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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Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Session content from Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 has wrapped up for another year. This year was very successful for Oracle Solaris, with a number of really important announcements. In case you haven't already, take a look at Markus Flierl's blog, VP of Oracle Solaris engineering, who nicely summarizes the conference. We also have a great set of videos to have a watch of that summarize some of the key announcements and a few interviews with the team.

From a personal perspective, I was pretty happy with the session I did with Bart, and you can download the slides from the content catalog (along with the other sessions up until March 2014) or below.

I also ran a couple of successful Hands on Labs - "Oracle Solaris 11 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Users" and "Oracle Solaris 11 Packaging for Administrators". We'll be making those labs available on our Oracle Solaris 11 OTN page in the next couple of weeks - stayed tuned!

Friday Aug 23, 2013

Top Oracle Solaris Picks at Oracle Open World 2013

With a few weeks to go until Oracle Open World, I thought it would be good to provide my top Oracle Solaris picks at the event once again. These are the sessions that you wouldn't want to miss! This year all the Oracle Solaris sessions are over in the Westin hotel, a few blocks away from Moscone (it's our turn!).

TitleAbstract
General Session: Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap - Markus Flierl, Michael Montemorano (Verizon)This 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 is joined by a key customer executive who shares the benefits and value experienced with Oracle Solaris and the business challenges solved.
Oracle Solaris Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Engineering - Darren Moffat, Liane Praza, Nicolas Droux, Bart SmaaldersThis 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.
Why Oracle Software Runs Best on Oracle’s SPARC Hardware - Brad CarlileLearn proven best practices for running high-performance, secure, mission-critical databases and applications on Oracle’s new SPARC T5 and SPARC M5 servers running Oracle Solaris. This session displays techniques for increasing system availability, server utilization, virtualization efficiency, and security for both online and batch processing for a wide variety of applications.
Ten Key Solaris Zones Differentiators Enhancing Cloud Platforms - Duncan Hardie, Karoly Vegh, Adrian Saul (AAPT)Oracle Solaris 11 is the first cloud OS. Its Oracle Solaris Zones feature—no-cost, zero-overhead virtualization technology built in to Oracle Solaris 11—has been serving customers for nearly a decade now. Customers value its manageability, lack of performance overhead, and network separation. Oracle Solaris Zones comes with a rich set of additional features that are key differentiators for cloud platforms too. In this session, you’ll learn about availability options, advanced manageability features, performance-guaranteeing possibilities, and delegated configurations of Oracle Solaris Zones.
Why Oracle Solaris Is the Best UNIX for Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic - Isaac RozenfeldCome learn why IBM and HP customers are moving to Oracle Solaris on SPARC for running Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic. This session discusses the unique optimizations in Oracle Solaris 11 for the Oracle stack that have led to 18 world records on real-world benchmarks for Oracle’s SPARC T5 processor and Oracle Solaris. Learn about the most-efficient and most cost-effective way to virtualize Oracle Database or Oracle WebLogic. See how easy it is to update and manage multitenant environments. The session also discusses how Oracle Solaris simplifies private cloud deployments of your software.
Oracle Solaris 11 Best Practices for Software Lifecycle Management - Bart Smaalders, Glynn FosterLearn how improvements to software lifecycle management in Oracle Solaris 11 provide administrators with a significant reduction in complexity and system downtime while they are patching systems. This session provides an overview of the new packaging technology and covers best practices for updating systems by using Oracle Solaris’ new network-based package management system, Image Packaging System. It discusses how to create and manage local software repository mirrors, deploy custom applications through the packaging system, and troubleshoot system updates.
Compliance and Security: Least Complexity, Lowest Risk with Oracle Solaris - Alex Barclay, Kavitha MariappanLearn how Oracle Solaris 11 security and compliance features work together to protect data, centrally manage and restrict users, and apply fine-grained security policies to applications, users, and virtual machines. This session provides an overview of key Oracle Solaris security technologies, with a focus on how to combine them to reduce and report on risks.

We also have a great line up of Hands on Lab sessions over at the Mariott hotel, another short walk from the Moscone. This year we've opted for slightly longer 2 hour sessions to give participants a better chance at completing the labs - check them out:

TitleAbstract
Oracle Solaris for RedHat Linux usersIn this Hands-on-Lab we will introduce the basics of administration of Oracle Solaris for administrators experienced with RedHat Linux. We will walk through system configuration including users and roles, automatic and manual networking, managing storage with the ZFS file system, creating virtualized application isolation with Oracle Solaris Zones and management of services with the Service Management Framework (SMF). We will also cover the software lifecycle and how administrators can install and update software using the Image Packaging System (IPS) with failsafe update using ZFS boot environments. We will draw comparisons to how things are done in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and identify the unique differentiators of Oracle Solaris 11.
Oracle Solaris in the cloudIn this Hands-on-Lab we'll deploy a cloud infrastructure, leveraging the intrinsic features of Oracle Solaris. We'll use the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system to set up storage for our application and introduce participants to Oracle Solaris Zones as our primary virtualization environment for our cloud layers. We will also use network virtualization to create virtualized network interfaces and switches to communicate between our virtualized environments. We will show how to rapidly deploy the environment and how our application can easily be secured and protected using the built-in features of Oracle Solaris Zones.
Oracle Solaris Packaging for AdministratorsIn this Hands-on-Lab we'll learn to take advantage of the new network based package management to integrate your application and show the unique benefits to the application lifecycle management. We'll first learn how to use the Image Packaging System (IPS) to search, install and update packages and create your own local package repository. Next we'll create a package for your application and publish it to your repository. We will also show how to better integrate your application into the Oracle Solaris operating system, helping to improve application resiliency with service management and use access control technologies to restrict administrative user behavior.

Of course there are a lot of other Oracle Solaris related sessions. Check them out on the content builder and start planning your trip to Oracle Open World today!

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