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Gartner Names Oracle ATG in Leaders Quadrant for E-Commerce
Praises Oracle's Corporate Vision
Oracle ATG Web Commerce Suite, a comprehensive and scalable commerce software platform, aids enterprises in the delivery of a personalized customer buying experience across multiple customer touchpoints, including the web, contact center, mobile devices, social media, and physical stores. Gartner has named the solution to its Leaders Quadrant in the 2011 Magic Quadrant for E-commerce. Technology providers in the Leaders Quadrant are recognized for demonstrating an optimal blend of insight, innovation, execution in their corporate vision.
Activity of the ZFS Adaptive Replacement Cache
Using kstat and DTrace
Using the statistics generated by kstat and the tracings derived from DTrace, Brendan Gregg examines ZFS Adaptive Replacement Cache (ARC) activity in detail. In addition to calculating hit and miss rates, Gregg discusses other statistics including prefetch and metadata ratios, then writes about using tracing to observe information from the ARC – including who is using the ARC and why, ARC buffer sizes, the age of the ARC buffers, lock contention timings and eviction details. He points out that more can be traced as needed: ZFS with DTrace provides great performance and observability.
Oracle Database Firewall Extended to Support MySQL
Enhanced Reporting Capabilities also Included in Latest Release

Several important new features are included in the latest release of Oracle Database Firewsall. Among them is protection against data breaches extended to MySQL databases. In addition, there are now various reporting capabilities that include 10 new out-of-the-box reports to further help organizations comply with privacy and regulatory mandates, and a new reporting infrastructure for running and modifying the layout of existing reports. Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher customers will now be able to take advantage of all capabilities offered for authoring, managing, and delivering highly formatted documents that can be designed using familiar desktop products.

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MySQL Enterprise Edition Produces 65% Cost Cuts at
Unburdens IT Staff for Other Tasks
Using MySQL Enterprise Edition improved the performance and scalability of its web portal while improving flexibility and reducing costs by 65%. set up a copy of MySQL Workbench in DBA’s computers, ensuring autonomy for data modeling. The company also adopted a decentralized server architecture, freeing the IT team from its previous efforts at balancing network load. This structure enabled to accommodate large traffic spikes without compromising site performance, such as 9.8 million Web visits and 31.5 million page views in one day during the 2010 World Cup.
The Oracle Big Data Appliance
Also Releases Oracle Big Data Connectors to Help Unlock the Value of Enterprise Big Data
Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Big Data Appliance, an engineered system of hardware and software that incorporates Cloudera’s Distribution, Including Apache Hadoop with Cloudera Manager, plus an open source distribution of R. Big Data Appliance, which runs on Oracle Linux, also features Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition and Oracle HotSpot Java Virtual Machine. In addition, Oracle simultaneously announced the availability of Oracle Big Data Connectors, a software product that helps customers easily integrate data stored in Hadoop and Oracle NoSQL Database with Oracle Database 11g. This system scales by connecting multiple racks together via an InfiniBand network.
Ops Center 11g Update 3 Is Released
Now Supports SPARC T4 Processor

An 8:40 minute video by Alain Geenrits concerns the new update for Ops Center 11g which has been released with a number of improvements, most notably SPARC T4 processor support. The update to the enterprise controller and proxy appears in the available downloads in the user interface, or can be downloaded shortly at An updated readme file covers all changes and installation instructions. A webcast on Thursday, December 22 reviewed the key enhancements in Update 3. The webcast also covered download and upgrade instructions.

Automated Diagnosis for Sun SPARC Servers Offered by My Oracle Support
Users Must Upload Oracle Explorer to Access this Feature

Oracle Sun SPARC T-Series servers now feature automated diagnosis as part of the My Oracle Support services. Users are strongly urged to upload an Oracle Explorer when asked in the Service Request (SR) creation process in My Oracle Support (MOS), which will allow the SR to be handled by Automated Diagnosis and speed up the service process significantly. By not uploading an Explorer during SR creation or shortly afterwards Service Requests will follow the normal process. Automated Diagnosis will not be used on P1 Service requests or Accounts that have special handling instructions.

Nexenta Trashes Win8 Storage Spaces
'Just Not Enterprise Class'
Microsoft's Storage Spaces may well be fine for storing family photos and other personal memorabilia but as an enterprise storage tool? Not so much, contends Nexenta CEO Evan Powell in The Register article by Chris Mellor, noting the absence of such features as double and triple parity RAID, the ability to snapshot and replicate data, and the cryptographic-strength 256 bit checksums of ZFS-based solutions found in NexentaStor, which provide end-to-end data integrity. In addition, Powell points out the 16 Terabyte (16 TB) limit in the capacity of Storage Spaces. "It just isn't enterprise class," Powell asserts.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 167 Issue 1; Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 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:

  • Oracle Storage Eye charts
  • 5 reasons it will be hard for Microsoft 'win' the future desktop/tablet/Win8 race
  • Migrating to the Cloud: Oracle Client/Server Modernization
  • Illumos User Group Meetup - Menlo Park, Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7:00 PM
  • 2011 International Magnetic Tape Storage Applications & Systems Roadmap
  • Oracle On-line Analytic Processing (OLAP) - Exadata Performance Demonstration White Paper
  • Igloo Enjoys Cool Implementation with Oracle Sun SPARC T-Series Servers
  • The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform 7
  • GlassFish Open Source and Commercial Editions
  • Deploying a Java EE 6 Application Using WebLogic 12c, NetBeans, and MySQL

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

    Anatomizing an Oracle Solaris Binary File
    The Tools and Techniques You Will Need
    When application object files and executable binary files become unhandily large, it is helpful to be able to see inside such files. In order to do that it is necessary to know what tools are called for in such an inquiry and which parts can be reduced in size. In her post Miriam Blatt discusses these issues, reviewing the contents of binaries and the tools that are available to read, extract and delete sections. She concludes with a discussion of the effect on binary file size of compiler flags and how to reduce the size of the executable.
    Analyzing Interrupt Activity with DTrace
    A Useful Tool in Assessing the Effects of 'Pinning'

    Interrupts are events delivered to CPUs, usually by external devices and can cause performance and observability problems for applications. Tim Cook's post explains the use of DTrace in identifying the source of interrupts and solving the performance problems caused when an interrupt "steals" a CPU from an application thread, halting its process while the interrupt is serviced. Cook calls this pinning (the interrupt will pin an application thread if the interrupt was delivered to a CPU on which an application was executing at the time). Cook cites several DTrace scripts to use in assessing the effects of pinning.

    How to Use Oracle Solaris 11 Network Virtualization and Resource Management
    Restricting Application Network Traffidc
    Users can now monitor, control, guarantee, and reconfigure network infrastructure to provide applications with the required data connections using Oracle Solaris 11 Network Virtualization and Resource Management. Duncan Hardie's post on Oracle tech network showing how to apply bandwidth limits to both data links and user-defined flows to manage network traffic. Hardie also shows how data link bandwidth limits all traffic through that data link, whereas bandwidth limits applied to flows can be based on network packet characteristics. These technologies allow users to create a flexible and controlled environment to meet all their network resource management needs.
    2012 Virtualization Review Reader's Choice Awards
    Includes Comprehensive Buyers' Guide
    Virtualization Review has published its 2012 Readers' Choice Award and Buyers' Guide. A number of Oracle solutions appear in several categories. Each category has an overall winner, a preferred product plus a new category, ISV winner, created to highlight some of the smaller vendors who are cranking out really cool and innovative products. There is a link to a PDF that includes the complete 2012 Comprehensive Buyers' Guide.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 63: JavaME Network APIs
    Alok Patel, Principal Product Manager on the Java Mobile Team, Appears
    In Episode 63 of the Java Spotlight Alok Patel shares his expertise on the new Java Network APIs. Patel is Principal Product Manager with the Java Mobile team. The Network API is a set of APIs provided by network operators to enable client/server access to such major cellular network functionality as messaging, location, and payment. The Network API requires only the basic functionality of the mobile terminal, allowing for wide deployment in emerging markets such as BRICA. MIDlets on lower-end phones, hybrid applications on powerful feature phones can all use Network API.
    Java Spotlight Episode 64: NetBeans 7.1 Release
    Geertjan Wielenga Is Podcast Guest

    Geertjan Wielenga, Principal Product Manger in Oracle Developer Tools for NetBeans, is the guest on Episode 64 of the Java Spotlight podcast in a discussion of the NetBeans 7.1 release. NetBeans IDE 7.1 introduces support for JavaFX 2.0 by enabling the full compile/debug/profile development cycle for JavaFX 2.0 applications. The release also provides significant Swing GUI Builder enhancements, CSS3 support, and tools for visual debugging of Swing and JavaFX user interfaces. Additional highlights include Git support integrated into the IDE, new PHP debugging features, various JavaEE and Maven improvements, and more.

    Oracle Security Inside Out Dramatizes Data Security Issues
    Oracle Users Group Data Security Survey: 60% Fear a Data Breach
    A recent Independent Oracle Users Group Data Security Survey found 60% expect the likelihood of a data breach or at least are not sure what to expect over the next 12 months. Oracle's Security Inside Out site has posted a video on data security that illustrates the different ways organizations are susceptible to security breaches that Oracle can help mitigate. The video features actors portraying an oil company CEO and an Eastern Block exfiltrator in a scenario suggesting that major infiltrations are easier than one might assume. Oracle Audit Vault is offered as a safeguard against such damage.
    New SPARC T4-Based Carrier-Grade Servers Deliver 5x Performance Boost
    Reduces TCO, Outperforms Intel Intaniam 1.7 GHz Processor
    Oracle's new single processor Netra SPARC T4-1 and dual processor SPARC T4-2 servers, and the Netra SPARC T4-1B server module, give telecommunication service providers infrastructure built to meet the needs of today's market. These servers provide up to 5x better performance over the previous generation of servers. In recent tests running Oracle Communications ASAP on the new Netra SPARC T4-2 server, each SPARC T4 processor delivered 7.7x the performance of the Intel Itanium 1.7 GHz processor in an HP server. Combined with Oracle Solaris, these new Netra systems can reduce TCO and drastically shorten service development and deployment times.
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