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.

Friday Jun 21, 2013

June 27 Webcast: Announcing Oracle's Fastest Engineered System

What happens when you take the world's fastest microprocessor and build an engineered system around it? We'll find out next week, but I'm guessing the word "fast" will be involved.

Maybe even "fastest" -- yep, there it is:


Live Webcast: Announcing Oracle SuperCluster T5-8
Thursday June 27, 2013
10:00am PT / 1pm ET

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Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Don't Forget: July 15 is Virtual Sysadmin Day!

There are those who cynically claim that Virtual Sysadmin Day is just something made up to sell greeting cards and flowers, but I think it's a lovely holiday, and a chance to show the virtual sysadmins in your life that you care. Be sure to give your virtual sysadmin a call, and...

No, wait, that's not right at all. I'll come in again.

In the past, the folks at Oracle Technology Network have gone on the road, holding "Sysadmin Days" -- several hours of hands-on, proctored labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators -- in various cities around the world. They've been very well-attended and well-received, but the problem is that there are always more cities one could hold these in than there are days in the year. And what about those of you on farms? Or in Antarctica, or in undersea habitats?

Thus: Virtual Sysadmin Days, harnessing the power of the Internet. OTN held their first Virtual Sysadmin Day earlier this year, and it was a hit. So, on July 15th, they're doing it again.

Now, what's exciting to me is that Pavel Anni and Glynn Foster spent some time thinking about how to make the Oracle Solaris track even better than before, and this time around, instead of approaching the day from a "feature" point of view, they designed the agenda as a task-oriented flow: what if you need to set up a secure, multi-level application?

That's what this day (OK, half day) is going to be all about. Your mission will be to deploy a web-based application and its supporting database, leveraging the intrinsic features of Oracle Solaris, in three steps:  storage and web; database and application; and, finally, resource monitoring and packaging. Just like the non-virtual days, the labs are proctored, so you'll have a chance to ask questions and get help as you go along.

Even if you participated in the earlier Virtual Sysadmin Day, you may find this to be worth attending, to approach existing or new skills from a different direction.

Like the previous virtual (and non-virtual) Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. And just like last time, there's some prework for you to do ahead of the actual day, so register now and get ready.

Find out more at the registration site:

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Monday July 15, 2013
9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 1:00pm (BRT)
REGISTER NOW

Oh, and if you do happen to attend this from Antarctica or an undersea habitat: send us a card.

Friday Jun 07, 2013

Instant Automated Installer Zone for Oracle Solaris 11.1

One of the biggest differences between Oracle Solaris 11 and previous releases is how provisioning tasks are handled.  It's safe to say that just about any installation or update function you can think of has gotten at least an order of magnitude faster, easier, safer, smarter and more powerful -- but still, there's that word "different" ... .

The key new provisioning technology, as you may already know, is the Image Packaging System (IPS). It's the framework for installation, maintenance and removal of software on an Oracle Solaris 11 system. Another significant new technology introduced in Oracle Solaris 11 is the Automated Installer (AI), which replaces JumpStart for hands-free installation of large numbers of systems.

We've just introduced something new to make it easier to start working with AI, so you can get past that "different" part and start reaping the (major) benefits. The name's kinda long:

Oracle Solaris Zone with Automated Installer and Repository

...but that's because there's a lot it's doing for you in one shot. As the name implies, it sets up a new zone on your system, with a local Oracle Solaris 11.1 package repository for both SPARC and x86 deployments, and a DHCP server which you can optionally turn on, configured to act as an AI server.  It's pretty much "install and go" and you can immediately start to explore the extensive feature set of AI.

(A vocabulary note: this is what we call an "Oracle VM Template" -- specifically, it's an Oracle VM Template for Zones, meaning it installs in an existing Oracle Solaris 11 instance rather than in a hypervisor. If you haven't heard the term "template" in this context before, you might think that means it's just a setup checklist of some kind -- nope, this download includes all the necessary software.  In this case, almost 6 GB worth! There are other Oracle VM Templates for Zones you might want to check out as well.)

See the Installation Notes section in the Readme to make sure you're running at the proper Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU levels; there are also notes about installing this in a Logical Domain.

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: More Great Oracle Solaris Content Coming

Doesn't it seem like Oracle OpenWorld comes earlier and earlier every year?  This year, there's a reason for that -- it's kicking off September 22nd, 2013. And that in turn means that if you want to get the best value, the time to register is now.

Here inside the factory, folks have already been hard at work on the agenda. That work isn't done yet, but the one thing I can tell you already is that we're going to have Oracle Solaris sessions, demos and hands-on labs on all four of the main conference days. (Sunday is keynote day, and you shouldn't miss that either.)

Mark your calendars, and register now!

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Early Bird Registration


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