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Four Key Features in Selecting a Hybrid Storage Array
Flash memory in combination with hard disk drives
Hybrid storage arrays use flash memory in combination with hard disk drives to create storage that balances performance, capacity and cost. Because the majority of the data will ultimately be stored on slower HDD instead of flash memory, the trick is to achieve consistently high performance without 100% flash. The secret sauce the Hybrid Storage Array vendors bring to the table is a combination of storage architecture, hardware, and software features...
SAS Traffic for ZFS Solutions
Andrew Galloway says, "Cables Matter"
Andrews writes, "No, I don't mean brand, or color, or even connector-type zealotry.. but when sizing solutions and working with customers and partners on new builds, I often find that either no thought goes into the SAS cabling, or only a little bit does. I find this distressing. Let me tell you why..."
Big Fish Selects MySQL Cluster to Serve Real-Time Web Recommendations
World's Largest Producer of Casual Games Uses World's Most Popular Open Source Database to Power Improved User Experience
With more than 2 billion games distributed to date, Big Fish, the world's largest producer of casual games, needed a solution that would enable it to maintain its leadership in the casual game sector. Using business intelligence and predictive analytics Big Fish can segment customers based on a range of demographic and behavioural indicators.

To deliver an increasingly personalized customer experience based on its intelligence and analytics, Big Fish selected MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) to power its Marketing Management Service platform. Big Fish's Marketing Management Service platform is used across all of the company's customer management systems, including customer support and the company's "Game Manager", to provide a unique customer experience to each of its millions of monthly users whenever they come in contact with Big Fish.

Cloud Computing
Addressing the Top 5 Cloud Security Challenges
From Identity Management Product Marketing Team Blog
As we talk to organizations around the world, it's clear that most consider "cloud" as the biggest opportunity today to reduce cost. To any organization, cloud offers numerous advantages - business agility, reduced operational costs, scalability, improved performance and more. With cloud deployments ranging from private to hybrid to public, the scale of benefits vary but so do the risks.

Going up the cloud continuum from on-premise to private to hybrid and then public cloud, IT's control and visibility into security policies decreases...

More SPARC T5 Performance Results
Blog by Jeff Victor
Jeff Victor has posted a blog with performance results for the new SPARC T5 systems.

"Last week, SPEC published the most recent result for the SPECjbb013-MultiJVM benchmark. This benchmark "is relevant to all audiences who are interested in Java server performance, including JVM vendors, hardware developers, Java application developers, researchers and members of the academic community" according to SPEC."

Oracle Partners Fuel Growth in Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Sales
Oracle PartnerNetwork Programs and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Enable Partners to Drive Customer Success
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) programs are enabling members to serve the strong customer demand for Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. To date, Sun ZFS Storage Appliances have been sold globally across a wide range of industries by nearly 500 partners

Engineered together with Oracle software, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance features deep integration with Oracle Database and provides robust application data storage and backup capabilities for Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. It also offers immediate benefits for customers using NAS for virtualization, cloud, storage consolidation, and data protection. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances engineered together with Oracle's new SPARC T5 servers form a high throughput, high performance platform on which partners can generate new revenues by delivering significant integration and value added services.

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance provides superior unified storage platform
Paper by Storage Strategies NOW,
Check out this new Storage Now paper by Storage Strategies, touting Oracle's SUN ZFS Storage Appliance and how it outperforms the competition when running Oracle software and supporting SPARC Servers.

"Oracle has a dominant market share in all aspects of database software. But did you know that Oracle has a massive global storage business—in excess of $1B, according to IDC—that spans NAS, SAN and tape systems that are fine-tuned to operate with its software? Did you know that Oracle has over two hundred petabytes of ZFS Storage Appliances deployed across its cloud, infrastructure hosting, internal product development and global IT operations? In these environments, the company displaced NetApp storage with ZFS Storage Appliances and achieved a 3:1 consolidation in the process..."

Sun Tape
Cloud Storage: the Next Frontier for Tape
Paper by The Enterprise Strategy Group
This paper explores the usage scenarios and economics of public, private, and hybrid cloud storage services -- particularly in the context of recent evolutions in tape technology and usage. By taking a cohesive look at today's interrelated cloud/tape landscape, we conclude that there is a definite place for tape in the cloud services landscape.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 182 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 181 Issues 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:

  • IDC Analyst Optimistic About Effect of T5 and M5 Processors on Oracle's Market Share
  • Reservation & Ref Reservation - An Explanation
  • DoD Gives Accreditation to Use of Solaris on Its Network
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox: Personal Desktop Virtualization
  • Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance
  • Solaris 11 Network Virtualization now Possible with Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • SPARC M5-32 Sets Record on Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark
  • A Few Good Reasons for Migrating from SUSE Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Oracle Information InDepth Optimized Data Center newsletter
  • Java Spotlight Episode 128: Joe McGlynn on Java Security Dialogs

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

    Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator
    Stand Out from the Crowd
    If you're like many people in the modern day workplace, you're looking for ways to grow your knowledge, challenge yourself, become a greater asset to your company, make yourself more marketable and improve your job satisfaction. Many people are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd by possessing a unique set of valuable skills that will warrant higher pay.

    In the IT world, possessing Oracle Solaris System Administration skills can be that key differentiator to increase your earning potential.

    • Oracle Solaris System Administration Skills in High Demand
    • Oracle Solaris System Administrator Salary
    • How to Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator
    • Oracle Operating Systems curriculum video

    Read on for details.

    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
    Latest Enhancements Leverage HTML5 to Provide Simplified, Remote Access to Enterprise Applications
    Oracle announced a new release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, part of Oracle's Desktop Virtualization portfolio.

    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 extends secure, anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client. Through support of the HTML5 standard, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 allows tablet users to access enterprise applications with just a Web browser, allowing them to easily use their own devices for work. This new release provides tablet users, in addition to PC, MAC and desktop users, certified access to Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Web-based Oracle Applications, including Oracle CRM.

    Oracle VM 3.2.3 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC updates
    Patch updates include all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release
    Oracle has released the latest Oracle VM 3.2.3 patch updates, which are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Sever 3.2.1 Patch Channel or Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 130: Santiago Pericas-Geertsen on JSR 339: JAX-RS 2.0 @spericas
    Features an Interview with Santiago Pericas-Geertsen on JSR 339: JAX-RS 2.0.
    Dr. Santiago Pericas-Geertsen is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Sun Glassfish organization at Oracle. He is an architect and technical lead in the Avatar project at Oracle. Within the JCP program, Santiago is a Spec Lead for JSR 339: JAX-RS 2.0 The Java API for RESTful Web Services. While at Sun Microsystems, Santiago was a tech lead for the Glassfish Mobility Platform, a developer and lead in the Fast Web Services project and a participant, and editor, in World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) initiatives including the XML Binary Characterization working group (WG) and the W3C Efficient XML Interchange WG. In addition, Santiago was a Project Management Committee (PMC) member at the Apache Software Foundation representing the Xalan/XSLTC project, and one of the original Sun Microsystems developers of XSLTC, the compiling version of the Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations now part of the JDK.
    The Most Interesting NetBeans Release is Out: 7.3
    Blog by Juergen Kress
    Juergen Kress writes, "NetBeans 7.3 - probably the most interesting release ever is out. I use 7.3 dev builds since JavaOne 2012 and completely switched all of my HTML development to NetBeans (from Koda 2, Espresso, BBEdit, TextMate etc.). NetBeans 7.3 comes with great support for CSS 3, HTML 5, JavaScript, Chrome Plugin combined with GIT, SVN and Mercurial as well as integrated issue trackers. The CSS, HTML formatting and code completions alone were worth for me to drop commercial tools in favor of NetBeans.

    Java EE, Java FX and Java SE are also well supported but this is nothing new :-).

    If you are new to NetBeans, do not be disappointed. After a single double-click you will have to start to work immediately. You would not get any extra days to download the plugins and make your IDE work :-) ..."

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