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Oracle Multitenant on SPARC Servers and Oracle Solaris
An Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 12c option
By Ritu Kamboj

This article describes the advantages of using the Oracle Multitenant option of Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 12c on SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris. It also describes the steps to enable thin provisioning and instantaneous cloning features of Oracle Database 12c when it is deployed on Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

About Oracle Multitenant

Oracle Multitenant - an Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 12c option - introduces a new architecture that enables in-database virtualization for database consolidation, which delivers rapid provisioning and cloning as well as rapid database patching and upgrades. It enables administrators to manage many databases as one and allows resource management between databases. This new architecture allows a multitenant container database (CDB) to hold many pluggable databases (PDBs)...

Oracle Becomes Second Largest Software Company in the World
IBM Falls to Third
Oracle published a press release that says, "Given IBM's recently announced quarterly results, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that Oracle's software business has been growing faster than IBM's software business and now Oracle has moved up to become the number 2 software company in the world while IBM has slipped to number 3. Over IBM's last four quarters, they reported software revenue totaling $25.7 Billion, while during Oracle's last 4 quarters, we reported software revenue totaling $ 27.8 Billion."

"We will continue to develop innovative software products and related cloud services in pursuit of becoming number one," said Oracle President and CFO Safra Catz.

Key Facts about Disaster Recovery
High availability (HA), Disaster Recovery (DR), and Continuity Of Operations Programs (COOP)
Frank Wickham writes, "From time to time I have had discussions about high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), and continuity of operations programs (COOP). Sometimes we dive deep into the topic without communicating several key high level messages that will guide the conversation forward.

To what degree do we implement a DR program

Many organizations have made the determination that they do not need any protection at all. They have evaluated the trade off between having some type of protection and not. Most organizations do not provide for a full DR..."

Elfsign Object Signing on Solaris
Verify that binaries are as they should be
Dan Anderson writes, "Solaris elfsign(1) is a command that signs and verifies ELF format executables. That includes not just executable programs (such as ls or cp), but other ELF format files including libraries (such as and kernel modules (such as autofs). Elfsign has been available since Solaris 10 and ELF format files distributed with Solaris, since Solaris 10, are signed by either Sun Microsystems or its successor, Oracle Corporation.

When an ELF file is signed, elfsign adds a new section the ELF file, .SUNW_signature, that contains a RSA public key signature and other information about the signer. That is, the algorithm used, algorithm OID, signer CN/OU, and time stamp. The signature section can later be verified by elfsign or other software by matching the signature in the file agains the ELF file contents (excluding the signature)..."

Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 Hardware
Driving Database Innovation Down the Stack
Kelvin Gee writes, "Oracle has always been a database company, but more recently we are driving database innovation even further down the stack through the operating system all the way down to the hardware.

Oracle x86 servers are the building blocks for Oracle's engineered systems such as Exadata. These engineered systems run Oracle Database and Oracle Linux and are highly optimized to work together and provide unique features and benefits. For example, there is code in Oracle Linux and Oracle Database to make it run faster on Oracle x86, and there are firmware enhancements embedded in the server that make Oracle x86 the best x86 platform for running Oracle Database..."

Colleges and Universities Reduce Server Footprint, Improve System Performance and Simplify IT Maintenance
With Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Colleges and Universities Reduce Server Footprint, Improve System Performance and Simplify IT Maintenance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine

University of Arkansas, Northern Illinois University and Brigham Young University Improve Registration and Student System Availability and Reliability with Oracle Exadata Database Machine

Colleges and universities nationwide are driving consolidation, reducing operating expenses, and improving application performance to support peak registration periods and other critical processes through the adoption of Oracle Exadata Database Machine, a key component of Oracle Engineered Systems.

Engineered to deliver extreme performance and the most available platform for running the Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata combines massive memory and low-cost disks to deliver petabyte scalability at a lower cost.

Using a mirrored ZFS pool with virtual disks
Availability Best Practices - Jeff Savit
Jeff Savit writes, "With all the excitement of the past weeks (and other work assignments), I didn't publish a queued-up Availability Best Practice blog entry about using mirrored disk devices.

Previous blog entries emphasized service domain and path resiliency, rather than redundancy for disk media, though I hinted at it in Availability Best Practices - Example configuring a T5-8. In that blog entry, I configured two identically sized virtual disks, each in its own mpgroup pair, to be used as a ZFS mirrored root pool in the guest VM. That's ideal, because it provides resiliency in case a disk fails and in case a path or service domain goes down.

The purpose of this test is slightly different: we will test a configuration that does not use mpgroup, but instead relies on resiliency provided by a ZFS mirrored pool. This is similar to bare-metal configurations in which ZFS is used to provide resiliency, but using virtual disks..."

HDFC Securities Gains 3x Throughput Performance
Executes Online Trades Up to 60% Faster, and Cuts Data Center Costs
As a subsidiary of HDFC Bank, HDFC Securities is a leading financial services firm in India, serving a diverse clientele ranging from retail to institutional investors...

In November 2012, HDFC Securities consolidated 25 servers and two storage systems into a single Oracle SuperCluster and ensured a highly available, scalable, and secure online trading platform in a business where fractions of a second matter. The company accelerated throughput performance by 3x, increased online trading speed by up to 60%, produced reports 67% faster, improved risk management, and cut data center costs...

How Does Oracle Make Storage So Freaky Fast?
Short Videos Available
Rick Ramsey writes, "The sound quality of these videos is not very good because I taped them while people around me were watching the America's Cup, but the content is worth your time. Jason Schaffer, from Oracle Storage Engineering, explains ...

How the ZS3 Storage System is Engineered by Jason Schaffer (3 minutes)

The ZS3 is the fastest storage system "on the planet." Jason Schaffer explains what makes it so fast, how it was engineered, and what you can do with it.

How the ZS3 Storage Appliance Tunes Itself by Jason Schaffer (2 minutes)

Jason Schaffer, from Oracle Storage Engineering, explains how the ZS3 Storage System uses the Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP) to automatically tune its I/O patterns to make Oracle Database 12c run faster.

How Oracle Makes the ZS3 Storage System Go Fast by Jason Schaffer (4 minutes)

Jason Schaffer explains how the ZS3 Storage Appliance uses DRAM to get its crazy fast performance. Taped at Oracle OpenWorld 2013."

Read on for links to the videos and More Resources About the ZS3 Storage Appliance

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 188 Issues 1, and 2; Vol 187 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 186 Issues 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 Takes on the Internet of Things
  • solaris10 Brand Zone Clusters
  • Oracle Linux 5.10
  • Java Spotlight Episode 147: Javier Fernandez Gonzalez on Java 7 Concurrency Cookbook
  • Oracle OpenWorld Presentations
  • Sun Storage 2500-M2 Drives
  • OpenWorld 2013 in Small Bites
  • Unpack Software-Defined Storage at OpenStorage Summit
  • Sun Server X4-2 Performance Running SPECjbb2013 MultiJVM Benchmark
  • LIVE WEBCAST:Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle DB 12c Deployments

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
    The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software
    September 2013 Whitepaper (19 Pages)
    With tight budgets organizations throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) see the appeal of the open source model. Open source software (OSS) includes operating systems, applications, and programs in which the source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute that code without paying royalties or fees. Open source 'products' typically evolve through community cooperation among individual programmers as well as very large companies. An open source license permits anybody in the community to study, change and distribute the software for free and for any purpose.

    This paper seeks to answer two questions: 1. What are the tangible and intangible costs that the government should bear under an open source licensing model? 2. What are the tradeoffs and risks associated with open source licensing models in relation to commercially available software?

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 is available
    New Platform Support, Hypervisor and Networking improvements
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 introduces a virtual multi-touch user interface, supports additional devices and platforms, and provides enhanced networking capabilities enabling developers to virtualize modern post-PC era operating system features while maintaining compatibility with legacy operating systems.

    Generally available today, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 delivers the latest enhancements to the world's most popular, free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 adds a unique virtual multi-touch interface to support touch-based operating systems, and other new virtual devices and utilities, including webcam devices and a session recording facility.

    This release builds on previous releases with support for the latest Microsoft, Apple, Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems, new virtual devices, and improved networking functionality.

    Java Technology
    NTT DOCOMO Deploys Oracle WebLogic Server as Application Platform
    For Mission-Critical Customer Data Management
    NTT DOCOMO has deployed Oracle WebLogic Server as an application platform, running on Oracle Linux, for its mission-critical customer data management system ALADIN.

    ALADIN supports NTT DOCOMO's business by connecting DOCOMO shops and information centers nationwide.

    To further enhance cost efficiency and help ensure stable operation of ALADIN, NTT DOCOMO has employed Oracle WebLogic Server as a new application platform.

    NTT DOCOMO has highly valued Oracle WebLogic Server for the following features:

    • Stable system operation by real-time tracking of memory usage;
    • Ability to reduce the frequency of garbage collections, and improved system processing enabled by efficient database connection management.

    ALADIN is based on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has allowed the company to operate smoothly while minimizing additional development and modification associated with the migration of application server products.

    Java Spotlight Episode 148: Bruno Souza on SouJava and the JCP @JCP @Soujava
    Weekly Podcast
    Roger Brinkley writes, "Bruno Souza is a Java Developer and Open Source Evangelist at Summa Technologies, and a Cloud Expert at ToolsCloud. Nurturing developer communities is a personal passion, and Bruno worked actively with Java, NetBeans, Open Solaris, OFBiz, and many other open source communities. As founder and coordinator of SouJava (The Java Users Society), one of the world's largest Java User Groups, Bruno leaded the expansion of the Java movement in Brazil. Founder of the Worldwide Java User Groups Community, Bruno helped the creation and organization of hundreds of JUGs worldwide. A Java Developer since the early days, Bruno participated in some of the largest Java projects in Brazil..."
    What's New & Cool in NetBeans IDE 7.x
    50 slides presenting all the key features of the IDE
    Loads of new features have been added to NetBeans IDE during the NetBeans IDE 7.x release cycle, i.e., 7.0 together with all the minor releases that have come after that, up to 7.4, which was released during the last few days.

    Hard to keep track of everything added over all those releases, so instead of making a "What's New in NetBeans IDE 7.4" slide deck (which would only cover the highlights of the NetBeans IDE 7.4 Release Notes), as we would normally do, we've instead produced "What's New in NetBeans IDE 7.x", which is around 50 slides presenting all the key features of the IDE, together with all the key newest features.

    WYSIWYG HTML Editor for NetBeans IDE
    Thanks JavaFX

    Geertjan writes, "In this very short screencast (a mere 44 seconds), you see one of my personal holy grails has come along quite far. It shows an initial implementation of integration between the JavaFX HTMLEditor component and the NetBeans IDE HTML Source Editor. Two way editing, synchronized between the two views (visual and source) is successfully demonstrated...."

    NetBeans for Pure HTML, JavaScript, and CSS Developers
    Small, minimalistic IDE
    Geertjan Wielenga writes, "Let's imagine all you care about is development of applications using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. For example, you only want to create Knockout or Angular JS applications. How best to set up your IDE so that exactly those features, and no more, are included? You might want this very small minimalistic IDE if you're concerned about performance, startup time, and removing the clutter of all the buttons and menu items that don't relate to what you're doing.

    The simplest solution is to go to the NetBeans Downloads page and get the PHP distribution..."

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