Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Webcast, Tuesday Feb 26: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance

In this short webcast, you'll learn about how Oracle has created unique value for its x86 systems by close integration with the features offered by Oracle Solaris and Oracle's system management tools, delivering increased system performance, reliability and security.

Why does Oracle Solaris offer unique advantages in performance and reliability when run on Oracle's own systems? This is your opportunity to find out more about lower total cost of ownership, increased reliability, and the overall value of integration.

Presenters include Chris Baker from the Oracle Solaris team, a familiar name for those who have been using Solaris on their x86 systems for a while; Chris has been around long enough to remember when Oracle Database could run on a 24MB Pentium III.  From the hardware side, we'll have Josh Rosen and Ed Franklin.

Oracle Webcast: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 noon ET
REGISTER NOW

Wednesday Feb 13, 2013

IDC White Paper: Oracle Delivers Unique Value with Oracle Solaris

IDC recently updated their white paper on Oracle Solaris and how it fits into both Oracle's OS strategy and into the general industry OS landscape. They highlight how Oracle Solaris 11 is optimized for cloud computing, with unique virtualization, scaling, and provisioning capabilities. One thing the author notes is Oracle's increased investment in Solaris since the Sun acquisition, and how this has translated to a documented corresponding increase in overall customer confidence.

The paper includes a case study of a customer that upgraded to Oracle Solaris 11 immediately after its release, to take advantage of new features such as built-in file system encryption.

[Get the White Paper]

Monday Feb 11, 2013

Webcast, Wednesday, Feb 13: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center

Cloud computing opens up new opportunities, but it doesn't eliminate the traditional challenges of managing a data center. In fact, it intensifies them. The Oracle Optimized Data Center provides a strategic roadmap for IT organizations to simplify infrastructures.

In Wednesday's webcast, you'll learn how to secure your data, apps, and cloud-based services, reduce deployment time by up to 75 percent, reduce risk, and meet and exceed service level agreements. You'll also hear from a customer's perspective how Oracle's optimized data center strategy influenced and improved their business.

Oracle Webcast: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
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Friday Feb 08, 2013

Introducing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13

Solaris 10 sculpture, San Jose Tech MuseumWhen Solaris 10 was released in 2005, it reset expectations for what an open systems enterprise OS should be. Groundbreaking new features such as DTrace, ZFS, Solaris Containers (aka Zones) and Predictive Self Healing not only caught the attention and fired up the imaginations of developers and businesses around the world, it sent a message to our competitors that maybe they were a little short sighted in putting their UNIX distributions to bed (and in just a few short years, they were able to start responding).

Of course, there have been a few happenings since then, most notably the release of Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1, where we continue to stay at least a generation ahead of the competition -- but given the huge number of systems out there running Oracle Solaris 10, we want to make sure we're providing investment protection in as many ways as we can.

Today we're releasing Oracle Solaris 10 1/13. This update provide supports for new systems and additional devices, some enhancements to existing features, as well as performance and stability improvements.


Some highlights:
  • Oracle Configuration Manager: reduces time to resolution for support issues, improves system health monitoring, and simplifies access to best practices and Oracle's knowledge base
  • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade and Zones Preflight Checkers: allowing for dry runs ahead of a live upgrade or moving applications from a physical or virtual system to Oracle Solaris 10 or 11
  • iSCSI boot support has been expanded to include system installation, with CHAP and SNIA support for increased security and interoperability

Oracle Solaris 10 provides both guaranteed binary compatibility, plus application environment compatibility with previous releases, as well as comprehensive virtualization support via Oracle Solaris Zones and Oracle VM Server. To make it easy and cost effective for customers to support their existing environments and deploy new applications, Oracle not only offers leading-edge support for the current Oracle Solaris 11 release, but also offers the highest level of support for Oracle Solaris 10.  This gives customers even more choices and confidence when consolidating legacy application environments on the latest SPARC and x86 based systems, including physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migration tools.

With the integration of the latest Oracle Configuration Manager, My Oracle Support customers can now view Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 system configurations, asset inventories, and change history on the support portal.  Customers can view the results of continuous system health checks and easily obtain system and software component certification information.  This is the foundation for a range of new support capabilities for Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems customers.

Along with the new release, we're also announcing that Oracle Premier support for Oracle Solaris 10 will be available through 2018, followed by Oracle's standard three years extended and indefinite sustaining support.  See the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for more information.

Learn more:

Watch the original Solaris 10 launch video:



Monday Nov 05, 2012

20 Years of Solaris in 3 Minutes

I got to help make a "20 Years of Solaris" video. This was a lot of fun, since it combines three of my favorite things: creativity, obsessive pedantry, and a pack rat mentality.

Go pop some popcorn, and by the time it's ready, the video will already be over...

Oh, and there's an infographic, too.

Friday Nov 02, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Blog Post Roundup

Here are a few recent posts about the also-recent Oracle Solaris 11.1 release:

Title Author
What's New in Solaris 11.1?
Karoly Vegh
New ZFS Encryption features in Solaris 11.1
Darren Moffat
Solaris 11.1: Encrypted Immutable Zones on (ZFS) Shared Storage
Darren Moffat
High Resolution Timeouts Steve Sistare
Solaris 11.1: Changes to included FOSS packages Alan Coopersmith
Documentation Changes in Solaris 11.1
Alan Coopersmith
How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using
the Image Packaging System

Peter Dennis
svcbundle for easier SMF manifest creation
Glynn Foster
Controlling server configurations with IPS
Bart Smaalders
IPS changes in Solaris 11.1, brought to you by
the letter ‘P’

Tim Foster

You can also see Markus Weber's list of interesting posts about Oracle Solaris 11 from last year, or take a look at my shortcut on how to search for Solaris posts by tag.

(Got some more? Leave a comment below.)

If that's not enough information for you, don't forget to register for next Wednesday's Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 webcast with a live Q&A. It's November 7th, at 8 AM PT.

The last time we did this, we got almost 300 questions, so for Wednesday, we're making sure we've got lots of engineers with fingers poised over their keyboards, ready for action.

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 Released

Today we announced the release of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 ( download ; existing customers can just update from the package repository ).

New capabilities include: 
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Zone Clusters: The easiest way to update and consolidate existing Solaris 10 application environments is with Oracle Solaris 10 Zones within Oracle Solaris 11 -- not only do you get higher system utilization, but you can immediately leverage new features such as network virtualization.
    With Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1, you can now cluster these zones, for even higher availability.
  • Expanded disaster recovery operations: Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 introduces managed switchover and disaster-recovery takeover of applications and data using ZFS Storage Appliance replication services in a multi-site, multi-cluster configuration.
  • Faster application recovery with improved storage failure detection and resource dependency management.
  • Labeled security support for providing both high availability and high security, leveraging Oracle Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions.
Learn more:
And don't forget: we'll have a webcast with live Q&A about both Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 and Oracle Solaris 11.1 on November 7th, at 8 AM PT.


Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Now Available; Learn More About It at November 7th Webcast

Oracle Solaris 11.1 is now available for download -- as detailed earlier, this update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 provides new enhancements for enterprise cloud computing. Security, network, and provisioning advances, in addition to significant new performance features, make an already great release even better.

For more information, you can't do better than the upcoming launch event webcast, featuring a live Q&A with Solaris engineering experts and three sessions covering what's new with Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster. It's on Wednesday, November 7, at 8 AM PT; register today.



Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

SF Bay Area Event, November 1st: SPARC 25th Anniversary at Computer History Museum

For those of you in the Bay Area, there's going to be what promises to be a very interesting event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Thursday, November 1st at 11 AM: "SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future".

The panel event will feature Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, SPARC luminaries such as Anant Agrawal and David Patterson, former Sun VP Bernard Lacroute, plus Oracle executives Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Rick Hetherington.

For those of you who can't attend, we expect to have video of the event afterward, but if you can make it in person, this is a unique opportunity to hear from industry pioneers, as well as get insights into future SPARC innovations. Plus, you can see SPARC (and non-SPARC) related exhibits from both the Computer History Museum and the personal collections of some of the panel participants.

I hope you can join us; Register today.


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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