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Oracle Delivers Complete Refresh of SPARC Enterprise Server Product Line
Accelerates Key Milestones for SPARC Solaris Roadmap
How wrong they were ... those skeptics who claimed Oracle would have no interest in Sun's hardware solutions. Otherwise, how does one account for the continuing roll-out of server innovations from Oracle that include such hardware as the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B and improvements to the entire Sun SPARC Enterprise server product line? The recently introduced SPARC SuperCluster, based on SPARC T3 servers, was instrumental in outperforming both IBM and HP solutions on an OLTP benchmark. Oracle has developed yet another industry first in its 16-core SPARC T3 server processor and is hard at work in its development labs on the next-generation SPARC T4 processor. There is no longer any reason for doubting Oracle's commitment to maintaining the R&D hardware edge that Sun was known for. Matched with Oracle software, these integrated app-to-disk solutions hold a commanding place in the market.
Oracle
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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.
SPARC
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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.
Virtualization
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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.

Solaris
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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.
MySQL
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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.
Events
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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.

Storage
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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."

Top10
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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 – What’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.

    Developer
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    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.

    Security
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    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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