Friday Mar 07, 2014

March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In case you're new to this: the Oracle Technology Network Virtual Sysadmin Days are a series of hands-on, proctored labs for systems administrators, brought to you on the web.  They're free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand.

The next one in the series is coming up on Tuesday, March 16th and will start at 9 AM GMT, so we're calling this the "Europe/Middle East/Africa" edition, although we never discriminate -- jump in from wherever you are then, and we'll be there.

As always, you'll have three tracks to choose from: Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. The theme for this edition's Oracle Solaris session is the typical tasks and challenges of a sysadmin's daily life.

If you want to get a head start, there are some recordings of previous Virtual Sysadmin Day events on the Oracle Solaris YouTube Channel.

Register for the event, browse the recordings, do the prework, and join us on the 16th!

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday March 18, 2014
9:00am (GMT) / 1:00pm (GST) / 10:00am (CET)

Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Making the Move From AIX/POWER to Solaris/SPARC

Last month was the fourth anniversary of Sun becoming part of Oracle, and it’s been four years marked by a crazy pace of development. Our Santa Clara campus is packed to the brim with our systems hardware and software teams, and they've been busy:

Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1 have built on the rock-solid reputation of Solaris as the heart of enterprise computing, and introduced unique and innovative cloud technologies, and the SPARC team has been nothing short of amazing, moving through several generations of processors in a very short period of time.

The end result is fantastic engineered systems such as the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, or if you're looking for something more on the building-block side, the SPARC T5-2. Not to mention our storage offerings, where Oracle Solaris sits at the heart of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

And where things have really sped up: our ability to work every day to design and execute solutions hand in hand with the Oracle database, middleware and applications teams.

Needless to say, we don’t have any plans to stop.

At the same time... we can’t help but notice what’s going on over at IBM.  A lot of stuff seems to be going up on the auction block. And we're not sure if they have any plans to stop that, either.

So, this seems like a good time to note some of the things we’re doing to make it as easy as possible to transition from the AIX/POWER world to the Solaris/SPARC world.  First off, we have a white paper:

Simplify the Migration of Oracle Database
and Oracle Applications
from AIX to Oracle Solaris

There's a web site with even more resources:

That's where you'll find information on why making the move to Oracle Solaris / SPARC systems is such a good idea, see what the business and performance advantages are,  learn how to plan your move and find out how Oracle can help. The bottom line: if you're going to run Oracle workloads -- or any other mission-critical workloads, you should run them on Oracle.

Oracle Technology Network also has a great AIX-to-Oracle Solaris resource page.

And on the Oracle Learning Library, there's training information on migrating from IBM AIX-based servers. 

If you want a bit more color commentary, Giri Mandalinka has an interesting take on this (provocatively titled "AIX Customers: Run for the Hills").  On the Oracle Hardware blog, Kelvin talks about how to "Migrate from AIX to Oracle Solaris in 4 Easy Steps". And over at the OTN Garage, Rick Ramsey has a "just smell those hydrocarbons" pic of a '68 Dodge Charger heading up a list of "Oracle Solaris 11 Resources for the AIX Sysadmin" .

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Oracle Solaris Blogroll

For your reading convenience, we've now got a handy list of

Oracle Solaris blogs

This includes not only insights from your favorite Oracle Solaris people, but also blogs that provide the latest information on Solaris patches and updates, third party software, and related products such as Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio.

You'll always be able to find a link to this in the "Bookmarks" section over there on the right.

Enjoy! And if we've missed anybody, drop us a note in the Comments section.

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Oracle Solaris, Pluribus Networks and OpenStack

It's been a newsworthy week for Sun alumni -- first the word that Satya Nadella, who came to Microsoft from Sun, will be their new CEO, and now some interesting new technologies and other announcements from Pluribus Networks, a company founded by a few ex-Sun folk.

The Oracle Solaris news here is the agreement between Oracle and Pluribus, following Oracle Solaris 11's certification on Pluribus' Freedom Server-Switch platform.  Oracle and Pluribus have announced they will be working to further integrate OpenStack management capabilities, allowing Oracle Solaris 11 compute nodes to be managed via OpenStack's Nova plug-in. This will also bring in Oracle's storage systems such as the ZS3 series, allowing them to be managed via OpenStack Cinder.

For more information, see Markus Flierl's blog post, and today's press release.

Monday Jan 06, 2014

Happy New Year! Happy Upcoming Virtual Sysadmin Day!

As we join 2014, which is already in progress, we get to offer yet another free online training opportunity: the latest round of OTN's popular Virtual Sysadmin Day series.

As with previous sessions, it's a half day of online, hands-on, proctored labs -- three parallel tracks for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators.  It's free, but you do need to register, and there is some prep work you should do before the actual event, so sign up now, and get ready to roll.

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday January 28, 2014
9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 3:00pm (BRST)

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Partners Weigh in on Oracle Solaris 11

Here's a quick rundown on some recent news from some of our friends outside of Oracle:
In this video, Marcel Hofstetter of JomaSoft gives his views on when to use Zones and when to use Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Another video; in this one, Henning Voss of Portrix Systems, Oracle's 2012 German Partner of the Year, shares how their customers benefit from Zones, virtualization and DTrace.

Infosys Finacle addresses banks’ specialized needs in easy-to-configure modules. In this white paper, you can read about how the Infosys software on proven Oracle infrastructure delivers strong performance, scalability, and consolidation opportunities.

We'll keep checking in with more success stories; meanwhile, there's an ever-growing list of ISVs who support Oracle Solaris 11 available for you to peruse at any time.

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle Joins OpenStack Foundation; Plans for Oracle Solaris Announced

Today Oracle announced that it has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation, and provided some details about how OpenStack components are intended to be integrated into the Oracle hardware/software stack.  This gives more insight into some of what we discussed at Oracle OpenWorld about plans for the future of Oracle Solaris.

If you're not familiar with OpenStack, it's well worth learning a bit more about. It's arguably the fastest-growing industry collaboration for developing and fleshing out a common cloud management platform. The Oracle Solaris team is looking forward to contributing back to the OpenStack project, and we expect the work we do and the integration we can provide will be of significant benefit to our customers going forward.

And it's not just Oracle Solaris, of course; OpenStack plans are underway for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, our server systems and storage product line as well.  See the press release for more information.

UPDATE: Markus has just blogged about some of what's in the Oracle Solaris plan for OpenStack.

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.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

OOW13: Solaris Custom(er) Panelling

One of the better reasons to attend Oracle OpenWorld is the chance to discuss with your peers what they're doing with the same technologies -- and the same business challenges that you have.

That's why, to my mind, customer panels are one of the more worthwhile types of sessions to attend. I know last year we had a great interactive session with several Oracle Solaris customers on the panel. At that time, one of the hot topics was the still-kinda-new Oracle Solaris 11 release; now that everyone's got a lot more experience with it under their collective belt, I suspect there will be even more to share.

Speaking of panels, another hot ticket every year is the Solaris engineering panel.  This year, the participants are Darren Moffat, Bart Smaalders, Liane Praza, and Nicolas Droux, and they're prepared to cover a lot of ground.

And finally, this year we'll also have a panel featuring 3rd party Oracle Solaris developers -- the "ISV Insights" session. This is where to find out where our partners are finding solutions to business issues for both their customers and themselves.

The key to all of these is the interactivity with the audience, and we always get some great questions.  Bring yours along, and we'll do our best to provide great answers.  Follow the links below to sign up now!

Monday, September 23

1:45 PM - Customer Panel: Oracle Solaris in Action
(CON6997,  Westin San Francisco - City)

Tuesday, September 24

3:45 PM - Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Engineering
(CON9065, Westin San Francisco - City)

Wednesday, September 25

11:45 AM - Panel: Oracle Solaris and ISV Insights
(CON9209, Westin San Francisco - City)

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Oracle Virtual Networking and Compute Appliance at OpenWorld 2013

This time last year, we were just getting a chance to talk about some new technology that had been recently added to the Oracle portfolio: Oracle Virtual Networking.  Pretty powerful stuff on its own, as long as you're a fan of high performance networking, simplifying your data center, and saving a lot of money in the process.

This year, we've got another new product line to talk about as well, and the Oracle Virtual Networking technology is at the heart of it: the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.  It's an engineered system designed from the start for virtualization, and intended for general purpose workloads running on Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distros, or Windows.

Here's a short video walk-through, showing OVCA power-up to production in less than an hour:

And if you want to learn more about either OVCA or Oracle Virtual Networking, there are several sessions of interest coming up next week at OpenWorld:

Monday, September 23rd

1:45 PM - Oracle SDN: Software-Defined Networking in a Hybrid, Open Data Center
(CON4465, Westin San Francisco - Concordia)

Software-defined networking is gaining momentum within the broader enterprise and data center networking industry. Oracle SDN, a component of Oracle Virtual Networking, provides the fastest and most agile software-defined networking currently available in the marketplace. Learn its benefits, and how it differs from other SDNs.  This session also provides use cases for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), a private cloud model, and virtual network services.

4:45 PM - Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance: From Power On to Production in About an Hour
(CON11650, Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan III)

See how the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance goes from power on to running production applications faster than any comparable system; configure any resources without ever needing to make a physical change on the system. OVCA is an ideal data center building block for customers looking to simplify their operations and spend more time on innovation and less time on fighting fires.

Tuesday, September 24th

12:00 N - Rapid Application Deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance
(CON11651, Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II)

This session will demonstrate how you can use Oracle templates and assemblies to deploy a range of Oracle software in a simple, repeatable, and scalable manner. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder to create and modify templates and then deploy them on Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, which can go from power on to running production applications in less than an hour. Come to this exciting session to see how you can take advantage of its unique features to accelerate the way you deploy and manage applications in your environment.

Wednesday, September 25th

11:45 AM - Deploying Fabric-Based Data Centers with Oracle Virtual Networking
(CON4432, Westin San Francisco - Olympic)

Learn how leading companies have managed explosive growth by moving to a dynamic fabric-based data center infrastructure, integrating Oracle Virtual Networking into the core of their infrastructure. This session will cover best practices in automation, monitoring, and maintenance of Oracle Virtual Networking, to drive efficiency and effectiveness in a high-transaction environment, with case studies from customers.

Thursday, September 26th

2:00 PM - Dynamic Provisioning of Virtual Network Resources with Oracle Virtual Networking
(HOL10105, Marriott Marquis - Salon 5/6)

This is a 90-minute Hands-On Lab, where you will learn how to use Oracle Fabric Manager to dynamically deploy virtual resources to servers. It will step through how to control connectivity on thousands of servers from a single interface, and create rapidly repeatable configurations with I/O templates. This lab will also explore using Oracle Fabric Manager features to visualize a network's physical and logical network topology, group servers and their management as a single entity, create network and storage clouds, and set up cloud quality of service parameters.

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.


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