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Part 2. Oracle Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) installation with Text Install

Firstly, we have to download Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) from Oracle Technology Network (all required software components are presented in part 0 of this series). There are several options available. From the most friendly Live Media, where we can boot Solaris to the graphical desktop environment (Gnome), try it out on our target machine and decide if we want to install the system with nice, modern graphical installer, through ready to be used virtual machines (no fun in our case), to the option we will use in our scenario, so called: Text Install. In my opinion the most classic way of Solaris installation and it will provide the best experience for us. Let’s download this version now.

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Part 1. Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.6 installation and virtual machine creation for Solaris 11.1 and Oracle DB 11gR2

I doubt that most of us have tons of hardware, especially in the era of virtualization. Today our desktop computers are strong enough to help us with home made experiments on software installation and configuration. Everything is much more flexible when we deal with virtual machines, not to mention the fact, that we can heavily reduce the amount of hardware which we were still using a few years ago. To start the experiment, we need to download and install VirtualBox 4.2.6 (or higher).

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Part 0. Introduction to Oracle VirtualBox, Solaris 11.1, DB 11gR2, MS Access 2010, LibreOffice Base, ODBC and JDBC

I had some spare time during Christmas and New Year period and I decided to make a short exercise on: Oracle Solaris 11.1 (x86) manual installation, Oracle Database 11gR2 manual installation and some experiments with integration of LibreOffice Base (via JDBC driver) and MS Access 2013 on top of MS Windows 8 (for data manipulation and database frontend application development). Why such a set of products? Well, Solaris is marketed as the best Unix for Oracle technologies deployment. Moreover, I have experience with GNU/Linux and AIX5L when it comes to Oracle DB. Why MS Access 2013 and MS Windows 8? I like MS Access for data manipulation, useful frontends and database application prototyping since the MS Access 97, so I wondered what comes with the newest version. Same about MS Windows 8 – curiosity. I hope you’ll find the following material useful for your own purposes. Let’s see what software components are required to start this exercise.

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Data center. A place where “clouds” become physical matter

Each time I listen to the cloud evangelism I become frustrated. Since the introduction of this, in my opinion, unfortunate term – the "cloud" – I haven’t heard anything new and nothing specific about the involved technologies and standards. The same slogans and doubts, the same pros and cons of – so called – "clouds" all the time. Indeed, it is a great subject for presentations and public speeches, but when it comes to the hard facts… No numbers, no standards, no measures, nothing, but words… No IT at all! Therefore, my strongest counterargument against "cloud computing" was – show me the standards and uncover infrastructure concepts and designs. Wait… Did I change my mind?

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Is CEEDA, Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award, valuable?

Energy efficient data centers are fashionable today. The question is – where the marketing ends and the real energy efficiency begins in this industry? No doubt, any data center has to be designed, constructed and then managed with energy efficiency in mind, if the subject is taken seriously. Otherwise, there is nothing more than empty words in all statements about data center efficiency, resources optimization and environmental friendliness. Therefore, in some cases, the business – no matter if it is a data center owner or operator – would like to certify its data center energy efficiency by world-recognized institution. Here comes CEEDA – Certified Energy Efficient Datacentre Award – an international assessment based awards programme which can be achieved by organizations with data centre facilities anywhere in the world.

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