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New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases
Blogs, Benchmarks, Templates, and more
Chris Kawalek writes, "We received quite a few inquiries and interest from long time Oracle Database users looking to migrate from physical to virtual environments. Following up on our discussion on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database are new releases of the Oracle VM Templates that fully automate the creation of Single Instance, Oracle Restart and RAC configurations. Wim's detailed blog showcases the elegance and simplicity of the templates.

How does deploying Oracle Database using Oracle VM Templates different from deploying Oracle Database with traditional virtualization technology? The complexity and intricate dependencies of Oracle Database deployment is fully encapsulated in a simple script that you can run. Simply, we've done the work so you don't have to. You can deploy the Oracle Database single instance or in a clustered environment in a matter of minutesÂ…..the right way!..."

Top 10 signs your CIO isn't ready for the modern web
From Scott McNealy
Barb Darrow writes, "Earlier this summer, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy trotted out an old chestnut - a top ten list - on how you can tell your CIO is clueless about the modern web.

A quick sampler from his talk at ForgeRock Open Identity Stack Summit: Your CIO is web-dopey if he thinks Big Data is a rapper; that COBOL programming is prerequisite for all new hires; and considers Computer Associates an open-source software company..."

Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1
By Jeff Savit

Jeff Savit says his "previous blog entry described new features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1, and I commented that it was "really easy" to upgrade. In this blog I'll show the actual steps used to do the upgrade.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 is delivered in Solaris 11.1 SRU 10.5, and includes device driver improvements used in service domains and guests, so the primary task is to update each domain to the new SRU..."

MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.9.0
An Insight
Priya Jayakumar writes,"MySQL Enterprise Backup team is excited to announce the new release of MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.9.0...

MEB 3.9.0 focusses more on the ease of use of the product and addresses some of the challenges faced currently by database administrators. With growing data the need for hardware for database backups has significantly increased. Keeping that in mind MEB 3.9.0 has extended the product capability to save disk space during backup and restore. MEB 3.9.0 has also enhanced some of the existing features helping MEB users to perform their tasks in a more user friendly way without much overhead..."

Cross-CPU migration in LDoms 3.1
Migrate a running virtual machine from a SPARC server with one type of CPU chip to another of a different type
Eric Sharakan writes, "Cross-CPU migration is the ability to migrate a running virtual machine (VM) from a SPARC server with one type of CPU chip to another of a different type. Prior to LDoms 3.1, the only way to perform such a migration was to specify a "cpu-arch" property of "generic" when first defining the VM. Doing so allowed VMs to be migrated between systems based on the T2, T2+, T3 and T4 processors. However, specifying this property results in the VM running without taking advantage of all the features of the underlying CPU, negatively impacting performance. The most serious impact was loss of hardware-based crypto acceleration on the T4 processors. This was unfortunately necessary, due to major changes in HW crypto acceleration introduced in T4..."
SPARC M6 processor unveiled at the Hot Chips conference
Oracle gets it right
Timothy Prickett Morgan writes, "The new SPARC M6 processor, unveiled at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University this week, makes a bold statement about Oracle's intent to invest in very serious big iron and go after Big Blue in a big way.

Oracle's move is something that the systems market desperately needs, particularly for customers where large main memory is absolutely necessary. And - good news for Ellison & CO. - with every passing day, big memory computing is getting to be more and more important, just like in the glory days of the RISC/Unix business.

It looks like it took Oracle to finally get a decent microprocessor and interconnect development team together for Sun Microsystems..."

SPARC M5 Domaining Best Practices Whitepaper
Oracle White Paper
"For successful consolidation deployments, it is necessary to select a server platform that has the scalability to support many application instances. Additionally, the server platform must have the high availability needed for mission-critical applications, the resource management and virtualization capabilities to simplify managing numerous applications, and the tools to manage the consolidated environment.

Oracle's SPARC M5-32 server delivers on all these requirements and is an ideal solution for server consolidation. With the SPARC M5-32 server, IT managers can create pools of compute resources that can be rapidly and dynamically allocated to meet new and changing workloads..."

OpenStorage 2013 Santa Clara
Save the dates: October 22-24
The 2013 OpenStorage Summit will be held in conjunction with the Open Server Summit 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara CA, October 22-24 (Tuesday-Thursday).

No details are available yet. Please save the dates in your calendar.

Details will be posted to in the near future.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 186 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 185 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:

  • Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance
  • Less known Solaris 11.1 features: pfedit
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1
  • OVM Server for SPARC 3.1 introduces Dynamic SR-IOV feature
  • LibreOffice 4.0.5
  • Java Spotlight Episode 142: Milton Smith on the JavaOne Security Track @spoofzu
  • Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM
  • Second Annual MySQL Connect Conference September 21 - 23, 2013 in San Francisco
  • MySQL Connector/Net 6.6.6
  • OVM Server for SPARC 3.1 introduces Dynamic SR-IOV feature

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

    LibreOffice 4.1.1
    first minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 4.1.1, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the first minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, which features a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.

    The new release is a step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, though, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.5, backed by certified professionals.

    LibreOffice 4.1.1 arrives a few days after the announcement of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia's migration to LibreOffice on 120,000 PCs, which will save the government some 1.5 million Euro per year on proprietary software licenses.

    Sysadmin and Systems Developer Newsletter
    August 2013
    The current issue of Oracle's Sysadmin and Systems Developer Newsletter is now available. The contents include:

    • Video Interview: On Wim's Mind
    • How to Build a Better Data Center with Oracle Virtual Networking
    • Exploring Installation Options and User Roles in Oracle Solaris 11
    • Blog - Practical Examples of Working with Oracle Linux Containers
    • How to Archive and Recover Oracle Solaris 11
    • How to Get Best Performance from the ZFS Storage Appliance
    • 10-Second Poll: If You Could Change One Thing About Your Job ... ?
    • 50% Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration eBook, by Bill Calkins

    Read on for details.

    Java EE 7 Essentials
    By Arun Gupta
    Get up to speed on the principal technologies in the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7, and learn how the latest version embraces HTML5, focuses on higher productivity, and provides functionality to meet enterprise demands. Written by Arun Gupta, a key member of the Java EE team, this book provides a chapter-by-chapter survey of several Java EE 7 specifications, including WebSockets, Batch Processing, RESTful Web Services, and Java Message Service.

    You'll also get self-paced instructions for building an end-to-end application with many of the technologies described in the book, which will help you understand the design patterns...

    Oracle Unveils Latest Engineered System for Enterprise Virtualization
    On-Demand Webcast
    Roxana Babiciu says,"Check out the On-Demand webcast to 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

    Register on-line.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 143: Arun Gupta on the Java EE 7 Essentials Book @arungupta
    Weekly Podcast
    Roger Brinkley writes about this week's guest: "Arun Gupta is a Java EE & GlassFish Evangelist working at Oracle. Arun has over 14 years of experience in the software industry working in various technologies, Java(TM) platform, and several web-related technologies. In his current role, he works very closely to create and foster the community around Java EE & GlassFish. He has participated in several standard bodies and worked amicably with members from other companies. He has been with the Java EE team since it's inception. And since then he has contibuted to all Java EE releases.

    He is a prolific blogger at with over 1,000 blog entries and frequent visitors from all over the world reaching up to 25,000 hits/day. His new Java EE 7 Essentials is now available on O'Reily..."

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