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Look Who's Coming to Town - OpenStorage Summit at the Santa Clara Convention Center
October 23-24 at the Santa Clara Convention Center
OpenStorage Summit has a strong line-up of presentations for this 2-day event, October 23-24 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are keynotes and panels with such companies as SanDisk, Microsoft, Samsung and so many more, covering topics from cloud hosting to enterprise capabilities.

Just to whet your curiosity, below are some of the exciting presentations at the OpenStorage Summit:

  • Industry Analyst, Ben Woo, Managing Director at Neuralytix,Inc. will be presenting on "Object Storage - The Revolution Lives" as well as participating on a panel discussion on "Software Defined Storage - What's behind the name?"

  • Sheng Liang, CTO Cloud Platforms for Citrix will participate on a panel on "Cloud hosting and open storage; A match made in heaven"

  • Nexenta's own Chief Strategy Officer, Evan Powell, will present "Why the Adoption Rate for Open Storage Is Accelerating". He will also moderate on a few panels.

See more of the agenda and register now! Register using priority code Nexenta to receive a $200 full conference pass!

Impressions from Oracle Open World 2013
By Markus Flierl
"4 days of Oracle Open World are over now..., I've had a super-busy week with over 2 dozen customer meetings and 1/2 dozen analyst meetings, not to mention partners and internal colleagues. Oracle Open World is by far my most productive week of the year and I thrive on that! The best summary of the last week is what I heard from one of the analysts from a major analyst firm: 'We are seeing the Renaissance of SPARC and Solaris'.

It all started on Sunday with a customer advisory board in the San Francisco office. Some of my technical leads and I spent 1/2 day with key customers reviewing our key investments and getting their feedback on those. One of the customers gave a talk on their self-provisioning IaaS and PaaS cloud taking advantage of the latest S11 features. They are using a combination of Solaris zones as well as OVM SPARC in order to achieve super-high compression rates and drive the cost/VM well below what they can get with RHEL and VMWare on x86 hardware. Not to mention all of the other benefits of Solaris like higher up-time, security, super-efficient patching etc..."

The Best x86 Platforms for Oracle Solaris
Oracle x86 Systems
With adoption in over 50,000 businesses and institutions, Oracle Solaris has clearly established itself as the world leader in UNIX-based operating systems. Oracle Solaris includes many unique and innovative technologies that are not commonly available in other operating systems, such as Oracle Solaris ZFS, Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), predictive fault detection, built-in virtualization, and advanced security.

As a result of a broad strategic alliance between Oracle and Intel, Oracle Solaris has become widely deployed on Intel-based x86 systems from a variety of different hardware vendors. Intel has embraced Oracle Solaris as a mainstream UNIX operating system for enterprise-class, mission-critical systems based on Intel Xeon processors.

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.2
Now Available
MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.2 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud with the October update in about 1 week.

Based on feedback from customers, MySQL Enterprise Monitor (MEM) 3.0 offers many significant improvements over previous releases. Highlights include:

Policy-based automatic scheduling of rules and event handling (including email notifications) make administration of scale-out easier and automatic

Enhancements such as automatic discovery of MySQL instances, centralized agent configuration and multi-instance monitoring further improve ease of configuration and management

The new cloud and virtualization-friendly, "agent-less" design allows remote monitoring of MySQL databases without the need for any remote agents

Trends, projections and forecasting - Graphs and Event handlers inform you in advance of impending file system capacity problems

Zero Configuration Query Analyzer - Works "out of the box" with MySQL 5.6 Performance_Schema (supported by 5.6.14 or later)

False positives from flapping or spikes are avoided using exponential moving averages and other statistical techniques

Advisors can analyze data across an entire group; for example, the Replication Configuration Advisor can scan an entire topology to find common configuration errors like duplicate server UUIDs or a slave whose version is less than its master's

Cloud Computing
Database as a Service, Java as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service
Oracle Expands Oracle Cloud
New Services Support Wider Variety of Workloads with Managed Service Options and Full Administrative Control

Oracle powers the top 10 SaaS providers, thousands of SaaS applications, and many of the world's private clouds. All of these rely on a robust cloud platform that provides applications with rich functionality with high performance, elasticity, availability and security. To support a wider variety of workloads, Oracle today introduced new Oracle Cloud services: Oracle Database as a Service, Oracle Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.

Further delivering on the industry's broadest and most advanced Cloud portfolio, Oracle today announced that it is expanding the Oracle Cloud with new services that give customers access to the world's leading database and Java application server in the cloud, with managed service options and full administrative control.

The new Oracle Cloud services include Oracle Database as a Service, Oracle Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, and augment Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of Application, Social, Platform, and Infrastructure Services, all available on a subscription basis.

Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Database as a Service provides full control of a dedicated database instance, supports any Oracle Database application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Java as a Service provides full control of dedicated Oracle WebLogic Server clusters, supports any Java application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service provides general purpose compute and storage services to support any application and gives users greater flexibility and administrative control.

New Oracle Cloud Services
Thomas Kurian Keynote
Thomas Kurian, Oracle executive vice president of Product Development, stepped up to the podium in Moscone Center's main hall and delivered Tuesday's final keynote. He made three major announcements about the Oracle Cloud:

  • Oracle Database as a Service
  • Java as a Service
  • Infrastructure as a Service

Oracle Database as a Service, said Kurian, puts the world's best database in the cloud, allowing you to support any database workload with a choice of managed services. That includes a single node, the database with Oracle Active Data Guard, or with highly available Oracle Real Application Clusters.

Java as a Service gives users an environment that's fully customizable for any Java applications. Tenants can choose from several levels of options and services.

"The point," Kurian said, "is to make your IT department into heroes."

Release Candidate for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3
now available
Oracle announced the availability of the release candidate for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 for Oracle Linux 6. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK R3) is Oracle's third major release of its heavily tested and optimized operating system kernel for Oracle Linux 6 on the x86_64 architecture. It is based on the mainline Linux version 3.8.13.

The release candidate version is 3.8.13-16 and includes additional improvements and bug fixes in preparation for our final release. As a recap, the features users can expect in this release include:

  • Inclusion of DTrace for Linux into the kernel (no longer a separate kernel image). DTrace for Linux now now supports probes for user-space statically defined tracing (USDT) in programs that have been modified to include embedded static probe points.

  • Btrfs file system improvements (subvolume-aware quota groups, cross-subvolume reflinks, btrfs send/receive to transfer file system snapshots or incremental differences, file hole punching, hot-replacing of failed disk devices)

  • Improved support for Control Groups (cgroups) and Linux containers (LXC).

  • The ext4 file system can now store the content of a small file inside the inode (inline_data).

  • TCP fast open (TFO) can speed up the opening of successive TCP connections between two endpoints.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 can be installed on Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or newer, running either the Red Hat compatible kernel or a previous version of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. The UEKR3 beta kernel packages and supporting userland utilities can be installed using the yum package management tool from the public-yum server.

Maximizing Application Reliability and Availability with the SPARC M6-32 Server
An Oracle Technical White Paper, September 2013 (42 Pages)
Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server is a high-performance system that has been designed, tested, and integrated to run a wide array of enterprise applications. It is well suited for web, database, and application components. This versatility, along with powerful, bundled virtualization capabilities, makes it an ideal platform on which to consolidate large numbers of applications, databases, and middleware workloads or to deploy complex, multiuser development, test, and deployment environments.

The reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) characteristics of the SPARC M6-32 server go well beyond its highly reliable components. Redundant hardware is combined with software RAS capabilities and advanced and integrated management and monitoring. Together, these technologies enable the SPARC M6-32 server to deliver mission-critical uptime and reliability. The SPARC M6-32 server architecture enables a high degree of isolation between concurrently deployed applications, which might have varied security, reliability, and performance requirements.

Oracle Introduces New x86 Servers
Sun Server X4-2 and Sun Server X4-2L
New Sun Server X4 Systems Offer Outstanding Performance and Reliability for Oracle Software

Designed for high performance, reliability and eco-responsibility, Oracle's new two-socket Sun Server X4 systems can deliver the versatility to address clustered computing and virtualization as well as the full spectrum of enterprise applications. With Oracle's new x86 servers, customers can increase application performance, reduce operating expenses and improve IT productivity running Oracle software on Oracle hardware.

Oracle announced new x86 servers, based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processors E5-2600 v2 product family.

Oracle's new Sun Server X4-2 and Sun Server X4-2L have set a SPECjEnterprise2010 world record for the best result achieved on a two-socket x86 server. Running Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Linux, the Sun Server X4-2 delivered 11,259 EjOps.

Available now, Oracle's new Sun Server X4-2, Sun Server X4-2L and Sun Blade X4-2B systems are ideal for a broad range of mission-critical business workloads, such as database, middleware and enterprise business workloads in virtualized environments, as well as high-density, clustered computing in an enterprise cloud environment.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 187 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 186 Issues 1, 2,3 and 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:

  • Java Platform Advancements and Java Momentum
  • SPARC M6-32 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32
  • OpenZFS at EuroBSDcon
  • SPARC M6-32 Server Architecture
  • Everything Runs Fast
  • Why Big Data Management Will Drive the Future
  • Keeping up with Leading Edge OpenStorage Technology
  • Oracle Adds 10 New Services to Oracle Cloud
  • Winners of the 2013 Duke.s Choice Awards
  • Oracle Exalytics T5-8 Scales Up to Deliver Customers with Analytic Insights

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

    LibreOffice 4.1.2
    Several new developers enter the Engineering Steering Committee
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 4.1.2, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the second 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 another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.5 (with 4.0.6 expected soon), supported by certified professionals.

    LibreOffice 4.1.2 arrives one week after the LibreOffice Conference in Milan, where the community has gathered from all over the world to discuss software development and quality assurance, in addition to ODF, interoperability with proprietary document formats, community and marketing.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    GNU system, free software celebrate 30 years
    Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Richard Stallman
    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GNU operating system. The celebratory activities will include a 30th anniversary hackathon at MIT in Cambridge, MA, satellite events around the world, and ways for people to celebrate online.

    A Web site has been launched to coordinate the festivities:

    Thirty years ago this month, the founding of the GNU system sparked a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement. On September 27, 1983, a computer scientist named Richard Stallman announced the plan to develop a free software Unix-like operating system called GNU, for "GNU is not Unix." GNU is the only operating system developed specifically for the sake of users' freedom. Today, the GNU system includes not only a fully free operating system, but a universe of software that serves a vast array of functions, from word processing to advanced scientific data manipulation, and everything in between.

    SPARC M6-32 Delivers Oracle E-Business and PeopleSoft World Record Benchmarks
    Linear Data Warehouse Scaling in a Virtualized Configuration

    This result demonstrates how the combination of Oracle virtualization technologies for SPARC and Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server allow the deployment and concurrent high performance execution of multiple Oracle applications and databases sized for the Enterprise.

    In an 8-chip Dynamic Domain (also known as PDom), the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record E-Business 12.1.3 X-Large world record with 14,660 online users running five simultaneous E-Business modules.

    In a second 8-chip Dynamic Domain, the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 HR Self-Service online supporting 34,000 users while simultaneously running a batch workload in 29.7 minutes. This was done with a database of 600,480 employees. In a separate test running a batch-only workload was run in 21.2 min.

    In a third Dynamic Domain with 16-chips on the SPARC M6-32 server, a data warehouse test was run that showed near-linear scaling.

    SPARC T5-2 Server Beats x86 Server on Oracle Database Transparent Data Encryption
    8.0 GB/sec of read bandwidth while decrypting
    Database security is becoming increasingly important. Oracle Database Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) stops would-be attackers from bypassing the database and reading sensitive information from storage by enforcing data-at-rest encryption in the database layer. Oracle's SPARC T5-2 server outperformed x86 systems when running Oracle Database 12c with Transparent Data Encryption.

    The SPARC T5-2 server sustained more than 8.0 GB/sec of read bandwidth while decrypting using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) in Oracle Database 12c. This was the bandwidth available on the system and matched the rate for querying the non-encrypted data.

    The SPARC T5-2 server achieves about 1.5x higher decryption rate per socket using Oracle Database 12c with TDE than a Sun Server X4-2 system.

    The SPARC T5-2 server achieves more than double the decryption rate per socket using Oracle Database 12c with TDE than a Sun Server X3-2 system.

    Read on for details.

    SPARC T5 Encryption Performance Tops Intel E5-2600 v2 Processor
    Cryptography benchmark suite developed by Oracle
    The cryptography benchmark suite was developed by Oracle to measure security performance on important AES security modes. Oracle's SPARC T5 processor with it security software in silicon is faster than x86 servers that have the AES-NI instructions. In this test, the performance of on-processor encryption operations is measured (32 KB encryptions). Multiple threads are used to measure each processors maximum throughput. The SPARC T5-8 shows dramatically faster encryption.

    A SPARC T5 processor running Oracle Solaris 11.1 is 2.7 times faster executing AES-CFB 256-bit key encryption (in cache) than the Intel E5-2697 v2 processor (with AES-NI) running Oracle Linux 6.3. AES-CFB encryption is used by Oracle Database for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which provides security for database storage.

    On the AES-CFB 128-bit key encryption, the SPARC T5 processor is 2.5 times faster than the Intel E5-2697 v2 processor (with AES-NI) running Oracle Linux 6.3 for in-cache encryption. AES-CFB mode is used by Oracle Database for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which provides security for database storage.

    The IBM POWER7+ has three hardware security units for 8-core processors, but IBM has not publicly shown any measured performance results on AES-CFB or other encryption modes.

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