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SPARC
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Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Sun Servers
14-Page Brochure(PDF)
How to Use The Guide

This guide features all of Oracle's servers, with each section listing a full line of products and their specifications. Read Oracle's Full Line of Integrated Storage Systems to see all of Oracle's storage products.

Many enterprises are managing demanding applications and accessing increasing amounts of data. They need computing power that matches their needs and budget, where and when it matters most. Oracle's products and solutions can support business needs from end to end, throughout the lifecycle of the data center.

More than 30 years of systems expertise and innovative thinking have gone into creating Oracle servers. These systems are some of the most reliable, scalable, and energy-efficient systems in the industry. They are the core building blocks for mission-critical enterprise computing; enterprise application environments; and virtualization and cloud deployments. Oracle's complete portfolio of servers, storage, systems software, and networking products are engineered to work together to deliver record-breaking performance, simplified management, and cost-saving efficiencies.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: which domain types should be used to run applications
LDOM Best Practices - updated- by Jeff Savit
Jeff Savit writes, "One frequent question 'what type of domain should I use to run applications?' There used to be a simple answer: "run applications in guest domains in almost all cases", but now there are more things to consider.

Enhancements to Oracle VM Server for SPARC and introduction of systems like the current SPARC servers including the T4 and T5 systems, the Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 provide scale and performance much higher than the original servers that ran domains. Single-CPU performance, I/O capacity, memory sizes, are much larger now, and far more demanding applications are now being hosted in logical domains.

Exadata
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Temenos T24 achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status
Latest achievement underlines Temenos. commitment to a multi-platform strategy
Temenos, a leading provider of mission critical solutions to the financial services industry, announced that Temenos T24 (JAVA) release 13 has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). Additionally, T24 (JAVA) release 13 has been tested on and supports Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Linux.

The Temenos core banking software platform T24, is developed using a complete service-oriented architecture (SOA) that is modular and is deployed and integrated with the functionality needed for banks. Temenos is a Gold member in the Oracle PartnerNetwork. Oracle Exadata delivers extreme performance and is the ideal database platform for OLTP applications, data warehouses as well as the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure and redundant. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other business applications, while offering lower total cost of ownership, reduced risk, higher user productivity and one-stop support.

Statoil Fuel & Retail
Automates planning and distribution operations in eight countries on Exalogic and Exadata
David Baum writes in the November 2013 issue of "Profit" magazine, "Margins are slim in the ultracompetitive retail fuel business. Motorists will often drive out of their way to save a few pennies on the gallon, especially if they know they can get a favorite item at the in-station convenience store. That's why Statoil Fuel & Retail (SFR) has embarked on an ambitious IT project called Connect to simplify, standardize, and harmonize its business operations using Oracle technology..."
Virtualization
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October 2013 Virtualization Newsletter
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3; Videos, white papers, customer spotlights, ...
Chris Kawalek writes, "The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is here! Some of the highlights from this information packed issue:

  • New Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.
  • Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market.
  • Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM.
  • Oracle Virtualization Recap from Oracle OpenWorld 2013.
  • Information on the "What's New with Oracle Secure Global Desktop" webcast, happening on November 7th.

Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more!"

Java Technology
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Java Spotlight Episode 149: Geertjan Wielenga on NetBeans 7.4
Weekly Podcast
This week's podcast features an interview by Roger Brinkley with Geertjan Wielenga on the NetBeans 7.4 release. Geertjan Wielenga is a principal product manager in Oracle for NetBeans and has been a member of the NetBeans Team for the past 7 years.
State of the Java platform and all the roadmaps
JavaOne 2013: (Key) Notes of a conference by Amis
The recent JavaOne conference provided insights in the roadmap of the Java platform as well as in the current state of things in the Java community.

Juergen Kress writes, "The close relationship between Oracle and IBM concerning Java, the (continuing) lack of such a relationship with Google, the support from Microsoft for Java applications on its Azure cloud and the vibrant developer community - with over 200 different Java User Groups in many countries of the world.

There were no major surprises or stunning announcements. Java EE 7 (release in June) was celebrated, the progress of Java 8 SE explained as well as the progress on Java Embedded and ME. The availability of NetBeans 7.4 RC1 and JDK 8 Early Adopters release as well as the open sourcing of project Avatar probably were the only real news stories. The convergence of JavaFX and Java SE is almost complete; the upcoming alignment of Java SE Embedded and Java ME is the next big consolidation step that will lead to a unified platform where developers can use the same skills, development tools and APIs on EE, SE, SE Embedded and ME development. This means that anything that runs on ME will run on SE (Embedded) and EE - not necessarily the reverse because not all SE APIs are part of the compact profile or the ME environment..."

Solaris
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How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris
Hands-On Labs of the System Admin and Developer Community of OTN by Orgad Kimchi
Orgad Kimchi presents a hands-on lab presents exercises that demonstrate how to set up an Apache Hadoop cluster using Oracle Solaris 11 technologies such as Oracle Solaris Zones, ZFS, and network virtualization. Key topics include the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and the Hadoop MapReduce programming model:

Lab Introduction

We will also cover the Hadoop installation process and the cluster building blocks: NameNode, a secondary NameNode, and DataNodes. In addition, you will see how you can combine the Oracle Solaris 11 technologies for better scalability and data security, and you will learn how to load data into the Hadoop cluster and run a MapReduce job.

Prerequisites

This hands-on lab is appropriate for system administrators who will be setting up or maintaining a Hadoop cluster in production or development environments. Basic Linux or Oracle Solaris system administration experience is a prerequisite. Prior knowledge of Hadoop is not required.

System Requirements

This hands-on lab is run on Oracle Solaris 11 in Oracle VM VirtualBox. The lab is self-contained. All you need is in the Oracle VM VirtualBox instance.

Cloud Computing
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Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation to Deploy Modern Enterprise Applications in a Private Cloud
Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle Managed Cloud Services
To maintain highly safe and reliable operations, organizations in the nuclear energy sector face a number of unique and complex industry demands. In order to meet these demands and support its continued growth, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE) selected Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with Oracle Applications Managed Cloud Service. With enterprise-grade, end-to-end managed cloud services, TANE was able to quickly benefit from a robust, cost-effective, secure and highly available enterprise application framework.

To support its business growth while meeting complex industry compliance requirements, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE) has implemented Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with Oracle Managed Cloud Services.

In order to meet its business objectives, TANE needed a single, modern and scalable business applications suite to standardize and accelerate processes, extend visibility across the enterprise, and help ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

After a competitive review, TANE chose Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle Applications Managed Cloud Service for JD Edwards for managing its business.

Hybrid IT or Cloud Initiative
A Perfect Enterprise Architecture Maturation Opportunity
Ted McLaughlan writes, "All too often in the growth and maturation of Enterprise Architecture initiatives, the effort stalls or is delayed due to lack of 'applied traction'. By this, I mean the EA activities - whether targeted towards compliance, risk mitigation or value opportunity propositions - may not be attached to measurable, active, visible projects that could advance and prove the value of EA. EA doesn't work by itself, in a vacuum, without collaborative engagement and a means of proving usefulness. A critical vehicle to this proof is successful orchestration and use of assets and investment resources to meet a high-profile business objective - i.e. a successful project..."
Linux
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Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux
3rd major supported release of heavily tested and optimized Linux kernel
Lenz Grimmer writes, "We are excited to announce the general availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major supported release of its heavily tested and optimized Linux kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture."

UEK R3 is based on mainline Linux version 3.8.13. Some notable highlights of this release include, DTrace, Linux containers (LXC), Control Groups (cgroups) and numerous driver updates in close coordination with hardware partners.

October 2013 Oracle Linux Newsletter
This issue is absolutely packed with information
Chris Kawalek writes, "The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is here! This issue is absolutely packed with information. Some highlights:

  • Information on the "Why Choose Oracle Linux for Your Oracle Database 12c Deployments?" webcast coming up on October 30.
  • Now Available: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3
  • Oracle Linux Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2013
  • Oracle Linux Now Available on Microsoft Azure
  • Faster Downloads of Oracle Linux Updates

Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more! You can sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox automatically, or you can read this edition online right now..."

Storage
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Oracle Licenses VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Oracle Storage
Agreement Enables Customers to Access and Manage Oracle Storage from VMware Environments
Oracle has licensed VMware vSphere Storage APIs to enable customers to more easily manage Oracle storage from VMware environments. VMware users and service providers will be able to more easily take advantage of the higher levels of performance and efficiency available with Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance and Pillar Axiom storage systems. Customers can also streamline their data centers by consolidating storage onto fewer, higher performance storage systems to support an ever growing number of virtualized servers.

Oracle announced it has signed an agreement with VMware enabling support of VMware vSphere Storage APIs on Oracle storage products, including Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar Axiom storage systems.

The license enables development across VMware infrastructure, including the VMware vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI), VMware vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA), VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), and VMware vSphere.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 188 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 187 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 186 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:

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 is available
  • Oracle Multitenant on SPARC Servers and Oracle Solaris
  • How Does Oracle Make Storage So Freaky Fast?
  • Oracle Becomes Second Largest Software Company in the World
  • The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software
  • Using a mirrored ZFS pool with virtual disks
  • NTT DOCOMO Deploys Oracle WebLogic Server as Application Platform
  • Key Facts about Disaster Recovery
  • Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 Hardware
  • Java Spotlight Episode 148: Bruno Souza on SouJava and the JCP @JCP @Soujava

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

    NetBeans
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    HTML Tidy for NetBeans IDE 7.4
    Finds 6 times more problems than the standard NetBeans HTML hint infrastructure
    Geertjan writes, "The NetBeans HTML5 editor is pretty amazing, working on an extensive screencast on that right now, to be published soon. One thing missing is HTML Tidy integration, until now...

    As you can see, in this particular file, HTML Tidy finds 6 times more problems (OK, some of them maybe false negatives) than the standard NetBeans HTML hint infrastructure does.

    You can also run the scanner across the whole project or all projects. Only HTML files will be scanned by HTML Tidy (via JTidy) and you can click on items in the window above to jump to the line.

    Future enhancements will include error annotations and hint integration, some of which has already been addressed in this blog over the years.

    NetBeans IDE 7.4
    Extends Advanced HTML5 Development Features for Java EE and PHP Developers
    New Release Extends Advanced HTML5 Development Features for Java EE and PHP Developers and Provides Support for JDK 8 Developer Preview Builds

    Java development teams around the world are looking to leverage their existing Java skills while building advanced user interfaces based on newer technologies, accessible from any device. To address this need and respond to developers' requests, Oracle has released NetBeans IDE 7.4. The new release includes enhanced HTML5 and JavaScript development features and browser integration with existing and new Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and PHP applications. In addition, it also allows developers to work with and become familiar with the new features of the forthcoming Java Development Kit (JDK) 8 release.

    Oracle announced the general availability of NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 7.4.

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