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Optimize Database Storage for Maximum Performance and Efficiency
Learn about the challenges of database storage management
Digital data is growing at an unprecedented rate. And that's creating new challenges: Database performance is slowing as data sets grow and storage can't keep up. Backup and recovery windows are shrinking. And storage management is becoming even more complex. So what's the solution?

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  • Navigate storage choices
  • Optimize storage in database environments
  • Implement cost-saving features
  • Better protect your data

Get your copy today of Database Storage For Dummies.

Database Insider
July 2013 issue
The July issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)


  • Mark Hurd and Other Top Executives Dive into Oracle Database 12c
  • Announcing Oracle Database 12c: The World's First Database Designed for the Cloud
  • Oracle Data Masking Pack Delivers Three-Year Risk-Adjusted ROI of 242 Percent


  • Plug Into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c


  • Customers Talk About Oracle Database 12c
  • Customers Talk About Consolidation
  • Customers Talk About Privilege Analysis


  • An Introduction to Oracle Multitenant
  • Rabobank Uses Oracle Database Vault for Privileged Access Control


  • Read What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Database 12c
  • Sabre Holdings Talks About Oracle Database 12c's Data Redaction
  • Aramark Talks About Oracle Database 12c

Read on for details

Availability Best Practices - Avoiding Single Points of Failure
By Jeff Savit
Jeff has written a post that is one of a series of "best practices" notes for Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly named Logical Domains) Avoiding Single Points Of Failure (SPOF).

He says, "Highly available systems are configured without Single Points Of Failure (SPOF) to ensure that individual component failures do not result in loss of service. The general method to avoid SPOFs is to provide redundant components for each necessary resource, so service can continue if a component fails. In this article we will discuss resources to make resilient in Oracle VM Server for SPARC environments. This primarily consists of configuring redundant network and disk I/O. Subsequent articles will drill down into each resource type and provide comprehensive illustrations."

Topics include:

  • Network availability
  • Disk availability
  • Service Domain Availability Using Multiple Service Domains

In summary, Jeff writes, "Oracle VM Server for SPARC lets you configure resilient virtual network and disk I/O services, and provide resiliency for the service and I/O domains that provision them. Following articles will show exactly how to configure such domains for highly available guest I/O."

Oracle SPARC Software on Silicon
See the Public CPU roadmap
Recently Oracle ISV Engineering participated in the Oracle Technology Day, one of the largest IT event in Israel with over 1,000 participants. During the event Oracle showed the latest technology including the Oracle Database 12c and the new SPARC T5 CPU.

Angelo Rajadurai presented the new SPARC T5 CPU and covered the latest features of this technology.

The topics that Angelo presented were:...

Oracle VM Receives an A+ in Recent Testing Benchmark
By Francisco Munoz Alvarez
Monica Kumar reports on a benchmark by Francisco Munoz Alvarez: "It's always nice to start off the new fiscal year with some good news and this year it comes at the hands of Francisco Munoz Alvarez, a seasoned expert, and Oracle ACE Director, in the Oracle community. With the help from his employer Revera Limited, a provider of utility computing infrastructure and enterprise data management solutions, Francisco recently compared the performance of Oracle Database workloads running in a bare metal environment versus a virtualized environment (Oracle VM and others). The results were quite telling!

Here's what they found:

  • Oracle VM is the better virtualization technology to run Oracle Databases
  • Oracle VM makes a better use of all available resources
  • Oracle VM is more scalable and stable for Oracle Databases
  • Oracle VM allows better consolidation of loads in a virtual environment
  • Oracle VM uses less CPU than non-Oracle virtualization technologies

Francisco and his team also found that without Oracle VM, organizations can have a full physical server (bare metal) with underutilized resources. However, by using Oracle VM organizations will be able to virtualize it to host many Oracle Databases, without sacrificing performance and can make better use of all available database licenses. They also noted a few bonus results including the fact that Oracle VM allows extra high availability and is fully certified and supported by Oracle..."

Java Technology
New Java Tutorials
Available on the Oracle Learning Library
Yolande Poirier says that, "Three new tutorials are now available on the Oracle Learning Library:"

  • New Java EE 7 tutorials and videos show how to create an application that uses the WebSocket API for real-time communication between a client and a server.
  • Java SE tutorial on how the built-in Java¬ô security features protect you from malevolent programs
  • Securing ADF Applications to Oracle Cloud by Using JDeveloper Webcast - Tom McGinn

"The Oracle Learning Library (OLL) is a repository of free online learning content covering Java technologies. The content ranges from videos, tutorials, articles, demos, step-by-step instructions to accomplish a specific task to in-depth, self-paced interactive learning modules. The content is developed by Oracle developers as well as trusted community members. New content is uploaded daily..."

University Gives High Grades to Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA), an independent public university serving 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Nacogdoches, Texas, implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to be able to improve registration and student system reliability, while staying current on hardware support.

With an Oracle Exadata quarter rack supporting SFA's enterprise resource planning (ERP) and student information applications, the university can now support up to 2,000 concurrent users, an up to 8X capacity increase over its legacy system, with response times between three and 10 seconds - enabling students to register for classes more quickly with virtually no system bottlenecks or downtime.

SFA also deployed a quarter rack to support a new disaster recovery data center - helping to ensure that the university's ERP and student data is always available.

Due to vastly improved system reliability and scalability, SFA's systems and database administration team has been able to reduce staff overtime by eliminating the need to work nights and weekends to address performance issues.

Golf Channel Selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom Storage System
Accessing More than 100,000 Hours of Programming
Oracle's SAN Storage Delivers Substantial Performance Improvement over Legacy Environment Accessing More than 100,000 Hours of Programming

Golf Channel, one of the fastest growing networks on television, is using Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600 storage system to support more than 100,000 hours of content, as well as rapid growth and new reality programming.

Golf Channel, a member of the NBC Sports Group, launched in January 1995 and was the first fully digital production facility in the United States. In its first year, Golf Channel offered a limited tournament schedule to less than 5 million homes in the United States. Today, the network televises more than 150 events each year from all the world's top tours, as well as quality original productions to more than 120 million homes worldwide.

In the past two years, the company has more than doubled the amount of content that it creates, driving up storage requirements significantly.

Seeking a cost-effective storage solution with the reliability to handle large file sizes and deliver content nearly at a moment's notice, the Golf Channel deployed the Pillar Axiom 600 storage system.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 185 Issue 1; Vol 184 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 183 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:

  • Microsoft and Oracle Enterprise Partnership
  • IBM "per core" comparisons for SPECjEnterprise2010
  • The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Availability Best Practices on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Oracle SDN (Software Defined Networking)
  • Blazing Performance: SPARC Microprocessors
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
  • Java Spotlight Episode 139: Mark Heckler and Jose Pereda on JES based Energy Monitoring
  • Oracle SuperCluster T5-8
  • Virtual Developer Day: MySQL - July 31st

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

    What's New in EMCLI
    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3

    Adeesh Fulay writes, "If you have been using the classic Oracle Enterprise Manager Command Line interface ( EMCLI ), you are in for a treat. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c R3 comes with a new EMCLI kit called 'EMCLI with Scripting Option'. Not my favorite name, as I would have preferred to call this EMSHELL since it truly provides a shell similar to bash or cshell. Unlike the classic EMCLI, this new kit provides a Jython-based scripting environment along with the large collection of verbs to use. This scripting environment enables users to use established programming language constructs like loops (for, or while), conditional statements (if-else), etc in both interactive and scripting mode..."

    JDeveloper 12c
    Yet Another NetBeans Platform Application
    Geertjan Wielenga writes, "There's a lot to recognize in the recently released Oracle JDeveloper 12c. Definitely time to add it to the NetBeans Platform Showcase, since JDev 12c is now visibly a NetBeans Platform application, along with hundreds of other applications, such as Microchip MPLAB X, Lua Glider, DbWrench, VisualVM, and jMonkeyEngine SDK, to name just a few of at least hundreds (that we know of, though I suspect thousands) of others..."
    National Security, the "two man rule" and Solaris
    Built in to Solaris Since Solaris 10 (2005)
    Jim Laurent, an Oracle Sales consultant, writes, "Solaris 10 and 11 have all the tools to assist in creating a "two man rule." In fact, we published a paper on the topic in 2005. Its comprehensive role and profile based collection of authorizations ensure that only user with the proper authorizations are allowed access to administrative tools. Solaris can be configured so that one user has the role of "Security Admin" while another user has the role of "System Admin." The security admin has privileges to add users and give (or remove) authorizations from those users but does not have all the other traditional capabilities of "root." In other words, the security admin cannot accidentally "rm -rf /" to corrupt the system. The system admin has authorizations to perform traditional system administration functions such as create file systems, manage services but cannot create new users or give himself additional privileges..."
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