Wednesday Jan 07, 2015

The best practice for Kernel Zones

Just a quick update today. The Oracle Solaris Zones engineering team have pulled together a best practice guide for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones. Keep in mind that this is just general information for a generic setup, it's impossible to allow for every possible configuration or use case, but it's invaluable to help you get things going. Enjoy.

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

Kernel Zones in 5 minutes

I was lucky enough to get some time to tell Rick Ramsay about Kernel Zones, unfortunately it was only 5 minutes ;-) You can see the result here (go on you know you want to):

You can also get started with Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones with the help of this howto guide.

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Which Oracle Solaris Virtualization

From time to time as the product manager for Oracle Solaris Virtualization I get asked by customers which virtualization technology they should choose. This is probably because of two main reasons.

  1. Choice: Oracle Solaris provides a choice of virtualization technologies so you can tailor your virtual infrastructure to best fit your application, not to have force (and hence compromise) your application to fit a single option 
  2. No way back: There is the perception, once you make your choice if you get it wrong there is no way back (or a very difficult way back), so it is really important to make the right choice

Understandably there is occasionally a lot of angst around this decision but, as always, with Oracle Solaris there is good news. First the choice isn't as complex as it first seems and below is a diagram that can help you get a feel for that choice. We now have many many customers that are discovering that the combination of Oracle Solaris Zones inside OVM Server for SPARC instances (Logical Domains) gives them the best of both worlds.

Second with Unified Archives in Oracle Solaris 11.2 you always have a way back. With a Unified Archive you can move from a Native Zone to a Kernel Zone to a Logical Domain to Bare Metal and any and all combinations in-between. You can test which is the best type of virtualization for your applications and infrastructure and if you don't like it change to another type in a few minutes. 

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Solaris Cloud Datasheet

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS graphic

Well you all get that Oracle Solaris 11 is the first cloud OS, but not only do we supply the ideal infrastructure for an enterprise class cloud, we give you a great management solution and can actually show you how to build a pre-tested, optimized solution. Read all about it here.

Friday Oct 12, 2012

Solaris: Built for the cloud

Not able to get to all the pods at Oracle Open World? Well at least you can now see what we had to say at the Oracle Solaris Cloud pod. This uncut version will be also entered into the "Who ate all the pies?" category at the Oscars.

Monday Jun 11, 2012

Network Balancing Act

Next up in our popular Oracle Solaris How To series is the Integrated Load Balancer, part of the suite of network facilities that are built in to Oracle Solaris 11. Providing Layer 3 and Layer 4 load balancing capabilities you can use this device to simulate or even replace your hardware based network infrastructure.

Read more about the capabilities and how to get a basic configuration working in How to Set Up a Load-Balanced Application Across Two Oracle Solaris Zones

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Zone a dee doo dah

What a wonderful day, see how you can use Oracle Solaris Zones to rapidly deploy your applications into your infrastructure.

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