Exalogic Elastic Cloud Advances Datacenter Consolidation

Datacenter consolidation produces efficient, powerful, flexible, and cost-effective computing environments for enterprises in every industry, while delivering the highest quality of service for mission-critical applications. But the process of datacenter consolidation can seem an overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly undertaking. The new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is the industry’s first integrated cloud computing platform that combines hardware and software engineered by Oracle to work together for maximum performance and reliability. This offers customers a single enterprise cloud IT foundation and a scalable, fault-tolerant, and secure platform for datacenter consolidation.

Today, enterprise IT staff must provide next-generation cloud features while meeting ever-more-demanding performance and reliability requirements. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud meets this challenge. The solution creates a network and virtualized computing environment to run all enterprise applications, featuring integrated and balanced storage and an optimized Java infrastructure designed for middle-tier applications such as Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle WebCenter Suite.
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Oracle Cloud Resource Model API

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 seal- ability 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 the 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.
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Oracle Hosting Services (Cloud API) for Cloud Computing

Oracle is strengthening its commitment to offering complete, open, and integrated hosting services cloud computing with the new Oracle Cloud Resource Model Application Programming Interface (Oracle Cloud API) for managing cloud computing infrastructures. It has also submitted the Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API, a subset of the Oracle Cloud API, to the Distributed Management Task Force to be considered in a proposed infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud API standard and to help speed the development of cloud-related standards.

Oracle Hosting Services

The Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API targets machines, storage volumes, and networks, all common elements that make up a cloud hosting service. The API specifies how a machine can be provisioned from an image, how a volume can be linked to a machine, and how a machine can be connected to a network and will encourage open standardization in the industry.
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Real-Time Supply Chain

Over the past two decades, supply chain organizations have become much more responsive to customer demand. This evolution was largely achieved by eliminating inefficiencies, integrating processes, and manufacturing products only after receipt of an order. But globalization, outsourcing, complex sourcing relationships, and a volatile economic climate have limited the competitive advantage of simply automating the supply chain. It’s not enough.

Today’s supply chain needs to sense and respond to changes in real time and use information to drive intelligent decision-making. This requires tight alignment between planning and execution, decision-making, and collaboration.
But progress is limited by poor integration, a lack of supplier orchestration, limited visibility into demand, and poor data quality.

Fortunately, solutions exist to deal with each of these issues. Operational planning processes involve evaluating demand and manufacturing capacity and developing plans and schedules to meet that demand. But existing process is largely hierarchical, serial, and static. Most companies separate planning from supply chain execution—but tighter alignment is necessary as timescales compress. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the primary integration point between planning and execution. As such, S&OP is in a perfect position to align the objectives of finance, sales, marketing, and operations departments. Most companies lack the tools to support S&OP, but deploying optimization tools and increasing the frequency of S&OP activity can improve performance.

Planning can also be improved by electronically populating tools with more-granular business data—including market, cus- tomer, and product information—to more accurately reflect the complexity of the marketplace.

Supply chain visibility has become increasingly complex as companies outsource manufacturing and form complex and strategic supplier relationships. Collaborative planning and process orchestration capabilities have not evolved to keep pace. Supply chain organizations must eliminate this latency to orchestrate activities across organizational boundaries. Collaboration tools and intelligent alerts can electronically share plans and schedules, track supplier commitments, and deal with exceptions. Using a service-oriented architecture (SOA), companies can develop reusable, device- independent collaboration services to address these needs. Standards-based communication protocols can then be used to bridge system gaps with suppliers.
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Sun Ray Software 5.1

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 the 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. ”

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Oracle Application Testing Suite 9.2

Oracle Application Testing Suite is the industry’s most complete, open, and integrated application testing solution for Web, SOA, and packaged Oracle applications.

Oracle Application Testing Suite 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.
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StorageTek Virtual Library Extension

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, 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.”

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Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0

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 C., 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.”

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Oracle and Apple Collaboration 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 R., 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.”

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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.

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