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COLLABORATE 12 in Las Vegas
Presentations from the User-driven, User-run Oracle Conference
Oracle professionals took over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the only user-driven and user-run Oracle conference, COLLABORATE 12, a week of education sessions, networking opportunities and more, as announced in a post by Anand Akela.
The Prospects for the Big Data Industry
IMEX Research Reports on Opportunities
Big Data was found by IMEX to present bright prospects for its role in managing complex operational problems and empowering businesses in knowledgeable decision-making to gain a competitive advantage for companies. The report lays out the evolving big data business and technology ecosystem, presenting a 5 year market forecast 2010-15, market shares of leaders, likely M&A scenarios, and examines go-to-market plans of leaders to provide big data solutions for such vertical industries as financial services, healthcare and media. Finally it provides recommendations for vendors, channel players, end users and investors on the opportunities in emerging big data markets.
illumos FAQs
illumos ... a truly open source Solaris
illumos is a fully open community project to develop a reliable and scalable operating system. It began as a fork of the former OpenSolaris operating system.

The FAQ section of the site features such questions as "What is the objective of the illumos project?", "How do I download the software?", "Is illumos free software (open source)?", etc.

How to Install Solaris 11 Automated Install Server
Method Considers Live Text Installer and LiveMedia Installer as well

Unixman has written a post that reviews the methods available for installing Solaris 11 Automated Install Server. These include:

  • A Text installer
  • A LiveMedia installer
  • An Automated Installer (successor to JumpStart

The post focuses on the last method. In the most basic of scenarios the roles required to complete the elements needed for the setup of an Automated Install server would be performed by the following services: a DHCP server; an Automated Install server; and an Image Packaging System (IPS) repository server. When creating Automated Install services, a bundled ISC DHCP server is instantiated automatically

ZFS Resources
Getting Started, Links and Videos
ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun more than 10 years ago. The features of ZFS include data integrity verification against data corruption modes, support for high storage capacities, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, RAID-Z and native NFSv4 ACLs. ZFS is implemented as open-source software, licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).

The illumos wiki page for ZFS has a useful set of links to documents and videos including on-going illumos ZFS projects.

DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD
by Brendan Gregg and Jim Mauro, Prentice Hall 2011
The award winning DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework for troubleshooting kernel and application problems on production systems in real time. Originally developed for Solaris, it has since been released under the free Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and has been ported to several other Unix-like systems.

The DTrace book and website should serve as a cookbook of DTrace scripts and one-liners for topics spanning the entire software stack. It also contains strategies and checklists for these topics, to help the reader develop scripts further.

MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.7.1
With Automatic Incremental Backup
The MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) Team announces the release of MEB 3.7.1, a maintenance release version that includes bug fixes and enhancements to some of the existing features. Team member Hema Sridharan writes that Automatic Incremental Backup is the most important feature introduced in this release, making the performance of automatic incremental backups easier than before. Binaries for the release are available in My Oracle Support, under the Patches & Updates tab, which takes one to the Product or Family (Advanced Search) feature.
Cloud Computing
Demands of Handling Big Data Whet Appetite for the Cloud Among Western European Utilities
IDC Energy Insights Survey of IT Decision Makers Finds Greater Acceptance for New Technologies
An IDC Energy Insights survey of Western European utilities on the nature of current cloud environments, future plans for cloud deployments, industry-specific drivers and inhibitors for cloud investments, and delivery model and cloud service type preferences revealed that 46.2% of the respondents are confident that the cloud will prove equal to meeting their IT demands. The survey discovered a subtle shift in attitude toward acceptance of new technologies, including cloud computing. Roberta Bigliani, head of EMEA, IDC Energy Insights summed up the information by observing, "Cloud computing, together with mobile, Big Data, and analytics, is transforming the utilities IT landscape."
Optimal Cloud Computing: The Secret Is not to Mix and Match
Oracle Delivers the Complete Package from a Single Source
Relying on multiple vendors for a corporation's numerous uses of cloud computing robs that entity of the efficiencies available from a single vendor, Oracle, for example, who can provide the infrastructure required for all the needs of a business and also deliver ample cost savings and efficiencies. This is the argument advanced in the recent Oracle Executive Strategy Brief: Enterprise-Grade Cloud Applications. The brief cites a Symantec survey that found only 47% of corporations enjoying the greater IT agility promised by their several vendors. Optimal use of the cloud, Oracle contends, stems from implementing an infrastructure from a single vendor.
Read the Oracle Linux Newsletter
March 2012 Edition Now Available
The March 2012 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is ready for readers. Its contents include articles on:

  • 30-day free trial of Ksplice for Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers
  • Oracle Linux Online Forum, March 27, 2012
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 details
  • Why and how Dell IT migrated from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Technical articles

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News About Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Kenel: Wim Coekaerts Reports
New Certifications, Including RHEL Compatible Kernel
In a recent post Wim Coekaerts brings attention to three significant news items announced by Oracle concerning Linux 6 and its Unbreakable Kernel. The items are:

  • Certification of Linux 6 with the Unbreakable Kernel with Oracle Database 11gR2 and Oracle Fusion Middleware
  • Imminent certification of Oracle Linux 6 with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel
  • Free access to OL6 binaries and source code is now augmented by the release of all bugfix and security updates

The errata streams (both binary and source code) for OL4, 5 and 6 are now free for download and use, Coekaerts reports.

vBeers West Palm Beach: After the April 3rd VMUG Conference
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012: 5pm to 9pm
There will be two South Florida vBeers events this April. One will follow the VMUG conference which will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The second will be on Thursday April 19th in Ft. Lauderdale at Beach Hotel or the Hard Rock. Details to follow.

I expect that many people from the conference will come to this vBeers event. 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.

Don’t rush - arrive and depart at your convenience - people will be networking from 5pm to 9pm.

South Florida VMUG User Conference
All Day, Tuesday April 3rd, West Palm Beach
Join your fellow VMware users at this full-day event for in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations and exhibits. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology! VMUG is pleased to offer top notch education at our user conferences.

KeyNote from Symantec - The Road to Resilient Storage Starts with the VMware Pluggable Storage Architecture and Multi-Path Plugin

Many vendor sponsors including Nexenta System (stop by their booth to learn how an Open Storage Solution from Nexenta supported the 2012 Vega VMworld hands-on-lab for $400k while the two other vendor solutions cost $1.5m+)

Managing Power Consumption (and Costs) on SPARC Servers
Bruce Evans, Julia Harper, and Terry Whatley Illustrate the Use of CLI, BUI, SNMP and IPMI Tools
The SPARC T-Series systems have power-saving features designed into the hardware and software that allow users to reduce server power consumption, resulting in a cost reduction for environmental cooling and reduced power usage by other infrastructure components. The SPARC T-Series power management (PM) interfaces make it easy to manage these PM features. Bruce Evans, Julia Harper and Terry Whatley have produced an article that shows how to manage power policies, power capping, and the power of idle devices on SPARC CMT Servers with the firmware CLI and BUI, as well as SNMP and IPMI tools.
WW Disk Systems in 2011 Up 8% to $31 Billion
IDC Survey Finds 4Q11 3.5% Better than 4Q10 Newsletter reports on the results of an IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker survey that has found the total disk storage systems market grew to just over $8.5 billion in revenues, representing 3.5% growth from the prior year's fourth quarter. "Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 6,279 petabytes," the report continues, "growing 22.4% year over year." IDC found further that worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 7.7%, totaling just under $6.6 billion, in 4Q11. The winner here: EMC; the loser: HP.
Sun Tape
Tape at 60: Long Live the Tape
Don't for a Moment, Think the End of the Road Has Come for Tape
Tape may turn out to be as long-lived as the Galapagos tortoise, though next-generation drives are a good bit speedier, writes Lucas Mearian in Computerworld. Even at 60 tape has encouraging prospects for a considerably longer period of utility in the IT world. According to Mearian, " ... tape is too fast and too cheap to write off. New open file formats are also making it possible to use tape in new markets." With the advent of Big Data and the cloud tape has even more to offer the storage market, he writes.
OpenStorage Product NexentaStor 3.1 Runner up in 'New Product of the Year category
Nexenta Most Improved Company of the Year
Nexenta Systems, a leading provider of OpenStorage solutions for the enterprise, has won "Most Improved Company of the Year" at the Network Computing Awards. It also was runner up in the "New Product of the Year" category with its flagship OpenStorage platform NexentaStor 3.1.

Now in its fifth year, the awards, which are hosted by the UK’s Network Computing Magazine, were presented at a ceremony on 22nd March at Hotel Russell, London.The awards recognize the hardware, software, services, and the companies behind them, which have most impressed the readers of the UK’s longest established computer networking publication.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 169 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 168 Issues 1, 2, 3, 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:

  • Joerg Moellenkamp's Oracle Solaris 11 Cheatsheet
  • Download the ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator
  • illumos and the Google Summer of Code
  • Solaris 10 Features in Common with Solaris 11 Ease Migration
  • Top 10 Tips to Accelerate Oracle VM Deployments
  • How Memory Allocation Affects Performance in Multithreaded Programs
  • Transitioning Existing Oracle Solaris 10 Applications to Oracle Solaris 11
  • dtrace.conf 2012 in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 3rd
  • Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS Up 20% to 49 Cents
  • Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware Certified on Oracle Linux 6Certified on Oracle Linux 6

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

    TDF Announces LibreOffice 3.4.6
    Last in the 3.4 Series; Solves Security Issues, Adds Bug Fixes
    The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.4.6, the last planned release in the 3.4 series. TDF intends to concentrate its future efforts on the development of LibreOffice 3.5. Interested parties may download 3.4.6 immediately. LibreOffice 3.4.6 solves a potential security problem and a number of program bugs.
    Sun Fire X4800 M2 Delivers World Record TPC-C for x86 Systems
    Outperforms IBM System p570 by a Factor of 3.1x
    Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server equipped with eight 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870 chips set a world record for x86 servers of 4,803,718 tpmC on the TPC-C benchmark with a price performance of $0.98/tpmC. The server was running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning and the Oracle Linux OS. This configuration will become available on June 26, 2012. This is the first TPC-C result on any system using eight Intel Xeon Processor E7-8800 Series chips, and the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server is the first x86 system to get over 4 million tpmC.
    World Record x86 Performance on Industry Standard Java Middleware and Transactional Database Benchmarks
    Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 Once Again Leads the Field in Performance
    Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server running Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and Oracle Tuxedo set an x86 world record result on the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 11g Release 2. This single node world record outstrips the best IBM System x3850 X5 single node result, delivering 1.63 times more performance and HP ProLiant DL580 G7 by 2.8 times. Server hardware had a calculated price/performance advantage of 14 times over IBM Power 780. Oracle achieved 5,055,888 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $.89/tpmC.
    How to Set up a Local Solaris 11 Auto Install Server
    Downloading an OS Image is Step Number One

    Stefan Hinker posts about setting up a local Solaris 11 Automated Installer, as does Unixman elsewhere in this issue. Hinker's post begins with downloading an OS image from the Oracle Solaris 11 page, a step that has a number of uses other than the installation of Automated Installer. Hinker suggests making a snapshot of the image and adding it as a file-based publisher and activating the repository service. Next, Hinker illustrates the use of the Support Repository Updates Index. The groundwork done, he then proceeds to installing Automated Install itself. Hinker's blog intersperses long stretches of code with explanatory comments.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.10
    Now Released and Available for Download
    The Fat Bloke announces the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.10 at both the was just released at the community or Oracle download sites. FB explains that this release is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements. Further information is at the ChangeLog.
    Deploy Oracle RAC in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates
    Webcast Replay
    Ronen Kofman and Markus Michalewicz team up for an on-demand webcast on Simplify Oracle RAC Deployment with Oracle VM that shows how to use Oracle VM to accelerate the enterprise application deployment and management of virtualized enterprise workloads. Using Oracle VM pre-built templates shortens complex application deployments, updates and upgrades dramatically, including the deployment of Oracle (Real Application Clusters (RAC)) Database environments. Objectives of the webcast are:

    • Deploy an Oracle (RAC) Database environment in minutes
    • Create, deploy or convert existing systems into highly available cluster environments
    • Respond instantly to changing demand by relocating resources between servers
    Java Technology
    JavaMagazine for March/April 2012 Now Online
    Features Many Articles of Interest to the Java Community
    The March/April issue of JavaMagazine features articles on the Oracle Academy, an interview with Bruno Souza on the future Java developer and the Java/Brazil connection, a tutorial on creating a toolbar that integrates JavaFX and Swing and many other articles of interest. JavaMagazine is a free bi-monthly publication of Oracle.
    Java Spotlight Episode 76: Pro Java FX2 - A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology
    A Roundtable Discussion with the Five Co-Authors
    In Java Spotlight Episode 76 Host Roger Brinkley discusses "Pro JavaFX2: A Definitive Guide to Rich Clients with Java Technology" with its five co-authors, Jim Weaver, Weiqi Gao, Stephen Chin, Dean Iverson, and Johan Vos. The show notes mention that Angela Caicedo has created three new Java FX screen cast videos on the Java UTube channel: Part 1: Building your First Java FX Application with Netbeans 7.1; Part 2: Building your First Java FX Application with Netbeans 7.1; and Getting Started with Scene Builder.
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