Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Announcing Release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0!

We are very happy to announce the release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, the first release providing High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11. This release comes within a few of the weeks of the release of Solaris 11.


Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 offers the best availability for enterprise applications with instant system failure detection for fastest service recovery. It includes out-of the box support for Oracle database and applications such as Oracle WebLogic Server and is pre-tested with Oracle Sun servers, storage and networking components. It is optimized to leverage the SPARC SuperCluster redundancy and reliability features and delivers the high availability infrastructure for the Oracle Optimized Solutions.


Oracle Solaris 11 Oracle Solaris Cluster on Solaris 11 offers an unified installation experience leveraging the Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) for all the benefits that it bring. These include error-free software updates, automatic patch dependency resolution and automated installer for easy multi-node installation.


For a complete list of features and benefits, see  What's New in Oracle Solaris Cluster.'  Also, watch Bill Nesheim, VP Solaris Platform Engineering, in a webcast on Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 at 9AM PST. Stay tuned for more blog articles on the features. You can try the product out for evaluation, development and testing use at the Oracle Technology Network or for production use at the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. We look forward to your feedback and inputs!


- Roma Baron, Sr. Program Manager, Solaris Cluster


- Meenakshi Kaul-Basu, Director, Solaris Cluster

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

Thursday Oct 22, 2009

IDC white paper: Addressing Virtualization and High-Availability Needs with Sun Solaris Cluster

A white paper titled "Addressing Virtualization and High-Availability Needs with Sun Solaris Cluster",  written by IDC analyst, Jean Bozman, is now available!

What you will find from the paper includes:
- Businesses' High Availability needs in the Virtualized IT Environment and how Solaris Cluster addresses these requirements
- Why Virtualization Software and High Availability Software are being used to protect applications
- Worldwide Availability and Clustering Software Revenue, 2008-2013
- Integration of High Availability and Virtualization Use Cases
- Solaris Cluster Customer Snapshots

We look forward to your comments on the product.

 -Meenakshi

Director, Solaris Cluster


Tuesday Aug 18, 2009

Discussing High Availability with a Puppet

Last month at OSCON I had the pleasure of discussing High Availability and Open HA Cluster with "Jack Adams." Here's the video for your viewing pleasure:

Nick Solter
Solaris Cluster / Open HA Cluster developer and author of OpenSolaris Bible

Monday Jun 01, 2009

Announcing Open HA Cluster 2009.06

We are pleased to announce the release of High Availability Cluster software for OpenSolaris 2009.06! If you've been following along, this release is the fruit of project Colorado. Open HA Cluster 2009.06 is based on Solaris Cluster 3.2, including many of the features from the most recent update. Additionally, Open HA Cluster 2009.06 contains the following new features:

  • The ability to use Crossbow VNICs as endpoints for the cluster private interconnects. You can even send the cluster traffic over the public network and secure it with IPsec.
  • Support for exporting locally attached storage as iSCSI targets with COMSTAR iSCSI. You can obtain redundant “shared storage” without true shared storage by creating a mirrored zpool out of iSCSI-accessible local disks on two different nodes of the cluster.

Taken together, these features contribute to “hardware minimization,” allowing you to form a cluster with fewer physical hardware requirements.

This release runs on both SPARC and x86/x64 systems and includes the following agents:

  • Apache Webserver
  • Apache Tomcat
  • MySQL
  • GlassFish
  • NFS
  • DHCP
  • NFS
  • Kerberos
  • Samba
  • Solaris Containers (for ipkg Zones)

Open HA Cluster 2009.06 is distributed as IPS packages from the https://pkg.sun.com/opensolaris/ha-cluster repository. In order to obtain access, accept the license agreement at https://pkg.sun.com to obtain a certificate and key. Follow the instructions given at registration to configure your system's access to the ha-cluster publisher.

To install the complete cluster, including agents, install the “ha-cluster-full” package. To install a minimal cluster, without agents and other optional components, install the “ha-cluster-minimal” package instead. You can then install the individual agents and other optional components.

Open HA Cluster 2009.06 is free to use, with production level support offerings available for two-node clusters. This release runs on OpenSolaris 2009.06 only.

For more information, see the documentation landing page and the OpenSolaris Availability page. If you don't have physical hardware available to create a cluster, try it out on VirtualBox! (PDF link).

Please direct your questions and comments to ha-clusters-discuss@opensolaris.org

The Colorado Team

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