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Oracle
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TimesTen and In-Memory Database Cache
Changes in TimesTen Automatically Recorded in Oracle Database
Blogger Sam Drake takes a look at how one might simultaneously exploit the fast memory-centric performance of TimesTen, and the large capacity and familiarity of the Oracle Database. He suggests using IMDB Database Cache (TimesTen) on the application server configured to cache tables from the Oracle Database. Thus, changes made by the application in TimesTen are automatically reflected in the Oracle Database. When a user logs off, data stored in TimesTen is erased, freeing RAM space for the next user, Drake writes, leaving the bulk of the database workload of your site handled in RAM, by the TimesTen database.
Solaris
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Creating Oracle Solaris Zones in Oracle Solaris 11
Shows Users How to Create, Install, Boot, and Configure an Oracle Solaris Zone
To familiarize users with the basic operations of Oracle Solaris Zone configuration and management in Oracle Solaris 11, blogger Duncan Hardie has written a post that explains how to create, install, boot, and configure an Oracle Solaris Zone. This makes it possible to clone the zone so you can roll out multiple, duplicate resource-controlled environments quickly and easily. The procedure demonstrates how a ZFS data set is automatically created and how the networking is set up automatically. In addition, Hardie shows how to add an application to an Oracle Solaris zone using IPS and then clone that zone.
Cloud Computing
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Doorway to the Cloud: Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
#1 Application Server for Conventional and Cloud Environments
WSJ's MarketWatch reported the release to general availability of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, which it describes as, " ... the Number 1 application server for conventional systems, engineered systems and cloud environments," with considerable enthusiasm. Market Watch celebrated the innovative new capabilities of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c for building, deploying and running Java Platform, Enterprise Edition Java EE) applications and the capability to leverage Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE7) features in the creation of cleaner, more easily maintainable code.
Exadata
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Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management
Processes 1 Billion LTE Event Records per Hour
Performance testing has revealed that Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) running on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and three Oracle Exadata Database Machine racks, all running Oracle Linux, achieved processing speeds of 926 million event detail records (EDRs) per hour, almost doubling expected performance requirements and far exceeding LTE processing requirements of the largest service providers. Extrapolated results demonstrate that, " ... if all seven billion people on earth made any combination of phone calls, texts or content downloads, Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management could process them all in a single day," Oracle claims.
Storage
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Know What You Want
ComputerWorld (December 9, 2011) )
"The proliferation of large-scale data sets is just beginning to change business and science around the world, but enterprises need to prepare in order to gain the most advantage from their information, panelists said at a Silicon Valley event this week. ..."

Companies are filling every nook and cranny with data in all forms. There is gold in that data; "Big Data Has Potential But Requires Care" as companies are putting the cart before the horse. Companies must decide first what they need before deciding on how to get there.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 166 Issue 1; Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 164 Issues 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 Rise & Development of illumos
  • Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
  • Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays
  • SPARC T4-4 Beats 8-CPU IBM POWER7
  • Three Important Enhancements to the 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Screenwatch Demos Series
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Videos: Engineering and Customer Panels
  • SPARC T4-4 Processor:: Foundation of Oracle SPARC Supercluster
  • Oracle Database Appliance; Oracle Database 11g; and Linux
  • IDC Finds 11% Growth in 3Q11 for External Disk Systems Worldwide

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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    Using NexentaStor ZFS storage appliance with vSphere
    Community Edition Has Deduplication, Compression, Snapshots and Moe
    Last year, Tomi Hakala wrote an article describing how to use NexentaStor to create an NFS share on a commodity x86 box and make that share available to vSphere. Those steps with version 3.0 are still the same with version 3.1:

    • Install NexentaStor; obtain a unique key; enter key
    • Create a ZFS volume
    • Create a folder
    • Configure NFS Server (use NFS v3)
    • Note the mount point in which folder is available to NFS client
    • Open vSphere Client and mount NAS datastore

    NexentaStor 3.x is a major release, with many new features, improved hardware support, and many bug fixes over the older Developer Edition including:

    • In-line deduplication for primary storage and backup
    • Free for up to 18 TB of overall raw storage capacity (i.e. sum of all ("raw") disks sizes, excepting logs, caches and spares)
    • Supports easy upgrade to future Community Edition releases and to Enterprise Edition licenses
    • Support for user and group quotas
    • The ability to automatically expand pools

    NexentaStor 3.x Community ISO CD images can be installed on "bare-metal" x86/64 hardware. VM installed images are also available.

    Developer
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    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Released
    Accelerates Performance by Up to 300 Percent on Oracle Systems
    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3, Oracle's advanced C, C++ and Fortran development tool suite, delivers accelerated application performance of up to 300% on Oracle Systems. The release provides extreme application observability and enhances developer productivity. Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 is optimized for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems to deliver up to 300% faster SPARC T4 and up to 150% faster x86-based applications with Oracle Solaris Studio C, C++ and Fortran compilers, Terri Wischmann blogs. Users can perform remote development of server-applications from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS desktop.
    Performance
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    Record Performance Result for a Two Processor Intel-Based System with TPC-C Benchmark
    Cisco UCS C250 M2 Rack-Mount Server with 2 Xeon® X5690 3.46 GHz processors
    Oracle reports that its Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, running on a Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Rack-Mount Server with two Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 GHz processors, achieved 1,053,100 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $0.58/tpmC.com/us/corporate/press/1425234. This is in contrast to the nearly 11 percent lower per tpmC of the nearest competition -- the HP ProLiant DL380 G7 -- on a configuration utilizing identical Intel processors and memory capacity.
    Networking
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    Integration of LDoms Networking with Networking Enhancements in Solaris 11
    Focus on Behavior of LDoms Virtual in a Solaris 11 Service Domain
    The network stack for Oracle Solaris 11 has been substantially re-architected in an effort known as Project Crossbow, a main goal of which is to virtualize the hard NICs into Virtual NICs (VNICs) to provide more effective sharing of networking resources. Raghuram Kothakota blogs on how LDoms networking is integrated with all the networking enhancements in S11, mainly with project Crossbow. His post is a high-level view of how LDoms virtual switch in an S11 service domain and LDoms virtual network device in an S11 Guest domain.
    Java Technology
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    Join Java Spotlight Episode 60 to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Globalcode
    Brazil's Largest Center for Teaching Java Software Development
    Episode 60 of Java Spotlight features Vincius and Yara Senger, co-founders of Globalcode, the largest Brazilian educational center specializing in software development on the organization's 10th anniversary. Mike Lehmann, Oracle senior director of product management, joins the Java All Star Developer Panel to provide insight on the Oracle Weblogic 12c release.
    JavaFX
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    New Documentation for with JavaFX 2.0.2 Release
    Includes Information on Filters, Event Handlers, Chart Styling, Javadoc doclet
    New information has been added to the documentation for the JavaFX 2.0.2 update. This includes the following:
    • Styling Charts with CSS describes how to alter the visual appearance of charts in your application.
    • The Menu chapter of the JavaFX UI Controls tutorial describes how to build a menu bar in your application
    • Handling JavaFX Events describes how to create and use event handlers and event filters
    • Using a Doclet with JavaFX describes how to use the Javadoc doclet
    • Deploying JavaFX Applications describes a new JavaFX Ant helper parameter, <fx:argument>.

    You can download JavaFX 2.0.2 from OTN.

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