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Oracle Q42012 GAAP Total Revenues up 1% to $10.9 billion
FY2012 Cash Flow Grows 23% to $13.7 Billion
In its latest quarterly report Oracle shows growth in Q4 GAAP EPS up 11% TO 69 cents; Q4 NON-GAAP EPS up 10% TO 82 cents. Fiscal Year 2012 operating cash flow was up 23% to $13.7 billion. GAAP total revenues grew 4% to $37.1 billion in FY2012, while non-GAAP total revenues grew 4% to $37.2 billion. GAAP new software license revenues grew 7% to $9.9 billion. Non-GAAP new software license revenues grew 8% to $9.9 billion. GAAP software license updates and product support revenues grew 10% to $16.2 billion; non-GAAP revenues grew 9% to $16.3 billion, the report shows.
After Oracle, OpenSolaris rises again
Multiple initiatives continue to develop the code formerly known as OpenSolaris
Simon Phipps asks, "While some of the open source projects that Sun Microsystems created -- and which I used to work with -- have maintained a high profile, the one most associated with Sun in the minds of system administrators has been strangely forgotten ... Whatever happened to OpenSolaris?"

Oracle may have killed off the OpenSolaris project but not the community, and from that community like a phoenix, project illumos has arisen.

Simon says, "Today, multiple initiatives continue to develop the code formerly known as OpenSolaris, enhancing it and building businesses around it. The cloud hosting company Joyent has created an operating system called SmartOS as the basis for its virtualization and storage environment. Networked storage vendor Nexenta has created NexentaStor, an open source, ZFS-based storage appliance operating system at the heart of its OpenStorage vision. OmniTI, an IT services and consulting company, has created a complete operating system called OmniOS, a delivery vehicle for DTrace and ZFS for Web stack solutions."

Summary of the Solaris 11 Webcast's Livechat Q&A session
Post Selects Most Relevant, Most Frequently Asked Questions

The recent webcast on what's new in Solaris 11 since the launch featured a Q&A session that has been edited and summarized in a post by Karoly Vegh, who has selected the most relevant and most frequently asked questions and includes them and the answers delivered. This post is the first part, covering the Q&A of Session I and II of the webcast. If sufficient requests are made for a look at the rest of the sessions, Vegh suggests they will be provided in a subsequent post.

MySQL Enterprise Backup v3.7.0
New Feature Makes Backup Easier, Faster

MySQL Enterprise Backup v3.7.0 (MEB 3.7.0 has made backing up the solution less difficult to manage, Sagar Jauhari blogs. In MEB 3.7.1 the option '-incremental-base' has been extended to allow the user to take an incremental backup as easily as possible using the '–incremental-base' option. With the new option MEB queries the backup_history table for the last successful backup and uses its end LSN as the start LSN for the new incremental backup. "Apart from ease of usability an important advantage of this option is that the user can do repeated incremental backups without changing the command line," he adds.

Cloud Computing
Building Private IaaS with SPARC and Oracle Solaris
Optimization with Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure
The post "Building Private IaaS with SPARC and Oracle Solaris" comments briefly on the benefits of Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure in combination with SPARC T-series servers and Oracle Solaris, which can deliver reductions of up to 81% in TCO, increases in system utilization of up to 80%, and reductions of deployment costs of up to 50% over a five year period when compared to the competition.
vBeers – South Florida: Murphy’s@Hard Rock, Hollywood
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Join us for the next South Florida vBeers!

Meet with local Virtualization enthusiasts and talk about technology, theory, politics of the industry or whatever else gets your propeller spinning.

This is a great opportunity to meet with other virtualization enthusiasts and professionals and enjoy discussing all things virtualization, and in fact anything else that comes up in conversation.

This vBeers event is sponsored by Nexenta Systems. Come meet the new South East regional manager for Nexenta, Adam Wick. Find out why the register says, “Exabyte era nigh for Nexenta”

Location: MurphyÂ’s Law Irish Bar

Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314 USA

Date:Wednesday, June 27th

Time: 6pm to 9pm — arrive and depart any time

Free parking. Enter parking from State Rd 7. Park as far to the west as you can. Elevators will drop you off right next to MurphyÂ’s.

Direct IO Enhancements in OVM Server for SPARC 2.2 (a.k.a LDoms2.2)
Enable Use of Metis-Q and Metis-E Cards

Some enhancements in OVM Server for SPARC 2.2 are reviewed in a post from Raghuram Kothakota, who deals specifically with added support for Metis-Q and Metis-E cards. In Kothakota's view these cards are important because they are the only cards that incorporate both FibreChannel and Ethernet, enabling a user to have both SAN storage and network access with just one card and one PCIe slot assigned to a logical domain. This reduces cost and helps when there are less number of slots in a given platform, the post asserts. Part numbers for both cards are included in the post.

IDC WW Storage Software Revenue Increased Only 3% Y/Y in 1Q12
Slower Rate of Growth than any Time in Last Two Years
As reported in the Newsletter, results of the International Data Corporation Worldwide Storage Software QView reveal a slower rate of growth in the storage software market than at any time in the last two years. Revenue during 1Q12 increased 3.3% year over year to $3.5 billion, the survey further shows. EMC, IBM, and Symantec were once again the top ranking storage software suppliers with 24%, 15.7%, and 14.8% market shares, respectively, and data protection and recovery and archiving software were the two fastest growing sub-markets with year-over-year growth rates of 5.5% and 5.0% respectively.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 172 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 171 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 170 Issues 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:

  • Networking in VirtualBox: An 11-Step Procedure
  • Virtualization at Oracle - Six Part Series
  • Three Recommended Methods for Moving Files Between Unix and Windows Systems
  • Procedure for Setting Up a Load-Balanced Application Across Two Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit 4.9.4 Now Available for Download on OTN
  • Samsung to Join Linux Foundation
  • What is DevOps? Infrastructure as code
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 c
  • Big Data Needs Strong Analytics, Says Mark Hurd
  • Java Spotlight Episode 86: Tony Printezis on Garbage Collection

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
    The Defensive Patent License
    Keeping Patents Out of Court
    Simon Phipps celebrates the introduction of the Defensive Patent License (DPL) by two UC Berkeley Law School professors, Jason Schultz and Jennifer Urban. DPL was developed to counter what Phipps describes as the commoditization of patents by the venture capital industry, which enabled investors to capitalize on salable patents of a failed enterprise. DPL requires that a company agree never to use patents offensively against other signatories of the DPL, thereby rendering all patents owned by all DPL signatories "de-weaponized," as Phipps puts it. Key to the success of this proposal is the breadth of adoption by patent owners.
    Survey says: Java Technology the Top Developer Choice in Eclipse Survey at 79%
    C/C++ is Second but at only 7%
    Seventy-six percent of the respondents to the Eclipse Open Source Developer Report and Survey for 2012 claimed Java as the programing language they used most in development. Coming second was C/C++ with a mere seven percent, a pretty clear margin of victory for Java, says Hinkmond Wong in his blog.
    z/Scope Anywhere v7.0 Delivers Secure Web Access to IBM Mainframes, AS/400, and Unix Systems
    Cybele Software's Cross-Device, Cross-OS Terminal Emulator Connects Through any Browser, OS or Device
    WSJ's Market Watch announces the Beta release of z/Scope Anywhere v7.0 that provides secure access to IBM Mainframes, AS/400, and UNIX systems through any browser, operating system, or device. This new cross-device, cross-OS terminal emulator from Cybele Software Inc. enables HTML5-based terminal emulation, providing secure host access from any OS or device, including PCs, MACs, Chromebooks, smart phones, and tablets, Market Watch reports. Because z/Scope Anywhere is a pure HTML5/Javascript client there is no ActiveX or Java applet to install, making z/Scope Anywhere native-firewall friendly.
    VMware Cookbook, Second Edition Released by O'Reilly
    Comprehensive Coverage of the Subject
    The second edition of Ryan Troy and Matthew Helmke's VMware Cookbook from O'Reilly can aid readers in their use of VMware ESXi in a wide range of network environments. The text covers not only the basics—how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines—but also how to overcome the stumbling blocks you’ll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security.
    The Enterprise Side of JavaFX
    Part 1 of a Series by Adam Bien
    Adam Bien explains using LightView to convert REST services into a bindable set of properties. Bien explains that the fine-grained binding model allows clear separation of the view, presentation, and business logic. The SnapshotFetcher is independent of any JavaFX library, and its single responsibility is communicating with the back end and converting an InputStream into a Snapshot instance. The SnapshotPresenter holds together the back-end services and the view logic. The DashboardPresenter entirely decouples the view from the implementation of the datasource. To receive monitoring data, a view only has to bind its view components to the published SnapshotPresenterBindings interface.
    JFXtras Project: Get All the Features You Need for a Complete JavaFX App
    Makes the Work of Developers Easier
    JFXtras 2 is an open source project that provides a bunch of interesting components and pieces to make your JavaFX application even more productive, and engaging, Terrence Barr posts. He recommends that readers check out the new JFXtras Ensemble demo, all the features and bits you can take advantage of. He further suggests that readers have a look at Also, bookmark Jim WeaverÂ’s blog, where he says, " ... the goal of the open source JFXtras Project is to provide pieces that developers often need in their day-to-day work, but that are currently missing from JavaFX 2."
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