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Oracle
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Oracle Acquires Acme Packet, Session Border Control Technology Provider
Accelerated Deployment of All-IP Networks Is Expected
Acme Packet, the leading global provider of session border control technology, has been acquired by Oracle for approximately $1.7 billion. Acme Packet enables the delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. The combination of Oracle and Acme Packet is expected to accelerate the migration to all-IP networks by enabling secure and reliable communications from any device, across any network. With the end-to-end portfolio of technologies resulting from this acquisition, Oracle Communications and Acme Packet can help meet user demand for service anytime and anywhere using the application, device, and network of choice.
Oracle Snap Management Utility for Oracle Database
Provides Snapshot-based Copies and Clones of Oracle Database

Oracle has just released Oracle Snap Management Utility which streamlines and automates critical tasks for customers using Oracle Database with Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. Oracle Snap Management Utility, tightly integrated with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, accelerates the creation and management of snapshot-based copies and clones of Oracle databases by reducing the steps required from nine to one for snapshots and 12 to one for clones. The new utility is available as a software option for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. Oracle Snap Management Utility is qualified and supported on Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Database 11g and on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Features
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"Are We There Yet?" Oracle's Map for the Journey to Database Cloud
Your Company May Be Farther Along on the Trip than You Realize
The journey to the cloud requires a reliable guide, and the guide recommended by B.R. Clouse is Oracle's "Journey to Database Cloud." His convenient graphic separates the legs of the journey into the move from data stored in a complex of IT silos, through the territory of standardized technology into consolidation and then to service delivery through automated and dynamic capabilities enabling the environment to respond quickly to changing workload conditions and requirements. The encouraging thing, Clouse notes, is that in all likelihood, your enterprise is already somewhere on the highway to database cloud
Information Management and Big Data: A Reference Architecture
Oracle White Paper Recommends the Route to Revenue from Big Data Management
The Oracle white paper Information Management and Big Data: A Reference Architecture examines the evolution of Big Data management technologies to a means of value creation derived from information management architecture designed for decision making and applications architecture for execution. The paper explores the background of Big Data, reviewing how a coherent reference architecture can help realize an integrated assemblage of structured, semi-structured and unstructured information into a single logical information resource that management can exploit for commercial gain. Oracle's Reference Architecture for Information Management is the tool that can help IT managers derive the maximum revenue benefit from its Big Data collection.
Solaris
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How to Configure a Failover Guest Domain in an Oracle Solaris Cluster
Oracle VM Server Provides Protection to Guest Domains Against Outages, Planned and Unplanned
Venkat Chennuru posts at length in an article that provides a step-by-step example of how to deploy an Oracle VM Server for SPARC guest domain in a highly available failover setup with a two-node Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 with a global file system on Oracle Solaris 11.1. The post also explains how to verify that the cluster is behaving correctly by switching over the failover guest domain from the primary node to the secondary node and back. Chennuru writes that the automated failover of a guest domain through restart on an alternate cluster node enables the protection of guest domains from planned and unplanned downtime.
MySQL
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Oracle Releases MySQL 5.6 to GA
Release Features Increased Performance, Scalability, Reliability and Manageability
Oracle has released MySQL 5.6 to general availability, featuring the increased performance, scalability, reliability and manageability that make MySQL 5.6, the world’s most popular open-source database. According to Oracle's press release, MySQL 5.6 improves developer agility with subquery optimizations, online Data Definition Language (DDL) operations, NoSQL access to InnoDB, new instrumentation in Performance Schema and better condition handling. A MySQL Technology Update webcast will discuss the new release on February 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST. For more details, join the MySQL Technology Update webcast on Feb 14 at 10:00 a.m. US, Pacific Time.
Cloud Computing
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Solaris 11: Basic Tool for Building Your Developer Cloud
Behind the Scenes in Designing the Developer Cloud for OPN Gold Members
Oracle Solaris 11 is the foundation for the developer cloud designed for OPN Gold members who use it to qualify their applications on Solaris 11, Orgad Kimchi posts. This cloud platform provides an intuitive user interface for VM provisioning by selecting VM images pre-installed with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 or Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, he continues, noting the inclusion of simple file upload and file download mechanisms. Several Solaris 11 cloud technologies were employed in the building of this platform, such as Oracle Solaris 11 Network Virtualization, Oracle Solaris Zones, ZFS encryption and cloning capability, and NFS server inside Solaris 11 zone.
Exadata
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Westpac Banking Corporation Implements Oracle-based Master Data Management Applications
Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Are at the Heart of Deployment
Westpac Banking Corporation has selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to support the ongoing deployment of Oracle-based Master Data Management (MDM) applications. This implementation enables the bank to proceed with its plan to improve system performance and availability and at the same time realize significant cost savings over the next five years. Westpac’s MDM application, which underpins all of its retail banking transactions across its multi-brand organization, is based on Oracle’s Siebel Universal Customer Master (UCM) solution, whose comprehensive functionality provides Westpac with the capability to aggregate and manage customer data over the full customer lifecycle.
Exadata Operational Management: Whitepaper Series
A 'Must' for those Managing Exadata Environments

Oracle has made available a series of whitepapers on Exadata Operational Management, whitepapers that Javier Puerta, whose post announces the series, calls " ... a must for anyone involved in managing Exadata environments." The whitepapers are available for download for Manageability Community members (registration and login are required), and they cover the following topics:

  • Living with Exadata: Executive Summary
  • Managing Exadata Part 1: Operational Management Benefits, Jan. 2013
  • Managing Exadata Part 2: Administration Tasks and Tools, Jan. 2013
  • Operational Impact of Deploying an Oracle Engineered System: Exadata, Oct. 2012
New Collection of ExaLogic Reference Material
Join Oacle Partner Community for Web Logic
There is a ton of new reference material at the Exalogic Partner Demo Centers, Juergen Kress posts. Membership and registration are required for access, but membership entitles users to whitepapers, videos, Webcasts, and a variety of Exalogic OVM templates for Oracle applications. For information on membership, log in at the Oracle EMEA Partner Community for Web Logic (WLS).
SPARC
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Mazda Consolidates IT Infrastructure for Automobile Design and Development SPARC T4 Servers
Realizes Multiple Economies, Efficiencies
Mazda Motor Corporation has consolidated its Mazda Digital Innovation (MDI) system on Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 and T4-2 servers running Oracle Solaris 10. This deployment has enabled Mazda to achieve the following improvements in its IT profile:

  • 50 percent faster PDM tool response time at peak hours, even with as many as 3,500 users initiating 1 million transactions during peak hours at the beginning and end of each day
  • 40 percent reduction in monthly operational costs
  • 75 percent lower monthly server power consumption
  • 90 percent reduction in its data center footprint. Mazda reduced its MDI system from 12 racks to one
Oracle VM Manager 3.2 Now Supports Both SPARC and x86
Enables Integrated Management of Pools from a Single Browser Application
Jeff Savit posts on the support for SPARC that comes with the GA release of Oracle VM Server 3.2. This release, Savit explains, is an important step in integrating Oracle VM Server for SPARC and for x86 by uniting them with a common management interface, enabling administrators to log into a single browser application and manage pools of both x86 and SPARC servers. Savit provides an overview of Oracle VM Manager and for Oracle VM Server for both x86 and SPARC, as well as a description of Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC and instructions on how to get started with Oracle VM 3.2 Agent.
Sun Tape
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Oracle White Paper Labels StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library Superior to Quantum's Scalar Line
Simpler and Smarter than Quantum in Terms of Simplicity, Scalability, and Cost
The Oracle white paper "StorageTek SL 150 Modular Tape Library: Simpler and Smarter than Quantum" describes the SL 150 as the only system in its class that can easily and seamlessly scale without replacement from entry- to midrange from 30 slots and 45 Terabytes (TB) to 300 slots and 450 TB of data storage for more capacity in a smaller footprint than comparable Quantum products. SL 150 users can deploy and expand as need arises with up to 75% lower acquisition costs than competitor Quantum's Scalar i40, i80, and i500 tape libraries. Access to the white paper requires registration and log in.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 179 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 178 Issue 1, 2,3 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:

  • Scott McNealy on How to Keep Your Balance: Lessons and Mistakes
  • Critics of Oracle's Cloud Portfolio Miss the Mark
  • New and Enhanced Virtual Desktop Client Solutions for Mobile Devices
  • Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers Exhibit 4X Adoption Rate Year-Over-Year
  • Oracle's New Resources Help Dramatically Speed Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud
  • Read All About It: Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
  • Over 3 Exabytes of Media for StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives Shipped
  • Philippine Telco Globe Telecom Implements Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Jan/Feb Java Magazine: Java Embedded
  • Pillar Axiom 600 Storage System Enables SaaS Provider Avero to Accelerate Application and Data Warehouse Performance

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

    Performance
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    Siebel 8.1.1.4 Benchmark on SPARC T4
    Extends T-Server String of Siebel Benchmarks
    A recent Siebel 8.1.1.4 benchmark on SPARC T4 as reported by Giri Mandalika ran Siebel application server instances on three SPARC T4-2/Solaris 10 8/11 systems with the Oracle database server 11gR2 configured on a single SPARC T4-1/Solaris 11 11/11 system. Several iPlanet web server 7 U9 instances with the Siebel Web Plug-in (SWE) installed ran on one SPARC T4-1/Solaris 10 8/11 system. Siebel database was hosted on a single Sun Storage F5100 flash array. Load balancing ensured near uniform load across all web and application server instances. All three Siebel application server systems consumed ~78% CPU on average with sub-second response times for the Siebel modules tested.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 119: Emmanuel Bernard on JSR-349 Bean Validation 1.1
    Leader of JPA Implementation of Hibernate Joins Host Roger Brinklwy
    Emmanuel Bernard joins host Rober Brinkley on Episode 119 of the Java Spotlight for a discussion of JSR-349 Bean Validation 1.1. Bernard, the data platform architect at JBoss by Red Hat and member of the Hibernate team, has lead the JPA implementation of Hibernate. In addition, he founded and leads Hibernate Search, Hibernate Validator and Hibernate OGM. Bernard is a member of the JPA 2.1 expert group and the spec lead of Bean Validation. He is a regular speaker at various conferences and JUGs and the co-author of Hibernate Search in Action published by Manning.
    Security
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    Security Newsletter January 2013 Issue Now Available
    Features on Top Three Security Trends, IDM Predictions for 2013

    The January 2013 issue of Security Inside Out Newsletter is now available, Tanu Sood posts, noting that the issue features an interview with Graham Palmer, director of Information Security for Oracle’s EMEA Operations and Oracle’s resident expert on cyber security, who discusses the top three security concerns currently shaping organizational security strategies. Also featured is an interview with Vadim Lander, Oracle’s Chief Identity Architect, who discusses the key trends expected to shape Identity Management in 2013.

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