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Exadata
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SoftBank Mobile Replaces 36 Teradata Racks with 3 Exadata Racks
Improves Data Warehouse Performance by 8X; Gains 150% More Capacity
"SoftBank Mobile Improves Database Query Peformance by Up to Eight Times," an Oracle Customer Case Study, is a story with a happy ending. SoftBank Mobile Corporation, based in Tokyo, is one of Japan's leading mobile telecommunications service providers. Growing at the rate of 200,000 new customers per month, the company was in jeopardy of running out of capacity on the 36 Teradata racks in its data warehouse. An Oracle Exadata Database Machine proof-of-concept test revealed that it would be possible to replace the 36 Teradata racks with only three Oracle Exadata racks, which SoftBank did, giving the company up to 150TB of data storage, a 150% increase over the Teradata solution. What is more, the daily analysis of call records and customer logs takes only seven hours rather than the previously required 25. Operational costs were reduced as well. As Keiichiro Shimizu, Senior General Manager, Planning Management Department, Information Systems Division, SoftBank Mobile Corporation remarks, “Oracle Exadata Database Machine has enabled us to create a data warehouse with up to eight times the processing capacity of our previous data warehouse, while reducing our overall database running costs by 50%.” SoftBank's migration to the Oracle solution took a mere three months after system analysis and the base design phase.
Oracle Exadata Database Machine Backup and Recovery: Tier 2 Architectures
Discussion Focuses on Using an RMAN Fast Recovery Area on Exadata Storage Servers

Listen to a podcast on backup and storage optimization when backing up an Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Host Kelly Beckman, Storage Product Marketing Analyst for Backup and Recovery, is joined for the discussion by Todd Adler, Senior Manager for Software Development, and Jeff Wright, Principal Software Engineer. As Beckman explains, Oracle's Maximum Availability Architecture best practice and recommended approach for backing up an Exadata Database Machine is to back it up to Exadata storage, using an RMAN Fast Recovery Area on Exadata Storage Servers. She points out that many customers also choose to take their backups one step further by backing up to secondary disk, and oftentimes all the way to tape. The focus of this podcast is to discuss these 'Tier 2' type backup architectures: using Oracle StorageTek Tape, or Sun ZFS Storage Appliances for Exadata backups.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2 Now Certified for All SAP Applications
Available as of June 10, 2011
Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2, a complete, optimized package of software, servers, and storage built using Oracle's industry-standard Sun hardware and intelligent database and storage software, is now certified and available to deliver extreme performance and scalability for all SAP applications, including OLTP (SAP ERP), Business Warehouse (SAP BW), and consolidation of mixed workloads.
Virtualization
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Oracle VM Server SPARC 2.1 Released with Important New Features
Notes by Jeff Savit
With the release of Oracle VM Server SPARC 2.1 (OVMSS) users can now enjoy several new and important features that amount to useful enhancements of this solution. These features are:

  • Live Domain Migration
  • CPU Dynamic Resource Management
  • DTrace enablement
  • Improved allocation and deallocation of CPUs and crypto units

Bug fixes and performance improvements are included in the release as well. A blog devoted to the live migration feature in this release will soon be available. OVMSS was once referred to as Logical Domains (or LDoms) but, whether by that name or by OVMSS, this solution is a virtual machine capability built into Oracle's T-series SPARC Chip Multithreading (CMT) servers, permitting up to 128 domains (virtual machines) on a single server at no extra cost. That last phrase is worth repeating: " ... at no extra cost."

Solaris
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Oracle Solaris Availability Features: Podcast
"Oracle Solaris: In a Class by Itself" Series
Bill Nesheim, VP for Oracle Solaris Engineering, Chris Armes, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Engineering, join host Charlie Boyle to discuss how important availability features are in Oracle Solaris. These include reduction, even elimination, of unplanned downtime, and especially the heavy focus in Oracle Solaris 11 on great reduction of planned downtime, i.e. maintenance. In addition, Eve Kleinknecht, Product Manager for Oracle Solaris Cluster, joins the other panel members to discuss recent developments in multi-system high availability and the great solutions that Oracle Solaris Cluster provides.
MySQL
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New GA Release: MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.4
Now Available for Download
Oracle announces that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.4 is now GA, and available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) and Oracle E-Delivery web sites. Oracle describes the download as a "maintenance release that fixes a number of bugs and contains some new features, including graph export."
Cloud Computing
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Discover Enterprise Cloud Computing: OracleÂs Use of Oracle VM for IaaS
Register and Log in on June 28, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Oracle invites participants to register and log in to their event "Discover Enterprise Cloud Computing: Oracle's Use of Oracle VM for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)" scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 28, 2011. Speakers will be Don Nalezyty, Director, Enterprise Architecture, oracle Global IT, and Adam Hawley, Senior Director, Virtualization, Product Management, Oracle, who will discuss Oracle's own in-house use of Oracle VM Server for x86 as a foundation for private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Benefit from Oracle's example in using Oracle VM server virtualization to get into the cloud and reduce administration overhead while increasing agility in Oracle's business systems.
Advancing Business Innovation through the Cloud: Saugatuck Technology White Paper
Enterprise Transformation Becomes Leading Motive for Moving to Cloud
In a report sponsored by Oracle, Saugatuck Technology finds that "better, faster, cheaper" is no longer the governing consideration among businesses shifting to business in the cloud. Rather, in their paper "Advancing Business Innnovation through the Cloud" Saugatuck reports that "transforming the enterprise" has become the principal motive for this move. As the paper notes, smaller companies remain focused on cost savings and risk mitigation, exploiting the Cloud to gain access to otherwise unavailable customers, services and suppliers. Saugatuck estimates that, through 2015, the largest driver of Cloud IT workloads will continue to be Software as a Service (SaaS) in all of its forms, including business applications, social computing and mobile solutions.
Storage
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Configuring the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to Use IDMU to Map Identities Between Active Directory and NIS
An Oracle White Paper June 2011 (38 Pages)
"Configuring the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to Use IDMU to Map Identities Between Active Directory and NIS," an Oracle white paper, describes how to configure the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance identity mapping service and related appliance settings to use Microsoft Identity Management for UNIX (IDMU)-based identity mapping, showing as well how to import NIS maps using the NIS Data Migration wizard and how to create Active Directory-to-UNIX user and group associations on the Active Directory domain controller. The paper explains that rule-based identity mapping on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance provides a simple, quick way to use IDMU-based identity mapping to map user and group identities between Windows Active Directory and Solaris NIS directory services. When the initial setup of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance has been completed and the Windows and NIS domains populated with users and groups, the paper continues, the NIS Data Migration wizard can be used to import NIS maps and create Active Directory-to-UNIX user and group associations on the Active Directory domain controller. Domain-wide mapping rules can then be created with wild cards or on a user-by-user or group-by-group basis using the appliance interface, the paper concludes.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 160 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 159 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 158 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:

  • ORCInternational Surveys Users on TOC Between IBM/POWER and Oracle/SPARC Servers
  • ZFS Features by Version
  • Automating ZFS Snapshots and Tracking Software Updates
  • Will Oracle Make a Move to Red Hat's KVM for Oracle VM?
  • How to Use Automated Installation Instead of Flash Archive on Solaris 11
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1
  • Oracle Solaris ZFS and Traditional File System Differences
  • SPARC Enterprise M8000 Outdoes IBM POWER7 on TPC-H@1TB Benchmark
  • The Value of Application-Aware Virtualization
  • Database Cloning Using Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle Data Guard

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

    Security
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    DoD Compliant Disk Wipe with Solaris
    Erasing Disks Securely

    From the Oracle blogs site comes a post by Stefan Hinker on securely erasing disks, that reminds readers it is possible using Solaris to erase disks sufficiently completely that the method satisfies the requirements of Department of Defense wipe disk standard 5220.22-M. Hinker includes links to the manpage of format(1M) and to the Data remanence article on Wikipedia. He also adds a caution that this method does not work well with all SSDs.

    Using Sophos Anti-Virus for Virus Scanning on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
    A How-to for Instainstalling and Configuring the Solution on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and UNIX
    "Using Sophos Anti-Virus with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance" is an article by Thomas Hanvey that describes a scalable and reliable virus scanning solution (Sophos Anti-Virus) for protecting valuable data stored on network attached storage devices. Directions are provided for installing and configuring the solution on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems for use as a virus scan engine with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance VSCAN service.Some of the key benefits to using this solution are that users can offload the burden of scanning the files onto the the ZFSSA, thereby reducing network traffic, while taking advantage of the ZFSSA's hardware to perform scanning of files. According to Hanvey, users can move the file scanning task to the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, reducing network traffic, while taking advantage of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance’s integrated VSCAN virus scanning service to manage disposition of files based on scan results from Sophos Anti-Virus. He notes that the solution has been certified by Sophos and Oracle to detect viruses, worms, and Trojan horses in files of all major file types, including mobile code and compressed file formats, ensuring fast virus resolution to reduce the risk of financial, data, and productivity loss.
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