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Oracle
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Oracle Introduces Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine
Eighth-rack Configuration Offers Low-cost Entry Point
Oracle has announced the latest in its family of Oracle Exadata Database Machines: the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine, which, with its eighth-rack configuration, is ideal for high-end OLTP, large data warehouses, and database clouds at a low-cost entry point. Oracle Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine and Oracle Exadata X3-8 Database In-Memory Machine can store up to hundreds of terabytes (TB) of compressed user data in Flash and RAM memory, virtually eliminating the performance overhead of reads and writes to slow disk drives and making Exadata X3 systems the ideal database platforms for the workloads of cloud computing.
Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11.1
Best Performance, Availability and I/O Throughput of any UNIX Platform Running Oracle Database
Oracle Solaris is now available in version 11.1, which features the newest round of enhancements for the latest database technology, delivering the best performance, availability and I/O throughput of any UNIX platform used to run the Oracle Database. Improvements include:

ZFS
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Oracle Solaris ZFS: An Overview
Oracle Solaris: In a Class by Itself Podcast
This episode of "Oracle Solaris: In a Class By Itself" features an explanation by Cindy Swearingen, Principal Technical Writer, of Oracle Solaris ZFS, described as a file system with built-in volume management features. Swearingen stresses the built-in redundancy in ZFS pools, which provides security for stored data with the added capability of not only detecting but repairing hardware failures in a file system and for creating two- and even three-way mirrored pools. Snapshots of updates and the deduplication feature of ZFS are further means of ensuring data integrity, she noted, adding a comment on the encryption capability of ZFS.
MySQL
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MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate Now Available for Download
Offers Increased Performance, Scalability, Reliability and Manageability
Oracle announced the availability of MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate featuring increased performance, scalability, reliability and manageability to help users meet the most demanding Web, Cloud-based and embedded application requirements. With this Release Candidate, users can experience simplified query development and execution, better transactional throughput and application availability, flexible NoSQL access, improved replication and enhanced instrumentation. MySQL 5.6 RC provides enhanced linear scalability, helping users to leverage modern hardware capabilities. MySQL 5.6 RC includes additional enhancements and is a feature-complete aggregation of the Development Milestones Releases Oracle previously delivered to the MySQL community.
Oracle Anounces Development Mileston Release of MySQL Cluster 7.3
New Features Include Foreign Keys, Workload Optimization, Auto Discovery

A significant announcement at the recent MySQL Connect Conference concerned the Development Milestone Release (DMR) of MySQL Cluster 7.3, which is available now to the MySQL Community. MySQL Cluster is an open source, write-scalable, real-time, ACID-compliant transactional database for new generation web, cloud, social and mobile applications that now features native support for Foreign Keys. Oracle is also delivering early access to features under development including a new Node.js NoSQL API and a new MySQL Cluster Auto-Installer. MySQL Cluster now also features Workload Optimization and Auto-Discovery.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Expands Cloud Services Portfolio
Adds Seven New Services; Offers Simple Pricing Model

Oracle has enhanced its cloud services portfolio to include the following seven new cloud services: Planning and Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Data and Insight, Social Sites, Developer, Storage and Messaging. These new services augment Oracle's already comprehensive portfolio comprising Platform Services, Application Services and Social Services. The monthly subscription pricing model for Oracle Cloud services is simple, predictable, and available for customers on either a month-to-month basis or with longer term contracts. Oracle has developed a comprehensive new set of enablement resources and Oracle Cloud partner programs to help partners accelerate time to market with these new cloud-based services.

Linux
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Procedure for Installing Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 on VMWare
How-to Illustrated with Copious Screenshots
Installation of Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 on VMWare is illustrated by a series of screen shots (there are very many) as a blogpost on the Oracle E-Business suite Customization Development site. Tufekcioglu is Senior Technical Consultant in Turkey OCS team.
Exadata
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UPMC Implements Oracle Health Sciences Applications to Power Enterprise Healthcare Analytics Initiative
Delivers Improved, Personalized Care with Better Outcomes
UPMC, a $10 billion integrated global health enterprise, has selected Oracle Health Sciences applications and Oracle technology and hardware as a key part of its new five-year, $100 million enterprise healthcare analytics initiative. UPMC will deploy Oracle Health Sciences applications such as Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics, Oracle Health Sciences Network, Oracle Fusion Analytics, and Oracle Fusion Middleware, such as Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management to support cost-based accounting and Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite Plus. The hardware foundation for this new implementation at UPMC is Oracle Exadata Database Machine.
SPARC
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What's up with LDoms: Part 4 - Virtual Networking Explained
Physical vs. Virtual Switches and Networking: Not so Diffrerent After All
Stefan Hinker continues his "What's up with LDoms" series with part 4: which concentrates on virtual networking -- the capabilities of virtual switches and virtual network ports. Hiniker demystifies his subject by citing the similarities between virtual and physical switch hardware and cabling, demonstrating that the differences are minimal. His discussion covers assigning MAC addresses; using Jumbo Frames and sizing MTU throughput rates; and VLAN tagging for consolidation of traffic. He also advises users in a concluding note to assign each vnet device an explicit device-id that will preserve the configuration of guest systems.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 175 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 174 Issue 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:

  • Scott McNealy Advises Opting for Open Source
  • Java Spotlight Episode 100: JavaOne 2012 Part 1
  • Two New Java Embedded Products to Debut at JavaOne 2012
  • Applying DoD Guidelines to Oracle SPARC SuperCluster
  • Oracle Achieves Record TPC-C Benchmark Result on 2 Processor System
  • Six-minute Demo on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Outsourcing Inc., Major Japanese Employment Firm, Implements Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
  • OurSQL Hosts Appear on Meet the MySQL Experts
  • Migrating Oracle Solaris 8 P2V with Oracle Database 10.2 and ASM
  • Oracle Releases Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite for Mission-Critical Environments

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

    LibreOffice
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    The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 3.6.2
    LiboCon to Take Place in Berlin October 17-19
    The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 3.6.2,for Windows, MacOS and Linux, with bug fixes and fixes for regressions and improved stability of the program for corporate deployments. The latest public administration to migrate to LibreOffice is the city of Limerick, Ireland’s third largest city, where LibreOffice is now used on all 450 desktops in the city’s six main locations including the three public libraries, the fire department, the municipal museum and the City Gallery of Art. The community behind LibreOffice will gather in Berlin for the second LiboCon from October 17 to October 19. Registration for the conference ends on October 8.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Databases
    Much More than MySQL
    MySQL is far from the only game in town InfoWorld proclaims in its announcement of the Best of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2012 Awards for Open Source Databases. This year's 11 nominees include:

    • Hadoop, Cascading and Scalding, MySQL and MariaDB, Adminer, Cassandra, MongoDB, Couchbase, Neo4j, Riak, Redis

    Read more to learn about these winners.

    Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Desktop Applications
    Given the Choices, Hardly Any Reason to Pay for Desktop Apps

    The ballots are in and InfoWorld has announced the 16 winners in BOSSIE 2012, the Best of Open Source Software awards for desktop applications:

    • Ubuntu, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, OpenOffice Templates, AbiWord, Scribus, Chromium, Firefox, GIMP, Inkscape, CamStudio, Audacity, VLC, KeePass , 7-Zip, WinDirStat

    Read more for details for these winners.

    Performance
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    SPARC T4-2 Server Sets World Record on PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials Benchmark
    Writes 20 Million General Ledger Journal Lines in 8.92 Minutes
    Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server achieved World Record performance on Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials 9.1, executing 20 Million General Ledger Journals lines and posting batch jobs in 8.92 minutes on Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris 11, delivering more than 146 megabytes (MB)/sec of IO throughput. Oracle claims that this benchmark demonstrates that the SPARC T4-2 server with PeopleSoft Financials 9.1 can easily process 100 million journal lines in less than 1 hour.
    SPARC T4-4 Delivers World Record First Result on PeopleSoft Combined Benchmark
    Mark Is First to Involve Concurrent Online and Batch Workloads

    Oracle announces that its SPARC T4-4 servers running Oracle's PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 combined online and batch benchmark achieved World Record 18,000 concurrent users while executing a PeopleSoft Payroll batch job of 500,000 employees in 43.32 minutes and maintaining online users response time at < 2 seconds. This benchmark result is the first to involve the concurrent running of online and batch workloads. This record was set with a SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Solaris Zones, another running PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 application server and a SPARC T4-2 server running Oracle WebLogic Server in the web tier.

    Java Technology
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    Java EE 6 Pocket Guide Now Available in Paperback, Kindle Versions from O'Reilly
    Convenient, Comprehensive Summary of Java EE 6 Platform
    O'Reilly has made available both paperback and Kindle versions of the "Java EE 6 Pocket Guide." According to author Arun Gupta, the pocket guide provides a comprehensive summary of the Java EE 6 platform, explaining the main features of different technologies from the platform including Managed Beans, Servlets, Java Persistence API, Enterprise JavaBeans, Contexts and Dependency Injection, JavaServer Faces, SOAP-Based Web Services, RESTful Web Services, Java Message Service, and Bean Validation in that format.
    Roadmap for Java SE and JavaFX at JavaOne 2012
    Details Announced at JavaOne 2012

    Details of the Roadmaps for both Java SE 8 and JavaFX were announced at JavaOne 2012. Java SE 8 is expected to be available in late 2013 though an important component, a module system and the modularization of the Java platform (Project Jigsaw), has been deferred to Java SE 9. Oracle has proposed a set of compact Profiles of the Java SE Platform in order to allow Java SE 8 implementations to scale down to small devices. JavaFX 8 will be released as part of Oracle’s JDK 8 implementation and become the default UI toolkit for Java SE 8 Embedded.

    Java Spotlight Episode 102: Freescale on Embedded Java and Java Embedded @ JavaOne
    Michael O'Donnell of Freescale Is Roger Brinkley's Guest
    Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Michael O'Donnell of Freescale for a discussion of Embedded Java and Embedded Java @ JavaOne in this episode, #102, of The Java Spotlight Podcast. O'Donnell is the Director of Software Ecosystem Alliances at Freescale, a company that is the global leader in embedded processing solutions, advancing the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. From microprocessors and microcontrollers to sensors, analog ICs and connectivity – Freescale technologies are the foundation of the innovations that make the world greener, safer, healthier and more connected. Part of the podcast was recorded live at the JavaOne 2012 Glassfish Party at the Thirsty Bear.
    NetBeans
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    Oracle Announces NetBeans IDE 7.3 Preview Release
    Now Features Advanced HTML5, JavaScript and CSS Development Capabilities
    The preview of NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 7.3 is available for download, featuring new advanced HTML5, JavaScript and CSS development capabilities that enable rich Web and mobile applications to be developed faster and easier. Users can now employ HTML5 editing with code completion for new HTML5 elements; the new JavaScript editor and debugger; and the code completion feature for jQuery built into the editor. The release also features support for responsive design-based applications and code completion for new CSS3 rules; deep integration with both Google Chrome and a WebKit-based internal browser; and JavaScript client generation from existing Java REST services.
    Telco
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    Oracle Network Applications Platform
    Designed to Meet Extreme Network Workload Requirements of Mission-critical Communications Services
    The Oracle Network Applications Platform is the first industry-specific engineered system designed to meet the extreme network workload requirements for the development and deployment of mission-critical communications services and applications. The platform is an out-of-the-box, application-ready engineered system combining Oracle’s Sun Netra 6000, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7320, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Communications Service Availability (OCSA) and Oracle Clusterware software technologies. The solution is rated at seven 9s (99.99999%) for service availability and enterprise-grade clustering and features complete lifecycle management, command line interface and graphical user interface console options, automated installation, configuration management, telecom presentation and interfaces.
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