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Oracle Optimized Solution for Agile Product Lifecycle Management
Runs on Sun Fire X4800 M2 Server, Sun ZFS 7420 Storage System
The Oracle Optimized Solution for Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) provides a well-tested, highly validated architecture designed to balance optimal performance with low total cost of ownership (TCO) and high reliability. The solution employs the powerful Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 server to run the entire Agile PLM infrastructure in a single virtualized system. Storage issues are simplified with Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, resulting in an integrated solution that offers significant cost savings, improved user productivity and reduced risk. Among the benefits this system delivers are:

  • Significant cost savings from lower hardware acquisition costs, faster deployment, and lower operating costs

  • Improved user productivity as a result of higher service levels due to the enterprise-class reliability of the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server and the Oracle Solaris operating system

  • Reduced risk due to the pre-tested environment and simplified deployment of a single hardware server with the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 system

Two Oracle white papers provide further detail on this system: "Oracle Optimized Solution for Agile Product Lifecycle Management," and "Oracle Optimized Solution for Agile Product Lifecycle Management."

Oracle Exadata: The WorldÂ’s Fastest Database Machine
5-Minute Video Highlights Key Features

Juan Loaiza, Oracle Senior Vice President, Systems Technology, joins other members of the Oracle Exadata development team to describe the unique features that make Oracle Exadata the WorldÂ’s Fastest Database Machine. Oracle Exadata Database Machine is optimized to run not just Oracle Database but all databases, transaction processing, packaged applications, and content management at a rate that delivers returns on investment orders of magnitude greater than competitor's equipment that typically offers returns of only 20 to 30%.

Data compression, the ultra high performance PCI flash memory card, optimization, InfiniBand connectivity ... these are some of the technologies that give Oracle Exadata Database Machine its reputation as the world's fastest database machine. Customers have eliminated multiple racks of legacy hardware with only a few racks of the Exadata Database Machine, reducing costs while increasing performance. The Oracle team presents this snapshot of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine in a five minute video brimful of brimful of impressive facts about this world class technology.

Securing Mission-critical Files on Oracle Exadata Database Machine: Webcast
Choose the Best Protection for Your Enterpise from Oracle's Catalog of Solutions
If your enterprise is one of the many that have adopted Oracle Exadata Database Machine, it is imperative that it provide the best possible protection and recovery technology for that mission-critical. Oracle has the answers that can help customize a storage solution to meet the individual requirements of every enterprise. In a recent webcast, Storage Solution Specialist Dave Krenik and Senior Exadata Principle Product Manager Phil Stephenson discussed the benefits of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and explain why data protection strategies are important to consider. Viewers will learn the following:

  • How to speed up backup and recovery
  • How to leverage Oracle tools to speed recovery time
  • Why only Oracle solutions help reduce datacenter costs from acquisition to long-term TCO
  • Which tools provide the appropriate levels of data protection

Registration and log in are required for this archived webcast.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 41 Covers Release of JDK 7, Glassfish 3.1.1 and Netbeans IDE 7.0.1
Geertjan Wielenga, NetBeans IDE Principal Product Manager, Appears as Guest
The Java Spotlight Episode 41 has a great deal of important material to cover, including the release of JDK 7, GlassFiss 3.1.1, and NetBeans IDE 7.0.1. Principal Product Manager for NetBeans IDE Geertjan Wielenga joins host Roger Brinkley and the usual panelists, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, for the discussion.
Introducing DTrace in GlassFish 3.1.1
Surprisingly Little Overhead when It Is not Needed; Amazing Versatility when It Is

Introducing DTrace in GlassFish 3.1.1, Byron Nevins' blog post, explains how to make use of the DTrace feature that is built in to GlassFish, which automatically supports DTrace. For every Probe that is registered in GlassFish, a corresponding DTrace probe is generated and made available to DTrace, he points out, adding that this includes any probes that you create yourself such as in your Applications. Nevins shows the three steps necessary to make the DTrace probes available: run GlassFish in JDK 7; enable DTrace; copy glassfish-dtrace.jar to the GlassFish modules directory. Pretty simple! And then Nevins show what is necessary to turn on the monitoring levels. One of the aspects of DTrace on GlassFish that Nevins most appreciates is that the DTrace probe inside of GlassFish is a no-op unless a DTrace script happens to be running. Only in that case, Nevins writes, the DTrace probe code gets dynamically instrumented to call into the OS's DTrace framework. When the script ends, the probe gets un-instrumented. There is almost no overhead unless a DTrace script is running. He is also enthusiastic about the number of applications DTrace on GlassFish makes possible.

First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Brian Leonard Makes Things Easier for the Newbie
If nothing else, Brian Leonard is a realist about the allure of Oracle Solaris 11: "Moving to Oracle Solaris can be exciting. However, it can also be frustrating as you begin to learn your way around," he blogs. His post continues with the information that Oracle Solaris 11 Express is distributed in several formats: a hands-free server based format that's used for automatic installation; an interactive installer format that only has console access; and an interactive graphical installer that includes a full desktop environment.

His post "First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11 Express" focuses on the third format with the full desktop environment, although most of the concepts discussed in apply to any of the Oracle Solaris 11 Express formats. The graphical format is officially known as the LiveCD, which means that Oracle Solaris can be booted into RAM, causing zero impact on an existing operating system. Once it is loaded, users are free to experiment with Oracle Solaris to determine whether it is something that they would like to install.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express Available on x86-based Oracle Exadata Database Machines
Gives Customers the Advantage of Oracle Solaris to Speed Data Warehousing and OLTP Performance

Oracle customers can now take advantage of the availability of Oracle Solaris 11 Express on the x86-based Oracle Exadata Database Machines X2-2 and X2-8. With Oracle Exadata, Oracle Solaris customers can rapidly deploy an engineered system that delivers the mission-critical reliability, scalability, and security of Oracle Solaris to manage even the largest and most critical database applications, enabling them to run up to 10x faster with the rock solid stability that Oracle Solaris consistently delivers. Running Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software, Oracle Exadata provides the software, servers, storage and networking for all database requirements. With Oracle Solaris Express 11 and Oracle Linux preinstalled on the x86-based database servers, customers have the option of running either operating system on the database servers at system deployment.

MySQL 5.6 Replication
Binlog API; Binlog Group Commit and Enhanced Multi-Threaded Slaves; Durable Slave Reads

Further comments on the MySQL doings at OSCON include Mat Keep's observations on "MySQL 5.6 Replication - New Early Access Features."] Among the new features Keep mentions are te Binlog API; Binlog Group Commit and Enhanced Multi-Threaded Slaves; and durable Slave Reads. These new features build on the significant replication enhancements announced as part of the MySQL 5.6.2 Development Milestone Release back in April, Keep writes. This new functionality, which is focused on better integration, performance and data integrity, is available for evaluation now and can be downloaded today from Keep provides links to further information on each of these new features.

More New MySQL 5.6 Early Access Features
InnoDB and Replication Features Score Well with Users
Interest in MySQL could not have more clear at OSCON in Portland, where the many MySQL developers meeting with the MySQL community, conducting technical sessions, leading BOF sessions, and working the exhibit hall confirmed Oracle's leadership in the technical evolution of MySQL. The highlight of the week was the unveiling of even more 5.6 early access InnoDB and Replication features that are now available for early adopters to download, evaluate and shape via InnoDB is one of MySQL's "crown jewels" and, beginning in 5.5, became the default storage engine. Replication is turning out to be by far the most popular and widely used MySQL feature.
Cloud Computing
Commercial Unix Users Cool on Public Clouds, Gabriel Survey Finds
Instead, Emphasis Is on Developing Private Cloud Infrastructure
While the public cloud has not caught on with commercial Unix users, interest in developing private cloud infrastructure is certainly of obvious interest to them writes Joseph F. Kovar in CRN. A survey by Gabriel Consulting Group of 306 companies worldwide who depend on commercial Unix for their mission-critical applications revealed that only 27 percent are using public clouds to augment their infrastructure. It is not so much cost that is the primary driver in the move to cloud technology, the survey found, but rather the desire to increase IT flexibility and speed. The databases and ERP applications of these commercial Unix users could run in public clouds, Dan Olds, principal analyst at Gabriel, contends. Both the relative unavailability of public clouds and the security requirements of individual users make the move to the public cloud a less attractive option, he adds. Olds expects to see these commercial Unix users focusing either on developing heterogeneous private clouds or on clouds that can work with their Unix, Windows, Linux and even mainframe servers.
Oracle Linux 5 Update 7
Now Available on edelivery as Free Download
Oracle Linux 5 Update 7 ISO images are now available on edelivery as a free download. The freely available yum repository for the 5.7 base channel is also online, along with all srpm updates. Finally, the GIT repo for UEK with all checkins, changelogs etc., can also be found online.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 162 Issue 1; Vol 161 Issues 1,2, 3 and 4; Vol 160 Issues 3, 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:

  • Patching Oracle Solaris Using Advanced Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on iPad in Action
  • Oracle Linux Podcast on Btrfs
  • Determining the Costs of Using Dedup with ZFS
  • Top 5 Docs to Introduce You to JavaFX
  • Video Vignettes for My Oracle Support: Featuring User-driven Innovations
  • Two New Offerings in Updated Oracle Solaris Cluster Content
  • Java Spotlight Episode 40:
  • Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet
  • NetBeans Announces 1,000,000 Active Users

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

    Adding Zone Swap Space
    Brian Leonard's Procedure Shows How

    In a blog post on Oracle's Observatory site, Brian Leonard reviews the elements in increasing swap space in a particular Solaris zone, which involves adding swap to the entire system. He provides the code samples that are necessary to add another volume; add that volume to the swap so as to have it recognized by the zone; permanently add the swap to the system; control the amount of swap space used by zones with resource caps, followed by a reboot, which then results in having the cap in place.

    Installing WebLogic in a Zone
    A Seven-step How-to
    In a recent post on The Observatory, blogger Brian Leonard presents a how-to on Installing WebLogic in a Zone. The procedure is essentially an improvised workaround to address the absence of an installer for Solaris on x86 in the download page for WebLogic 10.3.5 at the time of the post. The seven-step procedure includes an abundance of screen shots and all the code necessary to achieve the installation. Leonard takes readers explicitly from Step 1: Create the Zone through Step 7: Browse to the Console.
    Java JDK 7, NetBeans 7.0.1, GlassFish 3.1.1 Released
    In Hockey It's Called a Hat Trick

    Bloger Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine writes about the "troika" of Java summer releases comprising Java JDK 7, GlassFish 3.1.1, and NetBeans 7.0.1. He notes that "this release has full support for Java 7 (including running on JDK 7 itself) and GlassFish 3.1.1. It also includes numerous bugfixes and performance improvements across all areas. Current users of NetBeans 7 will get all the updates via the IDE's update center."

    NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 Now Available for Download
    Offers Full JDK 7 Support
    NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 is now available for download with full support for the Java SE7 platform. Among the notable changes in this update are the following:

    • Full JDK 7 support: Running NetBeans IDE on top of JDK 7, and support for the final version of the JDK 7 language features

    • Integration of recent patches

    • Performance improvements

    Users with NetBeans IDE 7.0 already installed can launch the IDE and an update notification will appear. Clicking the alert-box will begin installation of the updates.

    Questioning the Password Myth
    Pass Phrases Are Better
    Blogger Ben Rockwood ponders the question of passwords vs. pass phrases in a recent post and comes to the conclusion that the pass phrase is the superior animal. But not in all cases. Facebook, Google (Gmail/Youtube), Twitter (no spaces, though), Reddit, and Digg were happy enough with Rockwood's 29 character pass phrase (his four favorite things, in order, with spaces in between and the first character of each word capitalized; no digits, no punctuation) and even Yahoo accepted it, except for choosing Vietnamese as the language preference. His conclusion? Longer is better than more funky. So don't rely on the old standby: the same password for every site, especially one that is 6-8 characters (alpha and numeric) long. He also recommends for those managing systems that they turn on account locking and consider using Duo.
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