Friday Mar 08, 2013

Stay in sync with a changing SAP world

Over the years, the SAP kernel changed a lot. Finally, the architecture of our SAP agents had reached its limits. It was clearly time for a rewrite of the SAP agent. To accommodate the changes in the SAP kernel, we created the new HA for NetWeaver agent. We also took this chance to support central instance and traditional HA deployments within this one agent. This integration reduces the resource complexity.


Most recently, the SAP kernel 7.20_EXT SAP introduced the ability to integrate HA frameworks. Of course, we did not miss the opportunity to integrate our new SAP NetWeaver agent with this functionality. So, with the new HA for NetWeaver agent, it is now possible to use the SAP command and the SAP Management console to manage SAP instances under cluster control, without having root access. This will improve the ease of use for SAP in an Oracle Solaris Cluster environment. We made these functionalities available on Oracle Solaris 11 software starting with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 SRU 4.


One of the larger cities in Europe made the change with their SAP system from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 as soon as the HA for NetWeaver agent was available. They reduced their system administration costs because of the benefits of Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0. Information about this customer use case is available at:
http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/city-of-nuremberg-1-solaris-ss-1912239.html


We look forward to your feedback and inputs !


Detlef

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Announcing Release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1!


Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Oracle Solaris Cluster at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Once again Oracle OpenWorld is taking over San Francisco's Moscone Center.  Once Again Oracle Solaris Cluster will be present at the event. Please come and visit us in the Oracle DEMOgrounds in Moscone South.  Take the time to stop by at the Oracle Solaris Cluster demo pod (S-116): you will meet some of our architects, tech leads and product managers... And if you are interested in sessions showing the use of Oracle Solaris Cluster check our Focus On document.


Have a great show and hope to meet you there.




Monday Aug 06, 2012

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11 Software Supported on Third Party Storage


Oracle Solaris Cluster software can be used with different storage
technologies such as FC, SCSI, iSCSI and NAS on Oracle storage and
third party storage. There is also support for highly available
Oracle Solaris ZFS, POSIX compliant cluster file system, raw disk
access to cluster-wide global devices and volume managers. Oracle
Solaris Cluster software provides the highest levels of data
integrity and availability using innovative fencing and quorum
technologies.  Oracle Solaris Cluster software has a validation tool
called OSCATE (Oracle Solaris Cluster Automated Test Environment)
that is used to verify that the storage under test meets all the
requirements for successful integration with the Oracle Solaris
Cluster product. It has a combination of functional, load tests and
real world fault injection scenarios to ensure end-to-end
availability of the entire stack all the way from applications to
storage.


Third party storage partners are diligently working towards becoming
certified with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 and Oracle Solaris 11
software.  Partners now certified are EMC, Hitachi Data Systems,
HP/3PAR, IBM and NEC.  Certification is essential prior to
deployment in a production environment.  Completing the stringent
set of test requirements dictated by OSCATE provides customers with
choices of supported third-party storage arrays and confidence that
should any issue arise, they will be supported by both parties.


Support for the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system with EMC SRDF, a
storage-based replication option, is also now available for use with
Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition. The following
configurations are supported on Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 with EMC
SRDF:


Geographic Edition

Geographic Edition + ZFS

Geographic Edition + campus cluster

Geographic Edition + campus cluster + ZFS


For all Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.x configurations where TimeFinder
or SRDF are being used, please refer to the white paper,
“Integration of EMC SRDF and TimeFinder with Oracle Solaris Cluster”
on EMC’s  PowerLink site.  You may also refer to the Oracle Solaris
Cluster 3.3 5/11 documentation:

Campus Cluster Data Replication:    http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E18728_01/html/821-2847/datarep.html#scrolltoc

Geographic Edition:    http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E22702_01/html/821-2756/index.html

As other partner's
storage becomes certified, you will find support information
at: support

matrix

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

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