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Oracle
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Oracle Optimized System for Oracle Unified Directory
SPARC Hardware, Matched and Tuned for OUD Software
OOS4OUD (Oracle Optimized System for Oracle Unified Directory) is a matched and tuned set of SPARC hardware and OUD software configured to deliver top performance, posts Darin Pendergraft on oracle.com. He explains that the OOS4OUD hardware consists of three SPARC T4-1 servers running an optimally tuned Solaris 11 configuration and using the integrated load balancer for redundancy and throughput. Each T4-1 machine uses a Sun Storage 2500-M2 array connected using two fiber channel cards. The resulting combination of high performance hardware, storage, next generation directory software and expert tuning is a highly scalable, redundant and secure directory platform, Pendergraft contends.
Solaris
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What's New with Solaris 11 since the Launch?
Oracle VP for Software Development Provides Update
"What's New with Solaris 11 Since the Launch" is a summary by Karoly Vegh of the recent online forum that featured Oracle VP for Software Development Markus Flierl. Vegh provides a link through which registered users can view a rebroadcast of the webinar that includes the session Q&A. Vegh also provides links to the slide set used by Flierl and to the public SPARC/Solaris large-scale roadmap.
How to Upgrade to Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
Using Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Software
The path to Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition software to upgrade from an Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11 and Oracle Solaris 10 cluster to a platform based on Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 with minimum downtime is outlined in a post by Tim Read, who has prepared an eight-part map to the process. Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition enables manual initiation of an automated sequence of steps that control application start and stop commands and the direction of data replication, Read explains.
Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c to Deploy and Manage Solaris 11 OS
Post Outlines the Benefits to Users
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c provides the ability to define Solaris 11 OS and Software Profiles comprised of Oracle Solaris 11 packages, user-supplied custom packages, scripts, and other files. Leon Shaner posts on how users can benefit from using this solution to create a Solaris 11 Software Update Library containing Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) content that is synchronized with the main Oracle repository at pkg.oracle.com. The Ops Center managed Solaris 11 repository becomes the package (pkg) publisher for downstream Solaris 11 deployments and updates on all Solaris 11 systems being managed by Ops Center.
MySQL
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A Collection of FAQs on MySQL 5.6 Replication
Includes Link to the On-demand Webinar
Global Transaction IDs, auto-failover and self-healing, multi-threaded, crash-safe slaves ... all part of MySQL 5.6 Development Release. Mat Keep has collected FAQs on the release that were collected in a webinar held by the MySQL Development Team. The questions covered the following aspects of the release:
  • Multi-threaded slaves
  • Global Transaction iDs and HA utilities
  • Replication event checksums
  • Time delayed replication
  • Informational log events
  • Remote binlog backup

Keep also includes links to the on-demand webinar itself and to the collection of slides used in the webinar.

Linux
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The Benefits of Using Oracle Linux
'The Best Enterprise Linux Solution Available': Wim Coekaerts
In his post on Oracle Linux components Wim Coekaerts explains his opinion of Oracle Linux as "... the best enterprise Linux solution available." In large part, he attributes this excellence to the over 100,000 hours of QA testing that have already been conducted on Oracle Linux. Coekaerts contends that both the excellence (and the ease of use by customers) of the Oracle support program further ensure confidence in Oracle Linux. According to Coekaerts, the focus at Oracle on Linux is twofold: enhancing Linux to run Oracle products and making Linux a better OS.
Exadata
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Engineered Systems (Exadata) Enable Less Complex Lifecycle Management Operations
Cost Reductions, Performance Improvements Result
There is a newly released white paper from Oracle entitled "Operational Impact of Deploying Engineered Systems (Exadata)" available at the Exadata Partner Community Collaborative Workspace (for community members only -- registration and log in are required). The paper considers how the traditional role of system administrators responsible for managing individual portions of the technology stack are now able, with the integrated nature of lifecycle management in an engineered system, to perform their duties more comprehensively in a less complex environment that delivers improved performance and reduced management costs.
Servers
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How to Benefit from Optimizing Hardware with Oracle Database
Ten Minute Webinar Explains the Process of Selecting Optimal Implementations
In less than 10 minutes, learn more about how to benefit from optimizing Oracle hardware with Oracle Database. Oracle Performance Expert Randal Sagrillo's technical overview shows how the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database provides extensive guidelines for architecting and deploying complete database solutions using Oracle's powerful SPARC M-Series and SPARC T-Series servers together with Oracle Solaris and Oracle's SAN, NAS, and flash-based storage to deliver optimal performance and availability while minimizing the risks associated with deploying and consolidating large mission-critical database systems.
OpenStorage
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Open Storage SSD Array Delivers Record-Setting Price / Performance
Over 250,000 write IOPS sustaining 2.8GBps throughput with less than 2ms of latency
Nexenta Systems and EraStor, a new European-wide provider delivering Nexenta certified solutions, announced that they achieved a record-setting level of storage performance with NexentaStor and STEC solid-state drives (SSDs). The EraStor 25S all-SSD appliance Powered by NexentaStor uses 24 STEC SSDs and can achieve 253,469 sustained write IOPS at low latency.

The EraStor 25S all-SSD appliance is available today and supported by key partners within the EraStor alliance. The EraStor 25S starts from 4.5TB raw capacity and scales up to 17.6TB (raw capacity) of pure performance storage in a single high-density 2U appliance.

NexentaStor is the only solution available on the market today that allows customers:

  • The choice of underlying hardware free from the lock-in proprietary business models of legacy vendors;
  • The ability to unify SSD, disk and hybrid use cases that combine SSDs and disks via one scalable system; and
  • The management of all leading storage protocols via one system, including FC, NFS, iSCSI, CIFS and objects for cloud use cases.

With the award-winning NexentaStor, it is possible to utilize SSD technologies in a manner that is appropriate for each business.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 171 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 170 Issues1, 2 ,3 and 4; Vol 169 Issue 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:

  • Oracle VM 3.1
  • A Highlights Review of ZFS
  • Price Comparison for Big Data Appliances
  • Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • How to Deploy Oracle RAC On Zone Clusters
  • How to Set Up a Cluster of x86 Servers with Oracle VM 3
  • Solaris and IPv6: Is Solaris Compliant?
  • Updating Your Oracle Solaris 11 System from the Oracle Support Repository
  • NexentaVSA for VMware View Automates Deployment of VDI

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

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 171 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 170 Issues1, 2 ,3 and 4; Vol 169 Issue 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:

    • Oracle VM 3.1
    • A Highlights Review of ZFS
    • Price Comparison for Big Data Appliances
    • Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker
    • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    • How to Deploy Oracle RAC On Zone Clusters
    • How to Set Up a Cluster of x86 Servers with Oracle VM 3
    • Solaris and IPv6: Is Solaris Compliant?
    • Updating Your Oracle Solaris 11 System from the Oracle Support Repository
    • NexentaVSA for VMware View Automates Deployment of VDI

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

      Developer
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      The Top 10 Programming Languages
      Java Tops List Once Again
      There is a fashion trend in programming languages. While some come and go, others come and stay, according to a survey by TIOBE software. Among the currently popular -- one might more correctly say enduring -- languages, according to TIOBE's survey are these:

      • Java; C; C+; C++; Objective-C; PHP; Visual) Basic; Python; Perl; JavaScript

      The survey includes a brief definition of each and an assessment of their respective importance along with the recommendation that as many as possible of the 10 should be in every developer's tool kit.

      Sysadmin
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      Solaris 11: DNS Client Configuration Using Svccfg
      An Alternative to Using Configuration Files

      Using DNS Client Configuration Using Svccfg in Solaris 11 is the subject of Matthew Mattoon's post on ITNNewsCast, which he wrote in response to the increasing frequency of users moving configurations from configuration files into the Service Management Framework. Mattoon provides the code for four steps:

      • View existing DNS client configuration
      • Update existing DNS client configuration
      • Review changed DNS client configuration
      • Export DNS client configuration
      VDI
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      New Smart Card Features for Oracle Desktop Virtualization
      New and improved smart card software stack for Sun Ray 3 Series Clients
      Sun Ray Software 5.3 and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 now include a new smart card software stack for Sun Ray 3 Series Clients and clients installed with Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1, according to a post by Chris Kawalek. This software stack allows end users to login to virtual desktops and applications and offers a more secure virtual desktop environment by enabling the use of two-factor authentication. The software stack allows administrators to deploy smart card solutions with Sun Ray 3 Series thin clients or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client on PC, Mac or Linux desktops environments, says Kawalek.
      Networking
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      How to Get Started Configuring Your Network in Oracle Solaris 11
      Changes bring a more consistent and integrated experience
      With changes in implementation and the names of network interfaces and the commands and methods for administering and configuring them, the Oracle Solaris 11 network architecture is significantly different from previous releases of Oracle Solaris. Andrew Walton's article describes some of the new features for basic Oracle Solaris 11 network configuration and shows how to use them to add a new system to a simple but typical corporate network. His instructions cover both manual and automatic network configuration. Walton recommends that administrators use network configuration profiles to simplify complex configurations and apply them as a single unit of change.
      Virtualization
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      Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.16 Available
      Maintenance Release Especially Useful to Those Running Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion
      Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.16, a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements, was just released at the community or Oracle download sites. This is particularly good news, at least in blogger Fat Bloke's eyes, for users of preview builds of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
      Java Technology
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      Java Spotlight: Live from JavaOne India - East meets West
      Episode 82
      Roger Brinkley interviewed Harshad Oak, Kevin Nilsonk Yara Senger, and Kayalvizh Jayave at JavaOne India 2012. Oak is the founder of IndicThreads & Rightrix Solutions; Nilson is a Java Champion and VP of Engineering at Just.Me; Senger is the partner and director of education and teacher Globalcode; and Jayavel is the JDuchess Chennai Lead and Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Technology, SRM University. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Ashwin Rao, Netbeans Product Manager, are on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
      Java Spotlight Episode 83: Scott Kovatch on the Java Port for Mac OS X
      Lead Engineer for the Mac OS Port

      In Episode 83 of the Java Spotlight, Scott Kovatch discusses Mac OS X Java development. Kovatch is the lead engineer for the Mac OS X port and, in his earlier roles, was technical lead of Apple's Java team and developer of the first implementation of Java Web Start for Mac OS X. Dalibor Topic takes his usual seat on the Java All Star Developer Panel.

      JavaFX
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      Best Practices for JavaFX 2.0 Enterprise Applications (Part Two)
      Continuing Examination of the TweetBrowserModel Class Application
      In part two of his series on "Best Practices for JavaFX 2.0 Enterprise Applications" James L. Weaver continues the illustration of his presentation with the TweetBrowser application, to which he includes a download link. Weaver argues that readers who study the TweetBrowserModel class will develop the skills necessary to determine whether to use the REST/FX libraries to invoke REST services in their applications. Also, studying the HistoryStack class and its usage in TweetBrowser might offer some ideas on implementing Back button navigation in future applications, he writes.
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