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Oracle
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Hard Partitioning With Oracle Solaris Zones
An Oracle White Paper - Oct 2014

This document describes hard partitioning with Oracle Solaris Zones (also known as Oracle Solaris Containers), and how to use it to conform to the Oracle licensing policies for partitioned environments.

The approved hard partition configurations described below apply to all types of Oracle Solaris Zones, which include but are not limited to Native Zones, Kernel Zones, Oracle Solaris Legacy Containers and, Oracle Solaris 10 Zones on Oracle Solaris 11.

NOTE: the Oracle licensing document referenced above states that the acceptable way to configure Oracle Solaris Zones is using 'capped Zones/Containers only'. The use of the designation 'capped' is a generic way of stating the Oracle Solaris Zone has a defined upper CPU boundary which is less than all the CPUs on the system. In this instance the term 'capped' refers to all valid methods of configuring Oracle Solaris Zones as hard partitions. It should not be specifically associated with the capped-cpu setting used by the zonecfg command.

ITPalooza
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Can Individuals sign up as a sponsor for ITPalooza 2014?
Silver or Gold?
Please forward this message to potential ITPalooza 2014 sponsors!

A number of individual sales representatives representing local resellers or national manufacturers have asked if they can sign up for the $500 ITPalooza 2014 Silver Sponsorship, and the answer is, of course, yes.

Go to http://itpalooza.com/sponsors-2014 and select the "Silver Sponsor" from the menu under "Buy Sponsorship" and pay for the sponsorship with your credit card.

Go to http://itpalooza.com/sign-up and register as a Sponsor.

In addition, go to that same page and sign up as an Attendee.

Note: all Attendees, including sponsors, must register individually and purchase a ticket

Go to http://itpalooza.com/tickets and select your ticket.

Many people select the option of bringing two $12 toys as payment for their ticket.

What will you get for the $500 Silver Sponsorship fee?

  • Shared table space in the atrium OR Job Opportunity Room IT recruitment table space.
  • Sponsors logo listed on the ITPalooza website with click-through.

What more will you get for a $1,000 Gold Sponsorship fee?...

Vote for ITPalooza 2014 Sessions
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We have more speakers that we have timeslots. Please help us select the most appropriate speakers to make the conference part of ITPalooza 2014 as useful to you as possible.

Please note that the times and dates displayed for the talks are placeholders. The date for ITPalooza 2014 is December 4th.

The session start times will be scheduled between 1pm and 4pm. We will publish a detailed schedule with rooms and times in a week or so.

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Features
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Open World Recap
By Matthew Haavisto
Matthew Haavisto writes, "Oracle's Open World conference was completed in early October. It was one of the best ever for PeopleSoft. We introduced a lot of new and important features like the new Fluid User Experience and the PeopleSoft Update Manager (and much more). The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive. Our sessions were well attended, and the demo grounds were consistently busy with inquisitive customers.

PeopleSoft offered informative general sessions like Paco Aubrejuan's 'PeopleSoft Strategy and Roadmap - Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease'. In that session, Oracle's Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft Development addressed a standing room only crowd, and described how Oracle's continued investment in PeopleSoft is delivering key innovations that address our customer's greatest challenges:..."

Winning the Battle Against Financial Crime in the Era of Real-Time Payments
By Jenna Danko
Jenna writes, "In 1839, Colonel Jacob Baker, a hero of the American War of Independence, wrote a will leaving an estate to his heirs comprising most of the city of Philadelphia. Years later, William Cameron Morrow Smith formed an association to pool the resources of anyone surnamed 'Baker' who wanted to fight the legal battle to claim their share of the inheritance.

The only problem was that Colonel Baker never existed. Smith was a scam artist and the will was an elaborate hoax. After a 12 year investigation, Smith was arrested in 1936. The Baker Estate Fraud had netted an estimated $25 million from more than 50,000 Bakers, Barkers and even Beckers across North America over a period of decades, making it one of the largest and most elaborate frauds of the early 20th century..."

    Cloud Computing
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    More Than 100 Global Systems Integrators Join the Oracle Cloud Marketplace
    To Offer Implementation Services and Drive Cloud Success
    The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications from Oracle partners that leverage the Oracle Cloud platform, has extended its offerings to include consulting and implementation services from more than 100 system integrators (SIs), including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys. Customers can now easily locate and evaluate SI services that can help them maximize the business benefits of Oracle Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions, and SIs gain a centralized marketplace for promoting their services to Oracle's global customer base.
    Linux
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    Oracle Linux - The Engine Behind the Modern Data Center
    Webinars: November 18th and 25th
    Chris Kawalek writes, "With increasing budget constraints and resource limitations, it's becoming more and more important to leverage technological advances to squeeze as much value as possible out of your data center deployments. Innovative tools such as Ksplice, DTrace, Linux Containers, Docker, Spacewalk, and more, can help you to deploy and manage your deployments quicker and easier, increasing overall ROI. Join this November webcast series to learn how these technologies with Oracle Linux can streamline deployment and management of your critical IT systems..."
    Exadata
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    Business Value of Engineered Systems
    Papers on E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel
    Werner Watschke writes, "Engineered Systems are optimized to run PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, JD Edwards and Siebel which provides customers with extreme performance improvements over any other platform. While performance is a key driver for customers to consider Engineered Systems there are many additional business benefits that are just as important. These additional benefits include:

    • Reduced risk
    • Simplified monitoring and management
    • Consolidation
    • Business agility
    • IT spending less on day to day activities and more time adding value to the organization
    • Easier and faster application upgrades
    • Reduced cost

    Werner provides lines to three white papers that explain not in technical jargon but in business and application specific language exactly how the above benefits are achieved by running Oracle Applications on Engineered Systems.

    Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidation
    Using Oracle SuperCluster, Advania has achieved a more stable platform
    Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has consolidated its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation and Oracle Database on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris.

    With more than 10,000 corporate clients and 1,100 employees in 17 offices across three countries, Advania sought to modernize and streamline its infrastructure with a single high-availability solution to deliver higher performance and scalability with lower operational costs and simplified management. Advania selected Oracle SuperCluster over solutions from HP and IBM, ultimately recognizing that running Oracle software on Oracle SuperCluster provided better performance and both architectural and business continuity for its customers, while helping minimize risk.

    vBeers-SF
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    November South Florida vBeers
    Save the Dates! 3 Events in South Floirda
    Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

    Wednesday November 12th

    Wednesday November 19th

    Wednesday November 26th

    Details @ vbeers.org and the vBeers South Florida LinkedIn group.

    Events
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    Oracle Virtual Technology Summit Kicks Off November 18
    Featured at the Summit: Securing Mobile apps and data in a BYOD world
    The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) invites you to the next Virtual Technology Summit, on November 18th. Learn first hand from Oracle and community experts about Oracle Middleware, Mobile Architectures and more. Participate in hands-on labs and technical presentations, and chat with other developers. Register here!

    • North America - November 18th / 10am PT to 12:30pm PT
    • APAC English - November 19th / 10am IST to 1:30pm IST
    • EMEA - November 26th / 9am-12:30pm GMT / 10:00am CET / 1:00pm

    Featured at the Summit: Securing Mobile apps and data in a BYOD world

    Servers
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    Town Sports International Improves Business Performance with Oracle Database Appliance
    Health Club Chain deploys Oracle E-Business Suite
    Town Sports International (TSI) operates fitness clubs in major United States metropolitan areas, including New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. TSI's business strategy relies on cost-effective operational efficiency, due in part to investments in prime real estate for club locations. TSI turned to technology as a key strategic tool, upgrading its infrastructure with modern business applications from Oracle that are hosted on Oracle Database Appliance. By pairing Oracle E-Business Suite with the simple appliance based architecture benefits of Oracle Database Appliance, the company achieves real-time visibility into its financials with the benefit of clustered redundancy, increased performance and full stack deployment in a single appliance.
    Storage
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    Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Plug-in for Enterprise Manager (v2.0) Now Available
    By John Shell
    Version 2.0 of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Plug-in for Enterprise Manager is now available. The plug-in supports the capture and display of metrics from any number of ZFS Storage Appliances in the Enterprise Manager interface. Also available through the interface are all tunable settings (including support for provisioning of projects and shares).

    As noted in the 2014 IOUG Database Storage Survey, for a vast majority of customers, the current vendor-supplied storage management tools provide insufficient insight into the effects of the database on storage. Using Enterprise Manager with the ZFS Storage Appliance Plug-in takes a large step towards solving this problem.

    Top10
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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 200 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 199 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 198 Issue 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:

    • Game Changing Innovation with Power8?
    • Power of SPARC T5 scalability unleashed
    • Why Should Your Oracle Database Run on Oracle Solaris 11?
    • Virtual Compute Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance
    • Enterprise-class Virtualization for SPARC servers
    • Learn How to Use OpenStack on Oracle Solaris From the Comfort of Your Desktop
    • 10 ways to help users move from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice
    • 10 ways Oracle uses its own technology for business success
    • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris Multi-Node Docs
    • Oracle StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive achieves FIPS 140-2 Validation

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

      LibreOffice
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      LibreOffice 4.3.3 And LibreOffice 4.2.7
      Both versions can be deployed in enterprise environments
      "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 'fresh' family, and LibreOffice 4.2.7, the last minor release of LibreOffice 4.2 'still' family. Together, there are over 200 fixes for bugs and regressions.

      LibreOffice 4.3.3 'Fresh' is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on features. LibreOffice 4.2.7 'Still' is a stable release of the more tested version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on continuity. Both versions can be deployed in enterprise environments, according to corporate policies, when backed by professional support..."

      The Document Foundation Joins The Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance)
      OSB Alliance is Europe's biggest association of companies and organizations developing, building and using open source software
      The Document Foundation (TDF) joins the Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance), to strengthen LibreOffice ecosystem by creating stronger ties with companies and organizations deploying the free office suite on a large scale.

      The aim of OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and open collaboration, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for software developers and users, and the active networking between all players. Within this environment, interoperability plays an important role for everyone, and especially for enterprise users.

      Sysadmin
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      Collected advice on Unix CLI Design & Implementation
      Suggestions on writing new CLI tools for Solaris
      Alan Coopersmith writes, "Last week, a blog post Hints for writing Unix tools by Marius Eriksen made the rounds. It presented nine suggestions on what makes a command a good citizen of the Unix command-line ecosystem, especially for fitting into pipelines and filters.

      This reminded me of a longer list of guidelines I recently gathered as part of our efforts to train new hires in Solaris engineering. I polled long time engineers, trawled the Best Practices documents of our Architecture Review Committee, cross referenced to the WCAG2ICT accessibility guidelines for non-web applications recommended by Oracle's accessibility group, and linked to our online documentation, to come up with our suggestions on writing new CLI tools for Solaris.

      Since these may be useful to others writing commands, I figured I'd share some of them..."

      How to Configure a Failover Oracle Solaris Kernel Zone
      by Venkat Chennuru

      This article describes how to configure an Oracle Solaris Kernel Zone in failover mode in a two-node cluster using the Oracle Solaris Cluster high availability (HA) agent for Oracle Solaris Zones.

      This article is intended to help a new or experienced Oracle Solaris administrator to quickly and easily configure an Oracle Solaris Kernel Zone in failover mode using the Oracle Solaris Cluster HA for Oracle Solaris Zones agent. For more details, see the Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Service for Oracle Solaris Zones Guide.

      About Oracle Solaris Cluster Failover Zones

      Oracle Solaris Zones include support for fully independent and isolated environments called kernel zones, which provide a full kernel and user environment within a zone. Kernel zones increase operational flexibility and are ideal for multi-tenant environments where maintenance windows are significantly harder to schedule. Kernel zones can run at a different kernel version from the global zone and can be updated separately without requiring a reboot of the global zone. You can also use kernel zones in combination with Oracle VM Sever for SPARC for greater virtualization flexibility.

      This article describes how to set up a failover kernel zone on a two-node cluster.

      Virtualization
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      Friday Spotlight: Managing Oracle VM 3.3 from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
      By Honglin Su
      Honglin Su writes, "In the previous blog, we announced that the new virtualization plug-in (12.1.0.7.0) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control was available. With the latest virtualization plug-in update, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. In today's blog, Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, covers how to use the new plug-in to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage an Oracle VM 3.3 installation..."
      Java Technology
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      JavaOne Sessions for You!
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande writes, "Now you can watch JavaOne sessions online for free. Visit the JavaOne 2014 session page to view new sessions as they are released every week. Whether you missed JavaOne or just a particular session, those recordings will be available to you. The conference sessions and tutorials are available either as videos or presentations with audio. That includes all the tracks: the client, Java platform, Internet of Things, JVM languages, security, server-side, tools, and cloud. Take advantage of this great learning resource ..."
      NFJS Greater Atlanta Software Symposium Trip Report
      By Reza Rahman
      Reza writes,"The NFJS Greater Atlanta Software Symposium was held September 12 - 14. I had four talks total over two days, more or less back-to-back. The first one was our flagship Java EE 7/8 talk. Currently the talk is basically about Java EE 7 but I'm slowly evolving the talk to transform it into a Java EE 8 talk as we move forward. The following is the slide deck for the talk:..."
      Java SE 8 on Java.com
      By Tori Wieldt
      Tori writes, "With the release of Java SE 8 Update 25, the Java SE 8 runtime is now available on java.com as the default JRE for end-users. The process of migrating users from Java 7 to Java 8 through the auto update feature is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2015.

      As outlined in the Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap, after April 2015, Oracle will no longer post updates of Java SE 7 to its public download sites. While existing Java SE 7 downloads will remain accessible on Oracle Technology Network, developers and end-users are now encouraged to begin the transition to Java SE 8..."

      Security
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      Mobile Devices - The Weakest Link of Enterprise Security?
      Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Oracle
      Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Oracle, writes, "Today's truly mobile enterprises place mobility at their core, transforming their operations, engaging better with customers and partners and creating innovative business models that boost revenue. As gateways into the mobile enterprise, the security of devices is critical: if devices are not protected in the right way, they represent a weak link in enterprise systems and data security.

      A recent Oracle survey showed that mobile devices are being lost and stolen to a fairly alarming degree - especially by the young. 73 per cent of workers aged between 16 and 24 admitted to having lost their mobile device at least once, while 52 per cent owned up to having had their mobile device stolen on at least one occasion. The research uncovered a generational trend: among 45-54-year-olds, device theft was reported at just 20 per cent and losses at 36 per cent..."

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