AT ORACLE: Briefs
Oracle Unveils Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Now available, Oracle Solaris 11 Express delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development over the past five years. Oracle Solaris 11 Express provides availability features that greatly reduce planned downtime by eliminating traditional patching- and maintenance-related reboots and vastly improving system boot time. It also adds network virtualization and resource management to the complete, built-in virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris, providing high-performance virtualization with low overhead.
Oracle Solaris 11 Express also powers Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and Exadata Database Machine X2-8 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
“We are excited to announce the release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express to enable our customers to deploy the new advanced features of Oracle Solaris 11 across a broad set of platforms and our engineered systems: Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud,” says John Fowler, executive vice president, Oracle Hardware. “Through the same engineering disciplines that achieved a legendary mission-critical reputation for Oracle Solaris, we are expecting Oracle Solaris 11 to further reduce any downtime by being quicker and easier to deploy, maintain, and update and to deliver a highly efficient virtualized operating system to meet the scale and performance requirements of immediate and future virtualization and cloud-based deployments.”
Oracle and Apple Collaborate on Java SE 7 for Mac
Oracle and Apple have announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools, and technology required for a Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack, and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort.
“The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of development at Oracle. “The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading-edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X.”
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 Released
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0, a server virtualization solution, is now preinstalled on Oracle’s SPARC T-Series servers. Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 (previously called Logical Domains) allows as many as 128 virtual servers on one system by taking advantage of the massive thread scale offered by SPARC T-Series servers, including the new SPARC T3 servers, enabling organizations to benefit from increased flexibility and improved server utilization.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 includes performance, resource management, flexibility, power management, and availability enhancements. It can support highly sophisticated enterprise workloads, including Oracle Real Application Clusters environments. With Oracle VM Server for SPARC, organizations can run multiple separate operating system environments, including both Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 Express, on SPARC T-Series servers. This allows rapid consolidation of separate kernel environments with sharing and dynamic reallocation of CPU, network, storage, and other resources.
“With advanced performance, management, and availability features, Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 delivers unrivaled enterprise-class virtualization capabilities,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “What’s more, it clearly demonstrates that Oracle is committed to continuing its investment in Oracle Solaris and SPARC and offering fully optimized and integrated solutions to our customers.”
StorageTek Virtual Library Extension Available
Oracle has unveiled the StorageTek Virtual Library Extension, the industry’s first highly scalable second tier of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. The StorageTek Virtual Library Extension expands the disk capacity of the StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager virtual tape environment to enable a secondary tier of disk-based performance while maintaining streamlined management. This addition provides as much as 3.5 PB of additional effective disk storage space, giving customers more-seamless disk buffer scalability to manage growth and increase performance while reducing costs.
The integrated StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager/StorageTek Virtual Library Extension environment is the only mainframe virtual tape solution to provide a single, policy-based management interface that migrates data between high-performance disk, high-capacity disk, and tape tiers.
The StorageTek Virtual Library Extension maximizes data protection and availability by leveraging the unique StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager architecture that enables data to be dynamically stored and protected in multiple tiers of storage and at multiple locations without involving the mainframe. The product uses Oracle Solaris ZFS technology to provide higher reliability with triple-parity RAID-Z3, which delivers five times more data reliability than IBM systems using RAID-6.
“Oracle continues to address the needs of mainframe virtual tape customers,” says Robert Amatruda, research director of data protection and recovery at International Data Corporation (IDC). “Oracle’s StorageTek Virtual Library Extension provides an innovative and cost-effective approach by adding a second tier of disk to its StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager products.”
Oracle Cloud Resource Model API Unveiled
Oracle has released the Oracle Cloud Resource Model Application Programming Interface (Oracle Cloud API) for managing cloud computing infrastructures. Oracle has also contributed the Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API, a subset of the Oracle Cloud API, to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) for consideration in DMTF’s proposed infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud API standard.
The Oracle Cloud API follows the representational state transfer (REST) architecture style and uses HTTP methods to interact with resources to achieve provisioning, associating, modifying, and retiring of entities. As a full resource model, the Oracle Cloud API also includes composite entities to facilitate system deployments and management, including assemblies, deployment, and scalability groups.
By leveraging virtualization, clustering, and dynamic provisioning across all layers of the stack, the Oracle Cloud API lets users easily and efficiently manage their cloud-based resources to deliver better business agility and flexibility, high utilization, and reduced costs.
The Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API encompasses the common elements that make up a cloud by specifying machines, storage volumes, and networks. The specification submitted to the DMTF describes how a machine can be provisioned from an image; how a volume can be attached to a machine; and how a machine can connect to a network.
“Enterprises are continuing to look to cloud computing to extend the value of their IT investments and better service users,” says Sushil Kumar, vice president of product strategy and business development at Oracle. “With the Oracle Cloud API, Oracle is further enabling customers and partners to build and manage cloud environments—based on an open, application-aware IaaS platform—to improve service levels and the overall end-user experience.”
Sun Ray Software 5.1 Released
Oracle has delivered Sun Ray Software 5.1, the latest release of its software for reducing the maintenance, upgrade, and operational costs and complexity associated with traditional desktop environments and providing users access to their virtual desktops from nearly any location.
Sun Ray Software 5.1 includes enhancements to media, Adobe Flash, audio, USB support, and multidisplay capabilities, providing organizations with a highly secure and rich virtual desktop experience through Oracle’s Sun Ray Clients, PCs, and laptops. Sun Ray Software also provides enhanced support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
The new release takes full advantage of the new Sun Ray 3 Series Clients to reduce server workloads and provide a highly secure virtual desktop solution, while continuing to support a variety of other client devices. “Oracle continues to enhance its desktop virtualization portfolio and deliver new and improved capabilities that provide customers a highly secure, low-cost, and easy-to-use remote desktop experience,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “The Sun Ray Software 5.1 release delivers on Oracle’s commitment to rapidly advancing our desktop virtualization products.”
Oracle CRM On Demand 18 Now Available
Oracle CRM On Demand 18, the newest release of Oracle’s on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) product, introduces industry-leading capabilities designed to drive revenue and reduce costs. It delivers qualified leads at lower cost, enables better business planning regardless of market conditions, and includes enterprise-grade cloud security and network and access control.
“The latest release [of Oracle CRM On Demand] brings needed integration between the all-too-often-misaligned roles of marketing and sales in the leads management process,” says Mary Wardley, vice president of CRM and enterprise applications at IDC.
Oracle Buys Art Technology Group
Oracle has agreed to acquire Art Technology Group (ATG), a leading provider of e-commerce software. ATG’s solutions enable enterprises to provide a cohesive online customer experience with sophisticated merchandising, marketing, content personalization, and live-help services. ATG also offers on-demand commerce optimization applications for providing immediate service response.
“Driven by the convergence of online and traditional commerce and the need to increase revenue and improve customer loyalty, organizations across many industries are looking for a unified commerce and CRM [customer relationship management] platform to provide a seamless experience across all commerce channels,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “Bringing together the complementary technologies and products from Oracle and ATG will enable the delivery of next-generation, unified cross-channel commerce and CRM.”
Oracle Releases Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Product Line
Oracle has introduced its next-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line. These storage appliances boast 50 percent more performance, two times more storage capacity, and nearly three times more processing power than the previous generation of Oracle storage products.
Three new tightly integrated data protection solutions for Oracle Applications are available for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line: Oracle Recovery Manager backup optimizes backup with Sun ZFS Storage Appliances; Oracle Database cloning increases database performance by integrating Sun ZFS Storage Appliances with Oracle Data Guard; and Oracle Fusion Middleware simplifies disaster recovery with Sun ZFS Storage Appliances. These offerings extend Oracle’s list of more than 70 qualified software solutions with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line.
The product line combines a flash hybrid storage pool architecture for file and block workloads with DTrace Analytics for storage and Web-based management, enabling organizations to deploy new applications faster and cut administrative costs in half.
The new Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line ranges from entry-level configurations starting at 12 TB to high-end systems that support more than 1 PB of storage capacity.
“Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances have gained strong industry recognition with an innovative architecture that enables customers to cut their enterprise storage costs in half and speed application deployment,” says John Fowler, executive vice president, Oracle Hardware. “The next-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line delivers more than two times the scale of the previous generation and increases integration with Oracle’s business-critical applications.”
Oracle Invests in Mellanox Technologies
Oracle has acquired 10.2 percent of ordinary-open-market shares of Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of end-to-end connectivity solutions for servers and storage systems. Mellanox’ InfiniBand is the premier switch fabric for enterprise datacenters and high-performance computing, providing superior scalability, higher throughput, and lower latency in comparison to alternative communications technologies.
Oracle and Mellanox have had a long-term strategic partnership that allows Oracle to leverage Mellanox’ InfiniBand products to create differentiated Oracle solutions such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud machines.
“InfiniBand is by far the fastest and most efficient switch fabric for running enterprise datacenters,” says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. “We are a big supporter of the company.”
Oracle Buys Passlogix
Oracle has agreed to acquire Passlogix, a leading provider of enterprise single-sign-on solutions. With Passlogix products, organizations can improve and simplify security by enabling single sign-on for a broad range of client/server, mainframe, and Web-based applications.
“Driven by regulatory mandates, organizations are being pressured to provide stronger authentication mechanisms while reducing the number of passwords required,” says Amit Jasuja, vice president of development, identity management, and security products at Oracle. “Passlogix and Oracle have had a successful OEM [original equipment manufacturer] relationship for more than three years and have many of the same customers. With the addition of Passlogix, we expect to provide a complete enterprise-scale identity management solution and be able to provide more global reach and support resources to customers.”
Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.2 Delivered
Oracle has released Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.2, the industry’s most complete, open, and integrated application testing solution for Web, SOA, and packaged Oracle applications.
Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.2 extends support for automated functional testing and load testing for Oracle Database, Oracle Application Development Framework, and Adobe Flex-based applications and expands integration with Oracle Real User Experience Insight, Oracle Real Application Testing, and Oracle Diagnostics Pack for Oracle Database. It also integrates key templates from Capgemini Group’s Test Management Approach, a business-driven, risk-based approach for structured software testing that helps organizations manage test processes.
“With Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.2, our customers can speed up the application testing process, helping them consistently deploy high-quality applications that support their critical business processes,” says Richard Sarwal, senior vice president of product development at Oracle.