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BYOD: Managed Correctly, not as Large a Problem as Once Thought
Chris Kawalek and John Renko Discuss the Strategy
Listen to Chris Kawalek, Senior Principal Product Director in Oracle Desktop Virtualization Marketing Group, and John Renko, Consulting Developer in the Oracle Desktop Virtualization Engineering Team, discuss management of BYOD in the workplace. Among the biggest problems facing IT staffs is the proliferation of OSes these BYODs use. Simplicity should be the watchword on the client side, Kawalek suggests and Renko concurs. Leave the complexity in the datacenter, he says, noting that a single desktop in multiple locations, whatever the end user device, is the desired state. This arrangement calls for core management facilities, a hypervisor and centralized storage in the datacenter.
A Procedure for Migrating Zones on Shared Storage
Jeff Victor Advises Against Use in Production Environments

Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS) enables users to store Oracle Solaris Zones on shared storage, Jeff Victor posts, so that users can perform quick and easy migration of a zone from one system to another. He offers the caution that the ability to use ZOSS to store a zone on a local disk is very useful for a lab environment, but not so useful for production, advising his readers not to regularly move disk drives among computers. Victor presents the nine steps in his migration procedure and includes the commands and outputs for each of them.

18 MySQL 5.6 Troubleshooting Improvements
Favorites from a Support Engineer
In anticipation of the release to GA of MySQL 5.6 Sveta Smirnova offers a list of 18 favorite troubleshooting improvements from the perspective of the support engineer. Each is presented with a brief comment on its nature and its utility. To name but a few: EXPLAIN for UPDATE/INSERT/DELETE; new InnoDB tables in Information Schema; option to log all InnoDB deadlocks into error log file: innodb_print_all_deadlocks; persistent statistics for InnoDB tables; support of backup/restore of InnoDB Buffer Pool during restart and on demand; partial images in RBR.
Cloud Computing
Oracle Adds Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand to Cloud Portfolio
Enables Users to Meet Dynamic Workloads, Paying for Peak Computing Power Only When Needed
Oracle has added Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) with Capacity on Demand, part of its cloud portfolio, which allows customers to deploy fully integrated Engineered Systems in their data centers behind their firewall – all for a simple monthly fee. The on-premise, private cloud infrastructure provides organizations with total control and visibility over their IT environments, enabling them to meet internal and regulatory compliance and security requirements. In addition, Oracle IaaS includes elastic compute Capacity on Demand, enabling customers to easily add and remove processing capacity to meet their changing workloads, only paying for peak computing power when it is needed.
Oracle Linux 5.9 Now in GA
Includes Unbreakable Enterprise kernel Release 2

With the advent of Oracle Linux 5.9, Unbreakable Enterprise kernel Release 2 is now part of the release. ISO images will soon be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, according to a post by Lenz Grimmer, and the individual RPM packages have already been published from the public yum repository. He writes further that Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, updates and errata are freely available. A variety of support subscriptions are available. The Red Hat site announces that the release includes new functionality in the areas of virtualization, security, and networking.

Booting Oracle Linux from a USB Stick
Rick Ramsey Offers a How-to
In a recent OTN post, Rick Ramsey presents a procedure for installing Oracle Linux from a USB stick. First, one must instruct the BIOS to boot from the particular USB device and bear in mind that not all hardware supports USB device booting. Next, download an ISO image of Oracle Linux from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud; have a desktop or server system running Oracle Linux; download a script to which Ramsey provides a link; and have the syslinux package in your Oracle Linux system. Then mark partition one as bootable, and create the USB key. Finally, follow closely the directions on the BIOS boot screens.
Austrailian Supermarket Group Coles Implements Warehouse Management System
Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Speed Query Responses
Coles, one of Australia's largest supermarket chains employing more than 100,000 employees in 2000 stores Australia-wide has implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c running on Oracle Linux to enable critical trend reporting during retail seasonal spikes. With this implementation, Coles now enjoys, out of the box, a 3x to 4x improvement in processes and 4 to 6x faster query performance. The intelligent software capabilities in the Oracle Exadata Database Machine give Coles the ability to store 20+ TB of trending historical data, enabling new, complex analytical reports to help better predict the needs and potential issues for Coles’ stores.
Slide Sets for Two DOAG Talks: LDoms and T4 Red Crypto Stack
Considering IO Ooptions for both Disk and Networking; Securing the Database

The DOAG Konferenz & Ausstellung 2012 featured two presentations by Stefan Hinker, for which he now shares the slides in an post. The first was entitled "LDoms IO Best Practices,"] in which he discussed different IO options for both disk and networking and gave recommendations on how to choose the right ones for your environment. The second, co-presented with Heinz-Wilhelm Fabry, was entitled "T4 and the Red Crypto Stack." The presenters showed how to use encryption and other security mechanisms throughout the red stack to deploy a quite well secured database.

Oracle Delivers On SPARC Promises
Richard Fichera, Forrester
When it comes to the promises made by Oracle regarding its plans for SPARC/Solaris, Gartner's Richard Fichera is satisfied that Oracle has kept its word. The suspense over the T5 aside, Fichera is persuaded that SPARC/Solaris customers can expect a long-term future of improved and very competitive performance and price-performance scaling for Oracle hardware, especially when coupled with Oracle software in its “engineered systems.” Oracle and IBM, he predicts, will remain strong competitors for performance and price-performance across a variety of workloads, and competitive pressures will ensure a decade of strong systems platforms for high-end UNIX workloads whatever the fate of HP’s Itanium platforms.
FAIR Health Selects Oracle Exadata Database Machine and OracleÂs Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
Experiences 14x Reduction in Physical Space Required for Data Storage and Backup
FAIR Health, a provider of healthcare charge information, has selected the Oracle Exadata Database Machine with a cluster of Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliances to support its database of more than 15 billion claims. An additional Sun ZFS Storage Appliance supports remote disaster recovery and development. Using Oracle Exadata’s Hybrid Columnar Compression technology, FAIR Health achieved an average of 14x reduction in physical storage space for its primary Oracle Database storage, database backups, and disaster recovery site. The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance’s direct InfiniBand connection to the Oracle Exadata enables FAIR Health to reduce their backup windows and increase resources available for production workloads.
Two New Drive Enclosures, Disk Options for ZFS Storage Appliance
Both Enclosures Scale to 20 or 24 HDDS
Among the product enhancements coming from the Oracle shop recently are new drive enclosures and additional disk options for Sun ZFS Storage 7120, 7320, and 7420 appliances. The DE2-24P drive enclosure is for 2.5" SAS-2 disks configurable with either 300GB or 900GB 10,000 RPM HDDs in 2U. The DE2-24C drive enclosure is for 3.5" SAS-2 disks configurable with 3TB 3.5" 7,200 RPM HDDs. Both enclosures scale up to 24 HDDs or, if configured with write caching, 20 HDDs with 0-4 SSDs. The DS2 disk shelf configurations will continue to be available for new sales via the configurator and expansion to existing systems.
Oracle Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array
Delivers 2X Performance Improvement over Previous Products
The new Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array couples the latest fibre channel and SAS-2 technologies with Oracle's intuitive Sun Storage Common Array Manager software to create a NEBS Level 3 certified SAN solution. The ability of the 2500-M2 Array to scale to 192 drives ensures growth as needed without the need to commit to an expensive initial purchase of multiple drives. The Sun Storage Common Array Manager simplifies management with an easy-to-use and intuitive interface while the performance enhancer software provides up to 2x performance improvement over previous generation arrays. The Sun Storage 2500 M2 Array is fully integrated with Oracle's sun Netra product portfolio.
Sun Tape
Two New Tape Drives for StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 Tape Libraries
StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives Feature Fibre Channel Connectivity
Oracle has announced the availability of StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives with Fibre Channel connectivity for its StorageTek SL8500 and SL3000 Tape Libraries. With these drives, customers can enjoy both the latest generation of LTO midrange tape drive technology and the industry’s highest capacity enterprise tape drive, Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C. Furthermore, with LTO 6 now supported in the StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library, Oracle offers the most scalable LTO tape solution available. For maximum flexibility Oracle StorageTek enterprise tape library customers can mix and match StorageTek LTO tape drives and StorageTek T10000 series enterprise tape drives in the same tape library.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 179 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 178 Issue 1, 2,3 and 4 ; Vol 177 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:

  • Oracle Exalytics Toe-to-toe with SAP HANA
  • ZFSSA Users Get New Drives, Code to Run Them
  • Peering Inside the Oracle Cloud
  • Top 10 Java Tech Articles Published by OTN in 2012
  • Upgrading an Oracle Solaris 11 Repository with 11.1 Packages
  • Nintendo SVP Comments on How Exalogic and Exadata Platform Enable Company to Scale
  • Report on the Status of the Solaris 11.1 FIPS 140-2 Evaluation Process
  • Using Oracle VM API to Configure Oracle Linux VM Running on Top of Oracle VM 3
  • Telenet Improves Internal Services with Oracle Identity Management
  • Oracle Pillar Axiom 600 Storage System and Earth Rangers

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

    Virtualization Performance on Joyent's Public Cloud: Zones, KVM, Xen
    Assessing the Options with Brendan Gregg
    Brendan Gregg explains the virtualization technologies Joyent uses to run its high performance public cloud: Zones and KVM on SmartOS. He considers the performance of these technologies from the aspects of characteristics, block diagrams, internals, and results, explaining that Zones adds no overhead, whereas Xen (no longer in use at Joyent) and KVM do, which could limit network throughput to as much as a quarter of its potential. Joyent customers are therefore encouraged to deploy on Zones to ensure better performance, observability and simplicity. This may entail compiling their applications for SmartOS or, if they insist on running Linux or Windows, employing hardware virtualization (KVM).
    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 116: Heinz Kabutz on Java Concurrency
    Hear the Publisher of Java Specialists' Newsletter
    In Episode 116 of Java Spotlight, Host Roger Brinkley and Dr. Heinz Kabutz discuss Java concurrency. Kabutz, a Java programmer living on the beaches of the Island of Crete, the home of his "Java Specialists' Newsletter. Brinkley describes Kabutz as someone bent on pushing the Java envelope, which gives him a perspective on how to create new enum values on-the-fly -- not altogether a good idea but one that has its uses -- along with tips on Java coding style and threading. Brinkley warns that the episode is only for advanced Java programmers and those with a sense of humor.
    A Message from Joerg Moellenkamp: Upgrade Java Now!
    Serious Vulnerabilities Exist in Versions Below Java 7 Update 11

    There is a clear note of concern in Joerg Moellenkamp's post on immediately upgrading Java 7 to update 11 as a defense against falling victim to exploiters of the severe vulnerabilities that are now well and widely known in the hacker community. He provides a link to the upgrade.

    Changes in Hierarchy Window of NetBeans IDE 7.3
    Geertjan Wielenga Assesses Improvements
    The improved hierarchy window in NetBeans IDE 7.3 is a welcome change, Geertjan Wielenga posts. The supertype and subtype information, shown in previous releases only in modal dialogs, is now shown in the window. Several small helpful related changes, he continues, include integration with the Javadoc window, which updates itself based on what is selected in the Navigator, Hierarchy window, or editor. A screen shot of the window that he provides makes Wielenga's point that the cleaner user interface, with all related information immediately and contextually available in the IDE's supporting windows, is a big improvement.
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