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Running Oracle 11G R2 On OEL 6
Details on a Successful 64-bit Installation
"A Database Detour" is the title Antony Reynolds gives his blog on running Oracle Database 11gR2 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6, where he provides the details involved in building a new VirtualBox environment and then installing the as yet uncertified database on OEL6. Because he is a "middleware guy" Reynolds explains that he set the database to automatically start along with the OS. He provides the code samples used in this installation which, when completed, allowed him to take a snapshot of the VM and to start building an SOA installation.
Oracle Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server Information Center
Consolidated Site Provides Comprehensive Details on these Solutions
A bulletin posted by J.M. Gaudro announces a consolidated site for Oracle Database Machine and Oracle Exadata Storage Server that provides support, training and proactive information for customers. (Registration and log-in are required.) Details on the site include information on the features of both solutions and release schedules for both; an overview and patch testing guidelines for Exadata; the latest technical support information; as well as information on Oracle Configuration Manager, HealthCheck, and Auto Service Request.
[Just About] Everything there Is to Know about Solaris 11 OS
Links to Many Aspects of the Upgraded OS from Oracle
Both those individuals absolutely new to the Solaris OS and veteran users as well will be sure to find helpful information in Marius Scholtz's blog entry on Solaris 11, which begins with the basic question, "What is Solaris?" He answers that question in his own words and then proceeds to list some dozen and a half links that lead readers to aspects of Solaris 11 that, collectively, provide a comprehensive view of the OS.
Oracle Solaris: Behind The Scenes With Product Management
Listening to the Users Gives Direction to the Development Process

Bill Nesheim, Chris Armes, and Joost Pronk join host Charley Boyle in this episode of Oracle: In a Class by Itself to discuss Oracle Solaris 11 Behind the Scenes with Product Management, explaining how the solution has been (is being) developed. Pronk relates the means in use to solicit information from customers about what they were looking for in Solaris 11, using the Voice of the Customers process. Armes adds information on patching practices. Pronk also discusses the development of virtualization capabilities and the role of user information in determining development direction. The panel comments on how Oracle has incorporated comments from within the company in the design of the OS.

OTN Live - Chris Baker Describes Oracle Solaris Optimizations for x86
Explains the Benefits for Developers and SysAdmins
The optimizations for x86 hardware available in Oracle Solaris are the subject of this Oracle TechCast Live in which Host Justin Kestelyn interviews Chris Baker, principal product manager in the Oracle Solaris Team, who comments as well on how developers and sysadmins can make the best possible use of these improvements. Baker clarifies the presumption that Sun had at some point halted its Solaris x86 efforts. Nowadays, Baker points out, there is a wide spectrum of x86 products available. Developers can write to the Solaris API without regard to whether they are developing for SPARC or x86, adding that x86 is moving more and more into the mission-critical realm. Users are now in the position of being able to choose platforms based on an appraisal of their individual business needs. He added that a production-ready release of Solaris 11 Express for developers is available for download on OTN.
On ZFS Dedup Internals
Joerg Moellenkamp Compiles a List

Anyone with questions about ZFS Dedup Internals should have a look at the lengthy cheat sheet Joerg Moellenkamp has compiled which he shares with readers that deals with " ... some implications of the implementation," rather than the basic deduplication function itself. The cheat sheet covers such aspects of dedup as checksums; deduplication tables (DDTs); ZFS Attribute Processors (ZAPs); memory allocation; the preferred use of SSDs as opposed to disk; asynchronous writes; pools, and so forth. Have a look; print it out.

Implementing Fibre Channel SAN Boot with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Protecting OS Assets without Significant Overhead Cost Increase
The implementation of a FC SAN boot solution using a SUN ZFS Storage Appliance on a high availability SAN demonstrates that a high level of protection that does not involve increased administrative costs is possible as a result. The paper describes this implementation, which has been validated with a variety of servers, operating systems and hardware configurations, both SPARC and x86. Operating system assets can be protected with this implementation by using a variety of methods including snapshots, clones, replication, or Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backup to tape. The ability to manage and maintain operating systems on servers throughout the organization from a central appliance lowers administrative costs, author Tom Hanvey asserts.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 159 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 158 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 157 Issues 4 and 5
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:

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

    Oracle Tuxedo Delivers a New Way to Run PHP Applications
    Download the VM from Oracle's Pre-Built Developer VMs Page
    The Oracle Tuxedo Web Application Server Demo for PHP has been posted by the Oracle Tuxedo team. This free VirtualBox VM is available from the OTN Pre-Build Developer VMs page. The overview datasheet describes "Oracle Tuxedo ... [as] a service-oriented infrastructure for efficiently routing, dispatching, and managing requests, events, and application queues across system processes and application services." Oracle Tuxedo is said to provide a scalable and highly available mid-tier platform for managing and integrating heterogeneous applications. The VM uses Oracle Linux 5.6 and comes with PHP 5.3 and Oracle Tuxedo installed and configured. SALT and TSAM components of Tuxedo are available as well. Support for Tuxedo's PHP comes from a new mod_tuxedo module for Apache 2.2 (or Oracle HTTP Server), which handles all PHP scripts, using managed PHP processes to execute them and allowing existing applications to run normally. In addition, Tuxedo allows PHP to be exposed as a web service. Perhaps the greatest utility in Tuxedo 11/1/1/2 lies in its reported ability to make it easy to integrate modern solutions in a heterogeneous environment.
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0.8 Released
    Includes Bug Fixes for Mac OS X Freeze-Ups
    The new maintenance update release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.08 will make Mac users, among others, happy in that the bug causing OS freeze-ups in MacBooks and MacPros is now fixed. In addition, blogs Fat Bloke there is now better support for Unity in Natty and Gnome 3 in Fedora 15. The blog includes links to both the download and to the changelog.
    Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.61 Released
    Contains Important Bug Fixes
    The release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.61 is the subject of a blog by Jaap Romer, who labels the release "minor" though he maintains that it contains some important bug fixes, such as those involving the connection to Oracle VDI desktops. Specifically, these fixes address:

    • Launching VDI desktops hosted on a Microsoft Remote Desktop provider
    • SGD VDI Broker does handle multiple companies
    • Launching VDI desktops in a VDI server pool that uses NAT

    Romer provides links to the download and to the documentation bundle that includes release notes, and installation and administration guides.

    icles/151/3/Virtualization/23490" "New Release of Oracle Secure Global Desktop Now Available"]

    Java Technology
    TIOBE Software Survey Identifies Top Programming Language
    And the Winner Is ... Java (Followed by C and C++)
    In its survey of the usage among 20 programming languages, TIOBE Software found that [url Java programming language is top dog, exhibiting an increase in use of .20% from May 2010 to May 2011. TIOBE noted as well that the strongest growth rates were for C# and Objective-C, while Lua and Python also showed increases. TIOBE cautions that its survey does not identify the "best" programming language nor the one in which the most lines of code are written. The chief purpose of the monthly survey is to keep developers and programmers apprised of the pertinence of their skill levels.
    Java Spotlight Episode 29: Live from JavaOne India - The Mobile and Embedded Technical Keynote
    Developer Panel Includes Arun Gupta, Sharat Chander
    Java Spotlight Episode 29, Live from JavaOne India, features the JavaOne Mobile and Embedded Technical keynote address. In addition, the Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode includes Arun Gupta, expert on Java EE and GlassFish, and Sharat Chander, JavaOne Program Committee Chair. Readers are reminded that that deadline approaches for submission of proposals for JavaOne 2011.
    Financial Services
    Oracle's Exadata Banking and Financial Services Customers Numbers Continue to Increase
    Colombian, Vietnamese, and Australian Deployments Reported

    Oracle continues to expand its banking and financial services EMEA customer base with Exadata solutions. Recently, Helm Bank, Sacombank, and Australian Finance Group have implemented Oracle Exadata family products to manage their respective operations. Colombia's Helm Bank platform now includes Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Plans are afoot to implement Oracle's Siebel CRM in the near future. Sacombank of Vietnam has implemented the country's first Oracle Exadata Database Machine to be deployed in Vietnam, which provides data warehousing. Integration with Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) gives Sacombank with a single 360-degree view of the business and a powerful platform for a wide spectrum of business intelligence tasks ranging from predictive analytics to real-time strategic and tactical decision support throughout the organization. Down Under, the Australian Finance Group (AFG) has deployed the Oracle Exadata Database Machine to run Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and the Oracle E-Business Suite. AFG also uses Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) for high availability and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition for information management.

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