Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Enterprise-class Virtualization for SPARC servers

Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains) is a virtualization technology which enables the creation of multiple virtual systems on a single physical system to reduce costs and improve operational agility and efficiency.  A new white paper has been published (Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices) which reviews best practices on how to configure Oracle VM Server for SPARC to achieve enterprise-class performance and availability, while helping customers gain more value from new SPARC systems.  This white paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems.  Configuration guidelines and software requirements are also included, to help administrators plan their deployments.

Topics covered include:

 • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options
 • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements
 • Best Practices for optimal performance
 • Best Practices for resiliency and availability

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Why Should Your Oracle Database Run on Oracle Solaris 11?

Answer:  because it runs faster, is more secure, is more scalable & highly available, and because it simplifies management.  


If you would like to know more, a new white paper (Oracle Solaris 11 is a state-of-the-art platform for deploying Oracle Database) has been published which details how Oracle Solaris 11 brings distinctive benefits to Oracle Database deployments, including deployments of the latest release, Oracle Database 12c. It describes Oracle Solaris 11.2 enhancements, which help to improve database scalability, availability, security, and manageability, and describe in detail how Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database optimizations bring specific benefits for database deployments on SPARC servers.  [Read More]

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Meet ISV Engineering at OOW 2014

If you are coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco next week, you will be able to meet engineers from our Oracle ISV Engineering team in the exhibit hall throughput the week. Look for us at Demo Pod SC-123 in the Systems demogrounds area in Moscone South. Our worldwide team of engineers collaborate with Oracle's ISV partners to drive technology adoption around Solaris SPARC.

Check out also this PartnerTech blog entry for the list of conference sessions we are contributing to.

Monday Sep 01, 2014

Mobile Tornado Accelerates Product Deployment with Solaris Zones

Mobile Tornado is a long-standing partner and hardware OEM of Oracle which provides Instant Communication services for mobile devices, with a focus on enterprise workforce management.

“We have seen significant performance improvements running Solaris 11 with SPARC on Oracle software with Mobile Tornado's IPRS™ (Internet Protocol Radio Service) platform.”

Shlomo Birman, VP Delivery and Services, Mobile Tornado

In our ever-changing business environment where products are outdated quickly and on-premise integration cost is sky-rocketing, Time-to-Market (TTM) is becoming the key factor for a successful technology adoption by end-customers. Mobile Tornado asked Oracle ISV Engineering to help them with the design and implementation of a new rapid provisioning environment in-house in order to improve their TTM by reducing the time it takes to deploy their solution at the customer's premises.

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Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Configuring automatically multiple NICs at installation time with Solaris 11.2

Solaris 11.2 comes with several new and major features such as the Unified Archives, Open Stack integration and kernel zones to name a few. Alongside those major features many smaller but none the less useful enhancements are also introduced. One particular enhancement that has made my life easier is the possibility to automatically configure multiple NICs (network interface cards) at installation time.

After installing Solaris 11, on bare metal or in a Zone, the system needs to be configured at first boot. By default this process is manual: a system configuration wizard walks the user through different steps in order to gather such system parameters as the host name, IP address, net mask, time zone, root passwords and so on. Of course there exists a mechanism to make this process hands-off and fully part of the installation process. In order to do so a system configuration profile XML file needs to be provided at installation time, containing all the information needed to configure automatically the system. However so far, Solaris 11 only allowed the automatic configuration of a single NIC. On systems with several NICs, it was still necessary to configure all the remaining network interfaces, either manually, or by setting up a first boot script mechanism to perform this extra task.

In Solaris 11.2 this extra step becomes history: it is now possible to specify multiple NICs in the system configuration profile XML file in order get all NICs configured automatically during installation time. So how does it work? The best way demonstrating this would be to go through an example by installing a Solaris 11 Zone with two NICs and configuring them automatically. The first step is to create a simple Solaris 11 Zone with two NICs following Listing 1.

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