Friday Aug 22, 2014
Wednesday Aug 06, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Aug 06, 2014
What this includes: support for C++11, an updated Performance Analyzer, support for OpenMP 4.0, and lots more. The July refresh now incorporates fixes and enhancements based on feedback from beta participants.
Learn more; get the download; send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14
Tuesday Aug 05, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Aug 05, 2014
Did you see our last Oracle Solaris 11.2 blog post aggregation? Did it leave you hungry for more? Did you think, "But there's no way there there could be any more!"
Because, now that 11.2's officially released... there's more. 44 more posts, to be exact.
One notable development: there's now a blog dedicated to Oracle Solaris and OpenStack.
- Oracle Solaris 11 - Engineered for Cloud - Eric Saxe
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Available - Glynn Foster
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 Now Available - Larry Wake
- SPARC Solaris Momentum - Mike Mulkey
- Solaris 11.2 Highlights [Part 2] in 4 Minutes or Less - Giri Mandalika
- eSTEP TechCast - June 2014 Material available - eSTEP / uwes
- Oracle Solaris and OpenStack Workshops - Scott Dickson
- Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 is out! - Eve Kleinknecht
- Disaster Recovery with Oracle Solaris Cluster (video) - Eve Kleinknecht and Steve McKinty
- Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 - Agent development just got better and easier - Eve Kleinknecht
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - Larry Wake
- Get Your ZFS On - Rick Ramsey
- Control the size of the ZFS ARC cache dynamically - Manuel Zach
- Archiving ZFS Root Pool Images in Solaris 11.2 - Cindy Swearingen
- Solaris 11.2: unlink(2)/link(2) for directories: your time is up. - Casper Dik
- Solaris 11: Evolution of v_path - Casper Dik
- Solaris 11.2: No Limits - Casper Dik
- Solaris 11.2: Functional Deprecation - Alan Coopersmith
- DTrace improvements in Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Chad Mynhier
- Interactive manifest editing with the Automated Installer Manifest Wizard - Glynn Foster
- Understanding IPS versioning - Glynn Foster
- Simple and fast Solaris installation with Unified Archives - Manuel Zach
- OpenStack 101 - How to get started on Oracle Solaris 11 - Glynn Foster
- OpenStack Cinder Volume encryption with ZFS - Darren Moffat
- OpenStack Immutable VMs - Darren Moffat
- Neutron L3 Agent in Oracle Solaris OpenStack - Girish Moodalbail
- OpenStack Security integration for Solaris 11.2 - Darren Moffat
- Solaris 11.2: Time based access limitations - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Overview of Solaris Zones Security Models - Darren Moffat
- New Solaris 11.2 features: SMF stencils - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Basic Puppet installation with Solaris 11.2 beta - Joerg Moellenkamp
- A glimpse into Solaris 11.2 specific Puppet components - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Getting Started with Puppet on Oracle Solaris 11 - Glynn Foster
- Network Virtualization High Availability - Orgad Kimchi
- Secure, compliant application deployment with Oracle Solaris 11 - Glynn Foster
- Configuring automatically multiple NICs at installation time with Solaris 11.2 - Amir Javanshir
- Solaris 11.2: Changes since beta to bundled software packages - Alan Coopersmith
- How to Set Up a Hadoop 2.2 Cluster From the Unified Archive - Orgad Kimchi
- Puppet on Solaris 11.2 - Manuel Zach
- Puppet and SMF in Solaris 11.2 - Manuel Zach
- MOS: Welcome to the Solaris 11 Information Center! - eSTEP / uwes
Virtualization / Cloud
- Oops, I left my kernel zone configuration behind! - Mike Gerdts
- Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zones on SAP - Caryl Takvorian
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 for Cloud Computing - Harry J Foxwell
Friday Aug 01, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Aug 01, 2014
Maybe that question came up when UCLA renovated Pauley Pavilion to the tune of $132 million in 2012. Or maybe not. But even if it did, I doubt that anyone chimed in with, "Say, did anyone check to see if there are any century-old water mains nearby?"
So what's under your data center?
Introducing Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2
Although Oracle Solaris has some very impressive high availability features built in, you may want to consider what happens if a larger threat affects your data center, your site, or even your city. Oracle Solaris Cluster adds an additional range of high availability and disaster recovery services for local to geographic service protection.
One of Oracle Solaris Cluster's key virtues has always been its deep co-engineering with the Oracle Solaris kernel, making for faster and more accurate detection and response to service outages, but there's a whole lot more to it--and 4.2 adds to the list.
This release is designed to take advantage of the new features in Oracle Solaris 11.2, including support for kernel zones, Unified Archives, and the new authentication and encryption features that are now part of the Automated Installer. This means that you're ready to go for protecting both physical and virtual service instances -- including protecting remote installations and updates, key for distributed cloud environments. The new Unified Archives capability is ideal for deploying, cloning, and recovring cluster instances.
Also new in this update, orchestrated disaster recovery extends the capabilities of Oracle Solaris Cluster to automatically restore services by managing recovery of not just the individual application, but its associated applications and resources as well--even across multiple sites. There's also a new browser-based tool that consolidates configuration, status and overall management of your cluster topology.
This release adds built-in support for even more applications. Plus, it's easier than ever to add support for your own apps, or additional third-party software, with a new, simplified version of its Generic Data Service.
If you've got that nagging drip, drip, drip of "we don't have a disaster recovery solution in place" in the back of your head, you might want to do something before it becomes a flood from above. Or below.
Download: Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2
Thursday Jul 31, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Jul 31, 2014
Oracle Solaris 11.2 is now in full release (aka "General Availability"), and that means there are even more great things for you to take advantage of. Although there’s been a lot written about it since the launch event in April, it’s worth taking a step back and considering what it all means.
“Zero to Cloud” in minutes
A lot of the press for this release has been about OpenStack, but how does it really help our customers? First off, OpenStack itself has some very compelling features. It’s an open, interoperable way to deploy and manage compute, network, and storage resources through a single management pane — so just that adds a lot more power to Oracle Solaris.
However, where the combination of Oracle Solaris and OpenStack (the "Havana" release, by the way) really shines is deep integration in three directions: with Oracle Solaris’ existing and new underlying features; with the Oracle stack; and, with products from literally hundreds of other companies that are also part of the OpenStack project.
Let’s use that integration to introduce some of the other new features in 11.2, and how they tie in.
11.2 introduces the latest addition to an area that has seen, in my opinion, the biggest advances since Solaris 10: provisioning, installation and software maintenance. Or, just “software life cycle”, for short.
With IPS, AI and fully-integrated boot environments, this is more than just a major leap from where Solaris was before; it put us far ahead of what other companies are offering, by simplifying and accelerating the end-to-end delivery and upkeep of service environments.
Unified Archives is a worthy addition to this list. It gives our customers the ability to create a single system archive that can be installed over the net or booted locally, and then installed in either physical or virtual environments.
All of this is deeply integrated with Glance, OpenStack’s image service, meaning that OpenStack users get instant access to many of the most sophisticated capabilities Oracle Solaris offers, using the same standardized management tools and APIs used on other platforms.
Oracle Solaris built-in virtualization capabilities just got a boost in flexibility. Individual zones can now be further isolated from their underlying global environment without sacrificing the enormous scalability advantages they give. Zones can now have their own separate kernel instance, allowing them to be updated separately and run at different version levels than the global zone or other zones. This sets the stage for other benefits in the future; more on that later.
The OpenStack compute scheduler (Nova) leverages the virtualization capabilities built into Oracle Solaris, allowing provisioning and updating on bare metal or any of the variety of virtualization options available.
SDN - Elastic Virtual Switch
Software-defined networking (SDN) has been enhanced throughout the life of Oracle Solaris 11, and in 11.2 we introduce the Elastic Virtual Switch, extending SDN capabilities throughout a collection of physical or virtual systems. Again, it’s manageable through the Neutron component of OpenStack, and is also fully integrated into Oracle Solaris Zones.
And even better, it’s tied into higher-level application layers—Oracle Database and Java applications can define how they use the network, making it possible to define service levels throughout a cloud environment. This not only simplifies network configuration, it simplifies both management and hardware requirements, driving down both acquisition and support costs throughout your service deployment life cycle
Security and Compliance
Oracle Solaris’ reputation for security is well-established (and well-deserved), but a key “lifestyle” choice we made a few years ago—adding a compliance framework as a fundamental part of the OS—is getting even more feature-rich. In Oracle Solaris 11.2, we introduce the compliance command, based on the SCAP standards and protocol suite. This allows you to run preconfigured assessments, based on security and compliance benchmarks. We also include ready-made benchmarks against PCI-DSS and our own internally-developed recommended standards. These can all be customized for your environment.
Also of note is a new extension to the concept of “Immutable Zones”, the ability to give a zone a read-only root environment, making it essentially “tamper-proof”. In 11.2, we extend this concept to the global zone.
And of course, this is all designed and integrated so that it can be leveraged through OpenStack.
Is that all?
There’s more, of course — OpenStack integration with ZFS technologies
makes cloud data management simpler, more reliable, and incredibly
scalable; we’re adding even more standard management capabilities such
as Puppet and Chef ...and we haven’t even talked about Oracle Solaris
Cluster 4.2 yet!
If you aren’t one of the thousands who have already tried Oracle Solaris 11.2 during its beta release, now’s the time to dig in and learn more.
Download: Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday May 13, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on May 13, 2014
If you're at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta this week, drop on by our booth (D14) and come talk with us about what opportunities we have open.
Or, visit our iRecruitment job site. Jobs of interest include:
IRC2483584 (Oracle Solaris Networking)
IRC2049805 (Oracle Solaris Core Technologies)
IRC2145806 (Oracle Solaris Core Technologies)
We'd also like to talk to anyone who has experience with OpenStack Neutron and/or OpenDaylight SDN, as well as Python.
Find out more about what we're doing at openstack.java.net .
Thursday May 08, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on May 08, 2014
[UPDATE: did we say all the posts? After you read these, there are 44 more waiting for you.]
As I hope you've heard already, we launched Oracle Solaris 11.2 last week, and things have been busy ever since. Specifically, our engineers and others have gone nuts, kicking out an incredible number of blog posts.
Glynn Foster has been sending me a continuous stream of links, promising me each time that it's going to die down any old time now ("...typical, the moment I send something out, 2 more blogs appear..."). And I found another one just as I was wrapping this up!
The tally for now stands at almost 50, so settle in, as we proudly present:
"If I have seen further, it is by aggregating the blogs of giants"
-- Sir Isaac Newton, by way of Arianna Huffington
- Solaris 11.2 announcement - a collection of links (Part 1) - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Solaris 11.2 announcement - a collection of links (Part 2) - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Solaris 11.2 announcement - a collection of links and hints (Part 3) - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Solaris 11.2 Launch - Eric Kozlowski
- Announcing: Oracle Solaris 11.2 Engineered for Cloud - eSTEP / uwes
- Oracle Solaris 11.2, Quoi de neuf ? - TechMonger's Cellar
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Announced - Glynn Foster
- Solaris 11.2 Highlights [Part 1] in 6 Minutes or Less - Giri Mandalika
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 発表！ベータプログラムにご参加ください。 - OTN Japan
- Announcing Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud - Caryl Takvorian
- Videos: Oracle Solaris 11.2 and More - Larry Wake
- Welcome to Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Cindy Swearingen
- Solaris 11.2 Beta Opens Today - Mike Gerdts
- Solaris 11.2: Changes to bundled software packages - Alan Coopersmith
- New in 11.2 - pkg exact-install - Bart Smaalders
- Solaris 11.2 Deployment - Many Steps Forward - Darren Kenny
- Introducing Unified Archives in Solaris 11.2 - Jesse Butler
- New Format for Solaris IPS Repository Downloads - Alan Steinberg
- New in IPS Documentation for Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Alta Estad
- Guide to using Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zones and Unified Archives with SAS - Caryl Takvorian
- IPS changes in Solaris 11.2 - Tim Foster
Networking / Network Virtualization
- Priority flows and socket level flows in Solaris 11.2 - Krishna Yenduri
- SO_FLOW_SLA socket option in Solaris 11.2 - Krishna Yenduri
- Solaris 11.2 Networking Overview: Application-Driven SDN and Beyond - Nicolas Droux
- A handy recipe for a private NAT'd DHCP server - Jesse Butler
- How Easy Is It To Run OpenStack on Oracle Solaris 11.2? - OTN Garage / Rick Ramsey
Security and Compliance
- Solaris 11.2: Immutable Global Zone - Casper Dik
- Solaris Verified Boot - Dan Anderson
- Solaris 11.2 Compliance Framework - Darren Moffat
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Authenticated Rights Profiles - Glenn Faden
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Qualified User Attributes - Glenn Faden
- OpenSSL on Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Misaki Miyashita
- Less known Solaris features: synchronous svcadm - Joerg Moellenkamp
- Solaris 11.2: User, Pid and Commands in netstat(1m) - Casper Dik
- Using /etc/system.d rather than /etc/system to package your Solaris kernel config - Darren Moffat
- Improved SMF Docs in Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Glynn Foster
- Cloning Zones with Unified Archives - Jesse Butler
- New in SMF Documentation for Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Alta Estad
- Puppet Configuration in Solaris - Drew Fisher
- Solaris-specific Providers for Puppet - Drew Fisher
- Introducing SMF Stencils - Sean Wilcox
- Unified Archives - Mike Gerdts
- Oracle Solaris 11.2 Virtualization Options - Harry Foxwell
- My own private crash-n-burn farm: using kernel zones for speedy testing - James McPherson
- A tour of a kernel zone - Mike Gerdts
- Install a kernel zone in 3 steps - Mike Gerdts
- Need another disk in your zone? No problem! - Mike Gerdts
- Solaris 11.2 Beta zones man pages - Mike Gerdts
- Zones Console Logs - Mike Gerdts
- No time like the future - Mike Gerdts
Friday Apr 25, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 25, 2014
"Meat printing" may be one of the most awesome phrases of the 21st century so far, and now there's an icon to go with it.
If you haven't been following emerging trends of the near future, don't worry; a group called HYPERMORGEN has you covered. As part of their "NounProject," they've come up with a set of simple icons to visualize trends such as the aforementioned meat printing, as well as "slime mold computing", "autonomous cars", and many others. They've produced some very clever images...
...but this is a blog about Oracle Solaris news, after all, so in order to stay at least nominally on topic, I'm limiting myself to meat printing. (Sorry, slime mold computing fans!)
Briefly put, "meat printing" is about printing... meat. Simple, no? It's also known as "3-D bioprinting," and there's actually a lot more to it, of course, but it all really comes down to the fact that you're using computers to help generate lunch. And if you're like me, you may feel this also generates... issues.
What you need here, clearly, is the best platform to keep everything kosher, as it were. So, I started working on a listicle:
11.2 Ways Oracle Solaris 11.2 Can Improve Meat Printing
1. Reduce Human Error. Studies have shown that this is the number-one cause of downtime; we certainly don't want it to get in the way of supper. With Oracle Solaris we've done a lot of work to simplify tasks and commands, which significantly reduces opportunities for errors.
You know what a pain file loss can be. We also want to eliminate filet loss.
2. Data Corruption Protection. Bit rot is bad enough when it doesn't involve actual food. "19 nines" datapath protection is critical, in the data center or on the dinner table.
3. Security. Do you really want someone hacking your meat printer? Didn't think so.
5. Comprehensive Open-Source Utilities. In Oracle Solaris 11, we've made sure that the administration tools that you're familiar with are at your fingertips, such as the CUPS printing facility.
In the future, all UNIX/Linux platforms will need to step things up to support 3-D entrée bioprinting, with the pioneering new PLATES technology...
...well, you can see where this was going.
In a previous post, I mentioned that for those of you who won't be able to join us in New York City, and are registering for the webcast instead, we unfortunately can't serve you web-based lunch. But our time will come; our time will come.
But my point, as far as I can remember, is that we've done some very cool things in Oracle Solaris already, and we think Tuesday's lunch, er, launch will show how we're continuing to accelerate the pace of innovation. Cloud-based meat computing: dare we dream?
Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 24, 2014
One of our partners, Infosys, has released the results of a new banking transaction benchmark with their Finacle software platform, and the numbers are impressive: they've shown that on a Oracle SuperCluster system, they can support six times the daily transaction volume of the entire US banking system.
Finacle now has "SuperCluster Optimized" status as part of the Oracle Exastack Optimized program. It's a very impressive demonstration of the near-linear scalability that the SPARC/Solaris combo offers. It was a huge exercise, simulating 1.9 billion bank accounts—greater than the entire population of China.
For more information, check out their press release.
Tuesday Apr 22, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 22, 2014
"This is only a dot release, right?" the question goes. Well, yes and no.
For those who tuned in late: on April 29th, we'll be launching Oracle Solaris 11.2 in New York City and on the web. But don't let the dot fool you—there is some very significant stuff that we're putting in. Significant enough that yes, the idea of calling this "Oracle Solaris 12" did come up. But, c'mon, gratuitously revving the number just because we felt like it? Who'd do that*?
In fact, what the dot really means is that we've incorporated some noteworthy changes in such a way that we're not leaving anything, or anyone, behind. This is Oracle Solaris 11, only moreso. The reason that it's a dot is that there are no concerns for existing "11" end users and developers about how to integrate this into their environments. IPS is your friend. And for those of you who haven't upgraded yet, the Solaris Application Guarantee Program assures you that we stand behind you as you do.
And, as it turns out, this whole compatibility and interoperability thing is part of our news on the 29th. So, please join us then, on the web or in person. It's "only a dot", but it's more than a dot.
*As someone in the Twittersphere helpfully pointed out, Sun once did something in this vein: we lopped the whole dang major release number off the marketing name, going from Solaris 2.6 to Solaris (not-two-dot) 7 in one shot. But underneath the hood, it was SunOS 5.6 to SunOS 5.7. Join us for the SunOS 5.11.2 launch, won't you?
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 16, 2014
For those of you who can't join us in person in New York City for the launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2: registration for the live webcast is now open! Here's an invitation from Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris core engineering:
The event will kick off at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT (sorry, no web-based lunch service), led off by Mark Hurd. He'll then turn it over to John Fowler and Markus, who will take us through a tour of what makes this release key for those looking for the best platform for enterprise cloud services.
Join us on Twitter during the event, hashtag #solaris .
Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)
REGISTER FOR THE WEBCAST
Tuesday Apr 08, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 08, 2014
New York in the spring -- or, anywhere on the web. Either way, you're invited to join us on April 29th, as we introduce Oracle Solaris 11.2.
These events are always a lot of fun, and this one promises to be no exception. Our hosts will be Mark Hurd, John Fowler, and Markus Flierl, and they'll take us all through some significant new capabilities we're introducing, reinforcing that Oracle Solaris is Engineered for Cloud.
Monday Apr 07, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 07, 2014
At last year's Oracle OpenWorld, we introduced the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, or "OVCA" for short, an engineered system designed to radically simplify virtual deployments of Windows, Linux or Oracle Solaris general purpose workloads. By engineering together unique technology such as our x86 systems, Oracle Virtual Networking, Oracle VM and Oracle VM Templates, we deliver a solution that you can take from power-on to production in about an hour -- a significant advantage compared to competing offerings.
We've got an opportunity coming up for you to learn more: a webcast, with the very direct title "Simplify your cloud deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance." In a 60 minute session, you'll hear from Charlie Boyle and Premal Savla, who will take you through the advantages in time, simplified management, and consolidation in using OVCA in your IT infrastructure.
Register today, join us on Wednesday April 16th, and find out more about Oracle's "wire once" engineered system designed to speed your cloud deployments.
Friday Mar 28, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Mar 28, 2014
As I've mentioned before at least one or two times, this is a great time to take a look at moving from IBM POWER servers to Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems. We'll be discussing this very topic in an upcoming webcast:
Modernizing IBM AIX/Power to Oracle Solaris/SPARC
Wednesday April 2, 2014
10:00am (PT) / 1:00pm (ET)
Oracle's Ken Kutzer and Randal Sagrillo will give an overview of not only what the benefits are of moving to Oracle's systems, but what the simple transition process is to get there.
Meanwhile, while you're waiting for Wednesday, here's a video to check out. Learn how one company used Oracle's SPARC servers with Oracle Solaris to architect a more robust cloud solution, at a lower cost, compared to x86 servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux:
Thursday Mar 27, 2014
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Mar 27, 2014
If you're developing in C, C++, or Fortran for either Oracle Solaris or Linux, Oracle Solaris Studio is your "go to" development environment -- at least if you're looking to build high-performance, robust applications, with an incredible set of analysis tools as well.
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is now ready for you to try out. This release introduces support for the most current C++ version, C++11. "Come for the rvalue references and move constructors; stay for the generalized constant expressions," I always say, proving I can read a Wikipedia article as well as the next person.
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 also sports a new user interface for the Performance Analyzer, which includes remote data analysis and cross-architecture support, making life ever-easier for multi-platform developers.
It also includes a raft of new performance optimizations for the latest generation SPARC and x86 processors, as well as support for OpenMP 4.0 -- add that to an already impressive list of mulithreaded programming support features.
Learn more, get the download, send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4
Security. Speed. Simplicity.
An efficient, open, affordable cloud platform for SPARC and x86 systems.
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