Monday Nov 05, 2012
Friday Nov 02, 2012
By Larry Wake on Nov 02, 2012
Here are a few recent posts about the also-recent Oracle Solaris 11.1 release:
|What's New in Solaris 11.1?
|New ZFS Encryption features in Solaris 11.1
|Solaris 11.1: Encrypted Immutable Zones on (ZFS) Shared Storage
|| Darren Moffat
|High Resolution Timeouts||Steve Sistare
|Solaris 11.1: Changes to included FOSS packages|| Alan Coopersmith
|Documentation Changes in Solaris 11.1
|How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using
the Image Packaging System
| svcbundle for easier SMF manifest creation
| Controlling server configurations with IPS
| IPS changes in Solaris 11.1, brought to you by
the letter ‘P’
If that's not enough information for you, don't forget to register for next Wednesday's Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 webcast with a live Q&A. It's November 7th, at 8 AM PT.
The last time we did this, we got almost 300 questions, so for Wednesday, we're making sure we've got lots of engineers with fingers poised over their keyboards, ready for action.
Friday Oct 26, 2012
By Larry Wake on Oct 26, 2012
- Oracle Solaris 10
Zone Clusters: The easiest way to update and consolidate existing Solaris 10 application environments is with Oracle Solaris 10 Zones within Oracle Solaris 11 -- not only do you get higher system utilization, but you can immediately leverage new features such as network virtualization.
With Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1, you can now cluster these zones, for even higher availability.
- Expanded disaster
recovery operations: Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 introduces managed switchover and
disaster-recovery takeover of applications and
data using ZFS Storage Appliance replication
services in a multi-site, multi-cluster
- Faster application
recovery with improved storage failure
detection and resource dependency management.
- Labeled security support for providing both high availability and high security, leveraging Oracle
Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions.
- Oracle Solaris Cluster at the Oracle Technology Network
- Data Sheet
- What's New in Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1
Thursday Oct 25, 2012
By Larry Wake on Oct 25, 2012
Oracle Solaris 11.1 is now available for download -- as detailed earlier, this update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 provides new enhancements for enterprise cloud computing. Security, network, and provisioning advances, in addition to significant new performance features, make an already great release even better.
For more information, you can't do better than the upcoming launch event webcast, featuring a live Q&A with Solaris engineering experts and three sessions covering what's new with Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster. It's on Wednesday, November 7, at 8 AM PT; register today.
Wednesday Oct 24, 2012
By Larry Wake on Oct 24, 2012
For those of you in the Bay Area, there's going to be what promises to be a very interesting event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Thursday, November 1st at 11 AM: "SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future".
The panel event will feature Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, SPARC luminaries such as Anant Agrawal and David Patterson, former Sun VP Bernard Lacroute, plus Oracle executives Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Rick Hetherington.
For those of you who can't attend, we expect to have video of the event afterward, but if you can make it in person, this is a unique opportunity to hear from industry pioneers, as well as get insights into future SPARC innovations. Plus, you can see SPARC (and non-SPARC) related exhibits from both the Computer History Museum and the personal collections of some of the panel participants.
I hope you can join us; Register today.
Wednesday Oct 03, 2012
By Larry Wake on Oct 03, 2012
This morning, we announced Oracle Solaris 11.1, the first update to Oracle Solaris 11.
This builds on all the things we've done to make Oracle Solaris the best operating system for enterprise cloud computing, so no surprises on what we've focused on: enhancements for cloud infrastructure, extreme availability for enterprise applications, and continued payoff from our co-engineering work with the rest of the Oracle software portfolio.
If you're at Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to attend Solaris engineering VP Markus Flierl's general session at 10:15 today, in Moscone South 103, where he'll be going into detail on Oracle Solaris 11.1 .
And, be sure to sign up for our online launch event on November 7th, featuring Markus, fellow engineering VP Bill Nesheim, and a deep bench of Solaris engineers.
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Solaris 2.0 first shipped -- stay tuned for the next 20!
Sunday Sep 30, 2012
By Larry Wake on Sep 30, 2012
This is the team putting the final touches on the Hands-On Lab room for HOL10201, "Reduce Risk with Oracle Solaris Access Control to Restrain Users and Isolate Applications". This should be a great learning experience--plus it's a chance to meet up with some of the top Solaris security people, including Glenn Faden and Darren Moffat.
And here's the OTN Garage's own Rick Ramsey, working feverishly to help set up the Oracle Solaris Systems Pavilion. (Moscone South, Booth 733). Several of our featured partners will be demonstrating solutions running on Oracle Solaris systems -- plus, we'll be serving espresso, to help you power through the week.
Another panorama shot, courtesy of iOS 6 -- come for the maps, stay for the photos....
Moscone South is also home once again this year to the systems and storage DEMOgrounds. Plenty to learn and see; you might even catch a glimpse of me there on Tuesday afternoon.
Saturday Sep 29, 2012
By Larry Wake on Sep 29, 2012
San Francisco is bracing for the annual invasion. The airport's jammed, the tweets are flying, and the numbers are crazy: more than 50,000 attendees and 2,500+ sessions, taking over Moscone Convention Center, two streets, Union Square, and seemingly every hotel in town (98,000 hotel room nights).
So yeah, it's busy.
Speaking of JavaOne, you can find Solaris-related activity there, too -- I've highlighted one hands-on lab below.
Here's a last pre-event roundup of activities for consideration; enjoy the show(s)!
(Remember, Schedule Builder is your friend; use it with the session numbers below to register.)
Monday, October 1st:
3:15 PM - General Session: Accelerate Your Business with the Oracle Hardware Advantage
(GEN9691, Moscone North Hall D)
John Fowler, head of Oracle's Systems organization, will talk about Oracle hardware technology and how it's co-engineered with other key technologies, including Oracle Solaris.
Tuesday, October 2nd:
10:15 AM - Building an IaaS Platform with SPARC, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC
(CON4431, Moscone South 270)
Get the birds-eye lowdown (whatever that means) on how U.S. Cellular built its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery platform with Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers, Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Cluster 4, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The session covers the high-level design, business case made, implementation details, and lessons learned.
11:45 AM - Oracle Solaris 11 Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Core Engineering
(CON8790, Moscone South 252)
This has been one of the livelier Solaris-related sessions in years past (and I'm not saying that just because I get to moderate it this year). A panel of core engineers responsible for a wide range of key Solaris technologies will talk about some of the interesting work they've been doing -- but mostly we keep time open for the panel to take questions from attendees, because that's the fun part.
Wednesday, October 3rd:
10:00 AM - Tracing Your Java Application Tuning on Oracle Solaris with DTrace
(HOL10214, Hilton San Francisco, Franciscan A/B/C/D)
This JavaOne hands-on lab will show how to use the DTrace framework to dynamically trace your Java
applications on Oracle Solaris and uncover new tuning opportunities.
Thursday, October 4th:
12:45 PM - Oracle Solaris 11: Optimized for Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java
(CON8800, Moscone South 252)
Explore how Oracle Solaris 11 has been built to be the best platform for the cloud and enterprise applications, with built-in optimizations to improve performance and deliver unique functionality with Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java.
Wednesday Sep 26, 2012
Manic Monday - More OpenWorld Solaris Sessions: Developers, Cloud, Customer Insights, Hardware Optimization
By Larry Wake on Sep 26, 2012
We're overflowing with Monday sessions; literally more than one person can take in. Learn more about what's new in Oracle Solaris Studio, hear about the latest x86 and SPARC hardware optimizations, get some insights on cloud deployment strategies, and find out from your peers what they're doing with Oracle Solaris.
Monday, October 1st:
10:45 AM - Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance
(CON6382, Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3)
Hear how customers and commercial software partners have reached peak performance on SPARC T4 servers and engineered systems with Oracle Solaris Studio and its latest tools for analyzing, reporting, and improving runtime performance:
- Autoparallelizing, high-performance compilers
- Performance Analyzer (used to find performance hotspots)
- Thread Analyzer (to expose data races and deadlocks)
- Code Analyzer (used to discover latent memory
10:45 AM - Cloud Formation: Implementing IaaS in Practice with Oracle Solaris
(CON8787, Moscone South 302)
Decisions, decisions--at the same time, we've got a session that covers why Oracle Solaris is the ideal OS for public or private clouds, IaaS or PaaS, with built-in features for elastic infrastructure, unrivaled security,
superfast installation and deployment, nonstop availability, and
crystal-clear observability. This session will include a customer study on how Oracle Solaris is used in the cloud today to implement the Oracle stack.
(CON8760, Moscone South 270)
Hear from customers what benefits they have realized from using the Oracle stack on Oracle Exadata and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster and from using Oracle Solaris on those engineered systems, taking advantage of built-in lightweight OS virtualization (Zones), enterprise reliability and scale, and other key features.
1:45 PM - Case Study: Mobile Tornado Uses Oracle Technology for Better RAS and TCO
(CON4281, Moscone West 2005)
Mobile Tornado develops and markets instant communication platforms, replacing traditional radio networks with cellular networks. Its critical concern is uptime. Find out how they've used Oracle Solaris, Netra SPARC T4, and Oracle Solaris Cluster, including Oracle Solaris ZFS and Zones, for their Oracle Database deployments to improve reliability and drive down cost.
3:15 PM - Technical Panel: Developing High
Performance Applications on Oracle Solaris
(CON7196, Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C2)
Engineers from the Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, and Oracle Tuxedo development teams, and Oracle ISV Engineering discuss how they develop high-performance enterprise applications that take advantage of Oracle's SPARC and x86 servers, with Oracle Solaris Studio and new Oracle Solaris 11 features. Topics will include developer tools, parallel frameworks, best practices, and methodologies, as well as insights and case studies on parallelizing and optimizing application performance on Oracle Solaris. Bring your best questions!
3:15 PM - x86 Power Management with Oracle Solaris: Current State, Opportunities, and Future
(CON6271, Moscone West 2012)
Another option for this time slot: learn about how Intel Xeon and Oracle Solaris work together to reduce server power consumption. This presentation addresses some of the recent power management improvements in Oracle Solaris, opportunities to further improve energy efficiency, and some future directions for Oracle Solaris power management.
Tuesday Sep 25, 2012
By Larry Wake on Sep 25, 2012
I mentioned the "Focus On Oracle Solaris" document the other day, which lists many of the Solaris-related events at Oracle OpenWorld this year; today I thought I'd highlight a few sessions you might find interesting.
Monday, October 1st:
4:45 PM - Get Proactive: Best Practices for Maintaining and Upgrading Oracle Solaris
(CON3042, Moscone South 252)
This session covers best practices for upgrading and patching and how to take advantage of unique technologies in Oracle Solaris 10 and 11. Learn how to get maximum value from My Oracle Support for both reactive and proactive requirements. Understand the benefits of secure remote access and how Oracle Support experts use collaborative shared sessions combined with Oracle Solaris technologies such as DTrace.
Tuesday, October 2nd:
10:15 AM - How to Increase Performance and Agility with an Open Data Center Fabric
(CON12215, Moscone South 200)
If you haven't had a chance to hear about Xsigo Systems, this is a golden opportunity while you're at OpenWorld.
Now part of Oracle, Xsigo's network virtualization technology is designed to increase both application performance and management efficiency, through a combination of software-defined network technology and the industry’s fastest fabric, allowing data center to converge Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity to a single fabric, to reduce complexity by 70 percent and CapEx by 50 percent while providing more I/O bandwidth to your applications.
Wednesday, October 3rd:
10:15 AM - General Session: Oracle Solaris 11 Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
(GEN8791, Moscone South 103)
Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering, will outline the strategy and roadmap for Oracle Solaris, how Oracle Solaris 11 is being deployed in cloud computing and the unique optimizations in Oracle Solaris 11 for the Oracle stack. The session also offers a sneak peek at the latest technology under development in Oracle Solaris, and what customers can expect to see in the coming updates.
Plus, there are several Hands-On Labs:
Monday, October 1st:
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Reduce Risk with Oracle Solaris Access Control to Restrain Users and Isolate Applications
(HOL10201, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Managing Your Data with Built-In Oracle Solaris ZFS Data Services in Release 11
(HOL10202, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)
Tuesday, October 2nd:
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Virtualizing Your Oracle Solaris 11 Environment
(HOL10203, Marriott Marquis - Salon 10/11)
Wednesday, October 3rd:
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Large-Scale Installation and Deployment of Oracle Solaris 11
(HOL10204, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)
See you next week in San Francisco!
Wednesday Sep 12, 2012
By Larry Wake on Sep 12, 2012
When Oracle OpenWorld kicks off at the end of this month, it will mark the third year that we've participated as an integrated part of Oracle. (In 2009 we were there in "coming soon!" mode, which was an interesting experience in itself.)
As in the last few years, we've got lots of sessions related to Oracle Solaris, which you can see on the Focus On Oracle Solaris page: hands-on labs, sessions on multiple topics, two Oracle Solaris general sessions, and demos. We'll also have an Oracle Solaris and System Partner Pavilion, where you can see what other companies are doing to leverage the new features in Oracle Solaris 11.
We'll describe some of the specific topics in future posts here, but if you want to make plans on what to see right now, take a look at the "Focus On" document, or see Glynn's blog post, where he describes his top picks.
Monday Aug 13, 2012
By Terri Wischmann on Aug 13, 2012
Register today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day in the Broomfield Oracle Campus on Thursday, August 23rd.
Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization. Which we hope to expand into a third track in the future. As usual, Pavel Anni opens our OTN Sysadmin Days with a talk about Oracle's dual OS strategy. He explains why Oracle offers two operating systems, and summarizes the main features of each one. Then we split off into two different groups to get our hands on each OS.
One group gets their hands on the ZFS filesystem, virtualization capabilities, and security controls of Oracle Solaris.
The other group gets their hands on the package management tools, services, and runs levels of Oracle Linux, plus its volume management tools and the Btrfs filesystem.
Both groups learn by doing, using the hands-on labs similar to those on OTN's Hands-On Labs page. Why attend an event in person when you could simply work the labs on your own? Two reasons:
- Since you are away from the obligations of the data center, you get to focus on working the labs without interruption.
- You get help from Oracle experts and other sysadmins who are working on the same labs as you.
|8:00 am||System Shakedown|
|9:00 am||Oracle's Dual OS Strategy|
Oracle Solaris Track
Oracle Linux Track
|10:00 am||HOL: Oracle Solaris ZFS||HOL: Package Management and Configuration|
|11:30 am||HOL: Virtualization||HOL: Storage Management|
|1:00 pm||Lunch / Surfing OTN|
|2:00 pm||HOL: Oracle Solaris Security||HOL: Btrfs filesystem|
|3:00 pm||Presentation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c|
|3:30 pm||Presentation: Oracle VM Manager|
|4:00 pm||Discussion: What are the most pressing issues for sysadmins today?|
|5:00 pm||Get lost in the mountains.|
Tuesday Jun 26, 2012
By Markus Weber on Jun 26, 2012
Tuesday Jun 12, 2012
By Markus Weber on Jun 12, 2012
Considering that the sheer amount of questions we got during this event, we decided to listen to you again, and give you direct access to several senior Oracle Solaris engineers and product managers, by joining our
Oracle Solaris 11 TechTarget Live Chat - June 27, 8am - 11am PT
Register Today !
Senior engineers confirmed so far are: Bart Smaalders, Dave Miner, Nicolas Droux, David Comay, Darren Moffat
Tuesday May 29, 2012
By Larry Wake on May 29, 2012
Something handy I just ran across:
There are lots of people here who blog about Solaris, either as their main topic, or as the occasional tangent. If the blogger has tagged their post appropriately, here's a quick way to find them:
- Articles tagged Solaris
- Articles tagged ZFS
- Articles tagged IPS
- Articles tagged DTrace
- Articles tagged Zones
- Articles tagged Studio
- Articles tagged Cluster
Note that this is a little different from using the "word cloud" you can find in the right-hand column on this page, since that only finds articles tagged in this blog. The above links will find all tagged blogs.oracle.com posts.
Some topics are a little trickier to nail down, because there may not be a standardized tag for the topic, so building a more conventional "blogroll" is on my to-do list.
UPDATE: Steph and Jeff beat me to it -- see the list on OTN.
In the meantime, you can also refer to the post Markus Weber made of interesting Solaris 11 launch-related posts.
- March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- Making the Move From AIX/POWER to Solaris/SPARC
- Oracle Solaris Blogroll
- Oracle Solaris, Pluribus Networks and OpenStack
- Happy New Year! Happy Upcoming Virtual Sysadmin Day!
- Partners Weigh in on Oracle Solaris 11
- Oracle Joins OpenStack Foundation; Plans for Oracle Solaris Announced
- Eleven Eleven Eleven Plus Two
- "Systems Central" at OOW13
- Where to Go? What to See? Glynn Has Some Oracle Solaris Insights for OOW13