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Price Comparison for Big Data Appliances
Oracle BDA Comes Out Far Ahead of a DIY Assembly
A cost comparative exercise by Jean-Pierre Dijcks involving the Oracle Big Data Appliance (BDA) and a DIY system built using HP solutions and Cloudera reveals a big price point advantage for BDA. Dijcks costs out the DIY system at US$ 762,849 at all list prices, which includes neither the costs of cabling the system, installing the OS, JVM and other base components nor installing and configuring the Hadoop stack software to get to a production system. Oracle BDA, on the other hand, comes in at US$ 450,000, according to Dijcks's analysis.
How to Deploy Oracle RAC On Zone Clusters
Enables Ability to Run Multiple Versions of an Oracle Database Simultaneously
In a lengthy how-to on deploying Oracle RAC on zone clusters Vinh Tran explains that by installing Oracle RAC inside a zone cluster, you can run multiple instances of an Oracle database simultaneously, allowing you to have separate database versions or separate deployments of the same database (for example, one for production and one for development). This architecture enables the deployment of different parts of a multitiered solution into different virtual zone clusters, in turn allowing users to isolate tiers and administrative domains from each other, while taking advantage of the simplified administration provided by Oracle Solaris Cluster.
illumos Developers' Council Meeting, May 16, 2012
Council Agrees to Govern by Consensus; not to Term-limit Council Members
Proceedings of the May 16, 2012 meeting of the Illumos Develops' Council are available through a downloadable recording. Major decisions arrived at include the decision to seek consensus on issues and, in its absence, to rely on simple majority vote; the council adopted the RTI process drafted by Bryan Cantrill, which is available as a download. The council also decided to table the draft vision statement for future discussion and not to term-limit membership on the council. Finally, Dan McDonald was added to the Advocates membership.
Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker
Evaluate a Solaris 10 host for migration into a Solaris Zone
Duncan Hardie posts about Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker, which is built into Solaris 11 and to which Hardie provides a download link for Solaris 10 users. Using Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker, according to Hardie, enables migrations to an Oracle Solaris Zone on both Solaris 10 and 11. In addition, the following capabilities become available:

  • Analysis of the Oracle Solaris configuration, including networking, storage, and Oracle Solaris Operating system features in use and of application binaries and running applications.
  • Generation of a template Oracle Solaris Zone configuration to use on the target host.
A Highlights Review of ZFS
(Part I: High Level Overview)
Karoly Vegh, whose job at Oracle is to do Solaris 11 tech-updates/demos for customers has posted a high-level overview of ZFS that provides some background on the corporate decisions to devote assets to the development of this solution. Vegh explains that several goals were realized in the course of this development effort, including:
  • Removing capacity limitations
  • Reducing administrative complexity
  • Eliminating data corruption caused by partial writes
  • Enabling rollbacks to previous states
  • Implementing zfs-internal data services

Vegh promises further details in a second post on the subject.

MySQL Workbench 5.2 GA; Includes 28 Bug Fixes
Improves Stability and Performance in Windows
The MySQL Developer Tools team has released MySQL Workbench version 5.2.40, the next maintenance release of its flagship product, which contains more than 28 bug fixes applied over version 5.2.39. The team reports that, in addition to the new Query/SQL Development and Administration modules, version 5.2 features improved stability and performance – especially in Windows, where OpenGL support has been enhanced, and the UI was optimized to offer better responsiveness. Sources and binary packages for several platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are available as downloads.
PHP & MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition
Includes Reference Guide to PHP and MySQL
"PHP and MySQL: Novice to Ninja, 5th Edition," Kevin Yank's book that covers everything from installing PHP & MySQL under Windows, Linux, and Mac through to building a live web-based content management system, has been released by SitePoint. The book is written for beginners but nevertheless covers more advanced topics such as the storage of binary data in MySQL, and cookies and sessions in PHP. It comes complete with a set of handy reference guides for PHP & MySQL that include:

  • MySQL syntax
  • MySQL functions
  • MysQL column types
  • PHP functions for working with MySQL
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 171 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 170 Issues1, 2 ,3 and 4; Vol 169 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:

  • How to Size Main Memory for ZFS Deduplication
  • Oracle Offers SPARC T4 Servers Interactive e-Book.
  • A Linux Command Line Primer
  • illumos Hardware Compatibility List
  • IOPS, Capacity, Bandwidth: Finding the Right Balance
  • T4 Crypto Cheat Sheet
  • Oracle Improves Its Desktop Virtualization Portfolio
  • Building an Appliance? Oracle Enterpise Linux is the OS of Choice
  • LibreOffice 3.4 Writer Guide
  • Oracle Updates Its Publication on Oracle Solutions Certified for SAP

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

    Making Hybrid PDFs with Libre Office
    Simon Phipps Shows How It's Done
    In a two minute video, Simon Phipps demonstrates how to create a hybrid (or editable) PDF using LibreOffice. Phipps explains that a hybrid PDF is a normal PDF file, but with the Open Document Foundation source of the document embedded so that anyone with LibreOffice is also able to open and edit it. Both ODF and PDF are open standards, so you can be sure that there’s a choice of free and open source software for editing and viewing them that will remain accessible in perpetuity, Phipps assures viewers.
    WebLogic World Record Two-processor Result with SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark
    A 53 Percent Improvement over Earlier Two-processor Marks
    A new SPECjEnterprise20 benchmark result was set for Oracle WebLogic Server running on Oracle’s Sun Fire x86 servers, together with Oracle Linux and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 that achieved 8,310.19 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Juergen Kress describes this new mark as a 53 percent improvement upon the previous best two-processor result and showcases the performance of Sun Fire x86 servers, based on new Intel Xeon E5 processors, running Oracle software across multiple tiers.
    Updating Your Oracle Solaris 11 System from the Oracle Support Repository
    Some Tips for the Process with a Focus on the Image Packaging System

    The post "Tips for Updating Your Oracle Solaris 11 System from the Oracle Support Repository" by Peter Dennis explores Support Repository Updates (SRUs) and how best to maintain systems with the latest updates or a selected set of updates from Oracle. Dennis examines some of the more advanced uses of the Image Packaging System (IPS) and assumes a basic knowledge of the update process using the pkg(1) command-line utility.

    NexentaVSA for VMware View Automates Deployment of VDI
    Simplifies Storage Automation for VMware View with a Few Clicks
    Nexenta has released a purpose-built virtual local storage appliance that dramatically simplifies deploying, managing, and calibrating storage for VMware View. Blogger Mason Uyeda writes that end users now have an application that automates the entire process of deploying VDI, and related storage, through a few simple clicks. Integrations with VMware vSphere, vCenter, and View Manager, along with local virtual storage, facilitate this automation. Uyeda explains that deploying local storage on the same compute node where the VDI machines are deployed, NexentaVSA for View cuts through performance barriers that result from network constraints, storage protocol limitations, and external storage bottlenecks.
    Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    Data Sheet:Describes Features, Capabilities
    The Oracle data sheet on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure describes the three-tiered solution (client, session and virtual desktop), which prevents the end user from connecting directly to the corporate data center. Users can deploy the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on multiple servers linked together into a failover group whose purpose is to protect against outages. The Oracle VDI offers a broad range of devices, operating systems, and virtualization platforms and enables centralized management of desktop services. Existing PCs can be leveraged as clients, reducing the requirement to upgrade hardware and maximizing the lifespan of PCs, according to Oracle.
    Solaris and IPv6: Is Solaris Compliant?
    UNH Testing Results Indicate Yes
    While he concedes the impossibility of knowing the status of all Oracle products, Jim Laurent points out that it is a matter of record that Solaris 10 and 11 have undergone testing by UNH Interoperability IPv6 test facility. The results are posted at theUNH site. UNH has also tested Oracle Linux and found it fully compatible with Red Hat Linux 5 and 6, which have also been tested by UNH, according to Laurent.
    How to Set Up a Cluster of x86 Servers with Oracle VM 3
    Creates a Cluster of HA Sun x86 Servers.
    Kris Bakke and Jeffrey Kiely have written a how-to that walks users through setting up a cluster configuration of Oracle VM 3 using Oracle's Sun x86 systems. The primary design goal for this cluster configuration is high availability (HA). Server redundancy is inherent in the virtualized architecture, the authors remind readers, so the design also utilizes multiple networks with bonded ports. This enables redundant network connections between the virtualized servers in the Oracle VM server pool and the management server, they write, thus giving Oracle VM Manager continuous access to the servers in the event of a failure.
    Oracle VM 3.1
    Oracle VM Server for x86 is a free server virtualization solution
    Oracle VM Server for x86 Release 3.1, the latest release of Oracle’s server virtualization solution, is available. The solution's enhanced user interface is designed to significantly simplify ease of use for virtualization administrators and help reduce deployment times. Key new capabilities improve storage availability and backup support and hardware compatibility. Three new pre-built, pre-configured Oracle VM Templates for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3; Oracle PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.1; and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c add to the more than 100 available templates that enable faster application deployment.
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