Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

It's been a busy year for Oracle Solaris, and as always, Oracle OpenWorld represents the best way to catch up and more.  We've got the whole boat race thing out of our system for a while, so this year you can really focus on the cool stuff we've got to share with you.

Oh, and speaking of "focus on", as usual we have our convenient one-stop-shopping documents that lay out just what we'll be talking about.

Topics you'll be able to hear more about this year include technologies such as OpenStack, Puppet, SDN, and kernel zones, and more general subjects like best practices for secure cloud deployments.

And of course we'll have our annual engineering panel, plus Markus' general session on the state of Solaris and our overall strategy.  These are always among our most popular sessions, so be sure to add them to your schedule.

Stay tuned for even more information on our Hands-On Labs and demos.

UPDATE: As promised, more about:

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Come See Us Next Week at VMworld 2014

If you're at VMworld 2014 next week in San Francisco, come drop by booth 205.  We'll have folks from both the Oracle Solaris and Oracle ZFS Storage teams, so you can learn a lot more about what's new in Oracle Solaris 11.2, plus what the storage team has been up to, as they unleash their "it's perfect for virtualization" architecture, with a series of new VMware API integrations, that crushes both the other big-name storage vendors and the all-flash start-ups.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Update

If you haven't had a chance to try out the beta release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 -- or if you're still working with the original download -- now's the time to get the updated bits.

What this includes: support for C++11, an updated Performance Analyzer, support for OpenMP 4.0, and lots more.  The July refresh now incorporates fixes and enhancements based on feedback from beta participants.

Learn more; get the download; send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2: More Posts

Did you see our last Oracle Solaris 11.2 blog post aggregation? Did it leave you hungry for more?  Did you think, "But there's no way there there could be any more!"

Because, now that 11.2's officially released... there's more.  44 more posts, to be exact.

One notable development: there's now a blog dedicated to Oracle Solaris and OpenStack.




Data Management





Systems Management

Virtualization / Cloud

Friday Aug 01, 2014

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Maybe that question came up when UCLA renovated Pauley Pavilion to the tune of $132 million in 2012.  Or maybe not. But even if it did, I doubt that anyone chimed in with, "Say, did anyone check to see if there are any century-old water mains nearby?"

So what's under your data center?

Introducing Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2

Although Oracle Solaris has some very impressive high availability features built in, you may want to consider what happens if a larger threat affects your data center, your site, or even your city. Oracle Solaris Cluster adds an additional range of high availability and disaster recovery services for local to geographic service protection.

One of Oracle Solaris Cluster's key virtues has always been its deep co-engineering with the Oracle Solaris kernel, making for faster and more accurate detection and response to service outages, but there's a whole lot more to it--and 4.2 adds to the list.

This release is designed to take advantage of the new features in Oracle Solaris 11.2, including support for kernel zones, Unified Archives, and the new authentication and encryption features that are now part of the Automated Installer. This means that you're ready to go for protecting both physical and virtual service instances -- including protecting remote installations and updates, key for distributed cloud environments. The new Unified Archives capability is ideal for deploying, cloning, and recovring cluster instances.

Also new in this update, orchestrated disaster recovery extends the capabilities of Oracle Solaris Cluster to automatically restore services by managing recovery of not just the individual application, but its associated applications and resources as well--even across multiple sites. There's also a new browser-based tool that consolidates configuration, status and overall management of your cluster topology.

This release adds built-in support for even more applications.  Plus, it's easier than ever to add support for your own apps, or additional third-party software, with a new, simplified version of its Generic Data Service.

And there's a lot more. (Isn't there always a lot more? It's what we do.) You might want to start with the Oracle Solaris Cluster blog, or go over to the product page.

If you've got that nagging drip, drip, drip of "we don't have a disaster recovery solution in place" in the back of your head, you might want to do something before it becomes a flood from above.  Or below.

Download: Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2


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