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Oracle Magazine
November/December 2010


Oracle Enhances Solaris Operating System

As part of its integrated applications-to-disk technology stack strategy, Oracle has announced Oracle Solaris 10 9/10, Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2.

The Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 operating system update features improved networking, performance, and virtualization capabilities and includes updates to the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system. Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 preserves full compatibility with more than 11,000 third-party products and customer applications and is designed to leverage systems based on the latest SPARC and x86 architectures.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, a multisystem, multisite disaster recovery solution, enables virtual application clusters via Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition. It integrates with Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management, MySQL Cluster, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g and uses the Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions feature for security.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 provides tools for developing single, multithreaded, and distributed applications. Its integrated development environment, code-aware editor, workflow, and project functionality help increase developer productivity.

“Oracle Solaris provides the proven, enterprise-class reliability, security, and performance that customers need for their most mission-critical and essential applications,” says John Fowler, executive vice president, Oracle Hardware. “Oracle Solaris 10 set the standard for mission-critical computing. Now, through Oracle’s increased investment in technical innovation and integration with the entire Oracle hardware and software stack, we can achieve even higher levels of application performance and service levels.”

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 Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g

 Oracle Exadata On Demand

 SPARC T3 Processor and Systems


 Oracle Service Bus 11g

 Sun Ray Software 5

 Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse

 Sun Ray 3 Clients

 Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Oracle Updates Data Integration Line

Oracle has released Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g, two updated products in its data integration family. Oracle GoldenGate 11g delivers real-time data integration and continuous availability for mission-critical systems. Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g delivers fast, efficient loading and transformation of timely data into a data warehouse environment. Both of these new releases offer tighter integration with Oracle applications and technologies, support for additional heterogeneous systems, and performance enhancements.

Integration updates in Oracle GoldenGate 11g include the following: certification for operational reporting solutions on Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise and JD Edwards applications; certification with Oracle Exadata Database Machine; and new native delivery to Oracle TimesTen databases. Updates in Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g include integration with Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Expanded support for heterogeneous systems and interoperability enhancements in Oracle GoldenGate 11g include the following: support for log-based capture from, and delivery to, IBM DB2; capture from Java Message Service–based messaging systems; and delivery to IBM DB2 for iSeries. Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g provides additional support for online analytical processing systems including Oracle Essbase as well as support for applications and extended APIs that can be embedded directly within custom applications.

In terms of performance, Oracle GoldenGate 11g provides simplified recovery to significantly reduce the recovery window for long-running transactions that experience interruption.

“We are extending our leadership in the data integration market with the industry’s most complete, integrated, and open data integration solution,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java, at Oracle. “Oracle GoldenGate 11g and Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition 11g deliver better and broader support for Oracle and non-Oracle environments and further improve on the products’ industry-leading performance.” 

Oracle Exadata On Demand Now Available

Oracle On Demand is now hosting and managing Oracle Exadata systems. Oracle Exadata On Demand is designed for companies running data management applications, including data warehousing, online transaction processing, and consolidated workloads. This hosting service can be combined with other Oracle On Demand services, such as Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition.

“Customers don’t have to worry about power, space, or cooling requirements” says Gene Eun, product manager for Oracle Exadata On Demand. “We can take care of all of that for them, so that they can expedite moving their workloads to Oracle Exadata. With Oracle On Demand monitoring and maintaining the system, customers can free up IT personnel to focus on other strategic and innovative IT projects.” Oracle can also remotely manage Oracle Exadata in a customer’s own datacenter or in a third-party partner datacenter.

Oracle Exadata On Demand is a complete package of scalable, fault-tolerant software, servers, storage, and networking. With Oracle Exadata, customers can consolidate all database applications, store up to 10 times more data, search data up to 10 times faster, and make faster business decisions in real time. 

Oracle Unveils SPARC T3 Processor and SPARC T3 Servers

Oracle has released the SPARC T3 processor and four new servers based on it. The SPARC T3 processor is the first to deliver 16 cores and 128 threads, providing unrivaled scalability, security, and integration for optimized system performance. It features built-in virtualization and advanced chip-level encryption, allowing SPARC T3 systems to deliver improved operating efficiencies and wire-speed secure computing.

The SPARC T3–based systems range from a single-socket, 16-core blade to a four-socket, 64-core server with 512 threads in a five-rack unit. Using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, the new systems can support multiple virtual machines on a single server, ranging from one machine per core to 128 virtual machines.

“Oracle is delivering the most innovative, world-record-holding servers in the market,” says Masood Heydari, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “Our new SPARC T3 systems are the third generation of SPARC T-Series servers and will deliver up to 2x processing and 4x the I/O performance of our previous systems, providing massive scalability, built-in security and virtualization, and optimized performance for mission-critical environments.” 

MySQL 5.5 Release Candidate Unveiled

The release candidate for MySQL 5.5 is now available under the GNU General Public License. It delivers enhancements in performance, scalability, availability, and usability.

Performance and scalability features include enhancements in MySQL Server and InnoDB to provide optimum performance when running on multi-CPU and multicore hardware and operating systems. InnoDB, the default storage engine for MySQL Server, delivers ACID transactions, referential integrity, and crash recovery as part of MySQL 5.5.

Availability highlights in My SQL 5.5 include semisynchronous replication that improves failover reliability by allowing the master to proceed without waiting for all the slaves to acknowledge, and faster detection, diagnosis, and correction of master/slave synchronization issues.

“Oracle is making MySQL better every day. We continue to invest in the development of MySQL solutions and in supporting the thriving MySQL user community,” says Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect. “The availability of MySQL 5.5 release candidate is a testament to that commitment and to Oracle’s focus on helping customers maximize the performance and reliability of critical application environments, while minimizing IT costs and resources.” 

Oracle Service Bus 11g Unveiled

Now available, Oracle Service Bus 11g mediates and manages services and applications using a consistent, standards-based methodology to transform complex, brittle application architectures into flexible application networks.

Oracle Service Bus 11g, part of Oracle SOA Suite, offers standards-based integration for SOA environments. New features include Service Result Cache, which eliminates latency associated with static back-end data by embedding Oracle Coherence, and Automated Lifecycle Service Governance, which automatically synchronizes service governance throughout the entire service lifecycle. Oracle Service Bus 11g also offers performance and availability enhancements that are designed for organizations using enterprise datacenters or virtual private cloud environments.

“The new features in Oracle Service Bus 11g eliminate performance bottlenecks and ensure high service availability so customers can dramatically improve the performance and scalability of their SOA investments,” says David Shaffer, vice president of product management for Oracle Fusion Middleware. 

Sun Ray Software 5 Ships

Now available, Sun Ray Software 5 is a secure, costeffective virtualization solution that delivers a rich desktop experience to customers using Oracle Sun Ray clients or traditional PCs. New features include increased efficiency, broader support for heterogeneous environments, improved ease of use, and lower total cost of ownership. Sun Ray Software 5 supports Oracle Linux and includes a connector for VMware View 4.

“Sun Ray Software 5 demonstrates Oracle’s continued commitment to deliver comprehensive, integrated, and cost- effective virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “The new features, including the breadth of support for heterogeneous environments, enable customers to easily manage and streamline their virtual infrastructure—providing greater security and access, while reducing costs.”

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Oracle Releases New Enterprise Pack for Eclipse

Now available, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Release 1 is an update to Oracle’s free set of Eclipse-based plug-ins that enable developers to build Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and Web services applications for Oracle Fusion Middleware. Designed for use where Eclipse is the preferred integrated development environment, this new release also helps developers to test and optimize Java applications.

A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g supports Eclipse 3.6 and essential Java EE tools. It also extends support for other Oracle Fusion Middleware components, including Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle GlassFish Server, and Oracle Coherence. Key features of the new release include Oracle Coherence tools, Oracle WebLogic Server’s Scripting Tool enhancements, an Oracle WebLogic Server JDBC deployment descriptor editor, and an Oracle WebLogic Server Web services annotations editor.

“With support for Eclipse 3.6 and broader support for key Oracle Fusion Middleware components, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Release 1 enables developers to deliver more value with even greater ease,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president for tools and middleware at Oracle. 

Oracle Releases Sun Ray 3 Clients

Oracle has added two new thin clients to its desktop virtualization portfolio: Sun Ray 3 Client and Sun Ray 3i Client. These clients provide a desktop computing solution designed to increase security, improve employee access, and reduce the maintenance, upgrade, and operational costs associated with traditional desktop environments.

The Sun Ray 3 Client is Oracle’s lowest-cost thin client. It features high-resolution monitor support, five USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and up to 92 percent recyclable parts.

The Sun Ray 3i Client includes an integrated high-definition (HD) 21.5-inch widescreen display, five USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and up to 98 percent recyclable parts.

“Oracle’s Sun Ray thin clients are true plug-and-play devices that offer a very high level of security with very low power consumption—and enable users to connect to their hosted desktop without the expense of a local desktop,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “With the new Sun Ray 3 Series Clients we are reducing power usage even more while continuing to improve the performance and experience for the user.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.6 Unveiled

Oracle has added Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.6 to its portfolio of desktop virtualization solutions. This access solution delivers server-hosted applications and desktops to nearly any client device, enabling businesses to manage applications centrally in the datacenter, resulting in higher security, decreased operational costs, and increased mobility.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop helps keep sensitive data in the datacenter behind the corporate firewall and provides an additional layer of security for accessing sensitive enterprise applications by providing a highly secure Java-based Web client that does not retain cookies or utilize Web page cache files.

It also lowers administration overhead by delivering secure access to server-hosted applications and desktops from a variety of client devices. It supports Windows, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and other UNIX and Linux versions.

“The new capabilities delivered in Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.6 underscore our focus on making applications easier to deploy, manage, and support in virtualized datacenter environments,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.



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