Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11.1

Oracle Solaris 11.1 was announced at Oracle OpenWorld recently. This release added 300 new performance and feature enhancements.

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
You can learn more from the press release or by attending the Solaris 11.1 webcast on November 7.

Friday Aug 26, 2011

Oracle Unveils Oracle VM 3.0

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

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.

Friday Sep 17, 2010

If...

If... you use, manage, recommend, or purchase computer hardware or software, you will want to pay attention to significant announcements that will be made at Oracle OpenWorld 2010. Software, operating systems, virtualization, computer hardware... it will all be there, and the announcements will demonstrate the power of the integration of Oracle's software and Sun hardware. And now it's even easier to pay attention to those announcements: the "Oracle Now" iPhone app is free!



Thursday Jan 21, 2010

One step at a time - but a BIG one...

The wait is over: the European Commission has approved Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Here is the official statement and a news article.

Thursday Jan 29, 2009

Group of Zones - Herd? Flock? Pod? Implausibility? Cluster!

Yesterday, Solaris Cluster (aka "Sun Cluster") 3.2 1/09 was released. This release has two new features which directly enhance support of Solaris Zones in Solaris Clusters.

The most significant new functionality is a feature called "Zone Clusters" which, at this point, 'merely' :-) provides support for Oracle RAC nodes in Zones. In other words, you can create an Oracle RAC cluster, using individual zones in a Solaris Cluster as RAC nodes.

Further, because a Solaris Cluster can contain multiple Zone Clusters, it can contain multiple Oracle RAC clusters. For details about configuring a zone cluster, see "Configuring a Zone Cluster" in the Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide and the clzonecluster(1CL) man page.

The second new feature is support for exclusive-IP zones. Note that this only applies to failover data services, not scalable data services nor with zone clusters.

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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.

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