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Announcing World Record Database Performance on New SPARC Solaris Sunrise SuperCluster
December 2nd Webcast, 1pm PST
Join Oracle on December 2 to experience the next wave of unlimited innovation from Oracle’s game-changing platform for complex, mission-critical applications.

This webcast will provide firsthand updates to Oracle’s Sun SPARC Solaris roadmap including:

  • SPARC Solaris Sunrise SuperCluster
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers, M-series, with SPARC64 VII+ processors
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud powered by the SPARC T3
  • Oracle’s SPARC T-Series
  • Oracle Solaris 11

Presented by: Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, and John Fowler.

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM
Create a Fully Operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Environment
In his blog E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available Ivo Dujmovic reports that one can now use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment. Oracle's download site explains that the virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of E-Business Suite on Oracle Linux. By using the templates, an E-Business Suite environment can be brought up and running quickly. The templates are pre-configured for Vision Demo or fresh install database. Dujmovic explains that 32-bit templates are available now and 64-bit versions will be available soon, adding that Oracle used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download three files instead of eight.
Enhancing Oracle Database Performance with Flash Storage
A Look at the Gains Available in Replacing Disk Storage with F5100 Flash Arrays
The Oracle white paper "Enhancing Oracle Database Performance with Flash Storage" details the performance gains that users can realize in replacing disk storage devices with Oracle Sun F5100 Flash Array. The small I/Os (8K) on an F5100 are about an order of magnitude faster than small I/Os on 15K SAS disks, the paper notes, and large I/Os (1MB) are about three times faster on an F5100 than on SAS disks. These I/O advantages, according to the paper, translate into performance gains with the implementation of F5100 storage arrays.

The paper considers three Oracle application areas:

  • On-line Transaction Processing
  • Decision Support
  • Database maintenance tasks

The paper also notes certain areas in which expected performance gains are not delivered by replacing disk storage with flash storage devices.

21.000 Desktops at JavaOne: Proving Ground
One of the Largest Demo Cases for VDI 3
JavaOne 2009 was a valuable proving ground for Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3 (VDI Software 3) that paved the way for numerous other subsequent implementations, as reported in the Oracle wiki Sun VDI for JavaOne. VDI Software 3 provided every participant at JavaOne with access to three personal desktops running Windows, Ubuntu, and OpenSolaris, with every virtual machine hosted on Sun VirtualBox servers and stored on the Sun Unified Storage platform. Using either WiFi or the 150 available Sun Ray clients, participants "owned" their elected desktops for the entire week, access that included the Internet simply by swiping their conference Java Card. The system handled some 21,000 desktops during the convention.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 Now Offered for T2 & T2 Plus Servers
Downloads, Support Notes, White Paper Available
Now that Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 is available for the support of SPARC t3 systems with Oracle Solaris 10 9/10, Oracle has announced that customers using UltraSPARC T2 Plus and UltraSPARC T2 servers can upgrade their server virtualization software to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0. The above link to Oracle's virtualization blog leads to a list of all the servers and blades involved. Readers will also find links to several Oracle support notes related to Oracle VM Server for SPARC in the blog, along with download links to Oracle Solaris 10; Sun System Firmware; and Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains) 2.0 download from E-Delivery.
Oracle Desktop Virtualisation Information
Useful Links

In Daniel Cifuentes' blog he says, "one of the most common requests people like me get is for "information" and "documentation" (and aren't they the same?) - so here goes a list of the most important and regularly referenced ones, kept up to date:"

  • Oracle Virtualisation
  • Oracle VDI Information Centre
  • Sun Ray Software Information Centre
  • Sun Ray Hardware Information Centre
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Information Centre
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.6 Collection

Steve is from "Down under", hence 'Centre' rather than 'Center'.

Read on for the links.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express  WhatÂs New for System Administrators
White Paper Includes Tips on Migration
With Oracle Solaris 11 Express, Oracle has upped the ante by providing an OS release that builds on and improves its predecessor, Oracle 10 OS while maintaining binary compatibility, whether x86 or SPARC. The Oracle white paper "Introducing Oracle Solaris 11 Express: What's New for System Administrators" explains how easy it is for system administrators to upgrade. While the new release maintains the focus of Solaris 10 on performance, scalability, efficiency, security and availability, it also incorporates state-of-the-art technologies that, according to the white paper, enhance ease of use and manageability, streamlining administrative duties, simplifying consolidation efforts, and expediting application deployment. The paper introduces the new features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express and explains the differences in administrative tasks with the release, presenting migration strategies to consider when first downloading and deploying Oracle Solaris 11 Express.
7 Cool Things About the New Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Many Features Users Have Been Waiting to Employ
Oracle Solaris 11 Express is here, folks, and it is an OS that is better than ever. Blogger Constantin Gonzalez has assembled a list of attributes of the new release to help potential adopters make up their minds. These things include:

  • Upgrading is easy
  • Oracle Solaris 11 is production ready (this is no beta)
  • Development and evaluation uses of Oracle Solaris 11 Express are OK
  • Users can keep their Solaris 10 installation, migrate it to a Solaris 10 Container and upgrade it to Solaris 11 from there
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express features ZFS Encrypted Datasets
  • Need help with the new release? Plenty of tutorial videos are available

Not to mention a number of reading matter on the subject

Improve Security and Accessibility for Healthcare with the Eco-Efficient Sun Ray 3 Series Clients
Webcast Event Date: 12/09/2010 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Traditional desktop computers create a number of issues for healthcare IT organizations. Standard PCs need to be replaced every few years, consume a lot of power, have fans and other moving parts that create noise and attract dust, and have local operating systems that need to be updated and managed. Additionally, laptop computers are frequent targets for theft and can contain large amounts of sensitive information. A well designed thin client can solve all of these problems and is an ideal client device for healthcare.

In this session, learn how the new Sun Ray 3 Series Clients can make accessing healthcare applications and data more secure, enable easy roaming access using a smart card, allow for long refresh cycles, and reduce power consumption in healthcare organizations.

RAID-Z at the OpenStorage Summit
Slides of Adam Leventhal's Talk: 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know ... '
RAID-Z -- the ZFS implementation of RAID -- was the subject of Adam Leventhal's presentation at the 2010 Open Storage Summit, a presentation he entitled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About RAID-Z," and that he describes as " ... an accumulation of blog posts and articles written by me and others as well as quite a bit of new material that’s been building up." He also calls the talk an overview of RAID-Z's history, a review of its strengths and weaknesses, and a glance at the future challenges ZFS and RAID will have to meet, along with a few suggestions toward solutions and mitigating factors.
Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q3.1.0 Simulator Release
6655 Mb VirtualBox Image Available for Downoad
A new Sun Storage 7000 simulator image has been released, bringing the simulator to 2010.Q3.1.0. The simulator image works with VirtualBox and supports the full complement of unified storage features with the exception of clustering. More information on the simulator can be found at the landing page, where readers will learn how Oracle's Unified Storage Simulator makes it possible to install and manage a virtual storage system on any laptop or desktop and experience the power of Open Storage. Note that existing downrev simulator images can be upgraded using the procedure described in the product documentation (included in the simulator and accessible via the browser-based appliance interface); it's not necessary to download the new image, Oracle notes.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 153 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 152 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 151 Issue 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:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express: The Future of Solaris Now
  • Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • Slides from Oracle Solaris Summit at LISA 2010
  • Video Tutorial: Installing Solaris 11 Express in VirtualBox
  • Deploying Oracle Database on the Oracle Solaris Platform
  • The MySQL "Hot" Backup and Restore You've Been Waiting for
  • Using TCP Wrappers to protect Linux and Solaris services
  • Sun Blade X6275 M2 Server Module
  • White Paper: Oracle Fusion Applications Security Leveraging Oracle Identity Management
  • Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit (JET) 4.8

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

    What's Great in Solaris 11 Express for Developers
    Oracle Invites Developers to Jump Aboard, Help with the Ride to GA
    Oracle Solaris 11 Express has a number of new features that application developers will find interesting and useful. George Drapeau of Oracle ISV engineering discusses some of these with Rick Ramsey on OTN in a 19:45 video. The items under discussion include the use of Solaris 10 branded zones and new DTrace probe, along with the new security and availability features and virtualization features that enterprise developers in particular can employ. Drapeau explains that the release was built to provide developers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with what they will find in Solaris 11 when it is in general availability. Standard Oracle support options are available for those users who wish to take advantage of them, according to Drapeau.
    Video Conversation with "Solaris 10 Security Essentials" Co-author Darren Moffat
    Explains Practices Useful with Solaris 11 as Well
    "Solaris 10 Security Essentials" is a book that one of its co-authors, Darren Moffat of Oracle Solaris engineering, promises that readers will find useful with both Solaris 10 and the forthcoming Solaris 11. In a four minute video with OTN's Rick Ramsey, Moffat. The book, Moffat says, is directed to administrators and explains the tools included in Solaris.

    The book’s topics include:

    • Zones virtualization security
    • System hardening
    • Trusted Extensions (Multi-layered Security)
    • Privileges and role-based access control (RBAC)
    • Cryptographic services and key management
    • Auditing
    • Network security
    • Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)

    The book describes how to make installations secure and how to configure the OS to the particular needs of individual environments, whether they are on the edge of the Internet or running a data center.

    Intel AES-NI Optimization on Solaris 11
    AES Selected by NIST to Replace DES
    To improve performance Intel has added six new instructions to the Intel64 instruction set, called AES-NI (for Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions). AES, a symmetric private key encryption standard, is the U.S. government's encryption standard. A significant feature of AES-NI is its ability to perform cache attack prevention, Dan Anderson notes in his blog. Also discussed are the number of dependencies required for implementation of AES-NI. The paper examines performance results on already-optimized Solaris 11 OS and also on Solaris 11 OS with AES-NI instructions integrated into the Solaris Crypto Framework.The performance gains resulting from benchmarking tests are outlined. The paper notes that the feature is available only on Solaris x86 64-bit running on an Intel microprocessor that supports the AES-NI instruction set.
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