Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Tuesday

We've already previewed Monday; here's an advance look at Tuesday's Solaris-related events.  Don't forget, the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" document gives you a full rundown of all things Solaris at the show.

Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Technology Development, anchors the morning at the Hotel InterContinental with our Oracle Solaris general session, immediately followed by the Oracle Solaris customer panel in the same room.


  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Breakfast
    • We invite you once again to start your day with us at the Hotel InterContinental, and mingle with Systems and Solaris people from inside and outside of Oracle.
  • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
    • At the Hotel Nikko: did you miss this hands-on lab on Monday?  You've got one more chance to join Glynn Foster and learn how to unleash the power combo of OpenStack and Oracle Solaris.
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM  General Session: Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
    • Conversely, if you want to attend the Markus session, be sure to hit the lab on Monday, and hang out at the InterContinental for this.  Stick around in the same room for:
  • 12:00 N - 12:45 PM Customer Panel: Customer Insights into Deploying Oracle Solaris
    • We've got a great panel lined up with four customers who are doing some amazing things with Oracle Solaris -- click through to see who's who.  (As the emcee for this session, I have one job: stay out of their way.)
  • 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Larry Ellison's Keynote (Moscone North, Hall D)
  • 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM Looks like a great time to check out more demos!  As you exit the keynote, you can see the Engineered Systems demos, including the Virtual Compute Appliance, at the foot of the big staircase.  Then keep going to Moscone South and see the Solaris and Systems demos at the DEMOgrounds.
  • 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
    • Close off your evening at the Nikko and work with Glynn to test drive Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris and see how it speeds up and secures enterprise application service delivery.

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Monday

OpenWorld looms! If you're in town by now, you probably already know what you're doing on Sunday as our newly-minted CTO takes the stage at 5 PM, so let's jump ahead to Monday.

Here are some sessions to consider (and yes, there is some overlap here and there...):

...annnd: relax!  You've earned it.  See you Tuesday!


Friday Sep 26, 2014

Solaris and Systems at OpenWorld: Where Is Everything?

OK, telling you where everything is going to be is a tall order--this is OpenWorld, after all--but I can tell you where a lot of things are going to be.

OpenWorld is... big.  The numbers are phenomenal, and as you can see from the map above, each year we take over a big chunk of a big city.

So, I'll try to keep it simple: there are three big places to go.

Conference sessions: Hotel InterContinental

This is where all* the Oracle Solaris and systems-related sessions are going to be this year.  The Hotel InterContinental is on Howard Street, just to the west of Moscone West, so it's easy to get to.

Plus... we're serving breakfast here! We're inviting our customers, partners and our own Oracle Solaris and systems technical community to sit down together Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; you can start the day with food 'n' facts.

Breakfast kicks off at 9:30 AM on Monday, 10:00 AM on Tuesday, and 9:30 AM again on Wednesday.

Hands-on labs: Hotel Nikko

You'll find all lab sessions in "The Zone"--the heart of JavaOne.  The Hotel Nikko is on Mason Street between O'Farrell and Ellis; enjoy a nice stroll, or take the complimentary shuttle buses.

Solaris and Systems demos: Moscone South

The Systems DEMOgrounds is once again in Moscone South, and this is where to find our experts when they're not presenting (or eating breakfast).  See the "Focus on Solaris" and "Focus on Servers" documents for a list of some of the things we'll be showing there.

Systems general session, Monday morning: Oracle Plaza

We have one more special event in a special location.  This year John Fowler will be emceeing the Systems general session, Infrastructure Transformation Made Easy with Oracle Systems, at the Howard Street Theater (yes, that's outside, between Moscone North and South) at 11:30 AM Monday.

An outdoor venue has some interesting possibilities, and John always has interesting ideas.  At the very least, it's a chance to get out into the Big Blue Room for a bit.

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Once again we've got a good selection of Hands-On Labs (HOLs) running through the week at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. They're now ready for you to sign up for in Schedule Builder, so if you're coming to the conference, take a look at the list below, and click on the titles you're interested in to jump to the Schedule Builder entry and enroll.

And don't forget about the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" doc, where you can see the other sessions and demos you can sign up for:

Here are this year's labs -- note that this year, they're all at the Hotel Nikko.

Monday, September 29th

10:15 AM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
(HOL9821 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

In this lab you'll roll up your sleeves and quickly deploy a complete enterprise private cloud with Oracle Solaris and OpenStack, featuring Unified Archives, Kernel Zones, ZFS, and Elastic Virtual Switch.

OpenStack basic elements covered include the Horizon management interface, plus Cinder and Swift storage, and Neutron networking.

(Note that this lab is offered twice; sign up for either Monday or Tuesday morning.)

4:15 PM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
(HOL9822 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

(Note that attending Part 1 before this lab is not required, but you should have some fundamental knowledge of OpenStack.  Also, this lab is offered twice; sign up for either Monday or Tuesday afternoon.)

This session covers how use the Oracle Solaris Unified Archives feature and OpenStack to create a golden image environment (in the lab, it'll be an Oracle Database installation), upload the image to a Glance repository, and deploy it to a VM with Nova.

Concepts include securing applications in a sandboxed environment, and compliance checking.

5:45 PM - Using Unified Archives to Deploy Oracle WebLogic Server Cluster on Oracle Solaris 11.2
(HOL9777 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

Unified Archives make it easy to create and deploy application environments across multiple nodes in the cloud. This hands-on lab shows how to quickly deploy an Oracle WebLogic Server cluster with Unified Archives, Zones, ZFS, and network virtualization.

Tuesday, September 30th

10:15 AM - Zero to Oracle Solaris Virtualization Backup and Recovery in 60 Minutes
(HOL7848 - Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom I)

If you're deploying business-critical solutions you need to ensure not only that secure backups are being performed, but that the data can be restored if disaster strikes.

This hands-on lab provides an overview of backup and recovery solutions, including Oracle's backup appliance and tape storage. You will learn and practice next-generation data protection techniques for Oracle Solaris 11 virtualized environments, and what architectures are optimum for protecting, restoring, and recovering data.

10:15 AM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
(HOL9821 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

This is the same as Monday's 10:15 AM lab; pick one of the two days.

5:15 PM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
(HOL9822 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

This is the same as Monday's 4:15 PM lab; pick one of the two days.

Wednesday, October 1st

11:45 AM - Create Quality, Secure, High-Performing Applications on Oracle Solaris
(HOL9805 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

Get some hands-on experience with the Oracle Solaris Studio development suite and find out what differentiates it from what you may be using today.

In this one-hour lab, you’ll learn how to use the Code Analyzer to quickly fix memory corruption issues, eliminate memory leaks, check for commonly overlooked errors, and improve your test suite's code coverage of your test suite. Then, use Oracle Performance Analyzer to profile applications and pinpoint performance bottlenecks to the exact call stack and source line, even in complex multithreaded environments.

1:15 PM - Set Up a Hadoop 2 Cluster with Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, and Unified Archive
(HOL2086 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

As you go through this lab, you'll learn about the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and the Hadoop MapReduce programming model, as well as the Hadoop installation process and the cluster building blocks: NameNode, Resource Manager, History Server, and DataNodes.

Find out how Oracle Solaris 11 technologies deliver better scalability and data security as you learn how to enable a HDFS high-availability cluster and run a MapReduce job.

1:15 PM - Oracle Database 12c Data Protection and Multitenancy on Oracle Solaris 11
(HOL9762 - Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom I)

Decisions, decisions: you'll have to pick between this and the Hadoop lab...

Explore different encryption and decryption approaches for securing the new multitenancy environments offered by Oracle Database 12c. Oracle Solaris 11 lets you opt for application-specific encryption and decryption, Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption, and ZFS encryption; find out each option's appropriate use and what its performance impact is to the system.

Monday Jan 06, 2014

Happy New Year! Happy Upcoming Virtual Sysadmin Day!

As we join 2014, which is already in progress, we get to offer yet another free online training opportunity: the latest round of OTN's popular Virtual Sysadmin Day series.

As with previous sessions, it's a half day of online, hands-on, proctored labs -- three parallel tracks for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators.  It's free, but you do need to register, and there is some prep work you should do before the actual event, so sign up now, and get ready to roll.

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday January 28, 2014
9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 3:00pm (BRST)
REGISTER NOW


Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

We're going to have some very interesting Oracle Solaris-themed Hands-On Labs (HOLs) at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.


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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.

Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Scenes from OpenWorld Day One

A romantic photo opportunity on the Moscone North stairwaySunday's the day that everything comes together, but there's always that last minute scramble. Here are a few peeks at what everyone's doing, and may still be doing far into the night.

This is the team putting the final touches on the Hands-On Lab room for  HOL10201, "Reduce Risk with Oracle Solaris Access Control to Restrain Users and Isolate Applications". This should be a great learning experience--plus it's a chance to meet up with some of the top Solaris security people, including Glenn Faden and Darren Moffat.

And here's the OTN Garage's own Rick Ramsey, working feverishly to help set up the Oracle Solaris Systems Pavilion. (Moscone South, Booth 733). Several of our featured partners will be demonstrating solutions running on Oracle Solaris systems -- plus, we'll be serving espresso, to help you power through the week.

DEMOgrounds

Another panorama shot, courtesy of iOS 6 -- come for the maps, stay for the photos....

Moscone South is also home once again this year to the systems and storage DEMOgrounds. Plenty to learn and see; you might even catch a glimpse of me there on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld - Events of Interest

I mentioned the "Focus On Oracle Solaris" document the other day, which lists many of the Solaris-related events at Oracle OpenWorld this year; today I thought I'd highlight a few sessions you might find interesting.

Monday, October 1st:

4:45 PM - Get Proactive: Best Practices for Maintaining and Upgrading Oracle Solaris
(CON3042, Moscone South 252)

This session covers best practices for upgrading and patching and how to take advantage of unique technologies in Oracle Solaris 10 and 11. Learn how to get maximum value from My Oracle Support for both reactive and proactive requirements. Understand the benefits of secure remote access and how Oracle Support experts use collaborative shared sessions combined with Oracle Solaris technologies such as DTrace.

Tuesday, October 2nd:

10:15 AM -  How to Increase Performance and Agility with an Open Data Center Fabric
(CON12215, Moscone South 200)

If you haven't had a chance to hear about Xsigo Systems, this is a golden opportunity while you're at OpenWorld.

Now part of Oracle, Xsigo's network virtualization technology is designed to increase both application performance and management efficiency, through a combination of software-defined network technology and the industry’s fastest fabric, allowing data center to converge Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity to a single fabric, to reduce complexity by 70 percent and CapEx by 50 percent while providing more I/O bandwidth to your applications.

Wednesday, October 3rd:

10:15 AM - General Session: Oracle Solaris 11 Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
(GEN8791, Moscone South 103)

Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering, will outline the strategy and roadmap for Oracle Solaris,  how Oracle Solaris 11 is being deployed in cloud computing and the unique optimizations in Oracle Solaris 11 for the Oracle stack. The session also offers a sneak peek at the latest technology under development in Oracle Solaris, and what customers can expect to see in the coming updates.

Plus, there are several Hands-On Labs:

Monday, October 1st:

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Reduce Risk with Oracle Solaris Access Control to Restrain Users and Isolate Applications
(HOL10201, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM - Managing Your Data with Built-In Oracle Solaris ZFS Data Services in Release 11
(HOL10202, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)

Tuesday, October 2nd:

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Virtualizing Your Oracle Solaris 11 Environment
(HOL10203, Marriott Marquis - Salon 10/11)

Wednesday, October 3rd:

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Large-Scale Installation and Deployment of Oracle Solaris 11
(HOL10204, Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15)

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. There's plenty more--see the "Focus On Oracle Solaris" guide.

See you next week in San Francisco!

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