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How It's Done: Advice from a Practiced (and Successful) Venture Capitalist
Vinod Khosla and the Founding of Sun Microsystems
When Vinod Khosla pitched potential investors on Sun Microsystems, his business plan was commendably succinct and brief. In a related and similarly brief video, Khosla advises that business plans should run to no more than five or six pages that contain only information on the technology breakthrough, the people involved, the value proposition for the customer, and the marketing and sales strategy. A too-long business plan, Khosla contends, bespeaks confused thinking on the part of its authors. There is a further bit of Sun history in Arun Natarajan's article in The Startup Journey that concerns the gestation of Sun Microsystems.
    SPARC T4 Server Seamlessly Integrates Hardware Crypto Acceleration
    Administrators No Longer Need to Assign MAUs to Domains: T4 Does It Automatically

    Not only, posts Jeff Savit, is the SPARC T4 Server blazing fast, it also features a built-in crypto accelerator. Administrators of the T4 no longer have to assign crypto accelerator units to domains as with earlier T-Series SPARC servers. Now the process is automatic. As Savit writes, "Every physical or virtual CPU on a SPARC-T4 has full access to hardware based crypto acceleration at all times." Administrators no longer have to control how they are allocated - it is available to all CPUs and virtual environments without any administrative effort, he concludes.

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2: Improved Whole-core Allocation
    CLI Options Free Up Hard Partitioning Requirements

    Among the major new features included in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2 are improvements in the capability for configuring VMs using whole-core allocation. Eric Sharakan explains the restrictions that were imposed in connection with the hard-partitioning licensing requirements by version 2.0. In the new release, Sharakan writes, the CLI options for managing whole-core allocations now permit users to enable whole-core allocation granularity without the onerous restrictions necessitated by the hard-partitioning CPU licensing requirements.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 85: Migrating from Spring to JavaEE 6
    Ertman and Bakker of Luminis Technologies Are Guests
    Host Roger Brinkley invites Bert Ertman and Paul Bakker, both of Luminis Technologies, to discuss migrating from Spring to Java EE6 on Episode 85 of the Java Spotlight. Links to three tutorials on the subject are included in the post. Arun Gupta joins the Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode.
    Is ZFS the Perfect Filesystem for Storage?
    A Question Posed; an Answer Awaited
    Fresh, apparently, from Open Storage Summit EMEA 2012 amauro posts on vInfrastructure Blog about whether ZFS is indeed the perfect filesystem for storage, suggesting some skepticism on the author's part but then never comes down affirmatively or negatively on either side of the question. The post does enumerate a number of the prominent features of ZFS, and it is helpful in that respect. Whether Nexenta is correct in putting all its NexentaStor eggs in the ZFS basket -- a question posed but not answered -- remains for another day, at least in amauro's view.
    DTrace Is Now Usable in the Non-global Zone
    Getting there Took Some Time and Effort
    The path to DTrace in the non-global zone has been a long and arduous climb, reports Bryan Cantrill in his post on The Observation Deck. Crediting the work of Dan Price, Cantrill describes the changes since since he joined Joyent. Cantrill announces that DTrace is now completely usable in the non-global zone, without compromising the security model of zones. Joyent cloud customers, Cantrill announces, will soon have available a platform with this modification across the cloud. SmartOS users will find a similar feature in the next SmartOS release. Users of the illumos-based distros can expect it in an upcoming release.
    Configuring MySQL Cluster Data Nodes
    Optimizes Performance on Multi-core, Multi-thread CPU Designs
    Mat Keep posts on the configuration of data nodes in MySQL Cluster 7.2 to achieve optimum performance on the latest generations of multi-core, multi-thread CPU designs. According to Keep, the flexible configuration afforded by the multi-threaded data node enhancements means it is possible to optimize data nodes to use anything from a single CPU/thread up to a 48 CPU/thread server. Co-locating the MySQL Server with a single data node can fully utilize servers with 64 – 80 CPU/threads, and with multiple data nodes per server, but only required for very large servers with 4+ CPU sockets dense multi-core processors, he writes.
    Cloud Computing
    Ellison Expounds on Oracle Cloud Strategy
    Adds Oracle Social Cloud Services
    In the words of Larry Ellison, "Oracle is the only vendor that offers a complete suite of modern, socially-enabled applications, all based on a standards-based platform." There are now several elements in Oracle's cloud offerings, each providing a particular range of services including:
    • Oracle Cloud Platform Services: database, Java, developer, web, mobile, documents, sites, and analytics services
    • Oracle Cloud Application Services: ERP, HCM, talent management, sales and marketing, and customer experience services
    • Oracle Cloud Social Services, the latest addition: Oracle Social Network, Oracle Social Data Services, Oracle Social Marketing and Engagement Services, and Oracle Social Intelligence Services

    "Almost seven years of relentless engineering and innovation plus key strategic acquisitions. An investment of billions. We are now announcing the most comprehensive Cloud on the planet Earth," said Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison.

    Mark Hurd Praises Larry Ellison's Foresight on Cloud Computing
    Oracle Keeps Its Eye on Both the Consumer and Enterprise Markets
    Oracle is headed in the right direction when it comes to cloud computing says Oracle Co-President Mark Hurd. Oracle's positioning in the SaaS sector, he contends, pulls in a billion in revenue annually. Further, Hurd continues, Oracle's is strongly positioned in the HCM market with its acquisitions of Taleo, PeopleSoft, and RightNow. BusinessCloud9 writer Stuart Lauchlan speculates that Oracle may make aggressive moves into the ERP market as well, given that Hurd praised Larry Ellison's foresight in founding NetSuite. Specifically, Hurd says Oracle will soon be a contender in the accounting and finance sectors with Fusion Cloud apps.
    Two More Oracle Linux Options
    Smart Flash Cache and cgroups
    Oracle Linux offers users two additional new features that Wim Coekaerts neglected to include in an earlier post, which are Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache (DBSFC) and assigning a conrol group (cgroup) in Oracle Linux to an Oracle database instance. DBSFC allows users to extend the Oracle Buffer Cache in memory (SGA) using secondary flash based storage, Coekaerts writes The cgroup feature lets users create resource groupings based on cpu, memory or disk parameters (or a combination), according to Coekaerts. cgroups is also the internal set of features that Linux containers (lxc) uses.
    Nexenta CEO Positive at OpenStorage Summit
    Sees Revenue Overtaking NetApp in Five Years
    Nexenta CEO Eval Powell projects $1 billion in partner sales in 2013 and $2 billion in 2014, reports Chris Mellor for The Register. Powell expects the company will reap revenues of $100 million and $200 million respectively in those years. Recently qualified STEC SSDs are expected to exceed a nearly double sustained write IOPS performance -- 500,000 IOPS -- at low latency, Powell noted. Version 4.0 of Nexenta Elastic Framework is expected in Q312 and version 5.0 in 2013. Nexenta technology, says Powell, is ready for exadata levels of data. Within five years, Powell predicts, Nexenta will overtake NetApp.
    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 171 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 170 Issues 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:

    • Server Virtualization for Dummies eBook
    • Oracle Solaris 11 Simplified Installation
    • Oracle VM for SPARC 2.2 Newly Released
    • Is Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Best For Transportable Storage?
    • Oracle VM: A Brief Review
    • LibreOffice 3.5.4
    • Whatever You've Heard, Repositories Don't Bite
    • Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 Storage: A Better Choice than EMC
    • Solaris 11 VNICs on SR-IOV Virtual Functions
    • Cross-CPU Live Migration in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.2

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

      Improved Throughput and Response Time of SPARC T4-2
      Running a Java EE Application Server Cluster
      In a well documented post on how he achieved improved performance on a SPARC T4-2 Server Jeff Taylor explains that, as a result of running a Java EE Application Server Cluster by deploying the cluster members into Oracle Solaris Containers and binding those containers to cores of the SPARC T4 Processor, both throughput and response times improved appreciably. The post includes both "before" and "after" results of tests with and without processor binding.
      Don't Overlook the Potential of the Oracle Solaris 11 Service Management Facility
      Making Migration Worthwhile

      Users still in the throes of migrating to Solaris 11 will find a procedure for migrating from older Oracle Solaris releases ... to the Service Management Facility in Oracle Solaris 11 by Suzanne Zorn a useful tool. Zorn describes how to migrate a service controlled via legacy /etc/rc* scripts written for older Oracle Solaris releases or other UNIX environments to the Service Management Facility (SMF) in Oracle Solaris 11. While, as Zorn writes, Oracle Solaris 11 continues to allow legacy /etc/rc* scripts to start and stop its services, not employing SMF deprives users of its many productive features.

      Using Oracle Solaris Zones Physical-to-Virtual (P2V)
      Simple, Robust, Flexible Tool for Building an Image, then Migrating from Physical to Virtual Environments

      The Physical to Virtual (P2V) feature of Oracle Solaris Zones and its capability for creating and installing a Solaris 10 image built in a physical system and migrating it into a virtualized operating system environment is Orgad Kimchi's subject in an post that lists the three steps in the use of P2v:

      • Image creation on the source system
      • Preparing the target system
      • Image installation on the target system

      Kimchi devotes the balance of the post to the code samples necessary to creating the image used to distribute the software; ZFS integration; resource management; and DTrace integration.

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