Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

Come visit us at OOW 2015

Hopefully by now you've seen all the Oracle Solaris sessions that we will be doing at Oracle OpenWorld this year - if not you can find thefull list here. On the virtualization side we have a couple of great sessions on offer with, more importantly a few interesting and very special guests.

First up we have Making DevOps Secure with Docker - CON8724, 10/28/15 (Wednesday) 11:00 AM - Intercontinental—Intercontinental B (5th Floor). For this session we will be joined by the one and only Jérôme Petazzoni from Docker who will be double teaming with our very own Jesse Butler from Oracle Solaris Engineering - a must see session.

Next we have DevOps Done Right: Secure Virtualization with Oracle Solaris - CON8468 10/28/15 (Wednesday) 12:15 PM - Intercontinental—Intercontinental B (5th Floor). I will be helped out by Fritz Wittwer from Swisscom so you can hear exactly how customers are using our technology.

For a brief taster of what we are talking about at both the sessions why not pop on by and listen to From DevOps to Production with Docker and the Oracle Solaris Zones Feature - THT10970 10/26/15 (Monday) 12:30 PM - Geek Speak Theater, Servers and Storage DEMOgrounds, Moscone South

You can also take the opportunity to drop by the Oracle Solaris Virtualization pod in the DEMOgrounds which will have a plethora of Oracle Solaris engineers on hand to answer any and all of your questions. Hope to see you there.

Thursday Aug 27, 2015

Rapid fire Weblogic instances

Today we have made available the latest in our series of VM Templates for Oracle Solaris and our Oracle SPARC systems. This latest set of templates allows you to get an installed and configured Weblogic 12.1.3 instance up and running quickly and with minimal effort. You can download instances for OVM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones here.

VM Templates bring a preconfigured, pre-installed, readly to go, deploy in minutes environment to use as is or as a base you can adapt for your production environments. This Weblogic template is simply the latest addition to the family, for example we have VM Template images for Oracle Solaris, you can see a full list here.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features for lowering cost of operations, improving performance, enhancing scalability and supporting the Oracle Applications portfolio.

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

It's true - Docker coming to Oracle Solaris

Just a quick post, we announced a while ago that we will be bringing Docker to Oracle Solaris - you can read some background and find a link to the press release here.We'll hopefully be talking about developments at this year's Oracle Openworld so maybe I'll see you there.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

New features in Oracle Solaris Zones

 New Oracle Solaris Zones features

In case you missed it, and how could you, the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta was made available today. You can find the details here.

As always the Oracle Solaris Virtualization team has been very busy and there is a great list of things that they have delivered. Here are a few highlights:

  • Secure Live Migration: Kernel Zones can now be moved around the datacenter without causing an outage. End users can be unaffected and moved onto other systems whilst administrators perform key system maintenance. The secure part of the migration means that data is protected while man in the middle attacks are prevented.
  • Zones on Shared Storage (NFS): Now in addition to SAN and iSCSI you can put your zoneroot on NFS shared storage. Administrators can continue to benefit from snapshots, cloning and zone boot environments while choosing the appropriate storage for their environment (right now this is for Kernel Zones only)
  • Live Zone Reconfiguration: Originally introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.2, with the latest beta release the benefits of Live Zone Reconfiguration come to Kernel Zones with the ability to reconfigure the network and attached devices without the need for a reboot.
  • Virtualized Clocks for Oracle Solaris Zones: We've just had a leap second, with virtualized clocks support in Oracle Solaris Native Zones you can now test how a system will behave in advance. Of course you could always do this with Kernel Zones but now this functionality is extended across the entire zones family.
Here's hoping you enjoy running the new features in Oracle Solaris Zones - do let us know via the comments how you get on.

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

Updated: As of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Kernel Zones now support Live Migration on x86 and SPARC platforms 

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.

Rapid Deployment Image



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