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Oracle Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire Storage Stores NASA Solar Images
Holds 144TB of Data for Further the Study of the Sun and Solar Activity
Oracle Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire storage server are helping warehouse close-up pictures of the real Sun for the University of Central Lancashire which is distributing NASA-supplied solar images from a new solar observation satellite designed to study the Sun and solar activity.
Illumos
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Root as A Role and Beyond
Improved Access Control in OpenSolaris
The use of Root as a Role to tighten auditing processes is the subject of Brian Leonard's blog on that topic. Root is one of the roles pre-configured in OpenSolaris, Leonard writes, which is an invitation to wholesale logging on as root, though that practice can be somewhat moderated by the use of role based access control (RBAC). It is the case, Leonard continues, that with root configured as a role, the need to gain access to the root password diminishes in value. The need to use one's account password helps with the accountability for any actions performed as root, he notes.
New DTrace Providers in OpenSolaris
Covers the TCP and UDP Protocol Implementations

DTrace TCP and UDP providers with probes for send and receive events were expected to be added to build 142 of OpenSolaris. The TCP provider contains probes for TCP state machine transitions and significant events in connection processing (connection request, acceptance, refusal, etc). The UDP provider contains probes which fire when a UDP socket is opened/closed. These providers cover the TCP and UDP protocol implementations.

Solaris
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Oracle Support Communities
Login and Engage with Peers on the Latest Oracle Technologies

There are more than 140 online Oracle Support Communities where participants can learn more about a particular technology - such as the Oracle Solaris Cluster - ask specific questions regarding issues they may be having, or share their knowledge and help grow the communities' think tank.

MySQL
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Still Using MySQL 5.0?
Security Updates Make this a Good Time to Move to 5.1
MySQL 5.0 is currently in Extended Support state, blogs Giuseppe Maxia, which means that the binaries are not in the main download pages, but only in the archives. As stated in the MySQL Lifecycle Policy, according to Maxia, only serious security bugs are fixed, and the binaries are provided at the company's discretion. Time for an upgrade to 5.1.? He thinks so.
Cloud Computing
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Data Integrity in the Cloud
Drive Reliability as a Limitation
Henry Newman's ability to analyze complex systems and explain them in accessible terms was most recently applied to a discussion of cloud storage that blogger Marc Hamilton drew attention to. Newman's article "Cloud Storage Will Be Limited by Drive Reliability, Bandwidth," which appeared in EnterpriseStorageForum.com, explains the statistical reasons behind the inadequacy of a multi-petabyte cloud storage environment that relies only on data replication across two sites to protect data, as Hamilton summarizes the argument.
Software
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Oracle Solaris Studio Express 6/10
New Release Comes with Build, Debugging, and Tuning Improvements
Just released June 3 is the Oracle Solaris Studio Express 6/10, formerly Sun Studio Express, and its Customer Feedback Program. The new release is available on Solaris 10 (SPARC, x86), OEL 5 (x86), RHEL 5 (x86), SuSE 11 (x86) and will be available for OpenSolaris in the near future. Its compilers, libraries and tools have been tuned and optimized to support the latest architectures. There also are enhanced debugging and code coverage tooling as well as improved application profiling and observability. Its integrated IDE has been updated and is now based on NetBeans 6.8.
Hardware
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Sun SPOT Repriced
The Sun Small Programmable Object Technology Project Still Active
Sun SPOT devices have been repriced and they are selling out fast. As of this writing, there were still availability for Sun SPOT Java Development Kits for commercial orders only in the United States and Canada at the selling price of US$399.00 and 415.00CAD.
Workstation
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Patch and Firmware Released for Sun Ray Products
For SRSS 4.2 and Sun Ray 3 Plus Clients
Sun Ray users have a new patch for Sun Ray Server Software (SRSS) 4.2 and new firmware for the Sun Ray product line's newest addition, the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client. The firmware is included in the patch, Sun Ray Core Services Patch-02, which means users can now deploy the Sun Ray 3 Plus clients via virtual private network (VPN). Oracle recently introduced the Sun Ray 3 Plus Client along with the latest release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software. These products add to Oracle’s desktop virtualization portfolio, which also includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Servers
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Consolidation and Virtualization in the Mid-sized Enterprise
Oracle Sun IT Systems Deliver the Goods, Enable Significant Cost Reductions
Oracle's white paper "The New Economics of Midsize Enterprise Computing: Oracle’s Sun Systems Based on the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series" cites a recent CIO Insight magazine finding that notes increased IT spending in companies committed to cost cutting, a finding that appears to apply especially to the mid-sized enterprise. In that arena, with its typically smaller IT budgets, making purchases that offer the most efficiency and the best TCO is a critical exercise. This is where Oracle's Sun systems deliver solutions that lower total cost of ownership compared with previous generations of server platforms.
Sun Tape
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Is Replacing Tape Storage Truly Cost Saving?
A Financial Methodology for Analyzing TCO of Tape Storage Solutions
An illustrative business case is presented in a tutorial on the framework and financial methodology for deciding whether its better to maintain the status quo tape storage solution or venture to a newly proposed tape storage solution. The Oracle white paper "Measuring the TCO of Tape Storage Solutions" analyzes each of the value drivers that contribute to the cost in each case, then an aggregate analysis is use to calculate the discounted total cost of ownership (TCO) savings.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 148 Issue 1; Vol 147 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 146 Issues 2, 3, 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 148 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Exadata May Be Oracle's iPhone Says Ellison
  • Performance Monitoring Tool dim_STAT
  • Live Virtual Class on Oracle Exadata Storage Server Version 2
  • Virtualizing Applications on Oracle Solaris
  • Is it Per-core Performance or System Design That Really Makes a Difference
  • 'Single Pane of Glass' Monitoring Takes the Complexity Out of IT Systems Management
  • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Applications
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (Sun VDI)
  • The Purpose for IPS
  • Tadpole Topaz V2 - Ultra Rugged Mobile Computer

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    A Look at OpenESB from the Standpoint of Development, Administration, and Management
    Includes References to Similarities with GlassFish ESB
    In his article "OpenESB: the JBI Implementation" Massoud Kalali discusses both the new features and the basic classes one needs to work with in order to accomplish file system operations like copying a file, dealing with symbolic links, and deleting a file.
    Open-source R Interface Available for Oracle Data Mining
    Access Oracle Data Mining's In-database Functions Using the R Syntax
    The open source 'R' programming language is now available as a user interface for Oracle Data Mining (ODM) software. According to the ODM blog, the R interface will assist the many statisticians and data analysts who work with R but are unfamiliar with the Oracle database environment or PL/SQL to use ODM's in-database functions easily.
    Performance
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    Oracle Tops IBM DB2 Once Again
    This Time on SAP Business Intelligence-Data Mart Standard Application Benchmark
    Beating IBM DB2 once again, Oracle has set a world record result on the SAP Business Intelligence-Data Mart (BI-D) standard application benchmark, surpassing the top IBM DB2 result on this benchmark with more than eight times the performance.
    Sysadmin
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    Cloning a VMware Guest on a ZFS NFS Share
    Basic Steps in Creating the Setup
    Working with the ZFS file system and NFS share, computer consultant James D from the UNIX Admin Corner blog describes how to create a base image to use for Windows on a ESXi box to avoid having to wait for a Windows install.
    Virtualization
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    Download Available for Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.4
    Maintenance Release Improves Stability, Fixes Regressions
    Within a five-day span, two VirtualBox maintenance releases were issued. The first was version 3.2.2, which was made available on June 2. It offered 38 fixes to improve VirtualBox's stability and correct regressions. Then on June 7, VirtualBox 3.2.4 was released to fix a couple of regressions found in version 3.2.2. Nine items were fixed in this latest addition. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware targeted at server, desktop and embedded use. This virtualization solution is open source and available as a free download.
    Security
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    Solaris Recommended and Sun Alert Patch Clusters Now Merged
    Support Contract Required for Access

    The newly merged Recommended and Sun Alert Patch Clusters are discussed in the blog on that subject by Gerry Haskins, who writes that the Recommended patch cluster contains the latest revision of Solaris OS patches that fix Sun Alert issues (i.e. Security, Data Corruption, or System Availability issues). These are the top-of-tree patches that fix Sun Alert issues. He adds that the Sun Alert patch cluster contains the minimum revision of Solaris OS patches that fix Sun Alert issues.

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