Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
Wednesday Nov 14, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Nov 14, 2012
New features include Optimized Shared Memory (improves DB startup time), accelerated kernel locks (improves Oracle RAC performance and scalability), virtual memory improvements, a DTrace data collecter in the DB, Zones installed on Shared Storage (simplifies migration), Data Center Bridging, and Edge Virtual Bridging.
To view the archived webcast, you must register and use the URL that you receive in e-mail.
Tuesday Nov 13, 2012
Monday Nov 12, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Nov 12, 2012
The Scalable Services features manage multiple cluster nodes all providing a load-balanced service such as web servers or app serves.
OSC 4.1 includes the ability to recover services from software failures, failure of hardware components such as DIMMs, CPUs, and I/O cards, a global file system, rolling upgrades, and much more.
Thursday Nov 08, 2012
Wednesday Nov 07, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Nov 07, 2012
Thursday Oct 25, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Oct 25, 2012
My favorite new features:
- Solaris Zones on Shared Storage
- Support for 32 TB (!) of RAM
- Improved Oracle RAC lock latency
- Dynamically resize the Oracle DB SGA
- Industry-first support for FedFS
Wednesday Oct 24, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Oct 24, 2012
- A Technical Overview of the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4
SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 is a high performance, multi-purpose engineered system that has been designed, tested and integrated to run a wide array of enterprise applications. It is well suited for multi-tier enterprise applications with Web, database and application components. This 20-page paper discusses the components and technical characteristics of this product.
- SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 Platform Security Principles and Capabilities
The security capabilities designed into the SPARC SuperCluster, and architectural, deployment, and operational best practices for taking advantage of them.
- Consolidating Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster
This Oracle Optimized Solution describes the implementation and use of SPARC SuperCluster as a consolidation platform for E-Business Suite in 30 pages.
- Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle PeopleSoft Human Capital Management on SPARC SuperCluster
The Oracle Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management on SPARC SuperCluster is the industry's only proven, tested, applications-to-disk solution that maintains excellence managing absences, optimizing collaborative activities, streamlining knowledge and honing processes; 31 pages.
Tuesday Oct 23, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Oct 23, 2012
ago in a
far, far away...
I wrote four blog entries to describe the new network virtualization features that were in Solaris 11 Express:
- Part 1 introduced the concept of network virtualization and listed the basic virtual network elements.
- Part 2 expanded on the concepts and discussed the resource management features.
- Part 3 demonstrated the creation of some of these virtual network elements.
- Part 4 demonstrated the network resource controls.
All of the features described in those blog entries and that paper are also available in Solaris 11. It is possible that some details have changed, but the vast majority of the content is unchanged.
Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
By Jeff Victor on Jan 31, 2012
Next week - February 8, to be exact - I will host a session near Detroit, Michigan. You can attend by registering online. Two other Solaris experts - Dave Miner and Alex Barclay - will join me as we explain new Solaris 11 features such as the Image Packaging System and Automated Installer, network virtualization and resource controls, Immutable Zones, and ZFS Encryption and other new security features.
Registration is not required, but available seating is filling up quickly, so don't wait!
Thursday Nov 10, 2011
By Jeff Victor on Nov 10, 2011
You can download Solaris 11.
Friday Oct 28, 2011
By Jeff Victor on Oct 28, 2011
- Accelerate internal, public, and hybrid cloud applications
- Optimize application deployment with built-in virtualization
- Achieve top performance and cost advantages with Oracle Solaris 11–based engineered systems
Don't miss the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York on November 9. Register Today!
Tuesday Oct 18, 2011
By Jeff Victor on Oct 18, 2011
The list of features below is not exhaustive. Complete documentation about changes to Solaris will be made available. To learn more, register for the Solaris 11 launch. You can attend in person, in New York City, or via webcast.
Software management features designed for cloud computingThe new package management system is far easier to use than previous versions of Solaris.
- A completely new Solaris packaging system uses network-based repositories (located at our data centers or at yours) to modernize Solaris packaging.
- A new version of Live Upgrade minimizes service downtime during package updates. It also provides the ability to simply reboot to a previous version of the software if necessary - without resorting to backup tapes.
- The new Automated Installer replaces Solaris JumpStart and simplifies hands-off installation. AI also supports automatic creation of Solaris Zones.
- Distro Constructor creates Solaris binary images that can be installed over the network, or copied to physical media.
- The previous SVR4 (System V Release 4) packaging tools are included in Solaris 11 for installation of non-Solaris software packages.
- All of this is integrated with ZFS. For example, the alternate boot environemnts (ABEs) created by the Live Upgrade tools are ZFS clones, minimizing the time to create them and the space they occupy.
Network virtualization and resource control features enable networks-in-a-boxPreviewed in Solaris 11 Express, the network virtualization and resource control features in Oracle Solaris 11 enable you to create an entire network in a Solaris instance. This can include virtual switches, virtual routers, integrated firewall and load-balancing software, IP tunnels, and more. I described the relevant concepts in an earlier blog entry.
In addition to the significant improvements in flexibility compared to a physical network, network performance typically improves. Instead of traversing multiple physical network components (NICs, cables, switches and routers), packet transfers are accomplished by in-memory loads and stores. Packet latency shrinks dramatically, and aggregate bandwidth is no longer limited by NICs, but by memory link bandwidth.
But mimicking a network wasn't enough. The Solaris 11 network resource controls provide the ability to dynamically control the amount of network bandwidth that a particular workload can use. Another blog entry described these controls. (Note that some of the details may have changed between the Solaris 11 Express details described in that entry, and the details of Solaris 11.)
Easy, efficient data managementSolaris 11 expands on the award-winning ZFS file system, adding encryption and deduplication. Multiple encryption algorithms are available and can make use of encryption features included in the CPU, such as the SPARC T3 and T4 CPUs. An in-kernel CIFS server was also added, and the data is stored in a ZFS dataset. Ease-of-use is still a high-priority goal. Enabling CIFS service is as simple as enabling a dataset property.
Improved built-in computer virtualizationAlong with ZFS, Oracle Solaris Zones continues to be a core feature set in use at many data centers. (The use of the word "Zones" will be preferred over the use of "Containers" to reduce confusion.) These features are enhanced in Solaris 11. I will detail these enhancements in a future blog entry, but here is a quick summary:
- Greater flexibility for immutable zones - called "sparse-root zones" in Solaris 10. Multiple options are available in Solaris 11.
- A zone can be an NFS server!
- Administration of existing zones can be delegated to users in the global zone.
- Zonestat(1) reports on resource consumption of zones. I blogged about the Solaris 11 Express version of this tool.
- A P2V "pre-flight" checker verifies that a Solaris 10 or Solaris 11 system is configured correctly for migration (P2V) into a zone on Solaris 11.
- To simplify the process of creating a zone, by default a zone gets a VNIC that is automatically configured on the most obvious physical NIC. Of course, you can manually configure a plethora of non-default network options.
Advanced protectionLong known as one of the most secure operating systems on the planet, Oracle Solaris 11 continues making advances, including:
- CPU-speed network encryption means no compromises
- Secure startup: by default, only the ssh service is enabled - a minimal attack surface reduces risk
- Restricted root: by default, 'root' is a role, not a user - all actions are logged or audited by username
- Anti-spoofing properties for data links
- ...and more.
Tuesday Oct 11, 2011
By Jeff Victor on Oct 11, 2011
The Launch Event will be held in New York City, at Gotham Hall on Broadway. Space is limited, so if you want to attend in person you should register online. A webcast of the event will also be available. Registration is available for both.
I have registered, so if you attend perhaps I will see you there!
- Provisioning Solaris 11
- Details of Solaris Zones as Hard Partitions
- Migratory Solaris Kernel Zones
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch
- Threads, as fas the eye can see...
- Hands-On Training
- Improving Manageability of Virtual Environments
- Fastest Engineered System
- Comparing Solaris 11 Zones to Solaris 10 Zones
- /Politics, Global Topics
- /SPARC SuperCluster
- /Solaris 10 Containers
- /Solaris 11