Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Virtualization Monitoring in Solaris Zones

Much has been written about the built-in virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris Zones, which allow users to isolate software applications and services using flexible, software-defined boundaries in Solaris.  Unlike hypervisor-based virtualization, Oracle Solaris Zones technology provides a very low-overhead, low-latency environment, which gives the appearance of multiple OS instances rather than multiple physical machines. This makes it possible to create hundreds (or even thousands) of zones on a single system, without the performance penalty which is inherent in hypervisor-based virtualization technologies.

As these Solaris Zones proliferate, it often can be necessary to restrict and monitor resource utilization of the virtual machines.  A NEW white paper has now been published (Virtualization Monitoring in Solaris Zones) doing exactly that!

This technical white paper describes the opportunities for restricting resource usage of Oracle Solaris Zones, and for monitoring the different zone types from within the global zone. 

The technical content of this white paper is divided into 5 separate Solaris zones environments:

1) Resource Controlling of Oracle Solaris Zones
2) Monitoring Default Zones in Oracle Solaris 11
3) Monitoring Oracle Solaris 10 Zones
4) Monitoring Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones (technical article)
5) Using OpenStack for Monitoring Oracle Solaris Zones




Monday Jul 06, 2015

HELP!! Solaris Technical Support for Developers


Help!",  the 1965 song by the Beatles (click on the album) that served as the title for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album was reportedly written by John Lennon, and was a direct reflection of the Beatles' astronomical rise to success in the mid-1960's.

 "The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help",

stated John Lennon in a 1980 interview.

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, HELP!!

Well, we'd better not go too far down that path to 1965... 

but, DID YOU KNOW that our Solaris developers get free technical HELP under the Oracle PartnerNetwork (Gold level members and above) for any questions regarding development of their applications on Oracle Solaris 11!? 

Yes, great news.  But most importantly, to coin a line from our theme song, its not just ANY body who is providing that help. 

Lets be clear that this is NOT a call center in the middle east.  At Oracle we have a team of senior ISV Engineers who respond directly to these questions from our OPN partners.  These engineers are trained professionals who support our ISV's on a daily basis for technical validation and support of the their application on Oracle Solaris.  In other words, this is their job.  And in doing this, they are involved in all kinds of technical support topics with Solaris developers and are extremely knowledgeable in the intricacies of making sure that the ISV application runs BEST on Oracle Solaris. 

Here are just a couple examples of the types of support they are trained to provide:

  • Checking application compatibility with Oracle Solaris
  • Certifying application with Oracle Solaris
  • Optimizing application performance
  • Ensuring application stability & reliability
  • Determining the Oracle Solaris readiness of your application
  • Helping you install Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Solaris
  • Utilizing Dynamic Tracing Facility (DTrace) to understand better how your system is operating
  • Providing migration assistance to Oracle Solaris from Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX, HPUX and others
  • Helping you get access to Oracle Solaris systems in a secure cloud-based environment

Want to try it out?  Its as simple as sending one email to this alias:  ISVSupport_WW@oracle.com

As long as you are an OPN member (Gold level and above), we guarantee you no longer than a 48 hour turnaround.   Check it out right off our OPN page for Solaris Developers:

Solaris Adoption Technical Assistance

Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success.

"I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help," said Lennon.

No need for our Solaris Developers to get fat and depressed -- get HELP now -- and you'll see that Oracle's ISV Engineering team is definitely not "just ANY body"!

About the photograph:  I ran across the "Help" album in the very cool Downtown Local coffee shop in Pescadero, California and photographed it on my trusty iPhone.

Monday Jun 01, 2015

3 Reasons To Test Drive our Cloud

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!



JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO


Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

Learn how you can break the code to take advantage of this revolutionary new technology in software development.

Get an edge on your competition — Sign up NOW!



Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Oracle Solaris Development Initiative - FREE Beer






ISV developers take note, this is even better than FREE beer!

The majority of Oracle’s top enterprise customers run their most mission-critical applications on Oracle Solaris today.  Solaris is the vehicle by which Oracle customers leverage the power of the SPARC microprocessor - - delivering world-record performance, maximum scalability, and continuous reliable service. 

There are 113 examples of this on the Oracle customer & partner success portal.  Take a look!

But the question ISV developers are asking is how they can gain access to Oracle Solaris for development purposes - - where they need access to multiple development systems with Solaris licenses for testing and validation work in a pre-production environment.  And they especially want access to the latest release of Oracle Solaris where they can exploit some of the new features, such as OpenStack functionality, building a simple and secure cloud, or being able to deliver unique innovation for Oracle database or middleware applications.  And as we all know developers, they want it for FREE -- as in FREE beer.

Ok, we get it, and the Oracle Solaris Development Initiative (SDI) provides just that — and more.
And yes — it is FREE to ISV developers who are Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Members, as long as they are Gold members (or above).  Here is just a sampling of what you get:

- Development and demonstration licenses for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster, and Oracle Solaris Studio
- Access to software patches, updates, new releases for Oracle Solaris products
- My Oracle Support (MOS) access for performance & feature enhancements, security patches, & bug fixes
- Access to all MOS self-help technical resources such as security alerts, product docs, & support services
- Developer support via email for technical questions around Oracle Solaris products, including Oracle technologies integrating with Solaris
- Access to a Solaris development cloud with preconfigured Oracle Solaris developer zones

- And more...

All for FREE -- are you kidding me?!

No.  Provided you are an OPN Gold member (or above), Oracle is quite serious about this.
And if you are not yet an OPN member — this program alone should be reason to join.

We may not be offering free beer [yet],
but the SDI program will move you further down the path to success for learning to run the most complete and proven enterprise-class operating system in the world.  For FREE.

Monday Feb 16, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus - application-awareness in the cloud

Talk to any executive of any leading enterprise company and they will tell you that they are embracing cloud computing for the future of their business.  And with the rapid growth of turnkey cloud computing solutions, the network fabric carrying the application packets is emerging as a key focus to drive greater performance, reliability, and efficiency of the application.  Networks need to be able to prioritize packet flow according to the importance of the application.  So if an application is of high importance to their business, the network fabric should be able to know that, and provide the necessary resource to ensure high performance of that application is delivered.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 and Pluribus Networks are providing an integrated solution for doing just that.
You can read about it in a recently release solution brief: 

Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus Networks - Enabling Application-Driven SDN in the Cloud

This is an integrated solution for controlling the network in real-time, by combining Oracle Solaris 11.2 built-in application driven software-defined networking (SDN) with Pluribus Networks bare-metal network Hypervisor.   This solution offers fine-grained QoS services, allowing for different tenants, applications, and even flow within applications, to be assigned SLAs to leverage the high-end router-class traffic manager and the network processing unit on the Pluribus platform. Applications become network aware so they can monitor congestions, errors, and latency across the fabric, allowing them to dynamically adjust their network resource requests.

In addition, there is a short (6 min) video interview on this topic with Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks, Sunay Tripathi:  Oracle and Pluribus Ally on Software Defined Networking

For additional details on Pluribus Networks solutions, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com

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