Monday Dec 16, 2013

Partners Weigh in on Oracle Solaris 11

Here's a quick rundown on some recent news from some of our friends outside of Oracle:
In this video, Marcel Hofstetter of JomaSoft gives his views on when to use Zones and when to use Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Another video; in this one, Henning Voss of Portrix Systems, Oracle's 2012 German Partner of the Year, shares how their customers benefit from Zones, virtualization and DTrace.


Infosys Finacle addresses banks’ specialized needs in easy-to-configure modules. In this white paper, you can read about how the Infosys software on proven Oracle infrastructure delivers strong performance, scalability, and consolidation opportunities.

We'll keep checking in with more success stories; meanwhile, there's an ever-growing list of ISVs who support Oracle Solaris 11 available for you to peruse at any time.

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle Joins OpenStack Foundation; Plans for Oracle Solaris Announced

Today Oracle announced that it has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, and provided some details about how OpenStack components are intended to be integrated into the Oracle hardware/software stack.  This gives more insight into some of what we discussed at Oracle OpenWorld about plans for the future of Oracle Solaris.

If you're not familiar with OpenStack, it's well worth learning a bit more about. It's arguably the fastest-growing industry collaboration for developing and fleshing out a common cloud management platform. The Oracle Solaris team is looking forward to contributing back to the OpenStack project, and we expect the work we do and the integration we can provide will be of significant benefit to our customers going forward.

And it's not just Oracle Solaris, of course; OpenStack plans are underway for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, our server systems and storage product line as well.  See the press release for more information.

UPDATE: Markus has just blogged about some of what's in the Oracle Solaris plan for OpenStack.

Monday Nov 11, 2013

Eleven Eleven Eleven Plus Two

You probably already know that Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 was not in fact launched on 11/11/11.  We had our reasons, one of the primary ones being that would have collided with Veterans Day. But I'm going to venture a blog post today--even though it's again of course Veterans Day--to catch up on some news for Oracle Solaris 11's second anniversary (plus two days).

Most recently, we had lots to talk about at Oracle OpenWorld -- Markus Flierl gives an excellent recap on his blog.

Also, you can now download the various Solaris-related presentations that were given this year.  Find the list and links at:

If you follow the links above, you'll see there's lots to learn about how to get major benefits from Oracle Solaris 11 today, and you'll also find out about some of the new things we're busily at work on as well.  Onward to year three!

Friday Sep 20, 2013

"Systems Central" at OOW13

This year, the Westin San Francisco Market Street is going to be the OpenWorld hub for engineered systems, server, and storage content, which includes both operating systems and virtualization.  We're thinking of it as "Systems Central."

This is where you'll find not only the bulk of the Oracle Solaris breakout sessions, but it's also where our Oracle Solaris engineers and executives will be making themselves available for one-on-one conversations before and after the sessions.

Protip: lunch will be served for attendees here, so this is a chance for you to get some quieter moments away from the throng, and hang out with Oracle Solaris developers after a less hectic meal.

The weather looks like it's going to be nice this year (70º in the city on Monday), so the short stroll from Moscone to the Westin will be a perfect prelude to a deep dive into Oracle Solaris content.

Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Where to Go? What to See? Glynn Has Some Oracle Solaris Insights for OOW13

As you've no doubt gathered by now, we've got dozens of Oracle Solaris related sessions and labs going on next week, so it may be hard to figure out where you want to be.  Glynn Foster gives his top picks for Oracle Solaris at Oracle OpenWorld, which may help you make some key decisions.

But you'll have plenty of time for more -- so don't forget to check the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide, too.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

OOW13: Solaris Custom(er) Panelling

One of the better reasons to attend Oracle OpenWorld is the chance to discuss with your peers what they're doing with the same technologies -- and the same business challenges that you have.

That's why, to my mind, customer panels are one of the more worthwhile types of sessions to attend. I know last year we had a great interactive session with several Oracle Solaris customers on the panel. At that time, one of the hot topics was the still-kinda-new Oracle Solaris 11 release; now that everyone's got a lot more experience with it under their collective belt, I suspect there will be even more to share.

Speaking of panels, another hot ticket every year is the Solaris engineering panel.  This year, the participants are Darren Moffat, Bart Smaalders, Liane Praza, and Nicolas Droux, and they're prepared to cover a lot of ground.

And finally, this year we'll also have a panel featuring 3rd party Oracle Solaris developers -- the "ISV Insights" session. This is where to find out where our partners are finding solutions to business issues for both their customers and themselves.

The key to all of these is the interactivity with the audience, and we always get some great questions.  Bring yours along, and we'll do our best to provide great answers.  Follow the links below to sign up now!

Monday, September 23

1:45 PM - Customer Panel: Oracle Solaris in Action
(CON6997,  Westin San Francisco - City)

Tuesday, September 24

3:45 PM - Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Engineering
(CON9065, Westin San Francisco - City)

Wednesday, September 25

11:45 AM - Panel: Oracle Solaris and ISV Insights
(CON9209, Westin San Francisco - City)


Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Oracle Virtual Networking and Compute Appliance at OpenWorld 2013

This time last year, we were just getting a chance to talk about some new technology that had been recently added to the Oracle portfolio: Oracle Virtual Networking.  Pretty powerful stuff on its own, as long as you're a fan of high performance networking, simplifying your data center, and saving a lot of money in the process.

This year, we've got another new product line to talk about as well, and the Oracle Virtual Networking technology is at the heart of it: the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.  It's an engineered system designed from the start for virtualization, and intended for general purpose workloads running on Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distros, or Windows.

Here's a short video walk-through, showing OVCA power-up to production in less than an hour:

And if you want to learn more about either OVCA or Oracle Virtual Networking, there are several sessions of interest coming up next week at OpenWorld:

Monday, September 23rd

1:45 PM - Oracle SDN: Software-Defined Networking in a Hybrid, Open Data Center
(CON4465, Westin San Francisco - Concordia)

Software-defined networking is gaining momentum within the broader enterprise and data center networking industry. Oracle SDN, a component of Oracle Virtual Networking, provides the fastest and most agile software-defined networking currently available in the marketplace. Learn its benefits, and how it differs from other SDNs.  This session also provides use cases for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), a private cloud model, and virtual network services.

4:45 PM - Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance: From Power On to Production in About an Hour
(CON11650, Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan III)

See how the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance goes from power on to running production applications faster than any comparable system; configure any resources without ever needing to make a physical change on the system. OVCA is an ideal data center building block for customers looking to simplify their operations and spend more time on innovation and less time on fighting fires.

Tuesday, September 24th

12:00 N - Rapid Application Deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance
(CON11651, Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II)

This session will demonstrate how you can use Oracle templates and assemblies to deploy a range of Oracle software in a simple, repeatable, and scalable manner. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder to create and modify templates and then deploy them on Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, which can go from power on to running production applications in less than an hour. Come to this exciting session to see how you can take advantage of its unique features to accelerate the way you deploy and manage applications in your environment.

Wednesday, September 25th

11:45 AM - Deploying Fabric-Based Data Centers with Oracle Virtual Networking
(CON4432, Westin San Francisco - Olympic)

Learn how leading companies have managed explosive growth by moving to a dynamic fabric-based data center infrastructure, integrating Oracle Virtual Networking into the core of their infrastructure. This session will cover best practices in automation, monitoring, and maintenance of Oracle Virtual Networking, to drive efficiency and effectiveness in a high-transaction environment, with case studies from customers.

Thursday, September 26th

2:00 PM - Dynamic Provisioning of Virtual Network Resources with Oracle Virtual Networking
(HOL10105, Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6)

This is a 90-minute Hands-On Lab, where you will learn how to use Oracle Fabric Manager to dynamically deploy virtual resources to servers. It will step through how to control connectivity on thousands of servers from a single interface, and create rapidly repeatable configurations with I/O templates. This lab will also explore using Oracle Fabric Manager features to visualize a network's physical and logical network topology, group servers and their management as a single entity, create network and storage clouds, and set up cloud quality of service parameters.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

What's the Can't-Miss Oracle Solaris Session at OpenWorld 2013?

If you're looking to find out more about where Oracle Solaris is headed in the near future, you won't want to miss this year's general session, "Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap." What's the "next big thing" for Oracle Solaris?

No, not new colors.

I talked with Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris core engineering, who will be hosting this session, and "C" is still for "cloud" in our alphabet. He says that among other things, the session will focus on how Oracle Solaris has evolved from a cloud OS to a cloud infrastructure, with examples of customers who are building SaaS, PaaS and IaaS clouds with Oracle Solaris today.

You'll also find out why the Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC and x86 systems are the best platform for Oracle deployments, as integration drives database and Java functionality more deeply into the OS and silicon layers.

And of course, the session will give an outlook on what's being worked on for future Oracle Solaris updates, such as next-generation OS virtualization, built-in SDN solutions, and integration with current and emerging standards for cloud technologies.

All in all, a good place to be on Monday; follow the link below to add it to your schedule. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 23rd, 12:15 PM - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
(GEN9021 Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II
)


Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

We're going to have some very interesting Oracle Solaris-themed Hands-On Labs (HOLs) at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.


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Friday Aug 23, 2013

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Time certainly flies... here we are, coming up on the fourth Oracle OpenWorld since we became part of Oracle.  And the show just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year, plan to spend some time at the Westin San Francisco Market Street -- that's where you're going to find Oracle hardware, operating systems (both Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux), and Oracle virtualization technologies setting up camp for most of their breakout sessions. Think of the Westin as "Systems Central."

But there will be other outposts of Oracle Solaris and systems goodness as well -- the DEMOgrounds in Moscone South will be home to lots of interesting demos (and interesting people demoing them), and our popular Hands-On Labs series will return in force, with half a dozen opportunities to dig into Oracle Solaris-related topics.

As usual, we'll give you more details on sessions and labs in upcoming blog posts, but for now, here are a couple of key documents to give you a rundown of what's in store for you:

These documents will most likely be updated a time or two before the show, so check back before you head out to San Francisco.

Monday Aug 12, 2013

More About Tomorrow's New Engineered System Webcast

Don't forget -- we've got another webcast coming up at 10 AM PT tomorrow morning, as Oracle introduces new technology for enterprise virtualization.

Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Made Simple and Easy with Oracle's Latest Engineered System
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
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Friday Aug 09, 2013

Oracle Solaris Web Forum -- Did You Miss It?

Image credit: WikimediaEarlier this week, we had the latest Oracle Solaris web forum.  Is it possible that you weren't there?  Was something more pressing on your agenda, such as, I don't know: work?  Or, if you're in a different time zone: sleep?

Did you, in fact, miss out on the whole thing?

No. No, you did not.

Thanks to the power of computers, the Internet, and our great behind-the-scenes teams, we now have the on-demand replay of the web forum available, for you to replayOn demand!

You can see all three sessions:

  • Oracle’s Investment in Oracle Solaris - Best Enterprise UNIX for Oracle Systems and Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle’s Enterprise Systems

Plus, you'll have access to the transcripts from the live Q & A. If you're ready, we are, too:


Oracle Solaris Web Forum Replay: View Now

Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

Now You've Got Two Webcasts to Watch

That's right, I can see the shocked expression on your face: not one, but two webcasts, less than a week apart! If you need a note for your boss, let me know.

To recap: first, on August 7th at 9 AM PT, we're hosting the latest Oracle Solaris web forum, a great chance to learn what's new, especially since we'll be running a live Q&A throughout, where participants can ask questions directly to Oracle's Solaris experts.

Now, we've added a webcast on Tuesday, August 13.  Just to mix things up a little, that one starts an hour later, at 10 AM Pacific time.  Hosted by Oracle Senior Vice President Wim Coekarts, this one goes something like this:


The payoff here is the convergence of Oracle Virtual Networking and Oracle VM Server. Sign up today and tune in on the 13th to learn more.

And try not to look so surprised.

Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Made Simple and Easy with Oracle's Latest Engineered System
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
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Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Web Forum, August 7: Oracle Solaris Update

We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams.

Register today -- it looks like it should be another great session.

Web Forum: Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems: The Best Platform for Oracle Software
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET
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Thursday Jun 27, 2013

Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Solaris 11 DTrace

As you may have heard, Oracle Database 12c is now available for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux. Among other things, that means we now have the opportunity to share some of the cool things the Oracle Database and Oracle Solaris engineering teams have been doing together.

And here's a good one: In this screencast, Jon Haslam describes how on Oracle Solaris 11, DTrace is now integrated into Oracle Database V$ views to provide a top-to-bottom picture of a database transaction I/O -- from storage devices, through the Oracle Solaris kernel, up to Oracle Database 12c itself:

With this end-to-end view, you can easily identify I/O outliers -- transactions that are taking an unusually long time to complete -- and use this comprehensive data to identify and mitigate storage system problems that were previously extremely hard to debug.

This is a great demonstration of the power of DTrace, which is just about to celebrate its 10th anniversary in the wild. The screencast has some additional examples of DTrace's power on its own, as well as diving into the DTrace/Oracle Database 12c synergy.

There's more, of course.  Over on the OTN Garage blog, Rick Ramsey has put together a nice compendium of ways the OS makes the database scream, and Ginny Henningsen's written an article on the same topic.  And, we've also got an OTN page that digs further into Oracle Database / Oracle Solaris optimizations.

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