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Partitioning and Oracle Licenses
Oracle VM for SPARC Now a Hard Partitioning Technology

Oracle VM for SPARC is now explicitly named as a hard partitioning technology. A guide from provides information on "Server/Hardware Partitioning" that discusses the attributes of server partitioning and comments on how companies can leverage partitioning to optimize their software licenses. Also discussed are the two principle tyes of partitioning: soft partitioning using OS resource managers to partition the OS into segments; and hard partitioning, which involves physically segmenting a large server into distinct, smaller systems The implications of licensing agreements as to partition type are considered.

The Rise & Development of illumos
Bryan Cantrill VP, Engineering, Joyent, Pulls Back the Curtain
The illumos project is the fully open community fork of the OpenSolaris operating system lead by Garrett D'Amoreat of Nexenta.

Joyent VP for Engineering Bryan Cantrill colorfully details "Fork Yeah! The Rise and Development of illumos" in his presentation that answers the question "WTF is illumos?" in the following way:

An open source descendant of OpenSolaris, which itself was a branch of Solaris Nevada which was the name of the release after Solaris10, and was open but is now closed, and is itself a descendant of Solaris2.x, but it can all be called "SunOS5.x" -- but not "SunOS4.x" --"(that's different).

A complicated topic that Cantrill illuminates with style.

Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
Delivers Advanced HA andDR Capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11
Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, the first release providing extended high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11. Oracle Solaris Cluster works by extending Oracle Solaris to provide the HA and DR infrastructure required for deploying mission critical workloads in private, public and hybrid clouds as well as enterprise data centers. Among the other strong points of the solution are built-in support for cloud implementations and cloud-ready application protection through fine-grained monitoring and policy-based application management, along with restart and failover capabilities.
Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Videos: Engineering and Customer Panels
Two Videos Added to Earlier Launch Keynote
Until now the video available from the launch on November 11, 2011 of Oracle Solaris 11 featured only the executive keynote. Two additional sessions have been added, which are a panel of some top Oracle engineers discussing what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and a panel of customers discussing why they chose Oracle Solaris for their mission-critical services. The videos of those sessions (plus the executive keynote) are now available. Registration and log-in are required.
Meet the MySQL Experts Podcast: Focus on Backup
Using MySQL Enterprise Backup
On a recent episode of the Meet the MySQL Experts Sveta Smirnova from the MySQL technical support organization provides an overview of the common MySQL backup practices and tools, specifically the benefits of using MySQL Enterprise Backup. MySQL Enterprise Backup provides hot online backup for InnoDB, which has been one of the most requested features from the MySQL user community for years.
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.8 Mainjtenance Release in General Availability
Find it on My Oracle Support and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
Readers can find MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.8, a maintenance release that fixes several bugs, in General Availability on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site and, within one or two weeks, on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Similarly, binaries for the new release are also available on the MOS site and the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The changelog contains full details on this release.
Oracle Database Appliance; Oracle Database 11g; and Linux
Game Changer Appliance for SMBs Powered by Oracle Linux
In his post "Game Changer Appliance for SMBs Powered by Oracle Linux" Zeynep Koch considers the payoff from the engineered systems approach in his praise for the Oracle Database Appliance as a way to take advantage of Oracle Database 11g, the world's most popular database, in a single, easy-to-deploy and manage system. Koch describes this combination as " ... a complete package of software, server, storage, and network ... engineered for simplicity," that saves users time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database workloads.
Brewing Better IT
Constantin Gonzalez on the Rise of Engineered Systems
The brewers of Bavaria represent the clearest analogy to the "engineered systems" approach to IT, according to Constantin Gonzalez's post "The Rise of Engineered Systems." In IT itself, Gonzalez labels the iPad " ... the ultimate consumer Engineered System: Hardware and software and applications merged into a single, optimized system that lets you 'just work'." Engineered systems represent the wave of the future, Gonzalez writes: enabling users to appreciate better performance, faster networking, fewer bugs, more capable technical support (because the guy on the other end has a system identical to yours), better security, and shorter time to market.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Screenwatch Demos Series
Nine Titles Provide Guidance in Several Aspects of Management
There are nine demos in the Oracle Enterprise Manager Screenwatch Demo Series, which includes the following titles:
  • Cloud Management
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Application Quality Management
  • Enterprise Monitoring
  • Application Management
  • Middleware Management
  • Database Management
  • Hardware and Virtualization Management
  • Enterprise Manager Framework and Infrastructure

Most of these videos are hosted on YouTube.

SPARC T4-4 Processor:: Foundation of Oracle SPARC Supercluster
Integrates Solaris on SPARC, Exadata, Exalogic
Oracle has produced a true SPARC Engineered System that integrates Solaris on SPARC, Exadata and Exalogic. And this new system is the Oracle SPARC Supercluster, which is built on the new T4 chip and its new architecture, which has resulted in the SPARC T4-4 Server as the the top of the line 5RU model. SPARC Supercluster also includes the integration of Infiniband and the flexibility of Logical Domains (LDoms) as well as a ZFS Storage Appliance to support the Exalogic clustering storage needs, plus Exadata Cells.]
IDC Finds 11% Growth in 3Q11 for External Disk Systems Worldwide
EMC Maintains Leadership Position
IDC's "Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker" found that external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 10.8%, totaling just under $5.8 billion in 3Q11. The total disk storage systems market grew to $7.6 billion in revenues in the quarter, 8.5% up from 3Q10. EMC led the external disk storage systems market with 28.6% revenue share in the third quarter, followed by IBM and NetApp tied for second with 12.7% and 12.1% market share. In total worldwide disk storage systems, EMC finished in the top position with market shares of 21.7% followed by HP with 18.9% respectively.
Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays
Gartner Reports on 2011 Market Survey
The 2011 Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays from Gartner has found the midrange and high-end modular disk array storage market grew 8.2% from 3Q10 through 2Q11, as reported in The Gartner report profiles the 15 vendors who figure significantly in the market, noting strengths and cautions in each case. Among the conclusions Gartner draws is that, it is clear that vendors such as Dell, HP, IBM and Oracle, which have large and global distribution organizations, prefer to own their own ECB disk storage IP rather than sourcing it from a competing or enabling vendor.
Three Important Enhancements to the 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance
EOL Announced for 18GB Write Flash Cache
In his post to on ZFSSA - Tips & Tricks with your Oracle 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance Steve Tunstall announces the release of three new options for Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage portfolio:

  • Write-flash-cache SSDs have gone from 18GB to 73GB each.
  • New long-range transceivers for the 10GigE cards
  • 3TB drives for the 7120 model; The 3TB drives for the 7320 and 7420 are in the works.

Tunstall's post also includes this End-of-Life information for the 2TB drive-equipped base model of the 7120 and the 18GB Write Flash Cache.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 164 Issues 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:

  • SPARC T4-4 Server Outperforms HP and IBM for 12th World Record
  • Solaris 11 Launch Blog Roundup
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Training and Certification Programs
  • Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 7% - Gartner
  • Dual Boot Oracle Solaris 11/11 and Linux
  • Using the sysconfig Command to Configure Oracle Solaris 11
  • Managing Virtualization with OracleVM: Oracle Magazine Article by Philip J. Gill
  • Best Practices For Database Consolidation On Exadata Database Machine (Nov. 2011)
  • Know What the Cloud Means to Your Enterprise Before You Enter
  • Survey of Enterprise Storage Trends

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

    SPARC T4-4 Beats 8-CPU IBM POWER7
    On TPC-H @3000GB Benchmark
    The four-processors SPARC T4-4 Server bested the eight-processor per-core results of both IBM's Power7 and HP's ProLiant DL980 G7, achieving 205,792 QphH@3000GB with price/performance of $4.10/QphH@3000GB, 7% faster than the IBM Power 780 server with POWER7 processors (total of 32 cores) on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark and 27% faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server with x86 processors. The SPARC T4-4 Server also outperformed its IBM and HP rivals in data loading and refresh function while achieving a peak IO rate from the Oracle database of 17 GB/sec and showing linear scaling from TPC-H @1000GB to TPC-H @3000GB.
    Investigation Results in 2000x Performance Win
    Looking at Performance Degradation in SmartOS
    "Picking a non-C locale can hurt performance – something that has been known for many years. In this case, a GNU grep(1) bug inflated the translation overhead to slow down performance by a huge degree: up to 2000x. In short: leave LANG=C; aim DTrace at everything – even grep(1)." This is the recommendation Brendan Gregg arrives at in his post "2000x performance win." He recounts his experience in testing hypotheses framed to discover performance degradation in a production SmartOS cloud environment and the code samples involved with arriving at the conclusion above.
    Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle
    New Blog Shares Information on Management
    A post on the Patch Corner of announces the creation of The Solaris 11 Life blog where readers can learn about all aspects of the Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle, including policies, best practices, resource links, clarifications, and other pertinent matters. In the first post on the site, Gerry Haskins includes a presentation on the Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle presentation, originally given at Oracle Open World and the recent Deutsche Oracle Anwendergruppe (DOAG) conference.
    OVM 3.0 Tutorial on Installing a VM with Oracle Linux 5u6
    Video Shows How It's Done in Under Five Minutes
    If you are interested in how to create an Oracle Linux 5u6 in Oracle VM 3.0, Steen Schmidt explains the procedure in a Youtube video that takes less than five minutes, start to finish. His tutorial explains all the steps involved.
    OVM 3.0 Tutorial on Installing a VM with Microsoft Windows XP
    Youtube Video Gets It Done in less than Three Minutes
    In less than three minutes, watch a Youtube video on how to create a Windows XP Pro in Oracle VM 3.0. Steen Schmidt describes the steps in the process.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 59: Alan Bateman on the NIO2 APIs in JDK 7
    Oracle JDK 7 Team Member Shares His Views
    In Episode 59 of the Java Spotlight Alan Bateman, an engineer in the Oracle JDK team, discusses the NIO2 APIs in JDK7. Bateman's focus as part of the Oracle JDK team has been chiefly on the core libraries/APIs and lead JSR-203 that defined the new file system API and asynchronous I/O APIs that are new in JDK 7. Regular member of the Java All Star Developer Panel Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, assumes his usual seat.
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