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September/October 2007

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Cisco Solutions Optimize Oracle Deployments

Oracle Certified Advantage Partner Cisco Systems has released Cisco Solutions for Oracle Deployments, a set of three tested, documented, and validated solutions that together make up an end-to-end network architecture to optimize Oracle Applications and Oracle Fusion Middleware implementations.

Providing elevated application availability, performance, and security; lower application complexity and cost; and reduced deployment risk, these solutions include best practices and deployment guidance for WAN optimization, application and Ethernet switching, firewall access control, and storage switching technologies.

Cisco, with the support of Oracle product teams, also continues to invest in testing and documenting of best-in-class network solutions for new Oracle releases such as Oracle SOA Suite and Siebel Customer Relationship Management 8.0. This commitment will reduce risk and shorten deployment times for future Oracle customer implementations.

Zend Core for Oracle 2.0 Released

Zend Technologies and Oracle have released Zend Core for Oracle 2.0, merging Zend Core's production-quality PHP solution with native integration with Oracle Database and PHP support in Oracle Application Server. Zend Core provides a certified, high-performance PHP development and production environment based on best practices in configuring and tuning PHP. This version includes PHP 5.2.1, Oracle's new OCI-8 extension, and Oracle Instant Client.

Zend Core works with Oracle9i Database and Oracle Database 10g and can be integrated with Oracle Database 10g client libraries. It enables interoperability between PHP and Java (and other popular technologies) through an Oracle JDeveloper PHP extension.

Zend, an Oracle partner, supports Zend Core for Oracle, which is certified by both Oracle and Zend. It includes support for a variety of operating systems and Web servers, including Oracle Enterprise Linux; Solaris; AIX; Windows; Macintosh OS X; and many versions of Apache, Microsoft Internet Information Server, and Oracle HTTP Server.

Ingram Micro, Tech Data Extend Oracle's Reach to SMBs

More than 400 new value-added resellers (VARs) have joined with Oracle in the last year as a result of Oracle's distribution agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the expertise, resources, and broad customer base of these two IT distributors, Oracle has expanded the community of solution providers offering Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware to small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Oracle has a dedicated team of specialists available through Ingram Micro and Tech Data to provide their reseller channels with technical support and guidance throughout the SMB sales cycle. More than 175,000 SMBs currently use Oracle's technology products.

"Tech Data supports tens of thousands of resellers nationwide, and we've had tremendous success expanding Oracle's reach in the SMB market," says Stacy Nethercoat, Tech Data's vice president of software product marketing. "Our team of dedicated Oracle specialists have recruited many SMB VARs, helping to expand the Oracle PartnerNetwork."

"Ingram Micro places great focus on helping the channel provide its customer base with the most up-to-date solutions that are designed for the SMB market," says Jodi Honore, vice president of vendor management at Ingram Micro. "Being able to offer Oracle products is just another step in the right direction to providing our channel partners with new ways to generate business opportunities."

Fujitsu FlexFrame for Oracle Applies Grid Computing Dynamically

Oracle Certified Advantage Partner Fujitsu has announced FlexFrame for Oracle, the first dynamic infrastructure solution based on Oracle grid technology for application and database services. Fujitsu FlexFrame for Oracle eliminates the permanent assignment of Oracle services to specific servers, and instead uses all resources dynamically to handle workloads.

Under the FlexFrame architecture, all services software resides on the storage system and can be assigned to any server in the infrastructure—even nonlocal servers—via NetBoot. In addition to providing flexibility, this approach simplifies patches, updates, and other software lifecycle management tasks. 

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Oracle Information Appliance Initiative

The FlexFrame architecture is based on an IP network with a cluster of Fujitsu PRIMERGY servers and flexible, integrated storage. This architecture ensures that every Oracle-based service can be run on any server at any time, so enterprises can consolidate IT landscapes and provide on-demand availability of applications and services. Scalable PRIMERGY blade servers also provide an attractive software-licensing model.

Applimation and Sierra Atlantic Provide Enterprise Data Management

Sierra Atlantic, a provider of business process-based integration and enterprise application optimization, has teamed with Applimation, a maker of enterprise data management solutions, to provide a data management archiving solution for Oracle Process Manufacturing based on Applimation's Informia Archive product. Applimation will extend Informia Archive's data archiving functionality to Oracle customers with Sierra Atlantic acting as its implementation partner.

The offering is aimed at customers that have experienced exponential growth in transaction data. Informia Archive provides packaged templates for Oracle Process Manufacturing's key high-transaction modules and offers archiving for customizations. Informia Archive uses a single engine for online and long-term data retention of structured and unstructured data.


Book Beat

Oracle Database 11g New Features

By Robert G. Freeman, with Arup Nanda
Oracle Press
ISBN: 0071496610

Learn how to take advantage of the latest release of Oracle Database with Oracle Database 11 g New Features . This completely rewritten guide from the author of Oracle Database 10 g New Features details the new features and tools available in Oracle Database 11g, including high-availability features, security measures, and business intelligence tools. Author Robert Freeman discusses how to maximize the potential of these capabilities, making the book an ideal resource for decision-makers and IT staff preparing for upgrades or migration.

Freeman is an Oracle Certified Professional and the author of eight other Oracle books. He is an expert in UNIX and Oracle Real Application Clusters and specializes in Oracle backup and recovery and performance tuning for complex databases.

The book includes contributions by Arup Nanda, a frequent Oracle Magazine author.

RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g

By Darl Kuhn, Sam Alapati, and Arup Nanda
ISBN: 1590598512

Your database is going down. Some or all of your database files will be lost or damaged. Are you ready? Do you know what to do?

It's often said that the one true job of an Oracle Database DBA is to be able to recover a database. In RMAN Recipes for Oracle Database 11g, authors Darl Kuhn, Sam Alapati, and Arup Nanda provide a task-oriented collection of ready-made and example-based solutions to common (and some not-so-common) backup and recovery operations. When the pressure's on, DBAs don't have time for long discussions of theory. They need solutions, and they need them now. This book delivers, getting right to the point with quick, easy-to-read, step-by-step solutions that DBAs can implement with confidence.

Coauthors Kuhn, Alapati, and Nanda are all experienced Oracle DBAs. Kuhn has more than 18 years of experience; Alapati has been working with databases since the 1980s; and Nanda has been an Oracle DBA since 1993.

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