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Release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta

Today is a very exciting day for the Solaris team: This morning we've released a beta for Solaris 11.3, less than a year after we released Solaris 11.2.


With Solaris 11.2 we turned Solaris into a comprehensive cloud platform which includes virtualization, SDN and OpenStack. Since the release of Solaris 11.2 we've seen a rapid uptake of these new capabilities: A lot of customers a using Unified Archives for deploying their images, are taking advantage of the immutable root-file system, have started to deploy Kernel Zones and OpenStack and take advantage of the automated compliance reporting. The latter has become a lot easier since we are tracking the CVE meta data with IPS. We are getting a lot of good feedback on OpenStack: We recently even received a big compliment from one of the senior architects of one of our OpenStack competitors: He said that Solaris provides the best integration for OpenStack since the OpenStack services are mapped to the Solaris service management facility (smf) which provide automated restarting capabilities for all of the OpenStack services and since we've also tightly integrated it with our role-based access control capabilities in order to limit the privileges required for administering OpenStack.


Solaris 11.3 is taking things to the next level by making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform. We are introducing a number of critical enhancements in the following areas:


1. Security and Compliance:

x Verified boot for Kernel Zones

x BSD Packet Filter

x Tailoring of compliance policies


2. Virtualization:

x Secure (encrypted) live migration of Kernel Zones

x Zones on Shared Storage via NFS

x Live reconfiguration of I/O resources


3. OpenStack: There are a number of major enhancements:

x Automated upgrades to the newer versions of OpenStack

x Support for orchestration of services (Heat)

x Support for bare metal provisioning (Ironic): This is already in S11.3 but not yet in the beta


We are also working on integrating DBaaS with Trove and Murano. On the latter I had provided an overview at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit back in May.


4. Networking:

x Private VLANs

x Flows support for DSCP Marking


5. Deep integration with the Oracle stack, for instance:

x Up to 6x faster DB restart and shut-down by leveraging the latest Virtual Memory Management(VM2) capabilities


In addition to that we are providing early access to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) components that we are shipping with Solaris.



Of course these are just some of the highlights, there are a ton of other enhancements.


Have fun exploring Solaris 11.3!

Markus

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