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Migrate Your IBM DB2/AIX Environment to the Latest Oracle Technologies: White Paper
Oracle Database 11g Version 2; Sun Fire X4800 Server
The Oracle white paper "Migrate Your Legacy IBM Database Environment to the Latest Oracle Technologies" (registration and log-in required) leads readers through the process of installing Oracle Linux and Oracle Database Release 2 to the Oracle Sun Fire X4800 server, and then demonstrating how to move user databases as well, before providing instructions on how to move sample applications to Oracle Database 11g Release 2. Users are promised enhanced flexibility, clustering, availability, security and lower maintenance costs as a result of the migration.
Bank of America Deploys Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Enjoys Unanticipated Performance Increases
Stories abound about successful implementations of Oracle Exadata Database Machine. A recent case involves Bank of America, where Oracle Exadata Database Machine was deployed to improve performance, resulting in a 30 percent gain. Improvements of 12 to 25 percent were observed in extract, transform and load processes as well. The database machine was configured and loaded in less than two weeks, without interruption of service to users. Reporting capabilities increased from 25,000 reports per hour to 800,000. In addition, BofA's human resources data mart -- three terabytes and growing -- was migrated to the database machine, enabling improved access to and performance of HR systems.

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Pre-Built Developer VMs Make It Possible to Focus on Learning the Software Stack
Installs that All But Take Care of Themselves
There is no question that it is tough enough to learn one's way around a new software stack without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process. In order to help users avoid this frustration, Oracle has packaged such stacks into pre-built Oracle VM VirtualBox appliances that users are now able to download, install, and experience as a single unit. Just assemble the downloaded files (if needed), import into VirtualBox (available for free), import, and go!
Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Administration
Three-Day Course Introduces Basic Concepts of this Solution

A new three-day course introduces registrants to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software technology and software administration. In addition to learning about installing Oracle VDI Software, students are also introduced to the architectural details of the software, resulting in a foundation to understand the individual features introduced in subsequent modules. Through a combination of instructor-led lectures and hands-on labs, students will learn about the following Oracle VDI components and features:

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox and other desktop providers
  • LDAP and Microsoft Active Directory directory server integration
  • Open Storage platform for the back-end storage of user desktops
  • Sun Ray Software (SRS) and Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) for the access of user desktops
  • Oracle VDI administration and troubleshooting tools
Comparing Solaris, RHEL, and AIX
Two Columns by Peter Baer Galvin

In the view of Peter Baer Galvin, the field of operating systems has been narrowed down to only three viable contenders: Solaris, AIX, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In the first part of a two-part comparison of the three, Galvin applies what he candidly terms both "subjective" and "objective" aspects in his analysis. In the second part he examines the three OSes with respect to their value as virtualization tools.

'DTrace' : 1,100-Page Paperback Walks Readers Through the Building of Scripts
From Simple to Complex: A Sequential Approach
The book "DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD (Oracle Solaris Series)" by Brendan Gregg and Jim Mauro is an 1,100 page tome that teaches by example, presenting scores of commands and easy-to-adapt, downloadable D scripts. The examples themselves generate answers to real and useful questions that serve as a starting point for building more complex scripts. The authors fully explain the goals, techniques, and output associated with each script or command. Readers will find it possible to start making practical use of DTrace immediately. Both the table of contents and chapter five, "File Systems," are available as downloadable pdf files.
Quick & Dirty NFS: A How-to
NFS (as Configured via ZFS)
In a recent blog on The Observatory Brian Leonard discusses Quick & Dirty NFS (Network File System,)where he presents using NFS for the purpose of creating and managing shares. His focus is on dispelling the confusion that is a result of the maturity of NFS, namely, sorting out the several different utilities available for this process. Leonard stresses that his approach lies in exploring how NFS is configured via ZFS. He includes a summary of the steps he uses in file sharing, providing the necessary code samples.
Migration From Oracle to MySQL
A National Public Radio Case Study
Learn how National Public Radio (NPR) migrated its database from Oracle to MySQL in a 34:35 video that explains how NPR separated the elements of its previous database into a number of smaller, more functionally cohesive databases. Spokesperson Joanne Garlow reports that the new architecture allows for better load balancing and fault tolerance, and that MySQL provided an affordable solution for the migration.
Datacenter Transformation with OracleÂís Blade and x86 Servers: Webcast
Reducing Time to Revenue; Boosting Performance; Improving Scalability; Simplifying Datacenter Operations
In an hour long webcast entitled Redefine What's Possible in Your Datacenter (log-in and registration required) Oracle's Director of Sun x86 Servers and Sun Blade Modular Systems Kate Islas explains how users can achieve maximum performance while reducing costs by switching to Oracle's x86 clustered systems, which are based on the new Intel Xeon processor 5600 and 7500 series. Islas points out how these solutions, designed to work together from application to disk, and which hold numerous world record performance benchmarks, can provide powerful visibility and intuitive systems management across an entire stack.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 156 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 155 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, the top 10 articles were:

  • SPARC T3-1 beats IBM Power7 by 25% on JD Edwards Benchmark
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Integration with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Virtualization in Solaris 11 Express
  • Sun QFS and SAM-QFS 5.2
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.0 Preview
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Flash Memory (SSDs) and ZFS
  • Why get just the (Grid) Engine, when you can get the full car?
  • Sun Ray 3 Plus Client Technical Specifications
  • Oracle Database Firewall
  • Wolf Medical Systems Enhances Caregiver Mobility with Oracle¬ís Sun Ray Clients

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

    65 Things About Solaris Studio
    A Convenient List of All the Man Pages in One Place, with Links
    Since listing links to all 65 man pages on the command-line tools in Solaris Studio is well beyond the scope of System News, take our word for it that visiting the Compile My Code blog, "65 Things About Solaris Studio," where you will find all of them, is a worthwhile trip.
    SNEEP - Serial Number in EEPROM
    Simplifies Sun Solaris Hardware Maintenance
    The management of Sun Solaris hardware is now much easier with the advent of SNEEP -- Serial Number in EEPROM. SNEEP provides a software-accessible Product/Chassis Serial Number (PSN/CSN) for all Sun Solaris hardware platforms, using the system EEPROM for persistent storage of the Chassis Serial Number and other important user-defined data such as asset information, contract ID, or the serial numbers of attached storage devices. SNEEP provides a simple and consistent interface to the management of software-accessible serial numbers and other service-related information on all Solaris hosts, domains, and zones. SNEEP can also reference and maintain the serial number in the configuration files for "explorer" and "CST" (Configuration Service Tracker), and can create a special tracking event in CST when the serial number is discovered.
    Managing Oracle Exadata with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g: Webcast
    Get the Most Out of Oracle Exadata
    The Oracle Webcast Managing Oracle Exadata with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g" (registration and log-in required) explains how the unique management capabilities of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g can help users take full advantage of Oracle Exadata Database Machine. In addition, readers can receive a complimentary of the IDC report "Exadata Exceeds Expectations." The Webcast covers the efficient management of all stages of the Oracle Exadata lifecycle, from testing to deployment, plus hot to maximize and predict database performance; drive down IT operational costs through automation; ensure service quality with proactive management.
    Nine Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin: See if You Measure Up
    From Paul Venezia's The Deep End Blog at

    There are nine surefire traits that identify the veteran Unix admin, writes Paul Venezia in his blog on the "rare and elusive hard-core Unix geek." Among the nine are that the veteran Unix admin is inherently lazy, even though he (or she) prefers elegant solutions; further, if there is a problem, the vet generally assumes that it lies with the one asking the question. To see how you measure up against the remaining six hallmarks, click on the link above.

    System Monitoring Plug-in Installation Guide for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Release
    A Step-by-step Procedure for Deploying and Validating the Plug-in
    "System Monitoring Plug-in Installation Guide for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Release" provides a description of the Infrastructure Stack Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to deploy and validate the plug-in, create targets, and view the available reports.
    Ops Center Concepts Guide
    Enterprise Manager Grid Control and Enterprise Manager Ops Center: A Productive Combination
    Enterprise Manager Grid Control software enables businesses to improve application, middleware, and database performance. Enterprise Manager Ops Center software enables businesses to manage the operating systems, virtual machines, servers, and storage devices. Together, these complementary technologies deliver unparalleled data center infrastructure and asset maintenance and reliability designed to provide an enterprise-level data center management solution for all levels, from applications to storage disks. An Oracle concepts guide explains this synergy.
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