Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Scenes from OpenWorld Day One

A romantic photo opportunity on the Moscone North stairwaySunday's the day that everything comes together, but there's always that last minute scramble. Here are a few peeks at what everyone's doing, and may still be doing far into the night.

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.

DEMOgrounds

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

Down to the Wire - Yet More Solaris Things to See at OpenWorld (and JavaOne!)

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.

And it's not just OpenWorld--we've also got JavaOne, MySQL Connect, and four other sub-events going on as well.

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

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.

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. See yesterday's blog post and the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide for even more sessions.

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 corruption issues)

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.

12:15 PM - Customer Insight: Oracle Solaris on Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, and SPARC SuperCluster
(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

Oracle OpenWorld - Events of Interest

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)

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. There's plenty more--see the "Focus On Oracle Solaris" guide.

See you next week in San Francisco!

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 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.

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