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Oracle Solaris 11 Training and Certification Programs
Help Speed Your Enterprise on Its Way to the Cloud

A recent press release introduces readers to Oracle University's offerings on Oracle Solaris 11 Training and Certification, pointing out the value this training delivers in enabling graduates to foster the migration of their respective enterprises to the cloud. The newest courses in the curriculum include What’s New in Oracle Solaris, previewing the latest innovations in Oracle Solaris 11; Transition to Oracle Solaris 11, designed for experienced Oracle Solaris 10 system administrators; and Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration and Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration, intended for new Oracle Solaris or UNIX system administrators.

Solaris 11 Launch Blog Roundup
If Not Everything, then much of What You'd Like to Know about Oracle Solaris 11

Contantin Gonzalez has compiled what he terms the "Solaris Launch Blog Carnival Roundup," where blogs pertaining to the Oracle Solaris 11 launch are grouped into helpful categories such as:

  • Getting Started/Overview
  • Automatic Installation and the Image Packaging System
  • Networking
  • DTrace
  • Security
  • Developers-
  • Desktop and Graphics
  • Performance

A lot of Oracle and non-Oracle bloggers contributed helpful and informative blog articles.

Cloud Computing
Know What the Cloud Means to Your Enterprise Before You Enter
Four Distinguishing Characteristics of Cloud Computing
In his post on "A Brief Introduction on Migrating to an Oracle-based Cloud Environment," Tom Laszewski prudently begins at the beginning and suggests that his readers do the same: defining what the cloud means to an enterprise. He points out the four characteristics that distinguish the cloud from virtualizing IT infrastructure and making it available on the web. Those characteristics are:

  • Provisioning
  • Metering and Charge-back capability
  • Multi-tenancy
  • Elasticity

For further information, Laszewski points his readers to his 400-page book "Migrating to the Cloud" (co-authored with Prakash Nauduri).

Dual Boot Oracle Solaris 11/11 and Linux
A -Start-to-finish Procedure for Users Requiring Dual OSes

"Please back up your data carefully before trying any of this" is the prudent caution blogger Hartmut Streppel offers in his post "Dual Boot Oracle Solaris 11/11 and Linux (Ubuntu 11.10/grub2)." Beginning with the uninstall of Oracle Solaris 11 Express and an Open SuSE installation and then consulting the web, Streppel found instructions on the dual boot of Linux and Windows. He also found that Ubuntu needs an active partition and that grub2 uses a different numbering scheme for the partitions. Finally, using the grub CLI and a tool from, Streppel confirmed the correctness of his basic setup.

Best Practices For Database Consolidation On Exadata Database Machine (Nov. 2011)
Oracle White Paper
Oracle Exadata, combined with Oracle resource management, provides a simpler and more flexible approach to database consolidation than other virtualization strategies such as hardware or OS virtualization. "Best Practices for Database Consolidation on Exadata Database Machine," an Oracle white paper, provides the best practices for setting up and managing applications for maximum stability and availability. Chapters include:

  • Planning for Exadata Consolidation
  • Resource Management
  • Maintenance and Management Considerations

The authors contend that these best practices maximize stability when supporting multiple applications and databases that use shared resources in a consolidated database environment

Oracle Exadata Database Machine Consolidation: Segregating Databases and Roles (Sep. 2011)
White Paper: Case Study Approach Examines Platform Consolidation

The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exadata Database Machine Consolidation: Segregating Databases and Roles" demonstrates how to isolate and secure each of the application databases on Exadata Database Machine so that the grid infrastructure as well as the application database can be administered separately and securely. The authors contend that treating the segregation of all databases and their administration from one another with separate diskgroups in a consolidated environment nevertheless offers an opportunity to consider such predictable variations as chargeback requirements or hybrid implementations that involve control by a single administrator of multiple databases, for example.

Possible Successors to NAND Flash Even as 3D NAND Shows Promise
Replacing NAND Won't Be Cheap
If you've not yet heard of "phase-change memory (PCM), magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) or resistive RAM (RRAM) senior writer Carol Sliwa is certain you will. IBM's announcement this summer that thermal-based PCM might enable systems to retrieve data 100 times faster than NAND flash and to endure at least 10 million write cycles drew attention. In the view of some knowledgeable storage industry insiders, though, NAND's demise is years off because the cost of manufacturing these technologies is still prohibitive. Sliwa's article covers the range of technologies drawing attention both in the lab and the board room.
Survey of Enterprise Storage Trends
SSDs, Ability Optimization, Auto-tiering

If Gestalt is your thing and you have a sharp machete, you might enjoy weeding your way through Stephen Foskett's piece on enterprise storage trends in Foskett covers the field, touching on such trends as solid-state cache; virtualization-optimized storage; capacity optimization; automated tiered storage; and innovation in storage. It's hard going but that machete will get you through the tangle.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 164 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:

  • The Future of the SPARC M4
  • New Shell In Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Compared to Oracle Solaris 11
  • Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 (Overview)
  • Oracle Solaris 11 ZFS File System on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Installing Oracle Solaris 11 in Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Creating User Home Directory Encryption with ZFS
  • Creating a Solaris 10 Branded Zone in Solaris 11
  • 84 Open Source Companies Ranked By Momentum Index
  • Technical Product Guide for Sun Ray Clients

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

    SPARC T4-4 Server Outperforms HP and IBM for 12th World Record
    Best Four-Processor Result on TPC-H Benchmark
    In a recent press release Oracle announced a new performance record for its SPARC T4-4 server: a best-in-class TPC-H benchmark result at the three TB scale factor. Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Solaris 11, running on a SPARC T4-4 server with four SPARC T4 3 GHz processors, achieved a stellar result of 205,792 QphH@3000GB with a price of $4.10/QphH@3000GB, over two times better performance per processor with 36 percent lower price per query (reported as $/QphH@3000GB) than IBM's most recent result by an eight processor Power 780 server running Sybase.
    Survey Finds 75% of European Businesses Might Not Recover from Disaster
    Many Seek Refuge in Moving Away from Tape Storage
    The recently published EMC-sponsored "European Disaster Recovery Survey 2011" found that more than half of all organizations (54%) lost data or suffered systems downtime in the last 12 months. The reasons were hardware failure: 61%; power failure: 42%; and data corruption: 35%. And the economic impact of these losses were loss of employees productivity: 43%; loss of revenue: 29%; and delay in product development: 27%. The survey also found that 80% of organizations using tape are looking to move beyond it, with the top reasons cited as speed of restoration 39%; faster backups 33%; and lack of durability 26%.
    Using the sysconfig Command to Configure Oracle Solaris 11
    Procedure Covers Four Examples

    Art Beckman explains "How to Configure Oracle Solaris 11 Using the sysconfig command." He writes that the Oracle Solaris 11 sysconfig command replaces the Oracle Solaris 10 sys-unconfig command and enables you to configure, unconfigure, and reconfigure systems, letting you generate system configuration profiles for use with the Automated Installer or with sysconfig itself. Beckman provides four examples of how to use the new Oracle Solaris 11 sysconfig command to unconfigure a system, configure a system, interactively reconfigure a system without a full reboot, and generate a configuration profile and use that profile to noninteractively reconfigure a system.

    Managing Virtualization with OracleVM: Oracle Magazine Article by Philip J. Gill
    Looks Beyond Consolidation to Application-Driven Virtualization
    The November/December 2011 issue of Oracle Magazine features a cover story by Philip J. Gill titled, "Managing the Virtual World," which focuses on how virtualization with Oracle VM consolidates servers and makes applications more available, reliable, and manageable. Gill writes about the experience of Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Pella Corporation in using virtualization. The article also considers the evolution of virtualization beyond consolidation, specifically Oracle VM 3.0's focus on "Application-Driven Virtualization."
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 58: Peter Korn and Ofir Leitner on ME Accessibility
    Top Notch Talent on the Subject
    Java Spotlight Episode 58 features a discussion with Peter Korn and Ofir Leitner on mobile and embedded accessibility. Korn is Oracle's Accessibility Principal, as well as Technical Manager of the AEGIS project, leading an EC-funded €12.6m investment building accessibility into future mainstream ICT. Ofir Leitner is the architect of one of LWUIT's key features - the HTMLComponent which allows rendering HTML within LWUIT applications and embeding web-flows inside apps. The regular members of the Java All Star Developer Panel, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate are also featured.
    NetBeans IDE 7.1 Release Candidate
    Available for Download; Learn About What's New
    For a rundown on what's new in NetBeans 7.1 see Arun Gupta's post on the availability of the download for NetBeans 7.1 RC1. Among the new features or improvements Gupta notes are Support for JavaFX2; enhanced Java editor; enhancements to support for Java EE; and changes involving CSS3, GUI Builder, Git, Maven3, etc. Gupta cites as his favorite the ability to create a Java EE 6 application, deploy on GlassFish, and then re-deploy the same application by changing the target to Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (internal build), which enables users to see the same application deployed to both servers.
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