Saturday Nov 05, 2011

Solaris 11 Launch - Wish I could be there

Wish I could be in NYC this week!  After being a part of the Solaris team for a long, long time, it's great to see this finally almost here.  

But, if you can be in NYC or catch the webcast, I hope you will.

Join Oracle executives Mark Hurd and John Fowler and key Oracle Solaris Engineers and Execs at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event in New York, Gotham Hall on Broadway, November 9th and learn how you can build your infrastructure with Oracle Solaris 11 to:

    * Accelerate internal, public, and hybrid cloud applications
    * Optimize application deployment with built-in virtualization
    * Achieve top performance and cost advantages with Oracle Solaris 11–based engineered systems

The launch event will also feature exclusive content for our in-person audience including a session led by the VP of core Solaris development and his leads on Solaris 11 and a customer insights panel during lunch. We will also have a technology showcase featuring our latest systems and Solaris technologies. The Solaris executive team will also be there throughout the day to answer questions and give insights into future developments in Solaris.

Don't miss the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York on November 9.
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Oracle OpenWorld Session - Case Study: High-Performance Cloud Datastore Using Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris ZFS

How's that for a long title?

Just a note that the slides are now available from our ZFS in the cloud session at OpenWorld.  Tom Shafron, CEO of Viewbiquity, and I presented on the new features in ZFS and how Viewbiquity is using them to provide a cloud-based data storage system.

From our abstract: Oracle Solaris ZFS, a key feature of Oracle Solaris, integrates the concepts of a file system and volume management capabilities to deliver simple, fast data management. This session provides a case study of Viewbiquity, a provider of market-leading, innovative M2M platforms. Its cloud-based platform integrates command and control, video, VoIP, data logging and management, asset tracking, automated responses, and advanced process automation. Viewbiquity relies on Oracle Solaris ZFS and Oracle Solaris for fast write with integrated hybrid traditional and solid-state storage capabilities, snapshots for backups, built-in deduplication, and compression for data storage efficiency. Learn what Oracle Solaris ZFS is and how you can deploy it in high-performance, high-availability environments.

Viewbiquity is doing some cool stuff with ZFS, so take a look at the slides (found here) to see how you, too, can use ZFS in some really cool ways.

Oracle OpenWorld Hands On Lab - Solaris 10 Patching with Live Upgrade

Finally getting around to posting this.  We had a great turnout for our Solaris 10 Patching with Live Upgrade hands-on-lab at OpenWorld a few weeks back.  

The lab was a self-guided tour through the basics of using Live Upgrade combined with ZFS root to seriously speed up the system maintenance process.  You can find the lab document here. Since this after the actual live lab, the document describes how to create a basic Solaris instance to use to practice patching.  Nothing special - just a basic Solaris 10 VM with ZFS for the root. 

The document also refers to applying patches that we supplied in the lab.  This was just a trimmed down set of the Recommended Patchset.  It was trimmed down just so the lab would fit within our alloted time, not for any functional reason.  So, grab the latest Recommended Patchset from MOS and just use that.

So, take a look at the lab guide.  Move toward using ZFS for the root and Live Upgrade for patching.  This is a huge benefit and a way that you can hours out of your planned maintenance time.

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