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IT Strategies from Oracle: Reference Architecture Library
New SOA and BPM Architect Resources
Oracle now offers a new library of free reference architecture assets called IT Strategies featuring two types of best practice documents: practitioner guides containing pragmatic advice and approaches; and reference architectures containing proven technology patterns enabling users to jump start development initiatives. Currently, the content focuses on implementing SOA and BPM, although Oracle plans to expand the library in future across all of its technologies.
Sun vs. IBM vs. HP
Fastest Database Performance at a Lower Cost per Transaction
Remember those loudly voiced concerns about how Sun hardware would fare in the hands of software giant Oracle? Yet another benchmark result proves that the Oracle/Sun combination is a vital one, and proves those concerns ill founded. An Oracle Sun SPARC T3-4 server cluster outperformed an IBM Power 780 Server and an HP Integrity Superdome-Itanium2 on a TPC-C benchmark, racking up 30.2 million transactions per minute against IBM's 10.3 million and HP's 4.09 million. Furthermore, the Oracle/Sun integrated combination achieved its record shattering performance at a cost per transaction of $1.01 against IBM's $1.38, a 26% advantage. Oracle/Sun's edge over HP was even greater, a 65% advantage at costs of $1.02/$2.93 tpmC, respectively. Clearly, Sun is here to stay.
Oracle's Maximum Availability Architecture Portfolio
IDC White Paper Highlights Benefits
In IDC's 13-page white paper "Oracle's MAA Portfolio: Deploying High-Availability Solutions Across the Enterprise" author Jean S. Bozman describes the compendium as " ... a comprehensive set of product solutions supporting high availability and business continuity for many use-case scenarios," enabling users to employ its products, in combination if need be, to improve overall availability for both enterprise workloads and for the business processes they support, while running across multiple computing tiers. Even more important, Bozman notes, is the capability MAA products deliver that enables servers to continue running production workloads -- even during test and development and software update activities -- by supporting active/active workloads on those servers. As a consequence, MAA can reduce operational costs associated with ongoing maintenance and IT staff time devoted to those maintenance tasks. The secret to the success of this portfolio is its concentration on high availability functionality in the multiple layers of the software stack.
SPARC at the University of Chicago Medical Center
Critical Patient Applications on OracleÂ’s Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers and Oracle Solaris
The University of Chicago Medical Center chose OracleÂ’s Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers running Oracle Solaris for their high level of performance, scalability and availability to run its mission-critical applications, including the Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) systems.

More than 6,000 clinical staff rely on the Epic EMR system to deliver 24x7 secure access to all relevant information necessary to provide high-quality patient care, including lab results, orders, documentation on care plans, operating room management and scheduling, reporting and patient portals.

With OracleÂ’s Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers running Oracle Solaris, UCMC has increased performance by 40 percent, decreased maintenance costs and reduced power and cooling by 63 percent in the datacenter.

Enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers with New Processor
From Oracle and Fujitsu, Partners for Over 20 Years
Oracle and Fujitsu, partners for more than 20 years in mission-critical computing innovation, have introduced the enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series server product line powered by the new SPARC64 VII+ processor. The enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers present users with increased performance, improved manageability and maximized investment protection for their mission-critical operations, according to Oracle's press release. Running Oracle Solaris, the SPARC Enterprise M-Series deliver extreme reliability and scalability. The SPARC64 VII+ processor provides faster memory access and increased compute power.
Running Storage Simulators in VirtualBox
NetApp OnTap and Sun Storage 7000 Sim
The Fat Bloke sings, this week about "Running Storage Simulators in VirtualBox," providing readers with links to two reports:

  • NetApp 7.3.3 Simulator on Oracle VirtualBox.doc, described as a document that outlines the process for installing Oracle VirtualBox 3.1.10, creating an Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 VM and installing the 7.3.3 OnTap Simulator in the VM

  • Oracle's Sun Unified Storage Simulator which the Fat Bloke says deals with how to use the Sun Storage 7000 Simulator, now available as an ovf appliance that simply imports and runs.

Use the simulators to get a feel for the storage features of these platforms.

Java Technology
Java Card 3.0 Extends Features of Its Predecessor
Improved Connectivity a Big Plus
Java Card 3 not only preserves but also extends the Java Card 2 support for classic applets into improved connected features targeting less resource-constrained devices and including new network-oriented features. Peter Allenbach reports this evolution in "Java Card 3: Classic Functionality Gets a Connectivity Boost." He adds that Java Card is now web-enabled, opening it up to the world of servlet applications and to communication that uses the standard protocols. Java Card 3 supports APDU, but also HTTP(S) for high-speed interfaces, such as USB, Allenbach writes. There are two possible types of communication: contactless (with the card held close to the reader) and contacted (card is inserted into the reader).
Oracle Solaris Podcast: Solaris 11 Express
Dan, Bill, and Chris Talk About Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Tune in to hear Dan, Bill, and Chris talk about Oracle Solaris 11 Express - the most exciting release of the Oracle Solaris platform to date. The hosts discuss how Oracle Solaris 11 Express raises the bar on the functionality introduced in Oracle Solaris 10. They also dive into key features such as the new network-based package management system, new installation technologies, some of the built-in network and server virtualization technologies and more. Listen in to find out why customers who adopt Oracle Solaris 11 Express will quickly distance themselves from the competition.
Get The Facts: MySQL Licensing and Pricing: The News Is Good
Oracle's MySQL Blog Dispels the Rumors
Here's the latest (and the most correct) information on MySQL Licensing and Pricing from Oracle's own MySQL Blog, as reported by Monica Kumar. Both the freely available Community Edition and the Commercial Edition continue to be offered and both feature the InnoDB storage engine. In addition, both the pricing model and the pricing metric remain as before: Annual Subscription and Per Server. Commercial Edition subscribers now enjoy a choice of two subscriptions: one for MySQL Standard Edition subscribers and one for MySQL Enterprise Edition subscribers. A new feature is that all customers now receive 24/7 unlimited global Premier Support; and the new licensing model is simpler and offers more features.
Webcast: Eliminating Silent Data Corruption in Linux
Thursday, Dec. 16 at 9am US PT

Silent data corruption can be significantly detrimental and costly to a business. Oracle's Martin Petersen, lead Linux Kernel developer for data integrity, has worked with the mainline kernel community to incorporate a data integrity specification into the Linux kernel that eliminates silent data corruption in Linux. This contribution enables comprehensive data integrity capabilities across the entire apps to disk stack, allowing customers to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.

Join Martin and Sergio Leunissen (Sr. Director, Linux Engineering, Oracle) for a webcast on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 9am US PT as they discuss how Oracle Linux with its new Unbreakable Linux Kernel helps eliminate silent data corruption by reducing the potential for incorrect data to be written to the disk, decreasing application and database errors and system downtime.

SPARC Solaris-Based Exalogic Elastic Cloud System
Expanded Exalogic Product Line Broadens Customer Choice for Consolidation and Extreme Java Performance
The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B combines SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris 11 Express with InfiniBand-based I/O fabric, the market-leading Oracle WebLogic Server and other enterprise Java-based Oracle middleware products to bring industry-leading performance, scalability and availability of SPARC Solaris servers to users of the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems.

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud hardware models, including the previously announced X2-2 and the new T3-1B, are engineered systems that are assembled, tested and tuned to dramatically reduce the time from machine delivery to fully operational application deployment.

SPARC Supercluster
Based on SPARC T3 and M5000 servers.
Oracle's SPARC Supercluster, based on SPARC T3 and M5000 servers, is a complete infrastructure solution for running Oracle database RAC environments. The SPARC Supercluster solution utilizes new SPARC servers, FlashFire, InfiniBand QDR, Oracle Solaris, and the ZFS Storage Appliance -- the technology that made it possible for Oracle to set the new TPC-C world record, The Oracle SPARC Supercluster will be available in 2011 in T3-2, T3-4 and M5000-based configurations, all of which will include SPARC T3 or M5000 servers, Sun ZFS Storage 7420 servers, and Sun Network ZFS InfiniBand Gateway Switches.
Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
Comparative Management Costs Study by the Edison Group
Edison Group is a technology research firm that provides hands-on product testing, in-depth competitive analysis, customized research, and an independent third-party perspective. Edison helps technology vendors better understand their product, their competitors, and their customers in order to meet their challenges and goals.

A sample report from Edison is "Lowering Manageability Costs while Expanding Storage Capacity using Oracle's Unified Storage Systems."

The summary of that report says, "The drumbeat for expanding storage capacity continues for organizations of all sizes, and as a result, there's an increasing need for easy to use management software that will lower these ownership costs. This white paper describes the results of Edison's Comparative Management Cost study on unified storage systems. The results of our testing show overall that a storage administrator can perform a series of day-to-day tasks in 36 percent less time with 38 percent less complexity on the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance than is required for the NetApp FAS filer."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 153 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 152 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 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:

  • Announcing World Record Database Performance on New SPARC Solaris Sunrise SuperCluster
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express – WhatÂ’s New for System Administrators
  • 7 Cool Things About the New Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • RAID-Z at the OpenStorage Summit
  • Sun Storage 7000 2010.Q3.1.0 Simulator Release
  • Enhancing Oracle Database Performance with Flash Storage
  • Intel AES-NI Optimization on Solaris 11
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 Now Offered for T2 & T2 Plus Servers
  • 21.000 Desktops at JavaOne: Proving Ground
  • Oracle Desktop Virtualisation Information

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

    Solaris Studio and Solaris 11 Express
    Guaranteed Binary Compatibility with Studio + Solaris

    Yet more from LISA10, this time a 28:11 video from Vijay Tatkar's blog that covers a discussion Tatkar and Don Kretsch had with OTN's Rick Ramsey on Solaris Studio. A significant part of the discussion centered on the unique Application Binary Compatibility Guarantee to be found in Studio + Solaris. Tatkar writes that " ... binaries built on several previous releases of Solaris (from Solaris 2.6 and up) and with Studio compilers, will continue to run on newer versions of Solaris," without, he adds, the introduction of incompatibilities.

    ZFS Encryption: What is on Disk ?
    What Is Encrypted (And What Is Not)

    In his blog ZFS Encryption: What Is on Disk? Darren Moffat explains that, in order to add encryption support to ZFS, it was necessary to allow a given ZFS pool to contain a mix of encrypted and cleartext datasets. In other words, on an encrypted ZFS dataset disk, not everything will be encrypted. Moffat outlines the data that will typically be cleartext:

    • ZFS pool layout
    • Dataset names
    • Pool and dataset properties
    • Dataset level quotas
    • Dataset delegations
    • Pool history
    • All dnode blocks
    • Block printer

    Read on to see what else is typically encrypted.

    Side by Side Command Comparison for Solaris and Linux
    CommandComparo Wiki
    The CommandComparo site gives equivalent command syntax in Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 for common administrative tasks – especially tasks that have tricky syntax or that you frequently need to double check. It acts as a quick reference for administrators who operate in these two OS environments.

    Tasks are grouped into categories such as "Boot & Shutdown", "Network Services", "Security", etc.

    Carryless Multiplication Optimization for AES GCM Mode in Solaris
    GCM Provides Encryption but at a Time Cost
    Galois/Counter Mode (GCM), a mode of operation for symmetric block ciphers mainly used with AES (AES-GCM), consists of Counter (CTR) Mode encryption followed by a universal hash function, Galois Hashing, for authentication. The Galois Hash function (GHASH) consists of two parts. The first part is carryless multiply, and the second part is a reduction modulo of the polynomial g(x) = x128 + x7 + x2 + x + 1. Carryless multiplication is similar to regular multiplication, except there is no propagation (carries). In other words, multiply uses XOR instead of "+". GCM is used with IPsec, SSH, TLS, and is part of the US government's NSA Suite B Cryptography. GHASH uses carryless multiply because it can be easily parallelized (no carry). Carryless multiplication of two 128-bit blocks is the major time consumer for GHASH though. GMAC is a variation that provides authentication but not encryption.
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