Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

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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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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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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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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How to build a private IaaS cloud platform? - Main Post

I had the chance to give talks about evaluating the requirements for, and building private IaaS cloud platforms.

Often I was explained the following situation: A corporate manager went to OpenWorld, a local Oracle Day or a Virtualization Day, and has seen everywhere that cloud platforms are the future. As a good businessman, he wants to benefit from the new wave and wants you, the system administrator/datacenter engineer/platform architecht to build an Infrastructure as a Service platform to provide virtual environments for your internal or external customers. What do you do? Allow me to point out some of the requirements and considerations.   

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Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

What's new in Solaris 11.1?

Solaris 11.1 is released, and though Solaris 11 itself has been great, there are 300+ new projects/features included in this new update.
What exactly? What's new in Solaris 11.1? Allow me to elaborate about some of the new features. 

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Thursday Aug 02, 2012

New RHEL to Solaris 11 Evaluation Guide

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Solaris 11 Evaluation guide by Glynn Foster has been revised and updated. This guide is intended for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Administrators to evaluate the outstanding features of Solaris 11.

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Monday Jun 18, 2012

Summary of the Solaris 11 webcast's livechat QnA session

This is a followup post to the previous summary on the "What's new with Solaris 11 since the launch" webcast. That webcast has had a chatroom for a live Questions and Answers session running. I went through the archive of those and compiled a list of some of the (IMHO) most relevant and most frequently asked questions, I'd like to share. This is the first part, covering the QnA of Session I and II of the webcast, in a followup post we can have a look of the rest of the sessions if required - let me know in the comments. Also, should you have questions, as usual, feel free to ask those there too. [Read More]

Wednesday May 16, 2012

So, what makes ZFS so cool? (Part I: high level overview)

I have the privilege to do Solaris 11 tech-updates/demos at customers. It always amazes me how much they are amazed by ZFS. Don't get me wrong, ZFS is really cool. But it isn't exactly new technology, it's been around for a while now, the first implementations in 2003, included in Solaris 10 since S10 Update 2 in 2006. Everyone has heard about it being awesome, but every now and then I get the question for detauls: So tell me, what really makes ZFS so cool? 

Let me tell you about it. 

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Wednesday Mar 14, 2012

Great Solaris 10 features paving the way to Solaris 11

It takes time to make the move on a productive platform from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11. Years, possibly. Many customers will run Solaris 10 for a long time more - here's a summary of some features that can ease their operations and were already available in S10 too. [Read More]

Monday Oct 03, 2011

The most inviting Solaris 11 features - Part I, BootEnvironments

This is the first post in the series "The most inviting Solaris 11 features", explaining BootEnvironments on a very high level with some use-case examples highlighting the advantages of the technology. [Read More]
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