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Magic Mirror: Top Trends Looking Forward into 2013
Michael Snow Selections from The 'community of thinkers'

Michael Snow selects from the predictions the community of thinkers who publish their annual lists for the coming year:

Geoffrey Moore: 2013 – The Year of Engagement


Deloitte Top 10 Tech Trends for 2013

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013


Bill Chamberlin: HorizonWatching:

  • 103 Digital Marketing Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013
  • 28 Internet of Things (IoT) Trends and Prediction Articles for 2013
  • 19 Gamification Trend Articles for 2013

Capgemini: CTO blog posts addressing the business and IT trends

Improvements in Image Packaging System for Oracle Solaris 11 a Welcome Change
Tightly Integrated, Single-tier Packaging/ Patching Architecture Eases Administrative Tasks
The Image Packaging System (IPS) for Oracle Solaris 11 is a single tier packaging architecture that replaces the previous SVR4-based dual tier packaging and patching architecture. Gerry Haskins sees it as a stellar element of the OS, leveraging ZFS Root (/), Boot Environments, SMF, Zones, and other Solaris technologies. Monthly consolidated bug fix Support Repository Updates (SRUs) now provide a regular predictable cadence of bug fix release baselines, greatly simplifying patch management. In his overview of the IPS Haskins identifies a number of the more common Solaris 11 / IPS issues that he, as a novice user, has encountered in since the release.
How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris Zones
OTN Article by Orgad Kimchi
This "article"] starts with a brief overview of Hadoop and follows with an example of setting up a Hadoop cluster with a NameNode, a secondary NameNode, and three DataNodes using Oracle Solaris Zones.

The following are benefits of using Oracle Solaris Zones for a Hadoop cluster:

  • Fast provision of new cluster members using the zone cloning feature
  • Very high network throughput between the zones for data node replication
  • Optimized disk I/O utilization for better I/O performance with ZFS built-in compression
  • Secure data at rest using ZFS encryption

Orgad Kimchi is the article author.

Using truss (strace for Linux) for Tracing Processes
An Easier, Quicker Alternative to DTrace

Since not everyone is a DTrace expert or has the necessary DTrace script at hand to determine exactly what has caused a crash, Emanuel Jannetti suggests using truss (strace for linux) as a handy alternative. He presents screen shots of the code involved in using truss(1), Whocalls (1), and apptrace(1)/sotruss(1), recommending their use in ferreting out answers to such questions as "which files are opened by that process" or "what is the port number it is trying to connect to." Truss is both faster and easier to use in these instances, he contends, than a full-fledged DTrace assault on a crashed system.

Getting the Most out of MySQL Enterprise Edition
Maximize Scalability, Security and Uptime
Oracle's MySQL Enterprise Edition, according to Bertrand Matthelié, includes the most comprehensive set of advanced features, management tools and technical support needed to assist in reducing the cost, risk and time to deploy and manage MySQL applications. His post includes a link to the MySQL Resource Kit, where users will learn how to boost scalability by 20x with MySQL Enterprise Scalability; automatically detect and recover from failures with MySQL Enterprise High Availability; eliminate security vulnerabilities, improve replication and optimize performance with the MySQL Enterprise Monitor; and how MySQL Enterprise Backup reduces the risk of data loss with online "Hot" backups of databases.
MySQL 5.6 Soon Available in GA
Offers Improvements in Performance, Scalability, Availability

The pending release to GA of MySQL 5.6 has a lot of people excited, according to Rob Young. The new version offers many improvements and new functionalities. Among the chief improvements are security features; improvements in the InnoDB storage engine and in the Optimizer, making for better query execution times and diagnostics. Young also cites enhanced application availability featuring Online DDL/Schema changes; better developer agility with NoSQL Access with Memchached API to InnoDB; improvements in the Replication capability, making for high performance and self-healing distributed deployments; and improved performance schema for better instrumentation. The MySQL 5.6 Release Candidate is now available for download.

How to Use Signed Kernel Modules
OTN Article by Robert Chase

Robert Chase writes in OTN, "Loadable kernel modules allow you to add code to a running Linux kernel. Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel provides signed kernel modules to further protect the kernel. This article explains how to use this feature.

Robert's article begins, "What are kernel modules and why would I spend time signing them? One great feature of Linux and the kernel is that users can take the source, and modify it to add their own features, and recompile. However, when recompiling the kernel, you must be careful not to introduce changes that could render the system unbootable."

Oracle Releases Oracle Exalogic VM Templates
Enable Rapid Provisioning of Oracle Applications
Oracle Exalogic Oracle VM Templates -- featuring optimized application deployment practices -- are now available for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, Oracle’s PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 and Oracle’s Siebel CRM and 8.2.2. These are the first Oracle VM templates specifically built for Oracle Exalogic. These templates are designed to help customers decrease application deployment; speed patching with pre-built templates for Oracle Application patchsets; and consolidate business applications on Oracle Exalogic, leading to higher hardware utilization. Users can also expect to reap benefits in reduced cost and complexity of Oracle Application deployments.
Oracle Announces 400GB Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Support
Accelerates Storage Intensive Applications on Sun Server X3-2L System
Oracle has announced the Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe card support for Sun Server X3-2L Systems. The F40, which is ideal for running Oracle databases with Smart Flash Cache feature available in Oracle 11gR2 and above, has been designed as a high-performance 400GB (Gigabyte) PCIe Flash Card able to accelerate storage intensive applications with random I/O workloads and improve server efficiency by reducing storage latency and increasing I/O throughput.
Sun Tape
Oracle's StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library Wins V3 2012 Technology Award
Readers Favor SL150 Over More than 300 Competitors
V3 Technology Awards 2012 named Oracle's StorageTek SL150 modular tape library as Best Business Intelligence Vendor and winning Best Business Storage, Cinzia Mascanzoni reports. The competition numbered over 300 entries from more than 100 companies. In a linked article by V3 writer Madeline Bennett, Sean Walsh, sales manager for Oracle tape storage, related Oracle's intention to appeal to the SMB market with the SL150. Walsh also cited the Hybrid Columnar Compression capability built in to ZFS NAS and Pillar Axiom SAN storage that can reduce the amount of data stored by up to 50 times.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 179 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Vol 178 Issue 1, 2,3 and 4 ; Vol 177 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:

  • Oracle Delivers On SPARC Promises
  • Virtualization Performance on Joyent's Public Cloud: Zones, KVM, Xen
  • Oracle Linux 5.9 Now in GA
  • Two New Drive Enclosures, Disk Options for ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Booting Oracle Linux from a USB Stick
  • A Message from Joerg Moellenkamp: Upgrade Java Now!
  • Oracle Adds Infrastructure as a Service on Premise with Capacity on Demand to Cloud Portfolio
  • A Procedure for Migrating Zones on Shared Storage
  • Oracle Sun Storage 2500-M2 Array
  • Slide Sets for Two DOAG Talks: LDoms and T4 Red Crypto Stack

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

    Oracle VM 3.2
    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0 also now Available
    Oracle VM Release 3.2, a key component in Oracle’s desktop to data center virtualization portfolio, is now in GA, offering improved ease-of-use and more automated processes including full command-line support. Oracle VM Manager 3.2 offers unified virtualization management for Oracle SPARC T-Series Servers running Oracle VM Server for SPARC as well as x86-based servers running Oracle VM Server for x86. Oracle VM Manager also includes MySQL Enterprise Edition for use as the management repository at no additional cost. Oracle has delivered Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0 as well, providing a range of important new features such as automated secure live migration.
    Resource Management as an Enabling Technology for Virtualization
    OTN Article by Detlef Drewanz

    This article, the fourth in a series of virtualization articles, discusses IT resource management as a technology that enables virtualization.

    In this article and the next, Detlef covers some enabling technologies for virtualization. The focus of part 4 is IT resource management as an enabling technology for virtualization.

    Using VirtualBox Host-only Networking
    Run mulriple servers in your lap

    Oracle's Fat Bloke (FB) writes that, "there have been lots of people asking how to run multiple server vm's on their laptops, allowing the host to also connect to these servers too. As it happens, I recently needed just such a configuration myself so thought I'd share how I did it..."

    On his Oracle Linux laptop, he would run:

    • An Oracle Linux server running Oracle VDI which includes a MySQL database, Apache webserver, and other stuff
    • A Windows Server 2012 providing DNS, DHCP and Active Directory

    FB also want his Linux laptop to be able to reach these guest machines on the private network, too.

    This had to be isolated to within the host machine because he was setting up a new Active Directory Domain ( and didn't want the Windows Server dishing out DHCP addresses to everyone in the office. But we did want the Linux Server to be able to talk with the Windows Server for directory services and name services...

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 117: Danny Coward on JSR 356 Java API for Websocket @jcp
    Java Platform Veteran Has Contributed to Everything from Mobile to Enterprise and JavaFX
    Java Spotlight Episode 117 brings Danny Coward to the studio to discuss JSR 356 Java API for Websocket @jcp with host Roger Brinkley. Coward is a software architect for the Java Platform and has contributed to all editions of the platform from mobile to enterprise and JavaFX.
    Gartner Positions Oracle as Identity Management Leader
    Honors Oracle as well in User Administration/Provisioning Magic Quadrant
    Once again, Gartner has included Oracle in the Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Governance and in the Magic Quadrant for User Administration/Provisioning, for the fifth and second year, respectively. The honor recognizes that Oracle Identity and Access Governance Suite, a key component of Oracle Identity Management 11g Release 2, provides customers with an integrated and complete solution to automate Identity Audit and Compliance with its Access Request, Provisioning, Certification and Privileged Account Management capabilities.
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