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IDC Analyzes Oracle's All Out Assault on the Big Data Market
Hardware, Software, Marketing in a Powerful Combination
The IDC analysis called "Oracle's All-Out Assault on the Big Data Market: Offering Hadoop, R, Cubes, and Scalable IMDB in Familiar Packages," describes the evolution of the market and the increasing demand for off-the-shelf solutions. The pdf considers Oracle's recent release of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Big Data Appliance, and Oracle TimesTen in-Memory Database 11g Release 2, along with an analysis of Oracle's approach to the developing big data market. IDC describes how Oracle solutions facilitate the user through the four step process (acquire, organize, analyze, and decide) it has identified as key in adopting big data solutions.
Illumos
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New illumos-Based Distro, illumian, Is Available
Nexenta Provides Simple Text-mode Installer
Illumian, an illumos-based distro, is available, differing principally in its packaging system from the OpenIndiana and the first iso, and also featuring a very simple text-mode installer developed by Nexenta for the NCP distribution. Subscribers are invited.
ZFS
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Elegance and Security: Sparse Encrypted ZFS Pools
A How-to Shows How It's Done
Sparse Encrypted ZFS Pools are beautifully simple creations, Constantin Gonzalez contends in a recent post. Sparse encrypted disk images show up just like any other hard drive, except on the back end, where they translate into a bunch of flat files that store all the data in an encrypted manner, he writes. By rsyncing the backing store, sparse encrypted disk images can be easily backed up across the net, while ensuring privacy and convenience. Gonzalez outlines a procedure for producing a solution that is encrypted, robust, convenient, and fine-grained, cautioning that it has not yet been blessed by Solaris engineering.
MySQL
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MySQL Performance
Meet The MySQL Experts Podcast
Dimitri Kravtchuk talks to us about MySQL Performance. He covers improvements made over the past few years, including in MySQL 5.5, as well as MySQL Enterprise Scalability, the new MySQL 5.6 features improving performance and more.
Linux
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Oracle Linux 5.8 Released to General Availability
ISO Installation Images Coming Soon
Oracle Linux 5 Update 8 is in general availability. This distribution includes the latest release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 1 (version 2.6.32-300.10.1, based on mainline Linux 2.6.32), which includes a number of important bug fixes and driver updates. RPM packages for direct installation/upgrade are available for Oracle Linux Support Customers from the Unbreakable Linux Network, and individual packages of the initial release are also available for download from the public yum repository, Lenz Grimmer posts. ISO installation images of the distribution will be available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud shortly or through external mirror sites.
Exadata
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Oracle Announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Business Intelligence Foundation Suite
Coupled with Times Ten In-Memory Database In-Memory Proves a Powerful Tool
Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite are now available. Oracle Exalytics features Oracle’s Sun Fire server with 1 Terabyte of RAM, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 with 40 processing cores, 40 Gb/s InfiniBand, 10 Gb/s Ethernet connectivity, and Integrated Lights Out Management. BI Foundation Suite features 87 new product capabilities and enhancements including visualizations, contextual interactions, performance and scale improvements, optimizations for Oracle Exalytics, and simplification for end users, developers and administrators. Oracle Exalytics is suited for use in heterogeneous IT environments, and can access and analyze data from Oracle or third-party data sources.
A New and Improved Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software Released as Version 2.0
Includes Application Isolation, Layer 7 App Traffic Management, Improved Exabus Implementation

There are several important improvements featured in Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software Version 2 that Cristobal Soto draws attention to in his post. These include:

  • Layer 7 application traffic management software component called Oracle Traffic Director
  • Support for secure application isolation using InfiniBand Partitions
  • Improved Exabus implementation

Soto observes that, as of February 16, 2012, customers running existing Exalogic X2-2 systems at any previous EECS patch level will also be able to update their systems to EECS 2.0 via an upgrade kit expected to be released shortly.

vBeers-SF
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vBeers Miami: Doral Golf Resort & SPA
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Meet with local Virtualization enthusiasts and talk about technology, theory, politics of the industry or whatever else gets your propeller spinning. This month’s meeting will be a the world-famous Doral Resort.

The March vBeers networking event is being held in conjunction with the South Florida Chapter of HDI.

A group of people involving with starting a South Florida chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance will be meeting at 5pm.

This is a great opportunity to meet with other senior IT professionals and enjoy discussing all things virtualization, and in fact anything else that comes up in conversation… Come and network with your peers!

Don’t rush - arrive and depart at your convenience - people will be networking from 6pm to 9pm.

Storage
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New Hardware for the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance
Larger CPUs, More DRAM Capacity
Improvements to the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance that Steve Tunstall highlights include 10-core CPUs enabling users to have 40 cores in each controller. Also, users can now also go to a huge 1TB of DRAM for the L1ARC in each controller. Oracle plans to discontinue the 2 x CPU models and the 6-core CPUs, leaving customers the choice between 4 x 8-core or 4 x 10-core models. It is also possible to order either 8GB or 16GB modules, meaning that the minimum amount of memory is now 128GB, and can go to 1TB in each controller.
OpenStorage
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How to Use FC Storage with Sun ZFS Appliance
Procedure Uses FC Initiator Stack in Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 OS

In his oracle.com post Andrew Ness provides a procedure for configuring Fibre Channel LUNs in Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and integrating them into an Oracle Solaris 10 or Oracle Solaris 11 environment. Ness demonstrates -- with code samples and screen shots -- how one can employ the browser user interface and the Fibre Channel initiator stack that comes with Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 to accomplish this configuration.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 168 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 167 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:

  • Shall I Use Zones or LDOMs?
  • CIFS Sharing on Solaris 11 to Enable Windows Clients to Access Files
  • Destination: SPARC
  • ZFS Shadow Migration: Migrating Files in the Background
  • The bright future of LibreOffice
  • Solaris 11 Automated Installer Quick Setup Guide in a Zone
  • Procedure for an Automated Install without Network Boot for Solaris 11
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Newsletter
  • Virtualization and Cloud Deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Coverity Study Find Open Source Holds Its Own Against Proprietary Code

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

    Performance
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    Benchmarks Using Oracle Solaris 11
    And the SPARC T4 Processor

    Oracle's list of benchmarks involving Solaris 11 and the SPARC T4, T4-2, and T4-4 processors includes:

    • SPARC T4-4 Beats 8-CPU IBM POWER7 on TPC-H @3000GB Benchmark
    • SPARC T4-2 Record SPECjvm2008 with Solaris 11
    • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel* on ZFS Encryption
    • SPARC T4 Processor Beats Intel* on AES Encryption
    • SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel* on OpenSSL AES Encryption
    • SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel* on IPsec Encryption
    • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel* on SSL Network
    • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel* on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries

    * All Westmere AES-NI

    Sysadmin
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    Patching Solaris Systems with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    How-to Presents Four Scenarios
    Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to patch Solaris Systems is covered in a recent post by Anand Akela that cites the work done on that exercise by Juergen Fleischer. The post addresses several scenarios:
    • Applying a single patch to an asset
    • Applying multiple patches to several systems
    • Regular baseline patching
    • Using the "Latest and Greatest Patchset"

    Akela points out that in all of these scenarios, patches can be applied on a running system or by using LiveUpgrade (LU) and reminds readers always to use the parallel zone patching feature.

    Publications
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    Java 7 New Features Cookbook
    Practical Recipes Approach Enables Users to Easily Use Java language improvements
    Packt has just published Richard M. Reese and Jennifer L. Reese's "Java 7 New Features Cookbook," aimed at understanding all the new exciting features Java 7 has to offer with a very practical recipe-based approach. This guide enables readers to use the new Java language improvements across a variety of tasks including monitoring directory events, as well as incorporating numerous development techniques. The book covers using the numerous Graphical User Interface improvements. It enables developers to manage threads using the join/fork paradigm and use new data structures.
    Networking
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    Cheatsheet for Configuring the Networking in Solaris 11
    No More Editing Files; Just Use CLI-based Tools
    Joerg Moellenkamp shares a cheatsheet for configuring the networking in Solaris 11 in a recent post. In doing so he remarks that improvements in Solaris 11 have made network configuration easier since one need no longer edit files but instead can use CLI-based tools to change file parameters. Further, he writes, the use of SMF makes determining when changes become active clear. Step by step, then, he shows the code involved in configuring networking in the OS, and he shows how it can be done both manually and automatically.
    Virtualization
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    New Commercial License for Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Comes in Per User and Per Socket Versions
    Oracle has introduced commercial licenses and support for Oracle VM VirtualBox designed for customers interested in using a fully supported version that can be rolled out across their enterprises. Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise - Named User Plus includes standard Named User Plus licensing, $50 per named user with a minimum of 100 users. Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise - Per Socket offers standard processing at $1,000 per socket with a minimum of one socket. Support for both schemes is available at Oracle's standard support pricing rates. Oracle VM VirtualBox continues to be free for personal use.
    Java Technology
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    Happy First Birthday, GlassFish 3.1
    Even as Version 3.1.2 is Imminent
    GlassFish 3.1 has now attained the respectable age of one, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine reminds readers of his Aquarium b blog. The more salient aspects of this version, as Moussine-Pouchkine points out, were that the release conformed to the roadmap announced at the time of Sun's acquisition by Oracle; that it added key enhancements in centralized admin (SSH-based) and integrated much-improved high-availability cluster technology, thus making it a production-ready product; and that it introduced GlassFish Server Control, a set of tools to improve the production experience. The release of GlassFish 3.1.2 is imminent, he notes.
    Java Spotlight Episode 72: Paul Perrone on Robotics and Automation
    Dalibor Topic, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine on Developer Panel
    In Episode 72 of the Java Spotlight, host Roger Brinkley discusses robotics and automation with Paul Perrone, founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics. The regular members of the Java All Star Developer Panel, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Amabassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, take their customary seats. Paul Perrone architected the Java-based general-purpose robotics and automation software platform known as “MAX” and has overseen MAX’s application to the rapidly developing field of self-driving robotic cars, unmanned air vehicles, factory and road-side automation applications, and a wide range of advanced robots and automaton applications.
    GlassFish 3.1.2
    The production-ready application server supporting the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) standard
    After five release candidates, fixing hundreds of bug, and implementing some neat new features Oracle reports that GlassFish 3.1.2 has now officially shipped !

    This is a highly-compatible release with previous GlassFish 3.x releases and as such is recommended for any current GlassFish user and more generally to anyone looking at a production-ready, fully-supported, and developer-friendly Java EE 6 server.

    • Bug fixing, compatibility: hundreds of bugs were fixed in GlassFish itself and hundreds more by the integration of more recent versions of its components (mojarra, weld, grizzly, jersey, etc...)

    • New Features: improved admin console (startup time, CLI parity, RFEs, ...), DCOM as an alternative to remote node SSH admin on Windows platforms, non-multicast Clustering/GMS, WebSocket support and more...

    You can download the bits from the usual glassfish.org page.

    Java SE 6 EOL Announced; JavaFX 2.x Available
    Updates Are Encouraged
    The EOL date for Java SE 6 (November 2012) and the the EOLing of JavaFX 1.x are reported in Tori Wieldt's post on The Java Source. As Weildt points out, EOL doesn't mean you can't use a Java release, merely that public support has come to an end. Users are encouraged to update to the latest stable release (Java SE 7 has great features and enhancements, Weildt avers), and JavaFX 2 is capably taking its place among supported solutions from Oracle. If you need support after the EOL, you can get Java SE Support from Oracle, Weildt notes.
    Java Spotlight Episode 73: Akka 2.0 and Play 2.0, Live at #Jfokus
    Jonas Boner and Peter Hilton, Major Contributors to Akka and Play, Are Guests

    Jonas Boner and Peter Hilton are the guests of Host Roger Brinkley on Episode 73 of the Java Spotlight, where Akka 2.0 and Play 2.0 are under discussion. The Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode comprises Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.

    Telco
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    Oracle Communications Converged Application Server Proves Its Mettle in Performance Test
    Demonstrates Ability to Manage Massive Volume of Telco Network Sessions
    In a performance test Oracle Communications Converged Application Server running on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and using the Oracle Linux operating system, executed a SIP scenario based on a 13 message back-to-back user agent (B2BUA) – the standard industry SIP call-controlling component that maintains complete call state and controls call set up, management and termination. Running on an eight-node Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 quarter rack and in high availability mode with full state replication, Oracle Communications Converged Application Server achieved peak capacity of approximately 180 million busy hour call attempts (BHCA) and a peak capacity of approximately 62 million BHCA.
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