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5 reasons it will be hard for Microsoft "win" the future desktop/tablet/Win8 race
by Brian Madden
Brian Madden is an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and almost 2,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization.

In a recent blog, he provides 5 reasons when he believes it will be hard for Microsoft to win the future.

Madden say can boil them down to five core areas:

1. Microsoft's platform dominance is based on apps and OSes installed onto desktop computers

2. Microsoft's core money making products are for devices with large screens, real keyboards, and precision pointing devices

3. Microsoft has to make money selling the OS and apps, and their device makers have to make money selling devices

4. Microsoft is not a "tech titan" anymore

5. Microsoft is way behind

Where will this all end up? Will Microsoft get it together? Who knows?

Check out the comments on his blog.

Illumos User Group Meetup - Menlo Park, Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7:00 PM
Live Stream and Playback Available
There is now a group dedicated to Illumos.

The next Meetup event will take place on Jan 10th event at the offices of Delphix. The Meeting Topic is, "ZFS is ten years old!"

A live video stream of the Meetup will be here.

Matt Ahrens of the ZFS Working Group will talk about what's new and what's coming in ZFS, with time for discussion about other topics of interest to the community. Pizza and beer (and soft drinks) will be provided.

For future meetings (after this one) we'll trade locations between Delphix's Menlo Park office and Joyent's San Francisco office, to spread the commute burden. Frequency of meetings TBD.

Illumos is a fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system. It began as a fork of the former OpenSolaris operating system.

Sponsors of the Illumos project include Joyent, Nexenta, OpenIndiana", and Delphix.

Cloud Computing
Migrating to the Cloud: Oracle Client/Server Modernization
A Guide to the Process by Tom Laszewski and Prakash Nauduri
The responsible parties in any company planning on a database migration, desktop application migration, or that has IT infrastructure consolidation projects, will find the information in "Migrating to the Cloud", the new book by Tom Laszewski and Prakash Nauduri, a useful guide. The book, which focuses on Oracle grid relational database technology and Oracle Fusion Middleware, provides recommendations on tools, strategy and best practices and serves as a guide as an enterprise plans, determines effort and budget, designs, executes and rolls its modern Oracle system out to production.
Oracle On-line Analytic Processing (OLAP) - Exadata Performance Demonstration White Paper
Query Times Dramatically Reduced Even with Non-stop Querying
"Oracle OLAP Exadata X2-2 Performance Demonstration," an Oracle white paper, describes a performance demonstration of the OLAP Option (On-line Analytical Processing) to the Oracle Database running on an X2-2 Exadata Database Machine half rack. With a community of 50 users and each user querying the database non-stop (without waits between queries), median query times ranged from .03 to .58 seconds, and average query times ranged from .26 to 2.32 seconds, while 95 percent of queries returned in 1.5 to 5.5 seconds, depending on the type of query.
Igloo Enjoys Cool Implementation with Oracle Sun SPARC T-Series Servers
Expects 169% ROI in Three Years
Igloo Products Corporation, the world's #1 cooler manufacturer, has migrated its legacy IBM mainframe IT infrastructure to Oracle's Sun SPARC servers and Oracle software in a move that is anticipated to deliver 169% ROI in three years and a break-even point in the first year. Igloo has consolidated its operations on two Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers -- the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 -- in a virtualized system employing Oracle Solaris Containers. Igloo has determined that it can reduce its former monthly hosting fees by half now that it uses 66% fewer servers and 83% fewer CPUs.
Oracle Storage Eye charts
ZFSSA; Tape; SAN; Flash/SSD
Steve Tunstall had made available version 10 of his product summary document which he refers to as his Storage Eye Chart.

  • Oracle Storage ZFSSA "7000" Family
  • Tape Drives and Libraries
  • Mid-level to Enterprise Modular Disk Storage (2500M2 and Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600)
  • Oracle Flash and SSD

Version 10 adds the Axiom and 2500M2 to a new page and also updates the ZFSSA with the new updates.

Sun Tape
2011 International Magnetic Tape Storage Applications & Systems Roadmap
Digital data will exceed ten zettabytes in the next few years
The 2011 INSIC Magnetic Tape Applications & Systems Roadmap, released on November 30, 2011, is available for download.

The new Applications & Systems Roadmap is the culmination of a yearlong effort, led by INSIC’s Barry Schechtman (Executive Director Emeritus and Technical Director for INSIC’s TAPE Research Program) and which involved the participation of representatives of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Imation, Oracle, Quantum, Spectra Logic and Symantec, as well as key inputs from industry analysts and applications experts in various fields.

The final report is balanced and credible, and delivers an optimistic outlook for tape storage going forward. However, INSIC also believe that this optimistic outlook will be fulfilled only if the tape storage industry continues to invest in the research and advanced development necessary to provide the future technologies that are needed.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 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:

  • Ten OpenStorage Predictions for 2012
  • Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee Extended to Solaris 11
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad 1.1
  • Which IO Option for Which Server?
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 4.1.8
  • Oracle VM 3.0.3 Released to General Availability
  • A Stop-gap Measure for Archive Creation and Recovery in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Obituary for Java on Ubuntu Is Premature
  • Most Popular Oracle Tech Network Articles of 2011
  • OpenStorage Summit Evokes Interest in Alternatives to Conventional Storage Technologies

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

    Deploying a Java EE 6 Application Using WebLogic 12c, NetBeans, and MySQL
    27-minute Video Demo
    In his 27 minute video on Java EE 6 Using WebLogic 12c, NetBeans, and MySQL Arun Gupta shows how to develop and deploy a Java EE 6 application on WebLogic 12c using NetBeans. It builds a simple application using Java Persistence API 2.0, Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1, Servlets 3.0, Java API for RESTful Web Services 1.1, Java Server Faces 2.0, and Contexts & Dependency Injection 1.0. The video also explains how to configure MySQL database in NetBeans and use it for accessing the database tables in the Java EE 6 applications.
    Java Technology
    GlassFish Open Source and Commercial Editions
    A Feature-by-feature Comparison

    The differences between the GlassFish open source and commercial editions are examined in Arun Gupta's blog, where he notes that the GlassFish Server Open Source Edition provides a full Java EE 6 compliant, is free, and an open source application server. The Oracle GlassFish Server is Oracle's commercially supported GlassFish Server distribution and constitutes a suite of features that improve performance, allow automatic backup of configuration and application data, enable fine-grained monitoring, and enable more secure and highly available production deployments. Customers also get 24 x 7 support, priority for their bug fixes and patches/hot fixes for them.

    Java ME Regains Ground as O/S Platform for Mobile
    Apple iOS and Android Lose Share
    Net Applications analysts posted results of their findings on OS net usage share in November 2011 which revealed Apple's iOS dropping seven points and Android two points. These losses contrasted with a hike in usage by Java ME 2, which captured a 20% usage share for the same period. RIM's Blackberry and Symbian also showed slight gains while Microsoft's Windows Phone platform trailed the pack with less than one percent.
    The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform 7
    New Title from Apress
    Heiko Boeck's new book The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform 7 has caught Geertjan Wielenga's attention, which is reflected in his post that lists the book's entire table of contents. Boeck's publisher, Apress, says of the book that it " ... provides a completely updated definitive guide to the NetBeans Platform, using the latest APIs, coding patterns, and methodologies. Focuses strongly on business features in an application, since Oracle's customers are particularly interested in business-related aspects. For example, how to use OSGi, how to add authentication/security, how to monetize from a modular application."
    Oracle Announces Release of NetBeans IDE 7.1
    First IDE to Support JavaFX 2.0 and JDK 7
    With the release of the free, open source NetBeans IDE 7.1 there is now an IDE that supports JavaFX 2.0 and JDK 7, available for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distributions, Mac and Windows. Support for Java EE includes cluster and instance deployment support for GlassFish Server; 50+ CDI support enhancements in the Java editor; and JSF component suite supporting improvements in Java Persistence, Web Services, EJB; and support for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c. NetBeans platform enhancements include Windows system APIs and support for multiple window layouts; enhanced TopComponentGroup behavior; visual window layout designer; and pluggable multiview components.
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