Tuesday May 19, 2015

Oracle Database Helps to Premiere New OpenStack Community App Catalog

This morning at the Vancouver summit, the OpenStack Foundation announced its Community App Catalog, a new service that makes it easy for developers to share their applications and developer tools for OpenStack clouds. (Which of course in turn makes it easy for admins to find, obtain and update software.)

We're pleased that one of the charter entries in the catalog is Oracle Database 12c, with the Oracle Multitenant option, making it easy for admins to deploy Pluggable Databases and associated applications.

(If any of this sounds familiar, it's because it's the logical follow-on to the announcement we made on Friday.)

Want to find out more? Talk to the Oracle folks at booth P9 at the Marketplace Expo, and come see Markus Flierl's talk at 2:50 this afternoon, in Room 116/117.

Keep up-to-date year round on all things Oracle OpenStack at the Oracle OpenStack blog.

Monday May 18, 2015

Oracle Solaris and OpenStack Keystone Federated Identity

As this week's OpenStack Summit moves into high gear in Vancouver, the OpenStack Foundation has highlighted a group of companies, including Oracle, that have committed to support the new federated identity capabilities in the upcoming OpenStack Kilo release.

This is yet another step forward in simplifying cloud management and increasing interoperability, goals that are very high on the Oracle Solaris team's priority list.

If you're at the Summit, you can learn more about this announcement and other Oracle Solaris / OpenStack news at booth P9 at the Marketplace Expo.  (And don't forget to attend Solaris VP Markus Flierl's talk at 2:50 tomorrow.)




Friday May 15, 2015

Solaris and Mirantis Simplify OpenStack DBaaS Provisioning

Today Oracle and Mirantis announced a collaboration to make it even easier to use Oracle Solaris and OpenStack for private cloud Database as a Service (DBaaS) deployments, via the OpenStack Murano application catalog project.

Murano is designed to let admins create a library of cloud-ready application services, simplifying the deployment of on-demand services for developers and end users. The combination of enterprise-grade Oracle Solaris and OpenStack as the foundation of these services now gets an ease-of-use boost for people wanting to use Oracle Database 12c and its multitenant capabilities to securely provision multiple Pluggable Databases and applications with just a few clicks.

We'll be demonstrating this next week at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit -- come see the experts at Oracle's booth P9, and Mirantis' booth P7. Also, don't forget to see Markus Flierl's presentation at the summit on Tuesday at 2:50 PM: "Making OpenStack Secure and Compliant for the Enterprise."

This collaboration with Mirantis is the first result of our ongoing work with the community to bring Oracle enterprise applications to OpenStack; keep watching here and on the Oracle OpenStack blog for more news in the future.

Monday Apr 27, 2015

Oracle Solaris at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver

Oracle is a premier sponsor for the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.  We'll have representation from teams all over the company -- including Oracle Solaris, of course.  There's going to be lots to share and discover; will you be there?  Register today.

When you're at the conference, be sure to see Oracle Solaris engineering VP Markus Flierl's talk:

Making OpenStack secure and compliant for the enterprise
Tuesday, May 19
2:50 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Room 116 / 117

As you might imagine, security, compliance, and the cloud are hot topics these days, so this promises to be an interesting session.  But we've been working on a lot more than that, so make sure you get a chance to talk with the team to find out what else is in store.  You'll find them at booth P9 on the Marketplace Expo floor.

To stay up-to-date with all things OpenStack at Oracle, be sure to follow the Oracle OpenStack blog.

OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015
May 18-22, 2015
REGISTER NOW


Friday Apr 24, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals: Don't Panic, But...

UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED!  You now have until May 6th!  So, now there's absolutely no reason not to share your story.

 



I don't want to freak you out, but: you're running out of time!


Where'd everybody go?

But it's OK.  Really, it is. Because you can do this.  Trust me.  It's not too late. You've got it.

What do you need to do?  Just send us a simple outline of something cool and Oracle Solaris-related to talk about at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference, taking place October 25-29 in beautiful San Francisco, California.

We're not looking for a paper or a presentation (yet); just your idea.  If it's approved, you get a free conference pass, and the opportunity to hang out with your peers and luminaries from the Oracle development teams, learning lots of valuable insights that will make you a hero to your organization (this is the part you should make sure to stress to your management.)

What are we looking for?  We'd love to hear about ways you've used Oracle Solaris technologies to solve a thorny problem, implement a new service, or help you use other Oracle or non-Oracle products.  Are you an Oracle partner?  Tell everyone how Oracle Solaris and your product saved the day for you and your customers. (If you want to see some of the topics others have presented on, take a look at the Oracle Solaris sessions from 2014.)

These are just some ideas; let them be a springboard for your own creativity. If you've got a great story to tell, we can work with you to help bring it to life at the conference.

Are there more details?  There sure are!  Learn more and sign up at the Oracle OpenWorld Call for Proposals web site.

But you need to do it by Wednesday, April 29th May 6th!  Go!

(Oh, and if you just want to hear all the other great sessions, that's cool, too.  Registration is now open!)


PS: One more tidbit -- 11 Tips on Getting Your Abstract Accepted


Thursday Apr 23, 2015

Webinar: Learn More About Oracle Solaris and Puppet

You may already know that the popular configuration management system Puppet is now integrated into Oracle Solaris (to much excitement).  But do you know everything there is to know about how this can simplify your life?  Here's your chance to find out more.

On this coming Tuesday, April 28, IOUG will be hosting a webinar: Managing Oracle Solaris Systems with Puppet, featuring Glynn Foster from the Oracle Solaris team.  If you're new to Puppet, here's how you can discover more about what it is; if you've been using it with other systems, you can see what's manageable in Oracle Solaris and what the recommended best practices are.

Puppet integration is just one more way that Oracle Solaris 11 continues to simplify enterprise computing, and makes it easier than ever to incorporate Oracle Solaris into your data center.  Register today, and join Glynn on Tuesday to see what's new.


IOUG Webinar: Managing Oracle Solaris Systems with Puppet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
REGISTER NOW

Monday Mar 02, 2015

SPARC: (Still) Not Dead, Since 1989

Okay, I wanted to talk about IEEE's recent event honoring SPARC; but, before I even get started, I should address a couple of points about the title.

First: when I’ve written before about our technology history, I've sometimes been asked, “Should you really be talking about how old such-and-such a thing is?”

Not even a problem here.  As far as current enterprise processors are concerned, SPARC’s still the new kid on the block:

x86? 1978.

Mainframes?  Still around, as you know.  Built on an architecture announced in 1964.

IBM POWER? 1990.

And yes: I see that hand waving frantically in the back: “WAIT!  WAIT!  But why does the title say ’1989’?  Wasn’t SPARC introduced in 1987?!”

Well, yes. Yes, it was. Gold star for you!

But it’s been not dead since 1989.

A PROUD TRADITION OF BEING NOT AT ALL DEAD CONTINUES

In 1989, I'd just joined Sun, after several years as a customer.  I was of course up on all the news about the brand new SPARCstation 1, and I was excited to learn what was coming next.

Which was a full-frontal assault from our competitors.

Not to blame them; I mean, here we were, the fairly-new guys (only 5 years old at the time SPARC was announced)—and we dared to come out with an entirely new processor architecture?

And this is where, two years in, we started to hear people (well, our competitors) say: SPARC is dead!  Never going anywhere.

HP was probably the leader in death-knell pronouncements, because they’d just bought Apollo, which had a line of "SPARC-killer" workstations based on the PRISM processor.  Those faded out right about the same time I found out where the coffee supplies were in the office.

But that’s OK, because HP had a new line of “Snake” workstations, which would totally crush SPARC!  Those did a bit better; the underlying chip hung on long enough to become the processor that HP killed in favor of Itanium.  SPARC-crushing: not so much.

Next up was DEC Alpha, which was—you guessed it—going to be the end of SPARC.  (My favorite DEC presentation tidbit from back in the day: the transition from VAX to Alpha was going to be E-Z ...because they could both read the same plaintext data files !  I’m not making this up.)  Alpha’s still around, technically, as is Itanium.  SPARC killing, though: not achieved.

But there’s more to this story than just sheer survival—SPARC has a habit of becoming the leader in technologies other companies had to scramble to match: RISC computing, extreme chip multithreading, and now Software in Silicon.  SPARC stays not-dead the way any technology does: continuous innovation.

OK… but what’s the next reason for it to be not-dead?

How about four?

FOUR REASONS TO BET ON SPARC


1. Oracle and this other guy named Larry


A lot of people were skeptical—very skeptical—about what was going to happen to Sun’s hardware business after the acquisition.  (That’s OK; some of us at Sun were kind of interested in that, too.)

Larry Ellison answered that pretty boldly on the day the deal closed, laying out a roadmap for SPARC/Solaris systems.  How’d we do on that? Not too bad:


Oracle’s strategy is to be in a business for the long haul, and nothing shows that more dramatically than what has happened with SPARC since then—moving beyond “not dead” to “holy…”.  Oracle’s intensified efforts on both SPARC and Solaris are demonstrably paying off, in a big way, at the same time our main enterprise competitors seem to have lost their way.

2. RISC

RISC—Reduced Instruction Set Computing—was a then-obscure concept that Bill Joy championed in the mid-‘80s, resulting in Sun developing the SPARC architecture.  The idea’s very simple: bet your silicon real estate on the instructions that do you the most good.  As big an idea as that was then, it’s even bigger now.

Here’s why: it’s the best way to deal in silicon with a reality we’ve been living for decades: most compute tasks today are ludicrously over-provisioned on a single processor.  An architecture based on simplified processing units lets you put more flexible compute on a single chip, for less money, less power, less cooling.

By putting more compute units on a single chip, instead of deploying a lot of low-performance systems in your data center, with redundant support hardware, you can now put all that compute in a more cost-effective system.  You drive down cost yet further, and you drive down latency, the real enemy of performance today.

3. Writing to a chip?  You still do that?

Back when I joined Sun, rolling out a new processor architecture was considered to be audacious.  Building a whole new ecosystem was challenging, and optimizations for a particular chip/OS combination were hard-fought battles only won by the most brilliant developers.  

This hasn’t completely gone away, but it’s not what you, the developer/operator, do any more.  You’re going to chunk away at much higher layers of abstraction, and let our campus full of folks in Santa Clara take care of the optimizations.  Our deal with you is: we’ll build and co-engineer awesome hardware, operating systems, software and developer suites, and you use it to build, run, and maintain the services you need.

Bottom line: if you can do it, you can do it on SPARC.  And what we do makes it better.

4. Solaris

You didn’t think I was going to miss that one, did you?  This is a Solaris blog, after all.

The combination of chip multithreading and virtualization has turned the concept of data center performance exactly upside down.  Instead of worrying about how to get enough power to a single application, the challenge is to how to get enough applications onto the power you have.

SPARC/Solaris solves this challenge brilliantly, with an unmatched combination of enterprise dependability and cloud agility.  The strengths that have made Solaris the “go to” OS for enterprise computing continue to get even better, and now we bake in things like OpenStack, built-in virtualization, SDN, and compliance tools to make your life easier, and your applications rock-solid and wicked fast.

ONWARD TO THE SECOND INNING

There's a tendency to think that we're always at the end of the game, when we're really only in the first inning.  If you look at the history of SPARC, you see competitors who wanted customers to think the game was over, before most of the crowd had even settled in their seats.

A few days ago, IEEE celebrated the beginning of SPARC, and that gives us a chance to talk about where that's going to take us. Keep in mind, this isn’t the 9th inning of the compute era. SPARC’s more than just “not dead”—it’s just getting rolling.

Learn more:

Saturday Jan 31, 2015

10 at 10

Can it have been so long already?  Today is the 10th anniversary of the first release of Solaris 10. This was a breakthrough release for Solaris, Sun, and really, the industry -- it breathed new life into a class of systems software that some companies had written off long before.  How did it do that?  By including a wealth of groundbreaking new features that raised the bar for what an enterprise operating system should be.  To use one of my favorite phrases: innovation matters, and the operating system is too critical a place in the application delivery stack not to innovate.

Many of these features are still ahead of the curve even 10 years later, and form the core of yet more innovation in Oracle Solaris 11: Zones and ZFS in particular stand out as enabling technologies that give our customers the power of zero-overhead virtualization, "nineteen 9s" data integrity, and simple, fast, reliable provisioning and service management.  If you look at the underpinnings of OpenStack as deployed in Oracle Solaris 11 today, innovation that's still fresh from Solaris 10 will be staring right back at you.  And it's exciting to see that the same fundamental concepts like these that we thought were important to build into the OS in 2005 are starting to come into vogue with operating systems from other companies just ten short years later.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of Solaris 10 and beyond!


Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Solaris Presentations Now Available

Another Oracle OpenWorld is over, and as usual, there was a lot to take in.  Markus Flierl had a great recap, covering what we said about Oracle Solaris, as did Rick O'Herron over on the Oracle Hardware blog, summarizing what's happening with SPARC M7.

Whether or not you got to attend this year, you might want to take a look at the presentations, which are now posted for many of the sessions.  You can go to the entire content catalog (a mere 2,800+ sessions for OpenWorld and JavaOne!), or drill down to just the Oracle Solaris-related sessions via our ever-popular Focus on Oracle Solaris guide.

Here's a last look at some of this year's people, places, and performances (you can click through to a gallery of the images, if you're so inclined).  Hope you can join us next year!

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Thursday

Wednesday's winding down.  The engineering panel was a hit once again, and the room was packed.  Lots of show attendees are getting ready to head out to Treasure Island--but there's one day left.

No keynotes on Thursday; we just dive right into the last round of technical sessions (all of which are at the Hotel InterContinental).

SPECIAL OFFER: Tomorrow morning, I'm going to be at the Virtual Compute Appliance demo, part of the Engineered Systems showcase in Moscone North, at the foot of the big staircase, at 7:30 AM (!).

As an earlybird special for anyone joining me at that hour, after having been appreciated the night before: the first three people to greet me with the exact phrase:

"Yo, dude. I read your blog."

...will receive a valuable Oracle Optimized Solutions -logoed electronic tchotchke of my choosing.

And that, as they say, is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the show this year; I'll share more of what was announced over the next few days.


Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Wednesday

It's been a busy, informative, and entertaining OpenWorld so far -- we just wrapped up Markus' general session, followed by the customer panel. I'd like to thank Manuel, Robert, Chris, and Thorsten for participating in the latter -- there was a lot of great information shared about why moving to Oracle Solaris 11 is a major win for IT, and what their experiences have been with it.

As I was heading out of the room, someone asked, "That was fantastic; now all we need is the Solaris engineering panel.  When is that?"

Wednesday's the day--and there's a lot more, too:

At this point in the day, after you've experienced all that Solaris, the Aerosmiths and the Macklemores and the Lewises and the Spacehogs might seem downright anticlimactic.  But you really should go see them, because I'd hate it if they wound up playing to an empty island.


Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Tuesday

We've already previewed Monday; here's an advance look at Tuesday's Solaris-related events.  Don't forget, the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" document gives you a full rundown of all things Solaris at the show.

Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Technology Development, anchors the morning at the Hotel InterContinental with our Oracle Solaris general session, immediately followed by the Oracle Solaris customer panel in the same room.


  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Breakfast
    • We invite you once again to start your day with us at the Hotel InterContinental, and mingle with Systems and Solaris people from inside and outside of Oracle.
  • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
    • At the Hotel Nikko: did you miss this hands-on lab on Monday?  You've got one more chance to join Glynn Foster and learn how to unleash the power combo of OpenStack and Oracle Solaris.
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM  General Session: Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
    • Conversely, if you want to attend the Markus session, be sure to hit the lab on Monday, and hang out at the InterContinental for this.  Stick around in the same room for:
  • 12:00 N - 12:45 PM Customer Panel: Customer Insights into Deploying Oracle Solaris
    • We've got a great panel lined up with four customers who are doing some amazing things with Oracle Solaris -- click through to see who's who.  (As the emcee for this session, I have one job: stay out of their way.)
  • 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Larry Ellison's Keynote (Moscone North, Hall D)
  • 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM Looks like a great time to check out more demos!  As you exit the keynote, you can see the Engineered Systems demos, including the Virtual Compute Appliance, at the foot of the big staircase.  Then keep going to Moscone South and see the Solaris and Systems demos at the DEMOgrounds.
  • 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
    • Close off your evening at the Nikko and work with Glynn to test drive Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris and see how it speeds up and secures enterprise application service delivery.

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Monday

OpenWorld looms! If you're in town by now, you probably already know what you're doing on Sunday as our newly-minted CTO takes the stage at 5 PM, so let's jump ahead to Monday.

Here are some sessions to consider (and yes, there is some overlap here and there...):

...annnd: relax!  You've earned it.  See you Tuesday!


Friday Sep 26, 2014

Solaris and Systems at OpenWorld: Where Is Everything?

OK, telling you where everything is going to be is a tall order--this is OpenWorld, after all--but I can tell you where a lot of things are going to be.

OpenWorld is... big.  The numbers are phenomenal, and as you can see from the map above, each year we take over a big chunk of a big city.

So, I'll try to keep it simple: there are three big places to go.

Conference sessions: Hotel InterContinental

This is where all* the Oracle Solaris and systems-related sessions are going to be this year.  The Hotel InterContinental is on Howard Street, just to the west of Moscone West, so it's easy to get to.

Plus... we're serving breakfast here! We're inviting our customers, partners and our own Oracle Solaris and systems technical community to sit down together Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; you can start the day with food 'n' facts.

Breakfast kicks off at 9:30 AM on Monday, 10:00 AM on Tuesday, and 9:30 AM again on Wednesday.

Hands-on labs: Hotel Nikko

You'll find all lab sessions in "The Zone"--the heart of JavaOne.  The Hotel Nikko is on Mason Street between O'Farrell and Ellis; enjoy a nice stroll, or take the complimentary shuttle buses.

Solaris and Systems demos: Moscone South

The Systems DEMOgrounds is once again in Moscone South, and this is where to find our experts when they're not presenting (or eating breakfast).  See the "Focus on Solaris" and "Focus on Servers" documents for a list of some of the things we'll be showing there.

Systems general session, Monday morning: Oracle Plaza

We have one more special event in a special location.  This year John Fowler will be emceeing the Systems general session, Infrastructure Transformation Made Easy with Oracle Systems, at the Howard Street Theater (yes, that's outside, between Moscone North and South) at 11:30 AM Monday.

An outdoor venue has some interesting possibilities, and John always has interesting ideas.  At the very least, it's a chance to get out into the Big Blue Room for a bit.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Oracle Solaris and Systems Customer Panels at OpenWorld 2014

When you're at Oracle OpenWorld, it's an unmatched opportunity to learn more from your peers about how to get the most out of your investments.  You get a chance to talk to people who've had their hands on the product and hear what's worked and what doesn't work--and share your own knowledge and skills with others.

The best places to do this are at the panel sessions. That's where we bring up customers and other experts who will relate their experiences, and where you can ask them the burning questions about what interests you the most. It's a great way to build contacts with experts both inside and outside of Oracle.  And as Oracle Solaris 11.2 brings you an even broader range of powerful features for getting the most out of your investments and simplifying your life, here's your chance to find out, from people who are already deploying it, why it's the best choice for enterprise cloud deployments.

Our Solaris customer panel this year has deep expertise to share on topics that should be near and dear to any IT organization's heart, including security, storage, system management, and scalable infrastructures.

And of course one of our most popular sessions returns: the Oracle Solaris engineering panel, where you can find out even more from the folks who actually put it all together.

All sessions are at the InterContinental Hotel (on Howard Street just to the west of Moscone West); click on a session's title to reserve your spot and add it to your schedule.

Tuesday, September 30

12:00 PM - Panel: Customer Insights into Deploying Oracle Solaris
(CON7788 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom A)

Wednesday, October 1

10:15 AM - Real-World Best Practices for SPARC Servers: A Customer Panel
(CON7907 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom C)

11:30 AM - Virtual Compute Appliance: Customer Insights and Best Practices
(CON7483 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom B) 

2:00 PM - Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Engineering
(CON7790 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom A)

Looking for more?  Don't forget about the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" doc, for the latest look at technical sessions, general sessions, demos, and hands-on labs.

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