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Oracle
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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.
Solaris
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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 Oracle.com/events for further information.
Cloud Computing
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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.
Exadata
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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.
Software
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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.
SPARC
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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.
Storage
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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.
Top10
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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.

    Sysadmin
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    October 2011 Critical Patch Updates Released
    Includes Patch Release for Java SE

    Two patch updates were released in October 2011, reports Eric Maurice in his oracle.com/security blog. One is the October 2011 Critical Patch Update and the other the Critical Patch Update for Java SE"] The latter provides fixes for 20 new security vulnerabilities, Maurice reports, and the former provides fixes for 57 new security vulnerabilities. He points out that, because of Oracle's diligence in identifying and fixing vulnerabilities, the number of required fixes declines with each passing release.

    Virtualization
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    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.

    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 52: JavaEE
    With Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development at Oracle
    Episode 52 of the Java Spotlight features Cameron Purdy, VP of Development at Oracle, on the subject of JavaEE. Purdy discusses his responsibilities at Oracle, the product sets and the new investments that Oracle is making in cooperation with the community behind JavaEE development. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, are the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Oracle Restores Confidence in its Stewardship of Java
    Changes in Java 7, JavaFX, Java Community Process all Point to Strong Corporate Interest
    The release of Java 7, improvements in JavaFX and reforms to the Java Community Process are among the developments at Oracle that have renewed Andrew Binstock's confidence in Java Technology. Writing for Dr. Dobb's, Binstock proclaims that Oracle's clear commitment to Java has infused new life into what many feared would become a neglected technology following the acquisition of Sun. At the end of the recent JavaOne Conference, Binstock claims, the collective feeling was that Oracle is moving Java very much in the right direction.
    NetBeans
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    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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