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Features
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Secure Live Migration
With Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones
Listey blogs, "One of the key features of the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta release is the introduction of Secure Live Migration for Kernel Zones. This feature brings with it a couple of things of note.

First the obvious part - with live migration system administrators can limit the number and types of outages to applications and end users. This is particularly useful when there is a requirement to do system maintenance to the underlying OS or hardware..."

Solaris
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Release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta
Making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform
Markus Flierl blogs, that Oracle released, "a beta for Solaris 11.3, less than a year after we released Solaris 11.2.

With Solaris 11.2 we turned Solaris into a comprehensive cloud platform which includes virtualization, SDN and OpenStack. Since the release of Solaris 11.2 we've seen a rapid uptake of these new capabilities: A lot of customers a using Unified Archives for deploying their images, are taking advantage of the immutable root-file system, have started to deploy Kernel Zones and OpenStack and take advantage of the automated compliance reporting. The latter has become a lot easier since we are tracking the CVE meta data with IPS..."

Selected FOSS Evaluation Packages
Evaluation copies of new and updated versions of selected FOSS components

"Oracle announced a new program to provide customers with evaluation copies of new and updated versions of selected FOSS components ahead of officially supported Oracle Solaris product releases.

The first set of packages -- utilities, services, productivity tools, and developer tools -- will be available today at the Oracle Solaris product release repository for customers running Oracle Solaris 11.2 GA. The source code used to build the components is available at the Solaris Userland Project on Java.net. The packages are not supported through any Oracle support channels. Customers can use the software at their own risk..."

ZFS
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ZFS in Oracle Solaris 11.3
A secure, simple, and efficient foundation
Cindy Swearingen blogs, "ZFS provides a secure, simple, and efficient foundation for supporting the Oracle Solaris infrastructure so I'm excited about the new ZFS features that are included in the Solaris 11.3 Beta release. Here are few highlights: ..."

  • Efficient and Flexible - LZ4 compression
  • Simplified Management
  • Performance and Scalability
  • SMB 2.1 is built for high-speed networks

Read on for details.

MySQL
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The MySQL Central @ OpenWorld Content Catalog is Live
San Francisco October 25-29
Bertrand Mattheli writes, "Taking place in San Francisco October 25-29, MySQL Central @ OpenWorld offers you the chance to attend MySQL keynotes, conference sessions, tutorials, Hands-On Labs and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. In addition, you get access to all the Oracle OpenWorld content, receptions and Appreciation Event!

The content catalog listing MySQL sessions is available ..."

Cloud Computing
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Best Practices to Adopting a Successful Cloud Integration Strategy
With Gartner Research Vice President Massimo Pezzini
Juergen writes, "The challenge of integration is certainly not a new one for IT, but the cloud adds a new twist. In today's hybrid computing environments - which must incorporate public and private clouds, on-premises systems, mobile, and IoT - Cloud integration is a much more complex problem. Cloud Integration can be complicated by many factors, including standards and protocols, gateways and firewalls, multi-tenancy, and especially the need for security...

In this program, we answer those questions and more with the industry leading expert in IPaaS - Gartner Research Vice President Massimo Pezzini..."

Exadata
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Snap Cloning Databases on Exadata
Using Enterprise Manager
Subhadeep Sengupta blogs, "Historically, Exadata has mostly been deployed for heavy, production workloads, leaving cheap commodity hardware and third-party storage to perform as infrastructure for Development and Testing. From the viewpoint of Enterprise Manager, we have seen customers clone production databases running on Exadata to secondary storage such as ZFS Storage Appliance or even third-party NAS or SAN for the purpose of testing. Customers mainly used RMAN (with or without Enterprise Manager) to clone the databases. While the master clones (often referred to as Test Master) could be further cloned via storage efficient snapshots, there were significant limitations to the approach.

First of all, the testing on non-like systems from Exadata (both compute and storage) often yielded erroneous inferences. Second, both the compute and storage on existing Exadata racks often remained underutilized. Most surveys establish that there are several Dev/Test copies for every Production database, and leaving Dev/Test outside the realm of Exadata can only yield partial usage of engineered systems. .."

vBeers-SF
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vBeers - Boca - Biergarten Boca
Wednesday, July 15th. 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry! This event is sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) http://www.southfloridatech.org/

Servers
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Oracle Server X5-8 with Elastic Computing
Oracle Server X5-8 with Elastic Computing the Perfect Fit for Oracle Database
Josh Rosen writes, "We are excited to announce the release of our new 8-socket server, Oracle Server X5-8. It's the most flexible 8-socket x86 server we've ever designed, and also the most powerful. Not only does it use the fastest Intel® Xeon® E7 v3 processors, but also its memory, I/O and storage subsystems are all designed for maximum performance and throughput. Like its predecessor, the Oracle Server X5-8 uses a 'glueless' design that allows for maximum performance for Oracle Database, while also reducing power consumption and improving reliability.

The specs are pretty impressive. Oracle Server X5-8 supports 144 cores (or 288 threads), 6 TB memory, 9.6 TB HDD capacity or 3.2 TB SSD capacity, contains 16 PCIe Gen 3 I/O expansion slots, and allows for up to 12.8 TB Oracle Flash Accelerator F160 PCIe Cards. Oracle Server X5-8 is also the most dense x86 server with its 5U chassis, allowing 60% higher rack-level core and DIMM slot density than the competition..."

Update to Big Data Appliance (BDA) X5-2
Provides more flexibility and capacity with no price changes
Jean-Pierre Dijcks blogs, "As more people pick up big data technologies, we see the workloads run on these big data system evolve and diversify. The initial workloads were all Map Reduce and fit a specific, (micro) batch workload pattern. Over the past couple of years that has changed and that change is reflected in the Hadoop tools - specifically with YARN. While there is still quite a bit of batch work being done, typically using Map Reduce (think Hive, Pig etc) we are seeing our customers move to more mixed workloads where the batch work is augmented with both more online SQL as well as more streaming workloads..."
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 209 Issue 1; Vol 208 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 207 Issues 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 8 Free Online Course: Lambdas And Streams
  • Adopting Oracle VM Manager For Oracle Vm Server For SPARC Guests
  • Libreoffice 4.4.4
  • Cloud Momentum
  • Oracle Linux 6 Administration Professional Certification Now Released
  • Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Wrap-Up
  • Are You Cloud Curious?
  • Partner Webcast - Oracle Weblogic 12C On Oracle Database Appliance X5
  • Bombora CEO Erik Matlick On The Evolution Of B2B Data
  • Streamline Java Development With Cloud Services

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

    Developer
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    HELP!! Solaris Technical Support for Developers
    Free technical HELP under the Oracle PartnerNetwork (Gold and above)
    Mike Mulkey writes, "DID YOU KNOW that our Solaris developers get free technical HELP under the Oracle PartnerNetwork (Gold level members and above) for any questions regarding development of their applications on Oracle Solaris 11!?

    Yes, great news. But most importantly, to coin a line from our theme song, its not just ANY body who is providing that help.

    Lets be clear that this is NOT a call center in the middle east. At Oracle we have a team of senior ISV Engineers who respond directly to these questions from our OPN partners..."

    Sysadmin
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    Understanding Plans, Profiles and Policies in Enterprise Manager Ops Center
    By Rodney Lindner

    Rodney Lindner blogs, "Enterprise Manager Ops Center uses a combination of Plans and Profiles to maximize repeatability and reuse, while giving you the degree of flexibility to provision and update what you need to in your environment. The structured building block approach will allow reuse of many of the components instead of re-entering data each time, but does make the whole thing look very confusing until you understand the relationship between plans and profiles.

    The sort activities covered by plans and profiles are:..."

    Virtualization
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    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is out!
    By Chris Kawalek
    Chris blogs, "I know a lot of folks use Oracle VM VirtualBox to run Oracle Linux VMs. I do this myself every day. The ability to run multiple machines with different operating systems on a laptop is incredibly helpful. For example, you can do Docker development in Oracle Linux on your Macbook. Or if you're running Linux as your main OS, you could have a Windows VM, maybe for some pesky corporate apps that won't run on Linux. The possibilities are just endless.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 was released this week, with a number of key features. Things like:

    • Runtime disk encryption
    • Drag and drop between nearly all host and guest combinations (including my typical Mac host->Oracle Linux guest setup)
    • USB 3.0 support
    • Headless launch support (say you need a local server VM running in the background!)
    • Performance improvements with paravirtualization for newer Linux and Windows guests

    And a lot more..."

    New features in Oracle Solaris Zones
    The Oracle Solaris Virtualization team has been very busy
    Listey blogs, "In case you missed it, and how could you, the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta was made available today. You can find the details here.

    As always the Oracle Solaris Virtualization team has been very busy and there is a great list of things that they have delivered. Here are a few highlights:.."

    Java Technology
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    Platform for Innovation
    Interview with Oracle's VP of Java Cloud Services by Alexandra Huff
    Juergen writes, "In an interview with Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management for Oracle's Java Cloud Services and the Cloud Application Foundation group, you can hear about Oracle's most recent developments in Java for the Cloud, related technologies, and developer-friendly design concepts..."
    Security
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    OpenSSH in Solaris 11.3
    By Darren Moffat
    Darren reports, "Solaris 9 was the first release where we included an implementation of the IETF SSH client and server protocols, I led that project and at the time I was also the document editor for the IETF standards documents. We started with OpenSSH but for various reasons it ended up over time being a Solaris specific fork called SunSSH. We have regularly resynced for features and bug fixes with OpenSSH, but SunSSH remains a fork.

    Starting with Solaris 11.3 we supply OpenSSH in addition to SunSSH. The intent is that in some future release SunSSH will be removed leaving only OpenSSH..."

    OpenSSL on Oracle Solaris 11.3
    EOL SSLv2 Support

    Misaki Miyashita blogs, "As with Solaris 11.2, Solaris 11.3 delivers two versions of OpenSSL: the non-FIPS 140 version (default) and the FIPS 140 version. They are both based on OpenSSL 1.0.1o (as of July 7th, 2015).

    There are no major features added to Solaris 11.3 OpenSSL; however, there are a couple of things that I would like to note..."

    PF Firewall for Solaris
    An alternative to current Ips from BSD

    Sasha Nedvedicky writes in a blog is dedicated to the Solaris Firewall, "The current firewall bundled with Solaris is IPF version 4.1.9. It has been introduced in Solaris 10u3.

    S11.3 brings PF firewall as an alternative to current IPF. The PF history goes back more than 10 years, when OpenBSD launched the project to replace IPF. In this first blog entry of SolarisFw blog we are going to provide you with a short tour of PF on Solaris. The tour starts with a short description of PF's limitations on Solaris, which we see as the most important piece of information for an administrator who is considering throwing IPF away and switching to PF.

    The PF on Solaris is derived from PF found on OpenBSD 5.5 . The list of features missing on Solaris is as follows:.."

    New Security Extensions
    in Oracle Solaris 11.3

    Kris Kooi writes, "In Solaris 11.3, we've expanded the security extensions framework to give you more tools to defend your installations. In addition to Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), we now offer tools to set a non-executable stack (NXSTACK) and a non-executable heap (NXHEAP). We've also improved the sxadm(1M) utility to make it easier to manage security extension configurations..."

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