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Solaris
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The Case for Running Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Solaris
By Rick Ramsey
Rick writes, "You may have already seen some of these individually, but here are several resources that explain why Oracle Database 12c runs so well on Oracle Solaris and SPARC..."

Rick provides links under the headings:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 + SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Stack
  • Article: How Oracle Solaris 11 Makes Oracle Database So Fast
  • Screencast: Outliers

These interviews "with experts, videos, architectural papers, technical articles, and other resources to help you understand the optimizations between the OS and hardware layers that make Oracle Solaris and SPARC such a winning combination..."

IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide
Preparing for the Move to Oracle Solaris 11
Aimed at technical IT managers, IT architects, and system administrators tasked with moving - or evaluating the move - to Oracle Solaris, this guide compares the key tools and technologies commonly used in AIX 7.1 environments with those used in Oracle Solaris. Different concepts, processes, and technologies that are essential to successful Oracle Solaris platform deployment are identified. For each topic area, AIX features and tools are mapped to their Oracle Solaris 11 counterparts, with discussion centering on similarities and differences in functionality to help technical staff quickly identify where appropriate, equivalent resources (product and technology information, manuals, and training) are needed to support deployment.
Cloud Computing
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Read about the Cloud and the Oracle user experience
By Jürgen Kress

Juergen writes, "Consumers have already seen the benefit of a cloud approach with tailored, consumer-driven experiences. Find out what that means for Oracle's enterprise applications on the Voice of User Experience, or VoX, blog.

Want to hear more about the Oracle Cloud and other UX innovations? UX architect Misha Vaughan writes about what Oracle Apps UX is sharing with the team's Sales Ambassador (SAMBA) representatives in this post on VoX.

Spot the Oracle user experience design pattern Visit this post by Ultan O'Broin, Director of User Experience, to go design-pattern spotting in the Oracle Fusion Mobile Expenses app. O'Broin also takes a different angle on design patterns and talks with Oracle partner Innowave Technologies about how they used design patterns in this post on the Usable Apps blog..."

Linux
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Oracle Continues Linux Leadership in the Enterprise
Customer and Partner Momentum Enable Oracle Linux to Achieve Fastest Growing Enterprise Linux Status
Oracle says in a press release that, "Oracle Linux is addressing the demands of advanced enterprise workloads as organizations need to ensure a stable, flexible architecture for their critical applications and systems. The fastest growing enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering extreme performance, advanced scalability, and reliability along with worldwide, enterprise-class, low-cost support. With record adoption and certifications, Oracle Linux has become the Linux distribution of choice for leading customers and partners worldwide...."
How to Initialize an Oracle Linux System
SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux Migration Guide

Manik Ahuja and Kamal Dodeja write, "This article is Part 1 of a six-part series whose goal is to give SUSE Linux administrators a quick way to understand and perform day-to-day system administration tasks on Oracle Linux.

The series outlines similarities and differences in major areas of Linux system administration such as file system differences, boot-up sequence, setting up commonly used daemons such as mail and Web, and package management. Throughout the series, you will find actual configuration examples, complete with the steps required to achieve a particular objective. The examples are repeated for both Oracle Linux and SUSE Linux.

After reading the series of articles, you should be able to not only distinguish the subtle differences between the two operating systems but also perform your daily duties with ease. The series will also help you mitigate any risks related to migrating from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux..."

Hardware
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Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4
Features significant software enhancements and hardware updates
Oracle announced a new release of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine X3-4. The new system features significant software enhancements and hardware updates, dramatically expanding the capabilities of the industry's first high-speed engineered system for business analytics.

The new Exalytics X3-4 system features 2 TB of main memory, 2.4 TB of flash storage, and 5.4 TB of hard disk. Oracle also released system upgrades to increase memory capacity for existing Exalytics X2-4 customers, and updated software for all Exalytics customers.

Oracle Exalytics X3-4 system has been designed to provide organizations with a data driven competitive advantage by providing a packaged solution to manage the ever increasing volume, scale and scope of business questions that require real-time answers. Specific optimizations have been made to accelerate the platform's ability to handle strategic business questions in the areas of advanced planning, data discovery, scenario modeling, burst reporting and what-if analysis.

SPARC
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Availability Best Practices - Example configuring a T5-8
Notes for Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly named Logical Domains)
Jeff Savit writes, "This article continues the series on availability best practices. In this post we will show each step used to configure a T5-8 for availability with redundant network and disk I/O, using multiple service domains. Overview of T5

The SPARC T5 servers are a powerful addition to the SPARC line. Details on the product can be seen at SPARC T5-8 Server, SPARC T5-8 Server Documentation, The SPARC T5 Servers have landed, and other locations.

For this discussion, the important things to know are:

  • Each T5 chip (sometimes referred to as a socket or CPU) has 16 cores operating at 3.36GHz. Each core has 8 CPU threads. A server can have between 1 and 8 sockets for a maximum of 1,024 CPU threads on 128 cores. (Editorial comment: Wow!)
  • Up to 4TB of RAM.
  • Two PCIe 3.0 buses per socket. A T5-8 has 16 PCIe buses.

The following graphic shows T5-8 server resources. This picture labels each chip as a CPU, and shows CPU0 through CPU7 on their respective Processor Modules (PM) and the associated buses. On-board devices are connected to buses on CPU0 and CPU7..."

Servers
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Strata Health Helps Customers Speed Patient Care with Oracle Database Appliance
Improves Performance and Speed of its SaaS Patient Flow Technology with Oracle
In the health care industry, speed and efficiency are critical to reducing costs, conserving limited resources and improving patient outcomes. Strata Health Solutions plays a key role in the health care ecosystem with its SaaS resource matching and referral technology, which provides Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) with real-time tools to optimize patient flow and experience. With a growing customer base of LHINs and health care providers, Strata Health required a scalable, cost-effective solution to increase performance and availability. The company turned to the Oracle Database Appliance and Oracle Real Application Clusters to create a high availability database cluster infrastructure to seamlessly manage the growing volume of health care providers relying on its system, leading to better, more cost-effective patient care.
Storage
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ZFS Storage Appliance Compression vs Netapp, EMC and IBM
Darius Zanganeh Says Enable Compression by default
Darius Zanganeh addressees Oracle ZFSSA Customer thus,"Please enable LZJB compression on every file system and LUN you have by default

I have been involved in many large Proof of Concepts during my time here at Oracle and I have come to realize that there is a quite compelling and honestly very important feature in the ZFS Storage Appliance that every customer and potential customer should review and plan on using. This feature is inline data compression for just about any storage need, including production database storage. Many storage vendors today list and possibly tout their compression technologies but rarely do they tell you to turn it on for production storage and never would they tell you to turn it on for every File System and LUN. This is where the ZFS Storage Appliance is somewhat unique..."

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 185 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 184 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 183 Issues 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:

  • National Security, the "two man rule" and Solaris
  • Oracle SPARC Software on Silicon
  • Oracle VM Receives an A+ in Recent Testing Benchmark
  • Availability Best Practices - Avoiding Single Points of Failure
  • Optimize Database Storage for Maximum Performance and Efficiency
  • Oracle Cloud Application Foundation
  • Golf Channel Selects Oracle's Pillar Axiom Storage System
  • JDeveloper 12c
  • Database Insider
  • Prototype of JavaFX Performance Analyzer on New Framework

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

    Sysadmin
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    July 2013 Critical Patch Update Released
    Provides 89 new security fixes across a wide range of product families

    Eric Maurice writes that "Oracle just released the July 2013 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 89 new security fixes across a wide range of product families: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle industry Applications, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle VM, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite.

    As a reminder, security fixes for Java SE will continue to be released on a separate Critical Patch Update schedule until October this year. Starting with the October 2013 Critical Patch Update, Java SE security fixes will be released on the normal Critical Patch Update schedule, along with the security fixes for all other Oracle products, thus likely to increase the total number of security fixes released with each Critical Patch Update..."

    Networking
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    Oracle Switch ES1-24
    24-Port 10 GbE Top-of-Rack Switch
    Recently, Oracle announced the Oracle Switch ES1-24 which expands Oracle's 10 Gigabit Ethernet top-of-rack switch portfolio for Oracle Data Base Appliance, servers and storage.

    The Oracle Switch ES1-24 is designed specifically as a top-of-rack (ToR) server access switch with comprehensive Layer 2 and 3 features and wire-speed switching for high performance. In a compact half-width 1U with twenty RJ45 ports of 1/10GBase-T and four ports of 1/10 GbE SFP+, it enables easy migration from a 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps infrastructure by reusing existing copper cabling. It provides for redundant architecture in 1U rack space using two adjacent units and rapid failover with logical link aggregation capability.

    Virtualization
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    New feature development for SunRay Software and Hardware, VDI, OVDC Ended
    Oracle Desktop Virtualization Products Update
    Monica Kumar writes, "In an effort to more tightly align Oracle's future desktop virtualization portfolio investments with Oracle Corporation's overall core business strategy, we have ended new feature development for Oracle Sun Ray Software (SRS), Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software (VDI), Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) Software, and Oracle Sun Ray Client hardware (3, 3i, and 3 Plus).

    Customer support and the renewal of support contracts for these products will continue uninterrupted. Customers can continue to purchase new licenses. Exact time-frames for a last order date for Oracle Sun Ray client devices will be announced shortly.

    Going forward, Oracle's desktop portfolio investments will be focused on continued development and new enhancements to both Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VM VirtualBox software."

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