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Oracle Is Unique in Its Cloud Strategy
eWEEK Interviews Steve Miranda, Senior VP for Application Development

Oracle is unique, proclaims Steve Miranda, Senior VP for application development, in an eWeek interview with Nicholas Kolakowski. Miranda's opinion stems from Oracle's multiple roles as a cloud-infrastructure provider, a cloud-application vendor, and a cloud host. No one else does all three, he contends. Another Oracle advantage, Miranda said, is the ability to provide integrated and complete systems tailored to very specific company needs. “We know [customers] have a choice, it’s a highly competitive market and we have to be best in class,” Miranda stressed. Kolakowski adds that Oracle has also moved to introduce cloud-based APIs for interoperability, ensuring that workloads can be moved between clouds.

Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Secure Backup
A Technical White Paper (41-pages)
Virtually every company, regardless of size or industry, needs data archive capabilities. Datacenter administrators across all industry segments face similar archive challenges: explosive data growth, pressure to meet promised service levels and backup windows for users, “forever” archive data retention and retrieval requirements, and rising energy costs. Their data protection environments are becoming larger, more complex, and increasingly diverse. Administrators face the challenges of meeting the growing data backup requirements and providing a comprehensive backup solution, while maintaining costs and building a platform that will continue to meet future demands.

This paper describes the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Secure Backup using Oracle Secure Backup software. The solution includes optimized architectures for deploying Oracle Secure Backup to provide data protection for Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, SPARC Supercluster, and Oracle Optimized Solutions.

This comprehensive guide discusses the details: setup, sizing, and tuning best practices.

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Combination Improves Productivity, Simplifies Datacenter Management
Together, the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and the ZFS Storage Appliance provide a virtual desktop infrastructure storage solution that reduces costs, improves productivity and simplifies datacenter management. Unique storage analytics in the ZFS Storage Appliance provide observability into business-critical desktop storage workloads. The combination offers such key storage efficiency features as thin provisioning, compression, and de-duplication, which works in concert with the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure's fast iSCSI provisioning capability. Accelerated Sun ZFS Storage Appliance iSCSI provisioning is only available with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. By eliminating duplicate data blocks, compressing data, and allocating storage as it is consumed by virtual desktop applications these features extend usable storage capacity.
Oracle Releases First of Several MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Releases
New Features Make MySQL an Even Better Solution for Web, Cloud, and Embedded Applications
Oracle has released the first of several development milestone releases of MySQL 5.6, which should reassure those anxious fans of MySQL that Oracle has no intention of abandoning the solution. This release delivers increased MySQL performance and scalability enhancements, an improved InnoDB storage engine, and enhanced replication capabilities, according to Oracle's press release.
Deploying Calendar Server on Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.2 with ZFS
Three-step Procedure Walks Readers Through
From the Oracle Wikis home site comes a procedure for Deploying Calendar Server on Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.2 Software with ZFS. The post includes both the three-step process and a startup troubleshooting guide as well.
Reduce TCO with OracleÂs x86 Infrastructure: 4-Page Executive Brief
Manage Your Entire Stack with a Single Tool 51% Faster Than Possible with HP or IBM Servers Running RHEL
The recently released executive brief Reduce TCO and Get More Value from Your x86 Infrastructure makes the impressive claim that, "By integrating the full hardware, software and support stack, Oracle can reduce your three-year TCO on its Sun x86 infrastructure by as much as 51% over comparable HP and IBM servers deployed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and VMware vSphere." Part of the reason for this impressive rate of savings, the brief goes on to explain, is that Oracle Linux 5 is as much as 75% faster than Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5; Oracle Solaris is able to provide flexible and efficient resource sharing of idle resources; and Oracle VM Server for x86 is the only certified virtualization technology for Oracle software. Furthermore, the brief concludes, Oracle dramatically simplifies administration by offering a single tool to manage the entire stack and a single support organization: award-winning Premier Support.
Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Support for Exadata and VDI
Oracle Announcements from Storage Networking World SPRING 2011
Among the announcements at Storage Networking World SPRING 2011, Oracle released information on three new integrations in support of its complete, open, integrated technology stack. These include the following:

  • Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance can now connect directly to the Oracle Exadata InfiniBand fabric

  • Oracle VDI now provides unique integration with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

  • Oracle Secure Backup is qualified for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance backup and recovery with Oracle’s scalable StorageTek tape libraries

“Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance delivers compelling value for customers on three major fronts” said Scott Tracy.

SunZFS Storage Appliance Delivers Rapid Backup and Recovery Rates for Oracle Exadata
Backs Up an Exadata Full HP Rack in Less than 7 Hours

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, featuring high bandwidth interconnects and superior processing power, is nearly 2X faster at Exadata backup and recovery compared to conventional NAS storage systems, according to the Oracle data sheet Backup and Recovery for Exadata with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. Testing has demonstrated that an Oracle Exadata Database Machine Half Rack configuration with a small Sun ZFS 7420 Appliance cluster with 4 disk shelves achieved NFS-based backup performance over IB at a data rate of 5.8 TB/hr, and a restore rate of 4.7 TB/hr the datasheet reports. This backup rate is fast enough to completely backup an Exadata half HP rack in less than 4 hours, or an Exadata full HP rack in less than 7 hours. By adding disk drives and CPUs, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance can currently support capacities up to 1.15 PB while maintaining balanced system performance.

Sun QFS File System Configuration and Administration Guide
Covers Both Archiving and Non-archiving Configurations
The Sun QFS File System Configuration and Administration Guide is a comprehensive guide to both archiving and non-archiving configurations, unless otherwise specified. The Sun QFS file system, a configurable file system that presents a standard UNIX file system interface to users, does not require changes to user programs or to the UNIX kernel.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 158 Issue 1; Vol 157 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 156 Issues 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:

  • Oracle's Sun Purchase: Grading the Results so Far
  • Zone Clusters: How to Deploy Virtual Clusters and Why
  • Oracle Takes the Wraps off Solaris 11 in First-ever Online Solaris Forum
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Package Management with Image Packaging System (IPS)
  • Oracle VM overview
  • More Telcos are Using Oracle Exadata
  • New x86 Servers Demonstrate World Record Processor Performance on SPECjbb2005 Benchmark
  • Live Patching of Oracle Solaris 9
  • Choosing The Right Directory For The Cloud
  • Using Adobe Flex and JavaFX with JavaServer Faces 2.0

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

    Oracle Internet Directory 11g and Oracle Exadata Database Machine
    Combination Provides Linear Scalability
    The Oracle white paper Oracle Internet Directory 11g and Oracle Exadata Database Machine in the Facebook Age reports on how the unique architecture of Oracle Internet Directory 11g allows it to scale virtually linearly based on the available hardware. Oracle Exadata Database Machine exhibits virtually the same trait, making the combination of these two products the most optimal future-proof directory solution currently available. Oracle projects that, with the appropriate hardware and network configuration, this combination can successfully scale to meet requirements exceeding 1,000,000 ops/sec, easily besting Facebook's current capacity.
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