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Oracle
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Oracle Database 12c is Generally Available
Generally available as of 25 June 2013
"Oracle Database 12c introduces a breakthrough, new multitenant architecture enabling customers to create multiple, pluggable databases for database consolidation and cloud deployments.

Customers will realize greater efficiency and flexibility through innovations such as Oracle Multitenant option and Automatic Data Optimization with Heat Map, for compressing and tiering data at a higher density. These unique advancements, combined with major enhancements in availability, security, and big data support, make Oracle Database 12c the ideal platform for private and public cloud deployments.

As of 25/06/2013, the product is available for download on Linux x86-64, Solaris Sparc64 and Solaris (x86-64) via Oracle Technology Network..."

Features
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How to Set Up a MongoDB NoSQL Cluster Using Oracle Solaris Zones
On an x86-Based System; Solaris Zones; SMF; DTrace; 3-node cluster
Orgad Kimchi has written a brief overview of MongoDB and follows with an example of setting up a MongoDB three nodes cluster using Oracle Solaris Zones.

He says, "The following are benefits of using Oracle Solaris for a MongoDB cluster:

  • You can add new MongoDB hosts to the cluster in minutes instead of hours using the zone cloning feature. Using Oracle Solaris Zones, you can easily scale out your MongoDB cluster.

  • In case there is a user error or software error, the Service Management Facility ensures the high availability of each cluster member and ensures that MongoDB replication failover will occur only as a last resort.

  • You can discover performance issues in minutes versus days by using DTrace, which provides increased operating system observability. DTrace provides a holistic performance overview of the operating system and allows deep performance analysis through cooperation with the built-in MongoDB tools.

  • ZFS built-in compression provides optimized disk I/O utilization for better I/O performance. In the example presented in this article, all the MongoDB cluster building blocks will be installed using the Oracle Solaris Zones, Service Management Facility, ZFS, and network virtualization technologies..."

Read on for details.

MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.8.2
Overview
Priya Jayakuma writes, "MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) is the ideal solution for backing up MySQL databases. MEB 3.8.2 is released in June 2013.

MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.8.2 release's main goal is to improve usability. With this release, users can know the progress of backup completed both in terms of size and as a percentage of the total. This release also offers options to be able to manage the behavior of MEB in case the space on the secondary storage is completely exhausted during backup.

The progress indicator is a (short) string that indicates how far the execution of a time-consuming MEB command has progressed. It consists of one or more "meters" that measures the progress of the command. There are two options introduced to control the progress reporting function of mysqlbackup command (1) show-progress (2) progress-interval..."

Linux
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Linux-Containers - Part 1: Overview
Similar to Containers (or Zones) on Oracle Solaris or FreeBSD jails
Lenz Grimmer writes, "Linux Containers (LXC) provide a means to isolate individual services or applications as well as of a complete Linux operating system from other services running on the same host. To accomplish this, each container gets its own directory structure, network devices, IP addresses and process table. The processes running in other containers or the host system are not visible from inside a container. Additionally, Linux Containers allow for fine granular control of resources like RAM, CPU or disk I/O.

Generally speaking, Linux Containers use a completely different approach than "classicial" virtualization technologies like KVM or Xen (on which Oracle VM Server for x86 is based on). An application running inside a container will be executed directly on the operating system kernel of the host system, shielded from all other running processes in a sandbox-like environment. This allows a very direct and fair distribution of CPU and I/O-resources. Linux containers can offer the best possible performance and several possibilities for managing and sharing the resources available..."

Exadata
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SuperCluster T5-8
Oracle's Fastest Engineered System
Oracle SuperCluster Delivers 10x Better Price Performance than a Comparable IBM Solution with No Single Point of Failure, Helps Customers Achieve Lower TCO and Higher Availability for Databases and Applications

Oracle extends its lead in hardware and software engineered together with the new Oracle SuperCluster T5-8, Oracle's fastest engineered system. Based on the world's fastest database server, ultra-fast database storage, and the world's fastest microprocessor, it delivers extreme performance and 10x better price performance than a comparable IBM Power7+-based solution.

"Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 runs Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic up to 10x faster than systems pieced together by costly integration projects,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 184 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 183 Issues 1, 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:

  • Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 3rd Edition
  • Oracle SuperCluster T5-8: Web Launch Event
  • Java Spotlight Episode 137: Rory O'Donnell on the Java Test Fest
  • How the OS Makes the Database Fast
  • Sun QFS Software
  • Oracle Q4 Revenues: $10.9 billion
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.14
  • A closer look at the new T5 TPC-H result
  • Tuning and Performance for Oracle SOA Suite 11g on SPARC T4 Servers
  • Maxxton Cuts Page-Load Time by 90%, Completes Searches 20x Faster

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

    LibreOffice
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    LibreOffice 4.0.4
    Many improvements in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 4.0.4, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 4.0 family and the last before the announcement of LibreOffice 4.1 in late July.

    LibreOffice 4.0.4 features many improvements in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats. This ongoing activity has been instrumental for the choice of LibreOffice by all major migration projects to free software since early 2012, including several central and local governments in Europe and South America.

    Developer
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    Java EE 7 support in Eclipse 4.3
    Main themes of this release
    Arun Gupta writes, "Eclipse Kepler (4.3) features 71 different open source projects and over 58 million LOC. One of the main themes of the release is the support for Java EE 7. Kepler specifically added support for the features mentioned below:

    • Create Java EE 7 Eclipse projects or using Maven
    • New facets for JPA 2.1, JSF 2.2, Servlet 3.1, JAX-RS 2.0, EJB 3.2
    • Schemas and descriptors updated for Java EE 7 standards (web.xml, application.xml, ejb-jar.xml, etc)
    • Tolerance for JPA 2.1 such as features can be used without causing invalidation and content assist for UI (JPA 2.1)
    • Support for NamedStoredProcedureQuery (JPA 2.1)
    • Schema generation configuration in persistence.xml (JPA 2.1)
    • Updates to persistence.xml editor with the new JPA 2.1 properties
    • Existing features support EE7 (Web Page Editor, Palette, EL content assist, annotations, JSF tags, Facelets, etc)
    • Code generation wizards tolerant of EE7 (New EJB, Servlet, JSP, etc.)

    A comprehensive list of features added in this release is available in Web Tools Platform 3.5 - New and Noteworthy.

    Download Eclipse 4.3 and Java EE 7 SDK and start playing with Java EE 7! ..."

    Sysadmin
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    Boot Environments for Solaris 10 Branded Zones
    Now add and patch packages to boot environments of a Solaris 10 Branded Zone
    Jeff Victor writes, "Until recently, Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11 suffered one notable regression: Live Upgrade did not work. The individual packaging and patching tools work correctly, but the ability to upgrade Solaris while the production workload continued running did not exist. A recent Solaris 11 SRU (Solaris 11.1 SRU 6.4) restored most of that functionality, although with a slightly different concept, different commands, and without all of the feature details. This new method gives you the ability to create and manage multiple boot environments (BEs) for a Solaris 10 Branded Zone, and modify the active or any inactive BE, and to do so while the production workload continues to run..."
    Virtualization
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    Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
    June 2013 Edition
    Chris Kawalek writes, "The June Edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, you'll learn about:

    • Announcing Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0
    • Dell Announces New Infrastructure Offering with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager, Optimized to Run on Dell x86 Systems
    • Oracle VM Continues to Expand Partner Ecosystem with Cisco and NetApp
    • Get Ready for Oracle OpenWorld 2013

    And much more!

    Head on over and read the newsletter.

    Java Technology
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    Java Spotlight Episode 138: Paul Perrone on Life Saving Embedded Java
    JDK 8 is Feature Complete; Java SE 7 Update 25 Released; ...
    Roger Brinkley writes about this week's podcast, "Paul J. Perrone is founder/CEO of Perrone Robotics. Paul architected the Java-based general-purpose robotics and automation software platform known as "MAX". Paul has overseen MAX's application to rapidly field self-driving robotic cars, unmanned air vehicles, factory and road-side automation applications, and a wide range of advanced robots and automaton applications..."

    Show Notes

    • JDK 8 is Feature Complete
    • Java SE 7 Update 25 Released
    • What should the JCP be doing?
    • 2013 Duke's Choice Award Nominations
    • Another Quick update to Code Signing Article on OTN

    Read on for details.

    Security
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    Security Inside Out Newsletter
    June Edition
    Troy Kitch writes, "The latest edition of Security Inside Out newsletter is now available. If you don't get this bi-monthly security newsletter in your inbox, then subscribe to get the latest database security news. This bi-monthly edition includes:

    • Q&A: Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson on Meeting Tomorrow's Security Threats

    • Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson shares her thoughts on next-generation security threats. Read More

    • New Study: Increased Security Spending Still Not Protecting Right Assets

    Despite widespread belief that database breaches represent the greatest security risk to their business, organizations continue to devote a far greater share of their security resources to network assets rather than database assets, according to a new report issued by CSO and sponsored by Oracle. Newsletter us here.

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