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Solaris
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IDC White Paper Finds Growing Customer Comfort with Oracle Solaris Operating System
Integrated, Optimized Solutions for the SPARC and x86 Systems Are Proving Attractive
With a demonstrated commitment to the Solaris OS on both SPARC and x86 systems, and to Linux on x86, Oracle is clearly gaining the confidence of IT customers that the company is prepared to assist users to more fully implement its deep bench of software products, integrated and optimized with Oracle hardware, to run in enterprise applications, conclude Gary Chen and Al Gillen of IDC in their white paper "Oracle Delivers Unique Value with Oracle Solaris." The authors cite the increased level of consumer comfort vis-a-vis Oracle Solaris and competitive Unix solutions revealed in IDC's 2012 Server Platform Migration Multiclient Study.
Download Oracle Solaris 11.1
Links to Resources Also Available

Oracle Solaris 11.1 is in GA and available for download, Oracle has announced, bring such improvements as the following:

  • 8x faster database startup and shutdown and online resizing of the database SGA with a new optimized shared memory interface between the database and Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Up to 20% throughput increases for Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Expanded support for Software Defined Networks (SDN) with Edge Virtual Bridging enhancements
  • 4x faster Solaris Zone updates with parallel operations shorten maintenance windows
  • New built-in memory predictor monitors application memory use and provides optimized memory page sizes and resource location

Existing customers can quickly and simply update using the network based repository.

MySQL
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Oracle Releases MySQL for Excel 1.1.0 GA
Adds New Edit MySQL Data Feature
MySQL for Excel 1.1.0 GA has been released, Javier Treviño posts, adding that users can download the release."] He notes that a new feature, Edit MySQL Data, is a valuable and attractive addition that enables users to edit the data in a MySQL table using MS Excel in a very friendly and intuitive way. Edit Data supports inserting new rows, deleting existing rows and updating existing data as easy as playing with data in an Excel’s spreadsheet and pushing changes back to the server, he writes. He also enumerates in detail the several bug fixes that are included in the release.
Exadata
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Epsilon Easily Manages 40% Annual Data Growth Rate with Oracle Solutions
Oracle Exdata Database Machine, Oracle Enterprise Manager Help to Manage Data Warehousing Operations
Implementing Oracle Exadata Database Machine running Oracle Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager to power its data warehouse system has enabled Epsilon to meet customers’ real-time data requirements and service level agreements at previously unattainable rates in its operations that typically have demonstrated a data growth rate of 40 percent per year. Part of Epsilon's service portfolio involves management of customer loyalty programs for its clients that generate massive amounts of data and require high-performance transaction processing, tracking, configuring, logging, and campaign execution capabilities. Systems administrators an now significantly increase efficiency and productivity, and IT staff has been freed to focus on higher priority tasks.
Software
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ARTstor Selects OracleÂs Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliances
Meets the Needs of a 1TB/Month Digital Image Library Growth Rate
Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliances have enabled ARTstor, a non-profit that makes available a digital image library for teaching, research and study, to manage and share images as well as a software platform and tools that deliver support for a library of more than 1.5 million images used by over 1,450 organizations in 42 countries worldwide. As ARTstor’s library continues to grow at a rate of nearly one Terabyte (TB) per month, ARTStor estimates that the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances will enable the company to accommodate 10x more images over the next three years than their previous storage solution. .
Events
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SPARC 25th Anniversary at Computer History Museum in San Francisco on November 1, 2012
Video of the Festivities Is Promised
"SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future" is the program scheduled for November 1, 2012, at the Computer History Museum in San Francisco. According to Larry Wake, various luminaries connected with SPARC will be on hand to share their recollections. These individuals include Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, SPARC luminaries such as Anant Agrawal and David Patterson, former Sun VP Bernard Lacroute, plus Oracle executives Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Rick Hetherington. Wake adds that, for those not in the Bay Area that day, plans are to make a video of the event available. Registration is required.
SPARC
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Oracle White Papers on SPARC SuperCluster
Jeff Victor Chooses Four of Several

Oracle has recently published several white papers on uses and characteristics of the SPARC SuperCluster product, and Jeff Victor presents links to four of them in his blog, which are:

  • A Technical Overview of the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4

  • SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 Platform Security Principles and Capabilities

  • Consolidating Oacle E-Business Suite on Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster

  • Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle PeopleSoft Human Capital Management on SPARC SuperCluster

Read on.

Sun Tape
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With LTFS, Tape Is Gaining Storage Ground
Chris Mellor Sees a Bright Future for Tape
"Tape lives," Chris Mellor proclaims in his article "Tape vendors thrust LTFS tool at punters" in The Register. Mellor observes that data lives in a spectrum with flash storage taking over from tape at the fast access end and disk storage gaining ground at the cold data, slow access need end.

Tape as a long-term data storage medium is far more cost-effective than disk, he contends, even deduped disk. With Linear Tape File System (LTFS), tape presents a gigantic backup and archive resource for users who require easy access to huge datasets too large for disk.

Oracle Announces StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6
Delivers 2x the Performance, More than 1.8x the Total Disk Capacity of Previous Generations
Oracle's StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6, the first and only mainframe virtual tape storage system to provide a single point of management for the entire system that leverages the security of the mainframe environment, is now available. The system delivers 2x the performance and more than 1.8x the total disk capacity of the previous generation, scaling on-demand to over 640 petabytes in a dense, energy efficient data center footprint that helps lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The impact of disk rebuilds is minimized by use of a unique triple parity RAID architecture throughout the system.
OpenStorage
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Using DTrace to Understand What's Happening to VMWare's VM I/O in Real-time
The Key to Good Performance: Large Caches, Large Pipes (Read Infiniband)
A 10+-minute video featuring Art Licht, Director, Oracle Enterprise Solutions Group, presents a demonstration of the analytics feature of Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance with large caches and large (Infiniband) pipes with VMware. The NFS shares are presented to an ESX server with multiple Windows environments running in VMs, each of which is doing a different workload and each having its own E:-drive raw disks. DTrace shows good performance for a random workload, he asserts, because the fine grain observations delivered by DTrace enable users to employ more VMs in a single storage system with a good understanding of the operations within each one.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 176 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 175 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 174 Issue 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 Videos on YouTube
  • Watch the Google Datacenter Street View Tour
  • Survey Finds Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Benefits
  • Cloud Architecture Patterns: New Title from O'Reilly
  • Provisioning Capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Ops Center Manager 12c
  • Disks from the Perspective of a File System
  • SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record Mark for Siebel PSPP Benchmark
  • Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance'
  • World Record Oracle E-Business Consolidated Workload on SPARC T4-2, T4-4
  • Consolidating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster

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 3.5.7
    Probable Final Update for LibreOffice 3.5 Family
    The Document Foundation, which released LibreOffice 3.6.2 in early October 2012, also released LibreOffice 3.5.7, likely the final version in the organization's 3.5 family, at its LiboCon gathering in Berlin. The Document Foundation says that 3.5.7 solves additional bugs and regressions, and offers stability improvements over LibreOffice 3.5.6. Users are urged to download the version and its extensions and to view the change logs, all of which are available online.
    Developer
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    Oracle Announces GA for Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile
    Cross-platform Capability Boosts Productivity, Protects Investment
    Oracle has announced GA of its new HTML5 and Java-based Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile that enables developers to build hybrid mobile applications for multiple platforms, including iOS and Android. Oracle ADF Mobile, which is based on a next-generation hybrid mobile development architecture, allows developers to increase productivity while protecting investments by enabling code reuse through a flexible, open standards-based architecture. With Oracle ADF Mobile, developers using its write once and deploy-to-many capability can extend enterprise applications to mobile devices across platform interfaces even as technology shifts occur.
    Virtualization
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    Updates for Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1, Oracle VM Server for x86 3.1.1 Available
    Validation Is Complete for Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1-478 with Oracle VM Server 3.1.1-485
    Users can now download the latest update for Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1 update and the update for Oracle VM Server for x86 3.1.1. In addition, Honglin Su posts, Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1-478 has been validated in combination with Oracle VM Server 3.1.1-485. Download instructions are on OTN. The post advises users to read the README files of these patches and, as they suggest, schedule a maintenance window and apply the patch updates to their Oracle VM 3.1.1 environment. The post also suggests that users sign up to receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network for Oracle VM.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 105: Mark Reinhold on the Future of Java
    Java Veteran Is Oracle's Chief Architect, Java Platform Group
    The guest on Episode 105 of the Java Spotlight is Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, where he works on the Java Platform, Standard Edition, and OpenJDK. His past contributions to the platform include character-stream readers and writers, reference objects, shutdown hooks, the NIO high-performance I/O APIs, library generification, and service loaders. Mark was the lead engineer for the 1.2 and 5.0 releases and the specification lead for Java SE 6. He is currently leading the Jigsaw and JDK 7 Projects in the OpenJDK Community.
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