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Oracle
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Thinking About an Upgrade to Oracle 11g?
Might Be a Good ... Make that Very Good ... Idea
How many reasons would it take to convince you to upgrade to Oracle Database 11g? Mike Dietrich offers six worth thinking about ... maybe more than once:

  • Oracle support period will end soon or has ended
  • Oracle EBS, Siebel, Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, even SAP - will require Oracle 11.2 for their currently supported versions

  • The last word in security will be found only ... that is, only ... in 11.2

  • Cost savings: 11.2's advanced compression permits users to eliminate superfluous and costly fast disks; and Active DataGuard allows users to employ standby for a number of purposes.

So how does 11.2 look in this light?

Training
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MySQL Live Virtual Classes
On-line Offerings from Oracle University
Oracle's MySQL Blg encourages readers to Go virtual and get Trained on MySQL. Oracle University is now offering a number of Live Virtual Classes that allow students to interact directly with trainers through lectures and labs. The following MySQL Live Virtual Classes are now available:

  • MySQL for Database Administrators
  • MySQL for Beginners
  • Introduction to MySQL 5.5
  • MySQL for Developers
  • MySQL Performance Tuning
  • MySQL and PHP Developing Dynamic Web Applications
  • MySQL Developer Techniques

The trainers are Oracle University expert instructors who deliver an educational experience that is comparable to our traditional in-class training—without the need for expensive travel.

Solaris
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Preparing for Solaris 11 Installation: OTN Video
Architect Dave Miner Explains What's New, Different and Improved with Solaris 11 IPS
Log on to view a half hour video on the Oracle Technology Network featuring Dave Miner, architect for Solaris Installation, describes the changes to the installation process and tools for Solaris 11. Miner begins his review with a look at Jumpstart, explaining how much easier installs are with Solaris 11 tools. The new automated installer will do remarkably better what Jumpstart was designed to do, Miner contends. Much more detail is in the video.
ZFS
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Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.0 Release
Includes Bug Fixes, Firmware Upgrade
There is a new minor update to the Sun ZFS 7000 Storage Appliance 2010.Q3.4.0 Release that has over 80 bug fixes and includes a Disk Shelf SIM firmware upgrade, ZFS resilvering performance improvements and Update Healthchecks. The release notes provide details, including a full list of changes and links to download the software.
MySQL
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MySQL Relational Database Management
Two-Part Series of No-Cost Webinars on MySQL

Oracle University is presenting a two part series of free webinars on MySQL. The first, available now, is devoted to MySQL Relational Database Management with Angeliki Korovesi. She intends to cover the importance of MySQL; MySQL architecture; management; high availability; and backup and recovery. Registration and log in are required.

“Meet The MySQL Experts” Podcast Series
Episode 2: Inaam Rana on InnoDB

From Oracle's MySQL blog comes the announcement by Bertrand Matthelie that the 2nd episode of the “Meet The MySQL Experts” podcast series, where Oracle engineers share their expertise, is now available. In this episode Wei-Chen Chiu interviews InnoDB team member Inaam Rana, who discourses on the new InnoDB features and improvements delivered in MySQL 5.5 as well as in the first development milestone release of MySQL 5.6. Inaam also shares his views about the InnoDB features available in labs.mysql.com.

Linux
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Linux Turns 20
Wim Coekaerts Lights the Candles
Looking back on the 20 years of Linux, Wim Coekaerts celebrates the managerial acumen and stewardship of Linus Torvalds, who shepherded Linux from a hobby project into a hugely successful software product as evidenced by the growth from a few 100K downloads to 70M+ in size. It is an important benefit to Oracle customers, Coekaerts points out, that products are built on Linux and tested on Linux. The Oracle Linux Development Team has two objectives, Coekaerts explains, which are to make Linux a better OS in general and to improve Linux so that Oracle products can run better and faster.
SPARC
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T4 - Next Generation SPARC Processor
Improves Single-thread Performance
Oracle's SPARC T4 processors are expected to be released in the fall of 2011 with volume shipments slated for 2012. Also forthcoming in 2011 is the release of Solaris 11. Yet another T-Series server product refresh is expected in 2013, scheduled to be coincident with another update of Solaris 11, writes Lloyd Cohen. He calls the T4 an inflection point in the T-Series designs, because it improves single-thread performance beyond what it was in the T3 processors.
Storage
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Manage Your Storage Environment with Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-Ins for Oracle VM 3.0
Simplifies Virtualization Environments; Allows for Precise Security Conditions
Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins for Oracle VM 3.0 -- just announced by Oracle -- make it possible for customers to cut the time and complexity of their virtualization environments. Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins, integrated with the features provided by Oracle and partner storage devices and file systems, permit virtualization administrators to use the Oracle VM Manager GUI to execute on advanced storage functionality directly on the storage area including snapshots or “instant” cloning, Logical Unit Number (LUN) creation, deduplication, and thin provisioning.
Deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
A Multi-step How-to Quick Start Guide
The Quick Start Guide to Deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance by Andrew Ness describes creating and preparing shares and block-protocol iSCSI LUNs on a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to be published and used by a Microsoft Windows server running Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Ness's procedure allows administrators to make use of the simple, powerful BUI in the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to manage scalable, high performance data storage for use by a Microsoft SharePoint Server.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 162 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 161 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:

  • Oracle's SPARC T4 Chip Called Twice as Fast as SPARC T3
  • Oracle VM 3: More Scalability, Less Cost than VMware
  • Oracle VM 3: Architecture and Technical Overview
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup Tutorial
  • IDC Reports Server Revenues Increase 17.9% for Q2 Worldwide Server Market
  • Replacing the System HDD by a Larger One on Solaris 11 X86
  • Oracle VDI 3.3 Overview: 70-slide Presentation Covers Four Aspects
  • Sun Ray Primer Part 1
  • Best Way to Automate ZFS Snapshots and Track Software Updates in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Best Way To Update Software Using IPS in Oracle Solaris 11

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    The Long Road To (Software) Freedom
    Simon Phipps on the Seven-step Road to FOSS

    Simon Phipps has devised a seven-step "path to software freedom" that he lays out for readers as follows:

    • Open source as enemy
    • Damage containment
    • Embrace and extend
    • A change of executive direction
    • Exploratory opening
    • General opening
    • Embrace of software freedom

    Sun, Phipps says, was at stage 6 when the acquisition occurred. Where is your organization on the spectrum?

    Sysadmin
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    Using smpatch to Apply Solaris Cluster Patches and Other Enhancements
    System Must Be Registered as User-based Rather than S/N-based

    With the built-in Solaris 10 patch automation utility, 'smpatch' / Update Manager users can once again download patches for products such as Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio, as well as Oracle Solaris Operating System patches. Systems must be registered or re-registered for users to switch 'smpatch' / Update Manager from using hardware-serial-number-based access entitlement to user based access entitlement.

    Virtualization
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    VMware Product Support for Oracle Servers and Storage
    Certifications for x64 Rack Servers and Blades and for Four Sun Storage Series
    Check for the latest update on VMware certifications for Sun x64 Rack Servers and Blades on multiple VMware ESX platforms, as well as for VMware certifications for Sun Storage that cover the Sun Storage 2500 series; Sun Storage 6000 series; Sun Storage 7000 series; and Sun Storage 9000 series.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 45
    Banco Do Brasil Senior Analysts Find They Can Bank on Java
    Episode 45 of the Java Spotlight finds Lúcio Camilo Oliva Pereira, Fúlvio Longhi, and Giovanni Roberto Machado, all senior analysts at Banco do Brasil, talking about Java development at the bank. Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine takes his customary seat on the Java All Star Developer Panel alongside host Roger Brinkley.
    GlassFish Powers Parleys.com
    From Tomcat to GlassFish
    The eLearning platform for Java developers Parleys.com has switched from a Tomcat instance to a GlassFish 3.1.1 cluster to power the service. In a recent blog post Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine writes that Parleys.com uses the web container (with virtual hosting), GlassFish application versioning (doc), clustered MQ brokers and other product features and Java EE APIs. The application also uses a good number of frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate, Wicket, BlazeDS among others. Future plans include some refactoring to use more Java EE 6 technologies (namely EJBs). Read Parleys master Stephan Janssen's reports his experience in this transition
    Security
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    Who's Using RBAC These Days?
    100% of Solaris Users

    While Oracle's Solaris engineers don't have exact figures on the number of Solaris users also using RBAC, they can be certain of the percentage: 100%. Why? Because from Solaris 10 forward it is impossible to turn RBAC off in the parts of the system that 100% of Solaris users always use. Darren Moffat blogs that the kernel always checks Solaris's fine grained privileges (82 distinct privileges in Solaris 11 Express), even if the process is running "as root".

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