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.”


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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Oracle CRM On Demand 18

Oracle CRM On Demand 18 is 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.
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Oracle Solaris 11 Express

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 F., 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.”

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Driving Down the High Cost of Storage

Does it seem like only yesterday that you made a sizable investment in a storage area network (SAN), only to find that it already needs to be significantly upgraded or even replaced? With data size and complexity increasing all the time, and with SANs remaining the technology of choice for data center storage, it’s not surprising that legacy investments in storage infrastructure are failing to keep up. What’s needed is a storage infrastructure that can handle increasingly insistent data storage demands in order to deliver IT and business value both now and far into the future.

That’s an impossible challenge for traditional approaches to SAN storage, which were simply not designed to keep pace with data growth. It may be possible to add capacity to legacy systems to support critical applications, but this often comes at the expense of performance. Adding both capacity and performance generally requires frequent new hardware investments. The cost to acquire, deploy,maintain, and inevitably replace that hardware—not to mention the cost to expand the data center to accommodate it—ultimately becomes simply intolerable from a business standpoint.

Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage system is an alternative to traditional SAN storage. It shortens time to value and continues to deliver value over the long term by speeding application deployment and facilitating rapid access to data. It represents a fundamentally different approach: Storage adapts dynamically to changing application requirements from the start, scales to accommodate growing performance and capacity demands over time, and simplifies the storage infrastructure to keep ongoing administrative requirements to a minimum.

Eliminate Costly, Inefficient Data Silos

Traditional storage solutions typically address different applications’ data needs by having dedicated storage for each application, resulting in a multitude of silos of data.These have to be deployed and maintained separately in order to meet performance requirements, which slows time to value and also minimizes that value, because capacity is used inefficiently.Pillar Axiom 600, by comparison, is implemented as a single consolidated SAN storage platform that meets the storage needs of multiple applications simultaneously. It’s designed to be fast and simple to deploy, speeding time to value. And the value it achieves is greater than what traditional solutions can deliver because of its unique quality of service (QoS) capability, which dynamically and automatically allocates storage resources to applications based on their importance to the business.Pillar Axiom 600’s QoS capability allows rapid, efficient allocation of storage, with minimal administrative overhead.

It also automatically detects changes in application priorities and responds accordingly, making it possible to meet performance requirements without sacrificing utilization. Integrate with Oracle Software and Mixed Application Environments Reap the Benefits of Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together The economic benefits of application-aware storage are available to any data center environment, regardless of the associated software stack. But the benefits are even greater in Oracle software environments, because the storage is engineered for Oracle software, with a number of unique integration points that are available only when Oracles torage is deployed with Oracle software. For example, Oracle Database includes a high-efficiency data compression feature—hybrid columnar compression—that only works with storage developed by Oracle, including Pillar Axiom 600 storage systems.

The ability to leverage hybrid columnar compression, integration with Oracle VM, andother unique benefits of the Oracle software environment further speed the time to value for Pillar Axiom 600, as well as lowering business risk for companies that deploy it with Oracle applications.

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ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, based on an innovative storage architecture, delivers leading performance, management simplicity, and unparalleled efficiency to reduce storage sprawl, complexity, and cost. As only Oracle can co-engineer hardware and software together, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance offers unique Oracle Database integration within a robust storage platform that complements the extreme performance of Oracle engineered systems, Oracle’s SPARC and Sun x86 servers, and Oracle Solaris.

ZFS Storage Appliance and Virtualization
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