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Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11 Simplified Installation
Links to Tools that Ease Migration from Solaris 10
Customers moving from earlier versions of Oracle Solaris will discover that Oracle Solaris 11 facilitates the transition process by providing tools for infrastructure migration, blogs Terri Wischmann, as well as application workload transition. The post also includes a number of links useful to migrating users. Among them:
  • How to Guide: How to Set-up Automated Installation Services for Oracle Solaris 11
  • Cheat Sheet: Installation and Deployment Administration
  • How to Guide: How to Live Install from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
  • Podcast: Oracle Solaris 11: Tools For System Archival and Image Creation

You can find all this and more on the Simplified Installation page.

MySQL
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Performance Testing of MySQL Cluster 7.2
Using the flexAsynch Benchmark
Using the flexAsynch benchmark MySQL Cluster 7.2 delivered 1.2 billion update operations per minute across a cluster of 30 x commodity Intel Xeon E5-based servers, Mat Keep reports. FlexAsynch is an open source, highly adaptable test suite that can be downloaded as part of the MySQL Cluster source tarball, according to Keep. An automated tool is available to run the benchmark, he continues, with full instructions documented in the README file. The tarball also includes the scripts to run the benchmark, and are further described on the MySQL benchmark page. Keep explains how to use flexAsynch performance evaluations.
MySQL Cluster 7.2: Over 8x Higher Performance than 7.1
Includes Increase in Utilization Levels
The scalability enhancements delivered by extensions to multi-threaded data nodes enable MySQL Cluster 7.2 to deliver over 8x higher performance than the previous MySQL Cluster 7.1 release, Mat Keep posts. As a result, he continues, the multi-threaded data node extensions not only serve to increase performance of MySQL Cluster, they also enable users to achieve significantly improved levels of utilization from current and future generations of massively multi-core, multi-thread processor designs. Keep enumerates the next generation web services enabled by the release and notes the improvements in cross datacenter scalability and ease of use.
SPARC
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Oracle VM for SPARC 2.2 Newly Released
New Support for Virtualization, Migration, and More

Oracle VM for SPARC 2.2 (fka Logical Domains) has just been released, and Joerg Moellenkamp provides some information about important changes in his current post:

  • Support for PCIe Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) physical functions and virtual functions
  • Support for performing named CPU core and memory block assignments
  • CPU whole-core allocation enhancement
  • Cross-CPU migration support, enabling live migrate to a different type of sun4v CPU
  • Virtual I/O support for Rx Dring mode

The release notes have more details.

Gemalto Mobile Payment Platform on Oracle T4-2 Server
Demonstrates Impressive Performance, Scalability
Gemalto, whose solutions for mobile financial services are deployed at over 70 customers worldwide, demonstrated outstanding performance and scalability using a clustered environment on a mid-range 2x2.85GHz T4-2 Server (16 cores total, 128GB memory) for the application tier, and an additional dedicated Intel-based (2x3.2GHz Intel-Xeon X4200) Oracle database server. The platform processed more than 1,000 transactions per second, limited only by database capacity. Near linear scalability was observed by increasing the number of application software components in the cluster. Results show an increase of nearly 300% in processing power and capacity on the new T4-based servers.
Storage
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Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 Storage: A Better Choice than EMC
New White Paper: Free Download
The new white paper, "Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 Storage: A Better Choice than EMC," covers details on investment protection, cost savings, price comparisons and consistent SLA performance in consolidated environments. Download is free and available.
Sun Tape
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Is Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Best For Transportable Storage?
LTFS Format Specification v2.0.0 -- March 2011
The case for the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) as an appropriate medium for data transport is made in a post by Rick Ramsey, who explains that, with the ability to split a cartridge into two partitions (the first holding a directory structure that shows the contents of the cartridge; the second partition holding all of the files themselves), the principal reservation about tape storage in transport applications is overcome. Oracle offers LTFS-Open Edition, which may be freely uses in Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.5 environment - in both LTO5 drives and Oracle StorageTek T10000C drives, Ramsey writes.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 171 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 170 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:

  • What's New with Solaris 11 since the Launch?
  • The Top 10 Programming Languages
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.16 Available
  • How to Get Started Configuring Your Network in Oracle Solaris 11
  • The Benefits of Using Oracle Linux
  • How to Upgrade to Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
  • How to Benefit from Optimizing Hardware with Oracle Database
  • Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c to Deploy and Manage Solaris 11 OS
  • Solaris 11: DNS Client Configuration Using Svccfg
  • Open Storage SSD Array Delivers Record-Setting Price / Performance

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 3.5.4
    Offers Performance Improvements of up to 100%
    With the release of LibreOffice 3.5.4, the fifth version of the free office suite’s 3.5 family, the Document Foundation announces performance improvements of up to 100% over earlier versions. These improvements are attributed to the combined result of the many code optimizations executed during the last months and the bug and regression chasing activity performed regularly by volunteers and developers. LibreOffice 3.5.4 is now the fastest version of the best free office suite ever.
    Sysadmin
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    Whatever You've Heard, Repositories Don't Bite
    Use them to Keep Solaris 11 Current

    If keeping your Solaris 11 OS up to date is important to you, then consider the advice of Rick Ramsey who recommends signing a support contract that enables the Image Packaging System to handle the latest security updates and bug fixes automatically from the Oracle Support Repository. Ramsey also includes links to three papers on the subject by Glynn Foster, Peter Dennis, and Albert White in his post.

    VDI
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    More Storage Options for VDI 3.4
    Release Makes Possible Using Most Storage Solutions with VirtualBox
    The release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4 provides the occasion for Matthias Muller-Prove to update his forthcoming VDI Overview presentation on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4. His post is a preview. It is now the case with Oracle VDI 3.4 that users can connect almost any storage solution in combination with VirtualBox, he writes, adding that the focus on this release was the storage area.
    Networking
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    Solaris 11 VNICs on SR-IOV Virtual Functions
    Creating VNICs on Top of VF Devices for Bare-metal-like Performance

    A post on Raghuram Kothakota's blog shows how, in three simple steps, one can configure a Virtual Function (VF) so that VNICs can be created on top of the VF device. This done, it becomes possible for an OVM Server for SPARC (aka LDoms) 2.2 to provide support for an SR-IOV VF that can be assigned to a Logical Domain. This VF will provide bare-metal-like performance, the post asserts, and then goes on to outline the three simple steps.

    Virtualization
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    Server Virtualization for Dummies eBook
    Downloadable Oracle Special Edition
    An Oracle special edition of "Server Virtualization for Dummies eBook" is available for download, according to a post by Monica Kumar, whose post states, "to learn more about how Oracle’s server virtualization solutions can help you eliminate complexity, reduce costs, and respond rapidly to changing needs, download Server Virtualization for Dummies.
    Cross-CPU Live Migration in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2
    Different Chip Types, Clock Frequencies in T-Series No Longer a Consideration
    It was the case that customers with a mixture of T2, T2+, T3 and T4 systems could not freely move domains between systems. That is, before the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2, the advent of which now enables migrations running domains between T-series servers with different chip types and clock frequencies. Jeff Savit contends in his post that this release enhances operational flexibility and lets domain migration be used in a wider set of use-cases.
    Oracle VM: A Brief Review
    Wim Coekaerts Points Up Some Features
    Having discovered considerable unfamiliarity with the features of Oracle VM among the Oracle installed base, Wim Coekaerts has posted a summary of the features of Oracle VM including such aspects as price, support subscriptions, API, cli, UI, cloud portal, monitoring or management, roles and responsibilities, centralized account management -- all of which are features of Oracle VM and all of which enable the solution to outstrip the competition.
    Java Technology
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    168.8 million Opera Java ME Tech-enabled Users
    56% Use Mini Exclusively for Web Access
    While no one was watching, nearly 169 million users worldwide adopted Opera Mini on their mobile devices, and 56% of them use Mini exclusively to access the web, (up 64% from March 2011), blogs Hinkmond Wong. Another 43%, who use another browser, use only their mobile devices to access the Internet.
    Java Spotlight Episode 84: Java EE 7 Leader Anil Gaur Visits
    Shares Views on GlassFish 3.1 Release
    In Episode 84 of Java Spotlight, Anil Gaur, VP of Java Platform for Enterprise Edition and GlassFish Server, shares his expertise on the GlassFish 3.1 release with host Roger Brinkley. Dalibor Topic and Arun Gupta are the resident gurus on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans IDE 7.2 Beta
    Significantly improved performance and coding experience
    NetBeans IDE 7.2 Beta, newly released as noted in a post by Geertjan Wielenga, provides a significantly improved performance and coding experience, with new static code analysis capabilities in the Java Editor and smarter project scanning. The release also includes notable features such as integration with Scene Builder for visually creating JavaFX forms; support for multiple PHP frameworks; updated Groovy support; and many other enhancements in Java EE, Maven, C/C++ and the NetBeans Platform, Wielenga writes. He adds the observation that the NetBeans project is supported by a vibrant developer community and offers extensive documentation and training resources.
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