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Oracle
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How to Migrate Oracle Database 10 From Oracle Solaris 8 to Oracle Solaris 11
Using the Oracle Solaris 8 P2V (Physical to Virtual) Tool
Orgad Kimchi has created a procedure for migrating Oracle Database from Oracle Solaris 8 to Oracle Solaris 11. His procedure utilizes the Oracle Solaris 8 P2V (physical to virtual) Archiver tool to migrate a physical Oracle Solaris 8 system with Oracle Database 10.2.0.5 and an Oracle Automatic Storage Management file system located on SAN storage connected via a Fibre Channel HBA into an Oracle Solaris 8 branded zone inside an Oracle Solaris 10 guest domain on top of an Oracle Solaris 11 control domain. Kimchi demonstrates both how to preserve the host information and how to modify the host name.
Features
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What Do Download Numbers Really Tell You?
According to Simon Phipps, Not Much About Adoption
Simon Phipps, writing for InfoWorld, disputes the notion that the number of downloads says anything beyond a solution's brand strength and market opportunity. He cites the recent flurry of downloads of Windows 8 (four million in the first three days of GA) as evidence that downloads are easy to measure but reveal nothing concerning customer satisfaction or even implementation. Requests for upgrades and/or support offer a better measure of adoption for open source, Phipps asserts. The metrics provided by Ohloh, which came too late for Sun, deliver much more useful and telling information on the state of the open source software community.
Solaris
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Clustering Basics and Challenges: A Primer
Post on Clustering Installation Is Promised
Providing working definitions of clustering, cluster agents, quorums, voting, fencing, and split brain condition was the aim of Karoly Vegh in writing his blog post entitled "Clustering Basics and Challenges." His post includes discussion of the following aspects of clustering:

  • Cluster, HA, failover, switchover, scalability
  • Cluster architecture, interconnect, topologies
  • Cluster resource types, agents, resources, resource groups
  • Voting, Quorum, Split Brain Condition, Fencing, Amnesia

Vegh promises a future post on cluster installation.

'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference'
Co-author Harry Foxwell Discusses the New Title for SysAdmins
Harry Foxwell, co-author of "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference" (the others are Michael Jang, Christine Tran and Alan Formy-Duval) discusses the book in a video announced in a post by Glynn Foster. The book itself leads readers to the ability to manage a highly scalable, cloud-based computing platform and deliver unmatched performance levels at every layer of the IT stack. The book also shows how to deploy Solaris from scratch and provides up-to-date details on installation options, device configuration, virtualization techniques, network security, file encryption, and Web services. NFS, Samba, and Apache are fully covered in this Oracle Press guide.
Cloud Computing
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Get the Details on the OS Built for the Cloud: Solaris Cloud Datasheet
A Triple-threat OS that Offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
Oracle Solaris 11 is the OS built for the cloud. The Oracle Solaris 11 Data Sheet highlights the attributes that warrant that reputation: Solaris 11 is built for the cloud; provides full cloud management; is an optimized, ready-made solution; and is widely used in production environments. Duncan Hardie's post directs users to the datasheet for a glance at the triple-threat Solaris 11 offers: an IaaS cloud; a PaaS cloud; and an SaaS cloud. Solaris 11 is an industry-first, fully virtualized OS, offering mission critical cloud infrastructure with build-in server, storage and network virtualization, simplified software lifecycle management, cloud scale data management, and advanced security.
Exadata
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Post Provides List of 36 Documents on Exadata
Range of Categories Covers Wide Span

There are numerous links to documents about database features on Exadata compiled by Bandan Huang, who presents information in 14 categories ranging from DBFS(Database File System) on Exadata and DBRM/IORM(Database Resource Manager, I/O Resource Manager) on Exadata to BR(Backup & Recovery) on Exadata and Consolidation on Exadata. There are 36 document links in all: a real time saver for users needing further information on the multitude of possibilities with Exadata.

A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server
Oracle White Paper Outlines the Benefits of Implementing Exadata Database Machine
The Oracle white paper "A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server" explains that its implementation will allow users to accelerate database performance, exploit its scalability and consolidation features, and deliver mission-critical data availability and protection. The purpose-built Exadata Database Machine delivers the utmost performance for all database workloads: OLTP, data warehousing, and mixed, consolidated workloads. Easy to deploy, the Exadata Database Machine includes all the hardware the Oracle Database requires. The unique technology incorporated in the scale-out architecture of the Exadata Database Machine enables offloads of data-intensive SQL operations into the Oracle Exadata Storage Servers.
SPARC
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SPARC T5 Deep Dive
An interview with Oracle's Rick Hetherington
Rick Hetherington, Oracle’s vice president of hardware development, manages a team of architects and performance analysts who design Oracle’s M- and T-series processors. In this interview, Hetherington describes the technical details of the new SPARC T5 processor and expands on the process that is used to design these innovative chips.
Talking About the Design of the SPARC T4 and T5 Chips
Video with Engineering Team Members Who Contributed to the Designs
Two of the Oracle microelectronics engineers who worked on developing the T4 chip are interviewed by Rick Ramsey in a YouTube video. Sebastian Turrullols discusses his work on power management issues, and Rahm explains that his team worked on architecting the cache hierarchy for the T4. According to Sebastian, the T4 delivers a 5X performance increase with both great throughput and singlethreaded capacity. In Rahm's case, the elegant performance of the 64 threads in T4 is an achievement he is most proud of. Both also remarked on the binary-compatible, eight-socket capabilities of the T5 microprocessor, which customers can implement without recompiling or redesigning applications.
SPARC T4 Servers Deliver Improved Performance on PeopleSoft Combined Benchmark
CPU Utilization in Application, Web, and Database Tiers Leaves Significant Headroom for Growth
Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle's PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 combined online and batch benchmark achieved a world record 18,000 concurrent users experiencing subsecond response time while executing a PeopleSoft Payroll batch job of 500,000 employees in 32.4 minutes. This result was obtained with a SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Database 11g Release 2, a SPARC T4-4 server running PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 application server, and a SPARC T4-2 server running Oracle WebLogic Server in the web tier. Average CPU utilization in the web tier T4-2 server was 17%, in the application tier 59%, and in the database tier 47% (online and batch).
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 176 Issues 1, 2, 3, 5 and 5; Vol 175 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:

  • Oracle Plays SPARC Cards Close to the Vest
  • Larry Ellison Has a Passion for Microchips
  • Talking about Java Security Update @spoofzu
  • Why 4K? – George Wilson’s ZFS Day Talk
  • Overview of Oracle Private Cloud Solutions
  • Some Advice on Updating to Solaris 11.1
  • Getting Started with Automated Installer in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.2 Released
  • Security Capabilities and Design in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 Now Available

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

    LibreOffice
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    The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice Certified Developers
    Appointees Peer-reviewed by Engineering Steering Committee

    LibreOffice Certified Developers have been peer reviewed by the Engineering Steering Committee, which has appointed Bjoern Michaelsen, Jan Holesovsky and Stephan Bergmann to manage the certification process for developers. The newly certified developers include Bjoern Michaelsen (Canonical), Caolan McNamara (RedHat), Cedric Bosdonnat (SUSE), Christian Lohmaier (Volunteer), David Tardon (RedHat), Eike Rathke (RedHat), Eilidh McAdam (Lanedo), Fridrich Strba (SUSE), Jan Holesovsky (SUSE), Kohei Yoshida (SUSE), Lionel Elie Mamane (Volunteer), Lubos Lunak (SUSE), Markus Mohrhard (Volunteer), Michael Meeks (SUSE), Michael Stahl (RedHat), Petr Mladek (SUSE), Rene Engelhard (Volunteer), Stephan Bergmann (RedHat), Thorsten Behrens (SUSE), Timár András (SUSE) and Tor Lillqvist (SUSE).

    Performance
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    SPARC T4-4 Delivers New World Record Performance
    Subsecond Response Time on Oracle OLAP Perf Version 2 Benchmark
    Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server server with 4 x SPARC T4 processors, 3.0 GHz, and 1 TB memory delivered world record performance with subsecond response time on the Oracle OLAP Perf Version 2 benchmark using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle OLAP option running on Oracle Solaris 11. Data storage employed 1 x Sun Fire X4275 (using COMSTAR) and 2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (each with 80 FMODs). Redo storage used 1 x Sun Fire X4275. The SPARC T4-4 server achieved throughput of 430,000 cube-queries/hour with an average response time of 0.85 seconds and the median response time of 0.43 seconds.
    Sysadmin
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    Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 Released
    Updates Available from Package Repository
    Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 has been released writes Larry Wake in a post. Existing users can update from the package repository. New features include the capability to immediately leverage network virtualization. Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 also introduces managed switchover and disaster-recovery takeover of applications and data using ZFS Storage Appliance replication services in a multi-site, multi-cluster configuration. Improved storage failure detection and resource dependency management enable faster application recovery, and labeled security features support high availability and high security capabilities that leveraging Oracle Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions provides.
    Java Technology
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    'Real World Java EE Patterns'
    Java Champion Adam Bien's Latest Book
    Java Champion Adam Bien has another title to his credit: "Real World Java EE Patterns," a book that, Juergen Kress blogs, "discusses patterns and best practices in a structured way, with code from real world projects." Bien introduces the core principles and APIs of Java EE 6: principles of transactions, isolation levels, CAP and BASE, remoting, pragmatic modularization and structure of Java EE applications; discusses superfluous patterns and outdated best practices, patterns for domain-driven and service-oriented components, custom scopes, asynchronous processing and parallelization, real time HTTP events, schedulers, REST optimizations, plugins and monitoring tools, and fully functional JCA 1.6 implementation, in Kress's summary.
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