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) REGISTER NOW
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Infosys Finacleaddresses 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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