Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Web Forum, August 7: Oracle Solaris Update

We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams.

Register today -- it looks like it should be another great session.

Web Forum: Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems: The Best Platform for Oracle Software
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET
REGISTER NOW

Friday Jun 07, 2013

Instant Automated Installer Zone for Oracle Solaris 11.1

One of the biggest differences between Oracle Solaris 11 and previous releases is how provisioning tasks are handled.  It's safe to say that just about any installation or update function you can think of has gotten at least an order of magnitude faster, easier, safer, smarter and more powerful -- but still, there's that word "different" ... .

The key new provisioning technology, as you may already know, is the Image Packaging System (IPS). It's the framework for installation, maintenance and removal of software on an Oracle Solaris 11 system. Another significant new technology introduced in Oracle Solaris 11 is the Automated Installer (AI), which replaces JumpStart for hands-free installation of large numbers of systems.

We've just introduced something new to make it easier to start working with AI, so you can get past that "different" part and start reaping the (major) benefits. The name's kinda long:

Oracle Solaris Zone with Automated Installer and Repository

...but that's because there's a lot it's doing for you in one shot. As the name implies, it sets up a new zone on your system, with a local Oracle Solaris 11.1 package repository for both SPARC and x86 deployments, and a DHCP server which you can optionally turn on, configured to act as an AI server.  It's pretty much "install and go" and you can immediately start to explore the extensive feature set of AI.

(A vocabulary note: this is what we call an "Oracle VM Template" -- specifically, it's an Oracle VM Template for Zones, meaning it installs in an existing Oracle Solaris 11 instance rather than in a hypervisor. If you haven't heard the term "template" in this context before, you might think that means it's just a setup checklist of some kind -- nope, this download includes all the necessary software.  In this case, almost 6 GB worth! There are other Oracle VM Templates for Zones you might want to check out as well.)

See the Installation Notes section in the Readme to make sure you're running at the proper Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU levels; there are also notes about installing this in a Logical Domain.

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!

Monday Aug 13, 2012

Register today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day - Thursday, Aug 23rd

Join Us at the OTN Sys Admin Day – Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux

Register today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day in the Broomfield Oracle Campus on Thursday, August 23rd.

Our previous OTN Sysadmin Day in Santa Clara had almost 100 attendees. The one in Denver will have similar presentations, but we're adding some content on virtualization. Which we hope to expand into a third track in the future. As usual, Pavel Anni opens our OTN Sysadmin Days with a talk about Oracle's dual OS strategy. He explains why Oracle offers two operating systems, and summarizes the main features of each one. Then we split off into two different groups to get our hands on each OS.

One group gets their hands on the ZFS filesystem, virtualization capabilities, and security controls of Oracle Solaris.

The other group gets their hands on the package management tools, services, and runs levels of Oracle Linux, plus its volume management tools and the Btrfs filesystem.

Both groups learn by doing, using the hands-on labs similar to those on OTN's Hands-On Labs page. Why attend an event in person when you could simply work the labs on your own? Two reasons:

  1. Since you are away from the obligations of the data center, you get to focus on working the labs without interruption.
  2. You get help from Oracle experts and other sysadmins who are working on the same labs as you.
The event is free. Here's the agenda:
Time Session
8:00 am System Shakedown
9:00 am Oracle's Dual OS Strategy

Oracle Solaris Track

Oracle Linux Track

10:00 am HOL: Oracle Solaris ZFS HOL: Package Management and Configuration
11:30 am HOL: Virtualization HOL: Storage Management
1:00 pm Lunch / Surfing OTN
2:00 pm HOL: Oracle Solaris Security HOL: Btrfs filesystem
3:00 pm Presentation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
3:30 pm Presentation: Oracle VM Manager
4:00 pm Discussion: What are the most pressing issues for sysadmins today?
5:00 pm Get lost in the mountains.

Tuesday Jun 26, 2012

Don't Forget ! Ask Your Oracle Solaris Questions !

This Wednesday, June 27, 8am to 11am Pacific, ask your Oracle Solaris questions directly to senior engineers and product managers.

For more info, check this previous entry.

Register now.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

Questions About Oracle Solaris 11 ? Join The Expert Live Chat !

Our recent Oracle Solaris Online Forum was quite popular, especially in the number of questions that have been asked, and answered.
In case you missed it, make sure to watch the replay(s).

Considering that the sheer amount of questions we got during this event, we decided to listen to you again, and give you direct access to several senior Oracle Solaris engineers and product managers, by joining our

Oracle Solaris 11 TechTarget Live Chat - June 27, 8am - 11am PT

Register Today !

Senior engineers confirmed so far are: Bart Smaalders, Dave Miner, Nicolas Droux, David Comay, Darren Moffat

Thursday May 24, 2012

Cool NEW Content - Oracle Solaris 11 Simplified Installation

Customers moving from earlier versions of Oracle Solaris will discover that Oracle Solaris 11 facilitates the transition process by providing tools for infrastructure migration, as well as application workload transition. Enterprise-class automated installation and provisioning is an important area for Oracle Solaris customers.


http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/installation-v2-495218.jpg

Check out the latest and greatest content Oracle Solaris 11 Installation content:

You can find all this and more on the Simplified Installation page.


Monday May 07, 2012

DTrace in Oracle Solaris 11

Webcasts, webinars, online forums, podcasts, etc. often deliver quite high-level information, such as strategy or product updates, or roadmaps. And that's very important to many people.
However, take advantage of this rather technical webinar series, designed for Solaris developers, but certainly also useful and informative for system administrators, or anyone interested in technical aspects of Oracle Solaris 11.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, the topic will be DTrace. And previous topics are now also available for replay, in case you missed them.
More info and registration here.
Enjoy !

Thursday Apr 26, 2012

Solaris 11 Online Forum is Now Available On Demand

For those of you who missed any of the sessions yesterday, or if you'd just like to play them over and over again, we've now got them all available on demand.

Thanks to Markus, Dan, Bart, John, our panel of customers, and our partners MSC and SAS for their participation in this, thanks to everyone who deluged us with questions, thanks to our fast-fingered Q&A team for responding to them, and thanks to everyone behind the scenes who made this work.

Thursday Apr 19, 2012

Update on Next Wednesday's Oracle Solaris Online Forum

John Fowler on stage at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch, NYC, November 2011Some updates on next week's forum (Wednesday, April 25th): we've now added John Fowler, EVP for Oracle's systems group, to our list of participants.

We'll be kicking off at 9 AM PT with Markus Flierl, head of the Solaris core technology group.

He'll be followed by Dan Price and Bart Smaalders from Solaris engineering. I met with them yesterday (I get to be the interviewer during this one) and I think this is going be an informative and fun session. They'll be talking about not only what's in Oracle Solaris 11 today, but some of the things they and the rest of the Solaris team have in mind for Solaris 11 updates.

Then we get to hear from some of our customers who have already moved to Oracle Solaris 11, and what features made it interesting to them and compelled them to jump on it right away.

Finally, John will wrap up with what Oracle Solaris means to Oracle's overall systems strategy, including "building block" systems, engineered systems such as Exadata, Exalogic and SPARC SuperCluster, and our storage offerings (you'll find Solaris 11 at the heart of our Sun ZFS Storage Appliances).

During the session, we'll have a live Q&A running, so you can ask about anything you're hearing as it's going on.

Register today!

Online Forum: Oracle Solaris 11: What’s New Since the Launch
April 25th 9:00 a.m. PDT – 11:30 a.m. PDT

Friday Apr 13, 2012

Oracle Solaris at OpenWorld SF 2012

SAVE THE DATE !
Oracle OpenWorld will be from Sep 30 to Oct 4 in San Francisco this year.
Register paying early bird prices, plan for your travel, and plan for your hotel !
Get ready to learn about the latest of Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster, and Oracle Solaris Studio.

The external Call For Papers just closed, which means many people will work hard over the next few weeks to make sure you will get the best possible sessions, demos, hands on labs, etc.
Early signs show that we will have great Solaris coverage, similar to last year. Read this nice recap about it, or to refresh your memory of what we managed to cover last year even more, check out the 2011 Focus On Oracle Solaris document (pdf).

So stay tuned. As it's true for all other Oracle products, we will keep you posted on OpenWorld 2012 news as they become available.

Thursday Apr 05, 2012

Register Today for Upcoming Oracle Solaris Events!

Don't miss out on the exciting upcoming events around Oracle Solaris 11!  Register today for one or all of them - Check out the events below and Register Today!

  • Please join us for the next Oracle Solaris Developer Webinar: "Simplify Your Development Environment with Zones, ZFS & More" on 04/10 @ 9am PT by Eric Reid (Principal Software Engineer) and Stefan Schneider (Chief Technologist ISV-Engineering) Register Now!
  • Check out the upcoming Free OTN Sys Admin Day on April 10th on the Oracle Santa Clara Campus. Full Day of Hands on Labs Training, Demos, and Presentations.  Come learn about Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Studio, Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Enterprise Linux! Register Now!
  • Attend the Oracle Solaris 11 Technical Track at the NLUUG Conference in The Netherlands: April 11th, 2012  - This year, the conference will focus on Operating System innovations. Come learn about the innovations Oracle Solaris 11 brings, with technical deep-dive talks presented by Oracle experts. For more information including the agenda click here


Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

Evaluate Oracle Solaris 11

Evaluate Oracle Solaris 11 and make the move! We have provided some useful next steps for increasing your Oracle Solaris 11 knowledge so you can take advantage of some of the latest innovations in Oracle Solaris. Check out the Evaluation page which has a host of content to help you move from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 or any other OS.

Check out the NEW content in Evaluating Oracle Solaris 11 here

  • Podcasts
  • Enterprise OS Demos
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Competitve info



Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

Oracle Solaris at OpenWorld Tokyo 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo will open its doors on Wednesday, April 4 2012, until Friday, April 6 2012, in Roppongi.
If you've been in Tokyo as a Gaijin, or foreigner, you know exactly where that is.

Many of Oracle's top executives will be there, including Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, and John Fowler. The keynotes that they are covering will be very interesting, for sure.

Now, whether you will actually be there, or not, you might still find it interesting that several great Solaris-related sessions will be held there, especially as part of the "Oracle Develop" track, such as:

  • "Oracle Solaris 11 - Developers Need To Know"
  • "How to build high performance and high security Oracle Database environment with Oracle SPARC/Solaris"
  • "Oracle Solaris Tuning Contest"
  • "IT Assets preservation and constructive migration with Oracle Solaris virtualization"

And of course John Fowler's keynote "Server and Storage Systems Strategy".
The complete schedule in English can be found here.

We hope you can make it. If not, there will always be the San Francisco one.

Friday Mar 02, 2012

Register Today - OTN Sys Admin Day Coming to Santa Clara Campus April 10th!

The next OTN Sys Admin Day will be held at the Oracle Santa Clara Campus on April 10th! We have a great agenda with Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs (HOLs), Oracle Linux HOLs, presentations on Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g and newly added topic Oracle Solaris Studio - we will be discussing Oracle Solaris Studio remote development where you will learn about remote development features that enable the creation server-applications from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS operating system.

Register today!

Time Session
8:00 am System Shakedown
9:00 am Oracle's Dual OS Strategy

Oracle Solaris Track

Oracle Linux Track

10:00 am HOL: Oracle Solaris ZFS HOL: Package Management and Configuration
11:30 am HOL: Virtualization HOL: Storage Management
1:00 pm Lunch / Surfing OTN
2:00 pm HOL: Oracle Solaris Security HOL: Btrfs filesystem
3:00 pm Presentation: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g
3:30 pm Presentation: Setting Up and In-House Development Environment with Oracle Solaris Studio
4:00 pm Discussion: What are the most pressing issues for sysadmins today?
5:00 pm We all go home

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