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Oracle
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Oracle Global IT Upgrades to Sun Storage Products
Case Study

By way of their slide presentation from Oracle OpenWorld 2011, now available as a download, Cheri Williams, Craig Yappert, and Gowthaman Ranganathan provide an update on Oracle IT Upgrades to Sun Storage Products. The presentation is in three parts:

  • Overview: Oracle IT and Storage Strategy (reasons for migrating to ZFS Storage Appliance and outline of storage strategy)
  • Storage Configurations and Performance (specifics of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance)
  • Oracle IT Use Cases (includes an overview of ZFS Storage in Product Development)

The presentation then summarizes lessons learned from the migration to ZFS Storage Appliance.

Oracle Named to Leaders Quadrant in Gartner's 2011 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers
Quality of Vision, Ability to Execute that Vision Are Chief Criteria
Oracle has been named in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner's 2011 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Servers for both its vision within a particular market segment and for the completeness of vision and ability to execute on that vision. In Oracle's case, its Cloud Application Foundation and Oracle WebLogic Server figure prominently as the reason behind the nomination. Oracle describes its Oracle WebLogic Server as " ... optimized to run as a high performance, mission critical, elastic cloud infrastructure on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, the world‘s first and only engineered system for cloud computing, tested and tuned by Oracle to provide the best foundation for Java applications ...."
ZFS
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Case Study: High-Performance Cloud Datastore Using Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris ZFS
47-Slide Presentation from Oracle OpenWorld 2011
The 47 slides in "Case Study: High Performance Datastore Using Oracle ZFS and Oracle Solaris 11," presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 follows this agenda:
  • What is Oracle ZFS
  • Who is Viewbiquity? A provider of the Viewbiquity Cloud Interface (VCI)
  • How does ZFS make Viewbiquity successful?
  • Next steps

The presentation was delivered by Scott Dickson, Tom Shafron, and Nick Musco.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Enterprise Manager Enables Cerner Health Care to Cut Capital Expenditures by $9.5 Million
Single Console Management Has Reduced Database Incidents by 50 Percent
Cerner, a global health care company with over 9,000 facilities worldwide, has implemented Oracle Enterprise Manager in its aim to eliminate error, variance and waste for its affiliated health care providers and customers while also generating additional revenue. The new cloud-based services supported by Oracle Enterprise Manager have enabled Cerner to reduce capital investments by $9.5 million. The simplified management environment of Oracle Enterprise Manager allows Cerner staffers to operate from a single management console, enabling preventive actions that have reduced database incidents by 50 percent and allowed 17 percent of problems to be identified without DBA intervention.
Hardware
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Beefing Up Xeon Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability: Slide Set
Oracle Solaris Optimization for Intel Processors Pays Off in Many Ways
"Beefing Up Xeon RAS with Solaris," a presentation by Ashok Raj originally given at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, is available as a slide set that covers the following aspects of the talk:

  • Intel Processor Advances
  • Platform RAS Components (Oracle Solaris FMA)
  • Xeon Machine Check Architecture Improvements
  • Future Enhancements

Raj contends that Oracle Solaris has been optimized for Intel Xeon-based systems in terms of scalability, enhanced power management, and mission critical reliability.

Events
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View 20110 Oracle OpenWorld Sessions
Keynote Highlights
From a single URL, viewers can watch the entire lineup of keynote addresses delivered at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Among the speakers and their topics:

  • Oracle OpenWorld Opening Keynote: Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle
  • Cloud + Big Data = Massive Change + Massive Opportunity: Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman, President, and CEO, EMC
  • Extreme Innovation: Mark Hurd, President, Oracle: Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President, Product Development, Oracle
  • Dell Keynote: Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Inc.
  • Engineered Systems: John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems, Oracle
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Launch: Richard Sarwal, SVP, Oracle
  • Empowering Customers Through Datacenter Transformation. Together We Innovate: John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
  • Oracle Applications: Complete Solutions, Complete Choice: Steve Miranda, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle
  • Accelerating Growth: New Paradigms: S. D. Shibulal, CEO and Managing Director, Infosys
  • Oracle Cloud Computing: Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle
  • Shimp and Zavery - Highlights - OpenWorld 10-6-11

These videos are available to all.

SPARC
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Best Practices for Mission-Critical Computing on SPARC Servers
Slides from Oracle OpenWorld Presentation
Gary Combs and Eve Kleinknecht, both principal product managers at Oracle, presented at Oracle Open World on "Best Practices for Mission-Critical Computing on SPARC Servers." Now the 50-slide set from their presentation is available for download and viewing. The presentation concludes that the best High Availability solution for Oracle Solaris (itself the number one enterprise OS) is Oracle Solaris Cluster for its ability to deliver higher service levels for mission critical applications; its ability to provide protection for consolidated, virtualized workloads; and its ability to perform disaster recovery in an elastic, flexible environment.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 165 Issue 1; Vol 164 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 163 Issues 2, 3 and 4
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:

  • Solaris 11 OS: What's Under the Hood
  • Happy 10th Birthday, ZFS
  • Metalogix Increases Speed of SharePoint Migrations and Upgrades
  • The Growth Prospects for Tape vs. HDD and NAND as a Storage Device
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
  • Inside the Oracle Database Cloud Service
  • Sockets Direct Protocal Gives InfiniBand the Advantage in HPC Java Applications
  • ExalogicTV Channel on YouTube
  • Engineered Systems Deliver Performance and Management Advantages
  • Java Spotlight Episode 53: Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group

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

    Service
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    Best Practices for Supporting Sun Server and Storage Systems
    44-Slide Presentation from Oracle OpenWorld 2011

    The 44-slide presentation on "Best Practices for Supporting Sun Server and Storage Systems" by Ray Cappola, Director, Oracle Proactive Systems Support, and Wayne Seltzer, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Proactive Support Center, which they presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, is now available as a download. The presenters recommend three best practices as the outset, which are:

    • Install and use Oracle Auto Service Request
    • Take advantage of My Oracle Support Automated Diagnosis
    • Access Oracle Sun System Analysis Reports for your Oracle Solaris server

    Home free at this point? Not quite but well on the way to faster problem resolution and simplified support operations. The presenters then delve into the details on each of the recommended best practices listed above.

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 3.4.4 Available for Download
    Now in 105 Native Language Versions
    LibreOffice 3.4.4, an improved version of the award-winning free office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux, is available for download, according to The Document Foundation. With the release of a native language version in Scottish Gaelic, the number of such versions is now 105. LibreOffice has recently won InfoWorldÂ’s BOSSIE Award 2011 as Best of Open Source Software, and the Open World Forum Experiment Award of Most-Popular Software. LibreOffice 3.4.4 is available for immediate download. Extensions for LibreOffice are also available.
    Developer
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    The [System] Developer's Edge: 322 page pdf
    Darryl Gove's Book Back in Circulation Once Again
    "The System Developer's Edge: Selected Blog Posts and Articles" is available now as a pdf, reports Darryl Gove. The pdf differs from the earlier book in only two significant ways, Gove writes, the first being an absence of cover art and the second being a change in the title to include the word "system," indicating a focus on the hardware end of the stack. Some of the links in the pdf are no longer current, Gove cautions, just as a number of the products discussed may have been rebranded or come to end of life under Oracle.
    Sysadmin
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    Best Practices for Maintaining and Upgrading Oracle Solaris
    Slides from an Oracle OpenWorld Talk
    In the course of a 43-slide presentation, Rob Hulme, Senior Director, Solaris and Network Domain, and Chris Gerhard, Chief Technologist. Solaris and Network Domain, tell viewers just about all they might ever might need to know about "Best Practices for Maintaining and Upgrading Oracle Solaris." In the simplest possible language, the presenters summarize their message about the three best practices thus:

    • Getting the most out of My Oracle Support
    • Upgrading Solaris
    • How and where to get help

    Pretty much as suggested above: all you might ever need to know.

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.6
    Latest Maintenance release

    There are a number of items either fixed or added in Oracle's maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.1.6. These are detailed in the changelog.

    Building a Virtual Computing Platform for Fusion Energy Research
    Oracle OpenWorld Talk: Slide Set
    One of the more abstruse presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 was that of Tim Frazier, Associate Project Manager, National Ignition Facillity (NIF), whose topic was, "Building a Virtualized Computing Platform or Fusion Energy Research." Frazier stresses the central role of virtualization in the IT infrastructure of the NIF, mentioning the role that Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11g plays in that scenario. In the course of that discussion, Frazier points out that it was surprising to learn that memory rather than CPU or network bandwidth was the critical scarce resource.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 54: Stuart Marks on the Coinification of JDK7
    His Current Assignment: Enhancing Core JDK Libraries
    Stuart W. Marks, Principal Member of Technical Staff in Oracle's Java Platform Group, is the guest on Episode 54 of the Java Spotlight Podcast, where the discussion involves the coinification of JDK 7. Marks is currently working on enhancing the core libraries of the JDK and has previously worked on JavaFX and Java ME at Sun. Host Roger Brinkley notes that Marks has over 20 years of software platform product development experience in the areas of window systems, interactive graphics, and mobile and embedded systems. Once again, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, sits on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Security
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    Oracle Releases Oracle Identity Analytics 11g
    Provides Simplified Access Review Certification for Error Reduction, Performance Enhancement

    With release of the latest version of its Oracle Identity Analytics (OIA), a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and the Oracle Identity Management 11g product family, Oracle has made it possible for its customers to gain simplified access review certification with business-centric views and actionable dashboards, powered by rich identity analytics, all of which helps to reduce errors in the certification process and increase user productivity by up to 80 percent.

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