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Oracle
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OpenWorld General Session 2012: Middleware & JavaOne
On-Demand Videos Available
In his one hour long remarks on Middleware at OpenWorld General Session 2012 Hasan Rizvi, EVP of Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Development, comments on how fusion middleware aids business development, how to reach customers using mobile devices, how to use middleware in the cloud, and how to process massive volumes of data. Elsewhere in a post by Jürgen Kress, are links to the SOA Community Workplace and key Fusion Middleware presentations (community membership required), feedback from ACE Directors, a compilation of tweets from SOA Community members, and links to JavaOne 2012 Strategy and Technical Keynote and the JavaOne 2012 JavaOne Technical Keynote.
Mark Hurd Stresses Oracle's Database Expertise in the Face of Big Data Growth
Maria Bartiromo Interviews for USAToday
The volume of Big Data is projected to increase by a factor of 20X by 2020 Mark Hurd told Maria Bartiromo in an interview for USAToday. Much of that data is going to wind up in a database, he continued, and customers can be confident of the security of their data with Oracle, the company with the industry's greatest level of experience with database technology. Furthermore, with Oracle's engineered systems approach to solution design, customers will find managing their databases, whether on-premise or in the cloud, simpler and more secure, Hurd said. Oracle's five billion dollar R&D budget ensures that end, he added.
Oracle OpenWorld Presentations Available for Download
Reminder
Videos of keynotes and sessions from Oracle OpenWorld 2012 are now available online, Di Seghposs reminds readers, providing a convenient link to the OpenWorld site. Even if you were there, you're bound to have missed something in a packed agenda. Here's another opportunity.
Illumos
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Joyent Names New CEO
Prepares to Release Joyent7 System Software
Henry Wasik, former head of Force10 and SVP for voice networks and applications software at Alcatel, is the new CEO of Joyent, the San Francisco based cloud infrastructure-as-a-service provider, reports Charles Babcock in Information Week. Wasik, who previously worked for startups Mostek and InteCom, holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in industrial management. Joyent plans to release its Joyent7 system software in 2013, according to CTO and founder Jason Hoffman. The updated cloud system, said Hoffman, "is for people who want to be a service provider, like us."
ZFS
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Active vs. Passive Benchmarking
Know Which Results your Tool Is Measuring

Brendan Gregg uses bonnie++ to demonstrate the differences between active and passive benchmarking in a blog entry that makes a strong distinction between the mere collection of data and deriving information from that data while the benchmarking exercise in is process. He adds that analysis of the benchmark source code is sometimes necessary, down to the level of instructions, to learn what the benchmarking tool is doing. Gregg's comparison of the volume of findings from bonnie++ used in passive vs. active modes is revealing.

Cloud Computing
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Oracle Doesn't Get the Cloud?
Not Bloody Likely, Writes Bob Evans in Forbes
Oracle's Bob Evans has penned for Forbes a six-point refutation of the notion that neither Larry Ellison nor Oracle understand the cloud. The most compelling of Evans's points is that Oracle's SaaS revenue approaches one billion dollars annually, and that Oracle has long been at work on Fusion applications for both on-premise and Internet use, and Oracle is the only tech company with a full product line at all levels of the cloud: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Ellison reminds readers that he founded and remains the owner of NetSuite, and that he and Marc Benioff collaborated on Internet uses for sales force automation solutions.
Linux
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RedPatch Simplifies, Speeds Up Patchng Operations
No More Tarball, No More Reboots
Writing for the Ksplice Team, Tim Hill announces RedPatch, which contains the source for all of the changes Red Hat makes to their kernel, one commit per fix. Users can find it on oss.oracle.com/git. With RedPatch, Hill explains, users can access the broken-out patches using git, browse them online via gitweb, and freely redistribute the source under the terms of the GPL. For Ksplice, instead of using a giant tarball, individual updates are built for each change and rely on source patches that are broken-out. Reboots are no longer required for an already running system, Hill writes.
Exadata
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Deploying E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exastack
Whitepaper Covers Migrations to Exadata and Exalogic
Oracle's E-Business Suite Performance Team recently published a new whitepaper,"Deploying Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine," (Exastack) Elke Phelps posts on oracle.com. This whitepaper will assist users considering a migration to Exastack, understand sizing requirements, deployment standards and migration strategies. The paper covers the following topics:
Temenos WealthManager: Performance Improvements Achieved on Exadata Database Machine
Reponse Times Improve by 200%
Temenos Group AG is a market-leading Swiss provider of banking software systems to retail, corporate, universal, private, Islamic, microfinance, and community banks throughout the world that has chosen to run its WealthManager solution on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and in doing so has realized performance gains of greater than two-times the average improvement in response times for six-times the number of users and data volumes. Temenos also secured a two-times gain in service-level agreements for batch and user-oriented workloads via dedicated or parallelized processing windows. The company’s WealthManager product is an integrated wealth management software platform designed specifically for private financial advisors.
Hardware
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Collaboration: An Unexpected Advantage of Engineered Systems
Team Approach, Involving Users, Results in Quicker Fixes

There are unexpected benefits, collaborative in nature, in the use of engineered systems, contends User 12244672, citing two examples of such advantages. These involve solving a node eviction issue running Oracle Database 11g R2 with Solaris 11 SRU 12 under extreme load on the ExaLego test system. The fix went into all Solaris releases just 10 days from initial discovery. In the second example a customer experienced sporadic performance degradation, and a number of contributing factors were discovered, including tunable parameters. A collaborative investigation identified the root cause to be a CPU bound networking thread being starved of CPU cycles under extreme load.

SPARC
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Download Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers e-Book
Introducing the Next Generation of SPARC Servers
Oracle has assembled the downloadable "SPARC T4 Servers e-Book" (registration and log in required) packed with valuable information, including:

Oracle Observes 25 Years of SPARC
Highlights of SPARC Achievements
In its web page marking the anniversary, Oracle Celebrates 25 Years of SPARC Innovation, the highlights of this powerfully disruptive technology are noted: Oracle and Solaris; on-chip encryption and the Oracle Solaris security framework; the integration of SPARC with Solaris, Oracle Database, business applications, middleware software and Oracle Optimized Solutions; improved system utilization with comprehensive, built-in no-cost virtualization capabilities. There are links in each category to whitepapers, Q&As, and videos that provide further information.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 177 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 176 Issues 1, 2, 3, 5 and 5; Vol 175 Issue 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:

  • Move Over Oracle Solaris 11: Here Comes OmniOS
  • Why Ultra-Low Power Computing Will Change Everything
  • Oracle Releases Sun Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 5.3 and Sun QFS 5.3
  • MySQL for Excel Gives MySQL on Windows Users New Options
  • Three Webcasts on New Features in Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • The SPARC SuperCluster: An Overview from the Engineered Systems Point of View
  • How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using the Image Packaging System
  • Basic Operations with the Image Packaging System
  • Darren Moffat Explains the new ZFS Encryption Features in Solaris 11.1
  • How to Know Whether T4 Crypto Accelerators Are in Use

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Why Use Expensive Iron and Proprietary Software When White Boxes and FOSS Will Do?
    FCI President Howard Fosdick Finds Them Quite Good Enough

    Generic computers and open source software are all Howard Fosdick, President of FCI, needs for his operations. He uses inexpensive stock hardware and software, which is easily replaceable and delivers 100% availability, along with high security and good privacy. Fosdick runs resource-heavy apps like enterprise DBMS and website generators with a few GB of memory and a low-end dual core processor: essentially a five year old machine; cheap enough to keep several on hand. Fosdick advises against ever keeping all one's data on a single machine, and the same with software. File interchange is the most important inter-machine demand Fosdick makes of his iron.

    Sysadmin
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    How to Use Automated Install Server to Simplify Non Global Zones Setup
    Hands-off Procedure Enables Creation, Configuration

    Orgad Kimchi has written a nine-step procedure for automating Solaris 11 Zones installation using the Automated Install server. As Kimchi writes, the paper demonstrates the benefits of using the Automated Install server to simplify the Non Global Zones setup, including the creation and configuration of the global zone manifest and the Solaris Zones profiles. He shows how to set up the Automated Install server to provide a hands-off installation process for the Global Zone and two Non Global Zones located on the same system. All the code samples and several screen shots accompany the text.

    Procedure Demonstrates Storage of Solaris Zones on Shared Storage
    Employs New Solaris Zones Feature: ZOSS
    Jeff Victor posts a blog entry that describes and demonstrates the use of Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS), which, he explains, is a significant new feature of Oracle Solaris Zones that enables the storage of Solaris Zones on shared storage. This makes for quick and easy migration of a zone from one system to another. Victor notes that VirtualBox is essential to this procedure and that it is better suited to a laboratory environment than to a production environment. There are 15 steps in Victor's procedure, for which he provides all the necessary code samples.
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    Migrating from Third Party Virtualization Software to Oracle VM
    Procedure Shows Steps to Manual Process

    In a recent blog post, Simon Coter deals with the issue of migrating from third party virtualization software (ex. RH KVM, VMWare) to Oracle VM. He points out that support documentation states that support for Oracle products on non-Oracle VM platforms follows exactly the same stance as support for VMware and, so, the only x86 virtualization software solution certified for any Oracle product is "Oracle VM". Coter's post presents a step-by-step guide to "manually" migrate a guest machine from KVM to OVM. He promises a future post on manual migration of Virtual-Iron guests to OracleVM.

    Java Technology
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    Developing for Mobile Devices with Java Embedded
    Abundant Opportunities Exist Now
    Tori Weildt summarizes the rosy picture painted at the recent ARM TechCon in Santa Clara, CA by Fareed Suliman, Java ME Product Manager whose presentation was entitled "Modernizing the Explosion of Advanced Microcontrollers with Embedded Java." With the many billions of Java embedded devices predicted to be in service come 2020, Weildt writes, developers would do well to keep an eye on this market. Suliman presented several points in favor of developing with Java for the embedded market, including Java is a proven and open standard that provides connectivity, encryption, location, and web services APIs.
    Java Magazine November/December 2012
    The Latest on Innovations in Java
    The November/December 2012 issue of Java Magazine is available. Tori Weildt outlines the content, which includes an article on the use by AgroSense of an all-Java open source platform for sustainable farming and precision agriculture; Hadoop's use of Java for large-scale analytics; using JavaFX in Spring; Q&A with Eclipse Foundation's Mike Milinkovich; a primer on using the lambda expressions in Java SE 8; getting Linux and Java SE for Embedded Devices to run on the Raspberry Pi. Weildt invites interested readers to subscribe to this free bi-monthly magazine for the latest technical articles on the Java language and platform; Java innovations and innovators.
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