Monday Feb 09, 2015

February 11, 2015: Developers Virtual Technology Summit

If you're familiar with the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Sysadmin Days that have been held in the past, you know a bit about what this is about: a series of hands-on, proctored labs brought straight to your desktop on the web.

But did you know they've expanded in scope? Of particular interest to enterprise developers is that this time around, there's a track aimed straight at you.

This Wednesday, February 11th, Oracle will be holding a Virtual Technology Summit, and one of the tracks is on Oracle Solaris Studio.  That means you can go through a live, hands-on exercise with experts standing by to help you out, from the comfort of your home, office, or coffeehouse -- anywhere you can sit down and connect up.

Of note in this session: hands-on experience with the Code Analyzer for software analysis, and the Performance Analyzer for optimizing application performance.

Just as before, this event is free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand, including downloading a virtual image.  Rick Ramsey explains what you need to know and do at the OTN Garage blog.

This day's event will run from 9 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific time, but click through to the registration page to see upcoming event dates that will run at times that may be more appropriate for your location (or circadian rhythms).

(By the way: not a C, C++ or Fortran kind of developer? Check out the parallel tracks on database, middleware and Java.)

Sign up now and start your prework, and join us on Wednesday!

Oracle Technology Network
Virtual Technology Summit

Wednesday February 11, 2015
9:00am (PST) / 12:30pm (EST)

Saturday Jan 31, 2015

10 at 10

Can it have been so long already?  Today is the 10th anniversary of the first release of Solaris 10. This was a breakthrough release for Solaris, Sun, and really, the industry -- it breathed new life into a class of systems software that some companies had written off long before.  How did it do that?  By including a wealth of groundbreaking new features that raised the bar for what an enterprise operating system should be.  To use one of my favorite phrases: innovation matters, and the operating system is too critical a place in the application delivery stack not to innovate.

Many of these features are still ahead of the curve even 10 years later, and form the core of yet more innovation in Oracle Solaris 11: Zones and ZFS in particular stand out as enabling technologies that give our customers the power of zero-overhead virtualization, "nineteen 9s" data integrity, and simple, fast, reliable provisioning and service management.  If you look at the underpinnings of OpenStack as deployed in Oracle Solaris 11 today, innovation that's still fresh from Solaris 10 will be staring right back at you.  And it's exciting to see that the same fundamental concepts like these that we thought were important to build into the OS in 2005 are starting to come into vogue with operating systems from other companies just ten short years later.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of Solaris 10 and beyond!

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Solaris Presentations Now Available

Another Oracle OpenWorld is over, and as usual, there was a lot to take in.  Markus Flierl had a great recap, covering what we said about Oracle Solaris, as did Rick O'Herron over on the Oracle Hardware blog, summarizing what's happening with SPARC M7.

Whether or not you got to attend this year, you might want to take a look at the presentations, which are now posted for many of the sessions.  You can go to the entire content catalog (a mere 2,800+ sessions for OpenWorld and JavaOne!), or drill down to just the Oracle Solaris-related sessions via our ever-popular Focus on Oracle Solaris guide.

Here's a last look at some of this year's people, places, and performances (you can click through to a gallery of the images, if you're so inclined).  Hope you can join us next year!

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 Oct 01, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Thursday

Wednesday's winding down.  The engineering panel was a hit once again, and the room was packed.  Lots of show attendees are getting ready to head out to Treasure Island--but there's one day left.

No keynotes on Thursday; we just dive right into the last round of technical sessions (all of which are at the Hotel InterContinental).

SPECIAL OFFER: Tomorrow morning, I'm going to be at the Virtual Compute Appliance demo, part of the Engineered Systems showcase in Moscone North, at the foot of the big staircase, at 7:30 AM (!).

As an earlybird special for anyone joining me at that hour, after having been appreciated the night before: the first three people to greet me with the exact phrase:

"Yo, dude. I read your blog."

...will receive a valuable Oracle Optimized Solutions -logoed electronic tchotchke of my choosing.

And that, as they say, is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the show this year; I'll share more of what was announced over the next few days.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Wednesday

It's been a busy, informative, and entertaining OpenWorld so far -- we just wrapped up Markus' general session, followed by the customer panel. I'd like to thank Manuel, Robert, Chris, and Thorsten for participating in the latter -- there was a lot of great information shared about why moving to Oracle Solaris 11 is a major win for IT, and what their experiences have been with it.

As I was heading out of the room, someone asked, "That was fantastic; now all we need is the Solaris engineering panel.  When is that?"

Wednesday's the day--and there's a lot more, too:

At this point in the day, after you've experienced all that Solaris, the Aerosmiths and the Macklemores and the Lewises and the Spacehogs might seem downright anticlimactic.  But you really should go see them, because I'd hate it if they wound up playing to an empty island.

Sunday Sep 28, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Tuesday

We've already previewed Monday; here's an advance look at Tuesday's Solaris-related events.  Don't forget, the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" document gives you a full rundown of all things Solaris at the show.

Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Technology Development, anchors the morning at the Hotel InterContinental with our Oracle Solaris general session, immediately followed by the Oracle Solaris customer panel in the same room.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Breakfast
    • We invite you once again to start your day with us at the Hotel InterContinental, and mingle with Systems and Solaris people from inside and outside of Oracle.
  • 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
    • At the Hotel Nikko: did you miss this hands-on lab on Monday?  You've got one more chance to join Glynn Foster and learn how to unleash the power combo of OpenStack and Oracle Solaris.
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM  General Session: Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
    • Conversely, if you want to attend the Markus session, be sure to hit the lab on Monday, and hang out at the InterContinental for this.  Stick around in the same room for:
  • 12:00 N - 12:45 PM Customer Panel: Customer Insights into Deploying Oracle Solaris
    • We've got a great panel lined up with four customers who are doing some amazing things with Oracle Solaris -- click through to see who's who.  (As the emcee for this session, I have one job: stay out of their way.)
  • 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Larry Ellison's Keynote (Moscone North, Hall D)
  • 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM Looks like a great time to check out more demos!  As you exit the keynote, you can see the Engineered Systems demos, including the Virtual Compute Appliance, at the foot of the big staircase.  Then keep going to Moscone South and see the Solaris and Systems demos at the DEMOgrounds.
  • 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
    • Close off your evening at the Nikko and work with Glynn to test drive Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Solaris and see how it speeds up and secures enterprise application service delivery.

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Monday

OpenWorld looms! If you're in town by now, you probably already know what you're doing on Sunday as our newly-minted CTO takes the stage at 5 PM, so let's jump ahead to Monday.

Here are some sessions to consider (and yes, there is some overlap here and there...):

...annnd: relax!  You've earned it.  See you Tuesday!

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Solaris and Systems at OpenWorld: Where Is Everything?

OK, telling you where everything is going to be is a tall order--this is OpenWorld, after all--but I can tell you where a lot of things are going to be.

OpenWorld is... big.  The numbers are phenomenal, and as you can see from the map above, each year we take over a big chunk of a big city.

So, I'll try to keep it simple: there are three big places to go.

Conference sessions: Hotel InterContinental

This is where all* the Oracle Solaris and systems-related sessions are going to be this year.  The Hotel InterContinental is on Howard Street, just to the west of Moscone West, so it's easy to get to.

Plus... we're serving breakfast here! We're inviting our customers, partners and our own Oracle Solaris and systems technical community to sit down together Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; you can start the day with food 'n' facts.

Breakfast kicks off at 9:30 AM on Monday, 10:00 AM on Tuesday, and 9:30 AM again on Wednesday.

Hands-on labs: Hotel Nikko

You'll find all lab sessions in "The Zone"--the heart of JavaOne.  The Hotel Nikko is on Mason Street between O'Farrell and Ellis; enjoy a nice stroll, or take the complimentary shuttle buses.

Solaris and Systems demos: Moscone South

The Systems DEMOgrounds is once again in Moscone South, and this is where to find our experts when they're not presenting (or eating breakfast).  See the "Focus on Solaris" and "Focus on Servers" documents for a list of some of the things we'll be showing there.

Systems general session, Monday morning: Oracle Plaza

We have one more special event in a special location.  This year John Fowler will be emceeing the Systems general session, Infrastructure Transformation Made Easy with Oracle Systems, at the Howard Street Theater (yes, that's outside, between Moscone North and South) at 11:30 AM Monday.

An outdoor venue has some interesting possibilities, and John always has interesting ideas.  At the very least, it's a chance to get out into the Big Blue Room for a bit.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Oracle Solaris and Systems Customer Panels at OpenWorld 2014

When you're at Oracle OpenWorld, it's an unmatched opportunity to learn more from your peers about how to get the most out of your investments.  You get a chance to talk to people who've had their hands on the product and hear what's worked and what doesn't work--and share your own knowledge and skills with others.

The best places to do this are at the panel sessions. That's where we bring up customers and other experts who will relate their experiences, and where you can ask them the burning questions about what interests you the most. It's a great way to build contacts with experts both inside and outside of Oracle.  And as Oracle Solaris 11.2 brings you an even broader range of powerful features for getting the most out of your investments and simplifying your life, here's your chance to find out, from people who are already deploying it, why it's the best choice for enterprise cloud deployments.

Our Solaris customer panel this year has deep expertise to share on topics that should be near and dear to any IT organization's heart, including security, storage, system management, and scalable infrastructures.

And of course one of our most popular sessions returns: the Oracle Solaris engineering panel, where you can find out even more from the folks who actually put it all together.

All sessions are at the InterContinental Hotel (on Howard Street just to the west of Moscone West); click on a session's title to reserve your spot and add it to your schedule.

Tuesday, September 30

12:00 PM - Panel: Customer Insights into Deploying Oracle Solaris
(CON7788 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom A)

Wednesday, October 1

10:15 AM - Real-World Best Practices for SPARC Servers: A Customer Panel
(CON7907 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom C)

11:30 AM - Virtual Compute Appliance: Customer Insights and Best Practices
(CON7483 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom B) 

2:00 PM - Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Engineering
(CON7790 - InterContinental, Grand Ballroom A)

Looking for more?  Don't forget about the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" doc, for the latest look at technical sessions, general sessions, demos, and hands-on labs.

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Once again we've got a good selection of Hands-On Labs (HOLs) running through the week at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. They're now ready for you to sign up for in Schedule Builder, so if you're coming to the conference, take a look at the list below, and click on the titles you're interested in to jump to the Schedule Builder entry and enroll.

And don't forget about the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" doc, where you can see the other sessions and demos you can sign up for:

Here are this year's labs -- note that this year, they're all at the Hotel Nikko.

Monday, September 29th

10:15 AM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
(HOL9821 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

In this lab you'll roll up your sleeves and quickly deploy a complete enterprise private cloud with Oracle Solaris and OpenStack, featuring Unified Archives, Kernel Zones, ZFS, and Elastic Virtual Switch.

OpenStack basic elements covered include the Horizon management interface, plus Cinder and Swift storage, and Neutron networking.

(Note that this lab is offered twice; sign up for either Monday or Tuesday morning.)

4:15 PM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
(HOL9822 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

(Note that attending Part 1 before this lab is not required, but you should have some fundamental knowledge of OpenStack.  Also, this lab is offered twice; sign up for either Monday or Tuesday afternoon.)

This session covers how use the Oracle Solaris Unified Archives feature and OpenStack to create a golden image environment (in the lab, it'll be an Oracle Database installation), upload the image to a Glance repository, and deploy it to a VM with Nova.

Concepts include securing applications in a sandboxed environment, and compliance checking.

5:45 PM - Using Unified Archives to Deploy Oracle WebLogic Server Cluster on Oracle Solaris 11.2
(HOL9777 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

Unified Archives make it easy to create and deploy application environments across multiple nodes in the cloud. This hands-on lab shows how to quickly deploy an Oracle WebLogic Server cluster with Unified Archives, Zones, ZFS, and network virtualization.

Tuesday, September 30th

10:15 AM - Zero to Oracle Solaris Virtualization Backup and Recovery in 60 Minutes
(HOL7848 - Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom I)

If you're deploying business-critical solutions you need to ensure not only that secure backups are being performed, but that the data can be restored if disaster strikes.

This hands-on lab provides an overview of backup and recovery solutions, including Oracle's backup appliance and tape storage. You will learn and practice next-generation data protection techniques for Oracle Solaris 11 virtualized environments, and what architectures are optimum for protecting, restoring, and recovering data.

10:15 AM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 1): OpenStack Deployment in 20 Minutes
(HOL9821 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

This is the same as Monday's 10:15 AM lab; pick one of the two days.

5:15 PM - Enterprise Private Cloud (Part 2): Fast and Secure App Deployment with OpenStack
(HOL9822 - Hotel Nikko, Monterey Room)

This is the same as Monday's 4:15 PM lab; pick one of the two days.

Wednesday, October 1st

11:45 AM - Create Quality, Secure, High-Performing Applications on Oracle Solaris
(HOL9805 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

Get some hands-on experience with the Oracle Solaris Studio development suite and find out what differentiates it from what you may be using today.

In this one-hour lab, you’ll learn how to use the Code Analyzer to quickly fix memory corruption issues, eliminate memory leaks, check for commonly overlooked errors, and improve your test suite's code coverage of your test suite. Then, use Oracle Performance Analyzer to profile applications and pinpoint performance bottlenecks to the exact call stack and source line, even in complex multithreaded environments.

1:15 PM - Set Up a Hadoop 2 Cluster with Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, and Unified Archive
(HOL2086 - Hotel Nikko, Mendocino I/II)

As you go through this lab, you'll learn about the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and the Hadoop MapReduce programming model, as well as the Hadoop installation process and the cluster building blocks: NameNode, Resource Manager, History Server, and DataNodes.

Find out how Oracle Solaris 11 technologies deliver better scalability and data security as you learn how to enable a HDFS high-availability cluster and run a MapReduce job.

1:15 PM - Oracle Database 12c Data Protection and Multitenancy on Oracle Solaris 11
(HOL9762 - Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom I)

Decisions, decisions: you'll have to pick between this and the Hadoop lab...

Explore different encryption and decryption approaches for securing the new multitenancy environments offered by Oracle Database 12c. Oracle Solaris 11 lets you opt for application-specific encryption and decryption, Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption, and ZFS encryption; find out each option's appropriate use and what its performance impact is to the system.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Preflight Checker Makes Sure Your App is Good to Go

If you're a developer who's still building your application on Oracle Solaris 10, you should be aware that there are a lot of significant advantages to you and your customer base in supporting Oracle Solaris 11 -- especially now that Oracle Solaris 11.2 is out.  It's the easiest, most cost-effective way I can think of for your customers to modernize their data center while preserving their organization's investments in hardware, software and training.

 And you don't want to be the folks developing "that app" -- the one that keeps your customers from the good stuff, by it not being supported on the current release.  (Which has been out for almost three years now -- you knew that, right?)

The good news is that Oracle Solaris is known for preserving application compatibility between releases. Solaris was the first operating system to literally guarantee application compatibility between releases and architectures... but there are always ways to accidentally break compatibility when you're developing an app, and even get away with it for a while.

That's where the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker tool comes in.

With this tool, 3rd party developers and in-house developers have a way to test if an application that's currently working on Oracle Solaris 10 has any hidden pitfalls that will keep it from working on Oracle Solaris 11.  You can use it on your existing Solaris 10 systems; and, it's just been updated to include new features and tests.

The Preflight Checker and the Guarantee are a potent combination, yet another way we keep it easy for Oracle Solaris developers and customers to keep moving forward.

Get the Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.2

Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Oracle Solaris Events at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

It's been a busy year for Oracle Solaris, and as always, Oracle OpenWorld represents the best way to catch up and more.  We've got the whole boat race thing out of our system for a while, so this year you can really focus on the cool stuff we've got to share with you.

Oh, and speaking of "focus on", as usual we have our convenient one-stop-shopping documents that lay out just what we'll be talking about.

Topics you'll be able to hear more about this year include technologies such as OpenStack, Puppet, SDN, and kernel zones, and more general subjects like best practices for secure cloud deployments.

And of course we'll have our annual engineering panel, plus Markus' general session on the state of Solaris and our overall strategy.  These are always among our most popular sessions, so be sure to add them to your schedule.

Stay tuned for even more information on our Hands-On Labs and demos.

UPDATE: As promised, more about:

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Come See Us Next Week at VMworld 2014

If you're at VMworld 2014 next week in San Francisco, come drop by booth 205.  We'll have folks from both the Oracle Solaris and Oracle ZFS Storage teams, so you can learn a lot more about what's new in Oracle Solaris 11.2, plus what the storage team has been up to, as they unleash their "it's perfect for virtualization" architecture, with a series of new VMware API integrations, that crushes both the other big-name storage vendors and the all-flash start-ups.

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


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