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Oracle Solaris Now Available in the OCI Marketplace

Dave Miner
Sr. Principal Software Engineer

We're pleased to announce that Oracle Solaris 11.4 images are now available in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Marketplace!  This means that customers of OCI IaaS can run Solaris workloads in the cloud with full support from Oracle, which is included in your IaaS subscription.  There are two images, one for bare metal and another for virtual machines, and they're available in all OCI regions.

Using the Solaris images is very simple.  In the OCI console, select the Marketplace item in the OCI console main menu.  In the All Applications directory, you can use filters to help find the Oracle Solaris listings, as in this screenshot:


Selecting one of the Solaris items will bring you to its listing screen:

From the listing page, you can acknowledge the terms & conditions and select the compartment for deployment.  Clicking Launch Instance will take you to the Create Compute Instance page:

I've not shown the remainder of the create instance page here, but you'll need to select the shape, provide an ssh key, and select the virtual network to which the instance will be connected.  Once the instance is launched, you'll be able to ssh in as the opc user within a couple of minutes.  That's all it takes to get started with Oracle Solaris in OCI!  You'll likely also want to review my prior blogs on using Solaris in OCI to make best use of the cloud:

The images come with a relatively minimal set of packages, defined by the solaris-cloud-guest group package, so most likely you'll need to add to them to run your applications; just use the pkg command to install what you need.  In particular, you may wish to add the system/locale package in order to obtain UTF-8 locales for the major languages supported by Solaris.  You'll also likely also want to update to the current Support Repository Update (SRU), just follow the standard instructions for accessing the Oracle Solaris support repository. We plan to update these images on a regular basis to include recent SRUs, and welcome both questions and feedback on the image content.

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Comments ( 4 )
  • Aslam Saturday, August 24, 2019
    This is great article Dave.Just an curiosity does oracle Solaris 11.4 Vm support SPARC platform in OCI ?
  • Dave Miner Monday, August 26, 2019
    No, OCI does not support SPARC.
  • Charles Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    I have a customer running Oracle EBS 12.1.3 with 11gR2 DB on Solaris 11 on Sun T4-1, T5-1, and T5-2 boxes. With Solaris 11 being available on OCI, could these workloads be migrated "as-is" to OCI (without the need to replatform to Linux)? Given the size of the database, a replatform + a migration to cloud would be challenging to accomplish in one step.
  • Dave Miner Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    I would suggest discussing this question with experts on database/EBS migrations. The OS is likely the least significant piece of the problem.
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