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Database Insider - October 2012
Stay Up to date on Database Technology with Oracle Newsletter
The October 2012 issue of Oracle's Database Insider Newsletter is now available. Contents include the following news articles:

  • "Newly Launched Oracle Exadata X3 Redefines Extreme Performance"
  • "Oracle OpenWorld Revelations Top Agendas at Regional User Group Meetings"
  • "FAQ: Label-Based Access Controls in Oracle Database 11g"

The issue also includes links to a video feature on analyzing big data, as well as links to a variety of webcasts and podcasts, news from the Oracle Database 11g Resource Center, reader responses, and a calendar of events.

Oracle Solaris Videos on YouTube
Get the Picture; It's Free
There are 23 videos on YouTube dealing with a number of Oracle subjects ranging from Conor Nolan's three presentations on ZFS boot environments, branded zones on Solaris 11, and ipkg zones and beadm on zones. Others include several Oracle executives presenting overviews of the company's plans for its various offerings; Glenn Brunette on Oracle SPARC Supercluster data protection; the Geek Fest discussion of the T4 and T5 SPARC processor design; Oracle Solaris 11 zone provisioning with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center; the two-part video on moving from Solaris JumpStart to Automated Installer ... the list grows weekly. Check out this accessible, free resource.
Cloud Computing
Cloud Architecture Patterns: New Title from O'Reilly
Explains Utility of 11 Platform-agnostic Patterns; with Examples
"Cloud Architecture Patterns" by Bill Wilder, Principal Consultant at Development Partners Software, is a new title from O'Reilly that introduces 11 architecture patterns designed to help teams investigating ways to design applications for the cloud. The book shows readers how each of these platform-agnostic patterns works, when they might be useful in the cloud, and what impact they’ll have on application architecture. Wilder includes an example of each pattern applied to an application built with Windows Azure. He divides the book into four major topics: scalability, big data, handling failure, and distributed users.
Exadata X3 Hardware Upgrade Expands Flash Memory Capacity
Oracle also Releases Exadata, Giving Compute Nodes UEK Kernel

Oracle's release of the hardware update for Exadata X3 makes only minor changes to the overall architecture but the storage capacity has been enormously enhanced with hardware refreshes that provide each cell with 1600 Gigabytes (GB) of flash. An X3-2 full rack will therefore have 20.3 Terabytes (TB) of total flash, R. Kundersma blogs. There is also a new Exadata release,, that can be applied to existing installations. Both the storage cell patch and the patch for the compute node can be applied using YUM. By default, all compute nodes that will be updated to will have the UEK kernel.

Consolidating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster
Using Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Real Application Cluster for High Availability Performance
The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite R12 12.1.3 is now available on, Giri Mandalika reports. The post provides a brief explanation of optimized solutions and provides a link to business and technical white papers available to download once a user has registered and logged on. Mandalika also explains, and provides a detailed graphic to make his point, how when Oracle e-Business Suite R12 is consolidated on SPARC SuperCluster, it is Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Real Application Cluster that deliver the high availability required for E-Business Suite.
'Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance'
Talk by Darryl Gove at Oracle OpenWorld 2012
The slide set for Darryl Gove's talk Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance, which he delivered at Oracle OpenWorld is now available to download. His presentation addresses four topics: hardware, correctness, performance, and parallelism, and he concludes with four recommendations on optimizing for the T4 processor:

  • Profile and remove inefficient code
  • Explore benefits of increased optimization
  • Identify opportunities for parallelization
  • Profile and tune parallel code
  • Watch for hitting hardware limits

Darryl Gove is Senior Principal Software Engineer at Oracle.

Sun Tape
Oracle Storage Enables T3Media to Grow Global Video Management and Licensing Business
Extended Tape Life Provides Savings in Video Storage Cadence
T3Media, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based storage, access and licensing for enterprise-scale video libraries, has implemented Oracle’s StorageTek SL8500 modular library systems with Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drives managed by Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager software to manage data across two facilities. The 5 TB capacity of Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drives helped the company grow its business while leveraging its existing investment in StorageTek SL8500 libraries. The longevity of StorageTek T10000 T2 data cartridges also allows T3Media to migrate data on an eight to 10 year cadence, saving time and money over the 30+ year life of their data.
Watch the Google Datacenter Street View Tour
See SL8500 Tape Libraries at Work, Providing Backup Reliability
Now you can explore a Google data center with Street View, a 1.46 minute overview that gives you an insider's glimpse at what goes on beyond those particular closed doors. You will see some Oracle solutions at work inside the walls.

The SL8500 can grow to hold 542,000,000 GB in 100,880 carts @ 5,500 GB/cart (T10000C). That's 180,667 x 3 TB disks of capacity. With 640 drives @ 252 MB/sec, the SL8500 can write 553,700 GB/hr.

Disks from the Perspective of a File System
Of Necessity, a Jaundiced View
Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusicK takes a critical look at disk-based storage in terms of the shortcuts it takes and the remedies file systems must employ to overcome them. The upshot of this, the author concludes, is that file systems must be aware of the disk technology on which they are running to ensure that they can reliably deliver their promised semantics. Users need to be aware of the constraints that different disk technology places on file systems and select a technology that will not result in poor performance for the type of file-system workload being used.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 176 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 175 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 174 Issue 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:

  • SPARC Processor Roadmap Updated
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Oracle Introduces Exadata X3-2 Database In-Memory Machine
  • Running Solaris 11 as a Control Domain on a T2000
  • The JavaFX Community Creates Its Own Site on
  • Winners of the 2012 Duke’s Choice Awards
  • Oracle Linux Wrap: Oracle Openworld 2012
  • Oracle Launches One-stop Zero to Cloud Site
  • Java Spotlight Episode 103: 2012 Duke Choice Award Winners
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook: Excerpt Explains Distinctive Features

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

    Oracle Critical Patch Update for October 2012 Issued
    Apply Patches at Earliest Convenience, Oracle Advises

    The Critical Patch Update for October was released on Oct 17, 2012, Steven Chan posts. Users are advised to apply the patches as soon as possible. He directs users to the Critical Patch Update Advisory as a first step to find products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents. Supported products not listed in the "Supported Products and Components Affected" Section of the advisory do not require new patches, he advises, urging users to consult the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches.

    SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record Mark for Siebel PSPP Benchmark
    21,000 Users; 239,748 Transactions; 0.165 second and 0.925 Second Response Times
    Oracle's Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Industry Applications Release and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running Oracle Solaris on three SPARC T4-2 and two SPARC T4-1 servers achieved world record results for Oracle's Siebel Platform Sizing and Performance Program (PSPP) benchmark suite. According to Oracle's report, the SPARC T4 servers running the Siebel PSPP workload, which includes Siebel Call Center and Order Management System, demonstrate impressive throughput performance (29,000 users; 239,748 transactions with 0.165 second call center response time and 0.925 second order management response time) of the SPARC T4 processor.
    World Record Oracle E-Business Consolidated Workload on SPARC T4-2, T4-4
    Served 4,100 Users at 2.08 Response Time with Abundant Headroom to Spare

    Oracle reported the world record performance of Oracle E-Business Suite Standard Medium multiple-online module benchmark using Oracle's SPARC T4-2 and SPARC T4-4 servers, which ran the application and database. The results demonstrate that a multi-tier configuration of SPARC T4 servers running the Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 application and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is capable of supporting 4,100 online users with 2.08 second response-times, executing a mix of complex transactions consolidating four Oracle E-Business modules. Oracle reports that the SPARC T4-2 in the application tier utilized about 65% capacity and the SPARC T4-4 in the database tier about 30%, providing significant scalability headroom.

    Combined Oracle Business Intelligence EE 11g, SPARC T4-4 Performance Proves Scalability Potential
    Benchmark Used 25,000 Concurrent Users, Average Response Time of 0.36 Seconds
    Oracle reports that a SPARC T4-4 server with internal Solid State Drive (SSD) using the ZFS file system running Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g achieved 25,000 concurrent users with an average response time of 0.36 seconds with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g server cache set to ON. This performance clearly shows that the underlying hardware, SPARC T4 server, and the Oracle BI EE 11g ( 64-bit) platform deployed in a vertical scale-out fashion scale within a single system while executing 415 transactions/sec. Oracle Internet Directory provided authentication for the 25,000 Oracle BI EE users with sub-second response time.
    Provisioning Capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Ops Center Manager 12c
    Two New Oracle Learning Videos
    Two new videos on the Oracle Learning Youtube channel cover the provisioning capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c, Owen Allen reports. Both presentations are by Simon Hayler. According to Allen the first video shows how to provision Oracle Solaris zones, explaining how to create an Oracle Solaris Zone profile and then showing how to apply it (using a deployment plan) to a target system. The second video shows how to provision an x86 server with Oracle Solaris using a very similar process: you create an OS provisioning profile, then use a deployment plan to apply it to the target hardware.
    Survey Finds Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Benefits
    Live Webcast Set for Thursday, October 25; Attendees Receive Free Copy of White Paper
    "Real-World Benefits of Private Cloud: Early Adopters of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Report Agility and Productivity Gains," a white paper published by Crimson Consulting Group, reports an enthusiastic response among early adopters one year after GA of Oracle Enterprise Manager12c according to a post by Anand Akela. One striking example of performance gains is the reduction from 250 hours to roughly 25 hours for provisioning a full app stack. There will be a webcast on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PDT featuring Kirk Bangstad from Crimson Consulting. All attendees will receive a copy of the white paper. Registration is required.
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 104: Devoxx 4 Kids
    With Developer BEA Technical Director Stephan Janssen
    In Episode 104 of the Java Spotlight Stephan Jannsen discusses the launch in Belgium of Devoxx 4 Kids with Host Roger Brinkley. Serial-entrepreneur Stephan Jannsen has founded several successful organizations such as the Belgian Java User Group (BeJUG), JCS Int. , JavaPolis, and now A user of Java since its early releases in 1995, he has augmented this experience with a history of developing and implementing real world Java solutions in the finance and manufacturing industries. Jannsen is currently the CTO of the Java Competence Center and was selected by BEA Systems as the first European (independent) BEA Technical Director.
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