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
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
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!