Friday Oct 05, 2012

Running Solaris 11 as a control domain on a T2000

There is increased adoption of Solaris 11, and some customers test it with older servers. This blog entry illustrates how to run Solaris 11 as a control domain on a T1-based server like a T2000.[Read More]

Thursday Jun 14, 2012

Mixed Solaris 10 and 11 versions in logical domains on the same server

You can mix Oracle Solaris 10 and Solaris 11 domains on the same server, subject only to the software requirements for the hardware platform. Read further for details.[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 22, 2011

Solaris 10 branded zone VM Templates for Solaris 11 on OTN

Early this year I wrote an article showing how to create a branded Solaris 10 zone under Oracle Solaris 11 - now there's an easy fast way with a Solaris 10 branded zone VM Template.[Read More]

Monday Nov 21, 2011

A Patent for Workload Management Based on Service Level Objectives

I've (after a trifling delay) been awarded a patent for an automatic computer workload manager that describes how to dynamically adjust computer resource in order to meet service level objectives. [Read More]

Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Why Solaris 11 is being released *before* 11/11/11

It would have been very elegant to release Solaris 11 on 11/11/11 (after all, how many chances for that kind of symmetry do you get?), but there are reasons it's not happening: see 11 Reasons Why Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Isn't Being Released on 11/11/11 .

Aw, darn. Still, it would be nice if we could do Solaris 12 on 12/12/12. After that, we run out of months!

Friday Oct 21, 2011

Solaris 11 is coming!

I just mentioned this, but not prominently enough: Solaris 11 is coming, and you're invited to the party! See for information on the launch event. This is a big advance in Solaris with a lot of exciting new features, so attend or tune into the webcast.

More formally:

Join Oracle executives Mark Hurd and John Fowler and key Oracle Solaris Engineers and Execs at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event in New York, Gotham Hall on Broadway, November 9th and learn how you can build your infrastructure with Oracle Solaris 11 to:

  • Accelerate internal, public, and hybrid cloud applications
  • Optimize application deployment with built-in virtualization
  • Achieve top performance and cost advantages with Oracle Solaris 11–based engineered systems

The launch event will also feature exclusive content for our in-person audience including a session led by the VP of core Solaris development and his leads on Solaris 11 and a customer insights panel during lunch. We will also have a technology showcase featuring our latest systems and Solaris technologies. The Solaris executive team will also be there throughout the day to answer questions and give insights into future developments in Solaris.

Don't miss the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York on November 9. REGISTER TODAY!

Sunday Oct 02, 2011

T4 arrives!

The SPARC T4 adds world-class single CPU thread performance to the throughput computing performance T-series systems are known for. It has 2.85 or 3.0Ghz clock rate, branch prediction, longer pipelines, Out-Of-Order execution, for up to 5x better per-CPU performance than its predecessors.[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

In the zone - new demo/example of zones on OTN

OTN is hosting a new flash demo with a customer story and explanation showing how zones can reduce costs and improve delivery of new services with quicker time to market. Also: a new world record benchmark.[Read More]

Thursday Jul 07, 2011

Secure administration of Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains)

Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains) includes provides a variety of features that enhance security. This article describes its security advantages, and illustrates how to use Solaris Role Based Access Control (RBAC) to permit management without requiring the use of the root userid.[Read More]

Tuesday May 24, 2011

New wiki article: Exploring Oracle Solaris 11 Express

A new wiki article at illustrates features of Oracle Solaris 11 Express.[Read More]

Monday Jan 31, 2011

Flow control in Solaris 11 Express Network virtualization

Solaris 11 Express includes new technology for virtualization. This blog entry describes the new flow control features that are part of Solaris 11 network virtualization.[Read More]

Sunday Jan 02, 2011

Ours Goes To 11 - Features of Oracle Solaris 11

One of the features in Oracle Solaris 11 is the "Solaris 10 Container" which makes it possible to import a Solaris Container or even a full Solaris 10 system. This blog entry describes zones under Solaris 11 and illustrates using Solaris 10 Containers on it.[Read More]

Monday Dec 27, 2010

So much news, so little time...

It's a long time since my last blog - it's been a busy time! In this blog entry I catch up with some of the big news announcements, and illustrate upgrading from OpenSolaris to Oracle Solaris 11 Express[Read More]

Thursday Mar 25, 2010

Response to "A comparison of virtualization features of HP-UX, Solaris and AIX"

It's a long time since I've had to refute errors in partisan "comparisons" of Sun technology, but it's time again. An article posted by Ken Milberg on IBM sites inaccurately describes Oracle virtualization technology, and I set the record straight....[Read More]

Sunday Mar 21, 2010

A new look at an old SA practice: separating /var from /

Today's blog is a short look at two variations on the old sysadmin practice of separating /var from /, inspired by recent "how do I do this?" calls - influenced by ZFS boot and Solaris Containers (zones) with ZFS root.[Read More]



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