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Unscrambling Big Data: A Guide to the Tools and Processes
"The Big Data Guide": An Easy but Useful Read
The expression "big data" comprises such familiar sources of information as data from e-mails, social media, sensors, and video footage, all familiar to the IT world. What is new about big data is how one goes about analyzing it. "The Big Data Guide" provides an introduction to the tools and processes involved in deriving insight from big data files, covering such topics as acquisition, organization and analysis of big data; discovering hidden relationships among data elements; and using these findings in corporate decision making. Registration and log-in are required for access to the pdf.
20 Solaris 11 How-To Articles
Links to Solaris 11 White Papers, Solaris 11 Spotlights Pages
In one handy page on readers will find links to 20 papers on managing Solaris 11 that range over such topics as installation; system configuration; data management; networking; software management; virtualization; and development. The page also includes links to the Oracle Solaris 11 White Papers page and to the Oracle Solaris 11 Spotlights page.
'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference'
First Solaris 11 Book now Available for Readers
"Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference," a book written by Michael Jang, Harry Foxwell, Christine Tran and Alan Formy-Duval for Solaris admins, Linux admins and developers, and even those somewhat unfamiliar with UNIX, is now available. Co-author Foxwell explains that the book covers the Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 release. Content is not expected to change much as a result of the next Solaris 11 release. Foxwell also writes that the book complements the extensive Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library, and covers the main system administration topics of installation, configuration, and management.
Making Oracle Linux "Even More" Secure by Default
A Two-part How-to by Ginny Henningsen
Ginny Henningsen has written a two-part series on hardening the secure by default Oracle Linux defenses against exploitation by outsiders. The first part discussed hardening the OS itself by removing unused software packages and minimizing network services. In part 2 Henningsen reviews procedures and frequently used tools that administrators can employ to safeguard Oracle Linux systems, monitor potential threats, and detect compromise in the event it does occur.
The Future of the SPARC T5 in Oracle's Big Iron Lineup
Timothy Prickett Morgan Reports from Hot Chips
Reporting on this year's Hot Chips event in Cupertino, CA, Timothy Prickett Morgan speculates on the future of the SPARC T5 chip in Oracle's apparent growing interest in big iron featuring multithreaded processors in terms of cores and sockets. In his view, the scalability enhancements coming from the SPARC T5 machines, sporting faster cores that can do superior single-threaded work, will be big enough for all but the absolutely largest Solaris workloads. Prickett Morgan devotes a substantial part of his article to looking at the history of the SPARC T3, T4 and T5 chips and their family resemblances.
Preparing a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to Serve as a Storage Device
How-to Employs Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

Barbara Higgins configures a Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to serve as a storage library for a server pool using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c. The procedure is divided into Section One which involves steps taken from the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance's user interface and involves configuring the appliance to use both the FC and the iSCSI protocols. The the user creates an account for Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center. In Section Two, from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, one creates a discovery profile for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to discover the storage appliance, creating a dynamic storage library.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 174 Issue 1,2,3, 4 and 5; Vol 173 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:

  • The Role of Oracle VM Server for SPARC in a Virtualization Strategy
  • Revision to SPARC Architecture Released
  • Oracle Collaborates on Drafting Specifications for Cloud Management Standards
  • Oracle's SPARC T4-2 Produces World Record Oracle Essbase Aggregate Storage Benchmark
  • Blog Explains Parallel Backup Operations in MySQL Enterprise Backup v3.8.0
  • Creating an Active/Active IPMP for Solaris 11
  • The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 3.6.1
  • Licensing Open Source Code in the Modern, Post-revolutionary Era
  • Best Practices for Securely Deploying the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
  • Release of Java SE 7 Update 7 and Java SE 6 Update 35 Announced

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

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 Newly Released
    Maintenance Release Fixes Bugs, Improves Stability
    The Fat Bloke reports the recent release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20, a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements. Complete details are available in the changelog.
    Java Technology
    Security Concerns Prompt Oracle to Release "Out-of-Cycle" Security Patch for Java 7
    Patch Addresses Remotely Exploitable Vulnerabilities
    Various security and user communities have reported vulnerabilities in Java SE 7 that hackers, too, have discovered and exploited using such tools as Metasploit and Blackhole, writes Adrian Bridgwater in Dr. Dobbs. The tumult has been sufficient to prompt the release of an out-of-cycle patch to address these vulnerabilities, which are said -- in Oracle's security alert -- to be remotely exploitable without authentication when an unsuspecting user running an affected release in a browser visits a malicious web page that leverages this vulnerability. Exploits can impact the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of a system. Customers should apply the updates ASAP.
    Java SE 7 Update 6 Released
    Merges JavaFX into the Oracle Java SE Installation

    Oracle has released Java SE 7 Update 6, merging JavaFX into the Oracle Java SE installation, and including Mac OS feature parity with JDK 7, the release of JavaFX 2.2 and the release of JavaFX Scene Builder 1.0, Tori Wieldt posts on The Java Source. Administrators will no longer need to install and maintain JavaFX separately. Java SE 7 Update 6 is Oracle’s first full JDK and JRE release on Mac OS X, Weildt writes. Oracle also announced the general availability of JavaFX Scene Builder, enabling a visual layout environment that lets users quickly design user interfaces for JavaFX applications without coding.

    Java Spotlight Episode 98: Cliff Click on Benchmarking
    Oxdata Co-founder Is Roger Brinkley's Guest
    Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Cliff Click, CTO and Co-Founder of 0xdata, a firm dedicated to creating a new way to think about web-scale data storage and real-time analytics as his guest on Java Spotlight Episode 98 for a discussion of benchmarking. Achievements in Click's past include helping Azul Systems build an 864 core pure-Java mainframe that keeps GC pauses on 500Gb heaps to under 10ms, and working on all aspects of that JVM. He also worked on HotSpot at Sun Microsystems.
    Enterprise JavaFX Deployment with LightView: Part 3
    Java Champion Adam Bien Examines Deployment Possibilities
    Part 3 of Java Champion Adam Bien's article series on "Enterprise JavaFX Deployment with LightView" is available on OTN, Janice J. Heiss reports. Part 3 explores ways to use Maven 3 to build and deploy the LightView application in all available deployment modes. Bien also shows how to sign and deploy LightView with a Java EE 6 application, according to Heiss, who also notes that Bien takes an uncomplicated view of JavaFX, calling it "just another Java library," enabling users to employ all of the established build, test, and deployment infrastructure. Heiss provides links to all three parts of Bien's series.
    Netra Blade X3-2B Server Module: Ideal Choice for Communications and Cloud Deployments
    Pairs Superbly with Sun Netra 6000 Chassis for High Performance, Long-term Service
    Oracle's new carrier grade Netra Blade X3-2B server module (formerly the Sun Netra X6270 M3) is designed for building out 4G networks and cloud-based infrastructures in x86 environments. Paired with I/O architecture of the Sun Netra 6000 chassis, it is available with up to 10 Netra Blade X3-2B server modules. Two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 Series-based Platform for Intelligent Systems power the Netra Blade X3-2B. Its large memory capacity and unmatched memory bandwidth make it ideal for high performance communication workloads and cloud infrastructure deployments. Low-voltage DIMMs running at true 1,600 MHz enable delivery of high application performance and power savings.
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