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Exactly What Is Big Data?
Some Insights from Oracle's Sales Consulting Director Antony Wildey
In a three-minute video, Antony Wildey, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle Retail, explains just what Big Data is and how Oracle can help retailers gain actionable insight into the improvement of their business. Wildey discusses the use of data from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and of sentiment analysis to provide seamless insight on product demand.
Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Earn Highest Ratings for Enterprise and Midrange NAS Systems
Oracle Beats NetApp and EMC in Storage Magazine Quality Awards for NAS
Storage magazine has awarded top honors to Sun ZFS Storage Appliance solutions for both enterprise and midrange NAS. EMC and NetApp received lesser marks for their storage technologies. Oracle outperformed its rivals in terms of initial product quality, features, reliability, technical support and sales force competence. More than 3.000 customers have discovered that Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, the only NAS products engineered together with Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, and optimized for Oracle VM and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, run fastest and most efficiently on Oracle storage.
How to Manage the ZFS Storage Appliance with JavaScript: Three Approaches
Grouping CLI Commands to Perform Batch Processing; Executing User-defined Scripts; Using Workflows
In his how-to piece on managing the ZFS Storage Appliance with JavaScript Peter Brouwer covers three approaches: grouping CLI commands in a file to perform batch processing; executing user-defined scripts; and using workflows. Brouwer writes that his article primarily provides details on how to use JavaScript programming features within the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, as well as providing detail on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance script architecture, the JavaScript interface into the appliance, and methods for executing scripts. The piece is not, he cautions readers, a tutorial for the JavaScript language nor the appliance's CLI command language.
Migrating from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux 5.5
Dell Undertakes the Shift on Worldwide Basis
In June 2010, Dell was operating some 1700 servers in various worldwide locations on SuSE Linux when it decided to migrate to Oracle Linux 5.5, leaving the hardware and application layers unchanged. Dell found sufficient capacity on some existing MegaGrid implementations to allow the applications and databases to be migrated to the grid and the SUSE Linux server powered down and decommissioned. Although Oracle does not support heterogeneous Oracle RAC clusters, Dell experienced no issues during the transition with nodes running SUSE Linux interoperating with nodes running Oracle Linux. Dell expects to complete the migration in June 2012.
Oracle Utilities Meter-to-Cash Applications Process One Billion Records in Eight Hours
System Prepares 500,000 Customer Bills

Within an eight-hour window Oracle used Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management and Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway – integrated using Oracle Application Integration Architecture and running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2, of processing more than one billion records and generating 500,000 customer bills. Data were extracted from 30 billion interval meter reads, one month of historical meter data (30 billion meter readings), and a six-month billing history (60 million bills). The test billed each account using three different rates (simulating “peak,” “shoulder” and “off-peak” rates).

Oracle Exadata Database Machine Delivers Promising Performance Improvements to Novation
Health Care Supplier Expects Major Gains in Service Delivery Times
Novation, the supply contracting company for some 65,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC and Provista, has implemented a pair of Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 systems to help customers manage and reduce supply costs. Proof of concept figures suggest Novation can expect gains of up to 41x; Oracle Exadata Hybrid Columnar Compression is expected to help Novation realize 10x compression rates in storage savings; and customer on-ramp time to analytic services is expected top drop from a 20-day average to hours, allowing customers to retrieve information on spending habits and cost saving opportunities in a timely manner.
Webcast Covers Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture and Oracle Exadata
Learn how to Achieve High Availability at Low Cost and Complexity
Director of Product Management for Database High Availability in Oracle Server Development Joe Meeks explains in this webcast how Oracle’s maximum availability architecture for Oracle Exadata Database Machine will help protect a company's systems from unplanned outages enabling the delivery of both high availability and data protection at the lowest cost and complexity. Viewers will learn how to achieve the highest levels of database availability at the lowest cost and risk; implement the industry’s most-stringent data protection solutions; and adopt MAA post deployment operational best practices for Oracle Exadata. Registration and log-in are required.
SPARC T4 Servers Find Favor with Telecommunications Service Providers
Ten of World's Top 10 Providers Adopt SPARC T4 Servers

Ten of the top 10 telecommunications providers worldwide have adopted SPARC T4 servers with Oracle Solaris, including Motorola Solutions, Portugal Telecom, Qualcomm, SkyOnline, Telefonica de Espana, United Telephone Mutual Aid Corporation, and Ziggo BV. Oracle recently announced its NEBS Level-3 certified Netra SPARC T4 servers, ideal for next generation telecommunications, providing the performance, scalability and efficiency required for 4G network infrastructures and cloud-based deployments. Oracle Solaris 11 enables telcom customers to take advantage of compelling features, including virtualization of the entire stack, secure, fail-safe boot environments, safe roll-backs, 4x faster upgrades and 2.5x faster system re-boots.

SPARC T4 Server Momentum Expands Demand for SPARC System
SPARC T4 Servers Adopted By Customers Across All Industries, Regions
Oracle’s SPARC T4 enterprise servers and complete software stack are engineered to enable customers to consolidate multiple application tiers onto a single server, reduce system complexity, and improve utilization. Oracle credits the SPARC T4 with driving midrange server volume that can power enterprise and mission-critical applications on Oracle Solaris 10 or 11, with guaranteed full binary compatibility back to Oracle Solaris 2.6. SPARC T4 server customers who use Solaris 11 can take advantage of cloud-scale life cycle management with secure, fail-safe boot environments, safe roll-backs, 4x faster upgrades and 2.5x faster system re-boots.
Sun Tape
Oracle Ships Over 1 Exabyte of Media for StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives
Also Leads in Shipments of Tape Libraries
Oracle has shipped more enterprise tape drives than any other vendor in the first half of calendar year 2011, according to IDC’s Worldwide Tape QView 1H 2011 Pivot. Oracle also shipped the most tape libraries, over 1,000 slots, and held over 70 percent market share for LTO libraries over 1,000 slots, according to QView 1H 2011 Pivot. Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive is the world's fastest tape drive, also delivering a 5TB native capacity -- the world's highest -- with a transfer rate of up to 252 MB/second.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 167 Issues 1,2,3 and 4; Vol 166 Issues 1, 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:

  • Simplified Administration with ZFS
  • Documentation for Common Sysadmin Tasks
  • Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator
  • Solaris 10 OS and ZFS Cut Costs, Boost Uptime as Alternative to RAID
  • MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs
  • illumos Meetup at FOSDEM
  • Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users
  • MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 available on Solaris 11
  • World Record x86 TPC-C Result
  • Java Spotlight Episode 65: Deployment & Plugin

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

    Oracle Sun Ray 3 Series Clients Capture 2011 Good Design Award
    Recognizes New, Visionary, Innovative Product Concepts
    Oracle's Sun Ray 3 Series Clients garnered the 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award given annually for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality. With no moving parts and no local operating system to manage, Oracle Sun Ray 3 Series Clients reduce many of the problems associated with desktop deployments by providing a cost-effective, highly functional thin client alternative to desktop and laptop computers. Part of Oracle's comprehensive desktop virtualization portfolio, the Oracle Sun Ray 3 Series Clients offer ease of administration, higher security, and better access than traditional desktop architectures.
    Oracle Secure Global Desktop Allows Simplified, Anywhere, Access to Applications
    One Less Headache for the Accommodating Sys Admin
    How do you manage staff idiosyncrasies within the purview of a system administrator? You could allow access to all of your applications (from Oracle or other vendors) through Oracle Secure Global Desktop, which allows you to host the client side of the applications on dedicated Application Servers in the data center, which are tightly controlled and managed by IT. And Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides a simple, web-browser based way for users to access those applications remotely from Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris. Users don't have to be concerned about installing any client bits or complicated VPN software.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 66: Java User Group Leaders Live at the IOUG
    Five Continents Represented
    Java Spotlight Episode 66, recorded live at the International Oracle User Group Summit in Redwood Shores, CA, features JUG leaders from five continents (Frank Greco, Daniel deOliveira, Ben Evans, Raj Hegde, Badr El Houari, and John Yeary), experts on everything related to JUGS. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, assume their customary seats on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Building a Secure Cloud with Identity Management
    Webcast Covers IM Resources of SaskTel
    The summary of a webcast on Building a Secure Cloud with Identity Management provides links to the archived webcast itself. Brian Baird of SaskTel points out how customers can employ the SaskTel architectural model, which makes it simple to consume Identity Management as a service from the SaskTel cloud. SaskTel also makes it simple to bring cloud services back in house, he adds. In addition, Baird suggests that the SaskTel Identity Management Center of Excellence is designed to make it easy to consume critical capabilities offered by the Oracle Identity Management stack such as workflows, self service provisioning etc.
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