Friday Aug 09, 2013

Oracle Solaris Web Forum -- Did You Miss It?

Image credit: WikimediaEarlier this week, we had the latest Oracle Solaris web forum.  Is it possible that you weren't there?  Was something more pressing on your agenda, such as, I don't know: work?  Or, if you're in a different time zone: sleep?

Did you, in fact, miss out on the whole thing?

No. No, you did not.

Thanks to the power of computers, the Internet, and our great behind-the-scenes teams, we now have the on-demand replay of the web forum available, for you to replayOn demand!

You can see all three sessions:

  • Oracle’s Investment in Oracle Solaris - Best Enterprise UNIX for Oracle Systems and Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle’s Enterprise Systems

Plus, you'll have access to the transcripts from the live Q & A. If you're ready, we are, too:


Oracle Solaris Web Forum Replay: View Now

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Web Forum, August 7: Oracle Solaris Update

We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams.

Register today -- it looks like it should be another great session.

Web Forum: Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems: The Best Platform for Oracle Software
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET
REGISTER NOW

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.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 4½

A couple of quick pointers to wrap up this series, at least for now.

First, Steve Sistare's added a couple of three meaty posts to his blog, on "Massive Solaris Scalability for the T5-8 and M5-32":

And I'll let Rick Ramsey at OTN Garage have the final word on Solaris/SPARC screaming performance. Apparently, it's a loud word.

The Screaming Men of Finland and Oracle SPARC Chips


Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 2

Continuing on the performance theme: Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server is now the world's fastest single server for Oracle Database.  In a server-to-server comparison, T5-8 has a sevenfold price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database.

This is a perfect example of what we can do by co-engineering the processor, the system, the OS, and the database. We've put a lot of work into getting these results, and that work is of course continuing. Oracle is investing significantly in both Oracle Solaris and SPARC technology, and this is just one more step in the journey.

Learn more about why Oracle Database runs best on Oracle Solaris


Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Announcing Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13

Today we released Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13 (that's a lot of threes!). This update is specifically for use with Oracle Solaris 10, delivering even more high availability and disaster recovery capabilities for mission-critical application deployments.

What makes Oracle Solaris Cluster better? It's integrated with Oracle Solaris at the kernel level, offering faster and more accurate failure detection and mitigation. Oracle Solaris 10 of course has groundbreaking availability features such as predictive self healing built into it; combine that with Oracle Solaris Cluster and you've created an environment that stands up to surprises such as facilities outages and significantly reduces unplanned downtime.

Highlights in this release:

  • Expanded disaster recovery solution with ZFS Storage Appliance replication
  • New agents for Oracle Web Tier for Oracle Fusion, PeopleSoft Job Scheduler, and SAP NetWeaver
  • Multi-cluster dependency management for Oracle Database 11g through Oracle External Proxy
  • Automated set up and configuration for application agents through configuration wizards 
for PeopleSoft and WebLogic Server
  • Faster deployment of virtualized HA configurations via the zone cluster configuration wizard
  • Faster failure detection and failfast for storage devices, reducing storage failure detection time and client timeout from minutes to seconds

Oracle Premier Support for Oracle Solaris Cluster for Oracle Solaris 10 will be available through 2018, after which it will enter Oracle's standard three years extended and indefinite sustaining support, per the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy.

Learn more:
    •    What's New in Oracle Solaris Cluster
    •    Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Sheet
    •    Oracle Solaris Cluster FAQ

Download Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13

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