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2017 in Review and Looking ahead to 2018

Scott Lynn
Director of Product Management GraalVM

As 2017 comes to a close and we begin looking forward to 2018, I want to take a few moments to reflect on 2017 and look forward to the future.

It's been quite a year for Oracle Solaris. In January, we announced a new development and delivery model. A new continuous delivery model was going to take the place of our "Big Bang" releases. Instead of a big release with far too many changes that caused our customers so many headaches with requirements to test and verify the new OS, and our partner ISVs needing to do the same thing, we are now delivering changes, new functionality and FOSS updates in the Support Repository Updates. This means your getting all the fixes and new functionality, but you aren't getting it all at once. Joost Pronk and I wrote a blog about what we've delivered in the SRU stream here.

At the same time, to accommodate the new release model, we extended Premier Support for Oracle Solaris to at least 2031 and Extended Support to at least 2034.  This is the longest Premier Support that Oracle has ever offered.  I want to address something I've been hearing from some of you about this.  This doesn't mean Oracle Solaris is only doing support bug fixing. We are actively developing on and innovating in Oracle Solaris (that is what Premier Support is) until at least 2034.

Since then, we've been hard at work to get the next version of Oracle Solaris (11.4) ready for release.

Speaking of support, there have been many questions about Oracle Solaris 10 support since the end of Premier Support is coming on January 31, 2018. I posted a blog explaining Oracle Solaris 10 support at the beginning of December.

In September Fujitsu launched the SPARC M12 systems, and we launched the Oracle SPARC M8 processor and the T8/M8 systems. You can watch our Chief Architect, Edward Screven talk about them here.

We then began a world wide Oracle Solaris roadshow with our partner Fujitsu. That roadshow has been on going around the world since.  Bill Nesheim just wrapped up a Northern European leg of the tour. We might be doing more dates and cities in the first half of 2018. If you are interested in us coming to your city/country, please let us know.

In October, at OOW17 we showed the public what we had been up to and where we are going:

  • Edward Screven presented our Oracle Systems Strategy to the world.
  • Bill Neshiem, vice president Oracle Solaris, spoke as a guest speaker in Fujitsu's session on Artificial Intelligence with Goro Watanabe.
  • Then, Bill followed up with a general session on Oracle Solaris directions. You can download the presentation here.
  • Joost Pronk and I spoke on migrating your workloads to the cloud. You can get that presentation here.

On November 16th, I did a webcast of some of the road show: 3rd Thursday Tech Talk: Solaris Continuous Innovation: Modernize with the Risk (requires a free account).

Oracle Magazine interviewed Marshall Choy for its November/December issue.

Looking Forward to 2018

2018 looks to be a busy year for Oracle Solaris. In the first half of 2018, we plan on releasing an open beta of Oracle Solaris 11.4. It's a great opportunity to "kick the tires" of the up coming version of Oracle Solaris.  Here is a short list of just a few of the new capabilities that might be coming in Oracle Solaris 11.4:

  • Enhanced exploit mitigation with SPARC SSM
  • Trusted Services via SMF
  • Unified statistics gathering with a RESTful API and a graphical interface.
  • Compressed & resumable replication with ZFS
  • Asynchronous ZFS data set destroy
  • Agent-less configuration and management via REST
  • Configuration at Scale via Puppet or Chef
  • Scalable Zone Boot Environment Management
  • Network configuration via SMF and AI

Then, later in 2018, we are planning on releasing Oracle Solaris 11.4 for General Availability.

2018 is going to be a great year for Oracle Solaris.


The preceeding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.  The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Srinivas Friday, December 29, 2017
    Good to hear that support extended till 2034
  • Srinivas Friday, December 29, 2017
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