AT ORACLE: Briefs
Oracle has released Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1, a server virtualization solution that now allows as many as 128 virtual machines on one system. It comes pre-installed on Oracle’s SPARC T-Series servers, including SPARC T3, UltraSPARC T2+, and UltraSPARC T2-based servers.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 adds point-and-click live migration capabilities, so companies using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center can migrate running virtual machines from one physical server to another. The new release also includes enhancements in virtual device service validation, dynamic reconfiguration of cryptographic units, and the management information base.
“Oracle VM Server for SPARC demonstrates the tremendous benefits of hardware and software engineered to work together,” says Bill Nesheim, vice president of Oracle Solaris engineering. “This release offers customers a new level of flexibility in efficiently deploying enterprise workloads on the SPARC T-Series family of systems and demonstrates Oracle’s ongoing commitment to innovation in SPARC and Oracle Solaris.”
Java EE Development Tools Get Updates
Oracle has extended its tools for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), SOA, and Web 2.0 application development with updates to Oracle JDeveloper 11g and Oracle Application Development Framework 11g (Oracle ADF 11g).
Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 2 features an enhanced integrated development environment. Notably, the extension framework has been upgraded to use OSGi, which allows for lazy loading of extensions and results in faster startup time and improved overall performance. Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 2 also supports new technologies and standards, including Maven 2, JavaServer Faces 2.0, RESTful Web services, and Hudson. The update to Oracle ADF 11g includes support for new JavaServer Faces 2.0 and Facelets standards, updated Oracle ADF JavaServer Faces Rich Client components, support for interactive thematic maps, and infrastructure changes to facilitate OSGi tooling.
“Web application and Java developers continue to seek the latest advancements in standards and easy-to-use tools,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president at Oracle. “Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 2 delivers state-of-the-art capabilities that allow developers to achieve an immense productivity boost and are essential to enable the creation of the most-immersive and -vibrant Web applications.”
Oracle has added to its storage portfolio by acquiring Pillar Data Systems, a provider of scalable storage area network (SAN) block I/O storage systems. The addition of Pillar’s products is expected to help Oracle deliver a complete line of storage products. Among Pillar’s products is the Application-Aware Pillar Axiom 600 storage system, which combines high performance with the ability for administrators to assign storage resources based on business requirements.
Founded in 2001, Pillar Data Systems has nearly 600 customers in 24 countries.
“The acquisition provides Oracle with a compelling SAN storage architecture that complements our core strengths,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “Customers can optimize the value of their Oracle applications, database, middleware, and operating system software by running on Oracle’s storage solutions.”
Oracle has released Oracle Entitlements Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g that delivers a scalable, externalized authorization management solution for applications, middleware, and databases. Oracle Entitlements Server 11g provides developers with shared services for fine-grained authorization, which can deliver quicker compliance and better business agility because authorization policies can be adapted as market, regulatory, and business requirements change.
Oracle Entitlements Server 11g is integrated with Oracle Platform Security Services, the security foundation for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Fusion Applications. It supports security standards including eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML), National Institute of Standards and Technology Role-Based Access Control (NIST RBAC), and Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS). Other highlights include real-time external authorization, rapid application integration, rich policy modeling, an autonomous security module, and scalable policy stores.
“Externalizing authorization and application entitlements to create a declarative security model is the next wave of innovation that will help customers reduce risk and enable sustainable security compliance,” says Amit Jasuja, vice president of Oracle Identity Management. “We worked closely with the Oracle Applications teams and large customers to provide high transaction performance and standards flexibility with Oracle Entitlements Server 11g.”
Oracle On Demand has added a single-sign-on (SSO) service to its identity management services portfolio. Powered by Oracle Access Manager, Oracle On Demand Single Sign-On Service provides Web-based SSO to applications hosted by Oracle On Demand. The service can be combined with Oracle On Demand Strong Authentication Service to provide additional security.
“Oracle On Demand Single Sign-On Service improves productivity by making it easier for users to log in, reduces help desk costs, and provides a platform for additional security services such as strong authentication,” says Marc-Oliver Fiedler, vice president of business strategy and planning for Oracle On Demand.
Oracle has unveiled Sun Ray Software 5.2, a new release of its server-hosted desktop virtualization offering. The new release enables easier installation and configuration and features improved multimedia, networking, and smart card support.
Sun Ray Software’s improved integrated installer allows the software to be downloaded and deployed in one easy-to-install package. The software enables users to access virtual Windows, Linux, and Oracle Solaris desktop environments through any combination of Sun Ray clients, PCs, or Macs and interoperates with other virtualization technologies and desktop brokers. Its improved audio and video support includes an optimized Windows Media Player, USB headset support for specific devices, and Appliance Link Protocol for optimized audio. The new release can also use Oracle Solaris IP multipathing for network fault tolerance and load-spreading and has extended virtual private network options.
“With Sun Ray Software, IT can centralize the management and maintenance of thousands of thin clients—reducing cost and complexity, while enhancing security,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “Innovations in Sun Ray Software 5.2 make it even easier to install and update, while delivering an improved end-user audio and video experience.”
Oracle has submitted the first of two Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to update and revitalize the Java Community Process (JCP), the group of more than 1,200 individuals and corporations who together define Java standards and drive the Java language and platforms. The new JSRs define the next iteration of the JCP, called JCP.next, and will broaden transparency of Java technology development, improve procedures, increase agility, and encourage community participation. The proposed JSRs would modify the JCP’s Process Document and Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) and would apply to all new JSRs and to future maintenance releases of existing JSRs for all Java platforms.
The first submission, JCP.next JSR 1, or JSR-348, will produce a new version of the JCP Process Document and a formalized executive committee members’ guide and is expected to be completed and approved within approximately six months. The changes include requiring all expert group operations to be carried out in public forums, increasing the transparency of the recruiting process for expert group members, exploring ways to enable all JCP members to participate in executive committee activities, and determining how to disclose Technology Compatibility Kit testing results. JCP.next JSR 2, which Oracle will submit to the JCP in the near future, will involve modifications to the JSPA.
JCP.next JSR 2 will go through the same JSR development process as Java technologies and will be voted on by the JCP Executive Committee in a process that is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
“In the past few months, Oracle and other partners in the Java Community Process have driven a revitalization of Java technology and standards with the approval of the JSRs for Java Platform, Standard Edition 7 and 8, as well as Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7,” says Patrick Curran, chair of the JCP and director of the JCP’s Program Management Office. “Now with the submission of the first JSR for JCP.next, we are ready to begin the evolution of the Java Community Process itself, making it easier for both individuals and organizations to participate in the process.”
Oracle has submitted a proposal to make Hudson an Eclipse Foundation project. Under the proposal, Oracle would contribute the Hudson core code to the project and transfer the Hudson trademark and the hudson-ci.org domain name to the Eclipse Foundation. Oracle would be the project lead, with Sonatype, Tasktop, and VMware as initial contributors and other companies as project supporters.
Hudson is an industry-leading open source continuous integration server. It coordinates and monitors execution of repeated jobs, making it easier for developers to integrate changes to projects and for users to obtain fresh builds. To ensure that Oracle’s proposal is in the best interests of the developer and open source communities, Oracle will solicit feedback from the Hudson community before the proposal is finalized.
“Hudson has become an important tool for many software developers and is widely used within the Eclipse community,” says Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “We believe Oracle’s proposal to make Hudson an Eclipse project is an important next step in expanding the adoption and usage of Hudson.”
Oracle has acquired FatWire Software, a provider of Web experience management solutions. FatWire enables organizations to build and deploy a targeted and interactive online presence that optimizes interactions with customers.
FatWire helps organizations to deliver relevant customer content, build community engagement, and drive site stickiness and loyalty. FatWire solutions complement Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle’s business intelligence, enterprise content management, and portal technologies, as well as Oracle’s customer relationship management and Oracle ATG Web Commerce applications. The acquisition of FatWire will support Oracle customers that seek to build a unified customer experience across Web, mobile, and social channels.
“FatWire solutions help organizations drive customer engagement and loyalty by offering a targeted and interactive online experience across Web and mobile channels,” says Yogesh Gupta, president and CEO of FatWire Software. “This acquisition is expected to provide FatWire customers with dramatically expanded products and services to help them achieve their online customer experience goals.”
Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad is now available on Apple’s App Store. This app enables users to securely access virtual desktops managed by Oracle’s Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The app offers simple, intuitive, and accurate gesture-based and multitouch operation with rich virtual keyboard support.
Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad supports a broad range of enterprise applications, including network-intensive applications and those requiring full desktop browsers. For example, the app provides a high-performance mobile computing environment for users of Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management.
“With the introduction of Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad, we continue to offer customers innovative ways to access a broad range of virtual desktop environments and enterprise applications,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “When used in conjunction with Oracle’s Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, customers benefit from enhanced security, centralized administration, lower cost, and better access to their corporate data from iPad.”
Oracle has unveiled the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, an integrated and tested solution for enterprise infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud deployments. The new solution combines Oracle’s Sun Blade servers, Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and Oracle VM, and can be managed and supported as a single system using Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g.
Oracle Consulting provides assessment, architecture, and implementation services for the new IaaS solution, and Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services provides production readiness, installation, mission-critical support, and preventive monitoring services. The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure is endorsed by the Intel Cloud Builders program, a cross-industry initiative aimed at making it easier to build, enhance, and operate cloud infrastructures.
“Oracle is radically simplifying cloud deployment with a pretested, single-vendor solution for enterprise cloud infrastructure,” says Ali Alasti, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “By engineering our hardware and software together, the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure cuts deployment time from weeks to hours and helps customers get virtualized infrastructure up and running faster.”
Oracle has released Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting, an extension to Oracle Financials and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financials that enables organizations to track greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental data in order to improve environmental and financial performance. Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting facilitates reporting in both voluntary and legislated emissions-reporting situations.
In addition to working with existing enterprise resource planning applications, Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting uses Oracle business intelligence solutions to provide immediate insight into environmental data. Because Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting integrates with existing financial and business processes and solutions, it can increase efficiency and reliability in environmental data collection and reporting. Its support for multiple reporting standards, shorter reporting cycle times, internal key performance indicator tracking, and flexible ad hoc reporting allows organizations to improve both environmental and financial performance. In addition to Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting and other Oracle risk and performance management products, Oracle provides a comprehensive set of solutions to help manage IT infrastructure and business operations from an environmental and cost perspective.
“Besides increasing your environmental data collection efficiency and reliability, Oracle Environmental Accounting and Reporting enables you to comply with global greenhouse gas regulations and provides actionable business and environmental insights,” says Jon Chorley, vice president of product strategy at Oracle.
Oracle has acquired Datanomic, a provider of enterprise customer data quality software and related applications for watch list compliance screening. Datanomic’s products support data quality and compliance requirements of large corporations in the financial services, retail, insurance, telecom, and utility industries. Datanomic’s products will become part of Oracle’s data integration and master data management solution.
“Integrated data quality management has become essential to delivering successful information management initiatives,” says Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware product development. “With the addition of Datanomic, Oracle will provide an integrated approach to enterprisewide data quality including purpose-built capabilities for the major datatypes of customer, supplier, and product data as well as for watch list screening.”
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