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Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Quick Tour
Release Sets a New Standard for 'Express'
Explore Oracle Database 11g Express Edition with senior Oracle database administrator Przemyslaw Piotrowski, who provides a quick tour via the Oracle Technetwork. The tour introduces the many new features in Oracle Database 11g Express Edition (XE), the latest version of Oracle's free database, which extend from relatively simple improvements like the PIVOT operator, deferred segment creation, and virtual columns to the groundbreaking adaptive cursor sharing, database resident connection pooling, and edition-based redefinition features. This new release sets a new standard for "express" RDBMS, Piotrowski writes.
SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on SSL Network Tests
Attains Near Line Speed with Only 9% CPU Utilization
Oracle's SPARC T4 processor is faster and more efficient than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor (with AES-NI) when running network SSL thoughput tests. The SPARC T4 processor at 2.85 GHz is 20% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor on single stream network SSL encryption. Moreover, Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server using 8 threads achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network with only 9% CPU utilization and does this with 5 times less CPU resources compared to the Intel Xeon X5690 processor.
SPARC T4-4 Server Sets World Record on PeopleSoft Payroll (N.A.) 9.1
Outperforms IBM Mainframe, HP Itanium

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 achieved world record performance on the Unicode version of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll (N.A) 9.1 extra-large volume model benchmark using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running. The SPARC T4-4 server was able to process 1,460,544 payments/hour using PeopleSoft Payroll N.A 9.1. This result of 30.84 minutes on Payroll 9.1 is 2.8x faster than IBM z10 EC 2097 Payroll 9.0 (UNICODE version) result of 87.4 minutes and 3.1x faster than HP rx7640 Itanium2 non-UNICODE result of 96.17 minutes, on Payroll 9.0.

SPARC T4 Processor Design and Benefits: Oracle VP Rick Hetherington
The Differentiator Is Throughput
Hear Oracle VP of Hardware Development for the SPARC Processor Family Rick Hetherington discuss development of the SPARC T4 processor which differs, he says at the outset, from IBM's processors, for example, by its focus on throughput. Whether single-threaded or multi-threaded applications, the SPARC T4 is capable of delivering the required throughput, Hetherington contends and of enabling multi-tier data center resource consolidation as never before.
IT - Storage
Conservative is the Keyword
Search Storage (October 7, 2011)
"In the last few years we've seen advances in storage technology that have tremendous potential for IT customers. Some of these are enabled by investments made in developing flash solid-state drive (SSD) technology and adapting it to enterprise storage systems ..."

Go back to the early days of RAID and you find lots of pushback from the storage admins and upper management. "Storage Technology Adoption Is A Slow Process", the problem is that storage technology is not. These two conflicting points can cause a serious delay in adoption, especially these days in determining the value of data.

SSD's To The Rescue
Processor (October 7, 2011)
"How Best To Capitalize On SSDs' Cost Savings & Performance Boosts ..."

SSDs have the potential to increase performance by increasing the number of transactions in a given time frame or reducing the response time for a given number of transactions. Knowing how to "Integrate Solid-State Storage Into Your Enterprise" is the key. Too many and you've wasted money, to little and you've wasted money because the expected results don't materialize.

Virtualization Is Not A Panacea
ComputerWorld (October 10, 2011)
"Server virtualization offers a host of efficiencies, but storage administrators say it may open a can of worms on the storage side. Resulting headaches can include huge I/O bottlenecks for primary and backup storage, as well as complicated disaster and recovery efforts, among other things ..."

Virtualization offers lots of benefits to any organization but not necessarily to the storage admins. These five "Storage Vexations of Server Virtualization" are what makes storage admins pull out their hair. Along with the five issues are suggestions as how storage admins have found solutions.

    Java Technology
    Momentum Persists for Java EE Technology
    Ten JSRs Are Underway for Java EE 7; Major IT Vendors Continue Releases for Java EE 6
    With 10 active Java Specification Requests (JSRs) currently being worked on through the Java Community Process (JCP) by over 20 different participating companies and represented by hundreds of engineers, indications are that Java technology, Java EE 7 in particular, is alive and well. And Java EE 6 is not doing all that badly either, given that six major IT vendors have released certified, open source and commercial implementations of Java EE 6 since it became available in December 2009. Java EE 7 is being designed to further enhance the Java EE platform for Cloud environments.
    Synchronously Replicating Databases Across Data Centers
    Not as Crazy as It Sounds with MySQL Cluster 7.2, Says Mat Keep
    Readers will find a generalized discussion of one of the most important features in MySQL Cluster 7.2, namely, Multi-Site Clustering, in Mat Keep's blog. While, as Keep points out, MySQL has long offered Geographic Replication, Multi-Site Clustering enables the deployment option of splitting data nodes across data centers. This feature, he writes, allows users to synchronously replicate updates between data centers with no need to modify applications or schema for conflict handling.
    Cloud Computing
    Oracle Public Cloud
    A Subscription-based, Self-Service Model
    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison recently unveiled a new service, the Oracle Public Cloud, which is designed to deliver subscription-based, self-service access to Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Cloud Service, Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service, Oracle Social Network, Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. Customers will be able to deploy existing standard Java and Oracle Database applications to the Oracle Public Cloud without rewriting them, allowing users to take advantage of their existing IT assets, skills and ecosystems.
    Feds Race to Join the Crowd
    Or, Rather, to Join the Cloud
    It's one thing to declare a change at the policy-making level and quite another to make that change a reality in the trenches. So, as Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who ordered government agencies to begin a migration to the cloud in December 2010 has discovered, implementation is somewhat slower than declaration. Cost constraints and security issues, as well as the diverse storage needs of various agencies, along with congressional insistence on demonstrated cost benefits, are among the considerations slowing things down. The story is capably covered in Mary K. Pratt's article "Feds race to the clouds" in ComputerWorld.
    Overview Video Demo of Cloud Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
    Solution Offers Complete Cloud Lifecycle Management
    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle’s complete cloud lifecycle management solution, includes self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environment from applications to disk. The three-minute video overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c gives viewers a comprehensive look at the capabilities of this solution.
    IT - Cloud
    Be Aware of These Security Threats
    NetworkWorld (October 10, 2011)
    "Cloud security threats come in all shapes and sizes ... cloud security panelists believe that these threats can be addressed ..."

    Security threats are in the eyes of the beholder, some real high priority and some not; gaining insight into the difference is extremely important. Eight "Experts Explain the Greatest Threats to Cloud Security" so that you might have a basis to prioritize the top threats from the lesser threats. Also remember that even a minor threat can become a major threat in your shop.

    IT - CxO
    Time Wasters Extraordinare
    Baseline (October 6, 2011)
    "Meetings and email take up an inordinate amount of time in the average work day ..."

    Do you want your IT staff to be more productive? We all do; and do you know what the two largest time wasters are within all companies? Read "10 Reasons You Can't Get Anything Done At Work" and then extrapolate by the number of people in your company. Put a dollar amount on that for some really scary info.

    Where the Time Goes
    NetworkWorld (October 10, 2011)
    "CIOs today spend a lot more time managing relationships than diving into technical work. In fact, non-technical work consumes 77% of CIOs' time ..."

    CIOs find there days are nickel and dimed with lots of items. Understanding "How CIOs Spend Their Time" can help you help them make better use of their time. The technical aspect, while important is greatly overshadowed by relationships building and strategy, along with other stuff.

      Words of Wisdom on Leadership
      Bank Systems and Technology (October 11, 2011)
      "What lessons and encouragement have shaped BS&T's Elite 8 executives? The 2011 honorees discuss their most profound influences and offer advice for aspiring technology leaders ..."

      Eight CIOs from a diverse set of industries give "Advice for Aspiring Technology Leaders". As the old saying goes, listen to others, you don’t have time to make all the mistakes yourself.

      IT - Networks
      Views Into the Morass
      InfoWorld (October 7, 2011)
      "... some high-quality network management tools based on open source and available at little or no cost ..."

      Morass may be too strong of a word, but complicated and confusing may fit. With decreasing resources available for a growing list of problems across the board; here are "26 Helpful Open Source Network Management Tools" for little or no cost. If only one bears fruit you are way ahead.

      IT - Operations
      Not Your Granddads Data Center
      Baseline (October 6, 2011)
      "Data centers are beginning to look quite different from the energy-guzzling, inflexible server farms of the past ..."

      A person that hasn't visited a data center in the last five years would be confused at the "Extreme Makeover For Data Centers" that has occurred. Technologies such as Virtualization, going green and the cloud have really had an impact.

      30,000 Foot Picture
      InfoWorld (October 10, 2011)
      "To chart the way ahead, sometimes you have to step back and take stock of the really big picture ..."

      Getting mired down in the muck of day to day operations doesn't leave much time for planning. This "12-Fold Path To IT Bliss" offers some management and technology suggestions for eating the elephant one bite at a time.

      Reducing Costs for Power and Cooling
      NetworkWorld (October 7, 2011)
      "A study released this summer by Stanford University professor Jonathan Koomey pegs growth in energy use among U.S. data centers at 36 percent from 2005 to 2010 ..."

      Any way you can reduce the costs of power and cooling is money to the bottom line for the company. These "6 Steps To Boost Data Center Power and Cooling Efficiency" offers some easy steps to get measurable results.

        Simplifying Complexity
        TechRepublic (October 6, 2011)
        "Wouldn’t it be great if you could focus on supporting critical business initiatives instead of just keeping the lights on? ..."

        The IT environment is getting so complex that staying on top is a losing battle. Today’s airliners are a paragon of automation, letting pilots focus on what’s important. The same is true for data centers; here are "10 Ways to Automate the Mundane". Take a look at the comments, especially Tip 11 espousing practicality and common sense when looking at any global project.

          IT - Security
          On Becoming an Expert On the Cloud
          NetworkWorld (October 10, 2011)
          "Information about how to securely navigate in the public clouds is, well, cloudy ... niche conferences; big conferences, and authoritative voices accessible on the Internet ..."

          Becoming knowledgeable in any subject takes time, commitment and resources. This hold true for both the cloud and security; combining both even more so. These "8 Ways to Become a Cloud Security Expert" offers some insight as to how to gain the knowledge; the time, commitment and resources are still yours.

          IT - Careers
          Hedging Your Bet
          CIO Insight (January 18, 2011)
          "Are you making sure that valuable technical know-how and general institutional knowledge doesn't walk out the door ..."

          A fact of life for any company is that people come and go; the problem is that when they go, they take what they know with them. Learn now "How To Retain Knowledge When Top Tech Talent Leaves" as opposed to wondering how to replace not only the person but the skills.

          The Hallmark of Greatness  Steve Jobs
          ComputerWorld (October 6, 2011)
          "As I sat stunned by the news that Apple Chairman Steve Jobs -- technology visionary, founder of two computer companies and master marketer -- had died, I couldn't help but think about his life and career, both at Apple and during his time away at NeXT and Pixar ..."

          The footprints someone leaves behind if often a key into the person. Such is the case in "Lessons From Steve Jobs". Here was man that made footsteps in the world that won't be soon forgotten if ever. The world has lost one of the true great innovators and leaders.

            Hybrid Columnar Compression Now Supported for ZFS Storage Appliances, Pillar Axiom Storage Systems
            Enables 3x to 5x Reduction in Storage Footprint Versus EMC and NetApp for Oracle Databases

            Hybrid Columnar Compression, enabled in an update to Oracle Database 11g Release 2, is now supported on both Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar Axiom Storage Systems enabling customers using Oracle’s NAS and SAN systems to manage the lifecycle of data using in-database archiving for OLTP databases and data warehouses, with 10x to 50x compression for most datasets. Using Hybrid Columnar Compression in these environments, customers can achieve 3x to 5x reductions in their storage footprints, energy usage and cost by replacing existing EMC and NetApp SAN and NAS storage with Oracle storage solutions.

            IT - Database
            Do It Right Or DonÂt Encrypt
            Dark Reading (October 5, 2011)
            "Poor encryption deployments risk too much critical information within databases ..."

            Protecting databases is critical and encryption is the right solution. Unfortunately, these "Five Worst Practices In Database Encryption" are far too common. Check how many your company is at fault.

            IT - Mobile
            Risks Associated with BYOD
            Dark Reading (October 7, 2011)
            "Mobile device management and a new spin on user awareness training are essential to the enterprise mobile explosion ..."

            CISOs are caught between a rock and a hard place; letting BYOD run free or draconian measures to stop all BYODs. Either way will not work; nevertheless, "Smartphones Are the New Lost and Stolen Laptops of Data Breaches". CISOs need to become aware quickly of what options are available to protect the company and increase productivity of the users.

            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
            Vol 164 Issue 1; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 Issues 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 Solaris 11 Full-feature Preview Available to Gold Level Members
            • Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4
            • Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-2, SPARC T4-4 and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture
            • Winners of the 2011 Duke’s Choice Award
            • LibreOffice Launches Extension and Templates Repository for Public Beta Test
            • Oracle Database Appliance
            • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries
            • JavaFX 2.0 Now Available for Download
            • SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on IPsec Encryption Tests
            • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on ZFS Encryption Tests

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

              Creating a DIY IPS Package
              A Step-by-step How-to

              Blogger Chris Beal takes a step-by-step approach to demonstrating how to publish an IPS package to a directory. His procedure answers the often-heard question "How do I package up my own app as an IPS package?" which Beal says is a frequent concern. In his step-by-step blog -- complete with code samples -- Beal includes the steps necessary to create the essential manifest, which each IPS package requires. In a future blog he promises to provide details on how to establish a package version.

              SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on OpenSSL AES Encryption Test
              2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 4.3 times faster than the 3.5 GHz IBM POWER7 processor
              The Oracle SPARC T4 processor is faster than the Intel Xeon X5690 (with AES-NI) and the IBM POWER7. On single-thread OpenSSL encryption, Oracle's 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 4.3 times faster than the 3.5 GHz IBM POWER7 processor, and on single-thread OpenSSL encryption, the 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 17% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor. The SPARC T4 processor has Encryption Instruction Accelerators for encryption and decryption for AES and many other ciphers.
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