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May/June 2011




StorageTek T10000C Tape Drive Released

Oracle has unveiled the StorageTek T10000C tape drive, a device that provides the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership of any tiered storage, archive, or backup solution and that requires one-third to one-fifth the floor space of competing solutions. 

The new tape drive has a 5 TB native capacity—more than three times the capacity of any other tape drive—and 240 MB/sec native throughput, which is 50 to 70 percent faster than any other drive. Compared to disk-only solutions, Oracle’s StorageTek solution scales to 30 times the capacity and 50 times the performance while requiring 99 percent less power and cooling. The StorageTek solution includes inline encryption and policy-based data management across FC and SAS disks, fast access tape, and high-capacity tape tiers.

The new tape drive works with leading third-party operating systems, open systems storage management products, and mainframe storage management software. “The StorageTek T10000C sets the new standard in tape by storing more than three times more data on a single cartridge than any other tape drive,” says James Cates, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “Combining it with the StorageTek SL3000 and SL8500 modular library systems helps ensure that customers, regardless of size, can afford to retain critical data without concern for future scalability.” 

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler Collaborates

Oracle has released Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 3.0, which now supports collaborative development through integration with Subversion open source version control software. The lightweight, simple-to-install tool also incorporates user-defined design rules and transformation scripts. 

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler supports logical, relational, multidimensional, and data-type modeling, while featuring multilayered design and generation capabilities to produce conceptual entity relationship diagrams and relational models. Integration with Subversion enables users to maintain current and historical versions of designs, support multiuser access, notify users of changes to models, and accept and merge changes.

“Our new release offers two great new features—support for Subversion source code control and the ability to design transformation rules—that dramatically improve speed and accuracy of making bulk schema changes,” says Mike Hichwa, vice president of database development tools at Oracle. “We’re seeing rapid internal adoption, for both small-scale and larger projects.” 

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Scales Up

Oracle has introduced new business transaction management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g that enable monitoring of transactions across computing tiers and applications in large-scale environments. IT professionals can track the exact flow of business transactions across underlying systems, which enables them to identify and fix issues, address performance problems, and perform comprehensive reporting for historical analysis. Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g integrates SOA management technology from AmberPoint, which Oracle acquired. 

This integration enhances Oracle Enterprise Manager’s SOA and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition application management by providing advanced analytics for massive amounts of transaction data. Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g offers an improved user interface, new monitoring instruments, and integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher. “With the new business transaction management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, IT can significantly streamline management of enterprise infrastructure,” says Richard Sarwal, senior vice president of product development at Oracle. 

Oracle GlassFish Server and Java SDK Updated

Oracle has released Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 and an update to the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 software development kit (SDK). Oracle GlassFish Server is the reference implementation for Java EE. 

Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 is based on GlassFish Server Open Source Edition and includes new high-availability features for load balancing, failover, state management, and centralized administration. It also includes new features for OSGi Enterprise, including support for JDBC and HTTP Service; a 29 percent faster startup/deploy/redeploy cycle than Oracle GlassFish Server 3.0.1; a 34 percent improvement in high-availability replication over Oracle GlassFish Server 2.1.1; and tools integration with NetBeans and Eclipse. It also features improved compatibility with Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, built-in HTTP and Enterprise Java Bean state management, and improved administration and manageability.

Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 supports Oracle Coherence for in-memory session state replication and integrates with Oracle Access Manager to support seamless application single sign-on.

“Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 delivers a flexible, lightweight, and extensible Java EE 6 platform,” says Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of application server development at Oracle. “With this release, Oracle is responding to the increasing demand for Oracle GlassFish Server by adding new features for enterprise management and high availability to help customers reduce application and deployment complexity and increase developer productivity and system uptime.” 

Oracle Introduces Oracle Cloud File System

Now available, Oracle Cloud File System enables effective storage pooling through a network-accessible elastic storage cloud. The new system has two components. First, Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System is a highly available, general-purpose cluster file system that takes snapshots of and restores files on demand, replicates files for disaster protection, provides fine-grain access security and data encryption, and supports file tags for file management. Second, Oracle Automatic Storage Management’s dynamic volume manager provides volume management support for Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System and other third-party file systems such as Linux ext3. 

“Organizations can move beyond expensive and difficult-to-manage and scale hardware and storage silos to a highly available, scalable cloud environment that adapts to change in workloads to meet their service-level objectives,” says Angelo Pruscino, senior vice president of product development at Oracle. 

Oracle Linux 6 Available

Oracle has released Oracle Linux 6, which now includes Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel as the default kernel. Oracle Linux continues to provide full Red Hat compatibility by including the standard Red Hat–compatible kernel, as well as the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. 

Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering the performance and reliability for enterprise applications and systems, data integrity, and advanced scalability. Compared to Red Hat 5.5, Oracle Linux offers 75 percent performance gains in online transaction processing performance, 407 percent faster flash cache reads, and 137 percent faster solid-state disk access.

“Today Oracle provides the most complete and integrated Linux stack coupled with the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “Oracle Linux 6 with the innovative Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat–compatible kernel further demonstrates our ongoing commitment and contributions to Linux.” 

Oracle Application Integration Architecture 3.1 Unveiled

Now available, Oracle Application Integration Architecture 3.1 includes two prebuilt direct integrations based on, and certified for, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. The comprehensive upgrade to Oracle’s platform for orchestrating user-centric business processes across enterprise applications also includes nine cross-industry process integration packs (PIPs) and eight vertical PIPs. 


Product Resources



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 Database Synchronization with Oracle GoldenGate
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 Developing an Oracle ADF Application with Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse
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 Oracle Coherence Server Lifecycle Management with Oracle WebLogic Server
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Among the new PIPs are Oracle Serialization and Tracking Integration Pack for Oracle Pedigree and Serialization Manager and Oracle E-Business Suite, which combines the capabilities of Oracle Pedigree and Serialization Manager with Oracle E-Business Suite’s inventory, manufacturing, and order management applications; Oracle Design-to-Release Integration Pack for Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process and Oracle Process Manufacturing, which enables seamless synchronization of enterprise product record and recipes across the supply chain and extended product network; and Oracle Clinical Trial Payments Integration Pack for Siebel Clinical, which uses SOA to automate the clinical trial payments process.

“Oracle Application Integration Architecture Release 3.1 supplies an entirely new opportunity for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g customers to discover further value,” says Michael Weingartner, vice president of product development at Oracle. “The core focus of Oracle Application Integration Architecture remains constant by enabling organizations to do more with their existing IT investments, provide business and IT agility, and lower TCO.” 

Oracle Database Firewall Now Available

Oracle has released Oracle Database Firewall, a network-based security solution that monitors database traffic in real time and helps prevent SQL injection attacks and unauthorized attempts to access sensitive information in Oracle and non-Oracle databases. 

Oracle Database Firewall monitors and enforces normal application behavior in real time. It uses SQL grammar analysis to examine SQL statements and determine whether to pass, log, alert, block, or substitute different statements. It leverages predefined policies, including white lists of approved SQL statements; blacklists of unauthorized SQL statements; exception policies that override applicable security policies to support patching, custom batch jobs, and break-glass administrative controls; and policies that utilize time of day, IP address, application, user, SQL category, and other attributes. It can also be deployed in monitoring-only mode.

Oracle Database Firewall runs on Intel-based hardware and can scale to support large numbers of database servers. It supports Oracle Database 11g and previous releases; IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, versions 9.x; Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, and 2008; Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise versions 12.5.4 to 15; and Sybase SQL Anywhere V10. It also works with Oracle Advanced Security, Oracle Audit Vault, and Oracle Database Vault.

“Evolving threats to databases require enterprises to look at new security solutions,” says Vipin Samar, vice president of database security at Oracle. “Oracle Database Firewall offers organizations a first line of defense that can stop internal and external attacks from reaching databases.” 

Oracle Releases PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Management

Oracle has unveiled PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Management, an application that helps improve inventory accuracy and labor productivity by automating mobile inventory transactions for users of Microsoft Windows–enabled mobile devices and handheld scanners. 

“By integrating mobile devices, organizations can improve data accuracy, increase mobility, and streamline inventory management processes,” says Paco Aubrejuan, group vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise. 

Oracle Tuxedo Certified on Oracle Exalogic

Oracle has completed certification and performance testing on Oracle Tuxedo for Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2. Oracle Tuxedo certification on Oracle Exalogic also includes Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for CICS and Batch, a mainframe rehosting solution. Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Exalogic (optionally with Oracle Exadata) provide a platform for optimizing and consolidating custom and packaged enterprise COBOL, C/C++, and Python/Ruby/PHP applications, as well as an optimized infrastructure for migrating legacy IBM mainframe applications. Rehosting IBM CICS and Batch applications to Oracle Tuxedo on Oracle Exalogic requires no change in business logic and data and can save customers 50 to 80 percent compared to annual mainframe costs. Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Exalogic deliver mainframe-grade quality of service and high performance and scalability; a flexible, standards-based environment that reduces operational complexity and management costs; and extensibility of migrated legacy applications using Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle SOA Suite, other Oracle Fusion Middleware components, Oracle Applications, and third-party software. 

“Exalogic’s unique horizontal scale-out architecture; its high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnect fabric; and Oracle Tuxedo’s ultrascalable distributed architecture means that native and rehosted Oracle Tuxedo applications can provide the responsiveness and elasticity simply not achievable with typical servers used in datacenters today,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of product development at Oracle. “This not only helps existing Oracle Tuxedo applications, it also means that rehosted mainframe applications can achieve new levels of efficiency and scalability at a fraction of a mainframe cost.”


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