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Building a Virtual Data Center with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
One of the Great Strengths of Ops Center 12c
Building a virtual datacenter (vDC) with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c is the subject that Scott Elvington tackles in a recent post on Elvington's vDC consists of a pair of Oracle Solaris 10 servers, a NAS share and a group of VLAN tagged networks. He shows how to set aside a portion of those resources for a QA Testing group and shows how a user can create a virtual server connected on a virtual private network.
Standing up SmartDataCenter
illumos-based Joyent SmartDataCenter

Joyent SmartDataCenter is a complete cloud infrastructure platform that includes a Cloud Operator Portal for service providers, a Cloud Customer Portal for the customers of service providers and RESTful APIs for system integrators.

  • Orchestrate data centers
  • Allocate compute resources
  • Manage virtual servers
  • Deploy web applications
  • Monitor resource utilization
  • Visualize performance analytics
  • Integrate with ERP systems
  • Support customer accounts

It is optimized to run large public clouds, perfect for powering mobile application development, app stores, and machine-to-machine transactions, and enables private and hybrid clouds.

Read Bryan Cantrill's "Standing up SmartDataCenter" blog entry to learn about this illumos-based solution.

How-to Use LiveInstall Solaris 11 from Solaris 10
Booting Back to Solaris 10 Is an Option
The blog "Isaac's musings" features a how-to article that allows customers to follow a LiveUpgrade-like methodology in getting their existing Oracle Solaris 10 system to Oracle Solaris 11 while minimizing risk and still being able to boot back to Oracle Solaris 10 if they so choose. This is particularly of interest to those who have grown to appreciate the value that LiveUpgrade delivers.
ZFS feature flags update
A design for a ZFS on-disk versioning method

ZFS on-disk formats are versioned using a single integer. The last OpenSolaris version was 28 for pools. This worked when Sun controlled ZFS versioning, but in Illumos multiple organizations may be working on new ZFS versions in parallel. What happens when Delphix uses ZFS version 30 for a new async destroy feature and Nexenta uses ZFS version 30 for RAID-Z4?

A proposed solution call called "ZFS Feature Flags" was presented at the January 2012 Illiumos Meetup. Slides and video of that talk is available.

Last summer Basil Crow, an intern at Delphix, implemented the core components. Delphix has integrated the "SPA/zpool versioning" part of that work into the next version of their product and they plan to push this work back into Illumos soon.

MySQL Connector/Net 6.3.9 Is Released
Last Release in MySQL 6.3.x Series

The last release in the MySQL 6.3.x series, MySQL Connector/Net 6.3.9, is now available. This maintenance release contains more than 25 fixes from the 6.3.8 base. Version 6.3.9 can be downloaded in both source and binary form from and mirror sites (not all of which are up to date at this point-if you can't find this version on some mirror, please try again later or choose another download site.) The release is of course also available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS).

Connecting MEB and MMS through System Backup to Tape Interface
Oracle White Paper on MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) and Media Management System (MMS)
The Oracle white paper "Connecting MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) and Media Management System (MMS) through System Backup to Tape (SBT) Interface" describes the use of MySQL Enterprise Backup with Media Management software through System Backup to Tape interface. The white paper addresses the numerous potential issues that can arise in the course of planning for backups. Without proper guidance the further complexity inherent in using the Oracle database, MySQL, and other databases can present difficulties that can be resolved by the use of a single tool to ensure consistency of backup policy. Registration and log in are required.
Cloud Computing
CISDI INFO Moves to the Cloud Under Oracle Power
Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exadata Database Machine Provide the Infrastructure
CISDI Information Technology (CISDI INFO), a provider of solutions, experience and capabilities for the engineering and construction industries and iron and steel customers, has selected Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine for its implementation of cloud computing technology. The implementation will involve three steps: establishment of a private cloud by relocating its existing database to Oracle systems; provision of limited and mixed cloud services to its subsidiaries and partners; and movement to an industry public cloud computing platform designed to provide access to the shared computing resources pool in a self-service, dynamic, elastic and measurable way.
Oracle Introduces Sun ZFS Backup Appliance for Oracle Engineered Systems
Outperforms both EMC and NetApp Solutions at a Lower TCO
Oracle's Sun ZFS Backup Appliance delivers up to 20 Terabytes (TB) per hour full backup and up to 9.4 TB per hour full restore throughputs, the fastest published recovery rates among general purpose storage systems for Oracle engineered systems. This backup throughput of unique data does not require additional host-side software or CPU resources. The Sun ZFS Backup Appliance decreases recovery time by up to 4x, compared to published Oracle Database backup performance rates from NetApp and EMC at a TCO up to 3.9x lower over a three year period than comparable NetApp and EMC Data Domain solutions.
Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: An Overview
Webcast by Oracle Leaders in Developlment of Engineered Systems:
Watch "The Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: The First General Purpose Engineered System" with Ganesh Ramamurthy, Oracle Vice President of Engineering, Jennifer Glore, Oracle SuperCluster Engineering Team Lead, and Gary Combs, Oracle Principal Product Manager, who provide an overview of the unique technical and business advantages of Oracle SPARC SuperCluster and the role of engineered systems in developing an IT infrastructure capable of running a variety of applications by design.
SAP Applications Certified for Oracle SPARC SuperCluster
Certification Delivers Deployment, Management and Performance Gains
Oracle has just announced that SAP applications are now certified for use with the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. SAP infrastructure and applications based on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform 6.4 and above and certified with Oracle Database 11g Release 2, such as the SAP ERP application and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, can now be deployed using the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, according to Oracle. What this means is that SAP applications, central services and the Oracle Database can be run securely and efficiently on a single engineered system to greatly simplify and speed deployment, management and service of SAP infrastructure.
Microsoft Clarifies Licensing Policies for VDI, VDA, and RDS
New FAQ Leaves Some Shady Areas, However
While Brian Madden has a few serious reservations about Microsoft's new FAQ document on VDI, VDA, and RDS licensing, he nevertheless pronounces it a "good document." Had it been published earlier, it might have forestalled much confusion, which it now clarifies though it does nothing to reform the policies about which it tardily offers this clarification, he notes. And there are still some points that call for further clarification, one being the issue of extended roaming rights, which Madden examines heatedly.
Sun Tape
TLC for Your Backup Tapes
Iron Mountain Offers 14 Tips
Iron Mountain has published 14 TLC tips for your tape storage, an E-Guide from that alerts users to common tape backup errors and offers suggestions to avoid these shortcomings. Many of the tips are common sense practices, so much so, in fact, that they are often taken for granted and not observed during routine backup operations. In total, they are deserving of a prominent place on the wall of every data center, ideally in large, bold print.
Keynote Speaker Line-up for OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012
May 22-24, 2012, at the Mercure Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Nexenta OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012, which will be held from May 22-24, 2012, at the Mercure Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, will feature an impressive list of world-class, industry leading keynoters who will participate in panels, present case studies, and provide technical vendor presentations. Focusing on OpenStorage, industry keynote speakers will cover cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure, data corruption, and the storage technologies that are accelerating innovation and how they are poised to replace costly legacy storage technologies. To register and see the full Nexenta OpenStorage Summit EMEA 2012 agenda visit the Nexenta web site.
In-depth look at OpenStorage, Nexenta certification, Top-class Speakers and Exhibitors
Second-annual OpenStorage Summit EMEA
Nexenta is hosting the second-annual OpenStorage Summit EMEA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Much like last year's EMEA Conference, this year's event will feature a who's who in the OpenStorage industry participating in panels, case studies and technical vendor presentations.

Three Reasons Why You Should Attend

  • In-depth look at OpenStorage
  • Nexenta certification = free conference
  • Top-class Speakers and Exhibitors

Classes offered include NexentaVSA for View (22nd -23rd), Architecture and Design of Nexenta Solutions (22nd -23rd) and Installing Nexenta Appliances (1 day class on 22nd and 23rd)

Space is limited. Sign up now!

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 170 Issues1, 2 ,3 and 4; Vol 169 Issues 1, 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:

  • The Register Reports on Aggressive SPARC Upgrade Program
  • 7420 SPEC SFS Outperforms EMC/Isilon, Netapp, HDS Solutions
  • Simplify Software Development with Solaris 11 Zones, ZFS etc
  • Enhanced Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance Beats NetApp Results on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
  • Modern Software Packaging For Enterprise Developers (IPS)
  • DD EMC Data Domain Boost - Oracle RMAN Integration
  • Support for FOSS Components in Oracle Solaris
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine Triples GfK Group Retail and Technology Reporting Performance
  • KyivStar, JSC Reduces Legacy Environment Storage Volumes by 85%, Boosts Performance 300-500%
  • JavaOne Russia Demo Grounds

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

    Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance Achieves 2-Node World Record SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
    Outperforms Netapp FAS6240 2- and 4-node Storage Systems at Better Price Point
    Oracle's BestPerf site reports the triumph of the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance in the SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark. The 7420 delivered a world record two-node result of 267,928 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 Ops/sec with an Overall Response Time (ORT) of 1.31 msec on the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark. The vanquished solutions include NetApp's dual-controller and 4-node high-end FAS6240 storage systems and the EMC VG8 and NS-G8 storage systems. BestPerf notes that the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered 1.4x higher throughput than the dual-controller NetApp FAS6240 and 2.6x higher throughput than the dual-controller NetApp FAS3270 on the benchmark at less than half the price.
    Creating and Configuring Virtual Ports Controlled by a Virtual Machine
    A Feature of Oracle Solaris 11

    Alexandre Chartre explains how to configure a SAN environment (such as zoning, LUN masking or QoS) using virtual (NPIV) instead of physical ports. This provides flexibility as you can then easily transfer a configuration from one physical HBA to another by just configuring a new HBA with the appropriate N_Port ID. In a virtual environment, it can be convenient to associate a virtual port with a virtual machine, and to have all LUNs visible through this virtual port assigned to the virtual machine. You can then manage the association of LUNs and virtual machines through the configuration of your SAN.

    SAN versus Local Storage in VDI Environments: A Conversation with Brian Madden and Gabe Knauth
    Available as a Webast, Podcast and a Transcript

    "SAN versus Local Storage in VDI Environments," a Nexenta-sponsored discussion with Brian Maddan and Gabe Knuth, is conveniently available as a video, a podcast, and a 22-page transcript. Have it your way and enjoy this exploration of how storage decisions in VDI play out. The conversation offers insight into the pros and cons of using different storage strategies to support VDI, such as SAN or local storage, and provides suggestions on how designing your data center to support desktop virtualization differs from your experiences with server virtualization. Registration and log in are required to view the video.

    NexentaVSA for VMware View Certified for Deployment
    Accelerates, Simplifies VDI Deployments
    Nexenta Systems' NexentaVSA for VMware View has received certification from VMware’s Rapid Desktop Program and is now ready for deployment on any industry standard hardware. NexentaVSA for VMware View has been purpose built to simplify the deployment and management of storage for VDI installations by integrating with VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter Server, and NexentaStor virtual storage. The solution provides real-time analytics to troubleshoot, measure and monitor the deployment. Customers are also empowered to optimize the process of sizing, configuring and scaling their storage infrastructure for VDI, Nexenta's press release states.
    Solaris Zones: Virtualization that Speeds up Benchmarks
    Zones as an Alternative to Hypervisor Virtualization

    Is there a place in the world of IT for Solaris Zones as an alternative to Hypervisor virtualization? Stefan Hinker thinks so, adding that such a use costs very little in overhead. He cites the practices of the Oracle benchmark teams, who are so convinced of the advantages of Solaris Zones that they actually use them in the configurations for public benchmarking. While Solaris resource management will also work in a non-Zones environment, Zones make it just so much easier to handle, especially with some of the more complex benchmark configurations, Hinker asserts, offering benchmarking reports to bolster his argument.

    Java Technology
    Java SE 7 Update 4 and JavaFX 2.1 for Mac OS X
    Download from Oracle Technology Network
    Oracle has released Java SE7 Update 4 and JavaFX 2.1, both for the Mac OS X. Java developers can now download Oracle’s JDK, which includes the JavaFX SDK, for Mac OS X from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Java SE7 Update 4 JDK includes the next-generation Garbage Collection algorithm, Garbage First (G1), which provides predictable garbage collection even for very large applications. Rich client applications using JavaFX 2.1 can be completely developed in Java, allowing users to leverage their existing knowledge of and investments in Java technologies to easily create modern, expressive graphical user interfaces and data visualizations in JavaFX.
    Just Enough JavaFX for Corporate Desktop Apps
    Pick and Choose with Swing
    Geertjan Wielenga shows how it is possible to pick and choose the relevant components of JavaFX and to combine then with Swing, making it possible to undock a chart from the main frame and, if you wish, move it to a different monitor. Further, he explains, it is possible to include only those Swing J tables that are deemed pertinent to a particular app. This is accomplished, Wielenga explains, by going to Tools | Plugins and installing a new chart provider, which is an implementation of an interface made available by the app for registering new charts.
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