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Report on the Status of the Solaris 11.1 FIPS 140-2 Evaluation Process
Darren Moffatt Advises the Outcome will be Some Time in Coming
Darren Moffatt posts an outline of the FIPS 140-2 evaluation process for Solaris 11.1. He notes that Solaris 11.1 has just recently been granted CAVP certificates by NIST, which is the first formal step in getting a FIPS 140-2 certification. He adds that it will be some months yet before the results of the CMVP (FIPS 140-2) evaluation will be available, however, because of the multiple certificates for each algorithm to cover the cases of SPARC and x86 both with and without hardware acceleration from the CPU. His post includes links to references pertaining to the several aspects of the evaluation process.
Upgrading an Oracle Solaris 11 Repository with 11.1 Packages
Two Options: pkgrecv or Downloading Repository Image File

It takes 12 steps in the procedure Rick Ramsey outlines to upgrade an Oracle Solaris 11 Repository with 11.1 Packages. His instructions assume users already have a local Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 IPS package repository that they want to update by adding Oracle Solaris 11.1 packages. He provides two options: using the pkgrecv command or downloading a repository image file and tailors the procedure to accommodate both. Reader Tim Foster registers a preference for using pkgrecv because, he writes, it requires much less work than downloading the repository and performing the necessary manual steps.

Deep Dive into GTIDs and MySQL 5.6
What, Why and How
In identifying the virtues of Global Transaction Identifiers (GTIDs), Mat Keep notes that GTIDs make it simple to track and compare replication across a master-slave topology, which enables much simpler recovery from failures of the master and introduces great flexibility in the provisioning and on-going management of multi-tier or ring (circular) replication topologies. He provides a link to a new on-demand MySQL 5.6 GTID webinar that features a deep dive into the design and implementation of GTIDs, showing how they enable users to simplify MySQL scaling and HA. Keep also includes an abstract in his post of the Q&A portion of the webinar.
Matching SQL Statements to SQL Plan Baselines
Getting SQL Plan Management to Do Its Thing
While SQL Plan Management (SPM) is growing increasingly popular with users migrating to Oracle Database 11g, some difficulties have arisen over the issue of using SPM which does not enable the use as well of the created SQL plan baseline. Maria Colgan shows how SQL Plan Management can be made to match SQL statements to SQL plan baselines. Colgan demonstrates that it is possible to force matches of SQL statements to SQL plan baselines. In fact, Colgan writes, it is possible to issue identical SQL statements from two different schemas that resolve to the same SQL plan baseline.
Cloud Computing
Peering Inside the Oracle Cloud
Get a 30-Day Free Trial
In two ArchBeat podcasts featuring Rick Greenwald, director of product management for database cloud initiatives at Oracle; Mike Lehmann, senior director of product management for Oracle fusion middleware, Java application and cloud; and Dom Lindars, cloud architect for Oracle, discuss the technologies underlying the Oracle Cloud in Part l: Under the Hood. In Part 2, 30 Days in the Cloud, the panelists share information on the Oracle Database and Oracle Java Cloud Services , including details on how users can get a 30-day free trial. Bob Rhubart brings these to users' attention, promising also in future ArchBeat podcasts to shed light on Oracle ACEs.
Using Oracle VM API to Configure Oracle Linux VM Running on Top of Oracle VM 3
A How-to by Wim Coekaerts: First of a Series
In the first of a promised series of articles, Wim Coekaerts posts about using the Oracle VM API to configure an Oracle Linux VM running on top of Oracle VM 3. The several initial steps outlined in Coekaerts' post include:

  • Creating a VM with a default installation of Oracle Linux 6 update 3

  • Updating the VM to the latest version of UEK

  • Enabling the Oracle Linux add-on channel

  • Editing the public-yum-ol6.repo file to enable the ol6_addons channel

  • Installing the Oracle VM API packages

  • Adding additional configuration packages

  • Enabling ovmd

  • Preparing VM for first boot configuration
Nintendo SVP Comments on How Exalogic and Exadata Platform Enable Company to Scale
Fast Time to Market Pays off for Global Business, Gamers
Nintendo employs a high performance and high-availability platform for global business and gamer support systems with Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata. Ingvar Petursson, Senior VP of IT at Nintendo of America, explains how the company profits from this fast time-to-market implementation. He identifies "transaction resilience" and manageability of performances as aspects of Oracle solutions that are paying off handsomely for Nintendo.
Oracle Exalytics Toe-to-toe with SAP HANA
Exalytics Is Clearly the Better BI Analytics Choice
In a side by side comparison of Oracle Exalytics vs. SAP HANA as the BI analytics solution of choice cited by Matt Hallett, Oracle Exalytics is the clear winner in several considerations:

  • Breadth of adoption and scope of use
  • Number of applications that can run on each solution
  • Greater gains for OLAP and huge data sets
  • Single-vendor solution
  • Data analysis from multiple sources
  • Superior HA and disaster recovery capabilities

Hallett also cites Mark Rittman's post on use cases for Oracle Exalytics that identifies a number of situations where it is clearly the superior application.

Oracle Pillar Axiom 600 Storage System Enables Earth Rangers to Increase Data Center Energy Efficiency by 90%
Virtualization Resolves Scalability, Cost-effectiveness Issues
Earth Rangers, which has been building out its Web-based tools whose content is growing at the rate of more than 20 Terabytes (TB) a year, has implemented Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage system, Evelyn Neumayr reports, increasing storage capacity utilization cost effectively and improving storage capacity utilization and power usage effectiveness to 1.5 while also increasing energy efficiency in the data center by 90%, without sacrificing performance or scalability. Opting for virtualization has enabled Earth Rangers to avoid consumption of the equivalent of 100,000 kilowatt hours of energy and 26 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, a 17.8% energy savings in 2011.
ZFSSA Users Get New Drives, Code to Run Them
Form Factor Change Allows 24 Drives in a 2u Tray
Oracle has announced 2u disk trays for ZFSSA, Steve Tunstall reports, adding that users can now choose among a 4u capacity tray for 3TB drives (soon to be 4TB drives), and a 2u high-performance tray with either 300GB or 900GB 10K speed drives. The new 900GB 10K speed drives have the same IOPS as the current 600GB 15K speed drives and, since the form factor went from 3.5" to 2.5", users can have 24 drives in a 2u tray. The new trays require OS 2011.1.5, now available for download from MOS. Users can soon mix the new with the older DS2 trays, Tunstall promises.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 179 Issue 1; Vol 178 Issue 1, 2,3 and 4 ; Vol 177 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:

  • SPARC T5 Chip Performance and Bandwidth
  • Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins: January 15, 2013 and January 29, 2013
  • From zfsday 2012: Brendan Gregg on ZFS Performance Analysis and Tools
  • Accelerate Oracle DB Startup and Shutdown with Solaris 11 vmtasks
  • Oracle Number One in Customer Care Systems for Telecoms
  • Gartner Sees Uptick in IT Spending in 2013
  • MySQL Workbench 5.2.45 GA Released to GA
  • Developing a Cloud Chargeback System
  • Oracle Advanced Analytics Helps Turkcell Combat Fraudulent Cell Phone Use
  • Resource Management with Parittioning, Constraints and Scheduling

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

    Java Technology
    Top 10 Java Tech Articles Published by OTN in 2012
    Evidence for Growing Interest in JavaFX
    In publishing a list of the top 10 Java Tech articles published by OTN in 2012 Tori Wieldt draws three conclusions: JavaFX, with six articles devoted to it, continues to gain interest; Java Embedded and Raspberry Pi is also generating considerable interest; as before, Adam Bien remains the most popular writer on Java EE. Other writers include Bill Courington and Gary Collins; Mark Heckler; James L. Weaver; Daniel Zwolenski; Geertjan Wielenga; and Janice J. Heiss. Wieldt provides links to each article in the post.
    Java Spotlight Episode 115:Ed Burns on JSF 2.2 @edburns @jsf_spec
    Hear JavaServer Faces Spec Lead
    In Episode 115 of the Java Spotlight Host Roger Brinkley discusses JSF 2.2 with Ed Burns, Consulting Member of the Technical Staff at Oracle America. Burns has worked on a wide variety of client- and server-side web technologies since 1994, including NCSA Mosaic, Mozilla, the Sun Java Plugin, Jakarta Tomcat and, most recently JavaServer Faces. Ed is currently the spec lead for JavaServer Faces. He co-wrote a book on that subject that was published by McGraw Hill.
    Reports from Devoxx: Interviews with JavaFX Developers
    What's New, What's Popular, and Why JavaFX Looks Better all the Time
    Reporting from Devoxx Yolande Poirier presents three videos featuring Java luminaries who report on what is new in JavaFX 2.2. The speakers are Jim Weaver, Gerrit Grunwald, Pär Sikö and Martin Grunnarsson, each of whom identifies a favorite JavaFX feature or two. Weaver, for example, talks up Web View, which resolves the question about possible incompatibilities between JavaFX and HTML5 (there are none, he contends). Software engineer Grunwald, who concentrates on desktop development, praises Java as his unparalleled developer language of choice. Designer-developers Gunnarsson and Siko discuss their Devoxx presentation, a talk on how to bring web content into JavaFX applications.
    Telenet Improves Internal Services with Oracle Identity Management
    Company Automates User Account Administration, Streamlines User Access Control, Optimizes License Management
    Telenet, a Belgian provider of residential high-speed internet, telephony, and digital television services, has implemented Oracle Identity Management to centralize identity management and security operations. Leveraging Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle Identity Analytics, Telenet managed to automate user account administration, streamline user access control, optimize license management and see who had access to what business applications. In a brief video Mark Vantiggel, Telenet domain architect ERP responsible for identity management, provides an overview of how the company uses Oracle solutions to serve internal customers. An accompanying case study illustrates the benefits enjoyed by Telenet as a result of deploying Oracle solutions.
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