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Gartner Names the 10 Rising Tech Trends of 2012
The Future of Cloud Computing Has Itself Become Cloudy
There were some surprises for the audience at the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Jason Hiner reports, where the 10 rising trends in IT for 2012 were named. Among the other nine trends were these:

  • An end to PC/Windows dominance
  • Context-aware Computing (CAC) will have to be reckoned with
  • An Internet of things
  • In-memory computing will improve
  • Low-energy servers will have a pronounced impact on the marketplace

The biggest trend was the demotion of cloud computing from first, in 2011, to last in 2012.

Solaris
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BootEnvironments in Solaris 11 OS
Includes Instructions on Creating the Environment for an SAP Deployment

In the first of several of several blog posts on the features of the Oracle Solaris 11 OS on Oracle Systems Blog Austria -- this one devoted to Boot Environments -- Karoly Vegh presents a Q&A compilation that covers the subject and includes an step-by-step example of preparing an environment for an SAP deployment. He is considerate enough to ease an installer's anxiety by providing instructions on reverting should something go wrong.

S11 Automated Install Hands-on Lab
90+ Slide Set Download
Isaac Rozenfeld has made available the slide set he used in presenting his Hands-on-Lab on installing Solaris 11 that was developed to build awareness and install confidence in those responsible for deploying Oracle Solaris 11. The materials also include a compressed package of configuration files that will eliminate the need for end-users to type them in. Rozenfeld provides a link to further installation procedures as well.
ZFS
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Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.2 Release
Full Details in Release Notesd
There is now a micro-update available to the Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.2 software release that provides support for 73GB Logzilla SSDs for the Sun ZFS 7120 Storage Appliance, a firmware upgrade for high speed 15K RPM 300GB disk drives and over 20 bug fixes. Readers are advised to read the release notes for more details including a full list of changes and links to download the software.
Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Now in Third Generation
Twice the Performance, Half the Cost of NetApp on Transactional Workloads
With the introduction of its third-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliance line, Oracle can assure its customers twice the performance at half the cost per IOPS of NetApp on transactional workloads. Oracle claims that the significant new software and hardware enhancements (Hybrid Columnar Compression, for example), to the product line's Hybrid Storage Pool technology accelerate IOPS performance and allow customers to maintain optimal performance under heavy utilization.
MySQL
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Windows Native Authentication for MySQL
Available wih MySQL 5.5.16
With the release of MySQL 5.5.16 users can set up a password-less connection from clients into MySQL server using Windows SSPI authentication framework that is provided by the Windows Native Authentication (WNA) plugin distributed with the commercial version of 5.5.16 server. This information, along with the procedure for administrators needing to install the WNA plugin, is contained in the blog from oracle.com entitled "Windows Native Authentication for MySQL."
Cloud Computing
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Oracle Public Cloud: Database, PaaS, HCM, CRM
An Enterprise Cloud in a Single Package
The Oracle Public Cloud is a full-featured solution that comes with an Oracle Database Service based on Oracle Database 11g Release 2; the Oracle Java Cloud Service (Platform as a Service), built on the enterprise-grade WebLogic Server; Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service; the Oracle Fusion CRM Cloud Service; and the Oracle Social Network, a solution for intra- and inter-enterprise collaboration: in a word, a comprehensive cloud offered on a subscription basis.
Integrate Your Enterprise with the Oracle Social Network
A Tool for Collaboration in the Cloud
Integration is fundamental to Oracle's business culture, and with its new Oracle Social Network, Oracle offers its customers the tool to integrate operations within their respective enterprises and with vendors, customers and other interests beyond the enterprise wall. The Oracle Social Network drives business through natural, stream-based conversations that consolidate IM, e-mail, applications, content, editing tools, and telephony into a single context, accelerating productivity with social networking and contextual enterprise collaboration without the noise that typically characterizes other social networks.
SPARC
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Podcast Highlights Oracle's SPARC T4 Processor
Higher Levels of Performance with Fewer Cores than SPARC T3
An episode of the Oracle Server, Storage and Solaris podcast, hosted by Greg Kreider, provides a rundown on the SPARC T4 processor, which Rob Ludeman, Senior Manager for Systems Product Management, contends is able to deliver five times the performance of its predecessor, the SPARC T3. This is possible, Ludeman continues, because of improvements in single-threaded performance and is the result of an entirely new design that employs a new, higher clock speed, no-cost virtualization and exploits the guaranteed binary compatibility of the Oracle Solaris operating system.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 164 Issues 1, 2; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 Issues 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:

  • Ellison Takes Aim at IBM's POWER7
  • SPARC T4 Processor Design and Benefits: Oracle VP Rick Hetherington
  • Calculating Usable Space on a ZFSSA
  • SPARC T4 Processor Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on AES Encryption Tests
  • Oracle Social Network
  • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on SSL Network Tests
  • SPARC T4-4 Server Sets World Record on PeopleSoft Payroll (N.A.) 9.1
  • SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on OpenSSL AES Encryption Test
  • Creating a DIY IPS Package
  • Feds Race to Join the Crowd

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Phipps Explains the Cadre Behind LibreOffice to The Document Foundation Conference
    Yes, Virginia, there Are Contributors with Commercial Interests in the World of Open Source
    Simon Phipps, formerly of Sun Microsystems and Oracle, now founder of the startup ForgeRock and director of the Open Source Initiative, recently addressed The Document Foundation's first LibreOffice Conference, where explained that Open Source as a movement does not require a "white knight" to foster and sustain it. Instead, he maintained. Open Source calls for " ... developers willing to collaborate, and a community willing to contribute both time and money." Fortunately, LibreOffice was brought about by the efforts of both factions.
    Developer
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    NetBeans IDE 7.1 Beta Available for Download
    Now with Support for JavaFX 2.0
    The NetBeans IDE consists of an open-source IDE and an application platform that enable developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platform, as well as PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++. NetBeans IDE 7.1 Beta introduces support for JavaFX 2.0 by enabling the full compile/debug/profile development cycle for JavaFX 2.0 applications. The release also provides significant Swing GUI Builder enhancements, CSS3 support, and tools for visual debugging of Swing and JavaFX user interfaces.
    Sysadmin
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    Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10)
    Patchset now available
    The Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10) patchset is now available from My Oracle Support (MOS). While these patchsets will bring all pre-existing packages up to the same software level as the corresponding Solaris Update, it is important to know that, as the blog points out, applying the patchset is not the same as upgrading to the Solaris Update release, as the patchset will not include any new packages introduced in the Solaris Update or any obsolete packages deleted in the Update.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 50: Jasper Potts on Java FX 2.0 Release
    Moussine-Pouchkine, Nilson, Rao Join All Star Developer Panel
    Joining Host Roger Brinkley on Java Spotlight Episode 50 to discuss the release of JavaFX 2.0 is Jasper Potts, Developer Experience Architect for the Java Client Group at Oracle, where he is responsible for technical design for everything that is on the core platform including Controls, Tools, Samples and Blueprints. The Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode consists of Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate; Tomas Nilson, Java SE Principal Product Manager; and Ashwin Rao, NetBeans Principal Product Manager.
    Java EE and GlassFish Presentation Slide Sets
    From JavaOne 2011
    Readers can catch a glimpse of the varied program at JavaOne 2011 in the blog posted by Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine who has assembled links to slide sets from some of the presentations at JavaOne dealing with Java EE and GlassFish. He also provides a link to the conference content calendar.
    Java Spotlight Episode 51: Live at JavaOne
    Covers Roadmaps for Java Technology, 2011 Duke Choice Awards

    Java Spotlight Episode 51 reprises the timelines and/or milestones for the Java Platform and covers as well the 2011 Duke Choice Award Winners. The timelines include the JDK Roadmap; JavaFX Roadmap; GlassFish Roadmap; and the Java ME/Embedded Roadmap. Seated on the Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode are Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.

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