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.