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SPARC Systems & Oracle Solaris Take the Stage At Oracle OpenWorld

Today's post was written in partnership with my colleague Mary Jane Greenfield, Principal Product Marketing Director, Platform.

‘Scale-out and cloud infrastructure at commodity prices’. ‘SPARC comes to Oracle Cloud’.  ‘Accelerate data analytics and Oracle Database 12c in-memory performance’. ‘ Solaris virtualization is the right virtualization for your application’. ‘The Software in Silicon revolution continues’.  ‘This is just a glimpse of what you’ll hear and learn about Oracle SPARC servers and the Oracle Solaris OS at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld… and that’s just on day one!

With 14 Server sessions and 12 Oracle Solaris sessions spanning Monday, September 19 through Thursday, September 22 at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, you’ll have many tremendous opportunities to discover, learn and network.  To help you with finding valuable sessions to attend, here’s a few recommendations:

Server Sessions:

Masood Heydari’s, SVP of Hardware Development, General sessions typically attract the most attendees of all SPARC session, and it’s really no surprise since Masood covers the most important advances in SPARC technology while providing a window into future development efforts.  This session should be first on the list for anyone wanting a fresh and insightful update on SPARC technology.  Don’t miss it, see the details below: 

General Session: Software in Silicon Revolution—The Next Decade of Processor Design [GEN4856] Masood Heydari, SVP, Hardware Development, Oracle
Monday, Sep 19, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone South - 307

Another not-to-miss session for those seeking a close up view of SPARC M7/T7/S7 technology is Rick Hetherington’s  ‘Deep Dive on Oracle's Latest Software in Silicon Breakthrough and Beyond’. Rick, Oracle’s Vice President of Hardware Development, will share technical details on how Software in Silicon can help you maximize security and accelerate performance of Oracle and third-party software, on your premises or in the cloud. 

Deep Dive on Oracle's Latest Software in Silicon Breakthrough and Beyond [CON6446]
Rick Hetherington, Vice President, Oracle   Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone South – 307

And let’s not forget about Oracle customers. This year’s customer panel, ‘The SPARC Platform Revolution: Customer Insights from Cores to Cloud’, brings together an international group of IT professionals from StubHub, Exelon and IS Nordic. It promises to be a lively, interactive discussion covering what’s been achieved so far and what’s planned for new SPARC  systems.  If you want to learn how your business can benefit from new SPARC systems, then attending this session is a no-brainer.

The SPARC Platform Revolution: Customer Insights from Cores to Cloud [CON7551]
Marty Boos, CIO, StubHub; Maninder Singh, IT Manager, Unix/Linux Platforms, Exelon; Greg Stone, IS Nordic; David Simmons, Sr. Director, Converged Infrastructure Marketing, Oracle will moderate
Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. | Moscone South – 307

In addition, there’s plenty more valuable Server sessions for you to take advantage of.  See them all here.

Oracle Solaris Sessions:

Markus Flierl’s, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Technologies, General Session sets the stage for what’s new and exciting in Oracle Solaris. This session not only describes how Oracle Solaris is currently being deployed in cloud computing but also provides a vision of future cloud computing. It offers a recap of the latest enterprise innovations that are in the Oracle Solaris operating system. This is a must see session to better understand the overall landscape of Oracle Solaris.

General Session: Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap [GEN6426]
Markus Flierl, Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:00 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3

One of the highlights at OpenWorld is our special panel of key Engineers. Come hear directly from the engineers that make the magic happen in Oracle Solaris. This is the place to ask your questions of why and how the key technologies in Oracle Solaris fit together. This is always a very popular session for customers and Oracle employees alike. 

Bringing Enterprise Attributes to the Cloud: Oracle Solaris Engineering Panel [CON6425]
Joost Pronk Van Hoogeveen, Lead Product Manager (Moderator) Nicolas Droux, Sr Principal Software Engineer, Edward Pilatowicz, Oracle Solaris Virtualization - Senior Principal Engineer, 
Bart Smaalders, Senior Software Architect, Darren Moffat, Senior Principal Engineer 
Wednesday, Sep 21, 11:00 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3

Another must see session is our customer panel. This year we have the Senior Manager of Oracle Solaris Product Management as moderator. Come hear directly from customers how Oracle Solaris has helped solved their pain points. Ask customers directly about their implementations and how Oracle Solaris is working for them.

Deploying Tomorrow's Enterprise Innovation Today: Customer Panel [CON6424]
Scott Lynn, Oracle Solaris Product Management (Moderator) Krishna Tangirala, Vice President Infrastructure, BH Photo, Jan-Pier Loonstra, KPN, Nick Andrade, Technology Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3

View all the Oracle Solaris sessions here.

More Opportunities to Learn and Share

Even with all these amazing sessions we have lined—up, there’s still more opportunities to learn and share.  In the Demogrounds in Moscone South, we are presenting a series of mini-sessions, each 15 to 20 minutes long, featuring condensed versions of conference sessions as well as new, compelling content. ‘Strengthen Your Information Fortress with SPARC and Oracle Solaris’, on Monday, September 20 at 2:30pm will show you how a layered security strategy creates an Information Fortress that protects data at all of layers of the IT stack whether on premises or in the cloud. Find out more about the Mini-theater sessions for Oracle Servers and Solaris.

We know all this learning can take its toll and cause you to work up quite a thirst.  To quench it, we are offering ‘Beers with Engineers’ on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon right in the Demogrounds.  Take advantage of these time slots to get your questions answered while enjoying a beverage with Oracle’s team of development experts.

These are just a few of the highlights from the Server and Oracle Solaris tracks, and we haven’t even touched on the Keynote presentations, John Fowler’s General session on Monday at 1:45pm, as well as the Hands-on Labs, product and solution demos, and the hardware showcase.  And, of course there’s Billy Joel in concert at AT&T Park on Wednesday night. You can get all the information on Oracle OpenWorld 2016 here. We’re looking forward to seeing you there and know you’ll have a great experience.

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