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As The World 'Goes Software,' Oracle Has An Upside In Hardware
Mark Peters, ESG Analyst
Mark Peters is an ESG senior analyst focused on storage systems. In a recent blog post, he writes, "Late last month Oracle held its annual event for the analyst community. Ensconced with a range of my peers I was immediately struck by how few of the audience I recognized compared to other events of this type that I get to attend. I stopped to think about it and realized that the reason was simple - there was a large preponderance of the attendees that, in one way or another, were focused on software. Now, this might be one of the bigger 'duh' moments of my life and also of your reading experience. So why am I mentioning it here? Because what it demonstrates is actually the importance of other things....err, like hardware in general and storage in particular. As we know from all those Oracle ads telling us that 'x' of the top 'y' companies in any given vertical (where x and y are invariably identical numbers) use its databases, Oracle has largely won that war. The opportunities for Oracle to make significant progress in terms of market share and revenue lie in markets that it does not yet dominate..."

Read on for details and links to the blog entry.

Non-interactive zone configuration
For Solaris 11
Jeff Taylor writes, "When creating new Solaris zones, at initial boot up, the system administrator is prompted for the new hostname, network settings, etc of the new zone. I get tired of the brittle process of manually entering the initial settings and I prefer to be able to automate the process. I had previously figured out the process for Solaris 10, but I've only recently figured out the process for Solaris 11..."
Cloud Computing
How To Protect Public Cloud Using Solaris 11 Technologies
Build a secure cloud infrastructure

Orgad Kimchi writes, "When we meet with our partners, we often ask them, 'What are their main security challenges for public cloud infrastructure.? What worries them in this regard?' This is what we've gathered from our partners regarding the security challenges:

  • Protect data at rest in transit and in use using encryption
  • Prevent denial of service attacks against their infrastructure
  • Segregate network traffic between different cloud users
  • Disable hostile code (e.g.'rootkit' attacks)
  • Minimize operating system attack surface
  • Secure data deletions once we have done with our project
  • Enable strong authorization and authentication for non secure protocols

Based on these guidelines, we began to design our Oracle Developer Cloud. Our vision was to leverage Solaris 11 technologies in order to meet those security requirements..."

Targetbase gets deeper insight and 40x faster query response with Oracle Exadata
strong creative services that drive customer engagements
Margaret Hamburger writes, "This is a great example of the evolution happening in Oracle Data Warehousing environments as customers consolidate databases into a single source of truth for their businesses with Oracle Exadata. Not only was Targetbase able to integrate large volumes of social, retail, and point-of-sale (POS) data, such as Web blogs, to drive richer and more actionable insights for their clients. They enabled real-time analytics scoring and consumer-specific text mining on large volumes of marketing-related data while achieving some great performance gains with up to 40x faster queries. Learn how Oracle Database compression features helped reduce their storage costs by 30%..."
Oracle SPARC T5--2 with Oracle Solaris 11 versus IBM Power 750 Express with AIX 7.1
Edison Group Paper
Edison Group conducted primary and secondary research and in-depth analysis to quantify cost differences between two industry leaders, Oracle and IBM. Specifically, server infrastructures based on Oracle T4-series servers with Oracle Solaris 11 or on the IBM POWER7-series servers with AIX 7.1 were evaluated. Using data from in-depth interviews of technical personnel currently involved in managing one or the other of these infrastructures, Edison has constructed a TCO model. It is based on two specific server configurations,1 and is intended to help decision-makers evaluate:

  • The solutions' acquisition costs (hardware and software licenses, support, and energy requirements);

  • Operational costs (installation, configuration, integration and testing; operations and technical support; technical services) and

  • Downtime cost.

Since the interviews were conducted, the Oracle T4 has been joined by the T5, and the IBM POWER7 by the POWER7+, the TCO model has been adjusted to take into account the different acquisition costs customers will now encounter. Operational costs and downtime costs are assumed to be unchanged and, as noted below, Edison has assumed rough parity in performance for a typical mix of enterprise applications.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 183 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 182 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 181 Issue 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:

  • Sun Microsystems' stars: Where are they now?
  • 10 Certifications that Actually Mean Something
  • Making drawings with Oracle hardware components
  • The Great Java Application Server Debate: GlassFish
  • Evaluating Oracle Linux From Inside Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • E-Book Oracle's SPARC Systems: What Customers Say
  • Oracle Solaris 11 and PCI DSS
  • Java Spotlight Episode 132: Shing Wai Chan on JSR 340 Servlet 3.1
  • illumos and the 2013 Google Summer of Code
  • Delivering Cloud Services to the State of Texas

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

    Apache OpenOffice: One Year, 50 Million Downloads
    Apache OpenOffice was formerly called
    Recently, in a blog on, it was noted that "yesterday we reached the 50 million download mark for Apache OpenOffice 3.4. This milestone occurred within a few days of the first anniversary of the release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4., on May 8th, 2012.

    Apache OpenOffice (formerly called is the leading free and open source office application suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 1.0 of OpenOffice was released 11 years ago, in May 2002.

    Although we're all very busy now with the testing of our next major release, Apache OpenOffice 4.0, it is worth taking a few minutes to explore some of the trends that can be discerned from our download data over the past year. The information we have gathered, relative to desktop OS versions, 64-bit Linux use, screen aspect ratios, etc., may be of special interest to other open source projects to consider in their planning..."

    How to go Physical to Virtual with Oracle Solaris Zones using Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    By Rodney Lindner
    Rodney Lindner writes, "Many customers have large collections of physical Solaris 8, 9 and 10 servers in their datacenters and they are wondering how they are going to virtualize them. This leads to a commonly asked question. Can Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12C be used to P2V (Physical to Virtual) my old servers? Ops Center does not have a single button P2V capability, but it is possible for Ops Center to deploy physical servers, LDOMs and branded zones based on flash archives(flars) that have been taken of your existing physical servers. Ops Center achieves P2V by deploying flars and leveraging its patching and automation capabilities, to make the P2V process consistent, repeatable and as cost effective as possible.

    As with any virtualization project, there will be a number of things that will need to be updated as you move from a physical to a virtual environment. It is a common misconception that you can virtualize a system and change nothing about it. There are always a few things that have to be changed on an OS or process level to make it compatible with the virtualized environment. As a best practice, there are many more things that should be updated, re-allocated and redesigned as part of a virtualization project but that is a subject for another blog.

    In this blog, we will be covering migrating physical servers to Oracle Solaris Zones..."

    Java Technology
    Java EE 7 Webcast, June 12 and June 13, 2013
    Join Oracle and 9 Million Developers to Make the Future Java
    Developer productivity and application portability play a huge role in the success or failure of your business. Already the world's #1 development platform, Java is now better than ever with the release of Java EE 7. Join Oracle and participants from throughout the Java community to learn how Java EE 7 can help you:

    • Deliver HTML5 dynamic, scalable applications - Reduce response times, simplify JSON parsing, create RIA using WebSocket, and deliver high-performance RESTful services

    • Increase developer productivity - Simplify architectures, reduce boilerplate code, add more annotated POJOs, and enhance portability

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    Choose a convenient time-two are offered-then join Oracle and 9 million developers as we make the future Java.

    Register now for the keynote address, Java Specification Request (JSR) overview sessions, and live chat with Java EE 7 experts.

    Java Spotlight Episode 133: Sivakumar Thyagarajan on JSR 322: Resource Adapters/Connectors in Java EE 7@jcp
    JSR 322: JavaTM EE Connector Architecture 1.6
    Sivakumar Thyagarajan works in the Cloud Application Foundation group at Oracle India. He leads the Connector Specification (JSR-322 <>;) in the Java EE 7 Platform.

    He has led the development of Contexts and Dependency Injection(CDI), Connectors and JMS integration modules in Project GlassFish, Sun Java System Application Server, and the J2EE SDK. He has been involved with the GlassFish project ( since inception, and has worked extensively on Java EE based distributed enterprise application design and development. He blogs at

    JSR 332 show notes:

    • Connector specification's project
    • JSR-322 page on
    • Connector 1.6 code samples to get started
    • Samples for the 1.7 specification would be part of the Java EE 7 SDK to be released soon.

    Read on for details.

    Instant NetBeans IDE How-To
    Book by Atul Palandurkar
    "Instant NetBeans IDE How-To" is for Java developers or anyone who has basic knowledge of Java but has not had much experience with IDEs; you can use this book to rapidly develop Java applications. NetBeans is an open source IDE which is known as a powerful IDE for Java application development. It allows you to write and generate smart code, and utilize drag-and-drop tools. NetBeans gives complete flexibility with full support to developers for all the latest technologies.

    Instant NetBeans IDE How-To is a complete practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step recipes, which will help you take advantage of the real power of Java technologies, and give you a good grounding in using it for your projects.

    The book shows you how to develop desktop applications, web applications, enterprise applications, mobile applications, and how to deploy applications. It also takes a look at databases, validations, etc. If you want to develop a Java application with just a few clicks and write less code, then this is the book for you.

    Unified Directory Goes Virtual: IdM R2 PS1
    Lower operating cost by consolidating directory silos
    Naresh Persaud writes, "Oracle Unified Directory has set the bar for performance. Built ground up to provide elastic scale, Oracle Unified Directory (OUD) is inter-operable with all directories in the Oracle Directory Services Suite.

    With the Patchset 1 release OUD now combines the capabilities of Oracle Virtual Directory. With a combined directory, organizations can lower operating cost by consolidating directory silos using a single directory server. Instead of having multiple infrastructures and separate administrators, a unified solution can provide better administrative ratios and economies of scale..."

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