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Oracle
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Oracle Database 11g Express Edition Quick Tour
Release Sets a New Standard for 'Express'
Explore Oracle Database 11g Express Edition with senior Oracle database administrator Przemyslaw Piotrowski, who provides a quick tour via the Oracle Technetwork. The tour introduces the many new features in Oracle Database 11g Express Edition (XE), the latest version of Oracle's free database, which extend from relatively simple improvements like the PIVOT operator, deferred segment creation, and virtual columns to the groundbreaking adaptive cursor sharing, database resident connection pooling, and edition-based redefinition features. This new release sets a new standard for "express" RDBMS, Piotrowski writes.
ZFS
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Calculating Usable Space on a ZFSSA
A How-to Guide to Using Ryan Mathew's Size Calculator

The proper use of Ryan Mathew's Size Calculator in determining storage pool allocation is the subject of a blog by Steve Tunstall, who writes that the calculator will provide details on such questions as which type of pool to make; will more than one pool at a time work on a system; and how much usable space will you be left with when the pool(s) are installed. According to Tunstall, one need only enter the number of available disk trays and their size, the number of pools desired, and the calculator delivers both the figures and a graphical layout of the tray.

Three Updates for the Oracle Storage Group Solutions
Enhance the Edge for ZFS Storage Appliance Performance
The three announcements just released by Oracle concerning the Oracle Storage Group are ample testimonial to the superiority of Oracle's storage solutions. For example, results in the SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1) for best-in-class performance and price/performance; the ZFS Storage Appliance, now with Oracle Database Hybrid Columnar Compression now delivers 3-5 times the storage efficiency over all competitive products; and the availability of 15K RPM 300 Gigabyte (GB) and 600 GB SAS-2 high performance drives for the ZFS Storage 7120 appliance all lend distinction to Oracle Storage solutions for their superior performance.
MySQL
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Synchronously Replicating Databases Across Data Centers
Not as Crazy as It Sounds with MySQL Cluster 7.2, Says Mat Keep
Readers will find a generalized discussion of one of the most important features in MySQL Cluster 7.2, namely, Multi-Site Clustering, in Mat Keep's blog. While, as Keep points out, MySQL has long offered Geographic Replication, Multi-Site Clustering enables the deployment option of splitting data nodes across data centers. This feature, he writes, allows users to synchronously replicate updates between data centers with no need to modify applications or schema for conflict handling.
Cloud Computing
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Oracle Public Cloud
A Subscription-based, Self-Service Model
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison recently unveiled a new service, the Oracle Public Cloud, which is designed to deliver subscription-based, self-service access to Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Cloud Service, Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service, Oracle Social Network, Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service. Customers will be able to deploy existing standard Java and Oracle Database applications to the Oracle Public Cloud without rewriting them, allowing users to take advantage of their existing IT assets, skills and ecosystems.
Feds Race to Join the Crowd
Or, Rather, to Join the Cloud
It's one thing to declare a change at the policy-making level and quite another to make that change a reality in the trenches. So, as Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who ordered government agencies to begin a migration to the cloud in December 2010 has discovered, implementation is somewhat slower than declaration. Cost constraints and security issues, as well as the diverse storage needs of various agencies, along with congressional insistence on demonstrated cost benefits, are among the considerations slowing things down. The story is capably covered in Mary K. Pratt's article "Feds race to the clouds" in ComputerWorld.
Overview Video Demo of Cloud Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
Solution Offers Complete Cloud Lifecycle Management
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle’s complete cloud lifecycle management solution, includes self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environment from applications to disk. The three-minute video overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c gives viewers a comprehensive look at the capabilities of this solution.
SPARC
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SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on SSL Network Tests
Attains Near Line Speed with Only 9% CPU Utilization
Oracle's SPARC T4 processor is faster and more efficient than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor (with AES-NI) when running network SSL thoughput tests. The SPARC T4 processor at 2.85 GHz is 20% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor on single stream network SSL encryption. Moreover, Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server using 8 threads achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network with only 9% CPU utilization and does this with 5 times less CPU resources compared to the Intel Xeon X5690 processor.
SPARC T4-4 Server Sets World Record on PeopleSoft Payroll (N.A.) 9.1
Outperforms IBM Mainframe, HP Itanium

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 achieved world record performance on the Unicode version of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll (N.A) 9.1 extra-large volume model benchmark using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running. The SPARC T4-4 server was able to process 1,460,544 payments/hour using PeopleSoft Payroll N.A 9.1. This result of 30.84 minutes on Payroll 9.1 is 2.8x faster than IBM z10 EC 2097 Payroll 9.0 (UNICODE version) result of 87.4 minutes and 3.1x faster than HP rx7640 Itanium2 non-UNICODE result of 96.17 minutes, on Payroll 9.0.

SPARC T4 Processor Design and Benefits: Oracle VP Rick Hetherington
The Differentiator Is Throughput
Hear Oracle VP of Hardware Development for the SPARC Processor Family Rick Hetherington discuss development of the SPARC T4 processor which differs, he says at the outset, from IBM's processors, for example, by its focus on throughput. Whether single-threaded or multi-threaded applications, the SPARC T4 is capable of delivering the required throughput, Hetherington contends and of enabling multi-tier data center resource consolidation as never before.
Storage
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Hybrid Columnar Compression Now Supported for ZFS Storage Appliances, Pillar Axiom Storage Systems
Enables 3x to 5x Reduction in Storage Footprint Versus EMC and NetApp for Oracle Databases

Hybrid Columnar Compression, enabled in an update to Oracle Database 11g Release 2, is now supported on both Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar Axiom Storage Systems enabling customers using Oracle’s NAS and SAN systems to manage the lifecycle of data using in-database archiving for OLTP databases and data warehouses, with 10x to 50x compression for most datasets. Using Hybrid Columnar Compression in these environments, customers can achieve 3x to 5x reductions in their storage footprints, energy usage and cost by replacing existing EMC and NetApp SAN and NAS storage with Oracle storage solutions.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 164 Issue 1; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 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:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 Full-feature Preview Available to Gold Level Members
  • Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4
  • Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-2, SPARC T4-4 and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture
  • Winners of the 2011 Duke’s Choice Award
  • LibreOffice Launches Extension and Templates Repository for Public Beta Test
  • Oracle Database Appliance
  • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries
  • JavaFX 2.0 Now Available for Download
  • SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on IPsec Encryption Tests
  • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on ZFS Encryption Tests

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

    Performance
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    SPARC T4 Processor Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on AES Encryption Tests
    Tests Cover Various Application Interfaces
    The Oracle SPARC T4 processor demonstrated its superior cryptographic capabilities against Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on AES Encryption tests that measure cryptographic capabilities in terms of general low-level encryption, in-memory and on-chip using various ciphers, including AES-128-CFB, AES-192-CFB, AES-256-CFB, AES-128-CBC, AES-192-CBC, and AES-256-CBC. The benchmark results were obtained using tests created by Oracle that use various application interfaces to perform the various ciphers. They were run using optimized libraries for each platform to obtain the best possible performance.
    SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record on PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1
    Runs 15,000 Concurrent Users
    Using two SPARC T4-4 servers to run the application and database tiers and one SPARC T4-2 server to run the webserver tier, Oracle demonstrated world record performance of 15,000 concurrent users running the PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1 benchmark on Oracle Solaris 10. This combination of the SPARC T4 servers running the PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 benchmark supports 3.8x more online users with faster response time compared to the best published result from IBM on the previous PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 benchmark. The average CPU utilization on the SPARC T4-4 server in the application tier handling 15,000 users was less than 50%, which leaves significant room for application growth. The application tier was configured with two PeopleSoft application server instances on the SPARC T4-4 server hosted in two separate Oracle Solaris Containers to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application, ease of administration, and load balancing.
    Sysadmin
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    Creating a DIY IPS Package
    A Step-by-step How-to

    Blogger Chris Beal takes a step-by-step approach to demonstrating how to publish an IPS package to a directory. His procedure answers the often-heard question "How do I package up my own app as an IPS package?" which Beal says is a frequent concern. In his step-by-step blog -- complete with code samples -- Beal includes the steps necessary to create the essential manifest, which each IPS package requires. In a future blog he promises to provide details on how to establish a package version.

    Java Technology
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    Momentum Persists for Java EE Technology
    Ten JSRs Are Underway for Java EE 7; Major IT Vendors Continue Releases for Java EE 6
    With 10 active Java Specification Requests (JSRs) currently being worked on through the Java Community Process (JCP) by over 20 different participating companies and represented by hundreds of engineers, indications are that Java technology, Java EE 7 in particular, is alive and well. And Java EE 6 is not doing all that badly either, given that six major IT vendors have released certified, open source and commercial implementations of Java EE 6 since it became available in December 2009. Java EE 7 is being designed to further enhance the Java EE platform for Cloud environments.
    Security
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    SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on OpenSSL AES Encryption Test
    2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 4.3 times faster than the 3.5 GHz IBM POWER7 processor
    The Oracle SPARC T4 processor is faster than the Intel Xeon X5690 (with AES-NI) and the IBM POWER7. On single-thread OpenSSL encryption, Oracle's 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 4.3 times faster than the 3.5 GHz IBM POWER7 processor, and on single-thread OpenSSL encryption, the 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 17% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor. The SPARC T4 processor has Encryption Instruction Accelerators for encryption and decryption for AES and many other ciphers.
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