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Oracle
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Oracle Tuxedo 12c Released; Provides Enhanced Scalability and Performance
Optimized for Use with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
With the release of Oracle Tuxedo 12c, a solution for the development, rehosting and deployment of C/C++/COBOL applications in traditional data centers, engineered systems and enterprise clouds, users are in possession of a solution optimized to run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and tightly integrated with Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. Oracle Tuxedo 12c provides mainframe-class scalability and performance for mission critical enterprise applications, Oracle's press release proclaims. A new feature, Oracle Tuxedo Message Queue 12c, provides transaction management, enhanced performance and improved availability of enterprise messaging applications.
Solaris
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No More Jumpstart: Automated Installer Is the Tool to Use
Integration with Oracle Solaris 11 Technologies Enables a Truly 'Automatic' Installation

The new software deployment architecture feature automated installer in Solaris 11, capable of everything Jumpstart could perform while also able to create, configure and install Oracle Solaris Zones; install onto a root ZFS pool; install software with automatic dependency checking from remote-network-based package repositories -- all as a result of its tight integration into the various technologies in the operating system itself -- frees admins from the labors Jumpstart required. Glynn Foster recommends Isaac Rozenfeld's guide "How to Set up Automated Installation Services in Oracle Solaris 11" as a starting point for readers new to the automated installer feature.

MySQL
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Oracle Announces New Migration Tool for Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL
Helps Lower Database TCO up to 90 Percent ; Requires No Prior MySQL Technical Knowledge
Oracle has announced a new migration tool that allows users to easily and quickly migrate data from Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL, along with a a new “MySQL for Excel” application plug-in that enables data analysts to seamlessly access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel, without requiring prior MySQL technical knowledge. An enhanced version of the MySQL Installer for Windows is also available. Oracle claims users will appreciate database TCO reductions of up to 90 percent in using MySQL over Microsoft SQL Server 2012. These new tools will be featured at the MySQL Connect Conference on September 29-30.
MySQL Cluster Performance Best Practices: Q & A
On-demand Webinar, Performance Guide Now Available
Developers looking for a solution that will scale both read and write traffic with ultra-low latency and fault tolerance on commodity hardware need look no further than MySQL Cluster, Mat Keep blogs. He suggests that developers do need to think a little differently about data access patterns along with schema and query optimizations in order to get the best possible performance from this distributed database, however. He suggests logging in to the on-demand Performance Essentials webinar, which is accompanied by the newly published Guide to Optimizing the Performance of MySQL Cluster.
MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8 Employs Multi-threaded, Parallel Processing for Performance Gains
Improvements Range from 20-100% Depending on Size and Nature of Data Involved

The development team behind MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) has released MEB 3.8, which, as team member Rob Young explains, provides a substantial improvement in backup operation performance by implementing parallel processing during backup of related internal operations such as reading/writing data, compression/decompression, and page checksum validation. Parallel execution, Young continues, takes advantage of multi-threading, and the resulting performance increase is particularly evident when backing up to or restoring from RAID and SSD storage, and when using compressed backups. Internal benchmarks show that performance gains range from 20% to 1000% depending on the size and content of the data involved.

Exadata
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Oracle Releases Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0
Delivers Performance Increases, Faster Provisioning, High-speed Communication Fabric
With the newly released Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0 customers can expect performance increases of up to 10x for Oracle Applications, Java-based applications and other business applications and up to 6x faster application provisioning. Oracle Exalogic supports virtualization of mission-critical business applications with near native performance through Oracle VM integration; provides a high-speed communication (I/O) fabric with Oracle Exabus; delivers true elasticity at the application level with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c; supports consolidation of multiple applications on the same system as a private cloud; and integrates Oracle Traffic Director for secure management and routing large volumes of application traffic.
Sun Tape
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OracleÂs StorageTek Tape Storage Solutions Enable Deep Data Archiving at CalTech
System Planned to Scale at the Rate of 1 PB Annually
To accommodate archiving of the enormous volume of data generated by its Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Project, the California Institute of Technology has implemented Oracle’s StorageTek tape libraries and drives. The LIGO Laboratory migrated 12 years of observations (2.9 Petabytes PB) in 2011 to a system comprising Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C drives throughout. This delivered 25x the capacity and up to 8x the performance at the observatories and 5x the capacity and up to 2x the performance at the central repository, enabling annual scalability at the rate of up to 1 PB per year from the next generation Advanced LIGO experiment.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 172 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 171 Issues 3, 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:

  • Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware vSphere
  • GreenBytes to Make ZEVO Community Edition a Free Download
  • Finding the Path from RHEL 6 to Oracle Solaris 11
  • Determining Block Size of Created Files in ZFS
  • How to Manage ZFS Data Encryption
  • Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2 Now Available
  • Buying Intention Survey Finds Fibre Channel SAN Declining in Popularity
  • Oracle Releases NetBeans IDE 7.2
  • Introducing Regular Expressions
  • Navis Expands Oracle Footprint; Deploys Oracle’s Pillar Axiom Storage System

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

    Sysadmin
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    Installing sar on Your System: A Getting-started Guide
    Includes Information on Running sar in Solaris 11
    Users concerned about system performance data will find Sandra Henry-Stocker's post on "Getting started with sar" a helpful guide. She shares her experience of using yum install sysstat to install sysstat on a Fedora 17 system. (She recommends apt-get install sysstat as an alternative.) With sar installed, Henry-Stocker's Fedora 17 is enabled to collect performance data every ten minutes with daily summaries available shortly before midnight. Other components that are part of the sar package include sadc, sa1, and sa2. Henry-Stocker also writes about how users can get sar (installed by default) up and running on Solaris.
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    Versace Adopts Oracle VM for Faster Deployment of Business Applications Faster
    Reduces Virtualization Costs by 50 Percent with Oracle VM; Increases Datacenter Efficiency
    Adopting Oracle VM for x86 has enabled Versace, the international fashion house, to reduce virtualization-related costs by 50 percent, while doubling the number of cores in production. Versace's new Oracle VM-based architecture, which also leverages Oracle Linux, has also enabled the company to reduce its physical number of servers by 40 percent, rack space by 25 percent and power consumption by 45 percent. Using the Oracle VM Template for Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Enterprise Manager for full stack management, Versace can now deploy a fully-managed enterprise application in development, test, and production environments in hours, jumpstarting their ERP upgrade.
    Getting VirtualBox 4.1.18 Up and Running on Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)
    Some Tips from Fat Bloke
    Even though VirtualBox 4.1.18 is not yet commercially supported, some users will want to run it with Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8). Fat Bloke provides some tips for getting things to work. First of all, don't expect clicking on the VirtualBox.mpkg icon to work unless you alter the default security settings to check "Anywhere" as a source for downloads (remembering, of course, to recheck the default settings when you're finished). You can also hold down the Control key and click the .mpkg and chose "Open" for a similar result. All of this opens the Mountain Lion door to VirtualBox.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 93: Discussion of JavaFX 2.2 UI Controls
    With Java Evangelist Jonathan Giles
    On Episode 93 of the Java Spotlight Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Jonathan Giles for a discussion of JavaFX 2.2 UI controls. Giles is a Sun certified Java programmer who specialises in Java, Swing, JavaFX and Client-Server development. A Java evangelist, he is currently the tech lead at Oracle in the JavaFX UI controls team.
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    javafxpackager Takes the Guesswork out of Which Version of Java to Use
    Bundle Application, Its Resources and a Private Copy of the Java and JavaFX Runtimes
    A long standing problem for developers is handily solved, Angela Calcedo blogs, with the advent of javafxpackager, which allows users to bundle an application along with its resources into a package that includes a private copy of the Java and JavaFX runtimes, together with a native application launcher. No more fretting about which version of Java to use since the application’s package includes everything it needs for execution. With its own private copy of Java and JavaFX runtimes, users don’t have to be concerned about breaking other applications, or asking clients to update the system to be able to run an application.
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