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Oracle
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Unconventional Resources on Oracle Exadata Version 2
Hands-on Reports from Bloggers Offer Personal Insights
With Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's suggestion that the Oracle Exadata Version 2 or Sun Oracle Database Machine may be his company's iPhone, there is an even more heighten level of interest in the industry's only database machine that runs transaction processing applications. One Oracle employee providing information on the machine is Kerry Osborne who has written a few interesting blogs on his interactions with the giant system.
Features
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The Future of Corporate Computing
Is the Market Moving in the Direction of Integration?
If the example of Oracle is predictive of a coming trend, Steve Rosenbush may be right in his contention that that trend or wave is integration, as he writes in his Daily Finance article "Oracle, Java and the Future of Corporate Computing." Rosenbush cites further instances, such as Apple's iPad, a combination of proprietary software and special-purpose hardware, as yet another example of the movement toward integrated products that will eventually have an appeal for the enterprise market.
Why Are Customers Turning to Oracle Exadata Version 2?
Competiviveness and Lower IT Costs Are Just a Couple of Reasons
The massive operational restructuring Virgin Mobile Australia is undergoing led the company to adopt the Oracle Exadata Version 2. Virgin Mobile is the second Australian company to purchase Oracle's Database Machine V2, following the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which bought the system to handle its online transaction processing (OLTP) requirements. The extreme performance of Oracle Exadata is improving Oracle companies' competitiveness and lowering their overall IT costs. Other mobile service providers and online commerce companies choosing Oracle Exadata technology are detailed and their results are impressive.
Solaris
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CPU Resource Pools
How the Pool Facility Can be used to Configure Processor Sets

Continuing his exploration of the less familiar regions of Oracle Solaris, Joerg Moellenkamp blogs on CPU resource pools, explaining how the pool facility can be used to configure processor sets. The blog uses cpuhog and the pooladm and poolcfg commands to make his demonstration. The blog is abundantly illustrated with code samples.

Oracle Solaris: General FAQs
Answers to Basic Questions Regarding the OS
As of May 2010 there are more than 1,300 systems and 1,701 components on the Oracle Solaris Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), Oracle reports. This is just one update on Oracle's frequently asked questions (FAQs) for its newly acquired Solaris operating system. The FAQs provide general information on the OS, answering basic questions regarding Solaris, with directions to where more specific answers can be found on issues such as support and services.
Software
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"Oracle Solaris Studio: Using the Tuned Libraries for Peak Application Performance"
Oracle White Paper Demonstrates the Ease of Getting Better Performance with Perflib

The Oracle technical white paper "Oracle Solaris Studio: Using the Tuned Libraries for Peak Application Performance" discusses the Sun Performance Library (Perflib) component of Oracle Solaris Studio, demonstrating how it can be used in applications to boost performance significantly via its highly optimized mathematical subroutines for SPARC and x86 processor-based systems. Perflib is available for SPARC systems running Oracle Solaris and for x86 or x64 (Intel or AMD) systems running Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux.

Events
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JavaOne Early Bird Registration Ends July 16th
Save $400 on the On-site Registration Fee
If your're planning on attending JavaOne 2010, you may want to register before July 16th for the early bird entrance fee and save $400 on the on-site registration cost. Registration for JavaOne not only allows access to the Java conference, it also gives registrants access to the nearly 200 Oracle Develop sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions, an evening with the Java Posse, the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) party, Oracle Appreciation night, and the exhibition hall with hundreds of vendors.
Workstation
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Configuring and Customizing Opera for Sun Ray
Steps for Setting Up a Sun Ray Webkiosk Browser
Opera is a web browser and Internet suite that is offered free of charge for personal computers and mobile phones. Although support for Solaris was dropped this spring, an example of using Opera as a Sun Ray Webkiosk browser was recently detailed. The assignment called for a Sun Ray client to offer Web browsing without access to the desktop operating system, and to reset after periods of inactivity. The steps for configuring and customizing Opera for the Sun Ray client are shared.
Servers
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Architecture and Performance Documentation Released on New Sun Fire x86 Clustered Systems
Details on the x86 Intel Xeon Rackmount and Blade Systems
With the launch of its Sun Fire x86 cluster systems, Oracle has released several architectural white papers along with multiple performance records on these latest Sun-technology driven servers. Oracle offers tightly integrated x86 clustered systems engineered across its business software and hardware systems portfolio to deliver high performing application-to-disk solutions that can be managed and supported as a single system.
OpenStorage
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Minor and Micro Update to Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1
Of Particular Importance for Deduplication Users
Minor and micro software releases for the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System have been published. The Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q1.2.0 and 2010.Q1.2.1, respectively, contain numerous bug fixes for the Sun Storage 7000 series appliances. For those using deduplication and access-based enumeration, 2010.Q1.20 is an update that should be installed. Fishworks, the engineering team behind the open storage product line Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System, strongly advises those using deduplication or contemplating using deduplication to upgrade.
Consolidating Eight Storage Systems from Six Vendors into One Unified Storage System
Brings Simplified Storage Management, Increased Performance, Cost Savings
Oracle’s Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System product line was able to consolidate eight storage systems from six vendors into one unified storage system with a single point of management for an apparel and accessories company. Signature Styles reports significant benefits, including cost savings, increased performance, and simplified storage management with their adoption of the Sun OpenStorage systems.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 148 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 147 Issue 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:

  • Sun Fire x86 Clustered Systems Launched
  • ZFS, Virtual Devices, and Performance
  • Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System Product Line Upgraded
  • Solaris and OpenSolaris Book Recommendations
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center: Datacenter Lifecycle Management
  • Sun Technology-related Knowledge Zones Launched
  • New Open Source Connector to Link Oracle and Hadoop
  • Increasing Application Availability Using Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Translating Cloud Computing Into Real Business
  • WAN Emulation with hxbt

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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    Hudson 1.365 Released
    Corrects Critical Security Vulnerability

    Hudson 1.365 is out and it contains a critical security fix, correcting the vulnerability reported by InfraDNA, which pointed out attackers could read arbitrary files in the server file system whose path names are known, by sending malicious HTTP GET requests. For those unfamiliar with Hudson, it monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron. Among those things, Hudson focuses on are building/testing software projects continuously and monitoring executions of externally-run jobs.

    Performance
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    An Optimal Hardware, Software Configuration for Hyperion Essbase
    Oracle Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000, Oracle Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Set ASO World Record
    Given the results achieved by Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server, Oracle Solaris 10, and the Oracle Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array system using Hyperion Essbase 11.1.1.3 and the Oracle 11g database on the Aggregate Storage Option (ASO) benchmark, it seems fair to say that it is an excellent platform for implementing Oracle Essbase, as Brian Whitney does in the BestPerf blog reporting the result.
    Sysadmin
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    Oracle Solaris and Sun SPARC Systems
    Information on Specific Optimizations and Advantages Provided by the Pairing
    Understand the details of how Oracle Solaris and SPARC can improve application solution environments in the white paper "Oracle Solaris and Sun SPARC Systems - Integrated and Optimized for Enterprise Computing." This technical paper explains how Oracle Solaris and the SPARC processor have been optimized for each other, and thus improve throughput, security, and resiliency throughout the application solution stack.
    Data Center Latency Identified With Visual Heat Map Analytics
    Reading the Map: Lots of Info ... If You Know What to Look For
    In "Visualizing System Latency," an article by Fishworks Engineer Brendan Gregg recently published in Communications of the ACM, the author recommends the use of heat imaging as a means to overcome the shortcomings in measuring latency in terms of averages and maximums. Heat maps, in contrast, enable the visualization of a distribution over time, he writes, adding that an additional benefit of using heat imaging is that one can also infer both average and maximum latency values.
    Publications
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    VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide
    Deploy and Manage a Cost-effective Virtual Environment Using VirtualBox
    The move from VMware to VirtualBox was an experiment for Alfonso V. Romero who decided to try the open source x86 virtualization product since VMware required so much power to get things done. This began his fascination with the former Innotek technology that moved to Sun and then Oracle following acquisitions. Romero's amazement with VirtualBox led him to finally write the informative and easy to follow beginner's guide on VirtualBox 3.1.
    Virtualization
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    When You Need More Than One OS on Your Machine
    Set-up Instructions for Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 on Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.4
    Seeking to make life easier for readers with a need to install multiple OSes on a single machine in order to support their development tasks, Pino Jeddah shares his experience with "Setting Up Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 on Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.4." This setup, Jeddah writes, enabled him to run Oracle SOA Suite on his Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS through Oracle VM VirtualBox. This is the first of a five-part series.
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