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OTech Magazine
Summer 2014
The fourth issue of OTech Magazine, the independent magazine for Oracle professionals

  • Sten Vesterli - The Spiritual Programmer
  • Scott Wesley - APEX 5.0 New Features
  • Patrick Barel - Dear Patrick
  • Emma Groomes & Crystal Walton - KScope 2014
  • Anar Godjaev - How to protect your sensitive data using Oracle Data Vault
  • Debra Lilley - Women in ITnitiative
  • Lonneke Dikmans - What's new in Oracle Case Management 12c?
  • Mahir M Quluzade - Oracle Database 12c: Cross platform transport non-CDB to PDB using RMAN Backup Sets
  • Lucas Jellema - The Next Generation: Oracle SOA Suite 12c
  • Ric Van Dyke - Adaptive Query Optimization: Will the real plan please stand up!
  • Simon Haslam & Ronald van Luttikhuizen - Provisioning Using Chef and Puppet, Part II
  • Kim Berg Hansen - External Data From Within
  • Bertrand Drouvot - Graphing ASM Metrics
  • Osama Mustafa Hussein - Upgrade OBIEE and Enable Mobile Designer

You can download the Summer 2014 issue of OTech Magazine here.

Video: Oracle and Intel Collaboration
By Cinzia Mascanzoni
Cinzia writes, "We just published a webcast discussing the technical collaboration between Oracle and Intel. The panel highlights the recent collaborations on elastic computing, Oracle Database In-Memory, and the newly announced products Exadata Database Machine X4-8 and Sun Server X4-8. In addition, panelists reflect on the specific technical advances that have resulted from over twenty years of partnership...


Migratory Solaris Kernel Zones
By Jeff Victor

Jeff writes, "Oracle Solaris 11.2 introduced Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones. Kernel Zones (KZs) offer a midpoint between traditional operating system virtualization and virtual machines. They exhibit the low overhead and low management effort of Solaris Zones, and add the best parts of the independence of virtual machines.

A Kernel Zone is a type of Solaris Zone that runs its own Solaris kernel. This gives each Kernel Zone complete independence of software packages, as well as other benefits.

One of the more interesting new abilities that Kernel Zones bring to Solaris Zones is the ability to "pause" a running KZ and, "resume" it on a different computer - or the same computer, if you prefer.

Of what value is the ability to 'pause' a zone? ..."

Multi-node Solaris 11.2 OpenStack on SPARC Servers
By Girish Moodalbail
Girish writes, "In this blog post we are going to look at how to partition a single Oracle SPARC server and configure multi-node OpenStack on the server running OVM Server for SPARC (or LDoms).

If we are going to partition the server into multiple Root domains and, optionally, IO domains (not with SR-IOV VFs), then configuring Solaris OpenStack Havana on these domains is very similar to setting up OpenStack on multiple individual physical machines..."

Building and Deploying Nagios on Oracle Solaris 11
by Joseph Balenzano and Edward Zhang
Joseph Balenzano and Edward Zhang write, "Nagios is a popular open source system, network, and infrastructure monitoring application. Nagios offers monitoring and alerting services for servers, switches, applications, and services.

This article will take you through the steps of building Nagios 4.0.2 from source code on an Oracle Solaris 11 system, creating an Oracle Solaris Service Management Facility manifest for the Nagios service, and creating an Oracle Solaris 11 Image Packaging System package that can be installed using a single Oracle Solaris 11 command on any system running Oracle Solaris 11..."

Learn All About MySQL Cluster
Just released - the all new MySQL Cluster training course
MySQL Cluster Ed 2

This MySQL Cluster training teaches you how to install and configure a real-time database cluster at the core of your application. Expert instructors will teach you how to design and maintain your clusters for high availability and scalability by using MySQL Cluster's open-source and enterprise components.

This 4-day training course is a must for those who want to learn about MySQL Cluster as you will not only learn about the concepts and features but you will get extensive hands-on experience. You can follow this training course from your own desk via a live-virtual training or by traveling to an education center to follow this course...

Cloud Computing
Five Reasons Why CEOs Should Love the Cloud
By Mark V. Hurd, President at Oracle
Mark writes, "Business leaders today face a daunting challenge: finding ways to invest in powerful new customer-facing technologies and engagement models while also, on balance, stripping unproductive costs out of their businesses.

I believe the increasingly capable and proven approach of cloud computing can play a huge role in helping CEOs strike that delicate balance because the cloud has fully evolved from a tech-industry phenomenon to a mainstream and strategic business opportunity. The proof is in rapid customer adoption for everything from HR to Marketing to Sales to Financials and other essential applications.

What has changed from a few years ago, when the cloud wouldn't have been even considered for mission-critical parts of the business? I'd point to three major factors:.."

New Oracle Program Eases Common Pains of Cloud Migration
By Alison Weiss
Alison writes, "Cloud computing has forever changed the economics of enterprise IT - but for many, the savings of cost and time are not being fully realized. According to Rod Johnson, group vice president, Oracle Applications and Industries Solutions Group, the rush to move to the cloud left many line-of-business managers spending IT budget on new cloud features, while the IT team still had to run and maintain (and pay for) traditional on-premises applications while also trying to integrate these systems.

Facts bear this out: according to the Oracle-sponsored study Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 75 percent of business managers report they have not been able to fully realize the benefits of cloud applications - and the main hindrance is a lack of integration with existing systems..."

Ahoy! Cast off with Docker on Oracle Linux
By Avi Miller

Avi Miller writes, "There's no need to upgrade to Oracle Linux 7 to start playing with Docker: we've built it for Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 and released it into the addons channel on This release of Docker uses the native libcontainers engine by default as well as supporting btrfs as the storage engine.

If you've already got Oracle Linux 7 installed, don't worry we have you covered: we've released Docker for Oracle Linux 7 as well...."

Brendan Gregg's Quick Reference Page for Linux Performance
By Rick Ramsey
Rick writes, "You may know about Brendan Gregg because of his contributions to DTrace and other Oracle Solaris technologies. Here are two resources to refresh your memory.

Recently, Brendan turned his high-performance spectacles on Linux:

Linux Performance Quick Reference

In his own words, "This page links to various Linux performance material I've created, including the tools maps on the right, which show: Linux observability tools, Linux benchmarking tools, Linux tuning tools, and Linux observability sar. For more diagrams, see my slide decks below."

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 is now available
By Michele Casey

Michele writes, "We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 (UEKR3U3) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the third quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-44) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Added support for Intel Avoton and Haswell-EX processors.
  • Added support for XFS extended attributes
  • Enhancements to the Huge Translation Lookaside Buffer (HugeTLB) for improved page-fault scalability
  • Improvements for supporting Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as: Intel, LSI, Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes..."

ZFS Storage for Virtualization and Cloud
By Meghan Fritz
Meghan writes, "I had the good fortune over the weekend to read through a VMware Press book called Essential Virtual SAN: Administrator's Guide to VMware Virtual SAN by Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping. Very good book.

First, I'd like to observe that VSAN is a very interesting idea, but based on the content of this book, it's still in it's early days. In fact, I'd even go as far as to say that things like VSAN just might be the barbarian at the gate for certain storage use cases, as they aim to get virtual machine storage to be highly integrated with the virtual machine infrastructure..."

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for NetApp is Here
By Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek writes, "The new NetApp plug-in version 2.0.2 is updated to support Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to be able to provision NetApp storage through the Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simply management of your virtual infrastructure..."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 198 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 197 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:

  • Why your Netapp is so slow...
  • Building an OpenStack Cloud for Solaris Engineering, Part 1
  • Why developers should get excited about Java 9
  • Oracle Solaris 11.2's Virtual components
  • Virtual Box to VMware workstation
  • Running OpenStack Icehouse with ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle Managed Cloud Services Wins Another Prestigious Industry Award
  • Why Mobile Apps?
  • Securing a Cloud-Based Data Center
  • Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.2 now available

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

    How to Get the Best Performance from Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    by Jon Anderson, Pradhap Devarajan, Darrin Johnson, Narayana Janga, Raghuram Kothakota, Justin Hatch, Ravi Nallan, and Jeff Savit

    This article presents a set of best practices which can be used to improve virtual networking performance on Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

    Please note that the configuration and setup of Logical Domains (LDOMs) is beyond the scope of this document except in the specific context of virtual network performance. The information included here is intended as a companion, not a replacement, for the official Oracle VM Server for SPARC documentation and hardware-specific documentation...

    Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
    August 2014 issue now available
    Chris writes, "The August 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! You can catch up on what's been going on with Oracle VM, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VM VirtualBox by reading the latest issue. Here are some highlights:

    • Oracle Announces Oracle VM 3.3 Release
    • Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Now Available
    • Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack
    • Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS
    • Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Now Available
    • Controlled Remote Access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop and amitego VISULOX
    • And much more!

    You can read the latest edition online right now or sign up to get it automatically delivered to your inbox..."

    Java Technology
    Java EE 8 Takes Off!
    officially launched as JSR 366
    A big day for Java EE - Java EE 8 is now officially launched as JSR 366 via the JCP process. As you might have expected the primary focus areas are HTTP 2/HTML 5 support, CDI/managed bean alignment, cloud support and Java SE alignment.

    Here is some of the very high level content: ...

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