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Differencing Disks and Immutable Images: An Unbeatable Combination
A How-to on Saving Storage Space and Time

A recent post by the writer of The Grey Blog covers the topic "VirtualBox: Using Differencing Disks and Immutable Images." The blog begins with an explanation of the three-part image write mode: normal, write-through, and immutable. The immutable image finds the greatest favor with the blogger, who outlines the steps involved in building an immutable image.

Free and Open Source S/W
"The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems"
Jaspersoft Survey Finds Optimism on the Future of MySQL and Java
Jaspersoft conducted a survey of its 130,000 registered users and customers to determine the perception of how MySQL and Java programming language could be expected to fare under Oracle's stewardship. Given the importance of both technologies to the future of open source, Jaspersoft thought the survey would provide some indication of user attitudes toward open source trends in the enterprise. The results were published in the paper "The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems."
Solaris Critical Patch Update (CPU) Clusters
Now on Oracle's Quarterly CPU Schedule

As part of Oracle, the Solaris Operating System is now on the company's quarterly Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) release scheduled, writes Gerry Haskins, director, Software Patch Services. Therefore, with the July 2010 Oracle CPU, the Solaris OS CPUs also have been made available. Haskins clarifies what this new patching schedule under Oracle means for Solaris users, including Solaris 8 OS customers, in a recent entry made to his Patch Corner blog.

How to Purchase an Oracle Solaris 10 License
As Simple as Obtaining the Solaris Software Media Pack
Purchasing an Oracle Solaris 10 license is as easy as buying a Solaris 10 Media Pack, explains Bill Bradford. Although the agreement text may be little confusing, the reality is that the Solaris 10 license is bundled into the media pack (it is on a component CD). This means that the Solaris 10 license comes free with the media pack purchase. So, the moment the media pack is received and opened, users no longer are operating under trial terms. Read an example how one user came to this realization in a post on the Rescue mailing list.
MySQL Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld
Half-day Technical Conference on MySQL Technical Innovations and Community Developments
Oracle OpenWorld will be hosting MySQL Sunday on Sept. 19 with a half-day technical conference focused on the latest information on the open source database. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, fast-paced sessions led by MySQL engineers and community leaders will be held, covering MySQL 5.5; MySQL Cluster; MySQL 5.5 replication; InnoDB; Memcached; MySQL Enterprise Monitor, performance tuning, and scalability; high availability; administration; community developments; and more. MySQL Sunday is open to all Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop attendees.
Cloud Computing
Oracle's Cloud Management API
Specifications Available from OTN and DMTF
Oracle recently published a Cloud Management API, which was based on the former Sun Cloud specification. William Vambenepe discusses the recent release, explaining why two specifications were published - one on Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and another on the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Cloud Management site - and the differences between the two.
Sun Product Strategy Events Underway
Global Next-Generation Data Center Efficiency Road Show and Storage Summit

Oracle's Global Next-Generation Data Center Efficiency road show and its Storage Summit event are designed to outline its strategy with some of its newly acquired Sun technologies. The Next-Generation Data Center road show began in Singapore on July 27 and will consist of nearly 100 events in more than 35 countries from July through November. The Storage Summit event series features nearly 100 global events and began on July 13 and also runs through November.

RAID-Z is Not RAID-5
How Much of an Advance Is a Solution that Costs IOPS?

RAID-Z was designed as a software substitute for the expensive RAID card that has been used in traditional storage and, using its variable width stripes, to overcome the "RAID-5 write hole," writes Fishworks engineer Adam Leventhal in his blog "What is RAID-Z?" For all of that, however, Leventhal suggests that RAID-Z is not the mirror image of RAID-5.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 149 Issues 1, 2, and 3; Vol 148 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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:

  • Zetaback - Thin-agent Based ZFS Backup Tool
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster Installation and Configuration White Paper
  • How to Move an Oracle Solaris Container
  • July 2010 Critical Patch Update Released
  • Java Hotspot VM 17.0 and Garbage First (G1)
  • Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 Server Architecture
  • Sun Fire Midframe & Entry-Level Servers Best Practices Update
  • Oracle's Desktop-to-Datacenter Virtualization Solutions
  • The Opportunity for Parallelism Is Where You Find It
  • Client Side Partition Alignment and Its Impact on Performance

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

    Creating a NetBeans Platform Application Without Using the NetBeans IDE
    Instructions Also Take Users Through Adding a New Module to the App
    Instructions on how to get started using the NetBeans Platform without using the NetBeans IDE is outlined in a three-part blog series by Geertjan Wielenga, who provides the basic steps in accomplishing this task.
    Oracle Identity Management 11g Released
    Industry's First Service-Oriented Security Architecture
    The newest version of Oracle Identity Management is 11g. Identified by Oracle as the industry’s first Service-Oriented Security architecture, Oracle Identity Management 11g simplifies application security via its shared services for identity administration and password management, strong authentication and authorization, and workflow and auditing. The new software's services-based architecture easily extends to cloud environments and provides a single point of control for applications, whether they are housed on-premises or in the cloud.
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