Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Now Available: Create Powerful, Efficient, Secure Applications

The latest release of Oracle’s #1 C, C++ and Fortran development environment, Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4, is now available for building world-class applications for Oracle Solaris and Linux systems.  If you've been following along during the beta program, you already know that there are several significant new features, including support for C++11 and OpenMP 4.0.

There's also a complete redesign of the Performance Analyzer, providing a powerful window into the workings of your application with the ability to do remote and cross-platform analysis, simplifying your life as a developer and allowing you to create high-performance code from the client system of your choice, targeting SPARC or x86 servers.

Also sure to be on the top of any developer's mind (and if not, why not?) is code vulnerability protection.  You want your apps to make a stir in a good way, which is usually not on CNN at the top of every hour.  The Code Analyzer gives you the ability to detect and correct memory leaks and access issues before you unleash your code on the world.  This is top-notch stuff found nowhere else, providing unique ways to increase code coverage and make your services more reliable.

And of course, the compilers' ability to deliver just plain flat-out application performance has always been a prime reason why developers choose Oracle Solaris Studio over alternatives, and this release has leading-edge optimizations for the latest SPARC and x86 based platforms, including Oracle’s SPARC M6 and T5 systems, and Intel Haswell-based systems.  We've seen 4.8 times the performance on industry standard benchmarks compared to other compilers you might be using.  Picking the right development tools can make a much bigger difference than you might have thought!

And... even though price might not be your most important concern, it's still kind of nice that all this is free to download, for production use and the development of commercial applications.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Update

If you haven't had a chance to try out the beta release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 -- or if you're still working with the original download -- now's the time to get the updated bits.

What this includes: support for C++11, an updated Performance Analyzer, support for OpenMP 4.0, and lots more.  The July refresh now incorporates fixes and enhancements based on feedback from beta participants.

Learn more; get the download; send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14

Wednesday Sep 08, 2010

A Complete Oracle Solaris Platform Update to open the new Oracle Solaris Blog

Today we announced our latest updates to the Oracle Solaris platform - Oracle Solaris 10 9/10, Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 and Oracle Solaris Studio12.2.

In addition to several key updates for these products we are also now developing, testing and
supporting these products with Oracle's "applications-to-disk" technology stack. The testing leverages the Oracle Certification Environment which has over 50,000 test use cases for every Oracle Solaris patch and platform released. For more information check out our latest whitepapers.

Getting applications and services up and running--and keeping them that way--can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Today it is more vital than ever that systems are designed and deployed to be virtually bulletproof to ongoing changes and updates. Just ask the top 10 telecommunications companies, utilities and banks that host their enterprise applications and businesses on Oracle Solaris.

But let's get down to some specifics on our new product releases.

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 highlights include:
    • P2V (physical to virtual) tools that take an image of a physical Oracle Solaris 10 systems and installs it in an Oracle Solaris Container to help you consolidate your application workloads
    • Several ZFS enhancements to simplify the management of ZFS pools (split mirrored pools, pool recovery) , increase performance of applications that use ZFS to store data (tuning facility for synchronous writes) and triple-parity RAID Z redundancy to prevent data loss even in the face of three device failures. RAID-Z is the world's first software solution to the RAID-5 write hole
    • Improved Java application performance with JDK 6
For more details on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 check out Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Technology Network.
    • And of course native support for all the latest SPARC and x86 Systems from Oracle including the Oracle SPARC T3 processor, Intel Nehalem EX and Intel Westmere systems.
For more details on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 check out Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 builds on Oracle Solaris to offer the most extensive, enterprise high availability and disaster recovery solutions. Key features in this release include:
    • Virtual application clusters via Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition
    • Application agents and integration with Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle's Siebel CRM, MySQL Cluster and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g for consolidation in virtualized environments
    • Support for the highest level of security with Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions for mission-critical applications and services
    • InfiniBand support on public networks and as storage connectivity
For more details on Oracle Solaris Cluster check out Oracle Solaris Cluster on the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 provides an advanced suite of tools designed to work together for the development of single, multithreaded, and distributed applications. New features include:
    • C, C++ and Fortran compiler optimizations for the newest Oracle Sun T-series, M-series, and x86-based Enterprise Servers which deliver up to 4.8x faster code
    • New and updated tools to accelerate the development of mission-critical apps
    • Improved application profiling with experiment comparison (Performance Analyzer)
    • New thread error detection in binaries (Thread Analyzer)
    • Updated DTrace-based visualization tool (DLight)‏
    • New memory debugger with increased performance (Discover)
    • New code coverage tool (Uncover)
    • Updated OpenMP 3.0 support throughout tool chain
    • Updated IDE, based on NetBeans 6.9.1
    • Optimized performance libraries for the newest SPARC and x86 platforms
For more details on Oracle Solaris Studio check out Oracle Solaris Studio on the Oracle Technology Network.

And, welcome to the new Solaris blog!

Dan Roberts
Director of Solaris Product Management

Security. Speed. Simplicity.
An efficient, open, affordable cloud platform for SPARC and x86 systems.


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