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White Paper An ArchitectÂís Guide to Big Data
Authors Dr. Helen Sun and Peter Heller Focus on Old and New Aspects of Big Data and Its Integration with Current Practice
The Oracle white paper "Oracle Information Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Big Data focuses on providing an understanding of the nature of big data both in terms of how it differs from past practices and also in how it can be efficiently integrated into such legacy systems as database and BI architecture to IT tools and end user applications. The paper includes sections on big data architecture and how best to make decisions around big data architecture. A section on best practices is also included.
Oracle Big Data Online Forum Replay and Q&As
Transcripts Now Available Online

The Oracle Big Data Online Forum presentations are now available for on-demand replay and download. During the Forum, Oracle experts fielded a lot of good questions. Many were answered live, but they just couldn't get to all of them so the transcripts of the Q&A chat and uploads of all the chats are now available.

IDC Analysts Find Midrange Server Market Shrinking
Sales in all Sectors Decline in 4Q11 but Midrange Declines Most
Basing his conclusion on a recent IDC report, Timothy Prickett Morgan contends that the midrange server is endangered, increasingly outpaced in terms of adoption and revenue by both volume and high-end servers. IDC recorded revenue declines in all three segments of the server market for the last quarter of 2011, Prickett Morgan notes, but these were most pronounced in the midrange sector. For example, according to IDC's findings IBM whose market share was 64 percent high-end and 36 percent midrange some 21 years ago, has now shifted to 26 percent high-end, 62 percent volume, and less than 13 percent midrange.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Widens User Choice
Transforms IT into a Cloud-Based, Business-Driven Engine of Growth
The analogy is a humble one but it might fairly be said that Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has the capability to turn an IT department into something resembling a cafeteria, if not in terms of food, at least in terms of services. Oracle's executive brief on Enterprise Manager 12c explains its capabilities. According to the brief, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c delivers a unique foundation for a truly self-service IT organization, enabling your business users to satisfy whatever IT needs they have immediately, on demand, improving the overall quality of an experience that the IT department itself controls.
Solaris
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Considering Oracle Solaris 11?
Blogger Marshals Arguments in Favor
It would require some effort to argue, in the face of the numerous points Marius Sholtz catalogs (most of them in links) for implementing Oracle Solaris 11. The synergistic combination of Solaris 11 and Oracle's SPARC systems is but one of the several reasons Sholtz offers, which range from ROI to investment protection, to virtualization in support of his contention that Solaris 11 is a solution that is entirely deserving of serious attention from CTOs and other IT professionals.
Solaris Automated Install and Repository on One Image
Procedure and Code from Andrew Watkins
Andrew Watkins shares the steps and the code he used to enable Solaris 11 Automated Install with no network (Standalone), along with his subsequent creation of a new 6.7GB ISO that can boot a VirtualBox client and install Solaris 11 with NO network. With Solaris Automated Install and Repository now combined on one image, he writes, the next effort is to get it all onto an 8GB USB stick.
Mobile Tornado Adopts Oracle Solaris Cluster, ZFS File System, Solaris Zones
Improves RAS and TCO
The adoption by Mobile Tornado, a provider of instant communication services for mobile devices of Oracle Solaris Cluster, the ZFS file system and Solaris Zones enabled the company to improve the high availability of its application, provide better workload distribution for scaling the application and reduce its application's TCO on the Oracle hardware and software stack, Frederic Pariente posts. "The usage of Solaris Zones in combination with advanced SPARC T4 CPUs allows Mobile Tornado to consolidate its IPRS PTT server and Oracle database in same machines, reducing TCO with higher level of performance," says Mobile Tornado R&D Manager Shlomo Birman.
Compilation of Links to Solaris 11 Resources
Includes Numerous Developer Resources
In addition to links to several aspects of the release of Oracle Solaris 11, readers will also find links to Oracle Solaris 11 Developer Resources, as of March 2012, all of which Eric Reid has assembled in a single post.
Linux
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Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 Now Available
Provides Upgrades to both Oracle Linux 5.8 and Oracle Linux 6.2
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 is now available, reports Lenz Grimmer in a recent blog post. This kernel can be installed on both Oracle Linux 5.8 and newer as well as Oracle Linux 6.2 and newer. By simply updating the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Oracle Linux customers can benefit from the latest improvements that have taken place in mainline Linux, without having to re-install their distribution or applications. The RPM packages are now available from the Unbreakable Linux Network and the public yum repositories, he continues.
Exadata
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EnerNOC Gains 5X Performance Factor on Exadata
Sees Improvements in I/O Efficiency, Consolidated Workloads, and Storage Costs
This Oracle Database podcast features an interview with host Levi Norman and Per Gilstrom, Chief Product Manager at EnerNOC, and Stephanie Smith, Senior Manager of DB Architecture at EnerNOC, who discuss how EnerNOC uses Oracle Exadata Database Machine to boost OLTP and data warehouse performance, maximize I/O efficiency, consolidate mixed workloads onto a single platform, and create storage cost controls. EnerNOC has been able to realize a 5x boost in performance of its real-time demand response database, while lowering I/O resource utilization by 50 percent. EnerNOC sees Oracle Exadata as the strategic component to its growth formula and TCO equation.
The Business Value of Engineered Systems
Constantin Gonzalez on the Intrinsic Value of Oracle's Integrated Systems
In a recent blog Constantin Gonzalez posts about exactly how customers can learn to appreciate the value intrinsic in Oracle's solutions. Because as much as three-quarters of a corporate IT budget goes to implementing and operating the infrastructure -- as opposed to acquiring it -- Gonzalez asserts that purchasing an Oracle system that has been engineered from the ground up to work as a single entity is easily a better purchase than a system that involves solutions from multiple vendors and then requires staff time to get all these elements to operate harmoniously.
Create Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Exalogic
How-to Enables Running Multiple Versions of Solaris OS Simultaneously
Because users often find it desirable to run more than one version of Solaris, and, further, because Solaris 11 Express enables the creation of branded zones on Exalogic inside which one might run different versions of Solaris simultaneously, the how-to Leo Yuen has written for creating a Solaris 10 branded zone on Exalogic should have wide appeal. The procedure is relatively straightforward (nine steps only), well worth the effort if the result is being able to continue running applications that only certified on older versions of the OS.
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¬Ö 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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Sun Storage 7320 Appliance Outperforms NetApp in Midrange Systems on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
Half the Rack Space, Less Than One Fifth the Cost
Oracle's Sun Storage 7320 Appliance has beaten the NetApp FAS3270 on the SPECsfs2008_nfs benchmark with 32 percent higher throughput and 9 percent faster Overall Response Time (ORT). The 7320 achieved this record -- delivering 134,140 SPEC SFS2008_nfs ops/sec at an Overall Response Time of 1.51 milliseconds for file serving in a mixed workload environment -- using less than half the rack space and at less than one-fifth the list price of the NetApp FAS3270 test configuration.
Sun Tape
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Tape vs. Disk: Clipper Group Studies the TCO
Download Two White Papers
Oracle provides a link to downloads of two Clipper Group white papers on the subject of tape storage.
  • In Search of the Long-Term Archiving Solution -- Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk

  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider Enterprise-Class Tape for Open Systems

Registration is required to download these papers.

OpenStorage
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Two Dozen Papers and Links for the ZFSSA
Steve Tunstall Has Done the Legwork

There is an even two dozen papers and links for the ZFSSA conveniently collected in a single post by Steve Tunstall. For good measure he throws in a couple links dealing with ZFS in general rather than the ZFSSA that he nevertheless finds useful for the light they shed on how ZFS functions.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 169 Issue 1; Vol 168 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 167 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:

  • Cheatsheet for Configuring the Networking in Solaris 11
  • New Hardware for the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance
  • How to Use FC Storage with Sun ZFS Appliance
  • New illumos-Based Distro, illumian, Is Available
  • Patching Solaris Systems with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Benchmarks Using Oracle Solaris 11
  • IDC Analyzes Oracle's All Out Assault on the Big Data Market
  • Oracle Announces Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Business Intelligence Foundation Suite
  • Elegance and Security: Sparse Encrypted ZFS Pools
  • Oracle Linux 5.8 Released to General Availability

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

    Sysadmin
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    Solaris Fingerprint Database Returns to Solaris
    Image Packaging System Improvements Deliver Added Benefits

    Users who lamented the demise of the Solaris Fingerprint Database along with sunsolve can now be encouraged by the inclusion of an improved version in Solaris 11, Stefan Hinker posts. There are now both automatic and manual means in the IPS for verifying the integrity of installed software. Hinker outlines the procedure for using the command "pkg verify", which enables users to employ the IPS to verify each and every installed package against the repository it was installed from. The capability of the IPS to fix individual packages is one of the most important improvements that Hinker identifies.

    Java Technology
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    Java technology roadmap
    Oracle's two-year plan, Java SE Embedded
    The whereabouts of Java technology on the Java Roadmap is updated in the link Hinkmond Wong provides to Oracle's Java tech roadmap. Wong says to expect the merger of Java ME CDC with Java SE on schedule as the Java SE 8 Embedded plan emerges. He also provides a quote from the site: "This release is set to feature convergence of Java SE and Java CDC (Connected Device Configuration) technology, which is geared to devices. Oracle also plans a subsequent release of Java ME, now termed release 8."
    Oracle Academy Augments Curriculum with New Java Offerings
    Academy Provides Services to 1.5M Students in 95 Countries
    The Oracle Academy will shortly include in its expanded curriculum a Java technology offering designed to provide graduates with a competitive advantage as they prepare to enter the workforce. Oracle Academy institutions may integrate Oracle technology, curriculum, and certification resources into their computer science and business curricula. The Oracle Academy's Java offerings will include Java Fundamentals and Java Programming courses; a comprehensive portfolio of Java courses for four-year colleges and universities; training that supports teachers/faculty to deliver the Oracle Academy’s Java curriculum; and Java competitions that help students develop and showcase their technology skills.
    Java Tutorials Now Available as eBooks
    Readable on Both Kindle and on Readers that Support ePub Format
    Most of the JavaTutorials are now available as eBooks in two new formats:

    • mobi ebook files for Kindle

    • ePub ebook files for iPad, Nook, and other eReaders that support the ePub format

    Each ebook contains a single trail that can be downloaded via the link in the "In Book Form" box on the tutorial's front page. The Preparation for Java Programmer Language Certification lesson has been completely reworked. Now the objectives for each Java SE 7 certification exam are listed and links are provided to tutorial pages. The Internationalization of Network Resources lesson has also been updated.

    NetBeans
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    NetBeans 7.1.1 - Made for GlassFish 3.1.2
    Use Either Patch Install or Fresh Update
    The release of GlassFish 3.1.2 and NetBeans 7.1.1 presents users with a powerful combination, given that NetBeans probably has the best Java EE 6 out-of-the-box support and this 7.1.1 release fully supports GlassFish 3.1.2, posts Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, adding that since this NetBeans release is also available as a patch update to 7.1, you need to either download GlassFish 3.1.2 separately or do a fresh install of a 7.1.1 bundle which includes GlassFish ("Java" or "All").
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