Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation

Oracle is now joining the OpenStack Foundation and planning on using the OpenStack technology in a wide variety of its products, including Oracle Solaris. This is pretty exciting generally and I think that OpenStack shows a huge amount of promise and ties together functionality that customers have been looking to have for quite some time. While we've had the concept of a unified compute, storage and networking layer for a while now when you provision Oracle Solaris Zones, being able to do this at scale across multiple nodes with both a management interface, and set of CLI and RESTful APIs is very appealing - and having Oracle Solaris as a rock solid OS foundation we're looking forward to adding a lot of value there. We're looking forward to contributing upstream (on Nova, Cinder and Neutron drivers initially, and then in other areas where we can help out).

I was fortunate enough to attend the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. It was an eye opening summit in many ways, mostly from the sheer volume of different technical projects and approach to solving problems in the data center. Not only that, it was also great to be able to catch up with friends of communities past.

Update: Already some folks are asking 'where's the code?' Oracle, as many can imagine, has policies and procedures around open source community contribution - especially when they involve contributor agreements. Needless to say, it's taken a bit of time to get this approved internally. Hopefully we'll see some Oracle folks more involved in the community at some stage in the short term.

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Friday Mar 22, 2013

Oracle Live Webcast - SPARC, March 26th

If you've ever wondered where Oracle has been putting its R&D lately, here's an event that you'll not want to miss. On Tuesday 26th March at 1pm PT, we'll be announcing a set of new Oracle SPARC based servers with the world's fastest microprocessor. Both Larry Ellison and John Fowler will be on stage with this live webcast.

While I can't obviously divulge what we'll be talking about in any detail, I've been very fortunate enough to see the engineering going into SPARC and Oracle Solaris day by day, month by month as we optimize right across the Oracle stack, from applications through to disk. Few other IT vendors have the opportunity to do anything close to this level of integration, and the results are going to be a game changer. I'll be live tweeting the event over on our ORCL_Solaris account, and Larry will be doing the same over on Facebook. If you've ever been in doubt with Oracle's intent around SPARC and Oracle Solaris, I think this will change your mind.

Register now!.

Friday Aug 10, 2012

Oracle Solaris at Oracle Open World

I've just been booking flights for this years Oracle Open World which is happening just over a month away on the 30th September through to the 4th October. For anyone who's been to the conference before, it's a pretty overwhelming experience which so much happening at the Moscone center and other locations across the city.

Oracle Solaris will have another strong presence at the conference once again with some really great content lined up. Here's some of my picks:

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General Session: Oracle Solaris 11 Strategy, Engineering Insights, and RoadmapThis general session, hosted by Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering, goes through the strategy and roadmap for Oracle Solaris. It covers how Oracle Solaris 11 is being deployed in cloud computing and the unique optimizations in Oracle Solaris 11 for the Oracle stack. The session also offers a sneak peak at the latest technology under development in Oracle Solaris and what customers can expect to see in the coming updates. Flierl will be joined by special guests from the core Oracle Solaris team and customers deploying Oracle Solaris 11.
Oracle Solaris 11 Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Core EngineeringThis session, featuring a panel of core engineers responsible for a wide range of key Oracle Solaris technologies, covers the current state of Oracle Solaris 11 and gives insights into the future direction of Oracle Solaris technologies and products. Come learn how Oracle Solaris can benefit your environment today and what will continue to make Oracle Solaris the best platform for deploying enterprise applications going forward, with even more features for performance, serviceability, cloud computing, deep Oracle stack optimizations, and ease of administration. The session also provides insights from customers deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in a range of data center environments.
Cloud Formation: Implementing IaaS in Practice with Oracle SolarisBe it public or private, IaaS or PaaS, using a cloud infrastructure has become the way to build out not only tomorrow’s but also today’s data center. Although there are many parts to a cloud solution, you are going to be left with a whole bunch of problems to solve if you don’t have an effective OS built for the cloud. In this session, learn how Oracle Solaris, the first cloud OS, provides the features you need built-in—no effort required. Be it elastic infrastructure, unrivaled security, superfast installation and deployment, nonstop availability, or crystal-clear observability, you will learn how Oracle Solaris provides it. Besides the “what,” also learn the “how” from a customer study on how Oracle Solaris is used in the cloud today to implement the Oracle stack.
Oracle Solaris 11 Serviceability Best PracticesOracle Solaris 11 provides many facilities that can help identify when a problem has occurred, provide information about it, and make it easier to collect the information required to solve it. This session provides insight into the the best way to install, configure, and update your Oracle Solaris systems. The focus is on optimizing the lifecycle of your Oracle Solaris infrastructure to make it easier to maintain.
Customer Insight: Oracle Solaris on Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, and SPARC SuperClusterIn this session, you’ll hear from existing customers what benefits they have realized from using the Oracle stack on Oracle Exadata and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster and from using Oracle Solaris on those engineered systems. Oracle Solaris brings lightweight OS virtualization (the Oracle Solaris Zones feature), enterprise reliability and scale, and many other key features of engineered systems for rapid ROI. Learn how Oracle Solaris and Oracle engineered systems can bring value to your organization.
Oracle Solaris 11 Security and Data Management: Reduce Risk and Deliver Secure ServicesOracle Solaris 11 ZFS and Oracle Solaris security features provide a comprehensive, secure data management environment for the data center and the cloud, combining guaranteed data integrity from disk platter to application and cryptographic data security. This session details the technologies that keep your data safe, using real-world examples. The discussion includes data integrity from application to disk, zones and application action whitelisting, and ZFS encryption. It also covers Oracle Key Manager integration and discusses best practices included in Oracle Optimized Solutions.
Large-Scale Installation and Deployment of Oracle Solaris 11 Hands on LabThis hands-on lab builds awareness of and instills confidence for deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in large installations. It addresses challenges associated with rolling out, and subsequently maintaining, traditional Oracle Solaris installations across the enterprise. And it subsequently provides an overview of installation and package management innovations that address these specific challenges. Further, it reviews the built-in tools provided for transitioning to Oracle Solaris 11 as well as specific technical projects in Oracle Solaris development that have become the foundation for solidifying Oracle Solaris 11 installation and lifecycle management capabilities.
Virtualizing Your Oracle Solaris 11 Environment (Hands on Lab)The cloud and virtualization are core to Oracle Solaris 11. Come to this hands-on lab to see what that means. Learn all about the Oracle Solaris Zones feature of Oracle Solaris, about the new network virtualization technology, and how they both integrate.

The times and locations are still to be announced so check back to the Oracle Open World 2012 page frequently. There's a bunch of other pretty exciting events also - the Oracle Open World Music Festival, the Oracle Appreciation Event and Oktoberfest by the Bay!. All in all, should be a great week!

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

What's new in Oracle Solaris 11?

As product management lead for the Oracle Solaris 11 release back in November 2011, one of the many responsibilities I had was to compile a list of some of the many new features that we've integrated. With well over 15,000 individual putbacks to just the Oracle Solaris kernel alone, compiling a list of interesting features was a pretty big challenge.

Oracle Solaris 10 introduced an incredible number of game changing innovations - the ZFS file system with its ability to prevent against silent data corruption, built in volume management and snapshot and cloning; DTrace, the dynamic tracing framework that allows anyone to safely get a much more accurate view at precisely what is happening on a system at any time; SMF, the service management facility that ensures maximum availability of critical applications and system services with automatic restart should any hardware or software failures occur; and Zones, built-in OS virtualization allowing administrators a way of carving up virtual environments with almost no performance overhead.

Oracle Solaris 11 builds on those strong foundations, delivering a set of features that provide huge value to administrators dealing with complex problems in the data center. We've torn apart some of the assumptions that were made years ago and modernized the operating system to meet the challenges of today - everything from the initial installation and management of software, to setting up virtualized environments in a multi-tenanted cloud environment. The integration with this release has been one of our higest priorities - taking best advantage of the technologies that we've introduced and present them to the administrator to dramatically help in their day-to-day operations. I'll be talking more about these features in future blog posts, but for now, take a look at some of the new features we've introduced.

What's New in Oracle Solaris 11

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Welcome to the "Under the Microscope" blog. So you've recently decided to take a look at Oracle Solaris 11, the latest version of the #1 enterprise UNIX operating system? Well, we're here to help you find your way. I'm Glynn Foster, Oracle Solaris product manager working in Wellington, New Zealand. I've been working at Oracle since 2010, having joined them as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition. I'll be taking you on a tour of some of the features of the operating system, some useful resources you can use to help you get started, and making sure you're aware of the latest news and events that are happening. So sit back, grab a beer, and start figuring out what the hype is all about. Cheers!
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