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Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware vSphere
Fight the FUD
Michael Webster gives users the information needed to determine exactly what they legally owe in licensing fees while continuing to receive the support Oracle has been providing, even in a virtualized environment on VMware vSphere. Webster disputes four FUDs in considerable detail, which are:

  • Oracle Licensing and Soft Partitioning

  • Oracle Sub Cluster Licensing is Not Possible

  • Oracle is NOT Certified to Run on VMware vSphere

  • Oracle Does NOT Support Running on VMware vSphere

He includes five key questions to ask Oracle.

Finding the Path from RHEL 6 to Oracle Solaris 11
Mapping Guide Shows the Way
A post on offers advice to those moving from RHEL to Oracle Solaris OS in the form of a mapping guide between RHEL 6 and Solaris 11. For each general technology area, the author lists the main features of Oracle Solaris 11, their advantages, and how the command lines and configuration files map between the two operating systems - whether it's between RPM and IPS, KVM and Oracle Solaris Zones, Upstart and the Service Management Facility (SMF). The guide is designed to give administrators familiar with Red Hat Enterprise Linux a first step on where to get more information.
GreenBytes to Make ZEVO Community Edition a Free Download
Ten's Complement, GreenBytes Continue Work on ZEVO ZFS
The ZEVO ZFS technology for Mac is now owned by enterprise storage vendor GrenBytes, which will make the ZEVO Community Edition product available as a free download in September, writes Michael Rose in ZFS is a file system invented in 2004 at Sun (now part of Oracle) which offers next-generation support for huge volumes, fault tolerance and other essential Big Storage features, Rose continues. Both Ten's Complement, which originated ZEVO ZFS, and GreenBytes intend to continue work on improvements to the solution.
How to Manage ZFS Data Encryption
Versatile Feature of Solaris 11 Offers Many Capabilities
As Darren Moffat's article on OTN demonstrates, the encryption capability built in to Solaris 11 is truly versatile. He shows how easily a user can encrypt data with ZFS, how file systems can accommodate both encrypted and unencrypted data, and how users can manage encryption both locally and remotely. All the necessary code to carry out these steps is included in the article, of course. Much more can be done with ZFS encryption, Moffat writes in his conclusion, including combining encryption, compression, and data deduplication. It is even possible to provide completely transparent encryption for Oracle Solaris Zones, he asserts.
Determining Block Size of Created Files in ZFS
A Mini How-to from Joerg Moellenkamp
In his post"Find out in-depth information about a file in ZFS" Joerg Moellenkamp explains how to determine the block size of a database file created prior to having set the record size of the filesystem to the same as the database. In such a case, he point out, just looking at the recordsize property of zfs doesn't help, as what displays is the recordsize currently set, not the one set at file creation time. Moellenkamp's method involves the inode number of the object in combination with the file name, in response to which ZFS will return the block size.
Navis Expands Oracle Footprint; Deploys OracleÂís Pillar Axiom Storage System
Enhances Performance and Consolidation Capabilities

Navis, the global technology leader for managing cargo movement through terminals, has replaced its NetApp storage solutions with Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage systems to support the engineering and development environments for its SPARCS N4 terminal operating system. The Pillar Axiom 600 storage system’s patented Quality of Service (QoS) architecture provides the predictable performance and consolidation capabilities that are helping Navis meet ever increasing customer demands. By leveraging the replication and multi-system management features of the Pillar Axiom 600 storage system, Navis is able to maintain peak performance of its virtual machines, regardless of the types of environments it provisions.

Buying Intention Survey Finds Fibre Channel SAN Declining in Popularity
iSCSI SANs Make Gains by Comparison
There are apparently some changes afoot in the relative popularity of fibre channel SAN, NAS, and iSCSI SAN, a survey reported in SearchStorageChannel has found. Francesca Sales writes that the survey of buying intentions determined that only 43% of 687 respondents said that they’re running a Fibre Channel SAN, behind NAS at 58% and with iSCSI SANs (42%) trailing both. Still, Sales writes, in a server virtualization environment specifically, meanwhile, FC is still the most popular choice, at 34%. At the same time, there’s been an increase in Ethernet-based storage to support virtual servers.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 173 Issues 1, 2, 3; Vol 172 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 171 Issue 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:

  • New features in open source ZFS
  • Oracle Aligns x86 Rackmount and Blade Server with Oracle Engineered Systems Naming Conventions
  • The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 3.5.5
  • Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server
  • Solaris 11 and Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Oracle Introduces StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
  • Oracle ZFSSA Smashes IBM XIV Running Oracle ERP On Oracle RAC DB
  • Some Better Disk Backend Choices
  • Best Practices to Accelerate Oracle VM Server Deployments
  • Lots of packages for SmartOS, soon for OpenIndiana

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

    Oracle Platinum Services Deliver Industry's Highest Level of Support Services
    Ideally Suited for Oracle's Engineered Systems
    Oracle Platinum Services offers customers the opportunity to maximize availability on their Oracle engineered systems that are already designed and integrated to provide optimal productivity and performance. Oracle Global Customer Management trainer Chris Warticki outlines the features of Oracle's Platinum Services package, which include such support offerings as:

    • Remote fault monitoring with faster response times and patch deployment services to qualified customers at no additional cost
    • 24/7 Oracle remote fault monitoring; industry-leading response and restore times; 5-Minute Fault Notification; 15-Minute Restoration or Escalation to Development; 30-Minute Joint Debugging with Development; and Update and patch deployment

    More from Chris ...

    Introducing Regular Expressions
    Unraveling regular expressions, step-by-step
    "Introducing Regular Expressions: Unraveling Regular Expressions, Step-by-step" is a new title from O'Reilly by Michael Fitzgerald that walks readers, step-by-step, with the help of numerous examples, to demonstrate how to match, extract, and transform text by matching specific words, characters, and patterns. Regular expressions, O'Reilly's blurb explains, are an essential part of a programmer’s toolkit, available in various Unix utilities as well as programming languages such as Perl, Java, JavaScript, and C#. Fitzgerald's book will familiarize readers with the most commonly used syntax in regular expressions, providing an understanding of how using them will save considerable time.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 91: Marina Vatkina on EJB 3.2
    Dalibor Topic Appears on Java All Star Developer Panel
    Marina Vatkina, a Principal Engineer at Oracle and Specification Lead for EJB 3.2 under the Java Community Process (JCP), discusses EJB 3.2 with host Roger Brinkley on Episode 91 of Java Spotlight. Appearing on this episode's Java All Star Developer Panel is Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador. Vatkina's experience over the past decade includes responsibility for several areas in the implementation of Sun's and now GlassFish Java EE application server, including persistence, transaction manager, and EJB container.
    Oracle Releases NetBeans IDE 7.2
    Features Faster Development Cycles, Better Code Quality
    Oracle has released NetBeans IDE 7.2, a free, open source IDE available for Windows, Mac, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and other Linux distributions, that enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop and mobile applications for the Java platform, PHP and C/C++. New in Release 7.2 are:

    • Enhanced Developer Productivity featuring native integration with FindBugs
    • Improved Performance by up to 60 percent with smarter project scanning
    • Expanded Support, featuring interoperability with the early access release of JavaFX Scene Builder with Java FX Scene Builder.

    NetBeans IDE 7.2 also includes FXML and CSS3 enhancements.

    New Tutorial: Integrating JavaFX Charts into the NetBeans RCP
    Part 1 Illustrates Use of Predefined Chart Feature for Dynamic Data Display
    Integrating JavaFX Charts into the NetBeans RCP is part 1 of a generously illustrated tutorial developed by Geertjan Wielenga to enable users to exploit the capability of JavaFX's extensive set of predefined charts to illustrate dynamic values as presented in chart form. He explains that the tutorial is created on Windows and supports the Windows use case, though not all the long list of native libraries should be needed. In future installments, Wielenga promises to deal with further issues, such as synchronizing the area chart with tables and other charts; incorporating the chart header into the table image.
    Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 Now Available
    First Identity Management Platform Optimized to Secure the New Digital Experience

    Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2, whose new and enhanced features optimized to secure the new digital experience enable organizations to securely embrace cloud, mobile and social infrastructures and reach new user communities to help further expand and develop their businesses. Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 consolidates elements of Oracle’s entire portfolio of Identity Management offerings into three main categories designed to help customers reach a new equilibrium in performance and operational scale.

    The categories include: Oracle Identity Governance; Oracle Access Management; and Oracle Directory Services

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