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Oracle's SPARC T4 Chip Called Twice as Fast as SPARC T3
Expect a Hot Property in this Chip, Timothy Prickett Morgan Writes
In the view of Timothy Prickett Morgan, writing in "The Register," "The SPARC T4 processor that Oracle expects to ship before the end of December ... is probably the most important chip that either Sun or Oracle has put into the field since the dual-core UltraSPARC-IV+ 'Panther'...." The new SPARC T core has a feature called the critical thread API that allows a high priority application to grab one thread on a core and hog all of the resources on that core to significantly boost performance of that single thread. The SPARC T4 will have double the per-thread performance of the T3 chip it will replace, according to Prickett Morgan, quoting Oracle sources.
Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Rack Delivers Cost Effective Scalable Capacity
Augments any Oracle Exadata Database X2-2 and X2-8 Machine
Oracle's Exadata Storage Expansion Rack creates a new, economical way to add extreme performance storage servers to an Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Up to eight Oracle Exadata Database Machine racks and Oracle Exadata Storage Expansion Racks can be easily connected to achieve a single storage grid with a raw disk capacity of more than 3 Petabytes, according to the Oracle press release. Customers can choose from full rack, half rack, and quarter rack configurations. Using Oracle Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression feature, more than 10 Petabytes of user data can be stored.
Oracle VM 3.0: More Scalability, Less Cost than VMware
Four X Less Expensive than VMware vSphere5 Running RHEL VMs
Oracle VM 3.0 is four times more scalable than the latest VMware offering, and it supports up to 128 virtual CPUs per virtual machine, at a fraction of the cost. Oracle VM 3.0 has demonstrated support for up to 160 physical CPUs and 2TB memory using Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers. Furthermore, when compared to VMware vSphere5 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux guest VMs, Oracle VM 3.0 running Oracle Linux guest VMs is four times less expensive. Oracle VM is free to download, has zero license cost, and affordable, enterprise-quality support.
Oracle VM 3.0 Launch Webcast
A Solution that Outperforms Its VMware Competition
"In a nutshell" is an expression that applies neatly to the hour-long presentation made at the recent launch of Oracle VM 3.0, application-driven virtualization. The webcast is hosted by Oracle board member and Stanford Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Hector Garcia-Molina of Stanford who introduces in turn Edward Screven, Oracle Chief Corporate Architect, Wim Coekerts, Oracle Senior VP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Tim Frazier, Associate Project Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Lab (representing the user's point of view), and Hasan Rizvi, Oracle Senior VP, Fusion Middleware & Java. Each presenter enlarges a viewer's understanding of the "more for less" quality of Oracle VM 3.0 as they share their views on the impact and evolution of virtualization and unveil Oracle VM 3.0.
Oracle VM 3: Architecture and Technical Overview
White Paper Lays Out the Benefits of Oracle's Solution for Application-driven Virtualization
Oracle VM 3.0 is a solution designed to deliver application-driven virtualization at 4 times the speed and at significantly less cost than VMware. Virtualizing with Oracle VM 3 and capitalizing on its integration with both Oracle hardware and software will enable an enterprise to realize the advantages available in Oracle tools and to realize as well lower total cost of ownership, increased IT flexibility and greater corporate agility. The Oracle white paper "Oracle VM3: Architecture and Technical Overview" explains it all.
Maintenance Release for Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.2
Fixes Problem on AMD Fusion CPUs, Adds Linked Clone Support to VirtualBox Manager
Blogger Fat Bloke reports that Oracle's recent release of a maintenance release for Oracle VM VirtualZox 4.1.2 that included fixing a problem on AMD Fusion CPUs and adding Linked Clone support to the VirtualBox Manager (GUI). The entries on the ChangeLog are too extensive to list here, so readers will have to scan them for themselves.
IT - Storage
Storage Management
Big Data Suggestions
"How can you prepare for the big data era? ..."

Data is exploding and the end is not in sight and if you keep doing what you've always done you will run out of money, space and people. These "10 Lessons Learned By Big Data Pioneers" can significantly reduce the money, space, time and people that are needed for huge data farms…and even smaller data farms.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 44: SpiceLabs Hardware and Software Platform Based on JavaME
SpiceLabs' Solutions Are Found from Ivory Coast to Indonesia
SpiceLabs execs Siddhartha Jain, Head of Product Development, and Pradeep Kumar Singh, Vice President of Enterprise Mobility (Engineering), discuss the company's development of a hardware and software solution from the Ivory Coast to Indonesia using JavaME on Episode 44 of Java Spotlight. Regular Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, is part of the Java All Star Developer Panel.
Best Way To Update Software Using IPS in Oracle Solaris 11
Three-part Tutorial on Keeping Software Current without all the Mumbo Jumbo

Software Management Best Practices with IPS in Oracle Solaris 11 is a three-part tutorial by Ginny Henningsen. Part 1, Best Way to Update Software with IPS; Part 2, Best way to Automate ZFS Snapshots and Track Software Updates; and Part 3, Best Way to UpdateSoftware in Zones. The SVR4 packaging and patching systems in earlier versions of Solaris were designed by the Chosen for the Faithful. Ginny invites readers to put away their magic tricks bag and follow her suggestions on the best way to use the new tools.

Cloud Computing
Six-Part Oracle Series on Cloud Computing: Data Integration for Private Clouds - Part 1 of 6
Webcast Series - Discover the Cloud Advantage for Database starts
Oracle's six-part series on Discover the Cloud Advantage for Database includes a number of programs that prospective and active cloud users will find instructive. The archived and forthcoming series includes:

  • Data Integration for Private Clouds August 18, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Database Consolidation onto Private Clouds September 8, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Managing Databases in Private Clouds October 13, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Maximum Availability on Private Clouds November 10, 2011 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

  • Database Consolidation: Better Data Security at Lower Cost On-Demand (Webcast was originally broadcast on June 16, 2011)

  • Storage Management in Private Clouds On-Demand (Webcast was originally broadcast on July 21, 2011)

Registration and log in are required for each webcast.

IT - Cloud
A Group to Make Things Better
IT World
"Cloud-friendly concepts such as multi-tenancy and federated user authentication are challenging security vendors to come up with new and better counter strokes ..."

Back in 2009 the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was formed not to set standards for cloud security but to promote safe practices. From this group we can find out How the Cloud Can Solve Security Problems. The one big problem is that the cloud is growing exponentially and learning tends to be linear.

Keeping Clients informed of an Outage
"With all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth about Microsoft's three-hour Office 365 email outage, many have overlooked an important fact ..."

The cloud is going to have problems just like internal data centers have problems; the only question is how to keep the users informed. This was the case with the "Office 365 Outage: This Cloud Has a Sliver Lining". Microsoft has learned from others that weren't so forthcoming that customers need to be informed of the good the bad and the ugly.

IT - CxO
Decision Making
IT Business Edge (August 24, 2011)
Being the leader in business is much like being a battlefield commander; decisions have to be made in the best interest of all and quickly. The CEO of OfficeMax, Michael Feuer, lists the qualities of The Benevolent Dictator: Keys to Successful Decision-Making with insights that do not make the title seem like an oxymoron.
    Moving Vendors to Partners
    "The only relationship we had with vendors was when they were trying to sell me something or when there was a problem. I thought, there's got to be a better way."

    Ken Piddington, the CIO of Global Partners, an $8 Billion energy company, thought there had to be a better way in working with vendors so he set about making a paradigm shift in expectations on both ends. The end result is "Vendors as Partners" setting long term goals, monitoring the results and having upper management support.

    Priorities Changing for CSOs
    CSO Online
    "Part of what makes the role of the CSO so challenging is that trends introduce change, and the changes are cumulative ..."

    Seems that CSOs are in a loosing battle; no matter what they do the bad guys are always one step ahead. "The 5 Top Trends Redefining CSO Priorities" gives us an idea of not only what we are against but what could be ahead.

      Stability In Times of Employee Turnover
      CIO Insight
      "Launch a formal 'technical talent management' program now in order to avoid the common, transitional mistakes that happen whenever your top tech talent departs ..."

      Like taxes and death employee turnover is a given. Knowing "How to Retain Knowledge When Top Tech Talent Departs" is one criteria of a true leader. People leave; what they know doesn't have to go with them.

      Stop Project Overrun
      "According to Flyvbjerg, there are five key considerations to help CIOs keep IT projects under control ..."

      One out of every six IT projects is over budget an average of 200 percent. These "Five Ways to Stop Your IT Projects Spiraling Out of Control and Over Budget" will bring morale back, recue complexity and save money ,time and staff.

        IT - DR
        Preparing for Hurricane Irene
        "Bill Peldzus, vice president at the IT consultancy Glasshous, recommends six basic steps for preparedness ..."

        Hurricanes are one of the very few disasters that give advanced warning, not being prepared is a tragedy bordering on stupidity ignorance or just plain incompetence. "How To Prep IT for Hurricane Irene" will do little for a lot of companies as the information will fall on deaf (or flooded) ears. Disasters happen; get moving and do something about your DR plan and then test, test and retest.

          What Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong
          "The moral is do not base modern systems on old ones. Infrastructures, systems, and technologies need to move together and complement each other ..."

          Disasters of all kinds happen on a regular basis; occasionally the tech folks see one coming and report the potential up the chain. At that point "Stubborn Suits Cause Data Center Chaos" and requires intervention, DR activation, down time, and added expense.

            IT - Networks
            Always Choose the Stronger Algorithms
            "Many organizations are using IPsec in sub-optimal configurations that result in weaker connection security ..."

            IPsec is the standard for security VPNs, but there are issues that face network admins on a regular basis. "Stronger IPsec VPN Configurations Needed" and the best way is to always choose the stronger algorithms for encryption and authentication algorithms.

            Is IPv6 a PandoraÂs Box?
            "We definitely see these attacks, we just can't say where we are seeing them -- Lisa Donnan, who leads Salient's Cyber Security Center of Excellence ..."

            Like any technology IPv6 has many good points but there are also some chinks in the armor that the bad guys will exploit. The "Scariest IPv6 Attack Scenarios" are just the tip of the iceberg and as more companies implement IPv6 other scenarios are sure to appear.

            Nothing Personal
            Enterprise Systems Journal
            "Attacks are getting increasingly complicated -- not just in the technology they use but in the number of parties involved in a single attack ..."

            Attacks are not personal they are just doing business. [url "" "The Increasing Complexity of Network Attacks" are keeping CSO’s on their toes. Companies need to understand that these attacks are not only individuals but in some cases sophisticated business entities that are seeking to make a profit at your expense.

              IT - Operations
              Needed, A Good Way of Measuring Power Usage
              "CIO Forum reveals progress in green IT while underscoring the need for more resilient hardware and a successor to PUE ..."

              Power usage effectiveness (PUE) been around for a while as in initial stake in the ground, what’s needed is a measure of work done per watt of power. "Exploring Deeper Shades of Green IT" looks at what’s needed in the future to gauge how efficient data centers are being operated.

              IT - Security
              A Group to Make Things Better
              IT World
              "Ask five different people a question about, say, cloud security, and you'll likely get five different points of view ..."

              Back in 2009 the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was formed not to set standards for cloud security but to promote safe practices. From this group we can find out "How the Cloud Can Solve Security Problems". The one big problem is that the cloud is growing exponentially and learning tends to be linear.

              Getting the Feds Attention
              IT World
              "Once an investigation is launched, the FBI is much more able and willing to go interview victims, suspects and anyone else than a commercial security company ..."

              Here’s a question "How Do You Know If The FBI Is Going To Come After You For An Innocent Little Hack?" There are some things that the FBI does really well once you are in the crosshairs; the problem is that hacks far outnumber the resources available. The best advice is don’t do anything that would cause their attention to come your way.

              IT - Careers
              Insights from Steve Jobs
              Steve Jobs has had his share of ups and downs; to survive and come out a winner deserves more than a glance. These Quotations from Steve Jobs gives insight to the man, his intellect and his ability.
                The Grass Isn't Greener As A Consultant
                "Many of the perks people believe freelancers enjoy simply don’t live up to their billing ..."

                As the old saying goes, ‘if you think the grass is greener on the other side, its usually because you re not taking care of your side’. The same can be said about consulting; Here are "10 Things You Shouldn't Believe About Freelancing. Private contracting can be rewarding if you have a desire to be on your own and you go in with your eyes open.

                  IT - Virtualization
                  Team Building
                  "A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams (Amacom/available now), offers best practices to bridge any distance – both literal and figurative – that the virtual structure may present ..."

                  Virtualization is a Medusa, who originally was beauty to behold and transformed into a hideous monster. The same can be said for virtualization when the team gets out of control. Here are "10 Tips for Leading a Virtual Team"; the last thing anyone needs is Perseus to come along and lop of the head (meaning you) to restore order.

                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                    Vol 162 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 161 Issues 1,2, 3 and 4; Vol 160 Issue 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:

                    • Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
                    • Awk One-Liners Explained
                    • Gartner Hype Cycle for Storage Technologies 2011
                    • Patching Not The Time Hog It Used to Be
                    • Setting Up Unison File Synchronization Between Two Servers
                    • SATA Group Creates New High-speed Storage Spec
                    • Get into the Cloud but Stay Out of Trouble
                    • Sun Blade X6270 M2 with Oracle WebLogic Sets World Record on 2-Processor SPECjEnterprise 2010 Benchmark
                    • Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms)
                    • Storage Strategies NOW Survey Finds 70% of Respondents Planning to Deploy SSDs

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

                      Developing Enterprise Applications for Oracle Solaris
                      The Perfect Platform for Oracle's Applications
                      Oracle Solaris is a versatile powerhouse of an operating system that provides a robust, scalable and secure platform for the development and delivery of mission-critical enterprise and ISV applications. Solaris offers investment protection and such solutions as Oracle Solaris Studio and the Oracle Solaris Ready program from Oracle PartnetNetwork. Users will find enormous benefit in the integrated testing and patch verification that has been performed across the Oacle hardware and software stack.
                      Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup Tutorial
                      Installation via Network on x86 Machines

                      In his tutorial "Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup" Brian Leonard is careful to caution readers that the material does not apply to Solaris 11, which has a different mechanism for bulk installations over the network. The procedure focuses on Solaris 10, Update 9 for x86 machines. In the subject example Leonard writes that he assumes all clients have the same hardware configuration, and the task is to configure Solaris 10 on them similarly. Leonard provides all the code necessary to complete the 11-step procedure in his article.

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