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Oracle NoSQL Database Available for Download
Part of the Oracle Big Data Portfolio
The Oracle NoSQL Database, part of Oracle's Big Data Portfolio, is now available for download on the Oracle Technical Network. With its simple key-value data model, the highly-available and scalable Oracle NoSQL Database enables customers to easily manage massive amounts of data with dynamic schemas such as web log data, sensor and smart meter data, data gathered for personalization, and data maintained by social networks. Also soon to be available from Oracle is the Oracle Big Data Appliance, an optimized platform for running the Oracle NoSQL Database and Oracle’s other Big Data offerings.
T4: The Next Generation SPARC Processor
An In-Depth Technical Review (36-Slide Presentation)
The pdf of a slide presentation by Rick Hetherington and Greg Grohoski of Oracle introduces the Next Generation SPARC Processor: An In-Depth Technical Review. The following topics:

  • Attributes of Commercial Workloads
  • Introduction of the T4
  • Overview of the T4 Processor
  • Focus on Core S3
  • SPARC T4 Systems
  • Performance

are covered in the presentation.

SPARC Strategy: An Introduction to the SPARC T4 Processor and the T4 Server Line
Masood Heydari, Senior Vice President, SPARC Systems Development
SPARC Strategy, a 58-page slide desk assembled by Masood Heydari, SVP, SPARC Systems Development, Oracle, introduces the SPARC T4 processor and the T4 Server line, along with the Solaris 11 OS, and shows how the integrated applications-to-disk management approach to the design of these solutions can enable users to employ complete stack management. In less than 60 pages Heydari familiarizes his audiences with all the salient features of Oracle's next-generation approach to hardware and software solutions.
Oracle's SPARC T4 Prices Mask Improved Value
Prickett Morgan Hauls Out His Magnifying Glass
Writing for The Register, Timothy Prickett Morgan provides a rather undramatic assessment of Oracle's new SPARC T4 Processors which, he claims "offer slightly better performance [than the T3] on jobs that like threads (like database processing or Java serving), so for the same or a little less money, you get beefier memory and disk configurations." This, Morgan asserts, amounts to a fudge factor in that it is workloads that like threads on which the performance of the SPARC T4 is most dramatic.
Marketing Agency Targetbase Adopts Oracle®Exadata Database Machine
Lowers TCO by Large Margins, Cuts Services Delivery Times
Targetbase, a marketing agency that delivers customer engagement through database, digital and direct marketing expertise using data-driven insight, has adopted the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, allowing it to deliver information from its multi-terabyte data warehouse to customers at a lower TCO. Targetbase Chief Technology Officer Ed Forman says of the migration to Oracle Exadata Database Machine, “We work with marketing database processes, and we’ve experienced improvements from 10 times faster up to 40 times faster.” Targetbase runs two quarter-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machines in an active-active configuration using Oracle Active Data Guard for business continuity purposes.
The Eco-Friendly Enterprise with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
Proof Positive of the Ecological Benefits of Oracle Desktop Virtualization
"The Exo-Friendly Enterprise with Oracle Desktop Virtualization," a blog by Chris Kawalek, reports that three of the winners at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 of the annual Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards used Oracle desktop virtualization in their enterprise. These organizations are:

  • Denver Health Hospital
  • Gunsan City Hall
  • Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen universitat Munchen

Kawalek notes that the use of Oracle desktop virtualization by these three winning organizations conclusively demonstrates the ecological benefits of desktop virtualization and thin client computing.

IT - Storage
Batter Up for Big Data
ComputerWorld (October 25, 2011)
"With big data being hyped as the next big strategic initiative for business, it's time for IT to lay the groundwork ..."

There's good news and bad news on the horizon for big data; The good news is that the C Levels are starting to hear about big data; the bad news is that the C Level is hearing about big data. Here are "5 Things You Should Do Now" to get ready for the impact of big data on the data center and to have answers ready when the question comes down from above.

IT - Technology
What's On the Hot List for 2012
CIO (October 18, 2011)
"The technology that makes up many of the systems in the IT world today is at a critical juncture and in the next five years everything from mobile devices and applications to servers and social networking will impact IT in ways companies need to prepare for now, Gartner Vice President David Cearley says ..."

Gartner pulls out the crystal ball and takes a SWAG at "The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2012". Technology tends to be evolutionary with very few revolutionary products. What is interesting are the priorities of the technologies that come into the workplace; one prime example is cloud computing.

Smart Cars
ComputerWorld (October 26, 2011)
"Automobile technology has become so advanced that today's cars are essentially computers with wheels. So why aren't we using them to surf the Web, communicate with other cars or order food at nearby restaurants? ..."

The day of the smart car is starting to make an appearance at your local dealer showrooms. The "Connected Car Arrives" and we are on the precipice of a new age where the car is more than transportation from point A to point B; now you can really take it with you.

    November 9th, Oracle Solaris 11 Launch, New York City
    Attend in Person or Sign Up for the Webcast
    The long-awaited launch of Solaris 11 takes place on November 9, 2011, in New York City. Interested parties in the New York area are invited to register to attend; those outside the area can sign up for the webcast.
    Oracle Solaris and Data Center Management
    Making the Life of a Sys Admin Easier
    In a recent episode of the Oracle in a Class by Itself podcast the panel discusses datacenter management using the new functionality in Solaris 11 and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, explaining how Oracle's integrated approach to design creates a means whereby sys admins can more readily manage a datacenter from a single point in the system. Solaris 11, the panel explains, has been designed as a virtualization-aware solution. The panel also reminds listeners of the November 9, 2011 launch of Solaris 11 and directs them to for further information.
    Cloud Computing
    Oracle Public Cloud and Its Parts: Java, Database, Social Network, Fusion CRM, Fusion HCM
    A Blogger's Introduction to the Service
    Want to know more about the Oracle Public Cloud? Then you could not do better than log on to Arun Gupta's blog where, in his own words, he describes the cloud as " ... a suite of Oracle Applications, Middleware and Database offerings delivered in a self-service, subscription-based, elastically scalable, reliable, highly available and secure manner. Oracle provides hosting, management, software updates, and world-class support for these offerings," and then provides instructive links to each of the components of the cloud.
    IT - Cloud
    Coding Problems
    InfoWorld (October 24, 2011)
    "Coding and system modification strategies can weaken your cloud apps over time, so keep these steps in mind to keep your code functioning"

    Putting applications into the cloud could be an issue if you don't pay attention to the details. Here are 16 tips on "How to Head Off Coding Errors in the Cloud". The proof of the pudding is in the details, miss one and big trouble may lie ahead.

      Don't Test the Water With Both Feet
      InfoWorld (October 25, 2011)
      "Gartner and I finally agree -- now maybe IT will come to grips with the public cloud ..."

      Jumping into the cloud with abandon is not a good plan, according the Gartner; companies should "Try the Public Cloud First". Once you get a feeling for that environment, the shortcomings and benefits, then take a look at a private or hybrid cloud depending our your specific needs.

      IT - CxO
      Draconian But Effective
      InfoWorld (October 24, 2011)
      "The sad truth is that successful leadership often isn't pretty, as a recent post by a Google engineer makes clear ..."

      Those in high positions of authority can't always wait for consensus before implementing a strategic plan. This is often "What it Takes to Change IT", sometimes for the better and sometimes not so. The bottom line is that management isn't always nice.

      The Winds of Change
      TechRepublic (October 25, 2011)
      "Gartner analyst Ken McGee has a radical assessment of IT and what CIOs need to do about. Read his principles of the 'new CIO manifesto.' ... "

      IT is no longer a bastion of skills sets that supports the business, IT must become an enable of business strategies. To that end, one Gartner analyst has "15 IT Best Practices to Kill" in order to facilitate this change. Some of these have been around a long time and will meet resistance; never the less, changes are afoot.

      The Dew is Off the Lily (October 20, 2011)
      "Outsourcing has been a staple of corporate strategy for years, but CIOs may be getting weary of it - and wary of its consequences, says editor Steve Ranger ..."

      For years companies have looked at outsourcing to cut costs and solve specific problems; if 0that's true then explain "Why CIOs Have Gone From Fans to Fed Up". Many of the issues have been brought by the outsourcer's upon themselves with one simple and recurring statement – 'sorry, that's out of scope'. There's a reason that the bid was so low.

        Shadow Migration: ZFSSA's Way of Transferring Data from or to a non-7000 Storage System
        Goes Replication One Step Better
        Shadow Migration, according to Steve Tunstall, is a tool useful both for migrating data from any non-ZFSSA, NFS source or even from a different pool between controllers on the SAME clustered ZFSSA system. This is unlike the replication feature of ZFSSA, which can talk only to another 7000 system. Shadow Migration can get data from both a local source or from any NFS mount from anywhere. He then outlines an eight-step process for performing a Local Shadow Migration, moving data from a share in one pool to another pool on the same system.
        IT - Networks
        Getting Ready for HSE
        NetworkWorld (October 24, 2011)
        "Standards-based 40- and 100-gigabit Ethernet switches and routers are starting to show up in enterprise networks, following ratification of the IEEE 802.3ba specification in mid-2010 ..."

        40Gbps and 100Gbps Ethernet are right around the corner and the question is one of cost. This "High-Speed Ethernet Planning Guide" will help with the planning of this evolutionary increase in speed. Evolutionary is much better than revolutionary (i.e. IPv6) in that small steps can be taken as opposed to wholesale overhaul.

          IT - Operations
          Not If, Only When
          eWeek (October 18, 2011)
          "Tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, extreme cold, extreme heat, human error, power surges—the causes of data center disasters are numerous. Do you really know if your data center is prepared for the next natural disaster? ..."

          There are companies that take a laissez-faire attitude towards DR; until the inevitable happens and by then the damage can't be undone nor recovered. These "10 Steps for Minimizing the Damage"] should become the basis for you DR plan; and don't forget that DR is not a once a year exercise. Test, analyze and retest on a regular basis.

            Challenges Ahead
            NetworkWorld (October 18, 2011)
            "Virtualization tops the list of IT infrastructure and operations trends because of continuing data center expansion ..."

            At the end of the year 10,000 baby boomers a day will be retiring and some of these are in IT. These along with nine others comprise Gartner's "Top 10 IT Challenges" that all IT departments will face.

            IT - Security
            Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later
            NetworkWorld (October 24, 2011)
            "Everything you need to know about purchasing insurance that pays out in the event of a data breach ..."

            When a data breach happens, the dollars add up very quickly. Too fast for many companies; just ask Heartland Payment Systems as they look at a $115M loss. Have you "Got Cyber Insurance?" Heartland had coverage but only for $30M, the additional $115m is out of their pocket (this means out of net profits, not sales).

              Small issues Cause Big Problems
              Dark Reading (October 26, 2011)
              "Sometimes it's the unknown or overlooked little mistakes that leave an organization wide open to attack: a missing hash mark in a server configuration, a long-forgotten PBX user account, or an embedded Web server in an office printer ..."

              Security follows life in a lot of ways, often times we worry about big things when in fact little things cause the most problems. Take a look at these "Six Deadly Security Blunders Businesses Make" and then take a look at your own environment to see how man exist/

              Finding the Leak In Your Pail
              IT Business Edge (October 27, 2011)
              "Anti-fraud consultancy has published a list of 10 common early warning signs that could alert management that fraud may be occurring in their organization ..."

              One of the more insidious acts towards your company can come from an employee with an axe to grind. These employees tend to know the systems and aren't bashful about exploiting weaknesses, perceived or real. These "10 Early Warning Signs of Fraud" in organizations should be taken to heart and examined at length.

              Check the Details for the Cloud
              Enterprise Systems Journal (October 24, 2011)
              "Billions of dollars of the world’s most sensitive data are pouring into the cloud. The cloud market is expected to reach $100 billion or more in the next few years. Yet despite such wild adoption rates, few people know the basic security requirements that any cloud service provider should meet ..."

              The cloud is holding some very sensitive data from around the world; the data may be there but the responsibility for that data remains at home. Here's "How to Evaluate A Cloud Providers Security Features". Listen to your gut; if you get a funny feeling, did deeper, if the feeling remains then find a new provider.

              IT - Careers
              Tough Test from Facebook
              InfoWorld (October 24, 2011)
              "Ready to take the hardest programming quiz ever? ..."

              If you a hot shot programmer and you want to join one of the innovators in social media here's the chance. "Ace This Test and Get a Job Interview with Facebook"; I signed up for the first question and was in a fog. Good Luck.

              Solve DARPA Puzzle and Win $50k
              NetworkWorld (October 27, 2011)
              "If you like puzzles and think you could make shredded or severely damaged documents whole again in a particularly cool way, then the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have a challenge for you ..."

              Shredded documents are a little difficult to reconstruct; to find innovative outside solutions "DARPA Offers $50,000 Prize If You Can Figure Out These Shredded Puzzles". There are five documents that have been individually shredded, then mixed together with some pieces missing or pieces added. Should be very interesting.

                Solving the Tape Storage Space Problem
                StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator Is the Answer
                In his blog "Solving the Tape Storage Space Problem" Rick Ramsey provides links to two papers on the subject. One is "Tape: The Digital Curator of the Information Age" and the other is "StorageTek In-Drive Reclaim Accelerator for the StorageTek 10000B tape Drive and StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager." The latter paper, Ramsey explains, shows how StorageTek Reclaim Accelerator makes both access for retrieval of data and updating of data stored on tape more manageable by breaking up the serial data on a tape into smaller, more manageable chunks that are grouped together and managed as logical volumes.
                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                Vol 164 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 Issue 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:

                • Gartner Names the 10 Rising Tech Trends of 2012
                • BootEnvironments in Solaris 11 OS
                • Java Spotlight Episode 50: Jasper Potts on Java FX 2.0 Release
                • Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Now in Third Generation
                • S11 Automated Install Hands-on Lab
                • Oracle Public Cloud: Database, PaaS, HCM, CRM
                • Podcast Highlights Oracle's SPARC T4 Processor
                • Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.2 Release
                • Integrate Your Enterprise with the Oracle Social Network
                • NetBeans IDE 7.1 Beta Available for Download

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

                  NetBeans at JavaOne 2011: A Compliment
                  A Prominent Part of the JDK Roadmap
                  The most impressive aspect of JavaOne 2011 blogger Geertjian Wielenga was the incorporation of NetBeans in the JDK Roadmap. His blog includes a slide from Oracle's Yoshio Terada that was presented to the Japanese JUG. Of the JDK Roadmap Wielenga writes, "I love the fact that the JDK roadmap is so tightly coupled with NetBeans, of course. As someone working on the NetBeans project for quite a few years, ... with NetBeans so prominently positioned within [the roadmap, this] is the greatest official compliment and clearest statement of confidence the NetBeans Team has thus far attained, ever."
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