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Etisalat Nigeria Implements Oracle Data Model, Exadata Database Machine X2-2
Communications Service Provider Accelerates Data Retrieval and Analysis by 99 Percent
By implementing Oracle Data Model on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 Half Rack Etisalat Nigeria, a leading Nigerian communications service provider, has accelerated its data retrieval and analysis processes by 99 percent. Etisalat can now load call detail records in near real-time, giving the company improved insight into customer behavior and the ability to prevent customer churn while delivering personalized promotions and identifying and addressing revenue leakage sources. Etisalat also implemented Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g, which delivers increased efficiency in its business operations and additional contextual and actionable insight.
Servers
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Oracle Execs Tout Oracle x86 M3 Servers, System Management Software
Declare Oracle's Solutions are Industry's Best in x86 Technology
The M3 generational refresh of Oracle's x86 server line is discussed in a video by David Simmons, Senior Director, Oracle Servers Marketing, and Steve Wilson, VP, Oracle Systems management software, who also review Oracle's systems solution for management of both servers and the entire IT stack. Simmons calls Oracle's integrated systems the ideal choice for IT departments expected to deliver ever more services from aging IT infrastructure. Users can expect benefits in both cost reductions and in performance from Oracle solutions, Simmons says. Wilson emphasizes the scope of lifecycle management across the entire system that Oracle systems management software enables.
Sun Server X3-2: Most Versatile Two-socket Server for Enterprise Data Centers
Available in Three Chassis Configurations
Oracle’s enterprise-class, x86 Sun Server X3-2 (formerly the Sun Fire X4170 M3 server) is the most versatile two-socket server for enterprise data centers and is ideal for running Oracle software, including middleware and business applications. The server comes in three flexible chassis configurations and offers superior scalability with up to 12 Terabytes (TB) of disk storage or 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 2x I/O bandwidth with four PCIe 3.0 expansion slots for demanding enterprise business workloads. The on-board 10 GbE ports provide ten times faster network throughput than the 1 GbE onboard interfaces for reduced network delays and accelerated application performance.
Storage
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Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 Software Supported on Third Party Storage
Partners Seek Certification; EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP/3PAR, IBM and NEC Already Certified

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 Oracle Solaris Cluster software has a validation tool called OSCATE (Oracle Solaris Cluster Automated Test Environment) that is used to verify that the storage under test meets all the requirements for successful integration with Oracle Solaris Cluster. This means that Oracle Solaris Cluster can be safely used with different storage technologies such as FC, SCSI, iSCSI and NAS on Oracle storage and third party storage. Oracle's third party storage partners are diligently working towards certification with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 software. Partners now certified are EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP/3PAR, IBM and NEC.

Oracle IT Storage Is Edging Out NetApp, EMC
Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Surpasses the 100PB Mark
In its continuing storage upgrade program to outpace NetApp and EMC, Oracle has reached 103 Petabytes (PB) of IT storage on Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. With Oracle Customer IT and On Demand "cloud" alone, customers can experience ~3.2 billion business critical database transactions per hour. Oracle IT realized 3:1 consolidation of existing NAS platforms, and 12x faster compute farm workload benchmarks using the industry-leading performance and efficiency of ZFSSA. Readers can find complete details in the white paper "Oracle IT Reaps the Benefits of Storage Modernization," which claims the Sun ZFSSA can deliver three times the throughput of a NetApp system.
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 174 Issue 1,2 and 3; Vol 173 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 172 Issue 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:

  • illumos tools for observing processes
  • Pre-Flight Checker for Solaris 11 Now Available in New Version
  • Ellison on the Oracle Cloud
  • LibreOffice 3.6 Released by The Document Foundation
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Aligns with the Experts.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 Released to General Availability
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook
  • Top 10 New Features in NetBeans IDE 7.2
  • Java SE 7 Update 6, JavaFX 2.2 and JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0
  • Proprietary Vendors Finding Open Source Development an Attractive Course

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

    Sysadmin
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    Creating Oracle Solaris 11 Zones with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
    Employs Plan Management View which Shows CPU Utilization at Zone Level

    In a procedure replete with code samples and screen shots, Laura Hartman outlines the steps necessary to create and configure an Oracle Solaris 11 non-global zone from the Plan Management View of Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c. The zones created with this procedure will have these characteristics, Hartman writes:

    • SAN storage is used for the zone and NAS storage is used for the zone metadata.
    • The zone is installed from the Oracle Solaris 11 Software Update library.

    Hartman advises that the zone is available for use as a separate operating system.

    Java Technology
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    Is Oracle Taking Good Care of Java?
    IDC Analyst Al Hilwa Thinks the Answer is Yes
    In a post on Application Development Trends John K. Waters cities the opinion of IDC analyst Al Hilwa in the report "Java: Two and a Half Years After the Acquisition," in answer to the question of how Java is doing under Oracle. Hilwa writes, "Java made more significant advancements after the Sun acquisition than in the two and half years prior to the acquisition." The emergence of Android, Hilway contends, will spur continued development of the Java programming language in the knowledge that a powerful alternative exists.
    JFrog Developer Advocate Appears on Java Spotlight Episode 95
    Addresses Collaboration with Leading Open-source Projects

    On Java Spotlight Episode 95, host Roger Brinkley interviews Baruch Sadogursky on the 2011-Duke-Award-winning JFrog Artifactory. Sadogursky is the Developer Advocate following years of working alongside JFrog’s founding team. As JFrog’s Developer Advocate, Baruch contributes to the strong collaboration with leading open-source projects such as SpringSource, Grails and Gradle by providing them with the Artifactory Cloud platform, and fuels the Continuous-Integration ecosystem with open-source plugins for leading tools such as Jenkins, TeamCity & Bamboo. He is also active in community development around Artifactory, participating in the development of its plugin ecosystem and enriching its functionality with open-source user plugins.

    Java Champion Johan Vos on Java Spotlight Episode 96
    Discusses GlassFish, JavaFX
    Java Champion Johan Vos joins host Roger Brinkley on Java Spotlight Episode 96 for a discussion of "GlassFish and JavaFX. Brinkley explains that, because he can't make a choice between embedded development and enterprise development, Vos focuses principally on end-to-end Java, combining the strengths of back-end systems and embedded devices. His favorite technologies are currently Java EE / Glassfish at the backend and JavaFX at the front-end. Vos is a member of the BeJUG steering group, the Devoxx steering group, and he is a JCP member, as well as the co-author of the Pro JavaFX 2 book.
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    Managing the Solaris 11 Firewall in the Cloud
    Blog Provides Script that Eliminates Need for Expensive Security Hardware

    The firewall feature included in Oracle Solaris 11 precludes the need, in the cloud, for expensive network hardware while it also makes possible changes to network configurations that can be made quickly and easily. Orgad Kimchi provides the script that allows users to manage the Solaris 11 firewall. The script, Kimchi writes, runs on Solaris 11 (global zone) and Solaris 11 Zone with exclusive ip stack (the default).

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