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Swift Transportation Selects Oracle Transportation Management
Leading Logistics Provider Embraces a Best-In-Class Logistics Solution
Swift Transportation Company of Arizona is now using Oracle Transportation Management (TMS) in the operations of its Swift Logistics Division. Swift Logistics plans to use Oracle Transportation Management to provide integrated and streamlined transportation planning and execution, as well as freight payment for multiple transportation modes on a single platform. Swift believes that, with the implementation of the new TMS, the company will be better equipped to optimize transportation planning and execution while providing customers and carriers with transparency into each transaction, including the ability to transmit alerts to mobile devices.
Oracle Broadens Range of Information Centers to Cover Many Products
Each Home Page a Digest of Product Attributes

Oracle has expanded its Oracle Sun System Handbook concept to provide a home page listing all a product's attributes on a single page to a wide range of Oracle Solaris, Systems, and Storage products. The Information Center for each product covers areas such as: Overview, Hot Topics, Patching and Maintenance. The Information Center pages are dynamically generated each night to ensure the latest content is available. Readers can view all the currently listed pages at the link above.

The Single UNIX Specification: Keeps UNIX Vital
Open Source Movement Contributes to OS Acceptance
UNIX, now in its 43rd year of existence, has proven itself a durable, reliable OS that has been widely adopted for many purposes. Responsible in large measure for the integrity and popularity of UNIX is the Single UNIX Specification, a standard of The Open Group. This, according to Andrew Josey, Director of Standards at The Open Group, ensures compatibility across all platforms by providing a level of openness and enabling applications written to the standard to be easily moved across a wide range of platforms because the standard establishes a baseline of core functionality above which suppliers can innovate.
Updating Oracle Solaris 11 Systems Using Support Repository Updates
Letting the Image Packaging System Do the Work It Was Designed to Do

In a lengthy, detailed procedure for updating an Oracle Solaris 11 system with software packages provided by an active Oracle support agreement, Glynn Foster also includes information on how to determine whether the update is both successful and safe. Image Packaging System is a new package management system in Oracle Solaris 11 that provides a much-improved and automated way of maintaining system software across the data center. IPS integrates package and patch management into a single interface and provides for safe system upgrades by utilizing boot environments and ZFS snapshot and clone capabilities coupled with a support agreement.

New MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Release
Delivers new replication features
Oracle has released MySQL 5.6, focusing on improved availability, performance and manageability for web, cloud and embedded applications. Oracle is simultaneously providing early access to features under development for community testing and feedback. These include online operations for ADD index and NoSQL access to InnoDB via the Memcached protocol. The new MySQL 5.6 delivers enhanced high availability with new replication features; new optimizer features for better throughput of complex queries; and an improved PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA. Oracle also seeks feedback on these features: online Operations for ADD Index; high performance NoSQL access to InnoDB from Memcached; and performance improvements on modern hardware.
MySQL Workbench 5.2.39 Released to GA
Includes Data Modeling, New Query and Administation Features
MySQL Workbench 5.2.39 has been released to General Availability. This is a maintenance release that contains MySQL Utilities 1.0.5, a set of command line Python utilities for helping to perform and script various administration tasks for MySQL. In this release one will find Data Modeling; Query, which replaces the old MySQL Query Browser; and Administration, which replaces the old MySQL Administrator. Version 5.2 also features improved stability and performance – especially in Windows, where OpenGL support has been enhanced and the UI was optimized to offer better responsiveness. The release also includes improvements to the scripting capabilities of the SQL Editor.
Procter & Gamble Speeds Up Point-of-Sale Data Queries by 30x
Reduces IT Costs, Improves Insight with Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2, X2-8
Proctor and Gamble's Global Business Services (GBS) organization has implemented the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and X2-8 machines to consolidate its customer point-of-sale data into one repository, enhancing control over information assets and extending visibility. With Oracle Exadata GBS can complete some queries up to 30 times faster. One periodic end-user query formerly required upwards of 20 hours to complete and sometimes failed to complete the cycle entirely. With Oracle Exadata, that query takes three minutes. The expanded analytical capabilities possible with Oracle Exadata enable P&G to enhance business agility and scalability in support of continued innovation and growth.
Dutch Insurer ZLM Verzekeringen Improves Customer Service with Integrated Back-Office Environment
Oracle Exadata Database Machine Cuts Time to Report Customer History by 3x
The Dutch nonprofit mutual insurance association ZLM Versekeringen has deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 to support its aquila software in operations for customer relations, policies, losses and accounts receivable, making customer information available through an integrated, easy-to-use screen linked to the company’s financial system. ZLM Versekeringen has slashed the time necessary by a factor of three to present complete customer information in a single, unified screen view with connections from internal processes to external systems, enabling staff to provide customers complete information and support. Operations can be done within 30 minutes compared to the previous average of three days.
Sun ZFS 7420 Storage Appliance Outdoes IBM on SPC-2 Benchmark Throughput Performance
Also Turns in Higher Price Performance Figures
Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance bested IBM's current highest SPC-2 result, based on throughput performance. The 7420 delivered 10,703.69 SPC-2 MBPS and SPC-2 Price-Performance of $35.24. The 7420's results were:

  • 43 percent higher than IBM's XIV at 7,467.99 SPC-2 MBPS with 4.3x better price-performance at $152.34
  • 242 percent higher than IBM's V7000 at 3,132.87 SPC-2 MBPS with over 2x better price-performance at $71.32
  • 10 percent higher than IBM's DS8800 at 9,705.74 SPC-2 MBPS with 7.7x better price-performance at $270.38

The SPC-2 benchmark comprises three workloads: large file processing, large database queries and video on demand.

Sun Tape
Oracle's StorageTek Tape Analytics Software Automates Tape Management Operations
Delivers Superior Security and Scalability From a Single Pane of Glass
The new Oracle StorageTek Tape Analytics simplifies tape management by eliminating manual intervention, thereby helping improve operational efficiency at a cost as low as half that of IBM's Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance. The StorageTek Tape Analytics software captures library, drive and media performance metrics and presents them in a single pane of glass, enabling the proactive identification of potential problems while providing immediate recommendations to prevent data loss. StorageTek Tape Analytics software can perform rapid drill-down into detailed drive and media health specifics, enabling customers to make decisions about their tape infrastructure and reduce downtime and commitment of data management resources.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 170 Issues1 and 2; Vol 169 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 168 Issues 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 Launches Five New Sun x86 Servers
  • Traffic on Oracle's SPARC Roadmap Is Accelerating
  • Bring KVM to illumos
  • Trade-in Older SPARC Servers, Get a $4,000 per CPU Allowance
  • Oracle Makes Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Free for Existing Customers
  • DTrace Now Available for Oracle Linux
  • The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 3.5.2
  • Speculations on the Performance Impact of Zones
  • Using Throughput Latency 'Gaps' to Optimize Performance
  • Summary of the Program at dtrace.conf(12)

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

    Sun Fire X4270 M3 Server Achieved 8,320 SAP SD Benchmark Users
    Outperforms IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Cisco Rivals
    The Oracle Sun Fire X4270 M3 server achieved 8,320 SAP SD Benchmark users running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 with unicode software using Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Solaris 10. The X4270 beat both IBM Flex System x240 and IBM System x3650 M4 servers. The X4270 also beat the HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 server by 6%, the Cisco UCS C240 M3 server by 9%, and the Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S7 server by 10%.
    7000 appliance VM in VirtualBox
    Setting up port forwarding

    In a recent post, Jeremy Uejio outlines the steps he used to set up networking on the 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance VM, for which he used the VirtualBox CLI rather than the GUI. From his starting point, which was to download the VM image, to the end point, which was to discover that, except for hostname and password, the rest of the defaults set by VirtualBox seemed to work fine, Uejio implies that his "very brief" procedure successfully liberated him from having to rely on other willing souls for this outcome.

    Java Technology
    Sample Chapter from 'Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server'
    Explains How to Configure JMS and Message Queues in GlassFish.
    Arun Gupta draws attention to the release by publisher PackPub of a sample chapter from David Heffelfinger's book "Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server," which Gupta describes as " ... a user-friendly, practical guide to install and configure the GlassFish 3 Application Server and develop and deploy Java EE 6 applications on this server." The sample chapter explains how to configure JMS and message queues in GlassFish.
    Java Spotlight Episode 79: Dr Fujio Maruyama on Japanese Java User Community
    Arun Gupta Joins Java All Star Developer Panel
    In Episode 79 of the Java Spotlight, host Roger Brinkley discusses the Japanese Java User Community with Dr. Fujio Maruyama. Seated on the Java All Star Developer Panel is Arun Gupta.
    NetBeans Podcast #60
    NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu
    In the 43 minutes of NetBeans Podcast #60 listeners will hear Tinu and Geertjan discuss the latest news on NetBeans 7.1 and hear Joel Murach, author of Murach's Java Programming, now in its fourth edition, explain his preference for NetBeans IDE as a tool for teaching developers how to create programs in Java. In contrast to most other texts on Java programming, Murach opts for the IDE rather than the CLI because NetBeans itself, he feels, is more intuitive for beginning programmers to use. Guest Martin Janicek also appears to discuss his work on Groovy support in NetBeans IDE.
    Best Practices for JavaFX 2.0 Enterprise Applications
    James L. Weaver Uses TweetBrowser App to Illustrate
    Best Practices for JavaFX 2.0 Enterprise Applications (Part One), an article by James L. Weaver,has caught the eye of Janice J. Heiss, who explains that Weaver illustrates his points by examining a sample application named TweetBrowser. Especially important, as Heiss notes, is Weaver's recommendation that in “Implementing techniques such as invoking an application via Java Web Start from the application’s home page, [it is important to ensure that]only one instance of the application is started, and binding the UI to the model make life easier for both the user and the developer."
    Purpose Built for Telco: New Netra x86 Servers
    Up to 2.5x Faster than Earlier Generation
    Oracle's new Netra x86 M3 server line expands the company's portfolio for the telco market. The new servers are are up to 2.5 times faster than the previous generation and are designed to support increasing network infrastructure workloads, cloud-based deployments, and help reduce costs with operating system, virtualization, cloud provisioning, and systems management built-in at no additional charge. Oracle’s Netra x86 M3 servers are purpose built with NEBS-certification and ETSI compliance in mind for communications companies, including network equipment providers (NEPs) and carriers, as well as military and other application environments requiring uninterrupted system availability under harsh environmental conditions.
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