Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

redirector post to TechDay in Vienna

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TechDay in Vienna: Oracle on Oracle

Following up on the success of the quite successful TechDay in Vienna: Solaris event we scheduled the next TechDay with the focus "Oracle Software advantages on Oracle Hardware". 

*drumroll*
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to announce the 

TechDay in Vienna:
Oracle on Oracle

event, on the afternoon of

January 30!

Location: 25hours Hotel, Vienna 

Short summary:

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Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

Infiniband: a highperformance network fabric - Part I

At the OpenWorld this year I managed to chat with interesting people again - one of them answering Infiniband deepdive questions with ease by coffee turned out to be one of Oracle's IB engineers, Ted Kim, who actually actively participates in the Infiniband Trade Association and integrates Oracle solutions with this highspeed network. This is why I love attending OOW. He granted me an hour of his time to talk about IB. 
This post is mostly based on that tech interview, a writeup about how Infiniband improves platform operations. 
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Friday Aug 30, 2013

So, what makes Solaris Zones so cool?

How do you virtualize? Do you emulate virtual machines? Do you partition your servers' hardware? Or do you run a container technology? 

This post is about the third option, a container technology built right into Solaris: Solaris Zones. They are pretty awesome. But what exactly makes Zones so cool?

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Thursday Jun 06, 2013

A SPARC CPU Overview: SPARC64-VII+ (M3), T3, T4, T5, M5, M10 - how do they compare?

Do you know how many SPARC CPU types does Oracle deliver currently? Not one, not two, but five. The SPARC64-VII+, the T4, T5, M5 and M10. It isn't easy to keep track of these, hence we created an overview table to help you in that - here you are: [Read More]

Tuesday May 28, 2013

Achievement Unlocked: Successful Solaris TechDay in Vienna. Your Task: Feedback Please!

The Solaris TechDay 2013 in Vienna was outstandingly successful.

Some characteristics: 
Event sized for: maximum 80 attendants. Registrations: Over 110. Number of participants who really showed up: 98. We had customers, partners, Oracle colleagues visiting from Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia! Pretty impressive :) 

We started with the technical presentations, we heard a keynote explaining that Oracle runs best on Solaris from Solaris Product Manager Joost Pronk, then saw an update about what's new in Solaris 11.1 by Joerg Moellenkamp, learned about Arrow ECS' Solaris Training Center, heard about real-life implementation scenarios with SAM/QFS and Solaris Cluster from Rudi Rotheneder, and discussed how Solaris Zones integrate with Solaris Cluster by Karoly Vegh

After the presentations we distributed our technical attention between four Hands-on-Labs (Zones and ZFS) and LiveDemos (LDoms by Rudi and Solaris Performance Visualization by Manuel Zach). 

A photomontage of the Solaris Day

After those several discussions spun of by coffee, snacks and beer, many already proudly wearing their freshly acquired Solaris Day TShirts. 

And now it is your turn, we need your feedback!

Please let us know what you thought of the event. We are looking for both positive feedback about what worked well for you on the TechDay, and also constructive criticism. We would like to hear what was new for you, what you would like to hear about a possible future event.  

Feel free to add your comments below, send me a mail directly, or tweet me, about presentation content, event execution, wishes, techtopic requests, how the HoLs and the Demos worked out for you, or anything you'd like to say about the event. 

Feedback is pretty important. Let us know how to support the Solaris community further. This is the only way to keep up events like this and improve them further. 

As soon as we have 10 feedback posts I'll release the presentation slides! :) 

Thank you in advance!

-- charlie  

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Monday Apr 22, 2013

Solaris Technical Day on the 23rd May in Vienna

Update: the registration link is live!

What is the best way to directly exchange information with your fellow engineers running UNIX platforms or applications thereupon? In our opinion it is a face-to-face chat by a conference-coffee or by an after-conference beer. To enable this kind of less formal technical information exchange we set up a technical event, the Solaris Day 2013 in Vienna

We invite customers, partners, SystemEngineers, DBAs, ApplicationEngineers, to join us on the 23rd May, in Vienna in the Urania to review past, present and future Solaris technologies, discuss real-world customer usecases, learn about the ways Solaris features are utilized in different scenarios. 

What do you need to know?

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Sunday Apr 21, 2013

What is the best platform to run your Oracle Database on?

As a Systems Consultant I am often faced with the following question: What does Oracle recommend as the best platform to run the Oracle DB in large enterprise environments on? Is the Exadata DB Machine the recommended platform? Are SPARC/Solaris servers the way to go? Or should customers consolidate on SPARC SuperCluster setups? 

...at this point customers look me deep into the eyes, and ask the critical question: What does Oracle actually recommend?
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Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Due to popular demand: the SPARC and Solaris videos/infographics

I had many enthusiastic discussions about the old and new Solaris and SPARC features where I mentioned and promised linking the 25 years SPARC / 20 years of Solaris videos infographics. Here we go: 

You can find the Solaris Infographic here: http://www.oracle-downloads.com/solaris20info/

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Tuesday Mar 26, 2013

The SPARC T5 Servers have landed

At last, the SPARC T5 servers are announced! They are worthy heirs of the SPARC T-series, and even more powerful than their popular technology predecessors the SPARC T4

Before we'd go into the technical details, here is a very important message: 

Having announced the T5 servers doesn't make the T4s go away. It is not a platform replacing technology, but a platform extending one! Oracle is going to offer SPARC T4 and T5 servers side-by-side!

Having said that, let's dive headfirst into the details to soothe the techcrave: 

What's new with the SPARC T5 servers? 

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    Monday Mar 04, 2013

    Best Practices to build SAP, Tiered Storage, IaaS cloud, E-Business Suite or Siebel HW platforms? Optimized Solutions.

    Summary: 
    - Platform building resources are scarce everywhere. 
    - The most timeconsuming part is usually cherrypicking, validating, testing and integration
    - There are predefined, freely available architecture whitepapers describing tested and validated platform architectures for different tools. 
    - Using these customers spare a serious amount of implementation man-days, and can focus on providing services. 

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    Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

    How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part IV, Shared Storage

    This is Part IV of the series "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform?", elaborating about the platform requirements to face when building a multipurpose Infrastructure as a Service platform.

    In this post we are looking into the requirements the chosen shared storage has to fulfill.

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    Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

    How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part III, Operating System

    This is Part III of the series "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform?", elaborating about the platform requirements to face when building a multipurpose Infrastructure as a Service platform. 

    In this post we are looking into the requirements the chosen OS has to fulfill. 

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    Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

    How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part II, Virtualisation

    This is Part II of the series "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform?", elaborating about the platform requirements to face when building a multipurpose Infrastructure as a Service platform.

    In this post we are looking into the requirements the chosen virtualization technology has to fulfill.

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    Thursday Jan 03, 2013

    How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Part I, Servers

    This is Part I of the series "How to build a private IaaS cloud platform?", elaborating about the platform requirements to face when building a multipurpose Infrastructure as a Service platform.

    In this post we are looking into the requirements the chosen servers have to fulfill.

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