Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Trust Credit Card Data With Solaris 11

Does your company handle credit card data? Have to meet regulatory standards including SOX, HIPAA, FISMA and GLBA?

Check out Coalfire Systems new paper which provides guidance to IT professionals who are implementing Oracle Solaris 11 within their Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) and to the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) assessing those environments.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all organizations that store, process, or transmit cardholder data. This includes entities such as merchants, service providers, payment gateways, data centers, and outsourced service providers.

The Oracle Solaris 11 features highlighted in the paper specifically address PCI DSS compliance; however, the same basic tenets can be used for meeting other regulatory environment standards such as the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Friday Mar 15, 2013

Share Your Solaris Experience At Oracle OpenWorld 2013

The Call for Papers for Oracle OpenWorld is now open. Share your expertise with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio with the world’s largest gathering of Oracle technologists and business leaders. 

Submit your presentations now through April 12.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Best availability for your Oracle environments

Running Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion, WebLogic, PeopleSoft, or other Oracle applications? Protect these mission critical environments with the best high availability and business continuance solution on the market -- Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris.

Today we released the latest update of Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 for your Oracle Solaris 10 environments. Highlights from this latest release include:

  • Multi-cluster dependencies management for Oracle database 11g through Oracle External Proxy

  • Increased availability with new agents for Oracle Web-Tier for Fusion Middleware, PeopleSoft Job Scheduler, and SAP NetWeaver

  • Expanded disaster recovery solution with ZFS Storage Appliance replication

  • Automated set up and configuration for application agents through configuration wizards for PeopleSoft and WebLogic Server

  • Faster deployment of  virtualized HA configurations through Zone cluster configuration wizard

  • Faster failure detection and failfast for storage devices, reducing storage failure detection time and client time out from minutes to seconds

Monday May 10, 2010

New Paper: Parallel Programming with Oracle Developer Tools

We just published a new paper last week -- Parallel Programming with Oracle Developer Tools.

If you want to learn more about parallel programming techniques this paper covers everything you need to get started using a practical and pragmatic approach with many code examples. After introducing major concepts  Ruud van der Pas zooms in on various parallel programming models with an emphasis on OpenMP and MPI.

Ruud has also created some great videos on parallel computing and OpenMP. Be sure to check them out as well.

Thanks to Bhawna Mittal who work with Ruud to get the paper published.

Wednesday Mar 31, 2010

How to Optimize Oracle Solaris Applications for Intel Platforms

Check out one of our latest whitepapers -- How to Optimize Oracle Solaris Applications for Intel Platforms.

Mike Mulkey worked closely with Oracle Solaris and Intel engineers to provide a technical guide for developers and system administrators that explains how to use the capabilities of Oracle Solaris to optimize the scalability, performance, reliability, security, power efficiency, and virtualization of applications running on Intel's new Xeon processor family (5600 and 7500).

We've been working with the Intel engineerings for almost 3 years now to integrate Intel's Xeon capabilties with key Oracle Solaris features and frameworks:

  • FMA -- understands the Xeon memory topology for DIMM diagnosis and page retire
  • Solaris Power Aware Dispatcher (PAD) -- has increased awareness of these Intel Xeon
    processors, allowing threads to be scheduled according to the power state of the processor
  • Solaris Encryption Framework -- automatically uses the hardware acceleration provided by the Xeon processor 5600 series

Other Oracle Solaris integration activities include memory placement optimization and threading model enhancements.

Take full advantage of Intel's platform parallelism (2 threads x 8 processors = 16 hardware threads for the Intel Xeon 7500 series) with Oracle Solaris Studio and the OpenMP API.

Monday Oct 26, 2009

Join us at LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference)

The good folks at USENIX are hosting the 23rd annual LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference) this year in Baltimore, Maryland November 1-6.

I hope you can join us there... We have quite a few Solaris topics and we'll be showcasing some of our leading OS technologies like Solaris Networking, ZFS, Solaris Cluster, our built-in virtualization technologies including LDOMs, Solaris Containers and the like.

Our Solaris System Administration Training and Certification folks will also be on hand with the latest updates on courses and certification paths.

You'll also want to meet Rick Ramsey, the creative force behind BigAdmin, the definitive source for Solaris and Sun system administrators. Get your latest tips and tricks here and earn BigAdmin bucks for submitting your content.

We'll have some of the latest Solaris administration books there to hand out to lucky folks who take our surveys -- Solaris System Administration Essentials, Solaris 10 Security Essentials, Solaris Internals and Solaris Performance and Tools as well as some of our OpenSolaris titles -- OpenSolaris Bible and Pro OpenSolaris.

On November 3 we'll also be hosting the Solaris Security Summit. Come hear our crack team of security experts and get the latest updates on Solaris security features. Register for this free event. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

Check out the complete list of Solaris activities including some great Solaris training hosted by USENIX.

We'll be in booths 100-104 in the Vendor Exhibit area... please drop by and introduce yourself.

Thursday Jul 02, 2009

OpenSolaris Tracks @ CommunityOne

The OpenSolaris community team had a very busy but productive time at CommunityOne in June. We organized four speaker tracks on OpenSolaris that I wanted to share with you all. Here are the sessions with links to some great OpenSolaris presentations with the latest OpenSolaris 2009.06 content. Enjoy!

Monday, June 1

- view the live video streams

Developing ON OpenSolaris
Speaker Managing OpenSolaris
Speaker General Operating System/Platform Track Speaker

S304128 Developing on OpenSolaris

[ODP] [video]

Dave Miner, Nick SolterOpenSolaris Bible

- authors of

S308358 - What's New in the OpenSolaris™ 2009.06 Operating System [ODP] [video]

Pete Dennis

S311837 Becoming a ZFS™ File System Ninja, Part 1

Ben Rockwood

S303999 Measuring Performance with Sun™ Studio Tools

[PDF] [video]

Marty Itzkowitz

S304129 - Becoming an OpenSolaris™ Operating System Power User [ODP] [video]

Dave Miner, Nick Solter

S305066 Moving Forward: High-Performance Application Development in a Multicore World

Tracy Carver, Jim Falgout, Brian Goetz,Don Kretsch,Patrick Leonard, David Maples

S303951 Testing Applications with VirtualBox


Brian Leonard

S308359 - Built-in Virtualization for the OpenSolaris™ Operating System: Containers, Sun™ Logical Domains (LDOMs), and xen [PDF] [video]

Jerry Jelinek, author of OpenSolaris Bible

S304985 OpenSolaris™ Operating System and Intel: Innovation Unleashed

Bob Kasten

S308357 Observing Applications with DTrace

[PDF] [video]

Angelo Rajadurai

S304607 - Open Networking with Crossbow[video]


Sunay Tripathi

S304087 Leveraging the ZFS™ File System for Blazing-Fast Backups of the OpenSolaris™ Operating System and MySQL™ Database

Paddy Sreenivasan

Afternoon Break

S308356 Probing Database Applications with DTrace Probes

[PDF] [video]

Robert Lor, Martin MC Brown

S304261 - OpenSolaris™ Secure Deployment: Role-Based Access Control and The Cryptographic Framework

[PDF] [ODP][video]

Christoph Schuba


Lightning Talks, Part 5

S304147 Porting Applications with the OpenSolaris SourceJuicer

Diving into the SourceJuicer


Porting Using SourceJuicer



Jim Walker, Christian Kelly, Dermot McCluskey

S304013 - Open Storage with the Solaris ZFS™ File System and COMSTAR[video]


Scott Tracy, Dan Maslowski

S304289 Building C/C++/Fortran Applications on the OpenSolaris™ Operating System and Linux

Don Kretsch

Tuesday, June 2

Developing IN OpenSolaris
Speaker Deploying OpenSolaris in Your Datacenter
Inside OpenSolaris: The Developer View Mark Nelson, Sun

Secure Programming Scott Rotondo, Sun

Secure Programming, cont. Scott Rotondo Deploying OpenSolaris in your Datacenter Chris Armes, Sun
Device Driver Overview Max Bruning, Bruning Systems Becoming a ZFS Ninja Ben Rockwood, Joyent
Porting Linux USB Drivers to OpenSolaris Max Bruning Becoming a ZFS Ninja, cont. Ben Rockwood
OpenSolaris Kernel Debugging Max Bruning High Availability with OpenSolaris Nick Solter, Sun
Diving into the OpenSolaris Source Juicer Jim Walker, Christian Kelly, Dermot McCluskey, Barry Cheshire, Sun Application consolidation with OpenSolaris Containers Jerry Jelinek, Sun

Crossbow BoF
Networking in the Cloud [PDF], Ben Rockwood

More details at the OpenSolaris@CommunityOne Schedule website.

Wednesday May 13, 2009

Countdown to CommunityOne

We're busy cranking on OpenSolaris community content for CommunityOne West... only 3 weeks to go. If you're in the San Francisco Bay area on June 1 please register and drop by to see us.

On Monday, June 1, we'll be hosting two OpenSolaris tracks -- Developing on OpenSolaris and Managing OpenSolaris -- and on Tuesday, June 2, we'll be hosting two deep dive sessions -- Develop in OpenSolaris and Deploying OpenSolaris in Your Datacenter.

At the CommunityOne/JavaOne Pavilion vendor area you can also see several cool OpenSolaris demos staffed by OpenSolaris technical folks as well as comfy couches to hang out on in the OpenSolaris install lounge.

Be sure to join us Monday night for the OpenSolaris party. Rumors are flying about a dodgeball tournament, martini luge and live music. Should be fun!

Here's a great overview of the OpenSolaris events @ CommunityOne.

Friday Feb 27, 2009

It's a wrap! OpenSolaris Storage Summit

Thanks to all who attended Monday's OpenSolaris Storage Summit! We had lots of great talks from community members on OpenSolaris and storage and how the economics of Open Storage help them hold their own in the current economic environment.

Don MacAskill from Smugmug talked about what it takes to manage and serve the over 475 million photos on Don shared his investigations into OpenSolaris and ZFS that led to their purchase of some Sun Storage 7000s. Check out Don's picture from twitter...

Mike LaSpina, Comstar user extraordinaire, demonstrated Storage Re-provisioning with COMSTAR.  Mike's been a regular participant on the OpenSolaris Storage discussion alias.

Paddy Sreenivasan from Zmanda shared their experiences in getting their Zmanda packages ready for the OpenSolaris distro repository. Paddy and his team have helped the OpenSolaris porters community refine the process and tools.

Alex Barclay from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research talked about how they are combining clinical data, neuroimagery, DNA/RNA, protein, epigenetic factors to develop models of brain and disease. I appreciated the close look at the types of data and access patterns that Alex sees at the Institute. Alex and team ended up purchasing a Sun Unified Storage solution after his involvement in the September 08 Open Solaris Storage Summit and followup at SuperComputing 08.

Tucker Bradford from SETI talked about the outer reaches of data with ETI For The People: Addressing the Challenge of Massive Data Sharing. With the Allen Telescope Array coming online SETI expects to deal with 918 Exabytes of data each year! 

Special thanks to our Sun friends for their talks as well... Mike Shapiro on Sun Open Storage 2009-2010, Sunay Tripathi on Crossbow and Open Networking, Drew Wilson on Filebench Architecture, Eric Schrock on Storage FMA, and Adam Leventhal on ZFS, Cache, and Flash.

We concluded the day with a Community Marketplace and reception on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt. Wonderful views...

Ben Rockwood and Robin Harris                Northeast San Francisco Bay                Southeast San Francisco Bay
                          aka StorageMojo

Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Countdown to the OpenSolaris Storage Summit

We're wrapping up the final details for next Monday's OpenSolaris Storage Summit and hope to see you there!

We have some great talks lined up (SmugMug, GoGrid, SETI along with the latest information on Sun's Open Storage efforts) and a Community Marketplace where you can chat with companies who are part of the OpenSolaris Storage community.

Here are the logistics for this FREE event.

The OpenSolaris Storage Summit
Monday February 23rd, 2009
8:30a PT - 7p PT

Grand Hyatt Hotel
345 Stockton Street

San Francisco, CA

You can sign up for this event and get more information at our OpenSolaris Storage Summit wiki.

We've colocated this event with the USENIX File and Storage Technologies (FAST 09) conference. The FAST event brings together storage system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems - a natural compliment to the OpenSolaris Storage community event.

Please join us at our FAST 09 Sun Birds of a Feather Wednesday, 2/25, at 7p PT.

Note: When you sign up for the OpenSolaris Storage Summit you receive a $100 discount on the FAST registration thanks to the USENIX folks.

Thursday Nov 20, 2008

OpenSolaris Storage... for the Mainframe

Last week I spoke on Managing Scalable Storage Environments with Solaris at the Sun Forum 2.0 storage customer conference. It was great to see our storage customers again and this year we also went live with streaming video for those customers who could not travel.

Many of our Forum customers have mainframes and we ended up chatting about OpenSolaris running on the z-series mainframes. Sine Nomine Associates has recently released a version of OpenSolaris for System z. You can also get more details at the opensolaris project page.

Bringing OpenSolaris Storage capabilities to the mainframe is an interesting value proposition. Not quite what we originally had in mind when we launched the Open Storage initiative here at Sun :\^) but certainly in the spirit of using open source software to make the most of your existing hardware in tough economic times.

Several of our OpenSolaris features have mainframe inspiration like fault management architecture (FMA) and hierarchical storage management with SAM , ADM and MMS (for cost effective tiered storage environments) so perhaps OpenSolaris on System z is not so surprising. And bringing innovative storage technologies like ZFS to the mainframe environment is a great opportunity to get feedback from folks who really know how to maximize use of storage resources.

Check out Jeff Savit's blog and comments on his experience with OpenSolaris on System z.

Sunday Nov 09, 2008

Opening up Unified Storage

Today Sun announced the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems family -- a range of storage appliances built on the base of the OpenSolaris storage stack. Several years of investment in NFS, ZFS, iSCSI, CIFS, NDMP and the whizzy storage usage analytics built on top of DTrace have led to a very solid, cost-effective storage solution that's easy to install, configure and manage.

I've known many of the well known and not so well known engineers who made this product possible and I congratulate them all on an outstanding job. I'd also like to thank the OpenSolaris Storage and Appliance community members who have provided feedback over the years on what they'd like to see in a unified storage appliance. Your input is most welcome and has helped guide Sun in addressing those needs... and will continue to guide Sun (and other savvy companies) on what the community needs to solve the data management challenges of a radically different economy where proprietary solutions restrict not help broaden the options for managing explosive data growth. Open Storage solutions like the Sun Storage 7000 line help community members contain capital, management and ongoing power consumption costs by providing the latest software innovations and leveraging the latest hardware capabilities.

Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems -- a 21st century design for the storage needs of a new millennium.

Check out what Mike, Brian, and Adam have to say about their baby...

Friday Oct 03, 2008

When the Everyday is a gift...

My daughter walked to high school this morning and my husband dropped my son off at middle school on the way to an appointment. Pretty routine, pretty wonderful.

About two weeks ago we got news that we were expecting but didn't want to hear -- a quarter of my husband's heart wasn't getting blood when he picked up his activity level. You know something's up when the cardio technicians ask you to sit down in the middle of a stress test and suggest that you contact your cardiologist immediately.

This Tuesday my husband received his third stent and I was very impressed with the gains that have been made in cardio treatments since his last stent was put in 9 years ago. Folks are now using medicated stents to minimize the growth of scar tissue in the arteries and are using collagen plugs to close up the rather significant opening they have to put in the big artery in your groin to snake the equipment through your arteries and up to your heart. (The angioplasty process itself is an incredible advancement to heart care.)

I spent the last couple of days home with my husband doing the driving and lifting but those restrictions were lifted this morning. Modern healthcare technology is amazing and new advances are being made all the time. One of the most significant differences this time wasn't technology though... it was a new approach by hospital staff to keep a much more calm, less intrusive, more relaxed environment for the patient and their family.

While they watched my husband in the ICU, my kids and I were able to come and go into his room and the only "announcements" over the PA was a inspirational message at 9a each morning. Many thanks to the crew at Avista for our short stay.

Now we're back to our Everyday. And it's a gift.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Cheap arrays with COMSTAR and your spare servers

We've been talking a lot lately about Open Storage... and how open source software and industry standard hardware can dramatically lower the cost of storage.

The latest entry in this Open Storage category is a cool project that just became available with the latest OpenSolaris community build -- COMSTAR, the Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target. Although it's full name sounds a little geeky COMSTAR lets you take a spare x86 server running OpenSolaris and create a cheap general purpose storage array. An Open Storage array.

Here's a little history on COMSTAR...

The prototype started in the spring of 2007 with the OpenSolaris project page showing up in July 2007.  Sumit led the implementation and John (shown here talking about iSCSI management) worked on the management aspects of the project.

While the framework has been developed by Sun engineers the port providers are being contributed by QLogic, Emulex and LSI. Here's a good illustration of the COMSTAR architecture.

Here are some good COMSTAR resources to help you get started...



We'd love to hear about your COMSTAR experiences... join the conversation on our OpenSolaris Storage discussion alias.

Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

Open and Highly Available

Sounds like a personal ad... but no. Just a few days ago the OpenSolaris community received the single largest contribution since it was formed with the original core of the OpenSolaris source code -- all of the Open HA Cluster source code is now available.

From Meena's email... "As with the previous contributions, Open HA Cluster includes the source-code for the product, source for the Sun Cluster Automated Test Environment (SCATE), documentation, and globalization. With this release you can build a functional Cluster from the source code. "

 How much code? Over 2 million lines of enterprise-quality clustering magic.

Nick Solter, the Open HA Cluster community manager, has more great information in his polymorphnick blog. Congratulations to the entire Open HA Cluster team!


Lynn Rohrer-Oracle


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