Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Solaris 11 Released!!

Oracle released Solaris 11 on November 9, 2011.

You can download Solaris 11.

You can also watch videos, participate in forums, and read white papers, data sheets and documentation.

Friday Oct 28, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Launch

Join Oracle executives Mark Hurd and John Fowler and key Oracle Solaris Engineers and Execs at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event in New York City, at Gotham Hall on Broadway, November 9th and learn how you can build your infrastructure with Oracle Solaris 11 to:

  • 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
The launch event will also feature exclusive content for our in-person audience including a session led by the VP of core Solaris development and his leads on Solaris 11 and a customer insights panel during lunch. We will also have a technology showcase featuring our latest systems and Solaris technologies. The Solaris executive team will also be there throughout the day to answer questions and give insights into future developments in Solaris.

Don't miss the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York on November 9. Register Today!

Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

What's New in Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle Solaris 11 adds new features to the #1 Enterprise OS, Solaris 10. Some of these features were in "preview form" in Solaris 11 Express. The feature sets introduced there have been greatly expanded in order to make Solaris 11 ready for your data center. Also, new features have been added that were not in Solaris 11 Express in any form.

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 computing

The 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-box

Previewed 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 management

Solaris 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 virtualization

Along 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 protection

Long 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.
As you can guess, we're looking forward to releasing Oracle Solaris 11! Its new features provide you with you the tools to simplify enterprise computing. To learn more about Solaris 11, register for the Solaris 11 launch.

Tuesday Oct 11, 2011

Solaris 11 is Coming!

Yes, the noise you hear is the pre-launch sequence for Solaris 11, which is getting closer every day!

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!

Monday Sep 12, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Early Adopter Program

The next step in the release of Oracle Solaris 11 is here! Gold members of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) may download the Early Adopter release to begin qualification of their applications on Oracle Solaris 11.

Oracle Solaris 11 includes the new major feature sets that are available in Solaris 11 Express, released in November 2010, and much more. You can find a complete description and download link of this Early Adopter release at oracle.com.

If you are not currently a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), you still have two choices:

  1. Learn more about OPN and register at http://www.oracle.com/partners/en/opn-program/index.html
  2. Begin to experience key new features by downloading Solaris 11 Express

We are looking forward to helping you learn all about these exciting new features and the benefits you will derive from them!

Friday Aug 26, 2011

Oracle Unveils Oracle VM 3.0

Oracle released Oracle VM Server for x86, version 3.0, earlier this week.

Thursday Aug 18, 2011

Oracle Solaris available for Exadata Database Machines

Oracle Solaris 11 Express is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machines, enabling you to benefit from all of the OLTP and DW performance of Exadata hardware, and the industry-leading scalability and availability characteristics of Oracle Solaris.

For details, see the press release.

Wednesday Aug 17, 2011

Oracle Virtualization Launch

On August 23, Oracle will host a virtualization launch.

You can attend in person, in Redwood Shores, CA, or via webcast:

Tuesday Aug 02, 2011

Solaris Zones Optimize Real Workloads

Oracle published two Optimized Solutions last week that utilize Oracle Solaris Containers.

The first is for Oracle WebCenter Suite. The Optimized Solution shows how one server can support more than 1,000 users for WebCenter Spaces.The announcement includes links to business-focused and technical white papers.

The second is for Agile Product Lifecycle Management. The announcement includes links to business-focused and technical white papers.

Each optimized solution showcases the ability to use Oracle Solaris Containers to optimize performance of multiple workloads within one consolidated server.

Thursday Jul 14, 2011

Extreme Oracle Solaris Virtualization

There will be a live webcast today, explaining how to leverage Oracle Solaris' unmatched virtualization features. The webcast begins at 9 AM PT. Register is required, at: Oracle.com.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Solaris Zones help achieve World Record Benchmark Result

Maximizing performance of multi-node workloads can be challenging. Should I maximize CPU clock rate, or RAM size per node, or network bandwidth? And how do I analyze performance of each component while also measuring aggregate throughput? Solaris Zones provide characteristics that are useful for multi-node architectures:
  • Architectural flexibility: easily remove a network bottleneck between two components by running both in zones on one Solaris server - and move any of them to different servers later as processing needs change
  • Convenient, dynamic resource management, assign a workload to a set of CPUs for predictable, consistent performance, ensure that each workload component has access to sufficient hardware resources, etc.
These characteristics are displayed in the world record benchmark result for Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. It was achieved using Solaris Containers (Zones) to isolate individual software components, including the WebLogic-based applications and Web Tier Utilities.

Solaris Zones features enabled software isolation and resource management, making the process of fine-tuning resource assignment very easy. For more details, see:

Monday Jul 11, 2011

Bob's Live Upgrade Advice

Do you wish you could shorten the service outage during an operating system upgrade? Do you want the ability to easily "backout" an OS upgrade?

Do you already use Solaris Live Upgrade? No? Why not!?!? :-)

Bob Netherton has compiled a comprehensive list of Live Upgrade Survival Tips - important pieces of advice that help you minimize service downtime and shorten service recovery if something goes wrong.

Friday Jul 08, 2011

Downloadable Database in a Solaris Zone

To simplify the process of creating Oracle databases, Oracle has released two Solaris Zones with Oracle 11gR2 pre-installed. You can simply download the appropriate template and "attach" it to your x86 or SPARC system running Solaris 10 (update 10/09 or newer).

Links to the downloads are at oracle.com.

Of course, you must have a valid license to run 11gR2 on that computer.

Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1

In case you missed it: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 was released last week. The headline feature for this release is Live Migration - the ability to move a running guest OS from one server to another, with service disruption shorter than 1 second.

Learn all about it via the links in the OVMSS 2.1 press release.

Monday May 23, 2011

Oracle DB 11gR2 Certified for Solaris Containers

Just a short entry today: last week Oracle completed certification of Oracle RAC 11gR2 (with Clusterware) on Oracle Solaris 10 Containers ("Zones").

For details, see http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/virtualizationmatrix-172995.html .

A paper "Best Practices for Deploying Oracle RAC Inside Oracle Solaris Containers" is also available, but is not specific to 11gR2.

This extends the previous certifications of Oracle RAC (9iR2, 10gR2, 11gR1) on Solaris Containers.

About

Jeff Victor writes this blog to help you understand Oracle's Solaris and virtualization technologies.

The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

Search

Archives
« June 2016
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
  
       
Today