Monday Mar 24, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals: Share Your Solaris Insights

It seems like every year, we manage to fit even more stuff into Oracle OpenWorld:


 ...but we're always looking for more. And we're especially interested in what you've got to say.

The Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open, through April 15th. This is a chance for you to share your experience with your peers, and to interact with some of the top Oracle Solaris experts in the world.  Are you an administrator with insights on IPS and AI?  A developer who saw some key performance gains?  Time to put together a proposal and submit it.  But you've only got a few weeks to do it.  (For those of you in the US, it's another great way to put off doing your taxes.)

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is always a unique experience in a unique city, and if your proposal is accepted, you'll get a complimentary pass to the show. OOW is September 28th to October 2nd this year.

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Monday Nov 11, 2013

Eleven Eleven Eleven Plus Two

You probably already know that Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 was not in fact launched on 11/11/11.  We had our reasons, one of the primary ones being that would have collided with Veterans Day. But I'm going to venture a blog post today--even though it's again of course Veterans Day--to catch up on some news for Oracle Solaris 11's second anniversary (plus two days).

Most recently, we had lots to talk about at Oracle OpenWorld -- Markus Flierl gives an excellent recap on his blog.

Also, you can now download the various Solaris-related presentations that were given this year.  Find the list and links at:

If you follow the links above, you'll see there's lots to learn about how to get major benefits from Oracle Solaris 11 today, and you'll also find out about some of the new things we're busily at work on as well.  Onward to year three!

Friday Sep 20, 2013

"Systems Central" at OOW13

This year, the Westin San Francisco Market Street is going to be the OpenWorld hub for engineered systems, server, and storage content, which includes both operating systems and virtualization.  We're thinking of it as "Systems Central."

This is where you'll find not only the bulk of the Oracle Solaris breakout sessions, but it's also where our Oracle Solaris engineers and executives will be making themselves available for one-on-one conversations before and after the sessions.

Protip: lunch will be served for attendees here, so this is a chance for you to get some quieter moments away from the throng, and hang out with Oracle Solaris developers after a less hectic meal.

The weather looks like it's going to be nice this year (70º in the city on Monday), so the short stroll from Moscone to the Westin will be a perfect prelude to a deep dive into Oracle Solaris content.

Wednesday Sep 18, 2013

Where to Go? What to See? Glynn Has Some Oracle Solaris Insights for OOW13

As you've no doubt gathered by now, we've got dozens of Oracle Solaris related sessions and labs going on next week, so it may be hard to figure out where you want to be.  Glynn Foster gives his top picks for Oracle Solaris at Oracle OpenWorld, which may help you make some key decisions.

But you'll have plenty of time for more -- so don't forget to check the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide, too.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

What's the Can't-Miss Oracle Solaris Session at OpenWorld 2013?

If you're looking to find out more about where Oracle Solaris is headed in the near future, you won't want to miss this year's general session, "Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap." What's the "next big thing" for Oracle Solaris?

No, not new colors.

I talked with Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris core engineering, who will be hosting this session, and "C" is still for "cloud" in our alphabet. He says that among other things, the session will focus on how Oracle Solaris has evolved from a cloud OS to a cloud infrastructure, with examples of customers who are building SaaS, PaaS and IaaS clouds with Oracle Solaris today.

You'll also find out why the Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC and x86 systems are the best platform for Oracle deployments, as integration drives database and Java functionality more deeply into the OS and silicon layers.

And of course, the session will give an outlook on what's being worked on for future Oracle Solaris updates, such as next-generation OS virtualization, built-in SDN solutions, and integration with current and emerging standards for cloud technologies.

All in all, a good place to be on Monday; follow the link below to add it to your schedule. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 23rd, 12:15 PM - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
(GEN9021 Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II
)


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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Friday Aug 23, 2013

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Time certainly flies... here we are, coming up on the fourth Oracle OpenWorld since we became part of Oracle.  And the show just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year, plan to spend some time at the Westin San Francisco Market Street -- that's where you're going to find Oracle hardware, operating systems (both Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux), and Oracle virtualization technologies setting up camp for most of their breakout sessions. Think of the Westin as "Systems Central."

But there will be other outposts of Oracle Solaris and systems goodness as well -- the DEMOgrounds in Moscone South will be home to lots of interesting demos (and interesting people demoing them), and our popular Hands-On Labs series will return in force, with half a dozen opportunities to dig into Oracle Solaris-related topics.

As usual, we'll give you more details on sessions and labs in upcoming blog posts, but for now, here are a couple of key documents to give you a rundown of what's in store for you:

These documents will most likely be updated a time or two before the show, so check back before you head out to San Francisco.

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: More Great Oracle Solaris Content Coming

Doesn't it seem like Oracle OpenWorld comes earlier and earlier every year?  This year, there's a reason for that -- it's kicking off September 22nd, 2013. And that in turn means that if you want to get the best value, the time to register is now.

Here inside the factory, folks have already been hard at work on the agenda. That work isn't done yet, but the one thing I can tell you already is that we're going to have Oracle Solaris sessions, demos and hands-on labs on all four of the main conference days. (Sunday is keynote day, and you shouldn't miss that either.)

Mark your calendars, and register now!

Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Early Bird Registration


(Pictured: Typical Oracle Solaris breakout session)


Thursday Mar 14, 2013

It's That Time Again: Share Your Great Solaris Story at Oracle OpenWorld SF

The Oracle OpenWorld Call for Proposals is now open, through April 12th. What does this mean to you, the Solaris person? This is a chance for you to share your experience with your peers, and to interact with some of the top Oracle Solaris experts in the world.

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is a unique experience in a unique city, and if your proposal is accepted, you'll get a complimentary pass to the show (you can also submit proposals for JavaOne and MySQL Connect).  OOW is September 22nd-26th this year.

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2013


Wednesday Oct 03, 2012

Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.1

This morning, we announced Oracle Solaris 11.1, the first update to Oracle Solaris 11.

This builds on all the things we've done to make Oracle Solaris the best operating system for enterprise cloud computing, so no surprises on what we've focused on: enhancements for cloud infrastructure, extreme availability for enterprise applications, and continued payoff from our co-engineering work with the rest of the Oracle software portfolio.

You can learn more by visiting oracle.com/solaris, and our Oracle Technology Network Oracle Solaris 11.1 page.

If you're at Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to attend Solaris engineering VP Markus Flierl's general session at 10:15 today, in Moscone South 103, where he'll be going into detail on Oracle Solaris 11.1 .

And, be sure to sign up for our online launch event on November 7th, featuring Markus, fellow engineering VP Bill Nesheim, and a deep bench of Solaris engineers.

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Solaris 2.0 first shipped -- stay tuned for the next 20!

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.

Saturday Sep 29, 2012

Down to the Wire - Yet More Solaris Things to See at OpenWorld (and JavaOne!)

San Francisco is bracing for the annual invasion. The airport's jammed, the tweets are flying, and the numbers are crazy: more than 50,000 attendees and 2,500+ sessions, taking over Moscone Convention Center, two streets, Union Square, and seemingly every hotel in town (98,000 hotel room nights).

So yeah, it's busy.

And it's not just OpenWorld--we've also got JavaOne, MySQL Connect, and four other sub-events going on as well.

Speaking of JavaOne, you can find Solaris-related activity there, too -- I've highlighted one hands-on lab below.

Here's a last pre-event roundup of activities for consideration; enjoy the show(s)!

(Remember, Schedule Builder is your friend; use it with the session numbers below to register.)

Monday, October 1st:

3:15 PM - General Session: Accelerate Your Business with the Oracle Hardware Advantage
(GEN9691, Moscone North Hall D)

John Fowler, head of Oracle's Systems organization, will talk about Oracle hardware technology and how it's co-engineered with other key technologies, including Oracle Solaris.

Tuesday, October 2nd:

10:15 AM - Building an IaaS Platform with SPARC, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC
(CON4431, Moscone South 270)

Get the birds-eye lowdown (whatever that means) on how U.S. Cellular  built its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery platform with Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers, Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Cluster 4, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The session covers the high-level design, business case made, implementation details, and lessons learned.

11:45 AM - Oracle Solaris 11 Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Core Engineering
(CON8790, Moscone South 252)

This has been one of the livelier Solaris-related sessions in years past (and I'm not saying that just because I get to moderate it this year). A panel of core engineers responsible for a wide range of key Solaris technologies will talk about some of the interesting work they've been doing -- but mostly we keep time open for the panel to take questions from attendees, because that's the fun part.

Wednesday, October 3rd:

10:00 AM - Tracing Your Java Application Tuning on Oracle Solaris with DTrace
(HOL10214, Hilton San Francisco, Franciscan A/B/C/D)

This JavaOne hands-on lab will show how to use the DTrace framework to dynamically trace your Java applications on Oracle Solaris and uncover new tuning opportunities.

Thursday, October 4th:

12:45 PM - Oracle Solaris 11: Optimized for Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java
(CON8800, Moscone South 252)

Explore how Oracle Solaris 11 has been built to be the best platform for the cloud and enterprise applications, with built-in optimizations to improve performance and deliver unique functionality with Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java.


Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Manic Monday - More OpenWorld Solaris Sessions: Developers, Cloud, Customer Insights, Hardware Optimization

We're overflowing with Monday sessions; literally more than one person can take in. Learn more about what's new in Oracle Solaris Studio, hear about the latest x86 and SPARC hardware optimizations, get some insights on cloud deployment strategies, and find out from your peers what they're doing with Oracle Solaris.

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. See yesterday's blog post and the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide for even more sessions.

Monday, October 1st:

10:45 AM - Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance
(CON6382,  Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3)

Hear how customers and commercial software partners have reached peak performance on SPARC T4 servers and engineered systems with Oracle Solaris Studio and its latest tools for analyzing, reporting, and improving runtime performance:

  • Autoparallelizing, high-performance compilers
  • Performance Analyzer (used to find performance hotspots)
  • Thread Analyzer (to expose data races and deadlocks)
  • Code Analyzer (used to discover latent memory corruption issues)

10:45 AM - Cloud Formation: Implementing IaaS in Practice with Oracle Solaris
(CON8787, Moscone South 302)

Decisions, decisions--at the same time, we've got a session that covers why Oracle Solaris is the ideal OS for public or private clouds, IaaS or PaaS, with built-in features for elastic infrastructure, unrivaled security, superfast installation and deployment, nonstop availability, and crystal-clear observability. This session will include a customer study on how Oracle Solaris is used in the cloud today to implement the Oracle stack.

12:15 PM - Customer Insight: Oracle Solaris on Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, and SPARC SuperCluster
(CON8760, Moscone South 270)

Hear from customers what benefits they have realized from using the Oracle stack on Oracle Exadata and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster and from using Oracle Solaris on those engineered systems, taking advantage of built-in lightweight OS virtualization (Zones), enterprise reliability and scale, and other key features.

1:45 PM - Case Study: Mobile Tornado Uses Oracle Technology for Better RAS and TCO

(CON4281, Moscone West 2005)

Mobile Tornado develops and markets instant communication platforms, replacing traditional radio networks with cellular networks. Its critical concern is uptime. Find out how they've used Oracle Solaris, Netra SPARC T4, and Oracle Solaris Cluster, including Oracle Solaris ZFS and Zones, for their Oracle Database deployments to improve reliability and drive down cost.

3:15 PM - Technical Panel: Developing High Performance Applications on Oracle Solaris
(CON7196, Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C2)

Engineers from the Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, and Oracle Tuxedo development teams, and Oracle ISV Engineering discuss how they develop high-performance enterprise applications that take advantage of Oracle's SPARC and x86 servers, with Oracle Solaris Studio and new Oracle Solaris 11 features. Topics will include developer tools, parallel frameworks, best practices, and methodologies, as well as insights and case studies on parallelizing and optimizing application performance on Oracle Solaris. Bring your best questions!

3:15 PM -  x86 Power Management with Oracle Solaris: Current State, Opportunities, and Future
(CON6271, Moscone West 2012)

Another option for this time slot: learn about how Intel Xeon and Oracle Solaris work together to reduce server power consumption. This presentation addresses some of the recent power management improvements in Oracle Solaris, opportunities to further improve energy efficiency, and some future directions for Oracle Solaris power management.

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!

Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

When Oracle OpenWorld kicks off at the end of this month, it will mark the third year that we've participated as an integrated part of Oracle. (In 2009 we were there in "coming soon!" mode, which was an interesting experience in itself.)

As in the last few years, we've got lots of sessions related to Oracle Solaris, which you can see on the Focus On Oracle Solaris page: hands-on labs, sessions on multiple topics, two Oracle Solaris general sessions, and demos. We'll also have an Oracle Solaris and System Partner Pavilion, where you can see what other companies are doing to leverage the new features in Oracle Solaris 11.

We'll describe some of the specific topics in future posts here, but if you want to make plans on what to see right now, take a look at the "Focus On" document, or see Glynn's blog post, where he describes his top picks.

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