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Solaris
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Oracle Solaris 11.1 Blog Post Roundup
Posts by Many Hands
The release of Oracle Solaris 11.1 has prompted numerous posts, some of which have been collected by Larry Wake, including such bloggers as Darren Moffat, Glynn Foster, Alan Coopersmith, Karoly Vegh, Tim Foster, Bart Smaalders, and Peter Dennis, whose contributions extend from "What's New in Solaris 11.1?" through "Solaris 11.1: Changes to included FOSS packages," to "IPS changes in Solaris 11.1, brought to you by the letter P."] Wake provides links to each of his selections and a link to Markus Weber's list of interesting posts about Oracle Solaris 11, as well as his own shortcut on searching for Solaris posts by tag.
Cloud Computing
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Oracle Takes Its Cloud Services Portfolio on the Road
Oracle CloudWorld Debuts in Dubai in January
Oracle is about to debut "Oracle CloudWorld," a road show that will tour cities around the world, including: London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, New York City, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off Oracle CloudWorld on January 15, 2013 in Dubai. Keynote sessions will highlight Oracle’s strategy and roadmap for cloud and social. Subsequent tracks for line of business executives will focus on Sales and Marketing, Customer Service and Support, HR and Talent Management, and Finance and Operations. There will also be tracks focused on how to use the Oracle Database and Java Cloud Services.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Utilization Management
Implementing Chargeback Measures in the Enterprise
"Enabling self-service without some form of chargeback is like opening a shop where all of the goods are free," writes Anand Akela in "I.T. Chargeback: Core to Cloud." It is essential, he maintains, for enterprises to switch from an admin-driven provisioning model to a user-driven model that allows users to see the costs for each IT service charge incurred by their respective departments. Akela cites the Oracle white paper "Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control Metering and Chargeback," which explains that chargeback can help ensure the use of IT resources for activities that deliver business value and improve the overall utilization of IT infrastructure.
Exadata
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Oracle Exadata X3 Launch Webcast
Available On Demand; Registration, Log in Required
Oracle’s next-generation database machine, Oracle Exadata X3, is introduced in an on-demand webcast that explains how the new solution combines massive memory and low-cost disks to deliver the highest performance at the lowest cost. Available in an eight-rack configuration, it allows users to start small and grow. Oracle calls this latest release the ideal database platform for the varied and unpredictable workloads of cloud computing. The Oracle Exadata X3 can improve performance by storing multiple databases in memory; lower power and cooling costs by 30%; and enable users to easily deploy a cloud-based database service. Registration and log in are required.
TCO Comparison: Oracle Exadata vs IBM P-Series
FactPoint Group Study Finds Exadata the Better Choice
The FactPoint Group has prepared a report that compares the TCO of the Oracle Exadata engineered system to the IBM Power 770 (P770) with SAN storage. Javier Puerta reports that the findings include the discovery that Oracle Exadata:
  • Can be deployed in 59% fewer man-hours
  • Delivers typically up to 12X performance improvement
  • Requires 40% fewer annual systems administrator hours to maintain and operate
  • Supplies a highly available, highly scalable and robust solution that results in reserve capacity
  • Over three years, the IBM hardware running Oracle Database cost 31% more in TCO than Exadata
Technical Whitepaper 'Exadata Database Machine X3'
Features Unique Scaleout Architecture
The introduction of the "Exadata Database Machine X3," is accompanied by "A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Exadata Storage Server" a new technical whitepaper available for users who want to go deep into the technical features of the new generation of Exadata machines. The paper examines the Exadata product family and Exadata Database Machine Architecture. The scale-out architecture of the Exadata Database Machine provides not only high performance but also offers a unique technology that offloads data-intensive SQL operations into the Oracle Exadata Storage Servers, causing data filtering and processing to occur immediately and in parallel across all storage servers.
SPARC
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IPgallery Banks on Solaris SPARC
Oracle Solutions Deliver for Converged Legacy and Next-Generation-Networks Products Provider
IPgallery, a global supplier of converged legacy and Next Generation Networks (NGN) products and solutions, such as core network components and cloud-based Value Added Services (VAS) for voice, video and data sessions, leverages Oracle Solaris, Netra T4 and SPARC T4 in order to provide a competitive and scalable solution without the price tag often associated with high-end systems. Oracle solutions enable IPgallery to deliver services to its network operator and service provider customers that in turn enable them to offer advanced converged voice, chat, video/content services and rich unified social communications in a combined legacy (fixed/mobile), Over-the-Top (OTT) and Social Community (SC) environments.
Servers
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ILOM: Oracle's Solution to Fault Management
Paired with Oracle Enterprise Ops Center Manager for a Complete System Picture
Built into every Oracle server is Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM): smart, tightly integrated into all aspects of the server's operation, and the major reason Oracle servers are used for mission-critical workloads, Josh Rosen posts. He presents an overview of the fault management capability of ILOM, which detects potential availability issues at the earliest possible moment and, if information from a single source is not definitive, combines data from multiple sources for a complete diagnosis. In addition to ILOM, Rosen continues, Oracle has engineered Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to integrate directly with ILOM, providing centralized management across every Oracle server.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 177 Issues 1,2 and 3; Vol 176 Issues 1, 2, 3, 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:

  • Download Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers e-Book
  • Oracle Doesn't Get the Cloud?
  • Developing for Mobile Devices with Java Embedded
  • Oracle Observes 25 Years of SPARC
  • Temenos WealthManager: Performance Improvements Achieved on Exadata Database Machine
  • Deploying E-Business Suite on the Oracle Exastack
  • Oracle OpenWorld Presentations Available for Download
  • Procedure Demonstrates Storage of Solaris Zones on Shared Storage
  • RedPatch Simplifies, Speeds Up Patchng Operations
  • How to Use Automated Install Server to Simplify Non Global Zones Setup

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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    List of Free and OpenSource Software in Oracle Solaris 10, 11.1 at OTN
    230+ FOSS Packages
    Oracle Solaris 11.1 contains number of Free and Open Source packages. The Oracle has a web page which contains 230+ important FOSS packages with their versions available in this latest Oracle Solaris release.
    Sysadmin
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    Webcast on Using Live Upgrade to Update Solaris by Leon Shaner
    Amplifies Earlier Shaner Post
    A November 6 webcast on the use of Live Upgrade amplified the earlier post by Leon Shaner, who wrote "Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to Update Solaris via Live Upgrade." According to Owen Allen's post, Shaner's blog post on the Enterprise Manager blog about using Live Upgrade and Oracle Solaris 11 Boot Environments goes into a lot of detail about the benefits, requirements, setup, and use of these features. Presumably, the webcast is available on demand but registration and log in will be required.
    Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to Update Solaris via Live Upgrade
    Avoids Reboots, Extensive Downtime; Allows Simultaneous Normal Operations
    Leon Shaner has written an extensive post on Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to Update Solaris via Live Upgrade on Solaris 10 and Boot Environments on Solaris 11. This approach can significantly reduce downtime associated with patching because Live Upgrade avoids dropping to single-user mode for long periods during patching. Live Upgrade relies on an Alternate Boot Environment (ABE)/(BE), which is patched while in multi-user mode; thereby allowing simultaneous normal system operations. He points out that activating a newly patched (A)BE is essentially a reboot, and that admins can easily revert to the prior Boot Environment (BE) as a safeguard / fallback.
    Virtualization
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    Creating and Using VM Groups in VirtualBox
    Details on Group Operations in VirtualBox 4.2
    Creating and using VM Groups in VirtualBox is a recent post by Fat Bloke that provides details on the nature and use of the Groups feature in VirtualBox 4.2. He explains that Groups are just ad hoc collections of virtual machines and there are several ways of creating a group. This feature, he writes, allows users to organize and manage guest virtual machines collectively, rather than individually. He writes about creating and deleting a group, multiple and nested groups, navigating groups, and then considers the possible group operations, such as start, pause, reset, close, discard saved state, show in filesystem, and sort.
    IDC Client Virtualization MarketScape 2012
    Analysis Demonstrates Declining Influence of IT Departments
    The IDC MarketScape report "Worldwide Client Virtualization 2012 Vendor Analysis" by Brett Waldman and Iris Feng notes that IT department hegemony is being seriously challenged by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capability which provides users with unprecedented flexibility and agility. Rather than following the marching orders of IT departments, users now benefit from the increased governance and ability to deliver desktops, applications, and data to any device that drive IT purchases. Every vendor considered is able to provide the underlying virtual desktop provision and management capabilities the market demands. Developments in Client Virtualization noted include workspace as a service (WaaS) and mobile experience virtualization.
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 109: Pete Muir on CDI 1.1 @plmuir
    A Talk with Veteran JBoss Project Leader
    Pete Muir is with Red Hat where he works on JBoss open source projects. This week he joins host Roger Brinkley on Episode 109 of the Java Spotlight for a discussion of CDI 1.1 @plmuir. According to Brinkley, Muir is leading the CDI 1.1 specification and work on JBoss Developer Framework, a set of tutorials and examples for all JBoss users. He has worked on a number of specifications, including JSF 2.0, AtInject and Java EE 7. Muir is a regular speaker at JUGs and conferences such as JavaOne, Devoxx, JAX, JavaBlend, JSFDays, JBoss World, Red Hat Developer Day and JUDCon.
    Java Spotlight Episode 110: Arun Gupta on the Java EE 6 Pocket Guide @arungupta
    Java and GlassFish Evangelist, Long-term Java Team Member

    In Episode 110 of the Java Spotlight, Host Roger Brinkley welcomes Arun Gupta, Java EE and GlassFish Evangelist, for a discussion of the Java EE 6 Pocket Guide @arungupta. Now with Oracle, Gupta has over 14 years of experience in the software industry working in various technologies, Java platform, and several web-related technologies. In his current role, he works very closely to create and foster the community around Java EE & GlassFish. He has participated in several standards bodies. He has been with the Java EE team since its inception. And since then he has contributed to all Java EE releases.

    Security
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    Would You Leave the Keys in Your Parked Car's Ignition?
    Why Offer the Same Opportunity to Hackers Interested in Your Database?
    According to the recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 98% of breached data originates from database servers and nearly half are compromised in less than a minute, notes Troy Kitch, Senior Manager, Database Security Product Marketing, Oracle, in a post announcing the webcast on November 28, 2012, "Gone in 60 Seconds: An Insecure Database Is an Easy Target" that has been recorded for on-demand access. The webcast, for which registration and log-in are required, details the evolving threats to databases that have resulted in over 1 billion stolen records and explains how organizations can mitigate risks by adopting a defense-in-depth strategy.
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