Monday Jan 23, 2017

Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model

Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment in the vast array of ISV applications available on Oracle Solaris 11 today.  New features and functionality will be delivered in Oracle Solaris through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry.  This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection.  By moving to a continuous delivery model based on Oracle Solaris 11, customers will have a seamless update experience to better fit their move to agile deployment models.  

Customers can be confident that we plan to release new innovations into Oracle Solaris 11 in an ongoing manner.  The Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris roadmap has been updated to reflect this new strategy.



As we will deliver new features and capabilities as part of Oracle Solaris 11, we have extended the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 Premier and Extended Support lifespans to January 2031 and January 2034, respectively.  Support dates are evaluated for update annually, and will be provided through at least the dates above.  For more information, see page 34 of the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun Systems Software

The Oracle Solaris continuous delivery model has been silently in place for some time and is now the official delivery mechanism going forward. Oracle Solaris customers under Premier Support receive regular innovation, bug fix, and security vulnerability updates through both dot releases and Oracle Solaris 11 Support Repository Updates, as well as 24/7 access to Oracle systems specialists and online access to knowledge, proactive tools and communities.  There are no changes to Oracle Solaris licensing or Premier Support pricing associated with this model.

Oracle Solaris on SPARC remains the enterprise leader in security, scalability, and reliability for mission critical computing and continues to deliver tremendous business value for customers in both cloud and on-premise deployments.  Oracle Solaris is available in the Oracle Cloud today with SPARC Model 300 and as a guest OS in the Oracle Compute Cloud Service.  Additional Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris based offerings for the Oracle Cloud and on-premise deployments are expected to be provided in the future.  View this video to learn more about the Oracle SPARC and Solaris platform strategy directly from John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Systems at Oracle.


Tuesday Jan 17, 2017

New SPARC & Solaris Platform Roadmap

As a direct response to customer requests, we're planning to deliver future Oracle Solaris features and functionality through dot releases instead of more disruptive releases that may have undergone significant test, re-certification and qualification. As you've probably seen from our lifetime support policy, we're moving towards a continuous delivery model for Oracle Solaris, and we've just recently pushed out a new version of our Oracle SPARC and Solaris Platform Roadmap.

Check out the Oracle SPARC and Solaris Platform Roadmap.

Wednesday Oct 12, 2016

A Tale of Two Ransomware Attacks

A Tale of Two Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware seems to be getting more wide spread every day. These attacks are nasty, and at least one of them deletes your files after you pay the ransom.

I’m going to tell you two stories of ransomware attacks, and then I’m going to tell you how you can prevent ransomware from destroying your data even when you are using a centralized storage server and Windows clients via SMB.

So, let’s get to the stories…

In one story we have a small financial/accounting business. In the other story a university in Europe. Both were attacked.  But the outcomes were really different.

With the small financial business, they ran their entire company on Windows. This is not an unfamiliar story. They had a small system that acted as their storage server and it also ran their financials. Last week, some ransomware infected one of their desktops/laptops.  This is where the problem began, but that isn’t the worst of it (wish that it were).

It spread throughout their entire company. Landing and encrypting data on every machine in the company.  Every machine.

It encrypted data on the storage server via SMB. But it also landed on their storage server and took over there too. Encrypting their financials. But no worries.  The CEO has a background in IT, and he’s had a backup system in place from the start.

Well… his company has been growing rapidly (we should all what that problem). He hasn’t had time to pay attention to the IT infrastructure lately. When they went to back up, the last good one was from April!  Not good (and probably not the first time you’ve heard of backups not being usable).

They lost all their data.

Just a few weeks earlier, one of our great customers at a university in Europe had a ransomware attack too. They, too, had a centralized storage server, and the ransomware was able to attack the files on the server via SMB. In this case, however, the ransomware wasn’t able to land on the storage server because the server was running Oracle Solaris.  But large numbers of files had been encrypted.

The university, however, only lost a few files because they were using servers running Oracle Solaris and using ZFS as the backend storage for serving SMB.

They had been using ZFS automated snapshots for years. Because of the automatic snapshot capability, they were able to simply roll back the storage pools/volumes to the snapshot that was taken right before the ransomware attacked. They lost some files.  But very few.

Which would you rather be? 

So, how can you easily recover data lost to a ransomware attack?  Well, it’s really quite easy.

You install and run Oracle Solaris 11 on your storage servers and use ZFS as the filesystem.

Some of you are now saying things like, “But it’s too expensive,” “It’s too complex,” “I don’t know how to administer [Oracle] Solaris,” or some other such things. This blog isn’t going to get into those, except to say, “No. It really isn’t.” Oracle Solaris is free to use in non-commercial or non-production commercial environments. In a production commercial environment, Oracle Solaris is $1000/socket (or 8% of your Oracle Hardware cost) per year for support. If you are a student at one of the more than 10,000 universities that is an Oracle Academy member, Oracle Solaris support is free. It’s not hard to use. I use it at home to run my own NAS, DHCP, DNS, and even a VM for video streaming for my kids, who are really into Harry Potter these days, and I’m so glad I have them locally rather than having to stream from our favorite service. Oracle Solaris is so simple to use, even your manager can use it!

So, how simple is it to setup ZFS snapshots?  It takes 3 steps (after you install Oracle Solaris):

Step 1: Install the time-slider package (desktop/time-slider)

# pkg install desktop/time-slider

Packages to install: 1

Services to change: 2

Create boot environment: No

Create backup boot environment: No

DOWNLOAD PKGS FILES XFER (MB) SPEED

Completed 1/1 99/99 0.3/0.3 258k/s

PHASE ITEMS

Installing new actions 186/186

Updating package state database Done

Updating package cache 0/0

Updating image state Done

Creating fast lookup database Done

Updating package cache 2/2

Step 2: Identify the file systems to snapshot

# zfs list -r tank

NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT

tank 1.24M 134G 32K /tank

tank/home 1.10M 134G 33K /tank/home

tank/home/movies 548K 134G 548K /tank/home/movies

tank/home/sdata 548K 134G 548K /tank/home/sdata

Step 3: Start the services:

# svcadm enable auto-snapshot:frequent

# svcadm enable auto-snapshot:hourly

# svcadm enable auto-snapshot:daily

# svcadm enable auto-snapshot:weekly

# svcadm enable auto-snapshot:monthly

# svcadm enable time-slider/plugin:zfs-send

# svcadm enable time-slider/plugin:rsync

# svcadm enable time-slider

OK. That’s not 3 commands. But close enough.

# svcs svc:/application/time-slider:default

STATE STIME FMRI

online         22:49:51 svc:/application/time-slider:default

We’ve now protected our filesystem against malicious software. If you wait a little while, you’ll see this:

# zfs list -t all -r tank

NAME USED AVAIL REFER   MOUNTPOINT

tank 1.35M 134G 32K /tank

tank/home 1.10M   134G 33K /tank/home

tank/home/movies 548K 134G 548K   /tank/home/movies

tank/home/movies@zfs-auto-snap_daily-2016-10-12-09h44

0 - 548K   -

tank/home/sdata 548K    134G 548K   /tank/home/sdata

tank/home/sdata@zfs-auto-snap_daily-2016-10-12-09h44

0       -    548K    -

So, there you go. You can protect your data from ransomware attacks easily.  All you need to do is run Oracle Solaris 11. 

Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

Focus on Solaris at Oracle Open World 2016

General Sessions

  • General Session: Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap [GEN6426]
    Markus Flierl, Vice President, Oracle
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3

Conference Sessions

  • Breakthrough Cloud Diagnostics with Oracle Solaris Analytics [CON1872]
    Liane Praza, Solaris, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Robert Milkowski, Unix Engineering, VP, Morgan Stanley
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Bringing Enterprise Attributes to the Cloud: Oracle Solaris Engineering Panel [CON6425]
    Nicolas Droux, Sr Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Joost Pronk Van Hoogeveen, Lead Product Manager, Oracle
    Edward Pilatowicz, Solaris Virtualization - Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle.
    Bart Smaalders, Senior Software Architect, Oracle
    Darren Moffat, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Best Practices for Secure and Simple Lifecycle Management on Oracle Solaris [CON6730]
    Jan Setje-Eilers, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle
    Glynn Foster, Product Manager, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Accelerate Software Development in the Oracle Cloud [CON6717]
    Ikroop Dhillon, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Don Kretsch, Sr. Director, Software, Oracle
    Ilia Gromov, Software Developer 2, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Deploying Tomorrow's Enterprise Innovation Today: Customer Panel [CON6424]
    Krishna Tangirala, Vice President Infrastructure, B&H Photo
    Scott Lynn, Senior Manager, Oracle Solaris Product Management, Oracle
    Jan-Pier Loonstra, Other, KPN
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Perfect Partners: Using Docker with Oracle Virtualization [CON6230]
    Jesse Butler, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Dan Powers, Director, Strategic Development, Docker
    Uday Shetty, Partner Integration, Docker, Inc.
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Dimension Data Maximizes Enterprise Security [CON6731]
    Warren Ridley, Technical Services Director, Dimension Data
    Scott Lynn, Senior Manager, Oracle Solaris Product Management, Oracle
    Mike Wilcoxon, Dimension Data
    Thursday, Sep 22, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Best Practices for Building and Administering an OpenStack Cloud [CON6726]
    Dave Miner, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Michael Bartruff, Engineer (IT), Commerzbank AG
    Thursday, Sep 22, 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Hand in Hand: Practical DevOps with Oracle Virtualization [CON6229]
    Chris Riggin, Lead Enterprise Architect, Verizon
    Duncan Hardie, Oracle
    Jesse Butler, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Under the Hood: Software in Silicon Facts and Images [CON1185]
    Benoit Chaffanjon, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Moscone South—307
  • Become an OpenStack Guru in 45 Minutes [CON2969]
    Thomas Daly, Principal Engineer Systems, Oracle
    Michelle Szucs, Oracle
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Moscone South—309
  • Maximize Performance and Security and Minimize Costs for Oracle Database [CON4713]
    Onder Ozbek, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
    Numan GÜR, Vp, ING Bank
    Hakan Inceoglu, ING Bank
    Thursday, Sep 22, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 1/2/3
  • Enhancing Operational Efficiency with Hybrid Cloud Services [CON7552]
    Dean Halbeisen, Solutions Manager, Oracle
    Alicia Guayaquil, ACS Engineer, Oracle
    Moussou Sene, Cloud Infrastructure Architect, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Moscone South—307
  • Automating Secure Enterprise Deployments with Puppet [CON6733]
    Cindy Swearingen, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Shawn Ferry, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Cody Herriges, Principal SysOps Engineer, Puppet, Inc
    Monday, Sep 19, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Marriott Marquis—Salon 4/5/6
  • Accelerate Enterprise Java Security Performance with Oracle's SPARC Server Systems [CON5442]
    Shrinivas Joshi, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Yaomin Chen, Senior Software Development Manager, Oracle
    Luyang Wang, Software Engineer, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Moscone South—307
  • SPARC and Oracle Public Cloud: Maximum Security and Efficiency [CON5171]
    Peter Wilson, Principal Solution Manager, Oracle
    Kristian Bakke, SPARC Cloud Product manager, Oracle
    Jennifer Glore, Senior Engineering Manager, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Moscone South—307
  • The Keys to Driving the Best Cloud Performance [CON6703]
    Brad Carlile, Sr. Director Strategic Applications Engineering, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Moscone South—307
  • Analytics Pipeline with Apache Spark SQL and Machine Learning [CON6704]
    Brad Carlile, Sr. Director Strategic Applications Engineering, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Moscone South—307
  • Fujitsu’s “Cool” Technologies: AI, Cloud, and Platform Solutions [ESS7692]
    Goro Watanabe, EVP, Fujitsu America, Inc.
    Bill Nesheim, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | YBCA Theater
  • Accelerating Apache Arrow and QuartetFS ActivePivot with Software in Silicon [CON6383]
    Amir Javanshir, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Sanjayrao Hemade, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Moscone South—307
  • The SPARC Platform Revolution: Customers Insights from Cores to Cloud [CON7551]
    Maninder Singh, IT Manager, Unix/Linux Platforms, Exelon
    David Simmons, Sr. Director, Converged Infrastructure Marketing, Oracle
    Greg Stone, IS Nordic
    Marty Boos, CIO, StubHub
    Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Moscone South—307

Hands on Labs

  • Automating Oracle Solaris Administration With Puppet [HOL7712]
    Cindy Swearingen, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Shawn Ferry, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Cody Herriges, Principal SysOps Engineer, Puppet, Inc
    Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Using Oracle Solaris Analytics to Diagnose Common Performance Problems [HOL6740]
    Amir Javanshir, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Eve Kleinknecht, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
    Erwann Chenede, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Emmanuel Jannetti, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Secure Your Web Applications from Common Attacks on Oracle Solaris [HOL5631]
    Yu Wang, Software Engineer, Oracle
    Gary Wang, Senior Manager, Oracle
    Ran Cheng, Technical Consultant, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Zero Downtime with OpenStack Live Migration for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones [HOL6739]
    Xiao-song Zhu, Technical Consultant, Oracle
    Yu Wang, Software Engineer, Oracle
    Yan Zhang, Software Developer 2, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Deploy Oracle RAC in Minutes on Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris [HOL6749]
    Onder Ozbek, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
    David Dariouch, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle
    Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center sales consultant, Oracle
    Sonit Tayal, Product Manager, Oracle
    Eric Bezille, Chief Technologist, Oracle
    Ales Cernosek, Senior Manager, Software Development, Oracle
    Bruno Philippe, Pre Sales Consultant, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Securing Your Enterprise Applications with Sandbox in Oracle Solaris [HOL5427]
    Ling-yun Li, Principle Software Engineer, Oracle
    Zhen Zhu, software engineer, Oracle
    Richard Liu, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Peninsula (25th Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Use OpenStack to Easily Deploy and Scale an Apache Spark Cloud on Oracle Solaris [HOL3638]
    Hanli Ren, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
    Zhen Zhu, software engineer, Oracle
    Adam Zhang, Principle Software Engineer, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Securing Oracle Database 12c Installations with Immutable Zones [HOL2593]
    Richard Liu, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Adam Zhang, Principle Software Engineer, Oracle
    Motahareh Kardeh, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
  • Practical DevOps: Automated Deployment to Oracle WebLogic Server [HOL6234]
    Joost Pronk Van Hoogeveen, Lead Product Manager, Oracle
    David Dariouch, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle
    Duncan Hardie, Oracle
    Eric Bezille, Chief Technologist, Oracle
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Using Hot Patching to Stay Secure and Compliant [HOL7308]
    Jan Setje-Eilers, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle
    Glynn Foster, Product Manager, Oracle
    Kuriakose Kuruvilla, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Using Silicon Secured Memory with Custom Memory Allocators [HOL2261]
    Dale Layfield, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Eric Reid, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Monday, Sep 19, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Setting Up Your Enterprise-Class DevOps Solution Using Docker [HOL5960]
    Wen-sheng Liu, engineer, Oracle
    Yu Wang, Software Engineer, Oracle
    Gary Wang, Senior Manager, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Debug Your Network Application End-to-End [HOL7681]
    Nicolas Droux, Sr Principal Software Engineer, Oracle
    Joost Pronk Van Hoogeveen, Lead Product Manager, Oracle
    Jiayao Hu, Software Engineer, Oracle
    Thursday, Sep 22, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • Hands-on Lab: Use Data Analytics Accelerator APIs to Boost Analytics Performance [HOL5707]
    Ling-yun Li, Principle Software Engineer, Oracle
    Wynne Wang, Senior Technical Consultant, Oracle
    Wen-sheng Liu, engineer, Oracle
    Angelo Rajadurai, Tech Lead SPARC on Oracle Public Cloud, Oracle
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)

You can find all the abstracts of the above sessions at the Oracle Open World content catalog. So join us for what's going to be another great year!

Wednesday Jun 29, 2016

Announcing Oracle Developer Studio 12.5!

We are excited to release Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 with new breakthroughs in developer efficiency!

Optimized to complement Oracle’s complete hardware and software stack, Oracle Developer Studio (formerly Oracle Solaris Studio) helps companies build higher quality code, in less time.

Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 delivers optimized compilers, advanced analysis tools and a multi-language aware IDE for easy development of fast, reliable and highly secure applications for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and RedHat Enterprise Linux operating systems.

3 reasons you should try it out?

Secure Software - Made Simple: Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 is integrated with SPARC M7 Silicon Secured Memory, allowing developers to find and fix common security attack vectors, such as buffer overflows and data corruption bugs in real-time. In addition, secure coding features throughout the tools enable application development teams to edit, compile and run more secure code.

"In our tests processing log files for each AAA server, Oracle's SPARC M7 systems with Silicon Secured Memory and Oracle Developer Studio development tools proved to be the only effective method of protection against dangerous programming vulnerabilities. It enabled Capitek AAA to be more secure and highly available with very little impact on overall system performance. Other software based memory checking tools proved to be unusable due to their large overhead,” said Jerry Chen, Senior Manager of Telecom Software Product Department.

Productivity Benefits for Enterprise Apps: Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 delivers expanded GNU support and binary compatibility, and includes full support for C++ 2011, and popular features of the C++ 2014 language standard. The Oracle Developer Studio IDE is optimized for enterprise applications with fast parse times when handling large source code bases, plug-ins to the Oracle Developer Cloud Service, and a remote interface that allows developers to code from the convenience of most laptop / desktop environments and remotely connect to applications on premise or in cloud-based IT environments. And the Oracle Developer Studio Performance Analyzer now includes support for Java and Scala applications, in addition to C, C++ and Fortran, providing deep and accurate performance insights that can be visualized through multiple data views.

 “We have been using Oracle Developer Studio tools for many years to optimize our MX.3 trading, risk and back office solutions. The Code Analyzer and Performance Analyzer tools are intuitive, easy to use and provide powerful insights that help improve code quality while also reducing time to market”, said Jerome Matot, Head of Core Technologies at Murex.

Designed for Performance: Oracle Developer Studio’s highly optimized compilers support code generation for the latest Oracle SPARC M7, T7 and S7 systems, Oracle x86 systems, and Fujitsu M10 systems, and deliver up to 4.5x faster performance compared to open source alternatives.

"As the leading provider of telecom network and software solutions in China, it important for us to deliver the best solutions to our customers.  The Oracle Developer Studio analysis tools give us the exact functionality we need to create very fast C/C++ applications.  We extensively use the Thread Analyzer to view the running state of threads and pinpoint where threads are blocked.  The Performance Analyzer accurately displays the execution time for each function and allows us to visualize performance data, significantly reducing the time it takes our developers to identify performance bottlenecks.  The Oracle Developer Studio analysis tools are a must-have for our highly multi-threaded and time constraint AIISMG and DNS solutions,” said Mr. Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering, China Mobile Customer Data Business Division of AsiaInfo.

“Fujitsu has a long history of working closely with the Oracle Developer Studio team to optimize the developer tools for our SPARC-based platforms.  Oracle Developer Studio helps us write better code, in less time.  The advanced analysis tools increase the quality and security of our applications, while the optimizing compilers deliver the best application performance for Fujitsu M10 servers,” said Takato Noda, Corporate Executive Officer, Fujitsu Limited.

Available Now, for Free: Download Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 today!

Friday Jun 17, 2016

Prepare to dock: Oracle Solaris at DockerCon


Come on by ...

While the Oracle Solaris folk have been regularly attending the information pipe and community enabler that is DockerCon for the last few years we are really pleased to be able to join the party again, only this time we will have a booth. Drop on by to booth S11 and come chat with the engineers that are writing the code that is bringing Docker to Oracle Solaris. Find out how far along we are, how we leveraged our Oracle Solaris Zones technology and what we have planned. Most important of all you could even claim the latest in highly fashionable Beenie hats?. We are really interested in hearing what you are up to too. Hope to see you there!

Thursday May 19, 2016

The Oracle Solaris Essentials of Support

Oracle Solaris is all about making your life easier in the data center. All its technologies have been designed to solve the problems administrators experience in running a highly reliable, secure and efficient data center. They've been integrated and carefully thought through to improve the user experience, and we're continuously re-working subsystems to modernize them and adapt to new trends of application deployment in the cloud.

One of the areas of improvement that we've had much focus on over the past few years has been related to lifecycle management - making sure you can deploy Oracle Solaris securely and reliably, and that you can update it quickly to protect against the latest security vulnerabilities. We've seen technologies like the Image Packaging System (IPS), Automated Installer (AI) and Unified Archives having a massive impact in terms of agility and consistently.

Gerry Haskins, director of software development in Oracle Solaris' Revenue Product Engineering (RPE) group, has recently written two really great articles that will help you better understand Oracle Solaris maintenance from a support point of view.

The first article covers the Oracle Solaris release cadence and all you need to know about the process by which we provide updates to the platform through things like Support Repository Updates (SRUs), Critical Patch Updates (CPUs) and Interim Diagnostic Relief (IDRs) - including how we're now delivering SPARC firmware updates within IPS.

Check out Overview of Oracle Solaris Release Cadence.

The second article focuses in on Oracle Solaris 11 and how you can use IPS to update your systems with the latest software. The article covers things like understanding the package versioning, how to take advantage of package groups, and how package incorporations work to constrain your systems to a particular release train and ensure that you're running a well tested set of packages. Gerry also goes into detail on SRUs, CPUs and IDRs and how IPS is an integrated packaging and patching mechanism. Needing to find out what set of updates need to be applied to fix a particular bug or Common Vulnerability exploit (CVE)? No problem, IPS provides you all you need and you'll never need to worry 'RPM dependency hell' on Oracle Solaris.

Check out Overview of Image Packaging System in Oracle Solaris.

These are the essentials that you'll need to know, a nice extension to our previous blog post on the Oracle Solaris Cheat Sheet, the administrator's best friend. Enjoy!

Tuesday May 17, 2016

The Administrator's Best Friend

 While we've made every effort to make the administation of Oracle Solaris simple in every possible way, there are times where it's good to quickly refer back for a command or command-line option that you've forgotten. Some may scan our comprehensive, online product documentation. Others may check up on our extensive set of man pages. The advanced ones may have written some extensive scripts to allow command-line completion from their shell for the common commands they use. But there's more!

Joerg Moellenkamp has written an extensive Administration Cheat Sheet for Oracle Solaris that has been updated for Oracle Solaris 11.3. Joerg gives the command-line essentials for managing lifecycle management, services, virtualization, networking, storage, security and more. It's an excellent addition to your cubicle wall if you need to do a quick look up, or prepare for an Oracle Solaris Certification.

So next time you see Joerg, make sure to buy him a beer because I know you're going to use this one! 

Monday May 16, 2016

Oracle Solaris 11 - Free to Oracle Academy Students!

We're thrilled to announce that Oracle Solaris 11 has been included in the Oracle Academy program! Students of institutions who have signed up to the Institutional Membership program (of which there are over 10,000+ world wide - see the online directory), will now have free access to the latest updates and security fixes for Oracle Solaris 11 and full support through My Oracle Support for educational or research purposes.

For anyone new to Oracle Solaris, we have a huge number of introductory and advanced articles on Oracle Technology Network that will help familiarize you with all the cool features of the platform, and get you up to speed on how to administer lifecycle management, virtualization, storage, networking and security. If you've had more experience on Linux to date, make sure to take a look at our Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Solaris hands on lab that will bring you through a number of exercises to get direct hands-on experience.

We also have a ton of resources for developers to get you up to speed in building the most optimized applications for the Oracle Solaris platform using the integrated developer environment Oracle Solaris Studio. This toolchain helps you develop better applications, find coding errors or memory leaks faster, or take advantage of powerful features in the new generation of SPARC systems using Silicon Secured Memory. Make sure to give Oracle Solaris Studio a spin with a hands on lab that shows you how to use the Code Analyzer and Performance Analyzer features.

Scott Lynn, Liane Praza and Bart Smaalders recorded an 'Ask the Experts' session especially for Oracle Academy students that you should make sure to watch. They'll go through why you should learn about Oracle Solaris, some of the new features that engineering are working for, and why the combination of Oracle Solaris and SPARC is hugely differentiating in the market with the innovative Software in Silicon feature set.

Check out the membership benefits, sign up and download now! Of course there's also a broad set of other Oracle software available, free online training and certifications to take advantage of. Expand your knowledge, develop your skills and kick start your career!

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Get the latest FOSS on Oracle Solaris 11

One of the new initiatives we've launched in the last year is providing early access to new and updated Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) components in Oracle Solaris 11. We've been committed to delivering FOSS software as part of Oracle Solaris for many years now, but it's often been tricky to keep up with the frequence release cadence that many of these upstream open source communities maintain, while still trying to best the most stable and secure enterprise cloud platform.

So if you're looking for a particular new version for use in your data centers, make sure to check the FOSS Evaluation Program as we might have that version that you're looking for. Check out the April 2016 update announced on the Oracle Solaris FOSS blog and the detailed how to article on how you get install these into your environment.

If you've deployed any FOSS on Oracle Solaris 11 recently let us know your experience. Maybe you'd be interested in contributing an article on Oracle Technology Network!

Monday Apr 25, 2016

Oracle OpenWorld Call for Papers Now OPEN!

The Oracle OpenWorld Call for Papers is now open. OpenWorld attendees are looking for insights and improvements they can put to use in their own jobs: exciting innovations, strategies to modernize their businesses, different or easier ways to implement, unique use cases, lessons learned, the best of best practices. 

The conference is on Sunday, September 18 to Thursday, September 22, 2016. There's a wide selection of different tracks to submit to, including Oracle Solaris of course. Submissions close on Monday, May 9, 11:59 p.m. PDT, so don’t delay. Submit your proposal today and share your success!

Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Oracle Solaris Now Available in the Oracle Cloud

We are living in an on-demand world. Customers have more choice about how and where to host their business critical applications - whether on premise or in the public cloud. This unprecedented flexibility has meant that the days of waiting hours, weeks or even months to for environments of compute capacity to be created are over. IT budgets are being transformed from CAPEX spends and poor utilization to on-demand OPEX, paying for what you consume. So whether you're helping to transform your business with the next wave of cloud-native applications that can take advantage of the cloud, or still relying on more traditional enterprise applications, you'll need a cloud environment that's secure, enteprise ready and highly reliable.

Oracle is uniquely positioned in the industry by virtue of it's broad range of offerings for on-premise solutions and integrated cloud offerings. Oracle Solaris is one of the key foundations of that strategy providing a secure, mission critical platform for hosting the applications that matter to your business. We give you the most complete choice of how you want to run your business. And we are expanding that choice today.

We're announcing that Oracle Solaris is now available in the Oracle Cloud.

Customers can now create on demand Oracle Solaris VMs, at no additional cost, using the Oracle Compute Cloud Service. This service is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering that provides flexible and scalable computing, block storage, and networking services using a self-service portal. Whether it's shared, multi-tenant infrastructure or dedicated compute, the Oracle Cloud provides a multitude of choice with a broad range of pricing options to suit your needs.

Check out the following video for how easy it is to create on-demand Oracle Solaris environments in the Oracle Cloud.

Thursday Feb 04, 2016

The Best UNIX Operating System Out There

Worth checking out Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO on how he considers the Sun Microsystems acquisition to be 'fabulous' - not just for Java, but for Solaris, the best UNIX operating system out there. Nothing comes close to the amount of innovation included in this integrated platform that can run your mission critical (and non-mission critical) applications securely and reliably. Sun's technologies were very much the foundation for Oracle's current Engineered System strategy. Watch it now!

Monday Feb 01, 2016

Focus on Oracle Solaris Security at the OTN VTS Event

Every few months, the folks from the Oracle Technology Network host a Virtual Technology Summit (VTS). This is an opportunity to watch a bunch of technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE’s, and Java Champions. There are a variety of tracks including Systems, Database, Java and Middleware.

In the next VTS event, we'll be focusing on security your data center with some of the integrated security technologies included in Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems leveraging Software in Silicon.

Title Speaker
Practical Security - Hands on with Oracle Solaris Duncan Hardie & Glynn Foster
SPARC, accelerating encrypted workloads since 2011! Erik Benner
Secure Software - Made Simple Ikroop Dhillon

There are 3 VTS events to suit your geographic location - Americas, Europe, and APAC. So register now for the upcoming events and make sure to check out the agenda for the great line up of sessions that are available.

Americas - 8th March Register now!
APAC - 15th March Register now!
EMEA - 5th April Register now!

Thursday Oct 29, 2015

How good is Oracle Solaris and SPARC M7?

With the release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 and the new SPARC M7 chip, and the list of new generation T and M series servers based on this groundbreaking chip, the performance team have been hard at work to show the advantages of the new systems. The result of which is 29 new blog posts with a significant number of world records. Here's the full list:

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