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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Monday Jun 16, 2014

You're invited : Oracle Solaris Forum, July 7th, Tel Aviv

The local ISV Engineering will be attending and speaking at the Oracle and ilOUG Solaris Forum next week in Israel, with a focus on the new Solaris 11.2 features. Come meet us there! This free event requires registration, thanks.

Israel Oracle User Group YOU'RE INVITED

Oracle Solaris Forum

Date :
Monday, July 7th, 2014
Time :
14:00
Location : 
Crowne Plaza City Center
11th Floor, Hall AB
Azrieli Towers
Tel Aviv
Israel
Agenda :
What's New in Solaris 11.2
Live OpenStack Demo
Advantages of Running MySQL on Solaris
ClearCase on Solaris AT&T Case Study

See you there!

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

SPARC Solaris Momentum

Following up on the Oracle Solaris 11.2 launch on April 29th, if you were able to watch the launch event, you saw Mark Hurd state that Oracle will be No. 1 in high-end computing systems "in a reasonable time frame”.  "This is not a 3-year vision," he continued.

Well, According to IDC's latest 1QCY14 Tracker, Oracle has regained the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare!
Suffice to say that SPARC Solaris is making strong gains on the competition.  If you have seen the public roadmap through 2019 of Oracle's commitment to continue to deliver on this technology, you can see that Mark Hurd’s comment was not to be taken lightly.  We feel the systems tide turning in Oracle's direction and are working hard to show our partner community the value of being a part of the SPARC Solaris momentum.

We are now planning for the Solaris 11.2 GA in late summer (11.2 beta is available now), as well as doing early preparations for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 on September 28th.  Stay tuned there!

Here is a sampling of the coverage highlights around the Oracle Solaris 11.2 launch:

“Solaris is still one of the most advanced platforms in the enterprise.”ITBusinessEdge

“Oracle is serious about clouds now, just as its customers are, whether they are building them in their own datacenters or planning to use public clouds.”EnterpriseTech

"Solaris is more about a layer of an integrated system than an operating system.” ZDNet

Friday Jun 06, 2014

SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution

A recent Oracle internal performance evaluation for computer-based product design demonstrated that Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server running MSC's SimManager simulation software with Oracle Database 12c consolidates the work of multiple x86 servers while delivering better overall performance.   Engineering simulation solutions have taken the center stage in helping companies design and develop innovative products while reducing physical prototyping costs, and exploring a larger design space, resulting in more design possibilities.

For this solution, a single SPARC T5-4 server running Oracle Solaris 11 was deployed to consolidate the MSC SimManager server, the Oracle Database 12c server, and the web application server onto a single platform. An automotive design workload was deployed to demonstrate how the SPARC T5-4 server can be used to consolidate the work of multiple x86 servers and deliver better overall performance while reducing complexity and achieving optimal product designs. 

A joint Oracle/MSC Software solution brief describes this in more detail:  A Simplified Solution for Product Lifecycle Management MSC SimManager on a SPARC T5-4 Server

Monday May 26, 2014

Security Access Control With Solaris Virtualization

Numerous Solaris customers consolidate multiple applications or servers on a single platform. The resulting configuration consists of many environments hosted on a single infrastructure and security constraints sometimes exist between these environments. Recently, a customer consolidated many virtual machines belonging to both their Intranet and Extranet on a pair of SPARC Solaris servers interconnected through Infiniband. Virtual Machines were mapped to Solaris Zones and one security constraint was to prevent SSH connections between the Intranet and the Extranet. This case study gives us the opportunity to understand how the Oracle Solaris Network Virtualization Technology —a.k.a. Project Crossbow— can be used to control outbound traffic from Solaris Zones.

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