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Oracle Magazine November/December 2012
The Latest News on Oracle Solutions
The cover article in the November/December 2012 edition of Oracle Magazine, "Optimized Application Performance," brings readers up to date on the solutions available to consolidate, cut costs and reap the optimum benefit from these solutions on Exadata. The usual department articles are included in this issue as well, covering topics in the At Oracle, Community, Technology, and reader comment sections. Features also include pieces on the importance of the architect's role; the intriguingly titled "External Table Queries, Data Consistency and Nothing"; and "A Path to Leadership." Qualified readers can subscribe now.
'Why Ultra-Low Power Computing Will Change Everything'
ARM TechCom Keynote Address by Dr. Jonathan Koomey
Tori Wieldt reports on Dr. Jonathan Koomey's keynote address to ARM TechCom, where he noted that power consumption by computers has dropped by half every 1.5 years over the last 60 years, and battery life has made roughly a 10x improvement each decade since 1960. The major challenge facing designers at this juncture, according to Koomey, is reducing the power consumption of the computers in mobile devices. Researchers are studying light, heat, motion, blood sugar, and solar energy as power sources for these miniaturized computers. The University of Washington is developing a sensor that scavenges power from radio and TV signals, Wieldt writes.
Move Over Oracle Solaris 11: Here Comes OmniOS
Seeking to Fill the Void Left by OpenSolaris
Posting on Dr. Dobbs, Adrian Bridgwater reports on the aim of OmniTI to encourage the adoption of its OmniOS, built on Illumos, as a complete open alternative to Oracle Solaris 11l."] The latest release of OmniOS is focused on infrastructure level architecture with such key new features as multiple ZFS enhancements, including added support for ZFS feature flags as well as a new ZFS pool format designed to facilitate portability of zpools among Illumos distributions; a Kayak Network Installer; updated DTrace functionality; and improved IPMI support. OmniTI bills this latest release as the "best-available" version of OmniOS for production deployments.
How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using the Image Packaging System
Procedures for Both the Solaris Release Repository and the Solaris Support Repository

Readers intending to update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 will find a useful resource in Peter Dennis's post on using the Image Packaging System for that operation. His how-to includes detailed instructions for using both the Oracle Solaris Release Repository and the Oracle Solaris Support Repository. As an additional feature of his post, Dennis includes a list of the bug fixes that have been addressed in SRU#12.4 but will not have been addressed in Oracle Solaris 11.1 until SRU#1.

Three Webcasts on New Features in Oracle Solaris 11.1
Covers News about Solaris Cluster 4.1 Innovations
Join Oracle executives Markus Flierl and Bill Nesheim for the first of three webcast sessions on all the new features to be found in Oracle Solaris 11.1. This session is entitled "Oracle Solaris 11 - Innovations for your data center." A second session features Ravi Thammaiah leading a technical discussion with Scott Michael and Edward Pilatowicz on "Oracle Solaris 11.1 Optimized for Oracle Database." Finally, Steve McKinty leads an in-depth technical discussion with Sekhar Lakkapragada on the latest innovations in Oracle Solaris Cluster entitled "Oracle Technical Session: Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1." Participants can question the Oracle Solaris developers. Registration and log-in are required.
MySQL for Excel Gives MySQL on Windows Users New Options
Easy to Install, Simple to Use
Users of MySQL on Windows now have another tool to add to their kit: MySQL for Excel. This new add-in is installed and accessed from within MS Excel’s Data tab, offering a wizard-like interface arranged to help users browse MySQL Schemas, Tables, Views and Procedures and perform data operations against them using MS Excel, Javier Treviño writes. He adds that MySQL for Excel is shipped within the MySQL Installer as one of the tools in the suite. Being an Excel Add-In there is no executable file involved after the installation, running MS Excel and opening the add-in from its Data tab.
'Expert Oracle Exadata': New Title from Apress
Three Co-authors, Expert in Exadata, Share an Insider's View
"Expert Oracle Exadata" by Kerry Osborne, Randy Johnson, and Tanel Poder is a new title from Apress that the publisher describes as providing a behind-the-scenes look at how the combination of hardware and software that Exadata comprises actually works. The secret in this instance is the capability to offload SQL processing to the storage layer. The authors share their real-world experience, gained through multiple Exadata implementations, with the goal of opening up the internals of the Exadata platform. This book is written for readers who want to understand what makes the platform tick and for whom.
University of Minnesota Reduces Data Center Footprint, TCO with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Processing Speed Jumps by a Factor of 90X
By hosting its IT environment on two Oracle Exadata Database Machine half racks, the University of Minnesota consolidated more than 200 Oracle database instances into fewer than 20, reducing floor space and TCO. The university uses Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Resources, PeopleSoft Financial Management and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions supported by Oracle Database, Oracle Diagnostics Pack, Oracle Tuning Pack, Oracle Advanced Security and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. This implementation has enabled the university system to support thousands of queries per second – with up to 90 times faster processing speed – while improving disaster recovery capabilities to ensure maximum database availability for thousands of users.
The SPARC SuperCluster: An Overview from the Engineered Systems Point of View
Learn What Makes the SPARC SuperCluster a Unique Expression of an Engineered Approach to IT
Karoly Vegh provides an overview of the SPARC SuperCluster at a vehicle for discussing the nature of Oracle's engineered systems. He highlights the features, both improved and new, that users will find in the SPARC SuperCluster, including SPARC T4-4 Servers as complete nodes; Exadata storage cells; Infiniband; and unified storage with ZFSSA. If you'd really like to understand the meaning of "engineered systems," spend a few minutes with Karoly Vegh's illuminating discussion.
Oracle Releases Sun Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 5.3 and Sun QFS 5.3
Now Users Can Enjoy End-to-end Data Integrity Validation
The release of Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager 5.3 and Sun QFS 5.3 makes Oracle the first tape vendor to offer end-to-end data integrity validation. Users can now employ SAM-QFS to command data verification within the Oracle StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives themselves rather than needing to transfer the data back to the server. Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager streamlines data management processes with policy-based storage tiering to help customers reduce storage cost and complexity. In addition to support for Data Integrity Verification in StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives, Oracle’s SAM-QFS environment provides new tiered storage support.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 177 Issue 1; Vol 176 Issues 1, 2, 3, 5 and 5; Vol 175 Issues 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:

  • SPARC T5 Deep Dive
  • Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference
  • Clustering Basics and Challenges: A Primer
  • Get the Details on the OS Built for the Cloud: Solaris Cloud Datasheet
  • SPARC T4-4 Delivers New World Record Performance
  • Talking About the Design of the SPARC T4 and T5 Chips
  • Post Provides List of 36 Documents on Exadata
  • How to Migrate Oracle Database 10 From Oracle Solaris 8 to Oracle Solaris 11
  • A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server
  • Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 Released

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

    Basic Operations with the Image Packaging System
    Summary of Commands, Overview of IPS Installation, System Updates

    In a recent post Ginny Henningsen lists the commands for controlling the Image Packaging System and demonstrates how to use them in performing basic operations. Her post expands on the recently issued "Oracle Solaris 11 Cheat Sheet for the Image Packaging System" by reviewing basic IPS concepts. She covers package installation and system updates, adding as well an explanation of how the Fault Managed Resource Indicator functions and concludes with a list of miscellaneous commands.

    Get the Latest Information on Changes in Oracle Secure Global Desktop
    Videos with Mohan Prabhala, Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth, and Steven Chan
    Chris Kawalek has assembled a compendium of resources to provide an overview of the news on Oracle Secure Global Desktop. The compendium includes videos with Oracle's Mohan Prabhala that provide a quick product refresher and an update on the latest new features in Secure Global Desktop. Kawalek includes webcast footage of an interview with Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth discussing Oracle Secure Global Desktop. Steven Chan explains how Oracle Secure Global Desktop works with Oracle E-Business Suite, and in his concluding comment, Kawalek assures existing Oracle Applications customers they will find Oracle Secure Global Desktop easy to use for leveraging secure application access.
    Java Technology
    JCP.Next @jcp_org Comes up for Discussion on Java Spotlight Episode 108
    Patrick Curran, JCP Chair, and Heather VanCura, JCP Program Office Manager
    On Episode 108 of the Java Spotlight host Roger Brinkley's guests are Patrick Curran and Heather Van Cura, who discuss JCP.Next @jcp_org. As Chair of the Java Community Process organization Patrick Curran is oversees the activities of the JCP's Program Management Office including evolving the process and the organization. Heather VanCura manages the JCP Program Office and is responsible for the day-to-day nurturing, support, and leadership of the community. She oversees the web site, JSR management and posting, community building, events, marketing, communications, and growth of the membership through new members and renewals.
    NetBeans Podcast #62 Recaps Events of the NetBeans Community at JavaOne 2012
    Beta Download; Videos, Governance Board Election Results ... Almost as Good as Being There
    News abounds on NetBeans Podcast #62 with hosts Geertjan and Tinu, who provide links to recaps of the NetBeans Community events at JavaOne 2012. Also included is an announcement of the outcome of the elections to the NetBeans Governance Board, with congratulations to new members Anton Epple and Hermien Pellissier. There is a download link to NetBeans IDE 7.3 Beta and to videos of HTML5 support in NetBeans and an event-packed NetBeans Calendar for this fall. Comments from various NetBeans community members are also available on video links, as are the two parts of Reflections on JavaOne 2012 by the NetBeans Community.
    Darren Moffat Explains the new ZFS Encryption Features in Solaris 11.1
    Labels them 'Small but Significant'
    Darren Moffat introduces the new ZFS encryption features in Oracle Solaris 11.1. He begins by explaining the function of the new readonly keychangedate and continues with comments on the new restrictions placed on the size of the wrapping key needed to match the size of the data encryption key, noting the exception to this operation when the keysource property sets the format to be 'passphrase' in which case the wrapping key size and data encryption key size will always match. He adds the comment that the pam_zfs_key module has been updated so that it allows you to specify encryption=off.
    Security Inside Out Newsletter: November Edition now Available
    Features Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld
    The November edition of the Security Inside Out Newsletter is now available, Tanu Sood posts, featuring highlights from Oracle OpenWorld, noting the record-breaking registration for this year's conference. Also included in the current issue is an interview with Amit Jasuja, Senior Vice President, Security and Identity Management at Oracle, who discusses the key trends in the industry and how these have helped shape innovation in the latest release of Oracle Identity Management solution set. Readers will also find links to webcasts on identity management and database security and links to resource libraries as well.
    How to Know Whether T4 Crypto Accelerators Are in Use
    Some Advice on Choosing the Optimal Crypto Instructions
    Dan Anderson posts a means for determining whether the non-privileged crypto instructions included in the T4 processor are in use. He shares a DTrace script written by Chi-Chang Lin that can show whether T4 crypto instructions are being executed, and he includes instructions for learning whether t4 engine optimization is in use, providing a chart that shows optimization availability. He also provides suggestions regarding the best use of hash algorithms. Anderson reminds users that, using the latest update, Solaris 11.1, provides the best set of optimized algorithms, but alternatives are often available, sometimes slightly slower, for releases back to Solaris 10 08/11 (U10).
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