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.


*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?

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)



Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

Launch event is starting!

Follow us as we live-tweet:


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.


"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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