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.

NEW 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.

TRAINING

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.

LEARNING CENTRE

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.

CLUSTER FUN WEEK

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"

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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

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