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Oracle
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April 2013 Oracle Database Insider Available for Download
Includes Call for OpenWorld 2013 Proposals
The April 2013 issue of Database Insider Edition is now available. This issue features news stories on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2; a catalog of Oracle events for developers; and an appraisal of Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall. A featured video considers database management systems: build or buy; proposals are solicited for Oracle OpenWorld 2013; and a collection of webcasts and podcasts flesh out the edition.
Solaris
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Upgrade Paths to Solaris 11 for Solaris 10 Customers
Collection of Video Interviews with Solaris Engineering Team Members
There is a collection of six brief videos by various hands that consider Solaris innovations from the engineering point of view. Speakers include Bart Smaalders of Core Solaris Engineering on why engineering did not provide a direct upgrade path to Oracle Solaris 11; Markus Flierl of Solaris engineering on innovations in Solaris for Oracle database and middleware; Liane Praza of Solaris engineering on Manageability and Analytics throughout the "stack"; Don Kretsch of the Solaris Studio team on SPARC T5 optimizations; Larry Wake of Solaris Product Marketing on continued business value of SysAdmin skills; and Mike Palmeter of Solaris Product Management on OS relevance.
ZFS
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ZFS: Read Me 1st (Capabilities and Cautions)
A Primer by Andrew Galloway
Need the help of a primer on ZFS? Then have a look at the lengthy post Andrew Galloway has written (and the equally lengthy collection of comments appended to it), which he describes as an overview of the "caveats, gotchya's, hidden 'features' and so on" that are peculiar to ZFS. There are some 16 points Galloway mentions in his post, which concludes with the caution that installing a superior filesystem such as ZFS (which he points out is much more than a filesystem) on inferior hardware is simply a mistake -- often a costly one in terms of lost data.
MySQL
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Need More Physical Disk Space
Jeremy Smyth Has Some Suggestions

Ever find yourself with a large table (or two) in a database on a partition that's running out of space? And did you ever wonder how it might safely be moved to another drive? Jeremy Smyth's post on addresses that issue with some helpful suggestions. He first explains how MySQL stores data and then explores the options available, such as moving the whole data directory; moving just one database; or moving a single table. Smyth concludes his post with the caution that modern UNIX-like operating systems often have mandatory access control systems such as AppArmor, SELinux, or Extended Policy, so be sure to do your homework before moving files around.

Linux
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Migrating to Oracle Linux: How to Identify Applications To Move
Rick Ramsey Posts a Guide to YAST

If you are wondering which applications can accompany you on your migration to Oracle Linux, you will find the post Rick Ramsey wrote, which provides guidance on just that issue, a useful piece of information. Ramsey introduces Yet Another Setup Tool (YAST) and discusses the functions it can perform. Among them are these:

  • List all the installed packages
  • Save the output in a file
  • Sort the packages
  • Find out if a particular component is installed
  • Find out what dependencies a package has

Ramsey also includes a link to The Linux Migration Guide, usable with both rpm and YAST.

SPARC
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SPARC T5 Systems Net Oracle TimesTen Benchmark World Record
Delivers 2.2X Higher Throughput than Intel Xeon E7-4870 Processor
The SPARC T5 processor delivered significantly faster performance than systems based on other processors in benchmarking tests of Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database. On the TimesTen Performance Throughput Benchmark (TPTBM) read-only workload, the SPARC T5 processor achieved 2.2 times higher throughput than the Intel Xeon E7-4870 processor and 3.8x more throughput than a SPARC T5-2 Server, producing a world record 59.9 million read transactions per second. On the Mobile Call Processing test, the SPARC T5 processor achieved 2.4 times more throughput than the Intel Xeon E7-4870 processor. The SPARC T5-2 server delivers 2.4x the performance of the SPARC T4-2 server in the same space.
Servers
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Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack, Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion
Along with Big Data Appliance Infrastructure as a Service
The Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion enable customers to jumpstart their first Big Data projects with an optimally sized appliance that scales as their data footprint grows. The new configurations include Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack, containing six Oracle Sun servers within a full-sized rack with redundant Infiniband switches and power distribution units. Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion includes a pack of six additional servers to expand the above configuration to 12 nodes and then to a full rack of 18 nodes.
SPARC M5-32 Server Is Perfect for very Large Business-critical Workloads and Server Consolidation.
Features up to 32 SPARC M5 Processors and 32 TB of System Memory
Oracle bills its SPARC M5-32 Server as a massively scalable SMP data center server that is designed for very large business-critical workloads and server consolidation. Exceptional scalability and performance derive from up to 32 SPARC M5 processors and 32 TB of system memory with 6-core, 8 threads per core, SPARC M5 processor with extra large 48 MB shared L3 cache. Built-in capabilities include Oracle’s Dynamic Domains feature, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle Solaris Zones. The server runs Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 10 (guest domains) with guaranteed binary compatibility and support for legacy applications.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 182 Issue 1; Vol 181 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 180 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:

  • IBM Misses the Point on Superior Performance of Oracle's SPARC T5-based Servers
  • ZFS on Linux: Its Day Has Come
  • SPARC T5-8 Server Delivers World Record TPC-C Single System Performance Results
  • Ethernet Switches: An Introduction to Network Design with Switches
  • ZFS Intent Log: An Overview by Andrew Galloway
  • Solaris 10 1/13 Patchset Released and Latest Solaris 10 Kernel PatchIDs
  • LibreOffice 4.0.2 Release Fixes Bugs, Glitches
  • SPARC T5-1B Server Module Outperformance SPARC T4 Processor-based Server
  • Superior Performance of Sun ZFS Storage Appliances on SPARC T5 and M5 Servers
  • SPARC T5-2 Scores Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Benchmark World Record Performance

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice Upgrades Continue at a Regular Pace
    Version 3.6.6 Is now Available
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice 3.6.6, for Windows, MacOS and Linux, targeted to enterprises and individual end users who prefer stability to more advanced features. This new release is suited to the increasing number of organizations migrating to LibreOffice, which is steadily growing worldwide. LibreOffice 3.6.6 is available for immediate download as are its extensions.
    Performance
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    SPARC T5-2 Posts Yet Another Leading Benchmark Result
    Scores Siebel CRM Benchmark World Record
    Among its many recent record breaking benchmark results, Oracle's SPARC T5-2 Server line now numbers world-leading performance on Siebel CRM. SPARC T5-2 servers running the application tier achieved 40,000 users with sub-second response time and with throughput of 333,339 business transactions per hour on the Siebel PSPP benchmark (including Siebel Call Center and Order Management System), delivering 2X better performance on a per chip basis compared to earlier published SPARC T4 numbers. In this benchmarking exercise the SPARC T5-2 server used Oracle Solaris Zones which provide flexible, scalable and manageable virtualization to scale the application within and across multiple nodes.
    Virtualization
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    Sun Ray Software 5.4: New for Trusted Extensions
    Offers Full Support for Oracle Solaris 11.1
    In an oracle.com post Glenn Faden reports that Oracle has announced the availability of Sun Ray Software 5.4, which fully supports Oracle Solaris 11.1 including the Trusted Extensions features. The Oracle Data Sheet for the Sun Ray Software has a summary of the supported platforms on page 3, he writes, and there's a well-documented section in the Administration Guide entitled Configuring Oracle Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions. All the multilevel desktop features are supported including per-workspace authentication and device allocation for Pulse Audio.
    Articles on the Release of Oracle VDI 3.5
    Online Anthology for German and English Readers
    Matthias Muller-Prove has compiled a list of articles on the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.5 release. Here are just some:

    • New Oracle VDI and Oracle Sun Ray Software releases by Wim Coekaerts
    • What's New in Oracle VDI 3.5? by Andy Hall
    • Brand new VDI and Sun Ray Software releases! by Chris Kawalek
    • Oracle Desktop Virtualisation Information and Documentation Links by Daniel Cifuentes
    • Umfangreiches neues Oracle VDI 3.5 und Sun Ray 5.4 Release von Rolf-Per Thulin
    • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure und Sun Ray Software mit Plugin für Enterprise Manager 12c von der DOAG
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 127: Laurent Doguin on Nuxeo @nuxeo
    Open Source Enterprise Content Management Platform
    Log on to Java Spotlight Episode 127 to hear Host Roger Brinkley discuss Nuxeo with Laurent Dogiun. Nuxeo is a software company providing a full Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Platform, open source, for any kind of content-driven application. Nuxeo is the leader in Open Source ECM with its Nuxeo Platform, which helps companies improve business processes efficiency, collaboration and adherence to regulatory compliance. Laurent Dogiun works at Nuxeo as developer and community liaison.
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans Is a Vital Tool in Development of NASA's Deep Space Flight Dynamics Support System
    Geertjan Wielenga on the Role of NetBeans
    The Deep Space Flight Dynamics Support System (DSFDSS) is a proposed prototype for auxiliary ground system support on NASA's Lagrange point missions. Geertjan Wielenga blogs on the development of DSFDSS, which relies heavily on NetBeans. The role of NetBeans in all of this, he continues, is that it allowed for a rapid prototype to be bootstrapped on an otherwise thin mission budget. The wizard framework makes daily operational procedures simple and greatly reduces risk of failure. The docking system makes drag and drop actions simple, allowing for highly interactive analyst workflow. The simplicity of JavaFX interop facilitated adding non-traditional web-based visualizations seamlessly.
    Telco
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    Netra SPARC T5-1B Server Module: A TELCO Powerhouse
    Perfect Match for Sun Netra 6000 Modular System
    Oracle's Netra SPARC T5-1B carrier grade server module combines with Oracle’s Sun Netra 6000 modular system to create a modular network infrastructure for data-intensive and enterprise workloads. The Netra SPARC T5-1B can populate up to 10 blades in the carrier-grade Sun Netra 6000 modular system. Its 16 cores per processor deliver 2.5x the system throughput over previous generation, and its 1.2x single-thread performance increases and doubles the L3 cache accelerates application performance and improves scalability. The SPARC T5-1B has twice as many compute cores as the previous generation (8 to 16), and it is NEBS TM Level 3 certified.
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