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

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

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


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


Oracle Solaris Cluster Engineering Blog


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