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Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Database Quick Start Install Guide
For Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Using Oracle Linux with NFSv3 Protocol
"Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Database Quick Start Install Guide for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Using Oracle Linux" presents step-by-step instructions, with the necessary code, on how to install and configure the Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) Release database using the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance with NFSv3 protocol. While Oracle provides cluster software for this version of Oracle RAC for systems running either the Linux or Microsoft Windows operating systems, the focus in this document is on an implementation on a Linux system, with a concentration on Oracle Linux 4U5 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4U5.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Software Overview (White Paper)
Deploy on Exalogic Elastic Cloud Hardware; Increase the Performance of Fusion Middleware-based Applications
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software is a set of enhancements made to the core Oracle Fusion Middleware products that greatly increase the performance of Fusion Middleware-based applications when deployed on Exalogic Elastic Cloud hardware. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: Software Overview" explains how Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud -- the world’s first and only integrated middleware machine -- dramatically surpasses alternatives and provides enterprises with the best possible foundation for running applications. The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is designed for maximum performance and reliability, and most applications will experience a significant performance improvement even when only a subset of the optimizations that exist at different layers in the system, are leveraged.
Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Call for Papers
Oracle OpenWorld Registration Now Open
Oracle has issued both a call for papers and an invitation to register for Oracle OpenWorld, scheduled for October 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As was the case in past Oracle OpenWorld conferences, the MySQL community will have a track of their own at this year's conference. Oracle's call for papers notes that proposals for presentations on a wide variety of topics and for an audience ranging from beginner to expert are welcome. Oracle is also accepting proposals for Oracle Develop content. The deadline for Super Saver Registration, featuring the deepest discount on the regular conference price is April 1, 2011.
ZFS for the Mac: Now in Beta
Coming Soon from Ten's Complement

Mac users would really not have had any compelling reason to inform themselves about ZFS ... until now, suggests Robin Harris in his blog "ZFS/Mac Coming Soon" where he reports that the company Ten's Complement is developing a ZFS release for Mac that is due out in a server-grade version later in 2011. So what is ZFS? Harris includes a brief but adequate description of ZFS in which he writes, "Its tree structured checksums eliminate most of the bit rot that afflicts Macs and PCs. When ZFS retrieves your data, you can be sure it is your data, and not the misbegotten spawn of a driver burp. Add a disk drive to ZFS and it simply joins the pool of blocks available for storage. You don’t have to manage another disk. Cheap snapshots: roll your file system back to any point in time - like before you downloaded a malicious pdf - with almost no overhead. Fast, cheap RAID. ZFS implements very fast RAID that fixes the performance knock-off against software RAID. In ZFS all writes are the fastest kind: full stripe writes, running on the fastest processor in your system (your Mac), rather than some 3 year old microcontroller. Every time you add a disk to your Mac you see another disk volume on the desktop. ZFS eliminates the whole volume concept. Add a disk or five to your system and it joins your storage pool. More capacity. Not more management." In a word, "Neat!"

Solaris 10 Branded Zones
How to Create them in Solaris 11

In his blog on Solaris 10 Branded Zones Brian Leonard provides a solution to the problem of creating a Solaris 10 Zone in Solaris 11, which requires an existing Solaris 10 environment -- either a Solaris 10 instance or a Solaris 10 zone. Leonard's 12-step solution (with all the necessary code) will enable readers to run a Solaris 10 zone in Solaris 11, with the attendant benefit of having network virtualization and zonestat available.

Solaris 10 Operating System Documentation
Links for Docs by Solaris Release

The "documentation for Solaris 10 Operating System" page includes links to the HTML and/or PDF versions of the documents for each of the releases of Solaris 10:

  • Oracle Solaris 10 update 9 9/10
  • Solaris 10 update 8 10/09
  • Solaris 10 update 7 5/09
  • Solaris 10 update 6 10/08
  • Solaris 10 update 5 5/08
  • Solaris 10 update 4 8/07
  • Solaris 10 update 3 11/06
  • Solaris 10 update 2 6/06
  • Solaris 10 update 1 1/06
  • Solaris 10 (3/05)

Other docs cover VTS and the Java Desktop System.

What's New and Different in Solaris 11 Express
Users of Solaris 10 and Earlier Will Find It Necessary to Make a Few Adjustments

Veteran users of Solaris will find a few obstacles in the path to comfortable use of Solaris 11 Express, blogs Stefan Schneider, although for the most part, binary compatibility is the rule of the day. Schneider categorizes the "adjustments" devotees of Solaris 10 and earlier will find it necessary to make as involving UNIX search paths; operating system installation; and GNU tool installation. A helpful (and growing) list of technical articles written to help implement applications in a uniform way to operate them on Solaris 10 and Solaris 11 with a single source base is appended to Schneider's blog.

How to Set Up a ZFS Root Pool Mirror in Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Start by Protecting the Boot Disk
In his blog post How to Set Up a ZFS Root Pool Mirror in Oracle Solaris 11 Express Constantin Gonzalez takes a cautious approach. He begins with the steps necessary to protect the boot disk. Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to preparing and laying out a fresh disk so Solaris will accept it as a bootable second half of an rpool mirror. The five-step procedure Gonzalez provides shows how. Extensive comments follow the blog.
Oracle Solaris Online Forum - April 14th; Register Now
Find Out What Oracle's Solaris Engineering Team Has Been Up To
Save some time on Thursday, April 14 (9:00 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time) to learn about the latest developments accomplished by Oracle's Solaris Engineering team. According to the OTN Garage release on the event, "The speakers will be talking not only about the technologies in the upcoming Oracle Solaris 11, but explaining how and why they will make your IT shop more efficient, more available, and more secure." Registration for this Oracle Solaris Online Forum is required and available now.
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview
Designed as an Integrated, Engineered System

IT architecture is moving inevitably in the direction of tightly integrated, engineered systems as a cost effective, simple way of obtaining optimized purposefully built systems that offer improved quality and efficiency over custom-built systems assembled ad-hoc within IT departments. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview" focuses on the hardware aspects of Exalogic Elastic Cloud, including the selection process and rationale, as well as technical insights into what systems modifications have been engineered to offer a system optimally suited for middleware workloads. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud takes the performance of Java- and Java EE-based applications to the next level by offering a platform with a particular focus on WebLogic server and the rest of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 157 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 156 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 155 Issue 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:

  • Zones News in Solaris 10 Update 9
  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Deduplication Design and Implementation Guidelines
  • Oracle Exadata Resource Kit
  • Achieving Extreme Performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine 11g R2
  • Why Switch from Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux?
  • Updated Documentation Library for Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • Garbage Collection on SSD
  • GlassFish 3.1 Blogs & Screencasts
  • Using IT for Value Creation
  • MySQL 5.5 Enterprise Edition Released with Comprehensive Tools and Oracle’s World-Class 24x7 Support

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

    JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0: A Quick Overview
    Tutorial Shows How NetBeans Can Help in Writing Code Compatible with JDK 7 Language Spec
    One of the most valuable features of NetBeans IDE 7.0 is its ability to automatically fix syntax, which it does -- along with much more -- when users enable support for such JDK 7 language features as diamond operator, string in switch, and multicatch. With these features enabled, NetBeans 7.0 can assist users to write code that is compatible with the JDK 7 language specification. In the blog from entitled "JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0: A Quick Overview" readers will find a tutorial that shows step-by-step how to enable JDK 7 support in the IDE and illustrates how the IDE handles new language constructs.
    TPC-H@3TB result for the M9000
    Latest World Record Showcases Superior Performance to HP and IBM
    The superior scalability of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M9000 server was proven as the configuration established a new world record non-clustered TPC-H 3TB benchmark result, delivering nearly twice the performance of the previous best score, also an Oracle record. Running on a SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with 64 SPARC64 VII+ 3.0 GHz processors, and Sun Storage 6180 arrays, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Solaris achieved a world record TPC-H 3 TB non-clustered performance result of 386,478 QphH@3000GB with a price of $19.25/QphH@3000GB, according to Oracle's press release. This result is 2.4 times faster than the IBM Power 595 system; the entire database loaded 3.3 times faster than the IBM Power 595 while maintaining the highest level of data protection at a lower cost per transaction. Neither IBM nor HP matched this level of performance in the 3TB scale factor category using a single system, Oracle's release concludes, which further highlights the performance capabilities of multi-processor SPARC systems in the most demanding enterprise application environments.
    Netra SPARC T3-1 22% Faster Than IBM Running Oracle Communications ASAP
    Single-processor Netra Outperforms Eight-processor IBM 570
    Running the Oracle Communications ASAP application a single processor Oracle's Netra SPARC T3-1 server delivered 22% faster performance than an eight processor IBM Power 570 server. Higher order volume throughput was achieved by consolidating Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Communications ASAP 7.0.2 software onto a single Netra SPARC T3-1 server, Brian Whitney notes in a BestPerf blog post. Oracle Communications ASAP is used by the world's leading communication providers to enable voice, data, video and content services across wireless, wireline and satellite networks, he writes. Whitney adds that the ASAP result which was run on the Netra SPARC T3-1 server is the highest single-system throughput ever measured for this benchmark.
    Battling Configuration Drift - Tales from the Trenches
    Arm Yourself with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g
    There was a Webcast on Thursday, March 24 on "Battling Configuration Drift: Tales from the Trenches," and there will be another on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The Oracle blog describes the interactive Webcast as featuring " ... real stories about IT teams who are winning the battle against configuration drift and IT complexity. See firsthand how Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g simplifies configuration management, improves service quality, and enforces compliance to give you better control.
    Real World VDI with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    Webcast: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9 a.m. PT / 12 noon ET
    Coming up on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time is another in the series of Oracle Virtualization Webcasts, this one entitled "Real World VDI with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure." The Webcast, according to Oracle will teach viewers how organizations in a wide variety of industries are using VDI today to meet their desktop management goals right now and in the future." Registration is required.

    An earlier Webcast, broadcast on Thursday, March 24 dealt with "What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0." This may be available in the Oracle archives.

    Java Technology
    GlassFish 3.1 Clustering Deep Dive
    Webinar Replay Plus Q&A Transcript

    Log on to YouTube to watch John Clingan's Webinar on GlassFish 3.1 Clustering Deep Dive, a 52 minute presentation. Clingan covers the clustering architecture changes from previous versions, the use of SSH, Domain Admin Server (DAS) scalability improvements, failover improvements with consistent hash algorithm for replicas and better performance, the new load-balancer configuration tool, and, finally, he presents the steps to deploy a highly-available application using either the command line or the graphical admin. Clingan also covers high availability of WS-ReliableMessaging and JMS services in this Webinar.

    Choosing the Right Directory Services for Cloud Computing
    Webcast by Mark Wilcox - March 24, 2011 - 10am PST/1pm EST (Check the Archive for Rebroadcasts_
    Check the archives for a repeat of the Webcast by Mark Wilcox on Security Inside Out. The original broadcast was on Thursday, march 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. (Registration and log-in are required.) The demands of cloud computing, Wilcox contends, are driving organizations to rethink identity architecture in order to come up with a strong identity foundation able to virtualize identity data from any of several legacy applications. Additional requirements are the ability to use standards-based security protocols such as OpenID, SAML, etc.; and to provide performance and stability to meet modern SLA's. Wilcox recommends Oracle Directory Services Plus, which has a complete suite of products necessary to build an identity foundation for the cloud. Combined with Oracle Identity Federation, the result is a complete solution that includes a virtual directory, directory server and directory integration tools used to synch with Active Directory. In the Webcast Wilcox explores how the complete Oracle solution can help organizations build the identity foundation needed to perform in a cost-effective way.
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