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Now Available: Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 11g Release 2
Improves Performance of Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine
Oracle's application-tier in-memory database Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 11g Release 2 is now available. The release incorporates significant performance and scalability improvements for real-time online transaction processing (OLTP) applications and introduces new functionality to support analytic applications with real-time in-memory data management. The solution now ships with Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, enabling that solution to achieve significantly faster response time, higher throughput and can support more subscribers than prior releases. Furthermore, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics will also be available for Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine as an application-tier in-memory database cache.
ZFS+10: illumos Meetup
Updates on What Is New in ZFS at an Event Hosted Hosted for the illumos Community
In his post on Adam Leventhal summarizes the 10th anniversary celebration of the creation of ZFS. The post includes three videos on the subject, the first of which is with Matt Ahrens, co-creator of ZFS, who discusses the new stable ZFS interface designed for programmatic consumers of the solution. John Kennedy explains his work on the ZFS test suite, and Chris Siden of Delphix discusses his work on ZFS feature flags and Async Destroy, which allows datasets to be destroyed asynchronously in the background, which is especially helpful when gigantic datasets need to be erased, Leventhal observes.
Live Upgrade and ZFS Versioning
Matching ZFS Datasets and Pools to Boot Environments
The post Live Upgrade and ZFS Versioning concludes with the tip that one should attempt to restrict shared ZFS datasets and pools to the lowest versions supported by the oldest boot environments in use. One can always use upgrade -v to see what versions are available for use, the post suggests, and by using -o version= and -O version, users can create new pools and datasets that are accessible by older boot environments. This last bit can also come in handy when users are moving pools around systems that might be at different versions.
Download MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.7.0
Available Immediately for Enterprise Customers
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.7.0 (MEB 3.7.0) is available with several advanced features that include:

  • Redo Log only Incremental Backup
  • Incremental Backup without specifying LSN
  • Validation of Backup Image using checksums
  • Hot Backup of InnoDB .frm files
  • Performance Improvements and
  • Enhancements for Third-Party Media Managers

Users can download the MEB 3.7.0 package from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud web site. MySQL Enterprise customers can deploy MEB 3.7.0 immediately, while users without a MySQL Enterprise license can evaluate MEB 3.7.0 free for 30 days with the request send feedback to

How to Add Storage Capacity to Your Oracle Linux Environment
Integrating iSCSI LUNs and Making Them Available to the Oracle Linux Server

The procedure for using Sun ZFS Storage Appliance iSCSI LUNs in an Oracle Linux environment to augment storage capacity is the subject of an post by Andrew Ness. Ness discusses how to install the Oracle Linux iSCSI initiator on an Oracle Linux server and how to configure an iSCSI LUN on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance so the LUN can be accessed by an Oracle Linux server using iSCSI protocol. Ness provides procedures for configuring the LUN and then describes how to prepare the LUN for use by the Oracle Linux server.

Disaster Recovery for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
White Paper Explains the Function of Oracle Fusion Middleware Disaster Recovery
The Oracle white paper "Disaster Recovery for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Exadata Database Machine" deals with a subject much on the minds of users lately: disaster recovery with the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. The principles under discussion apply to deployments on an Oracle Exalogic Machine with an Oracle Database and to standalone deployments on an Oracle Exalogic Machine. Oracle Fusion Middleware Disaster Recovery -- the heart of Maximum Availability Architecture -- uses storage replication technology for disaster protection of Oracle Fusion Middleware middle tier components, supporting hot-pluggable deployments and offering compatibility with third-party vendor-recommended solutions.
vBeers South Florida - Dubliner, Mizner Park, Boca Raton
Wed January 25th, 5pm to 9pm
Join us for the next South Florida vBeers! Meet with local Virtualization enthusiasts and talk about technology, theory, politics of the industry or whatever else gets your propeller spinning.

NO marketing blather, NO Sponsors, and NO PowerPoint but you do have to buy your own drinks!

This is a great opportunity to meet with other virtualization enthusiasts and professionals and enjoy discussing all things virtualization, and in fact anything else that comes up in conversation…

  • The Dubliner, Boca Raton, FL
  • Mizner Park: 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton FL 33432
  • Wednesday, January 25th
  • 5pm to 9pm — arrive and depart any time

Relax with your technical colleagues!

Free parking. Use parking lot A - Enter from US 1.

Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues.

Join the vBeers South Florida LinkedIn group to learn about future events.

    Netra SPARC T4-2 SPECjvm2008 World Record Performance
    The Netra SPARC T4-2 server demonstrates 41% better performance than the SPARC T3-2 server
    Oracle's Netra SPARC T4-2 Server equipped with two SPARC T4 processors running at 2.85 GHz set a world record result of 454.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m on the SPECjvm2008 benchmark. This result surpassed the previous record, which was run on a similar product, Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server. This level of performance is 41% better than the SPARC T3-2 server and similar in performance to Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server. The Netra SPARC T4-2 server with hardware cryptography acceleration greatly increases performance with subtests using AES and RSA encryption ciphers. There are no SPECjvm2008 results published by IBM on POWER7 based systems.
    Using Deduplication as a Primary Storage Technology
    Look for Commonality of Data, Gartner VP Advises
    Deduplication as a for primary storage tool is discussed in Carol Sliwa's interview with Dave Russell of Gartner Inc. In both backup and primary storage, Russell asserts, commonality of data is the chief consideration. If an embedded technology is available for dedup use in primary storage, Russell recommends its use; if not, then an attached appliance will serve the purpose. NetApp's ability to perform deduplication/compression on primary storage data makes it attractive technology, he says. When choosing vendors consider the possible need to reinflate compressed data when using one vendor for backup and another for primary storage.
    New ZFSSA firmware release
    2011.1.1.0 software release

    ZFSSA software release 2011.1.1.0 is available, Steve Tunstall blogs. Users will need 2010.3.2.1 or greater to upgrade to 2011.1.1. This major software update contains numerous bug fixes and important firmware upgrades, Tunstall reports, then lists the various new features in the release, among which are:

    • Significant cluster rejoin performance improvements
    • Significant AD Domain Controller failover time improvements
    • Significant zpool import speed improvements
    • Significant NFS, iSER, iSCSI and Fibre Channel performance improvements due to elimination of data copying in critical datapaths
    • ZFS RAIDZ read performance improvements
    • Significant fairness improvements during ZFS resilver operations
    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 167 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 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:

    • The Oracle Big Data Appliance
    • Activity of the ZFS Adaptive Replacement Cache
    • Ops Center 11g Update 3 Is Released
    • How to Use Oracle Solaris 11 Network Virtualization and Resource Management
    • New SPARC T4-Based Carrier-Grade Servers Deliver 5x Performance Boost
    • Automated Diagnosis for Sun SPARC Servers Offered by My Oracle Support
    • 2012 Virtualization Review Reader's Choice Awards
    • Anatomizing an Oracle Solaris Binary File
    • Nexenta Trashes Win8 Storage Spaces
    • Oracle Database Firewall Extended to Support MySQL

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

      LibreOffice 3.4.5 Available for Download
      Newest Release Features Improved Program Stability
      In its latest release LibreOffice 3.4.5 includes several bug fixes and an improved level of stability. The Document Foundation, the parent organization of LibreOffice, reports that the solution won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award 2011 as the Best of Open Source Software and the Open World Forum Experiment Award of Most-Popular Software. Downloads of LibreOffice 3.4.5 are immediately available, as are extensions.
      Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 Sets x86 World Record on TPC-C Benchmark
      Outperforms IBM Power 750, HP Superdome and Proliant DL580 G7
      Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2, running Oracle Database 11g Release 2, achieved an x86 record of 4,803,718 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $.98/tpmC. The X4800 equipped with eight Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors and 4 Terabytes (TB) of Samsung’s Green DDR3 memory was nearly 3x faster than IBM's eight-processor result for a p570 and nearly 60 percent faster than the best DB2 result on IBM’s x86 server. The Sun Fire X4800 M2 delivered nearly 3x better price per TPC-C transaction than a 64-processor HP Superdome server and over 2.65x faster than HP’s best Proliant DL580 G7 score.
      Oracle Critical Patch Update Announcement - January 2012
      fixes for 78 new security vulnerabilities

      Oracle's January 2012 Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 78 new security vulnerabilities affecting a wide range of Oracle products families, Eric Maurice posts. These included Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Virtualization, Oracle Sun product suite, and Oracle MySQL. He points out that security fixes for Java SE continue to be released on a different schedule because of commitments made before the completion of the Sun acquisition.

      PeopleSoft OVM Red Paper
      PeopleSoft Oracle Virtual Machine Templates Development and Customization Guide
      "PeopleSoft Oracle Virtual Machine Templates Development and Customization Guide" is an Oracle red paper intended for technical users, installers, system administrators, and programmers responsible for leveraging Oracle Virtual Machine (OVM) as a deployment infrastructure for PeopleSoft applications. It provides insight into the construction of PeopleSoft VM templates in order to help users customize and extend the delivered templates. The document can also provide guidance for the creation of VM templates needed to run on other hypervisors. The contents of the paper have not been subjected to any formal Oracle test, nor has the paper been officially reviewed.
      Java Technology
      Optimizing GlassFish Server Performance
      Tuning Involves Tweeking Deployment and Server Configuration Settings
      Optimizing performance of the GlassFish Server is the topic of Rene van Wijk's post on Middleware Magic. He shows how to improve server performance by adjusting a few deployment and server configuration settings. Choosing throughput optimization as the method, van Wijk also shows how to optimize performance of the JVM. He demonstrates as well how to avoid performance constraints imposed by operating system restrictions. The post concludes with a test regime.
      Solaris 11 Compliance with DISA Security Guidance
      Jim Laurent Satisfied with Compliance Effected by Release of Solaris 11
      In his post on Solaris 11 compliance with DISA Security guidelines Jim Laurent cautions readers not to construe his comments as a declaration of compliance by either Oracle or DISA but rather a casual review of Solaris 11 against current DISA Security Guidelines. Laurent notes that an issue raised in his review a year ago has now -- with the release of Solaris 11 -- been fixed. That was the inability to mount /var as a separate file system as the scripts require. The default installation now automatically sets of /var as a separate ZFS data set, Laurent writes.
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