Friday Oct 26, 2012

Announcing Release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1!

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

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 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:
    -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.

    * 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:

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

- Extended Oracle Solaris Containers cluster support:
 * 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

- 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)

- e-delivery (for production use - requires purchase of commercial license)

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


* Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 Documentation Center:

* 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

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

Solaris Cluster: Presentations and Demonstrations at Oracle Open World 2009

If you couldn't make it to Oracle Open World in San Francisco (12th - 15th October) I've put together a quick summary of the presentations and demonstrations that my colleagues and I delivered.

The Solaris Cluster group was given two speaking sessions for the conference:

  1.  "Bulletproof Your Oracle E-Business Suite Deployment with Solaris Cluster" - Neil Garthwaite and Pedro Lay
  2. "Delivering High Availability to Oracle Applications with Solaris Cluster" - Dr Ellard Roush and Tim Read

Neil and Pedro's presentation explained how you could combine Solaris Cluster and Sun Cluster Geographic Edition to create a high availability Oracle's E-Business Suite implementation that also has disaster recovery protection.

The underlying 10g RAC database runs in the global zone and is replicated by Oracle Data Guard to a secondary cluster. The application tier comprising concurrent manager and Oracle Process Manager and Notification Server (opnm) managed services (oafm, forms, oacore and http server) runs in a separate, isolated Solaris Containers cluster, also known as a zone cluster. Using the features of Solaris Cluster and Geographic Edition both local failover and disaster recovery can be achieved without the need to re-run autoconfig.

Oracle Open World E-Business suite demonstration configuration

The picture above shows the configuration demonstrated at Oracle Open World with the exception that shared QFS was used in place of ASM. 

The presentation was backed up by a real implementation using two physically separate clusters. During the show we performed numerous demonstrations. These included local failovers, caused by forcing zone or process failures, and full site switchovers to test the disaster recovery plan. Whereas local failover took only a matter of a few seconds, the site switchover took around 15 minutes to complete, albeit on a somewhat untuned system. On the final day we initiated a full disaster scenario by powering off both of the primary cluster nodes. The takeover of the primary site completed successfully in around 10 minutes. And just to re-iterate, at no point did we need to re-run autoconfig, whether we performed a failover, switchover or site takeover.

Throughout these demonstrations we used Load-Runner to place a background load on the system and give an indication of interactive performance.

Keep an eye out for videos of this setup on the Sun Learning Exchange.

The second presentation given by Ellard and me came in two parts. The first covered how Solaris Containers clusters can be used to consolidate workloads onto a Solaris Cluster with both security isolation and resource constraints. The second part described how a new resource type, or agent, could be written to support an application for which Sun doesn't currently have an offering. The example used in the presentation was Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

Other Solaris Cluster demonstrations at the Sun booth included: HA-ASM, a new agent for managing Oracle ASM, running in a zone cluster and Oracle 11g RAC running over RDS on Infiniband on SPARC servers using Sun's QDR PCIe HCAs and the 36-port switch.

Now if you were at Oracle Open World but didn't sign up to attend our presentations (and look what you've missed!) then you can still access copies of the slides and listen to the recording of the above sessions.

Maybe we'll see you at OOW next year!

Tim Read
Solaris Cluster Engineering


Oracle Solaris Cluster Engineering Blog


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