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OVM Templates: Oracle Solaris Container with Oracle Database 11gR2
For Both SPARC and X86 Architectures

Users can now download Oracle Solaris Virtual Machine (VM) Templates for SPARC and x86 architectures. The several links available on the download page speed the creation of Proof of Concept environments and other evaluation/development tasks by dramatically simplifying the installation process.

For SPARC and x86 there is a new type of Oracle VM Template based on encapsulating an Oracle Solaris 10 Container which can then be attached to any x86 system running Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 or later.

For x86, there are Oracle VM and Oracle VM VirtualBox templates.

Updated Technical Best Practices Whitepaper
New Installation Advice, Advanced Settings, New Security Settings
There are now revisions to an earlier Oracle Technical Best Practices whitepaper that have to do with performance troubleshooting and the software configuration management series, as well as new installation advice, advanced settings, new security settings and advice for both Oracle WebLogic and IBM WebSphere installations. The revised white paper is available for download.
Negotiating with Oracle
Go in with the Gloves On, Says Forrester
"How to Achieve Better Results from Your Oracle Negotiation," Duncan Jones's blog post on, reports on the advice from Forrester's Sourcing and Vendor Management (SVM) Leadership Council on how to beat Oracle at its own game, typically described (by Forrester) as given to upselling and overstating costs.

  • Prepare for Oracle's Central Approval Process
  • Consider Unlimited Agreements to Gain Leverage
  • Negotiate Maintenance with a License Purchase or Consider Third-party Support Providers

Oracle sizes its discounts in terms of current transactions, so Forrester advises aggregating needs into that initial deal, even though some items may not be needed immediately. Sourcing managers should have a careful look at Oracle's unlimited license agreement, Forrester suggests, because it "eliminates the need to control and manage license metrics such as users and processors."

Resource Management Features in Solaris OS, Oracle Database
Oracle White Paper Explains Integral Software Modules that Enable Effective Management

Oracle has published a four-part white paper entitled "Introduction to Resource Management in Oracle Solaris and Oracle Database." In his blog on the white paper, Giri Mandalika explains that its purpose is to familiarize readers with the software modules integral to the Solaris OS and the Oracle DBMS that facilitate resource management.

The four sections of the white paper are:

  • Introduction to Resource Management in Oracle Solaris and Oracle Database
  • Effective Resource Management Using Oracle Solaris Resource Manager
  • Effective Resource Management Using Oracle Database Resource Manager
  • Resource Management Case Study for Mixed Workloads and Server Sharing

"Who needs more hardware when under-utilized systems are sitting idle in datacenters consuming valuable space, energy and polluting environment with carbon emissions?"

Gartner: Things Are Coming Up Rosier than Predicted
Revised IT Spending Projections for 2011 Show Increase of 7.1% Worldwide, to $3.67 Trillion
Gartner analysts are hopping in their efforts to keep pace with the rate of IT spending in 2011. For the second time, Gartner has revised its projections upwards to predict an increase of 7.1 percent worldwide for a dollar value of $3.67 trillion. In his report in The Register Timothy Prickett Morgan observes that hardware, software and services are all showing increases in spending even as interest in PCs has declined. According to Prickett Morgan, Gartner has had to revise even its estimate for enterprise software spending and services in 2010. The bulk of IT spending is being done by telecoms, he reports, adding that spending on the public cloud, currently at about two percent of overall IT spending, is estimated to grow by 20 percent by year end.
Is Intrapreneurialism More than Just a Title?
Bryan Cantrill vs. ChubbyBrain
Bryan Cantrill has a bone to pick with blogger ChubbyBrain whose attack on intrapreneuralism provoked a response in its defense by Cantrill. First off, what does the term mean? In ChubbyBrain's words, "For the uninitiated, an intrapreneur is defined as someone who purportedly behaves like an entrepreneur but in a larger organization. ... Intrapreneur as a title is akin to designations like honorary chairman or social media expert – sound good but are utterly meaningless. ... The other reason people call themselves intrapreneurs is because savvy managers at big companies have picked up on the term to make employees feel less like a cog in a giant slow-turning wheel and like they are in a more interesting place than they actually are." Point by point (there are seven in all) Cantrill argues that intrapreneurs do take risks; are accountable; find rewards in the work itself rather than in whatever comes their way in terms of bonuses; do (or can) "call the shots"; do have to contend with budget limitations; are involved as much with "doing" as with "knowing"; and cannot expect to ride on the coattails of an existing brand. Read the posts and choose your side.
Oracle Releases Information on the New SPARC T4 and Beta program
Five Times Faster than SPARC T3
Information on the beta program for Oracle's forthcoming SPARC T4 processor caught the attention of blogger Henkis, who draws on Oracle's own releases to furnish information on the release. "The aim here was to develop a processor core that would provide high-speed, single-thread performance while also addressing the needs of applications that benefit from the high efficiency and throughput of multithreaded cores. The SPARC T4 is up to five times faster than the SPARC T3 for single-threaded functions," says Rick Hetherington, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. "It's breakthrough technology for us." Further, still from Oracle, "The new systems use "critical thread API", or the ability of the Solaris operating system to recognize critical threads in applications and assign them, by themselves, to a single processor core. This allows the critical threads to run at the very highest performance levels without competing with other less critical threads. This delivers faster overall performance by accelerating the more critical components in threaded applications."
Oracle VM Server for x86 + Oracle Sun Fire HW
Some Advice for Managers Contemplating Virtualizing Oracle Software on Oracle x86 Hardware
In the blog post "The winning combination: Oracle VM Server for x86 + Oracle Sun Fire HW" Karim Berrah offers an appraisal of the subject configuration intended to put at ease the minds of any manager facing the prospect of virtualizing Oracle software and a move to Oracle x86 hardware.

The appraisal is set forth as a series of facts about Oracle VM Server, including: it is considered as a hard partitioning technology, is free to use, support is included with Oracle x86 HW support, and there are no extra costs for a management console since OVM Manager package for Linux is free.

VirtualBox 4.1 Beta 2 Now Available for Testing
Use in Production Environments not yet Recommended
The second beta release of VirtualBox 4.1 is now available for download and testing. Because this release contains several new features which may not be quite complete its use in production environments is not advised. VirtualBox 4.1 is designed to be a new major release and includes the following new features:

  • Support for cloning virtual machines
  • Enhanced wizard for creating new virtual disks
  • A new wizard for copying virtual disks
  • Limit on guest memory on 64-bit hosts increased to 1 terabyte (TB)
  • Includes experimental WDDM graphics driver for Windows guests - Modules and features in the guest additions now are represented as facilities to have a common interface for frontends. - A new networking mode (UDP tunnel) which will allow easy and transparent communication between guests running on different hosts

In addition to the new features, the release includes many bug fixes.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 37: Java Brand Manager Michelle Kovac
Discusses the Java 7 Launch
Java Brand Manager Michelle Kovac joins Java Spotlight Episode 37 to discuss the launch of Java 7. Kovac also talks about promotions related to the JDK 7 launch, the Future Tech Duke release, the new Java Magazine, and the Summer Java Workshops for high school students.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Protocol Performance Comparison with Oracle Database 11g R2
NetApp White Paper
This NetApp technical report compares the performance of different network protocols and file systems and how they interact with Oracle® Database 11g Release 2 workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 5 U4 using Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 10GbE, 10Gb FCOE, and 4Gb/8Gb Fibre Channel (FC).
Joerg Moellenkamp on Solaris 11 and UltraSPARCs without a T
Caveat Emptor -- or at Least Buy with an Eye on the End Date of Support Agreements

At greater length than typical Joerg Moellenkamp muses about issues like migration and upgrades, noting the importance of making purchases of either with attention to the expiration of support agreements. (Why upgrade to Solaris 11 if you have hardware issues that will shorten its useful life in your enterprise, for example?) He concludes his reflections with the comment that, "The future of any technology in the marketplace [SPARC, for instance] isn’t decided on - sorry - outdated systems, it will be decided on current and future systems. Otherwise you may win the fight because we can run Solaris on old gear, but lose the war. And sorry … everything needed to win or have at least the usual balance is okay to me. Even when it means that my playground systems in the basement are now not enabled to be upgraded to Solaris 11 FCS."

Webcast Series: Discover the Cloud Advantage for Databases
First Webcast Available Now; Next Webcast July 21

Oracle is launching a six-part webcast seriesDiscover the Cloud Advantage for Databases. Registration and log in are required. Episodes are as listed below:

  • Storage Management in Private Clouds, July 21, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Data Integration for Private Clouds, August 18, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Data Consolidation onto Private Clouds, September 8, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Managing Databases in Private Clouds, October 13, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Maximum Availability on Private Clouds, November 10, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Database Consolidation: Better Data Security at Lower Cost, Originally broadcast on June 16, 2011; now available on demand

Next broadcast in the series is on July 21, 2011.

Sun Blade 6000 Interactive 3D Demo
Shows How 6000 Chassis Integrates Server Blade Modules with High-capacity Networking and Storage Blades
A three dimensional fly-by demo of the Sun Blade 6000 chassis is available. The demo shows Oracle's flexible, eco-efficient Sun Blade 6000 chassis that integrates Oracle's x86 and SPARC server blade modules with high-capacity networking and storage blades to support a wide range of application environments.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 161 Issue 1; Vol 160 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 159 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:

  • Frank Summary of HP/Oracle Dispute By Oracle Lawyers
  • Why Enterprises Buy UNIX Systems
  • Oracle's Cloud Offering - Summary View
  • Recommended Patchset for Solaris
  • Virtualization: A Manager's Guide
  • Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 365
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine Deployments Meet Expectations and Drive Interest
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client App for iPad
  • From the Executive Suite: Oracle's Q4 2011 Results
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.3

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

    Anti-PowerPoint Party Vows to End to Death by Slides
    Billions in Employee Hours Wasted in Watching Computer-based Slide Shows, APPP Charges
    The Anti- PowerPoint Party Party (APPP), founded by Switzerland's Matthias Poehm, has as its principal goal "a national referendum to obtain a law forbidding PowerPoint during presentations." So reports Rik Myslewski in The Register. According to Poehm's calculations billions of euros are wasted annually in Europe alone by PowerPoint presentations in corporate meetings. Poehm further claims that 85 percent of participants regard these presentations as a waste of time and anti-motivational as well. If you agree and would like to add your support, Myslewski provides a link where you can draw your own line in the sand.
      Do We Really Want 100Gig Ethernet?
      Alan Stevens Thinks the Answer Is a Resounding Yes
      "Do we really want 100Cig Ethernet?" asks Alan Stevens in "The Register," and he answers his rhetorical question with a resounding yes, citing two principal reasons: The need to support increasingly bandwidth-greedy applications, such as video streaming and private cloud computing, and the growth in server virtualization and the hardware consolidation that goes with it is an even more compelling consideration, he writes. He then goes on to elaborate, writing, " ... the more virtual machines a physical server has to host, the smaller the share of the available network bandwidth each is likely to get, even when it is sliced up and dynamically allocated using sophisticated virtual networking software." So, do we need it, Stevens says, yes, and soon, perhaps as early as 2015.
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