By user12580325 on Feb 28, 2012
What is Solaris? Solaris is a Unix operating system originally developed by Sun Microsystems. It superseded their earlier SunOS in 1993. Oracle Solaris, as it is now known, has been owned by Oracle Corporation since Oracle's acquisition of Sun in January 2010. Solaris is known for its scalability, especially on SPARC systems, and for originating many innovative features such as DTrace, ZFS and Time Slider. Solaris supports SPARC-based and x86-based workstations and servers from Sun and other vendors, with efforts underway to port to additional platforms. Solaris is registered as compliant with the Single Unix Specification. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solaris_%28operating_system%29
Solaris 11 was released in Nov 2011 and is refeed to as Solaris 11 11/11.
Watch the launch: Solaris 11 launch video:
Business justification: why move to Solaris 11
are the compelling reasons to move or upgrade to Solaris 11? What does a CTO want from an Operating System (OS)? The OS must be safe, secure, easy to upgrade, have lots of application support, clear roadmap, easy to manage, fast, good and cheap. Does Solaris 11 offer these features?
- Return on Investment → power aware dispatcher & other power management improvements will decrease your power bill.
- Longevity → clear roadmap: http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/servers/sparc-enterprise/public-sparc-roadmap-421264.pdf
- Minimum downtime → -> boot environments, live upgrade, boot fast.
- Zones → Virtualization: reduce footprint. Exclusive IP, Read Only Zone Root.
- Image Packaging System → IPS: Improved software delivery system.
- OS Installation → modernized automated installation, live CD.
- Crossbow → Network virtualization and resource management.
- Security → Solaris has a proper authorization delegation model. Crypto optimizations. Guidelines.
- Independent Software Vendor (Application Support) → The preflight checker tool enables you to determine the Oracle Solaris 11 readiness of an application. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/preflight-checker-tool-524493.html Sample code: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/samplecode/index.html ISV Adoption Guide: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/systems-hardware-architecture/o10-015-s11-isv-adoption-198348.pdf
- The Desktop front end → Gnome: much richer and easier to use than Solaris 10.
- Free and Open source software: → http://unixpackages.com, OpenCSW and Blastwave, http://www.solaris4you.dk/
- Physical to Virtual → http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/servers-storage-admin/p2vvirtualizationmigration-170693.pdf and look here http://unixprompt.blogspot.com/2010/11/zones-physical-to-virtual-p2v-migration.html
- Network Automatic → Automatically detect changes in network connectivity and availability and reconfigure networking to stay connected.
- Socket Enhancements → A non-stream architecture. This improves performance and simplifies the developer interface for adding new socket types. See what is new.
- Link Protection → To grant exclusive access of a physical link or a virtual network interface cards (vnic) to a guest virtual machine (VM). See security.
- Bridging → Connect together separate L2 subnetworks, allowing communication between attached nodes as if only a single subnetwork were in use.
- Load Balancing → Solaris now includes an integrated L3/L4 load balancer.
- IP Tunneling → IP interfaces can be plumbed and managed through `dladm`
- COMMSTAR → a Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target framework that allows you to turn any Solaris host into a SCSI storage device or target, accessible by any initiator hosts. Supports iSCSI, FCoE, iSER, and SRP. See http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/E24456/storage-7.html and http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/821-1459/fmvcd.html#scrolltoc
- ZFS → Data deduplication to save space, zpool splitting to ease administration, triple-parity RAID to improve performance and availability, user and group quotas to help manage space, and dataset encryption to keep your information secure. See https://blogs.oracle.com/bonwick/entry/zfs_dedup and https://blogs.oracle.com/jsavit/entry/deduplication_now_in_zfs
Solaris 11 main documentation page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/documentation/solaris-11-192991.html
Solaris 11 Install guide: See installation guide: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/E21798/index.html
Transition from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23824_01/html/E24456/index.html
Support Repository Updates (Solaris 11 Software)
Solaris software is published as Support Repository Updates (SRU). Oracle Support explains the purpose of the Support Repository in Doc 1021281.1. SRU are not free. SRUs are available to customers who have valid support contracts only.
Accessing Support Repositories: To access a Support Repository, you are required to have a Customer Support Identifier (CSI) with an appropriate Support Level for the Support Repository, associated with your account, in order for the proper list of products and repositories to be displayed by the Oracle Certificate Request site when you go to generate your certificate.
To access the Oracle Solaris 11 Support Repository, a Support Level of Operating System is required. You should ensure a CSI, which provides this Support Level, is associated with your account.
For more information on associating CSIs, see the Registration FAQ.
To generate and download the certificate go to the Certificate Request website. You will be presented with a list of product repositories:
the support repository you would like to generate a certificate for
(for example; "Oracle Solaris 11 Support"), and click Submit.
- Type in an optional comment; click Submit.
- Download the certificate and key and follow the detailed instructions provided.
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