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Most Popular Oracle Tech Network Articles of 2011
Java Reader Interest Dominates
Each year Oracle Tech Network picks 10 of its top articles for the year. This year OTN chose 20. Entirely at random, here are a few of the top articles:

  • Fork and Join: Java Can Excel at Painless Parallel Programming Too! (Julien Ponge)
  • Neural Networks on the NetBeans Platform (Zoran Sevarac)
  • Oracle Senior VP Steve Harris on Oracle’s Vision of Java (Janice J. Heiss)
  • How I Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux (Ginny Henningsen)
  • Integration Testing for Java EE (Adam Bien)
  • Using Transitions for Animation in Oracle's JavaFX 2.0 (James L. Weaver)

OTN is the world's largest interactive community of developers, DBAs, sysadmins, and architects using Oracle products along with industry-standard technologies.

OTN Architect Day Presentations: Phoenix, AZ - December 14, 2011
Resoures for the Architect Community
Presentations from OTN Architect Day Phoenix are on Slideshare:

  • Engineered Systems: Oracle's Vision for the Future with Ralf Dossmann
  • Cloud Computing Industry Trends and Directions with Ron Batra
  • Cloud Computing: Making IT Simple with Scott Mattoon
  • Innovations in Grid Computing with Oracle Coherence with Randy Stafford
  • Rationalization and Defense in Depth: Two Steps Closer to the Cloud with Dave Chappelle
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager with Adeesh Fulay
  • Oracle VM Consolidation and Path to the Cloud with Ronen Kofman
  • Oracle Cloud Reference Architecture with Anbu Krishnaswamy
  • 21st Century SOA with Jeff Davies
A Stop-gap Measure for Archive Creation and Recovery in Oracle Solaris 11
Until Flash Archive Installation Functionality Is Added

In the absence of a Flash Archive Installation (FLAR) in Oracle Solaris 11, jbutler draws readers' attention to a set of steps that can be utilized to create re-deployable archives of installed systems. FLAR, Butler writes, was initially meant to simplify patch deployment, a notably difficult process in patching a Solaris system. FLAR allows a system administrator to patch up a system and then create an archive of it, which can be used to install subsequent systems. One side effect of this is that a full archive of the given system is created, which can be utilized to restore the system in case of catastrophic failure. In this way, many admins have utilized FLAR as an element of their disaster recovery plan. The remedy Butler cites is "How to Perform System Archival and Recovery Procedures with Oracle Solaris 11." Butler describes this document as containing " ... a set of operations which can be scripted if required. Otherwise, the manual steps described therein may be utilized as a stop-gap until some of the functionality finds its way into Solaris 11."

Obituary for Java on Ubuntu Is Premature
The Word from Simon Phipps

With the advent of OpenJDK as the reference implementation of Java 7, it was thought reasonable, if alarmist, to assume that Java as a part of Ubuntu was history. Not so, writes Simon Phipps in "Why Java Isn't Dead on Ubuntu." This is simply housekeeping, he assures panicked readers, not withdrawal by Oracle of support for Java in Ubuntu. The Distro License for Java (DLJ) -- which OpenJDK supplants -- was never more than a stop-gap measure, Phipps argues, instituted to promote Java adoption on Linux while the inevitable announcement of true open source Java was fermenting.

Asiana Airlines Improves Efficiency with Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Business Intelligence 11g
Just-In-Time Customer and Revenue Analysis Deliver 60x Performance Efficiency
Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence 11g enable Asiana Airlines to perform just-in-time customer and revenue analysis. Asiana IDT, a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines and the airline's IT service provider, selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine to deploy a high-speed BIS integrating and processing more than 12TB of airline reservation, ticket issuance and shipping data from various operational systems. The integrated solution enabled Asiana Airlines to improve its business agility by speeding up data analysis processes from 10 hours to less than 10 minutes – a 60x improvement - and to reduce batch processing time by over five hours.
Which IO Option for Which Server?
Cross Platform IO Support
If you need to know which IO option cards are available for which server, there is now a new portal on

This wiki contains a full list of IO options, ordered by server, and maintained for all current systems. Also included is the number of cards supported on each system.

The same information, for all current as well as for all older models, is available in the "Systems Handbook", the ultimate answerbook for all hardware questions.

Ten OpenStorage Predictions for 2012
By Evan Powel of Nexenta Systems
Nexenta's Evan Powell offers 10 open storage predictions for 2012 and, in a commendable mood of candor, grades himself on predictions for 2011. One A+ mark involves his prediction that growth and demand for storage capacity would be exponential. He sees the same for 2012. Powell offers his A+ view that hardware commoditization will play an ever bigger role and awards an A+ for the prediction that sales in the server channel will increase, as he expects them to do in 2012. One last A+, and that is for predicting that Nexenta is the fastest growing storage company ever.
OpenStorage Summit Evokes Interest in Alternatives to Conventional Storage Technologies
Nexenta, Symantec Products Attract Attention
Reporting from the recent OpenStorage Summit, 451 Group analyst Dave Simpson notes a healthy degree of interest in open source alternatives to traditional storage systems. The economies that open source storage technologies such as Nexenta offer have apparently proven sufficiently compelling that Korea Telecom, for example, Asia's largest public cloud provider, has implemented those technologies and offers its services to customers at considerably reduced rates. Simpson also mentions new products from both Nexenta and Symantec, which have attracted considerable interest in the industry. These include NexentaStor 3.1.2 and Symantec's OpenStorage APIs.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 166 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3, 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:

  • Video: The Rise & Development of Illumos
  • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Released
  • Oracle Linux 6 .2 Released to General Availability
  • Using dTrace to Troubleshoot a cp-r Hang
  • Oracle's Q2 Earnings: Operating Cash Flow Up 45%
  • Names the 10 Best Open-Source Products Of 2011
  • Iowa Network Services Gains Performance Efficiencies with SPARC T-Series Implementation
  • Explaining a Big Data Implementation and its Components
  • Design Proposal for Hosted Virtual Desktops Based on Full Oracle Stack
  • New Release of Oracle Tuxedo 11g

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

    Top 100 Recent Of 2011
    Most Popular Based On Reader Views

    The 10 most popular articles published in this newsletter in 2011 were:

    • Illumos in the Cloud: What is Joyent Up to? (2011-04-01)
    • Comparing Solaris, RHEL, and AIX (2011-03-02)
    • How Many Admins Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? (2011-05-13)
    • Define and compare: Virtualization technologies for Solaris (2011-03-11)
    • Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan For World Domination (2011-01-04)
    • Move your mess for less; Solaris Modernization (2011-04-01)
    • Packt Publishes 'Open AM' (2011-01-25)
    • SATA Group Creates New High-speed Storage Spec (2011-08-18)
    • Linux Offerings: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM; RedHat Enterprise Linux; and SuSE Linux (2011-03-28)
    • SPARC T3-1 beats IBM Power7 by 25% on JD Edwards Benchmark (2011-02-21)

    The longer version of this article has the list of the top 100 articles.

      The Document Foundation
      2011 was full of activity, especially for LibreOffice
      The paragraph below from the Document Foundation Blog handily summarizes the year's achievements: "2011 was the year of our first stable release. ... Today, over 30 million people use LibreOffice in 109 languages, a software developed by 40 core developers and over 300 active developers plus 280 localizers. ... 230 of those developers are totally new, have never been contributing code to the free office suite before, and were attracted by our open, transparent, meritocratic and inclusive community. Over 16.000 mailing list subscribers are on our 100 mailing lists, and TDF now counts 138 members.
      Oracle VM 3.0.3 Released to General Availability
      Includes Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager
      Oracle has announced the release to general availability of Oracle VM 3.0.3, including Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager, delivering improved usability, manageability and security. Further details on the enhancements in this release are to be found in "What's New." Downloads of the software are available at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, where users can select a Product Pack (Oracle VM) and Platform (x86 64-bit).
      Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 4.1.8
      Latest Maintenance release
      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.8 (a maintenance release) is out on the streets and ready for download. The issues that have been fixed are shown in the ChangeLog.
      Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad 1.1
      Adds External Keyboard Support
      There is a new version of he Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) for iPad in the iPad App Store. With OVDC for iPad you can connect from the iPad to your hosted virtual desktop in the data-center infrastructure. See my blog article OVDC for iPad in action with an explanation and sample use-cases.

      The improvements in the new release:

      • External Keyboard Support
      • Improved On-Screen Keyboard Language Support
      • New on-screen button icons
      • iPad Settings
      • New Gesture

      With OVDC for iPad you can connect from the iPad to your hosted virtual desktop in the data-center infrastructure. See the blog article "OVDC for iPad in action" with an explanation and sample use-cases.

      Java Technology
      Java Spotlight Episode 61: Jim Weaver, Java Champion, on Java FX 2.0
      Java EE 6 and GlassFish 3 are two years old
      Episode 61 of Java Spotlight features Jim Weaver an independent Java and JavaFX developer, author, and speaker with a passion for helping rich-client Java and JavaFX become preferred technologies for new application development.
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