Sunday Dec 06, 2015

Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager: Configuring HA for Oracle Solaris Zones

This article gives the insight of Oracle Solaris Zone Wizard implemented in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3, whose purpose is for configuring a Highly Available agent for Oracle Solaris Zones with zonepath residing on a failover file system.[Read More]

Friday Oct 30, 2015

Introducing the New Cluster Configuration Wizard

Oracle Solaris Cluster users have been using the scinstall command-line interface to configure new clusters in the past. Version 4.3 of the software is introducing a new browser-based wizard that makes this process easier. Users will be able to navigate through a series of panels in a browser to configure a new cluster.

The new cluster configuration wizard in the Oracle Solaris Cluster Manager browser interface has a typical mode and a custom mode. They provide the same degree of customization to the user when configuring a new cluster as the existing interactive scinstall utility, all in a more intuitive interface.

As prerequisites to use this new feature, you will need Oracle Solaris Cluster packages installed on all nodes that are planned to form a new cluster and you need to run the clauth command on all non-control nodes to authenticate the control node, if you haven’t done so previously.

Then you can open a browser and navigate to address “hostname:8998/scm/faces/main”. The “hostname” here stands for the host of the webapp server that Cluster Manager runs on. Note that the host could be the control node (just make sure the Cluster Manager packages are installed on that node) or any machine hosting Cluster Manager that could access the control node. The address will lead you to the login page (shown below). Login as the root role to the control node on this page and you can now start configuring a new cluster.

The panels guide you through the process of configuring a new cluster. You might find the online help pane handy on the right side of the page. At the end of the process, the wizard invokes a script to configure and reboot each node in a sequence automatically. The control node will be the last one in the sequence that is configured and rebooted. When all nodes are rebooted, the new cluster configuration process is completed.

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Announcing Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3

Today Oracle released Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3. This new release further simplifies operations with new configuration tools and increases resiliency for business-critical application and platform services leveraging Oracle Solaris 11.3 new virtualization features. With an extended application portfolio and more disaster recovery options it enables orchestrated reliable and fast disaster recovery for a larger range of configurations.[Read More]

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Oracle Solaris Cluster at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld is a great opportunity to meet with the experts and learn about the latest product news around Oracle Solaris Cluster. Whether you prefer checking out sessions, experiencing hands-on lab or visiting demo pods we have something for you:
  • Meet architects, tech leads or product managers at our demo pods located in the Oracle DEMOgrounds in Moscone South (Center):
    • High Availability and Disaster Recovery for the Enterprise Cloud (SC-026)
    • Single-Command Disaster Recovery Orchestration on Oracle SuperCluster (SC-008)
    • JD Edwards for Availability, Performance, and Security: Ready for the Cloud (SC-023)

  • Learn on how to deploy Oracle Solaris Cluster with the Oracle Solaris Automated Installer:
    • Tuesday Oct 27, 10:15 AM at the Hotel Nikko - Monterey (3rd Floor) [HOL1931]

  • Listen to our specialists talking about business critical solutions embedding Oracle Solaris Cluster such as:
    • Expert Insights on Orchestrating Extreme High Availability on Oracle SuperCluster [CON3303]
    • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Manage High Availability and Deliver High Performance [CON1643]
    • How to Securely Consolidate High-Performance SAP Landscapes [CON5743]
    • How to Securely Consolidate High-Performance PeopleSoft Environments [CON5721]

Hoping to meet you there,

Eve Kleinknecht 


Sunday May 17, 2015

New white paper available: Providing High Availability to the OpenStack Cloud Controller on Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Cluster

Oracle Solaris delivers a complete OpenStack distribution which is integrated with its core technologies such as Oracle Solaris Zones, the ZFS file system, and its image packaging system (IPS). OpenStack in Oracle Solaris 11.2 helps IT organizations to create an enterprise-ready Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud, so that users can quickly deploy virtual networking and compute resources by using a centralized web-based portal.

Of course any enterprise-class OpenStack deployment requires a highly available OpenStack infrastructure that can sustain individual system failures.

Oracle Solaris Cluster is deeply integrated with Oracle Solaris technologies and delivers high availability to Oracle Solaris based OpenStack services through a rich set of features.

The primary goals of the Oracle Solaris Cluster software are to maximize service availability through fine-grained monitoring and automated recovery of critical services and to prevent data corruption through proper fencing. The services covered include networking, storage, virtualization used by the OpenStack cloud controller and its own components.

Our team has created a new white paper to specifically explain how to provide high availability to the OpenStack cloud controller on Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Cluster.

After describing an example for a highly available physical node OpenStack infrastructure deployment, a detailed and structured walk-through over the high availability cloud controller configuration is provided. It discusses each OpenStack component that runs on the cloud controller, with explicit steps on how to create and configure these components under cluster control. The deployment example achieves secure isolation between services, while defining all the required dependencies for proper startup and stopping between services which is orchestrated by the cluster framework.

The white paper is linked from the OpenStack Cloud Management page as well as from the Oracle Solaris Cluster Technical Resources page on the Oracle Technology Network portal.

Thorsten Früauf
Oracle Solaris Cluster Engineering
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