions Worry MySQL Community
Licensing Issues Give Some Cause for Concern

A number of open-source devotees are not all that happy with Oracle's decision to follow the dual-licensing path for MySQL, given the querulous response to the release of three new commercial extensions. But, insists Brian Profitt in ITWorld, part of Oracle's agreement with the European Union Commission for being allowed to go through with the acquisition of Sun was the promise that Oracle would continue to support the dual-license scheme until January 28, 2015. Until then users will have to live with commercial and open licenses and just wait for the possibility of a proprietary, Profitt writes.

Cloud Computing
Security Trumps Scale
NetworkWorld (September 26, 2011)
A study has found that "SMBs Just Aren’t Into the Cloud". SMBs recognize the benefits of the cloud, the problem is that their necks are on the line and if for any reason, yours, mine or an Act of God, it the cloud doesn't protect my data and perform as promised I'm the one on the street.
    Some Winners in Cloud Services
    NetworkComputing (September 28, 2011)
    The cloud is still in the infancy stage and yet some MSPs are finding the key to success while others are still searching for answers on both the provider and user sides. The cloud must "Is It Time to Reinvent the Cloud? Not necessarily if you leverage what you do best in a vertical market. One cloud solution can't be everything to everyone but to someone the cloud can be everything.
      Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux
      The Answer Is oracle-validated RPM
      Installing the oracle-validated RPM can save time when installing Oracle Database 10g or 11g on Oracle Linux, according to Ginny Henningsen, who writes about her experience in simplifying Oracle Database installation. She finds that the RPM addresses most Oracle Database installation prerequisites and greatly simplifies the installation process. She describes the several pre-configuration steps that RPM performs and then outlines the steps involved in installing RPM.
      JavaOne San Francisco 2011 Keynote Lineup
      Conference Features Java Strategy, Technical and Community Keynotes
      JavaOne 2011, scheduled for October 2-6 in San Francisco, will feature Java strategy, technical and community keynotes, as well as insight from industry leaders and Java technology experts and enthusiasts on a wide range of technical topics. JavaOne 2011 tracks cover everything from building modern applications using JDK 7, leveraging JavaFX to create client-side applications, to creating sophisticated Java-based cloud solutions and more.
      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 163 Issues1, 2 and 3; Vol 162 Issues 1, 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:

      • SATA Group Creates New High-speed Storage Spec
      • Gartner Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies 2011
      • Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
      • Awk One-Liners Explained
      • Patching Not The Time Hog It Used to Be
      • MySQL Newsletter August 2011
      • Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms)
      • Setting Up Unison File Synchronization Between Two Servers
      • Get into the Cloud but Stay Out of Trouble
      • Sun Blade X6270 M2 with Oracle WebLogic Sets World Record on 2-Processor SPECjEnterprise 2010 Benchmark

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

        InfoWorld Awards Best of Open Source to LibreOffice
        Open Source Productivity Suite Shows Signs of Maturing
        Among the accolades accruing to LibreOffice is its InfoWorld Best of Open Source for 2011 award. While by its own admission the Document Foundation (TDF) does not claim to have replaced in every respect, still the faster launch and the incrementally better set of features give TDF something to crow about. There is work to be done on such matters as spelling/grammar checking, for example but the more business-like look and feel has won praise.
        LibreOffice Celebrates Its First Birthday
        Conference Convenes in Paris October 13-15
        The Document Foundation will be holding its first LibreOffice Conference in Paris, October 13-15, 2011. Events will include public Q&A sessions, birds-of-a-feather meetings, and the customary keynote addresses, one of which will summarize the project achievements during the first year: development, infrastructure, community and marketing.
        Integrated IP Equals Total Systems for Customers
        Oracle President Mark Hurd Explains Company Strategy
        "What you're seeing from Oracle is, we're integrating more of our IP" -- intellectual property -- "into total systems that bring our customers significant performance and cost advantages," said Oracle President Mark Hurd as reported in a story by Brandon Bailey for Hurd is becoming increasingly visible as a member of the Oracle executive team to the extent that outsiders are crediting him with adding strength to Oracle's hardware operations which John Fowler heads up, even though Hurd's province at Oracle is sales.
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