Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

Since You Asked... A Couple of Oracle Solaris Resources

OK, you didn't ask (unless you in fact are Adix or Mark), but someone did -- as part of today's Twitter activity, we got to bring up two resources that I thought were worth sharing more broadly.

Mark was asking about moving from AIX to Solaris, and it turns out we have a recent document on just that: the IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide, subtitled "Preparing for the Move to Oracle Solaris 11". This is a 55-page technical white paper identifying and comparing the differences between AIX 7.1 and Oracle Solaris 11.

During today's webcast on Oracle Solaris on Oracle's x86 systems, we mentioned the bidirectional connection between Oracle Solaris and our x86 systems' service processors, and Adix wanted to know more.  There's a white paper on that, too: Oracle’s x86 Systems: The Best x86 Platforms for Oracle Solaris, where it covers, among other things, the "Oracle Solaris–Aware Service Processor" .

If you missed the webcast, by the way, it should be available for replay starting tomorrow morning it's now available for replay.

Friday Feb 22, 2013

March 14: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Asia/Pacific region

The folks over at Oracle Technology Network (OTN) have been holding a very popular series of "Sysadmin Days" -- road shows for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, featuring a packed agenda of hands-on labs.  This was great news for people in certain cities, but what about the rest of the world?

Solved! Last month, they took the same material and put together a "Virtual Sysadmin Day", which by all accounts was a smashing success. Not only were the hands-on labs available for anyone to join in on from the comfort of the web, there were virtual proctors available to chat with during the event itself.

So far so good, but even on the intartubez, geography matters, what with timezones and whatnot. So on Thursday, March 14, the third Virtual Sysadmin Day will be held at an Asia/Pacific friendly start time: 9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney).

(This is also excellent for, say, New York night owls who prefer to dig into such things at 11 PM.)

Like the previous Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. One other thing: there's prework, so register now and make sure you're ready to go.

More information at the registration site:

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Thursday March 14, 2013
9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney)
REGISTER NOW


Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Webcast, Tuesday Feb 26: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance

In this short webcast, you'll learn about how Oracle has created unique value for its x86 systems by close integration with the features offered by Oracle Solaris and Oracle's system management tools, delivering increased system performance, reliability and security.

Why does Oracle Solaris offer unique advantages in performance and reliability when run on Oracle's own systems? This is your opportunity to find out more about lower total cost of ownership, increased reliability, and the overall value of integration.

Presenters include Chris Baker from the Oracle Solaris team, a familiar name for those who have been using Solaris on their x86 systems for a while; Chris has been around long enough to remember when Oracle Database could run on a 24MB Pentium III.  From the hardware side, we'll have Josh Rosen and Ed Franklin.

Oracle Webcast: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 noon ET
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Wednesday Feb 13, 2013

IDC White Paper: Oracle Delivers Unique Value with Oracle Solaris

IDC recently updated their white paper on Oracle Solaris and how it fits into both Oracle's OS strategy and into the general industry OS landscape. They highlight how Oracle Solaris 11 is optimized for cloud computing, with unique virtualization, scaling, and provisioning capabilities. One thing the author notes is Oracle's increased investment in Solaris since the Sun acquisition, and how this has translated to a documented corresponding increase in overall customer confidence.

The paper includes a case study of a customer that upgraded to Oracle Solaris 11 immediately after its release, to take advantage of new features such as built-in file system encryption.

[Get the White Paper]

Monday Feb 11, 2013

Webcast, Wednesday, Feb 13: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center

Cloud computing opens up new opportunities, but it doesn't eliminate the traditional challenges of managing a data center. In fact, it intensifies them. The Oracle Optimized Data Center provides a strategic roadmap for IT organizations to simplify infrastructures.

In Wednesday's webcast, you'll learn how to secure your data, apps, and cloud-based services, reduce deployment time by up to 75 percent, reduce risk, and meet and exceed service level agreements. You'll also hear from a customer's perspective how Oracle's optimized data center strategy influenced and improved their business.

Oracle Webcast: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
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Friday Feb 08, 2013

Introducing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13

Solaris 10 sculpture, San Jose Tech MuseumWhen Solaris 10 was released in 2005, it reset expectations for what an open systems enterprise OS should be. Groundbreaking new features such as DTrace, ZFS, Solaris Containers (aka Zones) and Predictive Self Healing not only caught the attention and fired up the imaginations of developers and businesses around the world, it sent a message to our competitors that maybe they were a little short sighted in putting their UNIX distributions to bed (and in just a few short years, they were able to start responding).

Of course, there have been a few happenings since then, most notably the release of Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1, where we continue to stay at least a generation ahead of the competition -- but given the huge number of systems out there running Oracle Solaris 10, we want to make sure we're providing investment protection in as many ways as we can.

Today we're releasing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13. This update provide supports for new systems and additional devices, some enhancements to existing features, as well as performance and stability improvements.


Some highlights:
  • Oracle Configuration Manager: reduces time to resolution for support issues, improves system health monitoring, and simplifies access to best practices and Oracle's knowledge base
  • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Zones Preflight Checkers: allowing for dry runs ahead of a live upgrade or moving applications from a physical or virtual system to Oracle Solaris 10 or 11
  • iSCSI boot support has been expanded to include system installation, with CHAP and SNIA support for increased security and interoperability

Oracle Solaris 10 provides both guaranteed binary compatibility, plus application environment compatibility with previous releases, as well as comprehensive virtualization support via Oracle Solaris Zones and Oracle VM Server. To make it easy and cost effective for customers to support their existing environments and deploy new applications, Oracle not only offers leading-edge support for the current Oracle Solaris 11 release, but also offers the highest level of support for Oracle Solaris 10.  This gives customers even more choices and confidence when consolidating legacy application environments on the latest SPARC and x86 based systems, including physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migration tools.

With the integration of the latest Oracle Configuration Manager, My Oracle Support customers can now view Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 system configurations, asset inventories, and change history on the support portal.  Customers can view the results of continuous system health checks and easily obtain system and software component certification information.  This is the foundation for a range of new support capabilities for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems customers.

Along with the new release, we're also announcing that Oracle Premier support for Oracle Solaris 10 will be available through 2018, followed by Oracle's standard three years extended and indefinite sustaining support.  See the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for more information.

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