Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11.3: Securing and Simplifying the Enterprise Cloud

This morning, we’ve opened up access to the beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3.  If you’ve been following along (and if not, why not?), you know there have been some big advances in Oracle Solaris 11, including lightning-fast intelligent provisioning and maintenance, and some key additions to our already highly-regarded “defense in depth” security.

Most notable for the latter is the work we’ve done to simplify compliance checking and mitigation, making it possible for administrators to quickly and easily check system security configurations against industry standards, and get a “report card” showing compliance, with guidance for any areas that may need addressing.

Oh, and did I mention fully-integrated OpenStack?  This is a win in two ways: it not only brings access to the fastest growing open cloud platform to Oracle Solaris users, it brings the incredible breadth of Oracle Solaris enterprise capabilities to the fingertips of OpenStack users.

…and that of course brings to mind some of the above-mentioned Oracle Solaris 11 features, such as built-in, zero-overhead virtualization, a new and super-powerful Unified Archive capability for rapid, safe, compliant deployment, and all the things we’ve done in terms of performance and administrative ease to make Oracle Solaris the best platform for deploying both Oracle’s own and 3rd party software.

So what’s left to do?  In this beta release, you'll find we're taking those capabilities and making them even better.

OpenStack: We’ve moved forward to the OpenStack Juno release, and also done some behind-the-scenes work to make it easy to continue to bring you new OpenStack goodness quickly and reliably.

Virtualization: In Oracle Solaris 11.2, we introduced “Kernel Zones”, making it possible to deliver hypervisor agility while still maintaining the low overhead and ease of administration you expect from Zones.  In 11.3, we introduce secure live migration for Kernel Zones,  live zone reconfiguration, and verified boot.

And, we’ve extended the new Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS) capabilities.  You can now place zones on FC-SAN, iSCSI, or NFS devices.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is all about “more”, so now you have more flexibility and more security in your virtualization.

Database: If you’re an Oracle Database fan, you know we’ve been giving you “more” for years: more observability, more performance, more flexible administration.  Now we’re also giving you “less” — less down time.  We’ve slashed database startup and shutdown times.  These are not only faster than it’s ever been on Solaris; it’s faster—a lot faster—than on any other platform.

Security: We’ve extended the compliance capabilities mentioned above, so that you can more easily tailor compliance policy configurations to suit your site’s requirements.  Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio are also ready for Software in Silicon application data integrity (ADI).  To learn more about this and start working with it today, visit the SWiS Cloud.

Data Management: You've already come to know and love what Oracle Solaris brings to the table with the first 21st century filesystem, ZFS.  In Oracle Solaris 11.3, we extend its built-in compression capabilities to include LZ4 support, we give you the ability to compare snapshots recursively, and have introduced a wealth of scalability and performance improvements to make it faster than ever. We’ve also enhanced its monitoring features, and upgraded its built-in SMB support.

There’s more than this, but this should give you a taste of what we’ve got in store for you today.  You can download it now, and take a look at the “What’s New” document to see what we’re doing to make your data center cloud-ready, secure, fast, and simple.

Friday Apr 05, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 3

Moving on from database, more world record performance, this time with Java. From the BestPerf blog:

And there's a new white paper which discusses the specific advantages for Java performance that Oracle Solaris gives you, such as:

  • Dynamic threading
  • Large page support
  • Optimized support for NUMA architectures, including I/O locality
  • Support for very large memory configurations with the new highly efficient predictive virtual memory system in Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Leveraging the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework feature for best use of hardware acceleration and optimized software crypto algorithms
  • Leading-edge network performance

It also delves into why Oracle Solaris is a great development and deployment platform in general for enterprise Java apps.

Oracle Solaris: The Best Platform for Enterprise Java

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 2

Continuing on the performance theme: Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server is now the world's fastest single server for Oracle Database.  In a server-to-server comparison, T5-8 has a sevenfold price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database.

This is a perfect example of what we can do by co-engineering the processor, the system, the OS, and the database. We've put a lot of work into getting these results, and that work is of course continuing. Oracle is investing significantly in both Oracle Solaris and SPARC technology, and this is just one more step in the journey.

Learn more about why Oracle Database runs best on Oracle Solaris

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 1

In the wake of the SPARC T5/M5 launch last week, there's a lot we can discuss, especially related to performance.

To start with: we've just released an update to Oracle Solaris Studio, with compiler optimizations specifically designed to get the most performance out of applications on Oracle T5, Oracle M5, and Fujitsu M10 systems.

Oracle Solaris Studio compilers generate code that is up to five times faster than code compiled with open source alternatives, and this Platform Specific Enhancment (PSE) to Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 can get you up to 10% more performance on the latest SPARC processors than code generated with the pre-update 12.3 release. That's a nice boost on top of the already awesome performance inherent to the new processors themselves.

This update is available on My Oracle Support for customers with a support contract; search for Article ID 1519949.1 in the Knowledge Zone for more information.

Friday Mar 23, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11 Developer Webinar Series

Pupils in a Canadian school train, 1950.This coming Tuesday, a new series of webcasts (not to be confused with a series of tubes) is kicking off, aimed at developers.

Register today

Next week's session covers IPS and related topics:

What: Modern Software Packaging for Enterprise Developers

When: Tuesday, March 27, 9 AM Pacific

Who: Eric Reid, Oracle Systems ISV Engineering

We've got several more queued up -- here's the full schedule, with registration links for each one. Or, see the series overview, which includes a link to a "teaser" preview of all the sessions.


(all sessions 9 AM Pacific)


Modern Software Packaging for Enterprise Developers

March 27th

Eric Reid
(Principal Software Engineer)

Simplify Your Development Environment with Zones, ZFS & More

April 10th

Eric Reid (Principal Software Engineer)
Stefan Schneider (Chief Technologist, ISV Engineering)

Managing Application Services – Using SMF Manifests in Solaris 11

April 24th

Matthew Hosanee
(Principal Software Engineer)

Optimize Your Applications on Oracle Solaris 11: The DTrace Advantage

May 8th

Angelo Rajadurai
(Principal Software Engineer)

Maximize Application Performance and Reliability on Oracle Solaris 11

May 22nd

Ikroop Dhillon
(Principal Product Manager)

Writing Oracle Solaris 11 Device Drivers

June 6th

Bill Knoche
(Principal Software Engineer)


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


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