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Enterprise Strategy Group Nixes DIY Big Data Solutions; Buy Oracle Big Data Appliance Instead
'Getting Real About Big Data: Build Versus Buy': A Whitepaper by ESG
Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) has published "Getting Real About Big Data: Build Versus Buy" which, according to Javier Puerta, comes solidly down on the side of buy ... Oracle Big Data Appliance (OBDA), that is. Among ESG's conclusions are that "DIY infrastructure involves a long series of hidden risks and costs and may undermine your organization's ability to deliver big data in the long term." Their findings on OBDA (@$450K per device) are it is 39% less costly than "build your own" ($733k); OBDA reduces time-to-market by 33% vs "build"; and requires fewer expensive Hadoop engineers. The white paper is available for download.
SnapManager for Oracle DB for ZFSSA Now Available
Try It Free for 30 Days
The Snap Management Utility for ZFSSA, as described by Steve Tunstall, combines the underlying snapshot, clone, and rollback capabilities of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance with standard host-side processing so all operations are consistent. He calls it a license like the Clone or the Replication license, a one-time, yes-or-no, on-or-off license per controller. The software is available free for a 30-day trial. Purchasers of the SMU license do not need to buy the clone license because cloning is included in SMU. Tunstall provides download instructions for both outright purchasers of Snap and for those who opt for the 30-day free trial.
Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 10 1/13
Still Plenty of Life Left in the Old OS
Among the attributes of the recently released Oracle Solaris 10.1.13 are the inclusion of the Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker; the Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade Preflight Checker; and improved transfer speed rates for SSH, SCP, and SFTP in moderate (50ms) to high latency environments. Oracle testing shows scp transfer times of Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 are 1/8 the times of a similarly configured Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 system for multi-megabyte file transfers. Read Glynn Foster's post to learn about the abundant life still left in Oracle Solaris 10 OS.
Register Now for Virtual Developer Day: MySQL (March 12 and March 19)
Enhance Your MySQL Skills in Free Two-track Program
The first two sessions of the free Virtual Developer Day: MySQL are scheduled for May 12 and May 19, 2013. The first session is for the Americas and Canada. The March 19th session is for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Some Asian Countries (English). Cassandra Clark describes the event as a " ... one-stop shop to learn all the essential MySQL skills and the latest features in MySQL 5.6 GA. You'll also be able to ask questions of Oracle’s MySQL engineering, support, product management, and sales consulting teams." The event has tracks for both fresh and experienced MySQL users. Reserve your place today.
Cloud Computing
Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle VM Manager
Better by Far than a 'Roll-Your-Own' Approach
It is possible to manage a private cloud with home grown solutions, solutions that enable the necessary layering and are capable of managing storage, servers and operating system infrastructure, the database and middleware, along with application administrators for higher layers of the stack. But why go to all that trouble when you could deploy Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which will manage all these aspects of a private cloud for you with so much less trouble? That's what Rick Ramsey advises in directing readers to Richard Friedman's article "What It Takes to Deploy and manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM."
Avoiding Silent Data Corruption
Solutions from Emulex and Oracle Provide End-to-end Data Integrity
Silent data corruption is insidious but, fortunately, Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Automatic Storage Management; Oracle Linux 5.x or 6.x with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel versions 2.6.39-200.24.1 or later; Oracle ASMLib 2.0.8 or later; Emulex LPe12000-E or LPe12002-E with firmware 2.01a10 or later and driver or later; and Emulex LightPulse LPe16000 or LPe16000B with firmware 1.1.21 or later and driver or later create a solid preventive measure against the silent corruption of data. Martin Petersen and Sonny Singh's article "How to Prevent Silent Data Corruption" describes the perils associated with silent data corruption and explains the implementation of the data integrity solution.
New Features in Oracle Linux 6.4
Just Released Version Has New Unbreakable Linux Kernel
Oracle Linux 6.4 is now available Lenz Grimmer posts, noting that individual RPM packages have been published from the public yum repository, and ISO images will soon be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Oracle Linux 6.4 includes new features, notably a version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, Grimmer posts, continuing with the news that Oracle now supports the XFS file system for users of Oracle Linux 6 with Premier Support subscriptions. Also new are Ksplice offline client, which now eliminates the requirement to have a direct connection to the internet to apply Ksplice patches, and DTrace for Oracle Linux.
Introducing Oracle's x86 Infrastructure Block
Taking a Look at IaaS in the Public and Private Clouds
In his post "Oracle x86 Systems – Putting the Infrastructure in IaaS," Part 1 of 3, Edgar Haren introduces Oracle’s IaaS architecture for public or private clouds and reviews how its integration provides a differentiated solution. He briefly considers the several elements of Oracle's IaaS solution, including x86 standalone servers, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, both Oracle Linux and Solaris, virtualization software with Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for complete system management, and the newly introduced Oracle Virtual Networking. The post covers a short case study of the experience of dcVAST in implementing Oracle’s IaaS x86 Block.
Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems Webcast Replay
Highlights Unique Performance, TOC Advantages of this Powerful Combination
If you missed the 30-minute webcast "Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance," aired on February 26, 2013, Larry Wake alerts viewers to its availability on-demand. The webcast featured Chris Baker, Principal Product Manager For Oracle Solaris; Josh Rosen, Principal Product Manager, x86 Systems; and Ed Franklin, x86 Product Management, discussing the unique features of Oracle x86 Systems such as the additional power demonstrated by Oracle Solaris when run on Oracle x86 Systems; the lower TOC of Oracle Solaris for x86; the improved reliability and reduced maintenance costs of Oracle's x86 Systems as compared to third party offerings.
The Best Network Attached Storage Choice for Oracle Database and Software Environments
Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance versus NetApp
If the question is whether to implement Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance or NetApp for Network-Attached Storage, then it behooves IT managers to have a look at the new white paper "The Best Network Attached Storage Choice for Oracle Database and Software Environments" (registration required) to learn about the clear advantages of the Oracle solution. The verdict? Advantage Oracle. Here's why:

  • Twice the performance at half the price
  • Savings of 30-50% on storage
  • 36% faster to administer and to provision

Read on for details.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 180 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 179 Issues 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:

  • Adam Leventhal Ponders the Issue of Systems Software: Alive or Dead?
  • How to: Build a Private Virtual Network with Zones in Solaris 11
  • White Paper: Implementing Root Domains with Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Myth Busters Department: 'A Solaris tmpfs Uses Real Memory'
  • Since You Asked... A Couple of Oracle Solaris Resources
  • Oracle's StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library Perfect for Entry-level, Mid-level Markets
  • Performance Tuning an Exalogic System
  • Java Spotlight Episode 122: Ashwin Rao on NetBeans 7.3 Release @netbeans
  • Videos and Presentation Slide Decks from the IOUG 2013 Exadata Virtual Conference
  • Locks and Killing Sessions in Oracle SQL Developer

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

    The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 4.0.1
    An Improvement in the Overall Quality and Stability of 4.0
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.0.1, which features Impress Remote for Android on Linux, MacOS and Windows – from Google Play with how-to instructions available on the wiki. TDF describes the new release as a step forward in improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.0. For enterprise adoptions, though, TDF recommends the more solid and stable LibreOffice 3.6.5. TDF has also released the guide “Getting Started with LibreOffice 4.0, in PDF and ODF formats and as a printed book. LibreOffice 4.0.1 is available for download from the website, while extensions are available from the extension repository.
    Oracle Produces World Record SPECjbb2013 Result with Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK
    Solaris Registers Accelerated Performance on both Composite max-jOPS and Composite critical-jOPS metrics
    Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK delivered a world record result on the SPECjbb2013 benchmark (Composite metric), a benchmark designed to showcase Java server performance, Brian posts. SPECjbb2013 is the replacement for SPECjbb2005. The major findings of this benchmark are:

    • Oracle Solaris is 1.8x faster on the SPECjbb2013-Composite max-jOPS metric than the Red Hat Enterprise Linux result.
    • Oracle Solaris is 2.2x faster on the SPECjbb2013-Composite critical-jOPS metric than the Red Hat Enterprise Linux result.
    • The combination of Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle JDK 7 update 15 delivered a result of 37,007 SPECjbb2013-Composite max-jOPS and 13,812 SPECjbb2013-Composite critical-jOPS on the SPECjbb2013 benchmark.

    More details are available.

    Using IPS to Configuire a Basic DNS Server + Client in Solaris 11
    Overcoming an Omission in the Default Install

    In a lengthy, detailed blog, Paul Johnson presents the code involved in configuring a basic DNS Server + Client in Solaris 11, necessary, he posts, because the default install of Solaris 11 does not come with a DNS server but, using the Image Packaging System, users can easily add one. The very first step involves changing the named.conf file so that it will support the DNS structure. That done, the rest is pretty straightforward. Johnson's post prudently includes the code necessary to check whether the DNS server is working using both forward and reverse DNS lookups.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 123: Mark Heckler on JavaFX and Java in Government
    Oracle ACS Java/Middleware/Core Tech Engineer Shares Insights
    Mark Heckler is an Oracle ACS Java/Middleware/Core Tech Engineer with development experience in numerous environments, so when he talks about JavaFX and Java in government, as he does in Episode 123 of the Java Spotlight, he speaks authoritatively. Heckler has worked for and with key players in the manufacturing, emerging markets, retail, medical, telecom, and financial industries to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Currently, he works primarily with large government customers using Java throughout the stack and across the enterprise. He also participates in open-source development, being a JFXtras project committer and developer of DialogFX, MonologFX, and other projects.
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