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Oracle
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Oracle Database Appliance
OLTP and/or Data Warehousing in a Single Box from One Vendor
The Oracle Database Appliance, as described in its data sheet, offers customers a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking in one box that delivers high-availability database services for both homegrown and packaged online transaction processing and data warehousing applications. All the software and hardware components are supported by Oracle, which offers customers a unique pay-as-you-grow software licensing plan that covers upscaling from two processor cores to 24 processor cores without the costs and downtime typical of hardware upgrades.
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11 Full-feature Preview Available to Gold Level Members
GA Release Planned for November 2011
Fully a month ahead of its scheduled November 2011 release, Oracle presented detailed information on Solaris 11 at Oracle OpenWorld. The key features of Oracle Solaris 11 include:
  • Built-in virtualization
  • Built-in data services
  • New software provisioning and maintenance infrastructure
  • End-to-end security for data asset protection, hardened OS startup and secure system access
  • Maximum performance and scale
  • Increased Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and Java-based application performance, availability, security and manageability

Read on.

MySQL
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MySQL HA Solutions: New Guide Available
Covers Range from Departmental Concerns to Multiple Data Center Settings
The newly released MySQL Guide to High Availability Solutions is designed to navigate users through the HA maze, discussing in turn the causes, effects and impacts of downtime; methodologies to select the right HA solution; and different approaches to delivering highly available MySQL services. The discussion of these issues is framed in terms of three core principles:

  • The level of availability required to meet business objectives, within budgetary constraints
  • The profile of application being deployed (i.e. concurrent users, requests per second, etc.)
  • Operational standards within each data center

The guide leads users to the correct choices to ensure business continuity whether in internal departmental applications or geographically redundant, multi-data center systems delivering 99.999% availability.

Exadata
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Oracle Applications Further Enhanced for Optimized Integration
Deliver Improved Performance on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
Oracle has announced the enhanced integration of its Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle ATG Commerce Suite and Oracle Supply Chain Management applications"] to ensure optimal performance on its Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud solutions, giving customers unmatched benefits from industry-leading products, including superior system availability, scalability, energy efficiency, extreme performance, and low total cost of ownership.
Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine
Enables Organizations to Refine Planning and Analytical Operations
Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, which enables organizations to make decisions faster in the context of rapidly shifting business conditions, is the industry’s first in-memory hardware and software system engineered to run analytics faster than ever, provide real-time speed-of-thought visual analysis, and enable new types of analytic applications. Oracle Exalytics can make it possible for organizations to extend their BI initiatives beyond reporting and dashboards to modeling, planning, forecasting, and predictive analytics.
Software
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IBM WebSphere Clustering
With Oracle Utilities Application Framework
In his blog entry New Webshpere Clustering Paper Anthony Shorten alerts readers to the existence of a companion white paper issued earlier on clustering Oracle Utilities Application Framework-based products using Oracle WebLogic. Now, Shorten announces, a new paper is available on My Oracle Support that covers clustering Oracle Utilities Application Framework-based products on IBM WebSphere.
SPARC
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Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4
Oracle White Paper Considers Two Tuning Methods
The Oracle white paper "Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4" discusses the use of dynamic CPU threading controls to specify the number of hardware threads to be activated per core on SPARC T4 systems. The paper describes how users can optimize CPU performance for CPU-bound workloads by tuning CPU cores to maximize the number of instructions per cycle or, alternatively, to maximize throughput by tuning CPU cores to use a maximum number of CPU threads.
Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-2, SPARC T4-4 and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture
Enable Simplified Data Center Infrastructure and Greater Scalability
"Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-4, and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture," an Oracle white paper, discusses how the new processor and the servers it powers deliver the breakthrough performance and energy efficiency that result in simplified data center infrastructure and scalability across various workloads, making them capable of delivering a virtualized infrastructure suitable for an entire enterprise from fewer types of platforms and fewer servers. The multicore, multithreaded technology of the SPARC T4 supports up to 64 threads in only two rack units, thus providing increased computational density without the need for increased power and cooling costs. Latency and costs are lowered while security and reliability increase.
Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC T4 Servers - Engineered Together for Enterprise Cloud Deployments
Explains the Benefits of Oracle's Integrated Approach to System Design
The Oracle white paper "Oracle Solaris and the Oracle SPARC T4 Servers: Engineered Together for Enterprise Cloud Deployments" discusses how the integrated design approach to Oracle Solaris and the SPARC T4 processor results in a solution that delivers improved throughput, security, and resiliency throughout the application solution stack. The paper discusses how this combination can maximize return on investment and help organizations manage costs for their existing infrastructures or for new enterprise cloud infrastructure design.
SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on ZFS Encryption Tests
2.9 to 3.4 Times Faster than Intel

Oracle's SPARC T4 processors combined with Oracle's Solaris ZFS file system demonstrate faster file system encryption than equivalent systems based on the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Sequence. With ZFS encryption the SPARC T4 processor is 2.9 to 3.4x faster than the Intel Xeon Processor X5670 that has the AES-NI security instructions in creating encrypted files. ZFS encryption is integrated with the ZFS command set. Like other ZFS operations, encryption operations such as key changes and re-key are performed online.

SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on IPsec Encryption Tests
Runs at Only 23% Utilization
Oracle's SPARC T4 processor demonstrates significantly greater performance than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor when both are using Oracle Solaris 11 secure IP networking (IPsec). The SPARC T4 processor using IPsec AES-256-CCM mode achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network, which is 23% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor (Intel AES-NI). What is more, the SPARC T4 processor is only at 23% utilization when running at its maximum throughput, making it 3.6 times more efficient at secure networking than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor.
SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record on Oracle E-Business Suite R12 X-Large Order to Cash
Response Times Also Obtained for Smaller Data Volumes
The combination of a SPARC T4-2 server running the Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 application and a SPARC T4-4 server running the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 database -- and both running Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 -- enabled 2400 Order to Cash users of the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard X-Large Order to Cash (OLTP) benchmark to simultaneously execute a large volume of medium to heavy transactions with an average response time of 2.4 seconds. Significant headroom for additional Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 processing modules and future growth remained in the application tier server.
Storage
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Third-Generation Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliances Delivers Best-in-Class Performance and Efficiency
Outperforms NetAppÂís FAS 3270A on SPC-1 Benchmark
The third-generation Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance, newly announced by Oracle, delivered twice the performance at less than half the cost per SPC-1 IOPS of NetApp’s FAS 3270A on the SPC-1 benchmark. The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance turned in a result of 137,066 SPC-1 input/output operations per second (IOPS) at $2.99/ SPC-1 IOPS more than doubles the NetApp 3270A’s 68,035 SPC-1 IOPS at a fraction of its $7.48/ SPC-1 IOPS.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 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:

  • Oracle's SPARC T4 Chip Called Twice as Fast as SPARC T3
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup Tutorial
  • Oracle VM 3: Architecture and Technical Overview
  • IDC Reports Server Revenues Increase 17.9% for Q2 Worldwide Server Market
  • Oracle VM 3.0: More Scalability, Less Cost than VMware
  • Six-Part Oracle Series on Cloud Computing: Data Integration for Private Clouds - Part 1 of 6
  • Best Way To Update Software Using IPS in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle VDI 3.3 Overview: 70-slide Presentation Covers Four Aspects
  • Replacing the System HDD by a Larger One on Solaris 11 X86
  • Sun Ray Primer Part 1

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice Launches Extension and Templates Repository for Public Beta Test
    Submissions from Developers Are Invited
    LibreOffice can be enhanced with hundreds of extensions and templates that users can download to improve the suite’s functionality to fit their respective needs, and developers can easily write their own add-ons and share them with millions of users worldwide. The LibreOffice community has put great effort into launching a public repository that includes not only extensions and templates for LibreOffice, but also for OpenOffice.org and other compatible office suites. All extensions submitted during the public beta test will remain in the repository after the beta test.
    Performance
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    Oracle Database Clusters Running on Sun Fire X4800 M2 Servers with Oracle Solaris Set New Record
    Bests IBM on SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark
    Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters running on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers running on Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers with Oracle Solaris set a new overall world-record result on the SAP Sales and Distribution-Parallel (SD-Parallel) standard application benchmark running the SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application. The new world-record result of 180,000 SAP SD-Parallel benchmark users far exceeds the performance of any IBM result ever published with the SAP SD standard application benchmark.
    Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Sets New Dual-Node Record on SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark
    Running on Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 Server
    Oracle has released details on the record breaking performance of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g together with Oracle Linux and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on a Cisco Unified Computing System B440 M2 server each with four, ten-core Intel Xeon E7-4870 2.4 GHz processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology set a world record dual-node result with the SPECjEnterprise2010 industry standard benchmark.Oracle WebLogic Server 11g delivered over 50 percent more performance than IBM WebSphere's best eight processor SPECjEnterprise2010 result running IBM DB2 9.7 on a POWER7 server.
    SPARC T4-2 Servers Set World Record on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Day in the Life Benchmark
    Outperforms IBM POWER 750
    An Oracle SPARC T4-2 server running as the application tier and another SPARC T4-2 server running as the database tier (both using Oracle Solaris 10) set a world record result on Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.2 application Day in the Life (DIL) benchmark concurrently with a batch workload, turning in a better response time than the IBM Power 750 system, which only ran the online component of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.1 Day in the Life test.
    Networking
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    IEEE Task Force Developing Standard for 100GE Backplanes
    Deadline for Final Standard Is May 2014
    The IEEE has approved an amendment to the 802.3 standard for 100GE networking called P802.3bj, which will enhance the physical layer in 100GE devices and complement the existing work that has been done in the 802.3ba-2010 standard, which was approved as a standard for 40Gb/sec and 100Gb/sec Ethernet devices last June, reports Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Register. A task force of industry vendors working on the P802.3bj extensions for 100GE is focused on the use of Ethernet as a backplane interconnect inside of blade servers and across racks in 1 meter or shorter hops and in copper cables that are 5 meters or shorter for inter-rack and cross-rack connections.
      Java Technology
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      Oracle Increases Investment in Java ME
      New JSRs in the Works within Java Community
      Oracle has outlined its plans for the further evolution of the Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME)through the submission of new Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to the Java Community Process (JCP). As a result Oracle and members of the Java community will submit new JSRs for Java ME 7 and begin development within the JCP, among them an update to the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) virtual machine and library specifications to enable better alignment with Java Development Kit (JDK) 7.
      JavaFX
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      JavaFX 2.0 Now Available for Download
      Furthers Java Status as Rich Client Platform
      Among the many announcements from Oracle at JavaOne 2011 was the news that JavaFFX 2.0 is now available. JavaFX 2.0 is an advanced Java user interface (UI) platform for enterprise business applications and the next step in the evolution of Java as a premier rich client platform. Oracle also announced their intention to submit a proposal to open source the JavaFX platform as a new project within the OpenJDK Community. Oracle intends to initially contribute the JavaFX UI controls and related libraries; other JavaFX components are planned to follow in multiple phases.
      Security
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      SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries
      Encourages Explanded Use of Transparent Data Encryption
      Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server is over 42% faster than Oracle's Sun Fire X4270 M2 (Intel AES-NI) when running DSS-style queries referencing an encrypted tablespace. Oracle's SPARC T4 processor with Encryption Instruction Accelerators greatly improves performance over software implementations, which will greatly expand the use of Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for many customers. Oracle's TDE feature of the Oracle Database simplifies the encryption of data within datafiles, preventing unauthorized access to it from the operating system. Tablespace encryption allows encryption of the entire contents of a tablespace.
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