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Solaris
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Instant Automated Installer Zone for Oracle Solaris 11.1
By Larry Wake
Larry Wake writes, "One of the biggest differences between Oracle Solaris 11 and previous releases is how provisioning tasks are handled. It's safe to say that just about any installation or update function you can think of has gotten at least an order of magnitude faster, easier, safer, smarter and more powerful -- but still, there's that word "different" ... .

The key new provisioning technology, as you may already know, is the Image Packaging System (IPS). It's the framework for installation, maintenance and removal of software on an Oracle Solaris 11 system. Another key technology is the Automated Installer (AI), which replaces JumpStart for hands-free installation of large numbers of systems.

We've just introduced something new to make it easier to start working with AI..."

DTrace
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Using DTrace on Oracle Linux
An introduction to DTrace probes and providers for Oracle Linux and how they are different from those in Oracle Solaris.
Richard Friedman writes, "DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing facility originally developed for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and it is now available to Oracle Linux customers. DTrace is designed to give operational insights that allow users to tune and troubleshoot the operating system and applications dynamically in real time. DTrace provides Oracle Linux developers with a tool to analyze performance and track down performance problems across the software stack. DTrace enables higher quality applications development, reduced downtime, lower cost, and greater utilization of existing resources. It is available for download from the Unbreakable Linux Network for Oracle Linux Support customers..."
MySQL
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MySQL (5th Edition) - By Paul DuBois
The definitive guide to using, programming and administering MySQL 5.5 and MySQL 5.6
MySQL provides a comprehensive guide to effectively using and administering the MySQL database management system (DBMS).

Author Paul DuBois describes everything from the basics of getting information into a database and formulating queries, to using MySQL with PHP or Perl to generate dynamic web pages, to writing your own programs that access MySQL databases, to administering MySQL servers. The book also includes a comprehensive reference section providing detailed information on MySQL's structure, language, syntax, and APIs.

The fifth edition of this bestselling book has been meticulously revised and updated to thoroughly cover the latest features and capabilities of MySQL 5.5, as well as to add new coverage of features introduced with MySQL 5.6.

MySQL is an open source relational database management system (DBMS) that has experienced a phenomenal growth in popularity and use. Known for its speed and ease of use, MySQL has proven itself to be particularly well-suited for developing database-backed websites and applications. MySQL runs on anything from modest hardware all the way up to enterprise servers, and its performance rivals any database system put up against it.

Cloud Computing
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From Hybrid cars to Hybrid Clouds - it's great to have choice
By Ayalla Goldschmidt
"Having the flexibility to share data across Private and Public Clouds in a Hybrid Cloud model allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It allows you to set your desired design points around key dimensions, " notes Ayalla Goldschmidt, including:

  • Security
  • Quality of Service
  • IT skills
  • Cost model

Ayalla continues, "These are just a few considerations that come into play, the point is, there is no right or wrong answer. And even within your company, the decision may change, depending on the application, the team in place and other factors..."

SPARC
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Overview of Oracle's 5 SPARC CPUs
SPARC64-VII+ (M3), T3, T4, T5, M5, M10
Karoly Vegh writes, "Do you know how many SPARC CPU types does Oracle deliver currently? Not one, not two, but five. The SPARC64-VII+, the T4, T5, M5 and M10. It isn't easy to keep track of these, hence we created an overview table to help you in that - here you are: .."

The table shows, for the T3 and the other 5 SPARC CPUs:

  • Servers which feature the CPU
  • CPU Core Codename
  • CPU Frequency
  • # core per socket
  • Min RAM, sockets, threads per server
  • Max RAM, sockets, threads per server (32TB/64 Sockets/2028 threads!)
  • L3 Cache
  • Virtualization
  • CPU architecture (ISA)
  • OS Supported
  • noteworthy features

Karoly notes, "All the 6 of these CPUs have been released after Oracle taking over Sun..."

Servers
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eBook on Oracle's Sun Blade Server Modules
Meet service-level agreements (SLAs), say yes to more requests
The Oracle optimized data center provides a unique roadmap that helps you deliver unmatched efficiency, higher performance, simplified operations - and significant cost savings. All because every component is fully engineered, integrated, and tested from applications to storage.

You can meet service-level agreements (SLAs), say yes to more requests, and still have time to innovate new services like virtualization and cloud. And you can learn all about it in our new e-book, Unleash the Power of IT.

You'll find out how to:

  • Simplify systems and make your data center less complicated
  • Adopt more-efficient operational practices
  • Deliver new services including mobility and big data
  • Protect key information and maintain business continuity
  • Deploy and scale quickly and easily

Your optimized data center will fundamentally change the way you deliver IT services. It's time to elevate the value of IT to your company. Download the e-book and find out how.

Storage
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Integration Matters -- Oracle ZFS Has it, NetApp FAS Doesn't
Webcast:June 20
In this webcast, Marc Staimer of Dragon Slayer Consulting discusses with Oracle storage executives how Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance uniquely delivers "Application Integration" - and, how NetApp doesn't. We'll look specifically at the innovative features and functionality that you can use to compare Sun ZFS Storage to NetApp filers, and the benefits you can achieve with a move to Oracle. The webcast is scheduled for June 20.
Why The Era of General Purpose Storage is Coming to an End
Emergence of Application Engineered Storage (AES)
Industry analyst Marc Staimer, frequent speaker and author for TechTarget , recently issued a new research report that highlights how the era of general purpose storage such as NetApp FAS and EMC VNX is coming to an end, while Application-Integrated Storage led by Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance is addressing the new era of application centricity.

Download this new report and learn more about Application Integrated Storage.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 183 Issues 1, 2,3, 4 and 5; Vol 182 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:

  • Interview with ZFS Co-founder, Matt Ahrens
  • Oracle Solaris 11 Certification Study Tips
  • Wikibon Reviews Oracle ZFS Appliance
  • Oracle Database Appliance X3-2
  • Oracle outlines steps to improve Java home, enterprise security
  • Reduce IT Help Desk calls when using Oracle VDI
  • Oracle Internet Directory 11g Benchmark on SPARC T5
  • Java Spotlight Episode 134
  • Oracle Service Cloud
  • The Oracle Cloud Chronicles: Simplifying IT and Driving Innovation

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

    Sysadmin
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    Why Sun's NIS will never die
    Although 28 years old and insecure, Sun's old Network Information Service lives on in networks across the globe
    Paul Venezia writes in InfoWorld, "NIS (nee YP) appears to be immortal. It's almost 30 years old, and it is still in widespread use today. Sure, you could point to many other protocols and services in current use that are as old or older, but NIS is somewhat of an oddity in that it's an authentication mechanism that has been ostensibly supplanted numerous times in numerous ways, yet still hangs on in Unix shops the world over. Depending on the environment, this could be good or bad..."
    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 135: Marina Vatkina on JSR 318: Interceptors 1.2
    By Roger Brinkley
    Marina Vatkina is currently a Principal Engineer at Oracle and Specification Lead for EJB 3.2 under the Java Community Process (JCP). During the last 10 years she has been responsible for several areas in the implementation of the Sun's and now GlassFish Java EE application server, including persistence, transaction manager, and EJB container.

    What's Cool

    • Anthony Goubard says he built basic open source office suite in 30 days.
    • Gerrit shows you how to build JavaFX UIs with Javascript
    • Graham smith started a two part series on Drag-and-Drop: part one and part two

    Read on for details and access to the podcast.

    Security
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    A Summary of Identity Management R2 PS1
    Videos and PDFs.
    If you have downloaded Identity Management R2 PS1 and are looking for a good summary of capabilities, the presentation below by Marc Boroditsky, Vice President of Product Management, provides a good preview.

    For more information on getting started with Identity Management R2 PS1 click here for the documentation. You can learn more about Identity Management R2 PS1 from these resources:

    • Datasheet: Oracle Identity Governance
    • Access Governance Paper
    • Mobile and Social Access Management
    • Single Sign-on Paper
    • Oracle Identity Manager Paper
    • Datasheet: Oracle Identity Manager

    Read on for videos and PDFs.

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