Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Become an Oracle Solaris 11 Certified Implementation Specialist!

Have you heard about one of the newest certifications from Oracle, the Oracle Solaris 11 Certified Implementation Specialist? If you already have a background in Oracle Solaris, have some previous UNIX knowledge, or are working with or for an Oracle Partner that’s pursuing Oracle Solaris 11 Specialization, then you may be interested in the many different ways to gain this highly valued industry certification.
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Friday Sep 21, 2012

New WP: Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment

Have you ever start to think about "How to build a Cloud with SPRAC systems?".

The new published white paper called:

Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment

explaines what you need and how it fits together.

It contains the recipe for how to take your first steps to building a SPARC cloud and features the following components:

  • SPARC T4
  • OVM for SPARC hypervisor (version 2.2 and newer
  • Solaris 11
  • Ops Center 12c
  • ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle network switches

Enjoy your first steps to build a SPRAC cloud.

eSTEP Newsletter September 2012 now available

Dear Partners,

We would like to inform you that the September '12 issue of our Newsletter is now available.
The issue contains information to the following topics:


Notes from Corporate
Oracle Open World starting 30th of September: HW & SW to work together, Why you should attend, Conferences available, event sponsors;
Support starts on the hardware delivery date; UAP Programs for Partners; Engineered Systems News: Updated Distribution Rights Criteria

Technical Corner
Oracle Announces Latest Release of Oracle VM VirtualBox; Two new servers introduced within the x86 family: Sun Server X3-2 & X3-2; Oracle Goldengate 11g Release 2 Now Available;
Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 Software Supported on Third Party Storage; Oracle Solaris Cluster Storage Partner Program; Oracle VM beats vSphere for deploying Oracle Applications; Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker; Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7; Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Learning & Events
Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference; Events at Oracle; Cloud Builder Event Series Continues; Is Your Data Center Fully Protected from Disaster? plus schedule of arriving Techcasts & summary of three last events delivered;

How to
Best practices for Securely Deploying the SPARC SuperCluster T4; How to automate the installation of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0; Tips for securing your Oracle Environment; How to prepare a ZFS Storage Appliance to serve as s Storage Device; Working with the Service Management Facility in Oracle Solaris 11; How to Create Oracle Solaris 11 Zones with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center; How to Create More Oracle Solaris 11 Zones With Less Effort; Managing the Solaris 11 firewall

Extra Autumn section
The Future of Air Travel: Intelligence and Automation; Exadata on YouTube


You find the Newsletter on our portal under eSTEP News ---> Latest Newsletter. You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to get access. Link to the portal is shown below.

URL: http://launch.oracle.com/
PIN:
eSTEP_2011

Previous published Newsletters can be found under the Archived Newsletters section and more useful information under the Events, Download and Links tab. Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help us improve the service and information we deliver.

Thanks and best regards,

Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

New WP: Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1

There is a new White Paper available that describes how to implement an Oracle Solution for Virtual Servers with Oracle VM for Small and Medium Business Organizations, leveraging the new Oracle Sun Storage Array 2540-M2.

Virtualizing with Oracle VM Server for x86 and taking advantage of unique Oracle tools, businesses can reduce their total cost of ownership in the datacenter more than 25%, increase IT flexibility, and achieve greater business agility.

In the appendix a Reference Architecure for JD Edwards with Oracle VM will be shown.

How to get to the white paper:

URL:http://launch.oracle.com/
Email Address: <provide your email address>
Access URL/Page Token:eSTEP_2011

To get access push Agree button on the left side of the page.

Click on
eSTEP Download (tab band on the top)
Click on Systems - Hardware (menu on left hand side)

You will find the entry (right hand side) called:
-
Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1

Friday Sep 14, 2012

Announcement: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 released

Since September 13th 2012, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 is released and available.

This is a major release with lots of new features and new platform support. For more information check out the FatBloke's blog.

The official press release could be find here.

Thursday Sep 13, 2012

Announcement: F5100 Flash Array EOL

Announcing the End-of-Life for the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array, September 11th, 2012

  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is being EOL'd (End-of-Life) today, Tuesday September 11th, 2012.
  • The Last-Order-Date for Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is November 30th, 2012 while supplies last.  Limited units are available on a first come first served basis.
  • Flash Module capacity upgrades will be available for one more year or until parts are no longer available.
Please read the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Product Bulletin on the HW Technical Resource Center (registration required) for more details on this End-of-ife announcement.

For More Product Information Go To

External: Flash Oracle.com page

External: Flash Oracle Technical Network.com page


Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

Resource for product images

Ever searched for some product images for our hardware products (server and storage)?

The Oracle Media Center -EMEA- is the official home  of our latest press releases for the EMEA region. It also provides the official product images that you can download and use your publications. Use the following two link to access images for our server- and storage-products:

Product Images for Oracle Server Products

Product Images for Oracle Storage Products

Announcement: Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Announcing the addition of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances to the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Hardware Compatibility List. 

  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliances achieve Cisco's UCS certification and are now part of Cisco's UCS Hardware Compatibility List.
  • Qualifying with UCS allows new and existing UCS customers to take advantage of the tremendous price/performance, efficiencies, and ease-of-use of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, the only NAS Unified Storage products engineered to optimally run Oracle software.
  • The Cisco UCS certification is one of several initiatives expected to broaden sales opportunities for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliances.

Please read the ZFS Storage Appliance Product Bulletin on the HW Technical Resource Center (registration required) for more details on this announcement.

For More Product Information Go To

External: ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle.com page

External: ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle Technical Network.com page

External: Software download support.oracle.com page

Friday Sep 07, 2012

eSTEP TechCast - September 2012 Material available

Dear Partners,

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to those of you who attended our TechCast on
"Update to Oracle Database Appliance"

The materials (presentation, replay) from the TechCast are now available for all of you via our
eSTEP portal.  You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to access the downloads. Link to the portal is shown below.

URL: http://launch.oracle.com/
PIN:
eSTEP_2011

The downloads can be found under tab
Events --> TechCast. We have provided a number of useful links to additional information under "Further Reading".

Feel free to explore also the other delivered TechCasts and more useful information under the
Download and Links tab. Any feedback is appreciated to help us improve the service and information we deliver.

Thanks and best regards,

Partner HW Enablement EMEA

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