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The Offspring of OpenSolaris Continue to Emerge: OmniOS Is among the Latest
Smallest Self-hosting OS that can Be Derived from Illumos
OmniTI has developed OmniOS, billed as "the smallest possible self-hosting operating system that can be derived from Illumos." Theo Schlossnagle, CEO of OmniTI, joins Simon Phipps in a 26-minute MinkCast discussion of OmniOS during which Schlossnagle explains that OmniTI sought to develop a small, easy to maintain OS incorporating all the innovations of Illumos into the smallest possible OS core that is self-building and self-hosting. As Schlossnagle puts it, OmniOS contains all of the tools needed to build the Illumos operating system without requiring external dependencies. He also considers OmniOS a server-only OS with no view to the desktop market.
illumos and ZFS Training from Joyent
Brendan Gregg and Max Bruning Join the Joyent Team
Joyent has executed in coup on enticing Brendan Gregg and Max Bruning, two of the best known trainers in Solaris, to join its engineering staff and to offer training in such solutions as DTrace and others. Gregg will teach "DTrace: Core Features and Performance Analysis" in San Francisco during September 6-7, and Bruning will teach the same class in Geneva during September 13-14. Other classes in prospect are Illumos ZFS Internals and Illumos/SmartOS Internals.
Adam's new DTrace Favorite
Adam writes, "The mantra as we initially developed DTrace was to make impossible things possible, not easy things easier. Since codifying that, the tendency toward the latter in developer tools has been apparent. Our focus on the former however has left certain usability burrs that stymie newbies, and annoy vets. Much of the DTrace development of late has focused on a middle category: simplifying hard things that should be simple."

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Cloud Computing
Cloud Architecture for Dummies
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Topics covered in this quick reference guide include:

  • Cloud architecture principles and guidelines
  • Scoping your project and choosing your deployment model
  • Moving toward implementation with vertically integrated engineered systems

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White Papers for Applications on Engineered Systems
SAP, EBS,PeopleSoft, Siebel

Oracle has published a number of papers on running business applications on Engineered Systems:

  • SAP on Exadata
  • SAP on Exalogic
  • SAP on SuperCluster
  • EBS on Exadata
  • Oracle Applications on Exalogic
  • PeopleSoft on Exadata
  • Siebel on Exadata

See on-line version for the links to the articles.

Sun Tape
Getting to Know the Oracle StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
Offers Unique Sales Opportunity to Partners
The StorageTek SL150 modular tape library, built from Oracle software and StorageTek library technology, is an entry-level, scalable tape library designed for growing small to midsized companies. The StorageTek SL150 delivers an industry-leading combination of ease of use and scalability, setting a new standard for entry tape automation. Three documents with further information on the SL150 are available to valid OPN Portal account holders. The documents are:

  • SL150 Product Overview
  • Partner Support Options with StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library Plus FAQ pdf

Oracle partners have the unique opportunity to sell this product with their own support service offerings.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 174 Issue 1; Vol 173 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 172 Issues 2, 3, 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:

  • No More Jumpstart: Automated Installer Is the Tool to Use
  • Getting VirtualBox 4.1.18 Up and Running on Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)
  • Oracle¬ís StorageTek Tape Storage Solutions Enable Deep Data Archiving at CalTech
  • Installing sar on Your System: A Getting-started Guide
  • Java Spotlight Episode 93: Discussion of JavaFX 2.2 UI Controls
  • Oracle Announces New Migration Tool for Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL
  • Oracle Tuxedo 12c Released; Provides Enhanced Scalability and Performance
  • Oracle Releases Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0
  • Versace Adopts Oracle VM for Faster Deployment of Business Applications Faster
  • MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8 Employs Multi-threaded, Parallel Processing for Performance Gains

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

    Sys Admin Day Scheduled for Denver, August 23, 2012
    Sessions are Free but BYOL (laptop)

    Zeynep Koch posts on the Oracle's Linux Blog about Sys Admin Days, scheduled for August 23, 2012, from 8-4 at the Oracle offices in Denver, CO. The sessions are free and include two parallel hands-on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux tracks designed for the System Administrator. The day's program includes a session on the Oracle Linux Track; one on Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c; and one on Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM. Attendees are requested to bring their own laptops, which they will need to follow the practical exercises conducted in an Oracle VM VirtualBox environment.

    Basic and Advanced System Services Administration in Oracle Solaris 11
    The Service Management Facility (SMF)
    Rick Ramsey provides links to two articles by Glynn Foster on the Service Management Facility (SMF) in Oracle Solaris 11. In the first article Foster explains what the SMF does, and how to perform basic services administration with it in managing your system services. Foster devotes the second article to a description of service bundles and to SMF profiles, which modify services to suit a particular installation. He also discusses the use of layers, and of site profiles to manage them, to track vendor-supplied customizations and administrative customizations for services and instances of services in four discrete layers.
    Enabling 2 GB Large Pages on Solaris 10 8/11
    In Three Simple Steps

    While the Oracle Solaris 11 kernel has built-in support for 2 Gigabyte (GB) large pages, Solaris 10 does not, so Giri Mandalika has written a procedure for enabling 2 GB large pages on Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10 or later). It takes a mere three steps for the 2 GB large page capability to be enabled in Solaris 10.

    'Intermediate Perl: 2nd Edition': New from O'Reilly
    Incorporates Changes Through Version 5.14
    Randal L. Schwartz, Brian D. Foy, and Tom Phoenix have updated their O'Reilly title, "Intermediate Perl, 2nd Edition" to incorporate changes to the language introduced through version 5.14. Readers of "Intermediate Perl" will move from short scripts to much larger programs, using features that make Perl a general-purpose language. The authors' gentle but through approach introduces readers to modules, complex data structures, and object-oriented programming. Those familiar with the material in "Learning Perl" will acquire most of the core Perl language concepts need for writing robust programs on any platform.
      Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
      July 2012

      Oracle has published the July 2012 edition of our Virtualization Newsletter. It is full of new content including:

      • Analyst Report: Oracle VM Named a "Challenger: in Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant
      • 3-minute Video on how Achieves 100% Uptime with Oracle VM
      • New: Oracle VM Template for Oracle Secure Global Desktop
      • Oracle Magazine: Virtually Everywhere
      • Oracle Desktop Virtualization at BriForum London and Chicago
      • "All Things Virtualization" at Oracle OpenWorld 2012
      • Customer Success: Catholic Education South Australia Leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop
      • Webcasts, White Papers, Events, and more...

      Read it and subscribe on-line.

      Java Technology
      Java Spotlight Episode 94: Kirk Pepperdine on Java Performance Tuning
      Java Champion Brings Years of Experience in Tuning High Performance Applications to the Show
      Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine brings his years of experience in working with Cray computers and on distributed computing with a primary focus on performance, architecting, developing, and tuning applications running on high performance computing platforms, to Java Spotlight Episode 94 for a discussion with host Roger Brinkley of Java Performance Tuning. Now specializing in Java, Pepperdine works in all aspects of performance and tuning in each phase of a project life cycle.
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