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Oracle
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Oracle Magazine Sept/Oct 2012 - Security on the Move
Previews of Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne 2012, NetBeans Connect
The September/October 2012 issue of Oracle Magazine features David Baum's article "Security on the Move," which discusses how organizations are using Oracle Identity Management solutions to secure operations in the cloud and on the go; Karen Shamban's piece "Engineered for Innovation," which whets readers' appetites for Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne 2012, and MySQL Connect; and Chip Brookshaw, who writes in "Complete Cloud" about the Oracle Cloud, which provides subscription-based access to best-of-breed, integrated, and standards-based application, platform, and social service. All this and the usual department articles make for another interesting issue.
Features
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Linux and Solaris Under One Oracle Roof: Interview with Wim Coekearts
Keeping both Balls in the Air: More Juggling than Blending
Now that Oracle Solaris and Linux co-exist under a single umbrella at Oracle, one has to wonder how much the two teams talk to one another. Sean Kerner learned in a recent interview with Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, that " ... for the most part the two efforts remain two separate endeavors." Still, according to Coekaerts, syncretism is at work. "Now when we're building out new infrastructure we look at which of the two operating systems and two architectures fits the best for a deployment," Coekaerts said.
SPARC
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Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
Revised Edition Prompted by SPARC T4-4
Stefan Hinker announces a revised version of his earlier paper, "Secure Deployment of Oracle VM Server for SPARC." The revision, he writes, was prompted by the novel hardware partitioning capabilities of the Oracle SPARC T4-4, which assigns full PCIe root complexes to domains, mimicking dynamic system domains. Hinker makes clear his intention, which was to address only those configuration options directly related to that platform and to virtualization. Hinker's Oracle technical white paper is downloadable as a pdf at the link above.
Current SPARC Architectures
by Darryl Gove
Darryl Gove explains the solution Solaris software engineers have devised to enable all generations of SPARC processor architectures to handle applications that target recent architectures. More recent applications would not work on older processors that lack the instructions provided in the new architecture. The solution? Allow the compiler to assume a "generic" architecture that is the default behavior of the compiler. Then the only flag that doesn't make the assumption is -fast, which tells the compiler to assume the build machine is also the deployment machine - so the compiler can use all the instructions the build machine provides, Gove explains.
Virtualization
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Managing Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Centerd 12c
Now Comes with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0.1 in the Box
Anand Akela reports the benefits of the fact that Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c now comes out-of-the-box with the latest release of Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0.1 software. This combination allows customers to manage and monitor all components inside the Exalogic rack, Akela writes, including provisioning and management of both the physical and virtualized server. Ops Center now allows customers to easily get started with creating and managing Private Clouds using the Exalogic components, he observes. Akela illustrates his post with a snapshot of the assets view showing the manageable components of a Quarter Rack with 8 Compute Nodes.
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.22 Release Announced
Bug Fixes, for the Most Part; Avaialble at both Community and Oracle Download Sites
The Fat Bloke reports the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.22, which is essentially a bug fix that is available at both the community or Oracle download sites.
Amping Up Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2
Major Release Has Lots of New Features and New Platform Support.
Certain of the new features and improvements in the just-released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 are highlighted by Fat Bloke, who identifies the improvements in VirtualBox Manager that have resulted in a more versatile product. Among them are changes in the way VM groups can be assembled; inclusion of an autostart feature allowing users to treat VMs as host services; the capability of launching the VM from the Manager; improvements in the New VM Wizard. Other features include virtual network interface cards; VLAN tagging; improvements in Guest Automation; and the ability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 to run on nearly every x86 OS.
Java Technology
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Java Veteran Shares Insights on JavaFX for Embedded Systems
Java Spotlight Episode 99: Daniel Blaukopf
Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Daniel Blaukopf, Embedded Java Client Architect at Oracle, to Episode 99 of the Java Spotlight. Throughout his 14 years of working on Java projects, Blaukopf has consulted with device manufacturers to port and tune all levels of the Java stack to their hardware and software environments. His particular interests are graphics, performance optimization and functional programming.
MySQL
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Interview about MySQL Connect
with Lenz Grimmer
Some year and a half since his responsibilities shifted from MySQL to his current assignment as a member of the Oracle Linux product management team, Lenz Grimmer nonetheless maintains a keen interest in MySQL. In an interview with Keith Larson, he discusses the MySQL Connect conference and applauds Oracle's decision to hand over the gathering to the MySQL Community. Grimmer said he regards MySQL 5.6 as a "very promising release," and recommends Oracle Linux as the ideal choice for running MySQL. He also highlights several MySQL Connect sessions that strike him as especially attractive.
Linux
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Reviewing Some of the Advanced Features of the Btrfs File System in Oracle Linux
Redundant Configurations, Data Integrity Options, Compression, Snapshots, Performance Enhancements
Referring to the version of Btrfs available in Oracle Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (Version 2.6.39) Margaret Bierman and Lenz Grimmer discuss a number of advanced capabilities available in Btrfs such as those that can be used easily and have immediate benefit to users, such as redundant configurations, data integrity options, compression, snapshots, and performance enhancements. The authors explain that with Btrfs users no longer need to use mdadm to create mirrored volumes or complex RAID configurations, as these capabilities are built into the file system.
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 175 Issue1; Vol 174 Issue 1,2,3, 4 and 5; Vol 173 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:

  • The Future of the SPARC T5 in Oracle's Big Iron Lineup
  • 20 Solaris 11 How-To Articles
  • 'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference'
  • Unscrambling Big Data: A Guide to the Tools and Processes
  • Security Concerns Prompt Oracle to Release Out-of-Cycle Security Patch for Java 7
  • Preparing a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to Serve as a Storage Device
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 Newly Released
  • Making Oracle Linux "Even More" Secure by Default
  • Java SE 7 Update 6 Released
  • Java Spotlight Episode 98: Cliff Click on Benchmarking

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

    NetBeans
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    NetBeans Podcast #61: A Preview of NetBeans Community Days at JavaOne 2012
    Interviews with Toilers in the NetBeans Fields
    An impressively full and engaging schedule awaits listeners to NetBeans Podcast #61, where they will hear about the NetBeans events at the upcoming JavaOne 2012 Conference. The podcast also features interviews with Ça&#287;atay Çivici, the lead architect and founder of PrimeFaces; Timon Veenstra, the architect behind Agrosense, an open-source farm management system built on the NetBeans platform; and Jarda Tulach, who discusses API Design. All this in under 40 minutes. Listeners' interest in NetBeans will be well repaid.
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