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How to Get Best Performance From the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
Best Practices for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and VMware vSphere 5.x: Part 1
Anderson Souza writes, "This article is Part 1 of a seven-part series that provides best practices and recommendations for configuring VMware vSphere 5.x with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance to reach optimal I/O performance and throughput. The best practices and recommendations highlight configuration and tuning options for Fibre Channel, NFS, and iSCSI protocols.

Want to comment on this article? Post the link on Facebook's OTN Garage page. Have a similar article to share? Bring it up on Facebook or Twitter and let's discuss. The series also includes recommendations for the correct design of network infrastructure for VMware cluster and multi-pool configurations, as well as the recommended data layout for virtual machines. In addition, the series demonstrates the use of VMware linked clone technology with Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance..."

Cloud Computing
Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud
Take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization
Yaldah Hakim, of Oracle Managed Cloud Services, writes, "Recently we posted a three part series on the new Dynamic Markets Research report- Cloud for Business Managers: Opportunities and Challenges. We introduced some key considerations for organizations who are moving their applications to a SaaS based environment. For those of you who still have questions or are looking for additional insights this is for youÂ…

Everyone talks about the benefits of cloud but who really achieves them? Where do you start? What should you look for? Let's take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization..."

New eBook: Engineered for Extreme Performance
A guide to Oracle Engineered Systems
"This eBook acts as a guide to Oracle Engineered Systems, outlining the benefits of each system and providing insight on which system is best suited to a particular business challenge. It includes a brief, handy reference table on the inside cover, listing each of Oracle's engineered systems and outlining how a customer might use it..."
JD Sports Fashion Chooses Oracle Exadata Database Machine
To Leverage Fact-Driven Merchandising and Outperform Competitors
Marie-Christin Hansen writes, "JD Sports Fashion plc. is a leading retailer of branded sportswear and fashion wear with 900 stores and online business across a number of retail locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Spain. The company owns many top brands, including Mckenzie, Carbrini, and The Duffer of St George, and sells many limited edition and exclusive designs from Adidas Originals and Nike.

JD Sports is growing fast - organically and through acquisition - and revenue increased almost 20% in 2011. The company wanted to maximize profitability in the competitive sports and fashion wear retail market by matching inventory to demand, identifying best sellers, tracking success of promotions, and being first to market in a fashion-driven business with typically short product life spans..."

Sun Rack II capacity calculator
New version
A new release of the Sun Rack II capacity calculator is available on eSTEP portal.

The tool calculates all the data necessary (power requirements, BTU, number of rack units, needed power outlets etc.) while inserting the many different kind of HW equipment in a Sun Rack II cabinet (version 1000 and 1200). It takes into consideration most of the available servers, storage devices, tapes, and Netra products. There are also a couple of third party products which are taken into account.

The spreadsheet can be downloaded from eSTEP portal.

Unveiling Oracle's Latest Engineered System
Live webcast August 13th, 2013, 10am PT/1pm ET
Install and Deploy Your Virtual Infrastructure in Just Hours

Join Wim Coekaerts - Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization - and learn about Oracle's latest engineered system. It provides a converged infrastructure powered by Oracle VM server virtualization and Oracle Virtual Networking, dramatically enhancing data center operations.

Discover how this system can:

  • Accelerate time to value, with rapid infrastructure deployment
  • Reduce business risk by reducing the application deployment and maintenance complexity
  • Provide infrastructure flexibility by enabling dynamic provisioning of virtual machine resources
  • Lower costs and improve user service levels
  • Support a mix of applications and operating systems

Join Oracle Experts and Chat Live Throughout the Webcast

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  • 10:00 a.m. PDT

Register "here."

READ_ME_FIRST: What Do I Do with All of Those SPARC Threads?
What to do with the 1,536 threads in an Oracle M5-32 system
"With an amazing 1,536 threads in an Oracle M5-32 system, the number of threads in a single system has never been so high. This offers a tremendous processing capacity, but one may wonder how to make optimal use of all these resources.

In this technical white paper, we explain how the heavily threaded Oracle T5 and M5 servers can be deployed to efficiently consolidate and manage workloads using virtualization through Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, as well as how to improve the performance of a single application through multi-threading..."

Double Maximum Memory Capacity for SPARC T5-1B & T5-2 Servers
SPARC T5-2 maximum of 1 TB; the SPARC T5-1B maximum of 512 GB
Oracle announces the availability and support of 32 GB DIMMs for the SPARC T5-2 and T5-1B servers thereby doubling the maximum memory capacity of these servers. The SPARC T5-2 server now supports a maximum of 1 TB; the SPARC T5-1B server module supports a maximum of 512 GB. Increased memory capacity is generally one of the most effective means to provide higher levels of consolidation and virtualization as well as improve overall performance.
Oracle Storage: Standalone and Engineered Systems
IDC Insight
In June IDC published a interesting note named "Oracle Storage: Standalone and Engineered Systems".

The IDC Insight report looks at the Oracle storage strategy across Oracle's external disk storage systems and tape automation product lines.

Bullet points out of the report:

  • Over the past several years, Oracle has developed an extensive arsenal of storage products, from distributed file systems to external disk storage systems to tape automation.

  • Oracle competes with other leading storage vendors for discrete (or standalone) storage business while at the same time introducing market disruption . This comes with the company 's strategy in developing and selling infrastructure products and features targeted at the application and database owner.

  • The success Oracle has seen with the Oracle Engineered Systems solutions and in integrated Oracle database features with Oracle 's storage solutions has had implications on the Oracle storage business and will continue to be a growth engine for future Oracle storage wins.

Read the full IDC report.

Sun Tape
StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library
Self Support
Cinzia Mascanzoni writes, "Check out the StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library with its best-in-class value, ease-of-use, simple scalability, and low-cost. It's no wonder the StorageTek SL150 is an ideal backup and archive solution for growing businesses. It eliminates the need for rip and replace, as well as the associated costs of multiple libraries to accommodate data growth. And best of all, Oracle Partners can provide their own support for this product and still receive all of the benefits of the Oracle Incentive Program..."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 185 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 184 Issues 1, 2, 3, 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:

  • Microsoft ReFS and Oracle ZFS
  • Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration
  • Online Solaris Forum - including live Q&A throughout
  • 25 Years of SPARC Innovation
  • Apache OpenOffice 4.0
  • LibreOffice 4.1: A Landmark For Interoperability
  • Just How Messed Up Is My Code?
  • Video: Oracle Solaris 11 for ISVs
  • Deploys Estate Asset Distribution Application on Oracle Cloud Platform Services
  • Official Support for PhoneGap in NetBeans IDE

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

    Advanced Uses of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
    August 2013
    "The objective of this whitepaper is to help operational teams, administrators and IT managers comprehend some of the more advanced features of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, so you can take full advantage of all the features and capabilities within the software, in order to get the most out of your Oracle investment-rather than just use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for basic capabilities, such as monitoring, metrics, thresholds, alerting and so on. While such capabilities are very useful, we need to go beyond monitoring into deep-down management of your applications, databases, middleware and server hosts.

    This whitepaper gives you in a nutshell, a number of advanced techniques for setting up and working with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. We look at practical use cases from the experience of industry-leading Oracle experts. Tips and recommendations range from architecture for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, to setting up Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) backups, to creating and managing Oracle Active Data Guard standbys through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c as well as other advanced capabilities..."

    Sun Ray Hardware Last Order Dates
    Extension of Premier Support for Desktop Virtualization Software
    Adam Hawley writes, "In light of the recent announcement to end new feature development for Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software (VDI), Oracle Sun Ray Software (SRS), Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (OVDC) Software, and Oracle Sun Ray Client hardware (3, 3i, and 3 Plus), there have been questions and concerns regarding what this means in terms of customers with new or existing deployments. The following updates clarify some of these commonly asked questions..."
    Java Technology
    OSCON Trip Report
    Top 10 Languages by Books Sales
    Reza Rahman writes, "OSCON 2013 was held from July 22 to July 26 in Portland, Oregon. I presented the Java EE 7 hands-on lab there as well as a session on WebSocket/JSR 356. This was my first time to the revered conference.

    My impression of OSCON had always been that it is a conference for everything open source mostly sans Java and very much sans anything JCP. As a Java and standards/JCP guy, it's the reason I had always focused on more Java heavy events like JavaOne and TheServerSide Symposium in my former life as an independent. This seemed to be despite the fact that Java remains the most popular language certainly by jobs and most programming language indexes, Java is the most active open source platform in the world and O'Reilly itself tends to make the most money out of Java books..."

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