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Configuring Oracle Solaris Cluster Software With Oracle RAC/CRS and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance 7000 Systems
Procedure Applies to Entire Sun 7000 Unified Storage System Line
A blog post on the Oracle TechNetwork by J. Randriam describes the installation procedure for a 3-node Sun Cluster 3.2 01/09 or Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 (or later) configuration running with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC)/Cluster Ready Services (CRS) and a Sun ZFS Storage 7120 System. Contents of the post include:

  • Initial Preparation on the Sun ZFS Storage 7120 Using the CLI
  • Creating NFS Filesystems Using the Sun ZFS Storage 7120 CLI
  • Accessing the NFS Filesystems From the Cluster Nodes
  • Accessing the iSCSI LUNs From the Cluster Nodes
  • Adding a Quorum Device
  • Configuring Oracle RAC / CRS in the Cluster

The author notes that, while the 7120 was used in this configuration, the procedure should be applicable to the entire Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage series.

Gabriel Consulting Group Survey Finds Unix Server Use Growing in Enterprise
Mission-critical Workloads Numerous Among Users of Unix
Nearly 90% of the 306 respondents to Gabriel Consulting Group's (GCG) fifth annual 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey reported that Unix systems were strategic to their organizations. Further, over 80% of enterprise customers surveyed said that half or more of their Unix workloads are mission-critical, and half of the respondents said that three-fourths of the apps on their Unix systems are mission-critical. Despite the sales volume of both Windows- and Linux-based systems, Unix appears to remain a strong contender in the mission critical arena. GCG also reported that close to half of the enterprise customers reported plans to use more Unix in the near future while only a minority, 21%, are reducing their reliance on Unix, a number that has steadily decreased since 2007, according to GCG.
Detailed Overview of Oracle in its 2011 Annual Form 10-K Filing
Filing Provides Fine-grained View of the World's Largest Enterprise Software Company

While Oracle's annual Form 10-K filing runs to more than 140 pages, readers can find a succinct view of the company's business in pages 3-19, where each of the areas of commerce engaged in -- software, hardware systems, and services -- receives attention. Readers wishing further information can proceed to later sections of the filing to learn about risk factors; properties; legal proceedings; selected financial data; management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations (Item 7); quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk; and financial statements and supplementary data. Additional details are included in the document as well.

Public Solaris/SPARC Roadmap Through 2015
4x Cores; 32x Threads; 16x Memory; 40x Database TPM; 10x Jva Ops/Sec; Solaris 11; Solaris 10 Updates
The Solaris/SPARC roadmap through 2015 is available for perusal. Among the highlights are the scheduled release of Solaris 11; updates for Solaris 10; a 3x Single Strand improvement for the T-Series; and a 6x Throughput improvement for the M-Series.
1,000th Installation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Adopters from 67 Countries, 23 Industries Have Opted for Exadata
With more than 1000 installations of Oracle Exadata Database Machine in place in 67 countries around the globe in 23 industries, Oracle is entitled to crow a bit about the adoption rate of its database appliance. Andrew Mendelsohn, Oracle SVP, Database Server Technologies, says, “Customers are turning to Oracle Exadata for a multitude of reasons. Extreme performance, consolidation, cost savings, enhanced scalability, single vendor support are amongst the broad range of factors that play a part in the selection of Oracle Exadata." The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, making it the ideal platform for consolidating onto grids or private clouds.
Open Virtualization Alliance Grows Ten-fold in One Month
Membership Spans Hardware, Software, Services and Cloud Computing Interests
A consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open virtualization technologies, including Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), the Open Virtualization Alliance has added 65 new members for a ten-fold increase since its founding in May 2011. The membership spans a wide spectrum of hardware, software, services and cloud computing businesses. The goal of the alliance is to provide education, best practices and technical advice to help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualization options, including open source alternatives such as KVM, a Linux technology. Since the formation of the consortium, leaders throughout the virtualization industry have quickly expressed strong interest in participating in the Open Virtualization Alliance.
Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere 4
Essential Deployment Tips: White Paper from InfoWorld (20-pages)

An InfoWorld paper contends that even the most demanding Oracle database workloads can now be virtualized with VMware vSphere and ESX 4 -- with greater than 95 percent of Oracle instances matching native performance. InfoWorld has published the white paper (registration and log-in required) "Essential Deployment Tips: Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere 4." The white paper provides technical guidance when deploying Oracle databases on VMware vSphere and shows as well that the same best practices, tuning tips and tricks, and skill sets necessary to deploy Oracle databases in physical environments can also be leveraged when deploying Oracle databases in virtual environments. Following these tips can enable DBAs to meet their performance and availability goals.

Java Technology
Java 7 Launch Webcast
July 7, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011: Save the Date, advises Tori Wieldt who invites everyone interested to the "Best Party of 2011," simultaneously scheduled for Redwood Shores, CA, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and London, England, all joined by satellite, for a session from developers around the globe who are discovering how to optimize the features of Java 7 and who will provide overviews on Project Coin, the Fork/Join framework, the new file system API, improvements to the VM, and a panel discussion with Q & A. Registration is required. A webcast will be made available for those unable to attend the events in person.
Exastack Program for ISV Partners
Enables ISVs to Offer Customers Applications Qualified on Exadata and Exalogic

Oracle Exastack Ready (available now) and Oracle Exastack Optimized (available in fall 2011) were developed by Oracle to enable ISVs and other members of Oracle Partner Network (OPN) to rapidly build and deliver faster, more reliable applications to end customers. The Oracle Exastack Program focuses on helping ISVs run their solutions on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Qualifying applications on the new Oracle Exastack Program ISVs can reduce the cost, time and support complexities typically associated with building and maintaining a disparate application infrastructure, thus enabling them to focus more on their core competencies, accelerating innovation and delivering superior value to customers. knowing an ISV's application has been tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine or Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with a goal of delivering optimum speed, scalability and reliability customers can confidently choose a partner’s Oracle Exastack Optimized application.

Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition Released
Enables Users to More Effectively Deploy and Manage Web and Cloud Applications at Lower Cost
Developed to enable more efficient and lower cost deployments of virtualized MySQL environments, the first Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition was recently announced by Oracle. The new template helps eliminate manual configuration efforts and risks by providing a pre-installed, pre-configured and certified software stack that includes Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and MySQL Enterprise Edition. Oracle VM Templates greatly simplify installation, configuration and ongoing maintenance operations, allowing organizations to achieve faster time to market and to reduce costs, according to the Oracle press release. Users will benefit from faster deployments, increased reliability, and higher uptime with the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition.
Cloud Computing
Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey: Virtualization and the Cloud
Gabriel Consulting Finds Mixed Reaction to Virtualization, Public Cloud
Among the findings in the Gabriel Consulting Group"s (GCG) fifth annual 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey is a certain degree of skepticism concerning cloud computing as a source of cost savings and a reduction in management effort. Some 306 enterprise data center managers responsible for data centers of all sizes responded to the survey, more than half of whom reported that meeting SLA commitments had become easier as a result of virtualization although fewer than half of the Unix users said virtualization has reduced their server management chores. The survey also revealed that less than one-third of enterprise Unix customers are using public clouds while half of the respondents are currently building their own private cloud infrastructure. Finally, half of the respondents reported the belief that the cloud will increase IT flexibility and speed, though less than half believe it will significantly reduce IT costs.
How Pillar Fits Into Oracle Storage Portolio
Pillar Axiom Complements Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Pillar Data Systems a leading provider of innovative and highly scalable SAN Block I/O storage systems, will soon operate under the Oracle corporate umbrella, making it possible for Oracle to deliver a complete line of storage products that runs Oracle software faster and more efficiently. Pillar's Axiom Storage System is, in the words of Oracle's press release, superior to EMC's solution for SAN Block I/O in terms of quality of service, maximum controllers, drive rebuild times, guaranteed utilization, application profiles, and Oracle Database columnar compression.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 160 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 159 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:

  • Fujitsu/RIKEN K computer Tops TOP500 List
  • Oracle Moves to Buy FatWire Software
  • HP Sues Oracle for Dropping Itanium Support
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 2.2 Release
  • Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array
  • Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure: 32-Page White Paper
  • Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server: Best Virtualization Server for Business Apps
  • Oracle's Complete Stack for loud Computing: Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure
  • The IT revolution that isn't
  • Installing Additional Packages on Oracle Linux

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

    x Voted into Apache Incubator
    Early Resistance Overcome in Voting
    Early opposition to Oracle's donation of to the Apache Software Foundation was overcome when 41 of the 48 binding votes cast by Incubator PMC members were cast for acceptance of OO.o as an Apache incubator project. Certain voters, notably Simon Phipps, former Sun open source chief, were persuaded to soften their resistance with the realization that acceptance would make possible OO.o's being refactored into a reference implementation of office suite components – including ODF (Open Document Format) importers and exporters.
    Video Illustrates Use of uptime(1) Performance Tool
    Brendan Gregg Shows How to Determine CPU Load
    The load average numbers for Solaris-based operating systems that performance tool uptime(1M) prints are illustrated in a 22-minute video produced by Brendan Gregg, who explains that the load average is a measure of how many threads are running or wanting to run on CPU, averaged over time intervals. The three numbers given are called the 1, 5 and 15 minute load averages, which by comparison can show if CPU load is getting better or worse, Gregg remarks in the video, adding that, if the load average is higher than the CPU count, then there aren’t enough CPUs to service the threads, and some will be waiting (what we call “CPU dispatcher queue latency”). If the load average is lower than the CPU count, it (probably) means that threads could run on-CPU when they wanted. He recommends using uptime(1) as a first measure of CPU load before moving on to other tools.
    Brendan Gregg on Dynamic Tracing
    Video and Slides from BayLISA Talk Available

    The slides from Brendan Gregg's May 2011 talk at BayLISA on Dynamic Tracing -- as separate from DTrace itself -- are available. A video of the first part of the talk is also available. Gregg comments that his decision to make the distinction in his approach to dynamic tracing vs. DTrace was to provide an understanding of " ... what dynamic tracing can do [in order to]lead to new ways to consider performance, and new questions to seek answers to; even if you ultimately don’t use DTrace." Gregg's remarks also touched on har, the hardware statistics tool, which he included to illustrate the idea of the metric.

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