AT ORACLE: Oracle News Briefs

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September/October 2010


Oracle Delivers Sun Fire x86 Clustered Systems


Oracle has unveiled its next-generation Sun Fire x86 clustered systems, designed for customers that run a mix of demanding Oracle and non-Oracle enterprise workloads across a grouping of systems.

The new Sun Fire x86 portfolio includes a versatile set of blade systems, x86 rack servers, high-performance networking products, and advanced systems management capabilities. Based on the Intel Xeon 5600 and Intel Xeon 7500 processors, these systems ship with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, and Oracle VM and deliver an end-to-end virtualized environment that provides a completely tested and supported solution for Oracle applications. They are also certified to run Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Microsoft Windows, and VMware.

“The launch of our Sun Fire x86 clustered systems underscores our commitment to delivering the best, most differentiated x86 clustered solutions,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “We are the first to deliver high-performing application-to-disk solutions that can be managed and supported as a single system. This is a major step forward in providing a completely optimized solution that delivers enterprise-class performance and scale while reducing management complexity and costs for customers.”

All Sun Fire x86 clustered systems include Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager, which provides a single management interface for virtualization features as well as all the hardware components including blades, servers, storage, networking, and power. Sun Fire x86 customers who use Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center can achieve a highly scalable and seamless management system that provides lifecycle management and process automation capabilities.”

“Datacenter managers have always looked for price/performance improvements from their infrastructure investments, which are increasingly being achieved through fully integrated hardware and software,” says Matt Eastwood, group vice president at IDC. “Oracle’s new x86 blade and rack systems provide a complete solution for running Oracle software, delivering an integrated stack designed to reduce CAPEX [capital expenditure] and OPEX [operating expense] costs in the datacenter.”


Oracle Introduces Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g

Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, a comprehensive, integrated, and high-performance content management solution, is now available to help organizations increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve content security.


A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g consists of Oracle Universal Records Management 11g, Oracle Imaging and Process Management 11g, and Oracle Information Rights Management 11g.

The new suite is built on a unified content repository and provides an easy-to-use, end-to-end solution spanning imaging, Web, document, and records management. It builds on Oracle’s solution for enterprise application documents through preintegration with business processes, business applications, and desktop productivity tools. Its unified repository can support high-volume content ingestion applications, such as invoice processing, and high-volume content delivery applications, such as e-commerce sites.

“To maximize content management efficiency, reduce costs, and improve security, organizations need a comprehensive enterprise content management solution that is integrated into their business processes and fits with the way they work,” says Andy MacMillan, vice president of product management at Oracle. “With Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite 11g, we meet those demands while delivering the performance and scalability needed to support the most-complex and -demanding enterprise content management environments.”


NetBeans Integrated Development Environment 6.9 Unveiled

NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.9, the first NetBeans release under Oracle’s stewardship, introduces JavaFX Composer, a visual editor and layout tool for building JavaFX applications. With JavaFX Composer, organizations can build, visually edit, and debug rich internet applications and bind components to various datasources, including database and Web services. NetBeans IDE 6.9 also offers OSGi interoperability, enabling developers to easily create OSGi bundles for applications based on the NetBeans platform.


The new components in NetBeans IDE 6.9 support accelerated JavaFX application development. NetBeans IDE 6.9 enables developers to rapidly create Web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using Java EE, JavaFX, and scripting languages.

“NetBeans 6.9 continues the tradition of providing the best open source IDE for Java application developers,” says Ted Ferrell, chief architect and senior vice president, tools and middleware, at Oracle. “We believe that the ease of use and developer productivity provided by NetBeans is key in helping developers of any skill level take advantage of all great Java technologies.”


MySQL Enterprise 2.2 Now Available

Oracle has released MySQL Enterprise 2.2, which includes the latest MySQL open source database, monitoring tools, and production support. A key component of this release is MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.2, which provides organizations a means of more efficiently managing MySQL servers and helps reduce downtime by identifying problems before they become outages.


MySQL Enterprise Monitor delivers enhanced query performance monitoring, improved security, and integration with MySQL Support. It also provides enhancements for collecting, searching, and viewing query performance data, allowing developers to filter and analyze patterns that may hinder key system resources. New features include Query Analyzer Execution Notices, which pinpoint problem queries so that DBAs and developers can find and fix performance problems, and MySQL Enterprise Connector Plug-ins, which allow users to gather and send SQL and related performance data to the query analyzer. In addition, GUI-based tools continuously monitor the MySQL database and help developers implement MySQL best practices.

MySQL Enterprise also includes 24/7 production support, with guaranteed response times to assist users in the development, deployment, and management of MySQL applications.

“DBAs and developers need solutions that help them manage their MySQL servers efficiently and allow them to identify performance issues before they become expensive, time-consuming problems,” says Thomas Ulin, director of MySQL development at Oracle. “MySQL Enterprise 2.2 offers powerful tools for query performance monitoring, improved security, and an enhanced administration experience—all of which help alleviate many common pain points DBAs and developers face.”


Agile Customer Needs Management Unveiled

Oracle has introduced Agile Customer Needs Management, part of Oracle’s product value chain suite, to manage and automate the front-end innovation process. The product helps customers to capture and prioritize product ideas, customer feedback, and product requirements from internal and external sources.


“We are broadening our product value chain leadership with the launch of Agile Customer Needs Management, allowing companies to effectively manage creative ideas and customer requirements that will generate the most value for their R&D investment,” says Hardeep Gulati, vice president of product lifecycle management and product information management product strategy at Oracle.


Oracle Coherence 3.6 Ships

Oracle Coherence 3.6, the latest release of Oracle’s distributed in-memory data grid product, is now available. Part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Coherence 3.6 is a critical component of application grid and private cloud deployments.


Oracle Coherence 3.6 introduces Coherence Quorum, a feature that enables greater control of capacity and resource management in grid and cloud environments. It also introduces Coherence Query Language, a SQL-like query language that lets developers use query syntax to manage and use Oracle Coherence.

Another new feature is the Oracle Coherence 3.6 Session Provider for the Microsoft .NET Framework, which supports session management for Microsoft .NET Framework-based applications.

“With greater data scalability, reliability, performance, and security, Oracle Coherence continues to set the benchmark for distributed in-memory data grid products,” says Cameron Purdy, vice president of development at Oracle.


Oracle Application Express Release 4.0 Available

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Oracle Universal Content Management 11g Release 1
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Database 11g
Oracle Enterprise Repository
Oracle Designer 10g Release 2




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Oracle has released Oracle Application Express 4.0, its rapid Web application development tool for Oracle Database. The latest release helps reduce the time and complexity of building Web 2.0 applications and reports.


New features of Oracle Application Express 4.0 include Dynamic Actions, which make implementing client-side and interactive functionality declarative; Plug-Ins, which allow the Oracle Application Express framework to be readily extended with custom item types, application processes, and dynamic actions; and RESTful Web Services, which provide an alternative to SOAP.

“When Oracle Application Express was first introduced six years ago, the goal was to simplify the development of fast, secure Web applications for Oracle Database,” says Mike Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle. ”Oracle Application Express 4.0 extends that vision with new capabilities that significantly reduce the time and complexity of developing database-centric Web applications.”


Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.1.1 Released

The newest addition to Oracle’s virtualization portfolio, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.1.1, provides a complete solution for managing, hosting, and providing access to virtualized Windows, Linux, and Oracle Solaris environments hosted in the datacenter.


Enhancements in this release include support for Windows 7 virtual desktops, increased networking flexibility with VLAN support for Microsoft Hyper-V, and improved performance with an update to the Oracle VM VirtualBox host.

“Oracle is committed to helping customers leverage the power of virtualization, through the most complete and integrated virtualization portfolio—spanning desktop, server, storage, and middleware,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “With this comprehensive solution set, customers can improve their systems’ performance, security, and access, while reducing energy consumption and lowering overall costs.”


Oracle Improves Unified Storage Systems Product Line

Oracle has announced significant upgrades to the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems product line. The enhancements include built-in inline data deduplication that can be combined with inline data compression, 4 and 8 Gb/sec Fibre Channel protocol support, multiple storage pools, and new 1 and 2 TB SAS disk drives—doubling maximum system capacity to 576 TB.


These features will help customers dramatically reduce the costs of storing, consolidating, and managing data with increased storage efficiency; expand the use of the Sun Storage 7000 product line into Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs); and improve overall capacity and availability.

Oracle is the first storage vendor to bring the power of advanced DTrace Analytics to Fibre Channel SANs. Storage analytics enable storage administrators to quickly locate and manage SAN workload hotspots and bottlenecks, understand how configuration and application changes affect the storage system, and provision Flash storage capabilities without guesswork.

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MySQL Enterprise
Oracle’s Agile Customer Needs Management
Oracle Coherence
Oracle Application Express
Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems
Oracle and eServGlobal
Oracle and Secerno

The Sun Storage 7000 product line is engineered for and supported with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Database, Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Sun system software products, as well as third-party products.

“We are committed to providing a complete, open, and integrated storage portfolio that reduces costs and simplifies storage management without compromising on performance,” says Mike Shapiro, vice president of storage at Oracle. “The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems product line delivers innovative technologies and breakthrough economics for modern datacenter requirements such as private clouds, storage consolidation, and data protection.”


Oracle Buys Prepaid Software Assets from eServGlobal

Oracle has entered into an agreement to purchase certain prepaid billing assets of eServGlobal. eServGlobal’s Universal Service Platform applications include a scalable prepaid charging application, a network-services platform, and a messaging gateway.


The combination of Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management and the Universal Service Platform is expected to accelerate the shift from network- to IT-based prepaid systems by providing a convergent, open IT-based platform.

“Oracle Communications applications combined with the prepaid software assets from eServGlobal will provide our customers with highly available and scalable carrier-grade, prepaid software on an open, convergent platform,” says Liam Maxwell, vice president of products, Oracle Communications. “This will enable our customers to deliver traditional prepaid voice services and easily introduce hybrid prepaid and postpaid plans.”


Oracle Buys Database Firewall Provider Secerno

Oracle has agreed to acquire Secerno, a provider of database firewall solutions for Oracle and non-Oracle databases. Secerno’s solution provides a critical defensive layer of security around databases that blocks un-authorized activity in real time.


The combination of Oracle and Secerno underscores Oracle’s commitment to providing customers with the most comprehensive and advanced security offering that helps reduce the costs and complexity of securing their information throughout the enterprise.

“The Secerno acquisition is in direct response to increasing customer challenges around mitigating database security risk,” says Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president, database server technologies, at Oracle. “Secerno’s database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases. Together, Oracle’s complete set of database security solutions and Secerno’s technology will provide customers with the ability to safeguard their critical business information.”


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