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Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Oracle White Paper Examines Optimal Combination
Oracle Solaris, one of two operating system options for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, delivers key datacenter advantages in mission-critical reliability, performance and scalability, and security for the Exadata systems. Oracle Solaris has been modified and tuned over 25 years of collaborative effort with Oracle Database engineers to run even the world's largest and most responsive databases. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine" provides a high-level overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and describes as well the value the Oracle Solaris, optimized and integrated for utmost performance, brings to the Oracle Exadata offering.
Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 05/11 Update1 Patches
New Applications Qualified, New DR Options Featured

Along with his announcement of the release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3.05/11 Update 1 Juergen Schleich blogs that the package version of the Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 05/11 Update1 is the same for the core framework and the agents as for Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3. Therefore, he points out, it's possible to patch up an existing Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3. On the other hand, he continues, the package version of the Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition 3.3 05/11 Update1 is NOT the same as Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition 3.3, although it's possible to upgrade the Geographic Edition 3.3 without interruption of the service. Schleich's blog includes an extensive list of patch revisions for both Solaris 10 10/09 Update8 or higher and for Solaris 10 x86 10/09 Update8 or higher.

MySQL Newsletter August 2011
Get Up to Date on the Latest in MySQL Developments, Events
The MySQL Newsletter for August 2011 highlights a number of upcoming events and includes as well articles on "MySQL Early Access Features -- InnoDB and Replication"; a MySQL Enterprise Edition demo; and two live Webinars: "What's New in mySQL 5.6, Part 1" and "MySQL Essentials for ISVs and OEMs, Part 1: Faster Development and Better Applications with MySQL workbench." The three-minute demo of MySQL Enterprise Edition is designed to help viewers understand how the solution reduces the risk, cost and time required in developing, deploying and managing business-critical MySQL applications. The Webinar on MySQL 5.6 (one of five parts) covers the improvements to Performance, InnoDB, Replication, Instrumentation and flexibility with NoSQL (Not Only SQL) access. The Webinar on MySQL Essentials reviews the versatility of MySQL Workbench, a visual database modeling and design tool, a SQL editor, and an administrative tool.
Cloud Computing
Get into the Cloud but Stay Out of Trouble
Four Tips for Regulatory Compliance
While cloud computing, whether public or private, offers clear benefits to users, there are nevertheless a few perils involved that need to be addressed. Regulatory compliance is one of them, and Jim Buchanan's InfoWorld article "Cloud computing: 4 tips for regulatory compliance" presents some ideas on keeping one's corporate head above water when it comes to compliance:

  • Be aware of new challenges the cloud may add to the IT workload
  • Track the fast-changing standards landscape
  • Pay attention to the requirements of SLAs
  • Make security a priority
Setting Up Unison File Synchronization Between Two Servers
Unison Tracks/synchronizes Changes in Both Directions
In the tutorial "Setting up unison File Synchronization Between Two Servers on Debian Squeeze" Falko Timme provides a five-step approach, beginning with the information that "Unison is a file-synchronization tool similar to rsync, but the big difference is that it tracks/synchronizes changes in both directions, i.e., files changed on server1 will be replicated to server2 and vice versa." The steps (and code is provided) are:

  • The preliminary note concerning Unison as root
  • Installing Unison
  • Creating a Private/Public Key pair on server1
  • Running Unison
  • Creating a Cron Job (which Timme does in order to automate synchronization)

Timme runs Unison as the root user in this tutorial so that Unison has sufficient permissions to synchronize user and group permissions.

Gartner Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies 2011
Evaluates 43 storage hardware and storage software technologies
The Gartner Hype Cycle report on storage technologies illustrates the typical lifecycle that a new storage technology experiences (categorized as "maturity levels") prior to reaching mainstream adoption. This year's report, co-authored by Pushan Rinnen and Dave Russell, assesses each of the 43 storage hardware and software technologies included in terms of benefit rating; market penetration; maturity; and vendor sources. Users will find the information helpful in determining where and when to invest.
Storage Strategies NOW Survey Finds 70% of Respondents Planning to Deploy SSDs
Lower Power Consumption; Need to Reduce Response Times; Reliability Prove Compelling
The industry survey "Solid State Drives and High-Speed Memory: Adoption, Practice and Deployment," conducted by Storage Strategies NOW, found more than 70% of respondents planning to deploy solid state drives and high-speed memory. Factors cited as motivating the move included lower power consumption; need to reduce response times; reliability; and improved user experience. Factors impeding the move included high cost per Gigabyte (GB); write endurance; wear-leveling; IOPs read/write performance; latency; and availability/reliability, among other lesser reasons.
SATA Group Creates New High-speed Storage Spec
PCI Device Interface Boosts Speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s
The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has announced a new PCI Express (PCIe)-based interconnect specification designed to boost interface throughput of solid state drive (SSD) technology from 6GB/sec to 8Gb/sec and 16Gb/sec writes Lucas Mearian in Computerworld. The new SATA Express specification is said to protect investments in current SATA and PCIe products because it's a hybrid of both and still looks like SATA to the host system. The specification will define new device and motherboard connectors that will support both new SATA Express and current SATA devices, Mearian notes.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 162 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 161 Issues 1,2, 3 and 4; Vol 160 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:

  • Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g Update 2
  • Adding Zone Swap Space
  • First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11 Express
  • Questioning the Password Myth
  • Webcast - How Oracle Uses Oracle Desktop Virtualization
  • Oracle Linux 5 Update 7
  • Oracle Exadata: The World’s Fastest Database Machine
  • Installing WebLogic in a Zone
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Express Available on x86-based Oracle Exadata Database Machines
  • Introducing DTrace in GlassFish 3.1.1

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

    LibreOffice 3.3.4 is Ready for Download
    Development Work Continues on LibreOffice 3.4
    The Document Foundation announces that LibreOffice 3.3.4, a new release of the free office suite’s 3.3 branch, is available for download. This release fixes several bugs, the next maintenance release 3.3.5 is scheduled for October 2011. The Document Foundation maintains two editions of LibreOffice: version 3.3.x caters to conservative users, who wish to stick to a proven release in deep maintenance mode, with increasingly infrequent updates, while the 3.4 branch provides a more modern and featureful release. Development is continuing on the 3.4 series, which offers new features. The next version in that branch – LibreOffice 3.4.3 – is expected by the end of August. LibreOffice 3.3.4 is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, in over 100 different languages (more than twice the language coverage of comparable proprietary products).
    Sun Blade X6270 M2 with Oracle WebLogic Sets World Record on 2-Processor SPECjEnterprise 2010 Benchmark
    Outperforms IBM System HS22 and IBM Power 730 Express Servers
    The Sun Blade X6270 M2 two-chip server modules used Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Release 1 (10.3.5) application, Java SE 6 Update 26, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 to set a world record performance mark against both the IBM System HS22 Server and the IBM Power 730 Express server. The X6270's results were superior to the HS22 and the 730 by 47% and 33%, respectively. The Sun Blade X6270 M2 application server was equipped with 2 x 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 chips, 48 Gigabytes (GB) of memory, and 4 x 10 GbE NIC.
    Patching Not The Time Hog It Used to Be
    Live Upgrade and ZFS Cut the Downtime Significantly
    In Scott Dickson's view, Live Upgrade (LU) can take a lot of the pain out of patching, since the actual application of the patches no longer has to be done while the system is shut down. With LU, rather than taking the system down to single-user, Dickson continues, users are able to create a new alternate boot environment, using ZFS snapshot and clone capability, while the system is up, running in production. Then, we apply the patches to that new boot environment, still using the installpatchset command. The saving in downtime is significant.
    Awk One-Liners Explained
    Explained examples will turn you into a great Awk programmer
    Peteris Krumins announces his e-book "Awk One-Liners Explained" and provides a convincing example of the utility of Awk by contrasting the single line of code required to print a list of all the users on a system with the several lines required to write a similar program in C. The latter program also needs to be compiled, he notes. Awk, he asserts, deserves to be incorporated in the daily workflow of everyone.
      Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms)
      A 'Cookbook' Approach to the Installation and Configuration

      The blog post "Deploying Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on LDoms Virtualization" is a "cookbook" approach to configuring and installing Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) Database on Solaris 10 and Logical Domains on Sun CMT servers (also using ZFS). He concludes that LDom is a good choice for RAC deployment for, among other reasons, it is a virtualized hosted environment; it permits easy reallocation/deallocation of system resources dynamically; it allows for optimized system utilization and space/utility consumption.

      Java Technology
      Java Spotlight Episode 42: Chen Fishbein on LWUIT 1.5 Release
      Lead Architect, Founder of LWUIT Project
      On Java Spotlight Episode 42 Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Chen Fishbein, lead architect and founder of the LWUIT project, where he is responsible for one of the most disruptive platforms in mobile Java development. In this interview he talks about the new changes in 1.5. Chen has been working with Java since 2000, joining Sun 7 years ago when he turned his focus to the field of mobile development. Chen has led multiple large scale projects for leading carriers across the globe, becoming best known for leading the Sprint Wireless Toolkit effort, which is one of the most successful J2ME development tools. Regular panel member Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, is also part of the Java All Star Developer Panel.
      Feature Phone App Market to Reach US$1 Billion by 2016, Ovum Predicts
      Calls Java ME Best Softare for Developers in this Market
      Ovum anticipates substantial growth in the apps market for feature phones by 2016, projecting an increase in revenue to US$1 billion. And the best software for developing those apps, Ovum further finds, is Java ME. Ovum analyst Nick Dillon attributes the development by handset manufacturers, operators and third parties of improved distribution programs as offering the impetus for this growth. Dillon adds that the larger feature phone market and the higher barriers to entering it means less competition for some developers. While grateful for the endorsement of Java ME, an observant Oracle staffer takes humorous issue with Ovum's incorrect reference to the software in the article. "... despite its age, JavaME software is the best option for developing feature phone apps..." "Cool, but 'Java ME' is two words, not one. Just wanted to point that out... Not like we're gonna sue you or anything like that... Not today."
      Java Spotlight Episode 43: Universidate Federal Do Rio Grande Do Norte Integrated Systems
      Open-sourced Systems Serve 22 Campuses, Seven Police and Administrative Bodies in Brazil
      Joining Host Roger Brinkley and Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador on Episode 43 of the Java Spotlight are Gleydson Lima, Director of Systems at Brazil's Universidate Federal Do Rio Grande Do Norte (UFRN), along with Richardo Wendell, who together explain the three systems developed at the university: Integrated Management of Academic Activities (SIGA); Integrated Wealth Management, and Contract Administration (SIPAC); and the Integrated Human Resource Management (SIGRH). The programs developed at UFRN are recognized as the best in for Brazil in the area of public administration and university management, providing innovative solutions. Twenty-two institutions maintain partnership with UFRN for use of these open sourced systems, as do seven other public administration bodies, such as the Federal Police, Ministry of Justice and the Comptroller General of the Union.
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