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Oracle
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New Release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g
App Server for C/C++, COBOL, and Dynamic Languages
The features and the optimized integration with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud available in the new release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g application server for C/C++, COBOL, and dynamic languages, enable users to gain increased application performance, accelerated and simplified migration and modernization of mainframe applications. Oracle Tuxedo 11g also includes Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for IMS 11g, a new product within the Oracle Tuxedo family that helps customers substantially reduce IT costs, increase business agility and reduce risk by accelerating and simplifying the migration of IBM mainframe IMS applications to open systems.
Features
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Explaining a Big Data Implementation and its Components
Smartmall as an Example
In his use case approach to explaining a big data implementation, Jean-Pierre Dijcks uses the example of Smartmall, which he characterizes as "multi-channel customer interaction," or luring customers into the online store rather than have them shop via smart phone. He identifies the elements of such a system and follows the data flow from end-to-end by way of example. Big Data, he writes, allows users to leverage tremendous data and processing resources to come to accurate models while also allowing users to create more accurate models, new ideas, and new business.
Solaris
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Iowa Network Services Gains Performance Efficiencies with SPARC T-Series Implementation
Consolidates 36 Servers Onto Four for Nearly 99.999% Availability
Iowa Network Services, an ISP, has implemented Oracle Solaris on Oracle's SPARC T-Series servers and improved the availability and reliability of their services, achieving close to 99.999% uptime for their 80,000 subscribers. Thirty-six servers have been consolidated onto four SPARC T-series servers, reducing its footprint by more than 85 percent, and reducing support costs, decreasing power and cooling requirements and improving personnel efficiency, resulting in a 15% reduction in operational costs. Consolidation has increased the flexibility of server resources and provided a 25% performance improvement.
MySQL
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CRN Includes MySQL 5.6 in 10 Best Wins Best Open Source Product of 2011 Awards
'Strongest Open-source Database'
CRN has named MySQL 5.6 as among the 10 best open source products for 2011, Bertrand Matthelie reports on Oracle's MySQL Blog. He quotes the CRN announcement, which said, "MySQL 5.6, now in beta, includes significant advances in text-based search inside a database, as well as performance enhancements. With the growth of the world’s data set to explode like never before with the advent of data-capturing and data-creating mobile devices, MySQL 5.6 is firmly in place as the strongest open-source database.”
Linux
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Oracle Linux 6 .2 Released to General Availability
For both x86 (32 bit) and x86_64 (64 bit) Architectures.
Oracle has announced the release to general availability of Oracle Linux 6.2 for x86 (32 bit) and x86_64 (64 bit) architectures. Both, Oracle explains, ship with two sets of kernel packages and include both a 32 bit and a 64 bit Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel:

1: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel [kernel-uek-2.6.32-300.3.1.el6uek] (installed and booted by default)

and

2: Red Hat Compatible Kernel [kernel-2.6.32-220.el6] (installed by default) This release also includes several network driver updates and storage driver updates.

Exadata
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Digicel Haiti Implements Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Improves Analysis of Call Data Records by 16X
With the purchase of a half-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 Digicel Haiti has improved analysis and report performance of call data records by a factor of 16x without any additional changes. Daily reports are now processed and delivered each morning to assist the business in strengthening and refining the company's sales strategies and campaigns.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 166 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 164 Issue 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:

  • Creating Oracle Solaris Zones in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Using NexentaStor ZFS storage appliance with vSphere
  • Record Performance Result for a Two Processor Intel-Based System with TPC-C Benchmark
  • Integration of LDoms Networking with Networking Enhancements in Solaris 11
  • Doorway to the Cloud: Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
  • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Released
  • TimesTen and In-Memory Database Cache
  • Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management
  • New Documentation for with JavaFX 2.0.2 Release
  • Join Java Spotlight Episode 60 to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Globalcode

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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    CRN.com Names the 10 Best Open-Source Products Of 2011
    LibreOffice Leads the Pack
    The ten best open source products of 2011, as named by CRN.com are these, in reverse order:

    • Fedora 16
    • Ubuntu 11.04
    • OpenStack
    • Asterisk 10
    • MySQL 5.6, Beta
    • Android 3.xx, or "Honeycomb"
    • Firefox for Android
    • Linux Mint 12
    • Ubuntu 11.10
    • LibreOffice

    (Selected by Edward F. Moltzen, CRN)

    Developer
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    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Released
    Optimized for both Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux Operating Systems
    With the release of Oracle Studio 12.3, enterprise developers will find it possible to use the new Code Analysis tool to quickly detect application vulnerabilities, including memory leaks and memory access violations, improving application quality and reliability. Furthermore, the release accelerates performance of SPARC T4 and x86-based applications up to 300 percent by leveraging Oracle’s advanced compiler technology. Developers will also find it convenient that Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3’s built-in remote access capabilities, makes it possible to create Oracle Solaris or Linux applications easily, whether from Oracle Solaris, Linux, Windows, or Mac OS desktops.
    Sysadmin
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    Using dTrace to Troubleshoot a cp-r Hang
    Opensnoop from the DTrace Toolkit Is the Answer
    The blog post by samwan, "a dtrace example to troubleshoot 'cp-r' hang," shows how using opensnoop from the DTrace Toolkit located the particular file being read at a given moment, enabling the user to identify the pipe file on which the system was hung.
    VDI
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    Design Proposal for Hosted Virtual Desktops Based on Full Oracle Stack
    An Oracle White Paper

    The Oracle white paper "A Design Proposal for Hosted Virtual Desktops" discusses a design proposal for Windows 7 virtual desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, proposing infrastructure for 500, 1000 and 1500 users. Jaap's VDI Blog Space reports that the topics under discussion include high-level architecture, capacity planning, design decisions and performance optimizations. The infrastructure is based on the full Oracle stack of products, ranging from the end-user client to the storage in the data-center.

    Java Technology
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    Java ME Remains the Platform for Majority of US Cell Phones
    Media Pushes Smart Phone Adoption in Face of Contrary Facts
    Politics is not the only realm in which corporate interests (include the media in this category) distort the truth for their benefit, Hinkmond Wong reminds readers in his article "Mobile Trends for 2012: Majority of US phones still use Java ME tech." The media, he asserts, would have us believe otherwise. Wong includes a link to Josh Smith's GottaBeMobile.com article "7 Mobile Trends for 2012: NFC, Nokia, Apps and HTML5" for corroboration.
    NetBeans
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    Using the Paint Application to Achieve Deeper Integration of JavaFX in NetBeans RCP
    Getting the JavaFX Bar Chart to Reflect Changes in Sales Properties
    It is possible (and relatively easy), writes Geertjan Wielenga, to have changes in sales properties be reflected in the javafx.scene.chart.BarChart. Wielenga began with the Paint Application, added JavaFX code and a node hierarchy to obtain the desired result. The simplicity of this exercise, he contends, suggests just how well JavaFX can be made to fit into what he terms the "real world of existing Java desktop applications." He advises against dismissing Swing, which he terms unnecessary.
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