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Oracle Study Finds Organizations Swamped by Data
Experiencing Difficulty in Turning Data into Profit
In preparing the Oracle report "From Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges" 333 C-level executives from U.S. and Canadian enterprises spanning 11 industries were surveyed about the difficulties they face in managing the data coming into their organizations and how well they are using that information to drive profit and growth. The volume of data gathered has increased over the past two years by some 86 percent in the experience of more than 90 percent of respondents. Most also report lacking both the infrastructure and management support to translate these data into profit centers.
Illumos
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Lots of packages for SmartOS, soon for OpenIndiana
Includes PostgresSQL (9.1.3), MySQL, Apache, Ruby 1.9.3, Python 3.2.3 ...
Henkis writes in his blog, "There is now a huge package repository available for illumos-based distributions, initially a dependency prevents it from running on OpenIndiana but that is being fixed."

The packages contains a current PostgresSQL (9.1.3), MySQL, Apache, Ruby 1.9.3, Python 3.2.3 both with lots of modules plus many other useful packages.

All should work on SmartOS and when fixed for OpenIndiana this slightly modified procedure (without sudo and install gtar first) should work, as root.

Solaris
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Solaris 11 and Enterprise Manager Ops Center
Engineered Systems Approach Leads to Symbiotic Combination

Join Bill Nesheim, Markus Flierl, and Steve Wilson for a discussion of Solaris 11 and Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c, which covers new developments in both solutions, and includes how to handle new Solaris 11 provisioning and patching features, as well as some details on what is happening with Solaris virtualization, such as OVM for SPARC.

Some Better Disk Backend Choices
What's Up with LDoms, Part 3
In "What's Up with LDoms,Part 3" Stefan Hinker looks at disk backend choices, reminding readers that, in his earlier postings, he had used a ZFS volume as a backend for the boot disk of mars. In this segment, Hinker examines some of the other ways to store the data of virtual disks. These include physical LUNs, in any variant that the Control Domain supports, including SAN, iSCSI, SAS, and the internal disks of the host system; Logical Volumes like ZFS Volumes, but also SVM or VxVM; Regular Files, which can be stored in any filesystem accessible by the LDoms subsystem.
ZFS
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New features in open source ZFS
Contributors include the companies Delphix, Nexenta and Joyent
Martin Matuška writes, "Since OpenSolaris got discontinued, the development of open source ZFS continues at the illumos project. The main contributors are the companies Delphix, Nexenta and Joyent. In this post I am going to sum up the main user-visible changes in ZFS since the start of illumos."

He lists the changes under these topics:

  • Changes to the "zfs" command:
  • Changes to the "zpool" command:
  • New ZFS dataset properties:
  • New ZFS pool properties:

Martin is an IT Manager, System Designer, System Administrator and Application Developer with a focus on open source solutions including the ZFS file system.

Linux
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ElectraCard Services Runs Oracle Exadata on Oracle Linux
Ups TPX to 12,000 per Second, Improves Performance by 2x
ElectraCard Services provides real-time, third-party credit, debit, prepaid, and smart card processing services in the U.S. and more than 30 other countries. One of the company's workshorse solutions is electraSWITCH, which processes ATMs, point-of-sale, internet, and cell phone banking transactions as either “on-us” transactions or “switching mode” transactions, where foreign transactions must be sent to electronic fund transfer networks for authorization. ElectraCard Services ported its electraSWITCH solution on Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2, and Oracle Linux, achieving processing speeds of more than 12,000 transactions per second (TPS) and a twofold improvement in performance.
Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server
'Secure by Default' Can Be Improved Upon
A recent article on the "secure by default" attributes of Oracle Linux explores a variety of those defaults and administrative approaches that help to minimize vulnerabilities. While Oracle Linux is configured out of the box with settings and utilities that make it "secure by default," authors Lenz Grimmer and James Moreris give system administrators some additional strategies to consider:

  • Minimize software and services
  • Tighten networking configuration and user access points
  • Safeguard applications and data by setting up devices, mounts, encryption, and file systems appropriately
  • Implement security features that enforce policies
  • Follow appropriate operational procedures
Exadata
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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 Speeds Up Neuralitic Systems Processes by a Factor of 3x
Improves Compression Rate and Scalability by 10x
Neuralitic Systems Inc. of Montreal, Canada, is a leading provider of mobile data intelligence solutions that help mobile operators unlock the value of their data to understand subscriber behaviors. SevenFlow, Neuralitic’s flagship product, turns massive amounts of unstructured data into compact and usable data sets, ready for use by multiple applications. Neuralitic deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 Full Rack to support SevenFlow, which collects data and batch loads it every 15 minutes and then aggregates it nightly. Oracle Exadata Database Machine enabled SevenFlow to gain 3-times faster processing time and improve its compression rate and scalability by 10 times.
Servers
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Oracle Aligns x86 Rackmount and Blade Server with Oracle Engineered Systems Naming Conventions
Changes also Apply to Netra Carrier Grade Servers
Oracle has renamed its Sun x86 servers and Netra servers to align them with the naming conventions of Oracle’s Engineered Systems, which have always used Oracle’s x86 rackmount systems as the basis of its integrated and optimized solutions. Thus, for example, the former Sun Fire X4170 M3 Server is now the Sun Server X3-2 and above; the Sun Netra X4270 M3 is now Netra Server X3-2; the Sun Blade X6270 M3 is now the Sun Blade X3-2B, and so on.
Storage
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Oracle Storage Portfolio Demonstrates Strong Sales Growth
Pillar Axiom Attains Growing Adoption Rate

Over the past year Oracle's Storage Portfolio, spanning NAS, SAN and tape, has experienced remarkable growth. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances sales have more than doubled over the past year, and have been purchased by 40 percent of the Global Fortune 100. The Oracle Pillar Axiom Storage Systems have seen significant international growth since joining Oracle and have been adopted by more than 100 new customers in over 25 new countries. Oracle has also shipped over 2 exabytes of media for its StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives since its launch in January 2011, and doubled the capacity shipped in just six months.

Sun Tape
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Oracle Introduces StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
Lowest Cost, Scalable Tape Library on the Market
The new Oracle StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library scales from 30 to 300 slots and up to 900 TB of capacity, offers substantial space savings and 40 percent higher density than competitive products, and can be deployed and expanded at up to 75 percent lower acquisition cost than comparable midrange solutions. These qualities make it the lowest cost, scalable tape library on the market. Management of the StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library is simple and elegant, allowing users to easily view and navigate drive, library and media information without dealing with cumbersome file structure drill-downs as in other solutions.
OpenStorage
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Oracle ZFSSA Hybrid Storage Pool Demo
How to Accelerate Performance of Oracle Storage 7000 Series
In a video running something under eight minutes, the impact of the ZFSSA hybrid storage pool on storage performance is demonstrated by Darius Zanganeh. He shows how high DRAM cache capacity and both write-optimized ssd and read-optimized ssd enable users to achieve large increases in drive performance of the Oracle 7000 Storage Series.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 173 Issues 1, 2; Vol 172 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 171 Issues 4 and 5
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:

  • Using the VBoxHeadless Tool to Run Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 4.1
  • Four New Podcasts Available on SPARC T4
  • What's up with LDoms: Part 2
  • What's the Truth about Open Source
  • Choosing the Best Tool to Manage Various Virtualization Technologies
  • Register for the Oracle Optimized Storage Launch
  • Tape Storage Technology Comes of Age
  • Oracle Solaris 11: Tools For System Archival and Image Creation
  • Oracle ESSO Reduces Videotron Help Desk Call Volume
  • Delegation of Solaris Zone Administration

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

    LibreOffice
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    The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 3.5.5
    Many New Features, Bugfixes
    LibreOffice 3.5.5, the current version of the free office suite, is now available with stability enhancements and bugfixes, improvements in Calc, Impress, font handling and compatibility to third-party formats. The Document Foundation has made the download available. This release of LibreOffice is the best version available for corporate and enterprise adoption. The worldwide LibreOffice Conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, from October 17th to 19th, 2012. It is supported by the German Federal Ministries of the Interior and of Economics and Technology, with the Call for Papers running until August 15th.
    Performance
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    Oracle ZFSSA Smashes IBM XIV Running Oracle ERP On Oracle RAC DB
    Performance Gains Are Laid to CACHE Size
    In a proof of concept exercise running a customer's Oracle ERP on Oracle T-4 servers and an Oracle RAC on T-4's, plus storage using an Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance 7420, Darius Zanganeh reports that, even without any optimization, the Oracle system was 2.5x faster than the customer's IBM XIV production system in running their month end close. Zanganeh suggests the reason is the size of available CACHE: 1TB of cache split on 2 controllers, 2 TB of L2arc Read SSDs and a few write SSDs. Furthermore, the Oracle configuration only used about 25% of the total hardware setup.
    Virtualization
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    Best Practices to Accelerate Oracle VM Server Deployments
    Top 10 Best Practices
    Learn about the top 10 tips to accelerate Oracle VM server deployments from the session replay of the July 11, 2012, webcast. With the focus on Oracle VM Server on SPARC, the recording addresses recommended practices for installation, maintenance, performance, and reliability. Topics include sizing, resource allocation, multiple I/O domain configurations for availability, secure live migration, selection of I/O backends, and I/O virtualization. Honglin Su, Director of Product Management, Oracle VM, Oracle, and Greg King, Senior Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management conduct the hour long webcast.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 90: Mike Duigou on Project Lambda
    Dalibor Topic Joins Java All Star Developer Panel
    Java Spotlight Episode 90 features Mike Duigou, a developer on the Oracle Java Core Libraries team, for a discussion of Project Lambda. Duigou's work is focused on collections and parallelism, as well as on libraries for lambda. He also collaborates on an autonomous automotive racing project with researchers at Audi and Stanford. He has previously worked on projects at Oracle and Sun for industrial automation with Java Realtime, e-commerce web services, dancing robots, peer to peer and Java operating systems. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, assumes his regular place on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    JavaFX
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    Activity Abounds in JavaFX Developer Community
    Terrence Barr Posts Links to Latest Efforts
    Responding to the recent flurry of activity involving JavaFX Terrence Barr has posted several links to blog posts, screencasts and podcasts that reflect the ongoing work in the field.
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