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Details on the New Oracle SPARC Roadmap
Features of Three Chips on Sun's Old Roadmap now Condensed into Two
There was plenty of news at Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster rollout. What was revealed about the SPARC T4 is that it will be built with the 40 nanometer process, be socket-compatible with SPARC T3 machines but run at higher clock speeds, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan in Channel Register. And, oh yes, it's expected to be out in 2011. Following the T4 is what the writer calls the "T5," about which it is known that it will employ 28 nanometer processes, have a new memory controller with larger cache memory and new I/O and power management features and possibly the VT core, once slated for the TV, Prickett Morgan writes. In effect, he suggests, what had been three processors in the Sun SPARC roadmap have been condensed by Oracle into two. Oracle aims to improve single-thread performance, Prickett Morgan notes, citing Larry Ellison himself.
Exadata Enables Coke Bottler to Improve Data Processing Speed by 3,000%
Batch Processing Time Is Shortened by 97%
Running several systems, an Oracle Database and a Teradata data warehouse, Hokuriku Coca-Cola Bottling requires substantial IT support, which its HISCOM division supplies. A recent Oracle Customer Case Study recounts the implementation of Oracle Exadata to handle to the more than five million records Hokuriku typically processes each month. This resulted in an improved data processing speed by more than 3,000%, resulting in batch processing times shortened by 97% with search queries completed in five seconds rather than the three minutes they used to require. A further benefit of this implementation is that Hokuriku was able to eliminate its Teradata licensing fees. One of the most useful business benefits is that the increased timeliness of data enables Hokuriku sales saff to both current and prospective customers with accurate information.
Oracle Processor Core Factor for SPARC Systems
SPARC64 VII+ Now a Core Multiplicator of 0.5
For many systems, the cost of the solution can be dominated by the Oracle license fee. A systems solution with CPUs that have a lower Core Processor Licensing Factor may end up with a lower overall cost than one with a smaller number cores that have a higher Oracle Licensing Factor (aka multiplier).

Oracle has set the multiplier for the newest SPARC chips - the SPARC T3 and the SPARC64 VII+ - very aggressively. The SPARC T3 has a multiplier of 0.25 - the same as the 1.0 GHz UltraSPARC T1 (as featured in the T1000 and T2000). The SPARC64 VII+ has a multiplier of 0.5, which is less than the 0.75 multiplier of the UltraSPARC IV, IV+ or the SPARC64 VI, VII which powered older systems like the V490, E6900 and E25k servers.

Note: the IBM POWER6 and POWER7 systems have a multiplier of 1.0. The latest AMD and Intel systems a have multiplier 0.5, twice that of the SPARC T3.

Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager
A Six-step How-to
With the release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express, there are a number of questions concerned with its many features and their installation. In the blog "Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express Virtual Machine with Oracle VM Manager" Honglin Su describes the experience, along with the installation of the necessary hardware virtual machine (HVM) support. In the case of the HVM, modification of the system BIOS may be required. The blog divides the installation into six steps, providing code samples and screen shots as necessary for clarity. The result is a fully functional Solaris 11 Express VM in Oracle VM.
MySQL Technology Update, Wed Dec 15th
Learn About the Latest Oracle Developments for MySQL
Oracle will deliver an update on MySQL in a webcast on Dec 15th. (45 minutes plus Q and A).

In this live webcast, Tomas Ulin, Vice President of MySQL development, and Rob Young, Senior MySQL Product Manager, will deliver an update on the latest developments with MySQL. Mark your calendar and register now!

What's New in Oracle Linux: Part 1

In the first of a multi-part series on new and useful features in Oracle Linux 5.5, "OCFS2 1.6 REFLINKs" readers can learn about the shared disk cluster file system called OCFS2, whose volumes can be mounted on multiple servers simultaneously, while the file system keeps track of all the changes. OCFS2, the blog continues, is also POSIX compliant, which means that it will work well with just about any program running under Linux.

What's new in Oracle Linux: Part 2

The second part of the multi-part series on what's new in Oracle Linux deals with latencytop, a new utility that is available as both a console tool and a GUI application. Latencytop, the blog notes, helps users identify where latency in the system affects the performance of an application, one that is either busy or non-responsive. The blog presents an example of a GUI version of latencytop surveying a program that is involved with creating millions of files in a directory.

InformationWeek Writer Sees Little Reason for Anxiety in Oracle's Executive Suite
Optimized Solutions May Well Save the Day as Other Vendors Focus on Commoditized Lines
The slippage in Oracle's placings in the Gartner surveys of server sales volume is not necessarily cause for alarm, writes Alexander Wolfe in InformationWeek. His reasoning is that this slippage is merely the logical result of Oracle's corporate focus on optimized rather than commoditized solutions.
Are You Spending Too Much On Storage?
Oracle Database 11g Can Help You Find Out
The webcast from November 9, 2010 on Oracle Database 11g Partitioning and Advanced Compression in Tiered Storage Environments is now available. Kevin Jernigan, Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle, and Margaret Hamburger, Director of Product Marketing at Oracle conduct the webcast, which enables users to learn how to calculate appropriate costs for their storage needs. Jernigan and Hamburger concentrate on the reduction of storage costs with Oracle Database 11g Partitioning and Advanced Compression for tiered storage environments that lower costs and improve data protection without sacrificing performance.

Among the things the webcast teaches are how to:

  • Reduce storage costs by a factor of 10X
  • Reduce dependency on high cost storage arrays with Database Smart Flash Cache
  • Cost effectively manage data growth
  • Protect against data loss

Registration and log-in are required.

Protecting Your Data With Two Factors And ZFS Dataset Encryption
Security Is Doubly Assured with this Method

Once again, Joerg Moellenkamp is the man with the answers. This time the question under consideration is using ZFS dataset encryption to protect your files. He outlines the method, which involves using two USB drives, one as datastore and the other as keystore. The keystore drive contains an encrypted dataset containing the keyfile for the dataset on the datastore USB stick. That one is protected with a pass phrase. Moellenkamp provides the code necessary for implementation, which when completed, results in a user needing to know the passphrase for the dataset storing the key as well as the USB stick itself that contains the keysource. Only a user with both can decrypt the data on the USB stick, he writes confidently.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 154 4 Issue 1; Vol 153 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 152 Issues 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:

  • Sun vs. IBM vs. HP
  • Enhanced SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers with New Processor
  • Side by Side Command Comparison for Solaris and Linux
  • SPARC Supercluster
  • Where'd BigAdmin and the Docs Go?
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle Delivers Complete Refresh of SPARC Enterprise Server Product Line
  • Java Card 3.0 Extends Features of Its Predecessor
  • Running Storage Simulators in VirtualBox
  • Oracle Solaris Podcast: Solaris 11 Express

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

    x 3.3.0 Release Candidate 7
    Everything Word Can Do and More
    Clicking on GullFOSS will take readers to the download site for 3.3.0, release notes for the solution, MD5 Cheksums, and Issue Tracker for reporting problems with the build. An abundance of new features includes increased document protection in Writer and Calc; improved slide layout handling in Impress; support of read-only database registrations; redesign of Thesaurus; resetting text to the default language in Writer, and many more.
    Turn Software Stacks into VM Images
    You Can Now Leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox for Development
    How do you like your stacks? With Java, database or SOA/BPM? All (and more soon) are available, according to a posting on the Oracle Technology Network by Justin Kestelyn, who writes that is now possible to turn software stacks into VM images that can then be run as a pre-built VM in VirtualBox. What's more, Kestelyn adds, this desktop virtualization tool is absolutely free.
    New Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express for Sys Admins
    32-minute OTN Video Pulls Back the Curtain
    Have questions about the capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11 Express? Answers to many of them are available on the OTN video hosted by Rick Ramsey with guests Markus Flierl, Dan Price and Liane Praza of Core Solaris engineering, who share their expertise on the new features in the release. Sys admins will benefit from the numerous use cases cited in the 32:57 video, where only a few of many topics covered include:

    • Solaris 11 Express can send you an email notification if a software of a hardware fails

    • How you can export a physical Solaris 10 instance into a Solaris 11 Express zone and run it without any modification

    How to Monitor SMF Services via Mail
    Another New Feature of Solaris

    Service Management Facility (SMF) is one of the many new features to be found in Solaris. In one of his recent blogs Joerg Moellenkamp writes about how to configure SMF to send mail when a state transition occurs. Moellenkamp reviews the notification framework and lists the several states that SMF is able to send notifications about when transitions occur. He also goes over the installation of the daemon SMF requires in order to send mail, as well as covering the management of notifications, including notifications for a single service.

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