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Oracle
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Oracle Releases Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for Mission-Critical Environments
More Cost Effective than Both IBM and HP Solutions

The newly released Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite, optimized for the Oracle E-Business Suite is ideal for customers looking to modernize their mission-critical Oracle E-Business Suite environments, lower operating expenses and maximize user productivity. The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite can deliver significant cost savings versus both new and existing hardware infrastructure. For example, it has an up to 56 percent lower acquisition cost versus new IBM POWER7 and HP Superdome2-based configurations, and it offers up to 40 percent lower five-year TCO when consolidating existing IBM and HP infrastructure, while reducing rackspace footprint up to 73 percent.

    Features
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    Scott McNealy Advises Opting for Open Source
    FOSS Lacks a Major Corporate Sponsor, He Complains
    Following his appearance at the TUCON conference Scott McNealy bemoaned the absence of a major corporate player standing behind open source in an interview with Alex Williams that is recorded on an 18-minute video. Too infrequently, he said, IT managers are not reckoning with the long-term costs of proprietary infrastructure before signing on the bottom line. McNealy also discusses his new venture, Wayin, a Denver-based social engagement service.
      MySQL
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      OurSQL Hosts Appear on Meet the MySQL Experts
      Offer Tips for Getting the Most out of MySQL Connect

      MySQL Connect and OurSQL is the topic of discussion hosted by Keith Larson on Meet the MySQL Experts who are, in this episode, the hosts of the OurSQL podcast, Sheeri Cabral of Mozilla and Gerry Narvaja of Big Door. The trio review plans for the imminent MySQL Connect Conference. Cabral praised the quality of papers submitted in response for the conference call for papers. Both tout the top five sessions they plan to attend. Both also opined that the conference will be heavier in its focus on DBA-related matters rather than those directed at developers.

        Exadata
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        Six-minute Demo on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
        The Details Are in the Video
        Infrastructure-as-a-Service has taken giant strides with Oracle's development of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud, a milestone on the road to a private-cloud-in-a-box. The Exalogic marketing team has created a six-minute demo that explains all the facets of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, spelling out its applications, costs, and benefits and its ability to deliver as capably in the front-office as in the back, provisioning applications up to five times faster than traditional platforms. With Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, users can deploy and/or consolidate mission-critical applications and middleware with the touch of a button onto a virtualized environments. The details are in the video.
          SPARC
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          ATIVAS Implements Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
          Brazilian MSP Is First in Latin America to Offer Complete Oracle Enterprise Cloud Services
          ATIVAS information technology is a Managed Service Provider (MSP) in Brazil and is the first Latin American MSP to offer complete Oracle enterprise cloud managed services using Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. This implementation enables ATIVAS to provide multi-tenant cloud hosting of multiple customer enterprise applications including Oracle Applications and other ISV applications, in addition to Oracle Database 11gR2 in a highly secure, high availability architecture. Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 gives ATIVAS customers a single point of contact for services and support, helping to accelerate time to resolution, and meet customer SLAs.
            Outsourcing Inc., Major Japanese Employment Firm, Implements Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
            Expects Significant Savings from Move to Private Cloud Infrastructure

            Outsourcing Inc., a worldwide employment outsourcing business headquartered in Japan, has implemented a private cloud using an Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 engineered system. Outsourcing, with sales for the period ending December 2011 reaching a record high 32.3 billion Yen, is the first company in Japan to implement SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, which it uses to run its manufacturing and administrative operations outsourcing businesses. With the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Outsourcing projects significant savings from consolidating multiple complex enterprise applications, reducing system administration and moving from an external hosted service to its own virtualized cloud infrastructure based on the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4.

              Top10
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              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
              Vol 175 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 174 Issue 1, 2, 3, 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:

              • Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment: White Paper
              • Oracle Quarterly Results Show 41 Cent EPS
              • VirtualBox 4.2…
              • Shopping for Open Source Solutions?
              • ZFSBuild 2012 Due Soon
              • Automating the Installation and Setup of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
              • Bossies 2012: The Herd Grows in Number
              • Attention CIOs: Shop Open Source First
              • Security Inside Out: Oracle's Security Newsletter
              • Bossies 2012: The Best Open Source Business Applications

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

                Free and Open Source S/W
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                Bossie Awards 2012: Best Open Source Application Development Tools
                18 Apps that Bring New Levels of Power and Ease to Nnative Coding and Web Development
                The 18 best Open Source Application Development Tools selected by InfoWorld in Bossie Awards 2012 are these:

                • Node.js, PhoneGap, Titanium, Sencha Touch 2, Rhodes, WebKit, VirtualBox, Three.js, Bootstrap, Git, Jenkins, jEdit, Code::Blocks:, wxWidgets, Qt, Boost, Clang, FindBugs

                Read on for details.

                  Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud Software
                  Solutions for the Data Centers of Tomorrow

                  The Bossie 2012 awards for the 16 Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud Software includes the following solutions:

                  • OpenStack, CloudStack, Eucalyptus, Ganeti, Open v Switch, Cloud Foundry, JBoss AS 7, Jclouds, Puppet, Chef, Juju, GlusterFS, Ceph, FreeNAS, Openfiler, NAS4Free

                  Read on for details.

                    Performance
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                    Oracle Achieves Record TPC-C Benchmark Result on 2 Processor System
                    Beats IBM DB2 on Price/Performance

                    Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, running on a Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with two Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.9 GHz processors achieved 1.6 Million transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $0.47/tpmC. This result demonstrated 34 percent more performance at 32 percent less cost per transaction than IBM DB2 on a 2 processor POWER7-based system. In addition, this record breaking result outperformed IBM DB2 on a similar Flex System configuration utilizing the same number of identical Intel processors and the same amount of memory capacity.

                      Sysadmin
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                      Migrating Oracle Solaris 8 P2V with Oracle Database 10.2 and ASM
                      Target Is Solaris 8 Branded Zone Inside a Solaris 10 Guest Domain on top of Solaris 11 Control Domain

                      The procedure for migrating a physical Solaris 8 P2V system with Oracle database 10.2 with an ASM file system into a Solaris 8 branded zone inside a Solaris 10 guest domain on top of a Solaris 11 control domain is the subject of a recent post by Orgad Kimchi. The author presents two examples. One preserves the host information while the second involves modifying the host name. Kimchi successfully migrated the Solaris 8 physical system into the Solaris 8 branded Zone, and the Zone was able to access the ASM file system.

                        Publications
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                        Java Magazine: Java at Sea with James Gosling and Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider 17
                        Duke Award Winners Are Announced
                        The latest issue of "Java Magazine" is available with articles on James Gosling's aquatic explorations involving Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider 17; projections concerning Project Lambda with Brian Goetz; Adam Bien on deep integration with connector services; the Duke Award winners; and more. Sign up for a free subscription now. Java Magazine is a bi-monthly online publication. It includes technical articles on the Java language and platform; Java innovations and innovators; JUG and JCP news; Java events; links to online Java communities; and videos and multimedia demos.
                          Java Technology
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                          Java Spotlight Episode 100: JavaOne 2012 Part 1
                          An interview with Arun Gupta on Glassfish, Geertjan Wielenga on Netbeans

                          An interview with Arun Gupta on Glassfish, Geertjan Wielenga on Netbeans, and 15 year JavaOne alumni Robert Treacy on events and happenings at JavaOne 2012.

                          Right-click or Control-click to download the MP3 file. You can also subscribe to the Java Spotlight Podcast Feed to get the latest podcast automatically.

                          If you use iTunes you can open iTunes and subscribe.

                            Java Spotlight Episode 101: JavaOne 2012 Part 2 - Community Events
                            Get the Rundown on What's Coming Up
                            Host Roger Brinkley has invited a studio full of guests for Java Spotlight Episode 101, who discuss community events that will figure in the agenda at JavaOne 2012. Martijn Verberg is onboard to talk about Adopt A JSR; Nichole Scott and John Yeary discuss Community; and Hellena O'Dell presents details on the Oracle Musical Festival and other community events and happenings scheduled for JavaOne 2012.
                              25 Reasons to Attend JavaOne 2012
                              Get More than just the T-Shirt
                              If you need just the slightest nudge (or a push with the force of an avalanche) Arun Gupta's 25 Reasons to Attend JavaOne2012 can get you there. Just a few of Gupta's reasons are:

                              • 475 tech sessions/birds-of-a-feather/Hands-on-labs sessions
                              • Meet Java Champions and JUG leaders from around the globe
                              • Dedicated day for Java User Groups and Communities
                              • Duke Awards Ceremony
                              • Appreciation Party with Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon
                              • Oracle Music Festival
                              • Five full conference passes for the price of four

                              Need more? Check out Arun's list.

                                IDC Report: Java Thriving in Oracle's hands
                                Citing Various Developments in the Past Two Years, Oracle Gets Good Marks on Java Stewardship
                                IDC is of the opinion that, under Oracle, Java is thriving. At least that is the conclusion in the recent IDC report, "The State of Java: Two and a Half Years After the Acquisition." Among the evidence cited in the report in support of IDC's positive view are the delivery of Java SE 7; the road maps for Java EE 7 and Java SE 8; the caliber of vendors attracted to OpenJDK; and the increasing number of programming languages being hosted on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The full report is available for download.
                                  Two New Java Embedded Products to Debut at JavaOne 2012
                                  Java ME Embedded 3.2, Java Embedded Suite 7.0

                                  Just in time for JavaOne 2012 Oracle has released Java ME Embedded 3.2 and Java Embedded Suite 7.0. Henrik Stahl describes these new releases as "a Java ME implementation optimized for very small microcontroller-based devices and adds - among other things - a new Device Access API that enables interaction with peripherals common in edge devices such as various types of sensors and an integrated middleware stack for embedded devices that incorporates Java SE embedded and versions of JavaDB, GlassFish and a Web Services stack optimized for remote operation and small footprint," respectively.

                                    Security
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                                    Applying DoD Guidelines to Oracle SPARC SuperCluster
                                    Process Confirms Both Performance and Functionality
                                    Jim Laurent posts on the vetting of Oracle SPARC SuperCluster under the terms of the Defense Department's Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs). Laurent reports on configuring a SPARC SuperCluster in terms of DoD security guidance, which confirmed both the system's functionality and performance. He provides a link from which readers can download the Oracle white paper "Oracle SPARC SuperCluster Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) Validation and Best Practices on the Database Servers." Laurent also mentions that, although there is no Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) STIG documentation for Solaris 11, the DISA Field Security Office approves it for use.
                                      Oracle SPARC T4 Systems Cut Complexity, Cost of Cryptograplhic Tasks
                                      On-chip Design Eliminates Need for Additional Hardware and Cards
                                      The Oracle SPARC T4 system, Rob Ludeman points out, offers wire-speed, on-chip cryptographic support. The SPARC T4 has been redesigned with new crypto instructions to eliminate some of the performance overhead associated with earlier T-series designs, resulting in much higher performance for encrypted workloads. Ludeman points out that the on-chip design overcomes the performance degradation inherent in other compute-intensive systems and does so without costs for additional hardware or add-on cards. Furthermore, the elimination of these add-on cards eliminates as well the additional complexity associated with these cards and the process of leveraging load balancers to perform encryption tasks.
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