Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Question of the Day: "Big Solaris Launch... for a Dot Release??"

"This is only a dot release, right?" the question goes. Well, yes and no.

For those who tuned in late: on April 29th, we'll be launching Oracle Solaris 11.2 in New York City and on the web. But don't let the dot fool you—there is some very significant stuff that we're putting in.  Significant enough that yes, the idea of calling this "Oracle Solaris 12" did come up.  But, c'mon, gratuitously revving the number just because we felt like it?  Who'd do that*?

In fact, what the dot really means is that we've incorporated some noteworthy changes in such a way that we're not leaving anything, or anyone, behind. This is Oracle Solaris 11, only moreso. The reason that it's a dot is that there are no concerns for existing "11" end users and developers about how to integrate this into their environments.  IPS is your friend. And for those of you who haven't upgraded yet, the Solaris Application Guarantee Program assures you that we stand behind you as you do.

And, as it turns out, this whole compatibility and interoperability thing is part of our news on the 29th.  So, please join us then, on the web or in person.  It's "only a dot", but it's more than a dot.

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*As someone in the Twittersphere helpfully pointed out, Sun once did something in this vein: we lopped the whole dang major release number off the marketing name, going from Solaris 2.6 to Solaris (not-two-dot) 7 in one shot.  But underneath the hood, it was SunOS 5.6 to SunOS 5.7.  Join us for the SunOS 5.11.2 launch, won't you?

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

You're WEBvited: April 29, Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch

For those of you who can't join us in person in New York City for the launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2: registration for the live webcast is now open! Here's an invitation from Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris core engineering:


The event will kick off at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT (sorry, no web-based lunch service), led off by Mark Hurd. He'll then turn it over to John Fowler and Markus, who will take us through a tour of what makes this release key for those looking for the best platform for enterprise cloud services.

Join us on Twitter during the event, hashtag #solaris .

Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)
REGISTER FOR THE WEBCAST

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

You're Invited: April 29, Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch, New York City

New York in the spring -- or, anywhere on the web. Either way, you're invited to join us on April 29th, as we introduce Oracle Solaris 11.2.

These events are always a lot of fun, and this one promises to be no exception. Our hosts will be Mark Hurd, John Fowler, and Markus Flierl, and they'll take us all through some significant new capabilities we're introducing, reinforcing that Oracle Solaris is Engineered for Cloud.

Register now for the in-person event -- space will be limited!  (We'll have more room on the web, of course.)

Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
12:00n (ET) / 9:00am (PT)

REGISTER FOR THE IN-PERSON EVENT

REGISTER FOR THE WEBCAST

Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Boom!

The big SPARC launch took place earlier this week. As usual with these events, it was a lot of fun to attend, even if no gimongous tents were involved. I was standing in the back, next to the control booth; as the music went up and the lights went down, next to me, the technical director quietly says into her mike, "Go." And this happens:

And that was pretty cool. But was that the "boom!" I'm referring to?  Nope. That looked more like this:


(Note: Subtitle does not refer to me)

So that's quite a "boom." With the launch of the new SPARC T5 and M5 series of servers, we've set over a dozen new performance records, and shown that back in 2010 Oracle did indeed establish a SPARC roadmap that it could execute on.

Needless to say, IBM has kicked up quite a fuss about this. I would too, if I were them; they thought they had this thing licked. And a pretty funny tweet related to that:

But--the thing I noticed was that as much as IBM tried to talk down the performance specs we demonstrated, they were noticeably silent about what, if any, advantage they might have in the software space. And of course, that includes the OS. When I talk to customers, the truism is almost always that when they use IBM systems, they don't do so because of AIX, but despite AIX.  (Remember "Watson"? Do you know what IBM operating system IBM doesn't run on it?)

Meanwhile, Oracle Solaris remains the gold standard for enterprise OSes.  "If it has to run, it runs on Solaris" is the catchphrase in data centers all over the world. We were flattered when IBM embarked on what some called "Project Copy Solaris," a few years after Solaris 10 came out, but couldn't help but notice they didn't quite hit the mark.  And now Oracle Solaris 11.1 is the current release, and we've done a lot more that no one else seems to be finding the recipe for.

And of course, we've got a big advantage, that we've encapsulated as: Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together. Over the last few years, we've been able to demonstrate more and more what that means: at Sun, obviously we did a lot of work to make sure SPARC and Solaris were in sync, but meetings with the Oracle software teams were special events, held only a few times a year, and preceded by phalanxes of lawyers engaging to make sure everyone knew just what could and couldn't be discussed.

That's been replaced by something called: "going to work together every day." And it's paying off. And we can prove it.

We've got some new pages that go into more detail about what's new with Oracle Solaris. Maybe this will be a handy "cheat sheet" for OS developers at other companies. The first site talks about how we've optimized Oracle Solaris to get the most out of this new generation of SPARC processors; the other talks about how the continuous co-engineering process between Oracle Solaris and Oracle database works to the benefit of both.


Monday Apr 02, 2012

Oracle's Sun x86 Server Product Launch Webcast, April 10th

On April 10th, 2012, Oracle will host a webcast to discuss its new generation of x86 servers.

Register today

Topics covered will include:

  • Enhanced virtualization for consolidation and improved server utilization
  • Reduced licensing costs with 0.5 core factors for Oracle per core-priced software
  • Unparalleled reliability and availability for enterprise environments
  • Increased visibility and efficiency with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and expert 24/7 support
  • Ongoing protection for your existing software and training investments

Live Webcast:
The Industry's Best x86 Platform for Running Oracle Enterprise Applications

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
9:00 AM PDT

40 minutes including Q&A 

Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

New Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Videos: Engineering and Customer Panels

Engineer panel, with Daniel Price, Markus Flierl, Liane Praza and Darren Moffat

When we launched Oracle Solaris 11 on November 9th, the live launch event webcast featured only the executive keynote.

We actually had two more great sessions: a panel of some of our top engineers discussing what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and a panel of customers discussing why they chose Oracle Solaris for their mission critical services.

We've now (finally!) posted the videos of those sessions (plus the executive keynote).  You can find all three at:

Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 for Oracle Solaris 11 Now Available

This morning, we announced the availability (no pun intended) of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, bringing additional High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities to Oracle Solaris 11.

The combination of Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 goes right to the heart of enterprise cloud computing.  Oracle Solaris Cluster allows you to create not only clusters of physical computers, but also virtual clusters, making it ideal for secure, reliable deployment of mission critical services in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 takes advantage of the new Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System, making installation, updates, and fixes even easier and error-free.

And of course, it has all the virtues Oracle Solaris Cluster has always been known for: 

  • Fast, accurate failover, via kernel-level integration
  • "Out-of-the-box” support for a wide range of Oracle and third-party software products
  • Easy integration of additional commercial and in-house applications
  • Built-in disaster recovery across unlimited distances

To learn more:


Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11: The First Cloud OS

This morning we announced the immediate availability of Oracle Solaris 11.  What's more, we've put a new stake in the ground, calling it "the first cloud OS."

What exactly does that mean?

The simple answer: Oracle Solaris 11 is the first operating system engineered with cloud computing in mind.  We believe you should expect more from your OS -- especially as you start considering public, private and hybrid clouds for enterprise-class workloads.

So what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and how does that connect to the cloud?

  • New provisioning and update capabilities: the integration of Oracle ZFS, Zones, and IPS -- the new network repository and update system -- makes cloud deployment fast, reliable, and reproducible.  And it's designed to tie in to not just Oracle Solaris and the Oracle stack, but all the third party software, and SPARC and x86 hardware, that's supported on Solaris.
  • New, integrated network virtualization.  Create an entire high-performance, low-cost data center topology within a single OS instance -- no extra software or hardware required.
  • Connected cloud management -- All the tools you need to build and manage an internal or public cloud backed by the vast knowledge and technology base of Oracle support. Not just managing multiple OS instances, but managing all of them as an integrated whole.
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, now included with all Oracle OS, systems and Oracle VM support, provides converged systems management for enterprise-wide, centralized control over hardware, OS and virtualization resources.
  • Security features that extend from traditional infrastructure into the cloud. Oracle Solaris 11 locks down services from first install boot, and provides role-based root access and low impact auditing for both cloud and traditional data center deployments.
  • Service and workload isolation. Both within your organization, and to securely support multiple companies' data on the same server.
  • Designed to get the most out of both x86 and SPARC-based systems, including Oracle’s Exadata, Exalogic and SPARC SuperCluster engineered systems.
  • Runs at cloud scale. True linear scalability across massive horizontal deployments and vertical scale systems, and designed for next-generation hardware and the next leaps in CPU, bandwidth, and memory capacity.

And of course, the virtues you've come to expect from us that have made Oracle Solaris the #1 enterprise OS:

  • Oracle Solaris ZFS, the ground-breaking enterprise filesystem introduced in Solaris 10, with ultimate data integrity and flash-enabled tiered storage pools, and designed to handle limitless amounts of data, now includes built-in line speed encryption and deduplication, as well as additional resiliency features and performance improvements. Oracle Solaris 11 delivers cloud scale for both compute and data.
  • Oracle Solaris DTrace, delivering safe, low-overhead, and comprehensive observability, letting you track activity from the depths of the kernel to the heart of your applications.
  • Predictive self healing, to detect and mitigate software and hardware problems before they affect services.  And for additional protection, Oracle Solaris Cluster, providing local to geographic protection of both physical and virtual application deployments.
  • Investment protection: still the only OS in the industry to guarantee both application and cross-platform source code compatibility.
And what's most important: all of this is integrated, engineered and optimized to work together: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  It's the power of this that makes Oracle Solaris unique.

Find out more:

Launch event is starting!

Follow us as we live-tweet:

#solaris

We'll do our best to answer your questions.

Tuesday Nov 08, 2011

Setting Up for the Oracle Solaris 11 Launch

In case you're interested, here's some photos from Gotham Hall. We'll add more as things continue to take shape.

Skylight: definitely ornate.

(Just one day left to register for the event or webcast!)

Sunday Nov 06, 2011

11 Questions We'll be Answering at the Oracle Solaris 11 Launch

Some things you'll learn if you join us in person at Gotham Hall in New York City, or on the web.
  1. Why do we say Oracle Solaris 11 is "built for clouds"?
  2. Where and why are businesses already using Oracle Solaris 11 in production?
  3. Why should you move to Oracle Solaris 11 from other UNIX releases?
  4. Why should you move your existing Oracle Solaris environments to Oracle Solaris 11?
  5. What do we mean by "zero overhead virtualization"?
  6. What are the top new features in Oracle Solaris 11?
  7. What are your peers saying, thinking and doing about Oracle Solaris 11?
  8. How does Oracle Solaris 11 get the most out of SPARC and x86 systems?
  9. Will we continue to be the industry's only OS to guarantee both application binary and inter-platform source code compatibility?
  10. Why is running Oracle Solaris 11 an advantage for your business?
  11. Why is Oracle Solaris 11 the #1 enterprise OS?
To get the answers, don't forget to register for this Wednesday's launch event!

Friday Nov 04, 2011

Going to 11

And yes, a certain movie scene you may be be thinking of has also been much on our mind.


(Are you registered for next Wednesday's launch?  Join us in New York, or watch on the web.)

Thursday Nov 03, 2011

11 Reasons Why Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Isn't Being Released on 11/11/11

As I may have mentioned before, the Oracle Solaris 11 launch is this coming Wednesday, November 9th.  Unsurprisingly, more than a few people have pointed out that just two days later, the 11th, is "11/11/11" -- a seemingly perfect day to launch a product named... well, you know.

So here's why we didn't go with that date.  (Two of these are actually the real reasons.)

  1. Whoa -- we never thought of that!
  2. We just couldn't wait.
  3. Friday -- not a good day for a product launch.
  4. Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day -- not a good day for a product launch.
  5. Sony Pictures begged us not to release on the same day as the new Adam Sandler movie.
  6. We figured the launch parties would keep going for three days.
  7. Dyscalculia. Dysnumeria.
  8. Hoping to ride the coattails of the commemorations of Louis the Bavarian's defeat of his cousin Frederick I of Austria at the Battle of Gamelsdorf in 1313.
  9. "11" is actually 9--in octal.  OK, that one's exceptionally weak.
  10. November 9 is Inventors' Day!  (Which is held on this day because it's the birthday of actress Hedy Lamarr, who invented frequency-hopping spread spectrum signalling in 1942.  I am not making this up.)
  11. "No... that's just what they'll be expecting us to do."

I hope that explains things adequately.

Anyhow, do join us in New York City at historic Gotham Hall if you can, or if you can't, be sure to tune in to the webcast.

On the 9th.

Monday Oct 31, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Agenda: Eat, Listen, Interact, Eat, Gawk.

People have asked: "What exactly can I expect when I attend the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York City next week?"  A fair question.

If the title of this post isn't a sufficient précis, here's the actual agenda for Wednesday, November 9th (All times Eastern):

9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Registration and Light Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Announcement with Mark Hurd and John Fowler

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Oracle Solaris 11 Core Engineering Panel
Hosted by Markus Flierl, Vice President of Oracle Solaris Engineering

12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Oracle Solaris 11 Customer Insights Panel

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon

"Gawk" is your chance to check out some of the hardware and software demos we'll have there, and have some informal conversations with our engineers and executives (or me, even), and admire the aforementioned ornate skylight.

If you're joining us via the web, the webcast will start at 10 AM Eastern, and end at 11 AM.

Clearly, the right choice is to come to New York, or you'll miss two meals and some sparkling company.  Come a few days early, and you can even get in a nice bit of exercise.

We'll be talking about how to build your infrastructure with Oracle Solaris 11 to accelerate delivery of internal, public, and hybrid cloud applications, optimize services with built-in virtualization, and achieve top performance and cost advantages with Oracle Solaris 11 based engineered systems.

Friday Oct 21, 2011

You're invited: November 9th, Oracle Solaris 11 Launch, New York City

We're throwing a party, and you're invited.

On November 9th, we're holding the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event at Gotham Hall on Broadway in New York City.  It should not only be a lot of fun, but we're bringing our engineers, our execs, and some cool software and hardware, so it's a chance to learn even more about what we've been doing, and get a jump on the latest release of the #1 enterprise OS.

Register now --- space is limited, and you don't want to miss this event.  It's been literally years in the making.

I'm a West Coast kind of guy, so I hadn't heard of Gotham Hall before, and with a name like that, my mind naturally wandered to caped superheroes making their entrance by crashing through ornate skylights.  Well, guess what?  There's an ornate skylight!

Not an approved entrance

"In the center of the unique gold-leaf honeycombed design sits a one-of-a-kind 3,000 square foot stained-glass skylight."
"The regal granite walls and delicate stained-glass skylight are softened and warmed by the glow of the gold-leaf dome providing an extraordinary experience that leaves you and your guests breathless."

So that sounds pretty awesome right there.  But I checked with our event planners, and they said the contract specifically forbids crashing through the ornate skylight.  (Apparently, they've been asked before.)

But if your mind is more focused on 21st century enterprise infrastructure architecture than historic architecture, this is still the place to go.  Come sit down and have lunch with the Oracle Solaris 11 team.

If you're not in the area, you can register for the webcast, too.  But you'll have to supply your own food.

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