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Oracle Solaris 11 Certification Study Tips
Covers all of the topics necessary to effectively install and administer a Solaris 11 system
Bill Calkins writes, "For the past year and a half (beginning in Dec 2011), I have been working as a SME with Oracle on the development the Solaris 11 Certification exams. My role has been to assist in writing exam questions for the OCA and OCP exams as well as technical editing for other members of the team. At the same time, I have been working on my next book, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration and providing Solaris training to administrators around the world..."

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

"This book covers all of the topics necessary to effectively install and administer a Solaris 11 system. When used as a study guide, this book will save you a great deal of time and effort searching for information you will need to administer Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 based systems. This book covers each topic in enough detail for inexperienced administrators to learn about Solaris 11and apply the knowledge to real-life scenarios. Experienced readers will find the material complete and concise, making it a valuable reference for everyday tasks. Drawing from my years of experience as a senior Solaris administrator and consultant, you'll find new ideas and see some different approaches to system administration that probably were not covered in your Solaris administration training courses..."

Interview with ZFS Co-founder, Matt Ahrens
One of the original ZFS developers
Matt Ahrens, now a Software Architect at Delphix, was one of the original ZFS developers. Listen to an interview with him in the BSD Talk Podcast. Matt talks about the history of ZFS and how as a new graduate, straight out of college, he started working with Jeff Bonowick at Sun. Matt had done an internship that involved filesystems when he was a student at Brown.

Jeff had been working for a while to create a next-generation filesystem with a team of people. When Matt starting work at Sun, he and Jeff took another stab at creating a file system with just the two of them.

They started in the summer of 2001 and had a basic design and a userland prototype using a filesystem interposer that Matt had written when he was in school by Halloween, 2001. Experienced engineers with filesystem experience were added to the team to create the ZPL layer.

By Halloween 2002, they had a fully functional, in-kernel implementation that could be used with Solaris. Matt considers that to be the first real milestone that resembles ZFS today.

The source code to ZFS and OpenSolaris was released around Halloween 2005 and the team had grown to about a dozen engineers. Sun had, by then, invested close to 100 engineer-years into ZFS.

Matt says that ZFS quickly proved itself in the field but there was a long period were people were cautious to trust their data to this new filesystem in Solaris 10. After a few years of testing and experimentation, customers started using ZFS in production.

Cloud Computing
Oracle Service Cloud
Offering Robust Support for Mobile

One in seven Oracle customer service sessions come from mobile devices, allowing customers to instantly request service whenever and wherever they are and leading to an expectation of an instant response. As a result, roaming service agents need mobile applications to increase their productivity and responsiveness to customers. The latest release of Oracle Service Cloud, which includes Oracle RightNow with Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App, is designed specifically for the iPad and ensures that in today's busy, multifaceted world service agents, specialists, and managers can stay connected and productive, even while on-the-go. Better access, both online and offline, puts mobile business users in a prime spot for increased customer resolutions. As a result, this improves customer satisfaction and strengthens relationships.

Oracle announced the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud that includes Oracle RightNow and the debut of Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App for the iPad.

It adds new robust capabilities to support servicing customers when agents are away from their desks, Oracle Service Cloud now leverages the power of Oracle Fusion Tap, a native application for iPad that redefines user productivity while on-the-go.

It is is designed specifically for mobile agents, specialists and managers, Oracle RightNow Mobile Agent App, part of Oracle Service Cloud, helps improve productivity and resolution time.

The May 2013 release of Oracle Service Cloud also includes enhancements to the Customer Portal by utilizing mobile device cameras, optimizing for mobile SEO and removing the dependency on CSS and Javascript, thus enabling use on a wider array of mobile devices such as hand-held game-systems and Ketai phones. These enhancements allow customers to get service from any device, find mobile content more easily, and enhance problem descriptions with images to shorten resolution time.

The Oracle Cloud Chronicles: Simplifying IT and Driving Innovation
Bob Evans, Forbes
Bob Evans, senior vice-president, communications, for Oracle Corp and contributor to Forbes, writes, "Over the past several months, we've published a number of pieces in this space about Oracle's adventures in the wild, wild world of cloud computing. We've touched in the business value the cloud can create, the profound impact the cloud is having within companies and across entire industries, and the vast potential the cloud offers for liberating IT dollars to fund innovation.

Along the way, I've tried to spell out Oracle's cloud strategy as described by Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, and Thomas Kurian, and have also called out some ways that Oracle's unique approach to cloud computing have been misconstrued, misinterpreted, and misrepresented.

And as our 10-city Oracle CloudWorld rolling thunder roadshow nears its end with stops in Mexico City, London, and Munich over the next 10 days, the time seems right to offer an overview of where Oracle stands with its cloud-computing approach and why it's completely unlike what any other cloud vendor is attempting to offer..."

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2
Launch Webcast: Now on Demand
"You're invited to watch Oracle executives, including President Mark Hurd, in a replay of the launch Webcast introducing the latest release of Oracle Database Appliance. You'll also hear customers discuss how Oracle Database Appliance has revolutionized the way they deploy, manage, and support a database platform.

View the Webcast to learn how the latest release offers midsize businesses and enterprise departments a simple, reliable, affordable, and virtualized appliance that:

  • Increases performance up to 2x and expands storage capacity up to 4x
  • Hosts both databases and application workloads for a variety of complete solutions in a box
  • Extends capacity on-demand licensing to all Oracle software

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Wikibon Reviews Oracle ZFS Appliance
Gives Strong Positive Recommendation
"CIOs, CTOs and senior storage executives should position the Oracle ZFS appliance as an ideal strategic fit for high streaming environments such as database backups," writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in the conclusion of his review of the new hybrid flash/disk storage appliance from Oracle. "As well, the product can be successfully integrated into high-performance Oracle database workloads. In write-intensive and heavy IO workloads, the ZFS appliance will likely prove the best-of-breed, lowest cost solution. Outside of that sweetspot, traditional midrange arrays and filers will often be a better economic fit."

This conclusion is based on a combination of Wikibon's in-house analysis of the product and interviews with several Wikibon members who are early adaptors of the product. Wikibon as sometimes been very critical of Oracle products and policies, which makes this recommendation all the stronger.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 183 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 182 Issues 1, 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:

  • Oracle SPARC T5--2 with Oracle Solaris 11 versus IBM Power 750 Express with AIX 7.1
  • As The World 'Goes Software,' Oracle Has An Upside In Hardware
  • How to go Physical to Virtual with Oracle Solaris Zones using Enterprise Manager Ops Center
  • Non-interactive zone configuration
  • Java EE 7 Webcast, June 12 and June 13, 2013
  • Apache OpenOffice: One Year, 50 Million Downloads
  • How To Protect Public Cloud Using Solaris 11 Technologies
  • Java Spotlight Episode 133: Sivakumar Thyagarajan on JSR 322: Resource Adapters/Connectors in Java EE 7@jcp
  • Unified Directory Goes Virtual: IdM R2 PS1
  • Instant NetBeans IDE How-To

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

    Reduce IT Help Desk calls when using Oracle VDI
    Average cost of a help desk call is $25
    Jaap, an Oracle VDI Desktop Virtualization specialist, writes in a recent blog post, "After a relaxing holiday you turn on your Sun Ray or launch your OVDC application to connect to your virtual desktop in the data center. But then it happens, your holiday was so relaxed that you forgot your password and you are forced to pick-up the phone and call the IT Help Desk to ask the SysAdmin to reset your password.

    With the introduction of complex password requirements, this is not an unusual scenario. IT staff is often burdened with resolving these calls, resulting in an increased administrative load for the IT department. At the same moment, the end user loses valuable work time because he is locked out of the network temporarily and unable to work.

    With an average of 5% of the users who forgot their passwords after the holidays and an average cost of US $25 per help desk call, this can cost an organisation with 10.000 users around US $12.500 per two or three days when the holidays are over.

    How can we solve this? ..."

    Java Technology
    Oracle outlines steps to improve Java home, enterprise security
    Oracle is planning to change how it approaches Java fixes for security vulnerabilities
    Zack Whittaker reports in an article for ZDnet, "Oracle is planning to change how it approaches Java fixes for security vulnerabilities, including adding centralized policy management with enterprise environment whitelisting functionality.

    It's hoped this effort will help to 'decrease the exploitability and severity of potential Java vulnerabilities in the desktop environment,' and, 'provide additional security protections for Java operating in the server environment,' according to Oracle's Java platform software development team leader Nandini Ramani, writing in a blog post on Thursday..."

    Java Spotlight Episode 134
    Kin-man Chung on JSR 341: Expression Language 3.0
    "Kin-man was interested in Java and Java EE since the early years. He worked on a project that compiled Java codes into native Sparc codes. He was the main author the JSP compiler in Tomcat 5. He worked on the specification and reference implementation JSP 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2. ;He is now the spec lead for EL 3.0, and also works on GlassFish."


    • Adopt-a-JSR Meeting 31 May
    • Java EE 7 Launch
    • JavaFX Maven Plugin 2.0 alpha – Feedback needed
    • Scenic View 8 Developer Preview 3 Released
    • JavaOne 2013 Track Selection Progress

    Read on for details.

    Oracle Internet Directory 11g Benchmark on SPARC T5
    LDAP Search: 1,000 clients, 944,624 ops/second, 1.05 milliseconds latency
    Giri Mandalika writes, "Oracle Internet Directory (OID) is an LDAP v3 Directory Server that has multi-threaded, multi-process, multi-instance process architecture with Oracle database as the directory store...

    Five test scenarios were executed in this benchmark - each test scenario performing a different type of LDAP operation. The key metrics are throughput -- the number of operations completed per second, and latency -- the time it took in milliseconds to complete an operation..."

    • LDAP Search operation
    • LDAP Add operation
    • LDAP Compare operation
    • LDAP Modify operation
    • LDAP Authentication operation

    Giri gives major credit for this benchmark goes to Ramaprakash Sathyanarayan.

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