Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11 announced

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11, delivering unrivaled High Availability (HA) on the Oracle Solaris OS for the largest selection of enterprise applications and databases. Oracle Solaris Cluster unique HA solution for Oracle Solaris' virtual environments lowers the inherent risk of consolidated infrastructures by leveraging redundancy to protect from outages. Oracle Solaris Cluster Disaster Recovery (DR) option extends these benefits to multi-site, multi-cluster architectures to protect against planned and unplanned downtime, in physical and virtual environments.

With this latest release, Oracle Solaris Cluster further expands its support for Oracle hardware and software solution to include Oracle ASM Cluster File System (Oracle ACFS) configurations and Oracle' Sun ZFS storage appliance as NAS device.

New versions for nine different applications and databases have been qualified in Oracle Solaris Containers clusters including SAP (kernel 7.11) and Oracle RAC 11.2.0.2.

This new version also offers new DR options: Oracle Solaris ZFS storage pools replicated with storage-based solution supported in campus or geo clusters. Oracle single instance databases can be deployed with Oracle Dataguard for a fully integrated and managed option in a geo cluster configuration. It is also possible to use Oracle single instance databases in 3-site topologies, combining the benefits of metro clustering with geographic separation.

Diagnosability and ease of use have been improved with an extended cluster validation tool which allows to detect the most common installation and configuration errors and a new wizard which facilitates Oracle 11gR2 configurations in the Oracle Solaris Cluster environment.

This release also extends the support of Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions to any validated Oracle Solaris Cluster configurations based on Oracle Solaris Containers clusters.

Web Updates:
    *Oracle.com
    *Oracle Solaris Cluster
    *Oracle Technology Network

This site displays new collateral including:
    *What's New Document
    *New White Paper: Running Oracle Real Application Cluster On Oracle Solaris Zone Clusters - White Paper
    *New datasheet
    *New FAQs
Oracle Solaris Cluster Downloads:
    *OTN
    *e-delivery
    -New Media pack available : Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Media Pack v2 including Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 5/11
    - MOS
    -Patch published: 12741686 and 12741687

Oracle Solaris Cluster Documentation can be found here
Oracle Store
Purchase Oracle Solaris Cluster, Enterprise Edition licenses and media kits on the web here

-Eve Kleinknecht,
Sr. Product Manager
Solaris Cluster

Friday Mar 18, 2011

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 available

On September 8, 2010 Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, built on the solid foundation of Oracle Solaris, offers the 
most extensive Oracle enterprise High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for the 
largest portfolio of mission-critical applications.

Integrated and thoroughly tested with Oracle's Sun servers, storage, connectivity 
solutions and Solaris 10 features, Oracle Solaris Cluster is now qualified with Solaris 
Trusted Extensions, supports Infiniband for general networking or storage usage, and can 
be deployed with Oracle Unified Storage in Campus Cluster configurations. It extends its 
applications support to new Oracle applications such as Oracle Business Intelligence, 
PeopleSoft, TimesTen, and MySQL Cluster.

The single, integrated HA and DR solution enables multi-tier deployments in virtualized 
environments. In this release, Oracle Solaris Containers clusters supports even more 
configurations including additional applications (Oracle WebLogic Server, Siebel CRM, and 
more) and integration with Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition.


Benefits:
    * Delivers unrivaled High Availability on Oracle Solaris OS for much faster failure 
      detection and recovery
    * Enables cost-savings without performance compromise by integrating seamlessly with 
      Oracle Solaris Containers for applications and databases consolidation
    * Out of the box support for a wide selection of applications
    * Certified with a broad range of storage arrays from Oracle and third parties on 
      SPARC and x86 platforms


New features:
-------------

Availability:
- Active Monitoring of Storage Resources
- Flexible load distribution of application services


Virtualization:
- Extended Oracle Solaris Containers cluster support:
 * NAS, GFS, RDSV1
 * More applications : Oracle WebLogic Server, OBIEE, MySQL cluster,
 PeopleSoft, TimesTen

Hardware Integration:
- InfiniBand on public network and as storage connectivity

Application Integration
- New agents: Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition,
 PeopleSoft Enterprise, MySQL cluster, TimesTen
- Updates on Oracle E-Business Suite, WebLogic Server, MySQL, SAP
- Oracle 11gR2 database and RAC support

Disaster Recovery
- Containers cluster  with Geographic Edition
- Sun Unified Storage 7xxxx in campus cluster

Security
- Solaris Trusted Extensions

Ease of use
- Wizards for ASM configurations set-up
- GUI and CLI performance improvements
- Power Management User interface
- Node rename


Compatibility information
--------------------------

Supported Solaris release: Solaris 10 10/09, Solaris 10 9/10


Media Kit and downloads
-----------------------------------

Software is available through:

- OTN (for evaluation and tests)
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris-cluster/downloads/index.html

- e-delivery (for production use - requires purchase of commercial license)
http://edelivery.oracle.com

Select Product Pack:  Oracle Solaris
From results pick:  Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Media Pack

Documentation
---------------------

* Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Documentation Center:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/documentation/solaris-cluster-33-192999.html


* Release Notes Information:
http://wikis.sun.com/display/SunCluster/Release+Notes+Information

The Release Notes documents on this site are regularly updated with new
documentation to support new features, hardware qualifications, bug
workarounds, and other late-breaking information. Check the Release
Notes or Release Notes Supplement for your release before installing the
cluster or performing any maintenance.

Web site
----------------
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris-cluster/overview/index.html


Tuesday Jan 12, 2010

Get trained on Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09

The latest release of Solaris Cluster 3.2 was available in Nov/Dev 2009.  We overlooked mentioning that the Training is also available at places near you.  The System Administration courses and the detailed schedule are available here.


Localization Updates

Here are some Localization updates for the recently released Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 software. 

  • Sun Cluster Core software includes translation of software components and online help in Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
  • Sun Cluster Core man pages are translated in Japanese.
  •  The following manuals are translated or scheduled for translation in Japanese and Simplified Chinese on http://docs.sun.com:
    • Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide
    • Sun Cluster System Administration Guide
    • Sun Cluster Data Service for Oracle Guide

See the Sun Cluster 3.2 11/09 Release Notes for more information:

Thanks,

Kazuhiko Maekawa

Thursday Dec 03, 2009

Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 is now available

Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site high availability and disaster recovery solution that manages the availability of applications services and data across local, regional and geographically dispersed data centers. The Solaris Cluster environment extends the Solaris Operating System into a cluster operating system.

If you are following the Solaris Cluster product and features, you would have noticed extreme innovation by Sun in the high availability and disaster recovery space since the time we released our first HA product many years ago. For well over a decade, Solaris Cluster has been a market leader for providing business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to all mission critical business applications, spanning all the major industry segments.

Continuing with our tradition of innovation, we are pleased to announce another release - "Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09" - an update to the Solaris Cluster 3.2 product.

This new release brings more features for high availability, virtualization, disaster recovery, flexibility, diagnosibility, and ease of use. We are extending support for virtualization with more options for Solaris Containers Clusters (zone clusters), failover Solaris Containers, and LDoms.  This release provides more file system and volume management choices. We have added new replication solutions for disaster recovery deployments, in addition to improving scalable services support. This release also brings support for the latest versions of many third-party software applications.

The following is a list of some of the new features in this update release:

- New deployment options for Oracle DB, RAC, and applications

  • Solaris Containers cluster support for more Oracle solutions:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite
    • Siebel CRM 8
    • Single-instance Oracle database
  • Support for Oracle Automated Storage Management (ASM) with single-instance Oracle database
  • Support of Reliable Data Sockets over Infiniband for RAC
- Infrastructure features
  • Standalone QFS 4.6 & later in failover Solaris Containers
  • Upgrade on attach for failover Solaris Containers
  • Solaris Volume Manager three-mediator support in Campus Cluster deployments
  • Hitachi Universal Replicator support in Campus Cluster deployments
  • Support for 1TB disks as a quorum devices
- Scalable services features
  • Outgoing connection support for scalable services
  • IPsec support for Scalable Services traffic
  • SCTP support for Scalable services
  • Managed failover of IPsec session & key information
  • Round-robin load balancing
- Geographic Edition
  • Hitachi Universal Replicator support
  • Script-based plugin replication module
  • MySQL replication
- Supported applications and agent features
  • New agent: HA Agent for LDoms guest domains
  • New supported application version: SWIFTAlliance Access & Gateway 6.3
Check here for additional details about the features listed above. Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 is supported on Solaris 10 5/09 and 10/09 . Refer to the release notes to get a list of minimum patches required to run this update. The release notes also has links to the product documentation for all the features listed above.

This feature-rich and high-quality product can be downloaded from here. Download and try this latest Solaris Cluster release. We look forward to your comments.

Thanks,

Prasad Dharmavaram
Roma Baron
Solaris Cluster Engineering
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