Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Preflight Checker - Come Fly With Me!

Announcing the latest update to: Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.3

Consider a pilot deciding to fly a new airplane without knowing that it had been 100% tested to fly.

If you are a Solaris developer who is looking to leverage the security, speed and simplicity of Oracle Solaris 11.3, you need to make sure your application will perform well BEFORE lifting off the ground on that migration. 
At Oracle we call that  preserving application compatibility between releases.  We believe that’s pretty important to the success of your flight, and getting you back onto the ground safely.

Solaris was the first operating system to literally guarantee application compatibility between releases and architectures.  Of course, any good developer knows there are always ways to accidentally break compatibility when you're developing an app, and maybe even get away with it for a while...

That's where the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.3 (PFC 11.3) tool comes in. 
Think of it as a flight simulator, designed to give the pilot (aka - developer) confidence in the plane they are about to fly.

With PFC 11.3,  it is now quite simple to check an existing Solaris 8, 9, or 10 application for its readiness to be executed on Oracle Solaris 11.3, whether its on SPARC or x86 systems.  A successful check with this tool will be a strong indicator that an application will run unmodified on Oracle Solaris 11.3. 
In other words, start up the engines, lets fly!

A little bit about how PFC 11.3 can do this.
PFC 11.3 includes two modules:

1. The Application Checker - which scans applications for usage of specific Solaris features, interfaces, and libraries and recommends improved methods of implementation in Oracle Solaris 11.3.  It can also alert you to the usage of undocumented or private data structures and interfaces, as well as planned discontinuance of Solaris features.  

2. The Kernel Checker - checks the kernel modules and device drivers and their source code and reports potential compatibility issues with Oracle Solaris 11.3.   It can analyze the source code or binaries of the device driver and report any potential "compliance" issues found against the published Solaris Device Driver Interface (DDI) and the Driver-Kernel Interface (DKI).

These two modules scan and analyze your application in three areas to serve up the pre-flight information for running it on Solaris 11.3:

 1) Analysis of the application binaries for usage of libraries as well as for usage of Solaris data structures and functions.
 2) Static analysis of the C/C++ sources and Shell scripts  for the usage of function or system calls that are deprecated, removed or unsupported on Oracle Solaris 11, as well as the usage of  commands and libraries which have been relocated, deprecated or removed.
 3) Dynamic analysis of the running application, for it's usage of dynamic libraries which have been removed, relocated or upgraded (example: openSSL).

PFC 11.3 not only helps you migrate to the latest release of Solaris,  but also makes recommendations on getting the most out of your Oracle systems hardware. PFC 11.3 even generates an HTLM report which provides pointers to various migration services offered by Oracle.

Oracle Solaris is designed and tested to protect customer investments in software.  PFC 11.3 and The Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee are a powerful combination which reflect Oracle's confidence in the compatibility of applications from one release of Oracle Solaris to the next.

Any technical questions with PFC 11.3 should be directed to the ISV Engineering team:  isvsupport_ww@oracle.com

 Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!

Monday May 11, 2015

Oracle for SAP Technology Update

Oracle and SAP have had an ongoing commitment to tens of thousands of joint customers for over 27 years. Deploying SAP applications on Oracle platforms delivers end-to-end SAP infrastructure solutions that improve productivity and performance, increase system utilization, and create an eco-friendly data center. The two companies recently renewed their longstanding reseller and support agreements to provide enhanced access to Oracle Database technology and world class customer support.

The Oracle for SAP Technology Update is an annual publication that provides updates and information about Oracle products and services for SAP customers. The latest update was published this month.  Example topics covered are:

  • Oracle Database 12c for SAP: Roadmap and Base Certification Features 
  • Implementing a Data Management Infrastructure for SAP with Oracle Database Options and Packs
  • Why Oracle Database and Engineered Systems for SAP
  • Oracle Mission-Critical Support Services for SAP Customers
  • Oracle DB and Oracle Solaris related Notes for SAP
  • Why more and more SAP customers are migrating to Solaris
  • Oracle Security Solutions for SAP environments
  • Customer Examples

You can get the full report here: Oracle for SAP Technology Update #24

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

EMC Storage Arrays Support Oracle Solaris Cluster

EMC, a leading provider of IT storage hardware solutions, and Oracle have collaborated for more than 15 years. EMC leverages Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 functionality to achieve optimal integration with their storage arrays. The following EMC Storage arrays are certified with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4:  Clariion, Symmetrix, VNX and XtremIO. Recently EMC VPLEX Metro GeoSynchrony 5.4 completed testing and is now supported with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 on Solaris 11.1. This means they have successfully completed the stringent OSCATE test protocols required to establish system compatibility and interoperability and customers can enjoy a higher degree of confidence resting assured that both parties jointly respond to support calls.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 is a comprehensive High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution for Oracle SPARC and x86 environments based on Oracle Solaris 11. It combines extreme service availability for applications and virtualized workloads, operational flexibility, agile deployments and simplified administration for traditional or cloud-based deployments.

More details about EMC arrays supported with Oracle Solaris Cluster can be found here.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

IBM Supports Websphere Message Broker 8 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x86)

IBM supports Websphere Message Broker 8.0.0.4 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64).  See         

IBM Software Product Compatibility Report for details.



Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1. on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe Output Server FAQ discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Monday Jul 15, 2013

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe "Tech Specs" document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Software AG releases webMethods 9.0 Suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC,x64)

Software AG supports the webMethods 9.0 product suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Software AG supported Operating Systems Platforms document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Thursday Jul 11, 2013

Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 89.0.2 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 9.0.2 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

Quest supports Foglight with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports Foglight 5.6.7 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

The supported products known to us are:

  • Foglight 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86) 
  • Foglight Management Server 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight cartridge for infrastructure - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight for Operating System - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones
  • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7.2 Patch - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones

Monday Jul 08, 2013

Quest supports Shareplex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports SharePlex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The the Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

Wednesday May 22, 2013

SAP Netweaver supports Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11

SAP supports all SAP Netweaver products which are supported on Solaris 10 as well in Solaris 10 branded zones with Solaris 11. See SAP note 1824835 (authentication required, SAP customers only).

Thursday May 16, 2013

All IBM Products which support Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

IBM maintains an excellent page (click here) with all products which are available on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC).

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

IBM releases Websphere 8.0 on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM released Websphere 8.0 on Oracle Solaris 11 for SPARC. See IBM Product Compatibility Report

Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

SAP releases Master Data Management (MDM) 7.1 on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

SAP released MDM 7.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 for SPARC. See SAP software requirements (SAP customer authentication is required). 

Monday Nov 05, 2012

IBM releases Informix 11.70FC6 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x86)

IBM supports Informix Server 11.70FC6 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x86). Check the IBM Support Portal page for more details.

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