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.


Prasad Dharmavaram
Roma Baron
Solaris Cluster Engineering

Friday May 02, 2008

Solaris Cluster, Sun Cluster Geographic Edition and Virtualization: The Art of the Possible

Virtualization is a hot topic right now. You only need look at what Sun is doing with our CoolThreads servers, our storage, our software, our Open High Availability Cluster (OHAC) HA-xVM and HA Container agent development work ... deep breath ... and our OEM agreements and I think you'll agree - it's everywhere. Consequently, it's generating lots of questions on our external cluster forum and resulting in several posts to the Solaris Cluster blog, including this one.

So does virtualization mean that the need for clustering goes away? Far from it! Now that you've consolidated your multiple, independent servers into a single virtualized platform, you've effectively put more of your 'eggs' in a single basket. If the services are mission or business critical, you are still going to need to protect them. And how are you going to do that? Solaris Cluster, of course. Oh, and what about disaster recovery? Critical services need protection against fire, flood, natural disasters. That's where Sun Cluster Geographic Edition comes in. Is your head hurting yet?

As with any rapidly evolving technology, it's important to understand the ramifications of what you are doing, as well as be able to navigate the what-works-with-what matrix. Failure in either department could result in an unsupported configuration or an implementation that doesn't achieve the levels of service you would expect.

When I first suggested to my colleagues that I would author something on this topic, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I can usually talk to one expert, or consult one document and get all the information I need. But as you'll have realised from the preamble, the combination of virtualization and clustering spans many boundaries. So, I am indebted to the many colleagues who provided information and reviews for the Blueprint that resulted from my rash suggestion.

I hope you find "Using Solaris Cluster and Sun Cluster Geographic Edition with Virtualization Technologies" saves you a lot of head scratching when your colleague, manager, or professor asks you, "And how do Solaris Cluster and virtualization technologies work together?".



Saturday Dec 23, 2006

Solaris Cluster 3.2 is out there!!!

There was great excitement at the office last week! We are all really proud and happy to see our product suite, Solaris Cluster , roll out, before the end of the year 2006! Mid-year '06, the schedules were modified and the release dates pulled in... there was committment in the team to meet this challenge and we are all really glad that we made it!

Solaris Cluster is the framework that extends the high availability features of Solaris. It includes the latest releases of the Sun Cluster software: Sun Cluster 3.2, Sun Cluster Geographic Edition 3.2 and Sun Cluster Agents 3.2. Solaris Cluster 3.2 is available for download here. The media will be available with the Expanded Solaris(TM) 10 11/06 Media Kit, early 2007. Here is a quick update on the release and its features.


Ease of Use
\* New Command Line Interfaces
\* Oracle 10g improved integration and administration
\* Agent configuration wizards
\* Flexible IP address scheme

Higher Availability
\* Cluster support for SMF services
\* Quorum server
\* Extended flexibility for fencing protocol
\* Greater Flexibility
\* Expanded support for Solaris Containers
\* HA ZFS - agent support for Sun's new file system
\* Extended support for Veritas software components

Better Operations and Administration
\* Dual-partition software update
\* Live upgrade
\* Optional GUI installation

With Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition, new features include:
\* Support for x64 platforms
\* Support for EMC SRDF replication software

Solaris Cluster is supported on Solaris 9 9/05 and Solaris 10 11/06.


You should be able to register for the Sun Cluster training courses:

\* ES-345 Sun Cluster 3.2 Administration (5 day Instructor Led Training)
\* VC-ES-345 Sun Cluster 3.2 Administration (5 day Live Virtual Class)
\* ES-445 Sun Cluster 3.2 Advanced Administration (5 day Instructor Led Training)

For a complete list of Sun Cluster courses and more details, watch this space. We will blog about this in future too.


Check out the Business Continuity Learning centre here. See our director, Keith White, in a video, talking about the features and benefits of Sun Cluster. There is also an on-line demo and a how-to install Sun Cluster guide that you will find interesting.


We had a few days to do some fun activities, as a team, before our holiday break. There was a "YouTube challenge" suggested by Keith. As part of the fun, we had our creative hats on and made videos and designed TShirts with our product, as the theme. We had less then 3 days to make the videos. On thursday 21st December, the team met over lunch to view the 7 videos that were made. It was fun watching the videos created. Some of them are really fun. I am in awe of the creativity in this group!

Check one of our fun videos "Get A Life"


GetALife is also on YouTube. We will share some of the others as well. Some are bound to make you laugh!

Next year promises to be an interesting year! We will be back in '07 with renewed energy!

Happy Holidays!

Meenakshi Kaul-Basu
Sr. Manager, Solaris Cluster Engineering


Oracle Solaris Cluster Engineering Blog


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