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Oracle
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Oracle Announces IndustryÂ’s First One-stop Social Interactions and Experiences Platform
Integrates Social Marketing, Engagement and Monitoring
The just-announced Oracle Social Relationship Management (SRM) solution is the industry’s first unified, end-to-end social management solution for the enterprise. Oracle SRM fully integrates organically-developed Oracle products with Vitrue, Collective Intellect, and Involver solutions and combines social marketing, engagement and monitoring into a complete platform that allows enterprises to seamlessly listen, create and publish content, engage customers and analyze interactions across multiple social channels in real-time. By integrating the full spectrum of social activities and analysis in a single platform, the solution eliminates the inconsistency, duplication and delays of ‘social silos’ to enable users to create, measure, and consistently deliver more rewarding customer experiences.
'Best Practices for Deploying Oracle Solaris Zones with Oracle Database 11g on SPARC SuperCluster
Oracle White Paper
Giri Mandalika summarizes the Oracle white paper "Best Practices for Deploying Oracle Solaris Zones with Oracle Database 11g on SPARC SuperCluster," explaining that SuperCluster users have the choice of running their databases in logical domains dedicated to running Oracle Database 11g R2.

With exclusive access to Exadata Storage Servers, those domains are called "Database" domains. Users can create and use all logical domains as "database domains" or "application domains" or a mix of those, Mandalika writes. The paper talks only about database domains and their creation, configuration and use within each database domain for fine grained control over multiple databases in a SuperCluster environment.

Features
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SPARC/Solaris OS 9 System Runs for 3737 Consecutive Days
But Who's Counting?
In late 2002, IT staff at Sun booted up a SPARC/Solaris Server running OS 9, which was recently shut down for the first time after a run of 3737 consecutive days, Larry Wake reports. When it was finally shut down, the reason was that the iron had to be moved. A brief Youtube video celebrates the much-more-than-marathon run.
Cloud Computing
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Cloud Conversations: An Anthology from OTN Architect Day
Includes Podcasts and Papers

A variety of resources are available in "Cloud Conversations" assembled by Juergen Kress. These include recordings from OTN Architect Day on October 2012 that capture the Q&A sessions between the audience and the experts:

  • Dude, Whats' My Role (What is the role in a cloud environment for the traditional IT practitioner?)
  • Migrating Mission-Critical Applications to the Cloud
  • All Clouds Are Not Equal (Cloud strategy in enterprise-grade cloud services)
  • Cloud Security and Auditing

Kress includes three papers as well:

  • "A Pragmatic Approach to Cloud Adoption"
  • "Cloud Foundation" (a reference architecture document)
  • "Cloud Infrastructure" (the provider's viewpoint)

Listen on for details.

Oracle VM step-by-step Hands-on Labs
Three Sessions from Virtual SysAdmin Days now Available On-demand

The three lab sessions that were offered at the recent SysAdmin Days are now available on-demand:

  • Lab 1: Deploying an IaaS Environment with Oracle VM

  • Lab 2: How to Virtualize and Deploy Oracle Applications in Minutes with Oracle VM

  • Lab 3: Deploying a Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM 3.x and the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Chris Kawalek has assembled links to these three sessions for the convenience of participants, noting that, together, they provide a good immersion in Oracle VM to prepare users for the next step of virtualizing Oracle Applications.

Exadata
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Patching Oracle Exalogic – Updating Linux on the Compute Nodes Part I
How to Maintain Availability During Update
"Patching Oracle Exalogic – Updating Linux on the Compute Nodes Part I," by Jos Nijhoff, deals with patching the operating system on the modified Sun Fire X4170 M2 servers running Oracle Linux. Nijhoff explains that patching the compute nodes can be done in rolling fashion, maintaining application availability during the upgrade, if the application is deployed in redundant (HA) fashion, for example in a Weblogic cluster spread over more that one physical node. Users can patch one compute node at a time or multiple nodes in parallel. Nijhoff uses the installation of the Exalogic 2.0.0.0.1 patchset (patch 13569004).
Storage
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On-Demand Webcast: DataCenter Storage Trends for 2013 with IDC
Meeting Storage Demands with a Declining Budget
A new webcast "Data Center Storage Trends for 2013," featuring Ravi Pendekanti of Oracle and Laura DuBois of IDC, is now available (registration and log-in required). Topics include new and emerging technologies that will help users stay ahead of challenges of optimal storage. Specific topics are:
  • Top trends you can expect to see in the storage market in 2013
  • New ways to optimize your IT infrastructure for performance and efficiency
  • How Oracle is positioned to help you with our complete and fully integrated storage portfolio

Learn how to respond the growing demands on storage infrastructure with a diminishing budget.

Snap Clone: Instant, Self-serviced Database-on-demand (DBaaS)
Advantages Over Storage-level Cloning
In Sudip Datta's post "Enterprise Manager Snap Clone Instant, self-serviced database-on-demand" the efficiencies in space and time Snap delivers over storage-level cloning are noted, along with other advantages:

  • Automated registration and association with Test Master database

  • Database as a Service using a self-service paradigm

  • Time travel (backup snapshots)

  • Manageability

Datta reviews the steps involved in enabling both the Snap Clone feature of Enterprise Manager and of DBaaS. Enterprise Manager supports a self-service model where users can provision databases without being gated by DBA and pick a service template that specifies the zone where to deploy and the database gets provisioned.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 181 Issue 1; Vol 180 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 179 Issues 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:

  • Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 10 1/13
  • Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle VM Manager
  • The Best Network Attached Storage Choice for Oracle Database and Software Environments
  • New Features in Oracle Linux 6.4
  • Introducing Oracle's x86 Infrastructure Block
  • Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems Webcast Replay
  • SnapManager for Oracle DB for ZFSSA Now Available
  • The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 4.0.1
  • Oracle Produces World Record SPECjbb2013 Result with Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK
  • Enterprise Strategy Group Nixes DIY Big Data Solutions; Buy Oracle Big Data Appliance Instead

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

    Sysadmin
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    Configuring a Basic LDAP Server + Client in Solaris 11
    A How-to that Results in an extra LDAP Server

    In his post on Configuring a Basic LDAP Server + Client in Solaris 11, Paul Johnson concedes that, while Solaris 11 ships with OpenLDAP to use as an LDAP server, users require a simple slapd.conf file and an LDIF schema file to populate the database. After suggesting (and demonstrating how) to change the lines suffix and rootdn to better represent respective network naming schema, Johnson addresses the procedure for changing the LDAP manager password, then he demonstrates the group, world and single user he has created and proceeds to turning on the LDAP server that is up, populated, and ready to authenticate against.

    Take a Second Look at Unix Features: vim
    Not a Platform to Take for Granted

    In the wake of reading Ian Langworth's "VIM after 11 years," Paul Venezia posts that he learned of several Unix features that, despite long use of the platform, he remained unfamiliar with. Among them is the Unix less command, a tool that simply handles pagination of long text files, as well as the ability to move forward and backward within the file, and that features 34 command-line switches and numerous navigation commands.

    Java Technology
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    Updated Java Tutorial Features Information on Java SE 8
    Additonal Features Include Lambda Expressions, Annotations Lesson, Installing Custom Resource Bundle
    The March 2013 edition of the Java Tutorial has been updated to include information on the upcoming release of Java SE 8, Tori Wieldt posts. Details have also been added concerning Lambda expressions, which support programming in a multicore environment by adding closures and related features to the Java language; an expanded Annotations page is now a full Annotations lesson; and the lesson Service Providers for Internationalization now includes a section called "Installing a Custom Resource Bundle as an Extension," which shows how to load resource bundles with service provider interfaces (SPIs). These new materials are currently available only online, according to Wieldt.
    JSR 352 Batch Applications for the Java Platform: Java Spotlight Episode 124
    With Chris Vignola, Spec Lead for JSR 352
    Chris Vignola, the spec lead for JSR 352 Batch Applications for the Java Platform, works for the IBM AIM Software organization and is the lead architect for WebSphere Systems Management. He appears on Java Spotlight Episode 124 to discuss JSR 352 Batch Applications for the Java Platform with host Roger Brinkley. Formerly the WebSphere Batch Technology Chief Architect, Chris Vignola has over 28 years of industry experience in architecture and development of software systems, including WebSphere Extended Deployment, WebSphere Application Server, and the MVS operating system.
    JavaFX
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    CaptainCasa Adopts JavaFX for Developing Common Front-end Busines App Infrastructure
    Combines HTML5 as an Alternative to Swing
    Captain Casa, developer of the CaptainCasa Enterprise Client for business applications, is moving from Swing to JavaFX, Björn Müller writes on technetwork. Implementing an employee desktop front end with native technology is a valid approach, and JavaFX is a good fit, Müller asserts, recommending the use of JavaFX for employee desktop screens and HTML5 for simple use cases and anonymous use cases. A thin client architecture based on JavaFX and including a server component leveraging Java EE standards, can be used for business application use cases. Such an arrangement can be used for the employee front ends of business applications, he concludes.
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