Tuesday May 13, 2014

We're Growing Our OpenStack Team

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

Oracle Solaris 11.2: All the Posts

[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



Networking / Network Virtualization


Security and Compliance

Systems Management


Friday Apr 25, 2014

Will Oracle Solaris 11.2 Revolutionize Meat Printing?

A simple icon to reprent Meat Printing, designed by H Y P E R M O R G E N from the Noun Project

"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.

4. Scale Up, or Scale Out. Otherwise known as "Club Sandwich vs. Sub Sandwich".

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

Infosys Demonstrates SPARC/Solaris Scalability with Massive Finacle Banking Benchmark

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

Question of the Day: "Big Solaris Launch... for a Dot Release??"

"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

You're WEBvited: April 29, Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch

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)

Monday Apr 07, 2014

April 16 Webcast: Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

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

Webcast: Modernizing IBM AIX/Power to Oracle Solaris/SPARC

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:

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Enterprise Computing... "for Dummies" ?

"Dummies shouldn't be using Solaris"

That's a comment we got when we posted about this e-book recently on Facebook, and yes, I was expecting that. Much the same thought popped into my head when I was asked to help out on the project. But that's not quite the right response.

The folks at Wiley, not too surprisingly, have heard this sort of thing before.  I thought the best explanation was from the person who pointed out that "everyone's a dummy... at something."  For example, I know a bit about eating huevos rancheros, but I'm always glad to learn more about cooking them... .

So, is enterprise computing--or Oracle Solaris--your huevos rancheros?  If you're reading this blog, perhaps not. But you might know somebody whose day-to-day existence isn't wrapped around the ins and outs of provisioning, virtualization, consolidation and compliance.  If you can imagine that.  They may even think that "an OS is an OS," as you give a quiet sigh in response.

But they're not dummies. They just don't know. And now: you can help them!

Enterprise Computing with Oracle Solaris For Dummies is an e-book almost as pithy as its title isn't.  It's a whirlwind tour through what to look for and how to choose an enterprise-grade deployment platform (hint: Oracle Solaris would be an excellent choice).  And it's free, so that's pretty cool, too.

Read it online, pass the link along, or print it out and put it on someone's chair.  Heck, leave it in airport terminals and earn extra karma.  Just don't be overly judgmental.  And let me know if you enjoy the huevos rancheros.

Get your copy at: http://www.oracle.com/goto/solarisdummies

Monday Mar 24, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals: Share Your Solaris Insights

It seems like every year, we manage to fit even more stuff into Oracle OpenWorld:

 ...but we're always looking for more. And we're especially interested in what you've got to say.

The Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open, through April 15th. This is a chance for you to share your experience with your peers, and to interact with some of the top Oracle Solaris experts in the world.  Are you an administrator with insights on IPS and AI?  A developer who saw some key performance gains?  Time to put together a proposal and submit it.  But you've only got a few weeks to do it.  (For those of you in the US, it's another great way to put off doing your taxes.)

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is always a unique experience in a unique city, and if your proposal is accepted, you'll get a complimentary pass to the show. OOW is September 28th to October 2nd this year.

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Friday Mar 07, 2014

March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In case you're new to this: the Oracle Technology Network Virtual Sysadmin Days are a series of hands-on, proctored labs for systems administrators, brought to you on the web.  They're free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand.

The next one in the series is coming up on Tuesday, March 16th and will start at 9 AM GMT, so we're calling this the "Europe/Middle East/Africa" edition, although we never discriminate -- jump in from wherever you are then, and we'll be there.

As always, you'll have three tracks to choose from: Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. The theme for this edition's Oracle Solaris session is the typical tasks and challenges of a sysadmin's daily life.

If you want to get a head start, there are some recordings of previous Virtual Sysadmin Day events on the Oracle Solaris YouTube Channel.

Register for the event, browse the recordings, do the prework, and join us on the 16th!

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday March 18, 2014
9:00am (GMT) / 1:00pm (GST) / 10:00am (CET)

Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Making the Move From AIX/POWER to Solaris/SPARC

Last month was the fourth anniversary of Sun becoming part of Oracle, and it’s been four years marked by a crazy pace of development. Our Santa Clara campus is packed to the brim with our systems hardware and software teams, and they've been busy:

Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1 have built on the rock-solid reputation of Solaris as the heart of enterprise computing, and introduced unique and innovative cloud technologies, and the SPARC team has been nothing short of amazing, moving through several generations of processors in a very short period of time.

The end result is fantastic engineered systems such as the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, or if you're looking for something more on the building-block side, the SPARC T5-2. Not to mention our storage offerings, where Oracle Solaris sits at the heart of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

And where things have really sped up: our ability to work every day to design and execute solutions hand in hand with the Oracle database, middleware and applications teams.

Needless to say, we don’t have any plans to stop.

At the same time... we can’t help but notice what’s going on over at IBM.  A lot of stuff seems to be going up on the auction block. And we're not sure if they have any plans to stop that, either.

So, this seems like a good time to note some of the things we’re doing to make it as easy as possible to transition from the AIX/POWER world to the Solaris/SPARC world.  First off, we have a white paper:

Simplify the Migration of Oracle Database
and Oracle Applications
from AIX to Oracle Solaris

There's a web site with even more resources:


That's where you'll find information on why making the move to Oracle Solaris / SPARC systems is such a good idea, see what the business and performance advantages are,  learn how to plan your move and find out how Oracle can help. The bottom line: if you're going to run Oracle workloads -- or any other mission-critical workloads, you should run them on Oracle.

Oracle Technology Network also has a great AIX-to-Oracle Solaris resource page.

And on the Oracle Learning Library, there's training information on migrating from IBM AIX-based servers. 

If you want a bit more color commentary, Giri Mandalinka has an interesting take on this (provocatively titled "AIX Customers: Run for the Hills").  On the Oracle Hardware blog, Kelvin talks about how to "Migrate from AIX to Oracle Solaris in 4 Easy Steps". And over at the OTN Garage, Rick Ramsey has a "just smell those hydrocarbons" pic of a '68 Dodge Charger heading up a list of "Oracle Solaris 11 Resources for the AIX Sysadmin" .

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Oracle Solaris Blogroll

For your reading convenience, we've now got a handy list of

Oracle Solaris blogs

This includes not only insights from your favorite Oracle Solaris people, but also blogs that provide the latest information on Solaris patches and updates, third party software, and related products such as Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio.

You'll always be able to find a link to this in the "Bookmarks" section over there on the right.

Enjoy! And if we've missed anybody, drop us a note in the Comments section.

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Oracle Solaris, Pluribus Networks and OpenStack

It's been a newsworthy week for Sun alumni -- first the word that Satya Nadella, who came to Microsoft from Sun, will be their new CEO, and now some interesting new technologies and other announcements from Pluribus Networks, a company founded by a few ex-Sun folk.

The Oracle Solaris news here is the agreement between Oracle and Pluribus, following Oracle Solaris 11's certification on Pluribus' Freedom Server-Switch platform.  Oracle and Pluribus have announced they will be working to further integrate OpenStack management capabilities, allowing Oracle Solaris 11 compute nodes to be managed via OpenStack's Nova plug-in. This will also bring in Oracle's storage systems such as the ZS3 series, allowing them to be managed via OpenStack Cinder.

For more information, see Markus Flierl's blog post, and today's press release.

Monday Jan 06, 2014

Happy New Year! Happy Upcoming Virtual Sysadmin Day!

As we join 2014, which is already in progress, we get to offer yet another free online training opportunity: the latest round of OTN's popular Virtual Sysadmin Day series.

As with previous sessions, it's a half day of online, hands-on, proctored labs -- three parallel tracks for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators.  It's free, but you do need to register, and there is some prep work you should do before the actual event, so sign up now, and get ready to roll.

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday January 28, 2014
9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 3:00pm (BRST)


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