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Oracle Solaris 11.1
New Features Make It Better than Ever
It has been 20 years since the introduction of Solaris 2.0, Larry Wake observes, and in this anniversary year, Oracle announces Solaris 11.1, with new provisioning and update capabilities: the integration of Oracle ZFS, Zones, and IPS -- the new network repository and update system. Solaris 11.1 is designed to tie in to Oracle Solaris and the Oracle stack and to all the third party software, and SPARC and x86 hardware that's supported on Solaris. New features also include integrated network virtualization and the connected cloud management feature.
MySQL Cluster Infrastructure Supports More than Three Million Subscribers in Top Online Game in Latin America
Oracle and Playful Play Collaboration Results in Performance Improvements, Reduced DBA Effort; Availability
Oracle and Mexico-based Playful Play are providing MySQL Cluster infrastructure for the top family game on Facebook in Latin America. More than three million subscribers play "La Vecindad de El Chavo," making it one of the fastest growing social games. Playful Play required horizontally scalable database technology with very high availability and so selected MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) running on a public cloud to manage the profiles of users and avatars, data play sessions, shopping applications, and its advertising and digital marketing events. Playful Play achieved 45 percent performance improvement; 80 percent reduction in DBA administration time; and 99.999 percent availability.
Verizon Wireless Upgrades to MySQL 5.5 for Backend Support of Internal Communications
Mission-critical Employee Portal now Delivers Improved Availability, Reliability

Verizon has upgraded to MySQL 5.5 on Linux as the backend, the LAMP stack for Vzweb, its mission-critical, 24x7 employee portal, with Drupal as the front end. Verizon has supported Vzweb with MySQL 5.1 since3 2010. High connection spikes caused the IT team to apply workarounds to continue service. A number of key performance indexes (KPI) for the infrastructure were identified and the operational framework redesigned to support a more robust website and conform to the 99.985% uptime SLA (Service-Level Agreement). The upgrade has enabled Verizon to scale better.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Launches One-stop Zero to Cloud Site
Features Resources to Accelerate Journey to the Enterprise Private Cloud
At the recent Oracle Open World 2012, the company introduced its "Zero to Cloud" resource center to help organizations deploy fully operational, enterprise-grade private cloud environments in as little as half a day, accelerating the journey to the enterprise private cloud. The online "Zero to Cloud" resource center includes best practices from Oracle experts and early adopter customers as well as interviews with Oracle development executives responsible for Oracle’s private cloud solutions and roadmap. It also includes a new self-assessment quiz that can help determine readiness for a successful private cloud deployment.
Oracle Linux Wrap: Oracle Openworld 2012
Links to Videos of Keynotes, Presentations
If you'd like to review some of the Oracle Linux events from Oracle OpenWorld 2012, or if you did not attend the event, here's the next best thing: A wrap-up of the chief events of OpenWorld, ranging from a catalog of Oracle OpenWorld content to Edward Screven's keynote; the interview with Wim Coekaerts ... the list goes on. The links are to videos of the talks and presentations.
Oracle Introduces Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine
Multiple Configurations Accommodate all IT Budgets
Oracle marked a further advance on the technology underlying its Exadata solution with the debut of the Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine, which is available in a Full-Rack, Half-Rack, Quarter-Rack, and the new low-cost Eighth-Rack configuration.

According to Oracle's press release, the Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine and the 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 providing the ideal database platforms for the unpredictably varied workloads of cloud computing.

ESG White Paper Studies Customer Satisfaction with Oracle Exadata
Finds Wide Range of Positive Responses to Solution's Capabilities
The ESG report by Evan Quinn, "Oracle Exadata Covers the Bases," studies user experience with the subject solution. Quinn polled customers on several aspects of satisfaction with Exadata including database growth, performance, staff learning curve, cost, and vendor support. He also considered the efficacy of the Exadata solution in four applications: data warehousing, OLTP, OLTP and data warehousing combined, and database consolidation. Quinn concludes that, as a result of the "maturity" of the Exadata solution and its value-add match to the IT use cases studied, Exadata will become the industry leader, returning to Oracle a greater profit share than pure cloud offerings.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook: Excerpt Explains Distinctive Features
Engineered Solutions Approach Results in High Performance
The excerpt from the book "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook," co-authored by Tom Plunkett, TJ Palassolo and Tejas Joshi, explains the distinctive features of the Exalogic cloud and Exadata. One of the most basic stems from Oracle's "engineered solutions" approach to systems design that produces integrated machines more capable than simple appliances in their ability to be configured for several applications. Exadata has optimizations not found in existing data warehouse appliances while also providing the first optimized solutions for OLTP. Similar optimizations are found in the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, whose hardware is interconnected by an extremely high bandwidth, low latency InfiniBand network fabric.
SPARC Processor Roadmap Updated
Ranges from 2011 Through 2016
The updated SPARC Processor Roadmap is now available. The roadmap provides data in graphic form on the M-series, the T-series and the T-4 series from 2011 through 2016. During that period the M-series is scheduled to add up to 10x throughput; and the T-series an additional 4.5x throughput. Thread strength is also set to increase in both series through that period. Dates are also outlined for expected updates to Solaris 10 OS and Solaris 11 OS.
Running Solaris 11 as a Control Domain on a T2000
Installing Logical Domains 1.2 Solves the Problem
As increasing numbers of users running older T1-processor-based systems like T1000 and T2000 upgrade to Solaris 11, there are few problems since Solaris 11 runs on any T-series or M-series SPARC server. One case presents an exception, however: running Solaris 11 in a control domain on a T1000 or T2000 hosting logical domains. Jeff Savit addresses this complication in his post that, in fact, proves Solaris 11 can be installed on T2000 servers and used as a control domain by removing the preinstalled Oracle VM Server for 2.2 and installing Logical Domains 1.2 - the last version of LDoms to support T1-processor systems.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 176 Issue 1; Vol 175 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 174 Issue 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:

  • Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Roadmap for Java SE and JavaFX at JavaOne 2012
  • Oracle Introduces Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine
  • What's up with LDoms: Part 4 - Virtual Networking Explained
  • Oracle Solaris ZFS: An Overview
  • Java Spotlight Episode 102: Freescale on Embedded Java and Java Embedded @ JavaOne
  • MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate Now Available for Download
  • SPARC T4-4 Delivers World Record First Result on PeopleSoft Combined Benchmark
  • Oracle Announces NetBeans IDE 7.3 Preview Release
  • Oracle Anounces Development Mileston Release of MySQL Cluster 7.3

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Networking and Security Software
    A Large and Growing Range of Offerings

    In its Best of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2010 awards, InfoWorld has recognized a number of tools for building a network, running a network, and ensuring that the network is secure. Nominees include:

    • DD, WRT, HTTPS, Everywhere, True Crypt, FreeOTFE, Eraser, Darik's Boot and Nuke, Vyatta, Open vSwitch, Elastix, Anti,Spam SMTP Proxy Server, iSpy, OpenNMS, Cacti, Wireshark, Snor, Sagan, Suricata, Snorby, Nmap, Metasploit, BackTrack, Burp Suite, dc3dd , Ophcrack, John the Ripper, GnuPG, FindBugs

    Read on for details.

    Bossie Awards 2012: Now for Something Completely Different
    The Year's Best in Open Source Games and Geek time-wasters
    InfoWorld's Best Of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2012 awards the best among open source games and geek time-wasters, jocularly labeled the "Now for something completely different category." The winners in this group include:

    • Open Remote, 0 A.D., XBMC, Stella, BZFlag, Calibre, Arduino, Assault Cub, Freeciv, Warzone 200, Naev, Lightworks

    Read on for details.

    Java Technology
    Winners of the 2012 DukeÂs Choice Awards
    Moving Java Technology Ahead on Many Fronts
    This year's Duke Award winners, announced at JavaOne 2012, include the following:

    • Apache Software Foundation Hadoop Project
    • AgroSense Project
    • JDuchess
    • Jelastic, Inc.
    • Liquid Robotics
    • London Java Community
    • NATO
    • Student Nokia Developer Group – This year’s student winner: Ram Kashyap
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Read on for details ...

    Oracle Updates Information on Java EE 7 at JavaOne 2012
    Expected in Q213, Release Will Accommodate Many Developer Requests
    News about Java EE 7, discussed at JavaOne 2012, revealed that plans for the release, expected in Q213, include new features that will help facilitate building scalable HTML5 applications, including support for non-blocking (event-driven) I/O Servlet 3.1 API, JCache, JSON-P, WebSockets, JAX-RS 2.0 Client API, JPA schema generation and an improved security configuration, which can particularly benefit applications deployed to cloud environments. In addition, Java EE 7 is also expected to include a number of capabilities to help increase developer productivity, such as improved resource definition metadata, improved Managed Beans alignment (including transactional interceptors) and method-level validation with Bean Validation 1.1.
    Java Spotlight Episode 103: 2012 Duke Choice Award Winners
    Roger Brinkley Hosts Annual Interview Series
    Host Roger Brinkley devotes Episode 103 of the Java Spotlight to his annual interviews with the 2012 Duke Choice Award Winners. The Java Spotlight web site features a slide presentation that provides brief profiles of each winner, all of whom were announced at JavaOne 2012 held recently in San Francisco. More detailed information on the winners is available in the press release on
    The JavaFX Community Creates Its Own Site on
    Community Leaders Gerrit Grunwald and Jim Weaver Invite Feedback
    The JavaFX Community now has its own site, which is an aggregator of JavaFX information, where users can find links to JavaFX blog posts, tweets, and other resources, Tori Weildt posts, adding that Gerrit Grunwald and Jim Weaver are the community leaders for this site, who welcome feedback on how to make the JavaFX Community site more useful to its growing community.
    Latest Security Inside Out Newsletter Now Available
    Follow the Happenings at Oracle OpenWorld; Get Links to Podcasts and Videos
    The September/October 2012 edition of "Security Inside Out Newsletter" includes information on Oracle OpenWorld and the database security sessions held there; hands-on labs; label-based access controls in Oracle Database 11g; Privileged Account Manager; webcasts on database security and identity management; links to podcasts and videos; and more, blogger Troy Kitch announces. Kitch provides a link to the current issue and to the subscription sign-up page.
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