Monday Feb 20, 2012

Oracle Solaris References

People want advice. People want references.
If you are about to buy a new car, or a new electronic gadget, you do your research about the product. And you ask other people for their advice and experiences.
It's not much different if you run a data center, or an entire IT department. You want to know how certain technologies have helped other people overcome their technical and business challenges, or even better, gave them a competitive advantage by using technology.

There are several ways to learn about Oracle Solaris, and how other people are using it.

If you prefer watching and listening, there now are several videos at the Oracle Solaris 11 Resource page, under "Videos". And make sure to click on "See more videos".

If you like to read, you can go to the Oracle Customer Successes page, and search for Solaris. You'll find plenty (even the videos mentioned above).

A good resource to see how our software partners are adopting Oracle Solaris 11 is this blog.

Do you have a great story yourself to share, in a video, a podcast, or written ?
Contact us at solaris_podcast at oracle dot com

Tuesday Feb 07, 2012

Upgrade Your Skills To Oracle Solaris 11

There are hundreds of customers that have already deployed Oracle Solaris 11, despite of its very recent release. However, many organizations will plan an adoption, whether moving to solaris10 branded zones or new deployments, over the coming weeks and months.
So as more and more customers will in fact adopt Oracle Solaris 11, skills to do so will be in high demand. And although a lot of the fantastic technology that was introduced in Solaris 10 has been improved and is very similar to use, new features and technology has, of course, also been introduced in Solaris 11.

We're providing many opportunities to upgrade your skills to those new demands, with materials such as
documentation, marketing and technical assets (webcast, podcasts, whitepapers, etc.),
and of course training and certifications.

To get started, you can:


Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

Oracle Solaris in the Year 2011 - A Review

A lot happened in 2011. Both in general, and also specifically for Oracle Solaris. So, let's have a look back, and try to summarize the many news and developments for Solaris in 2011.

Already in September 2010, we publicly spoke about to deliver Oracle Solaris 11 in the year 2011. And we did !
We had a fantastic launch event and party in New York City, made the OS available for download, delivered tons of high-level and technical information and documentation, and many of our Solaris engineers blogged again.
In addition, new training and certification programs are available of course.

Throughout the year, on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, a lot of information was provided, and discussions were initiated.

We also provided extensive coverage at trade shows and conferences, mainly at Oracle OpenWorld and Usenix's LISA, and provided very detailed technical info on the way to Oracle Solaris 11.

As new hardware was introduced in 2011, and with many of our customers still having Solaris 10 deployed, we did provide an update for that.
Speaking of releases, the binary and source code compatibility guarantees have also been extended to Solaris 11.

Our friends in the Solaris related product teams also have been busy. Oracle Solaris Studio delivered a major new release, and so did Oracle Solaris Cluster. In addition, running Oracle Solaris in hypervisor based virtualized environments got even more efficient, both on x86 and SPARC platforms.

Many of our customers were very pleased with these recent developments, and have great things to say about Oracle Solaris.
And so do many of our partners.  Great new programs for our partners include the Oracle Solaris Remote Labs, Oracle Solaris Development Initiative, and Oracle Solaris Ready.

So with all this in mind, I do believe that the year 2012 will be another exciting one, for us in the different Oracle Solaris teams, and for you, who can take advantage of all the great features and innovations that our engineers constantly deliver.

A Very Happy New Year to all of you !

Thursday Dec 22, 2011

Oracle Solaris Application Guarantee Program

For many years and many releases, we have offered guaranteed binary and source code compatibility for Solaris. An updated document about this can be found under the "Resources" tab on oracle.com/solaris, or directly here.

The document gives a great overview about the program, and what exactly is covered for applications, and source code, respectively.

Friday Dec 16, 2011

Register for OTN Sys Admin Days!



Register Today for the next OTN Sys Admin Day. Just like OTN’s Developer Days, but we focus on the Sys Admin with Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux tracks.

Oracle Solaris Track
  • Steps required to use ZFS, including taking snapshots, cloning data, managing your allocation limits, and recovering from errors.
  • Oracle Solaris virtualization technologies, learning how to isolate or consolidate the OS, the storage, or the network.
  • Oracle Solaris security - helping you walk through the steps to manage privileges, deal with rights and authorizations, and really understand how security is integrated with the Oracle Solaris Service Management Facility (SMF).
Oracle Linux Track
  • Installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox, importing the Oracle Linux virtual appliance.
  • Package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum. Listing installed packages, obtaining additional information about packages. Searching for packages and installing/updating them. Verifying package integrity, removing software.
  • Linux services and run levels, how to start and stop them, checking the status of a particular service. Enabling a service to be started automatically at system boot.
  • Storage management with LVM2, the Linux Logical Volume Manager. Preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes. Creating file systems on top of logical volumes, resizing file systems dynamically. Setting up software RAID devices, configuring encrypted block devices.
  • Introduction to the Btrfs file system. Creating and mounting a Btrfs file system. Setting up a mirrored/striped file system across multiple block devices. Adding/removing block devices, creating file system snapshots.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Ops Center
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center - Ops Center provides deep insight into lower level hardware, storage, network, virtualization, and operating system layers while presenting that information concisely at an enterprise layer wherein it can control thousands of systems. It helps simplify operations by centralizing and automating the most costly and painful life cycle management tasks associated with running infrastructure. Ops Center allows a central administration point where you can bare metal provision and patch both Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. Ops Center offers the most efficient way to query your OS configuration against the Unbreakable Linux Network and My Oracle Support for known patches and move effectively straight to provisioning fixes and enhancement at a high rate of success across your datacenter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City Marriott City Center
220 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Register online now for this FREE event.

Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Launched!

(Update, December 16th: See today's press release.  Software is now available for download.)

Today's webcast introduced the new features of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3, Oracle's advanced C, C++ and Fortran development tool suite, accelerates application performance up to 300% on Oracle Systems, provides extreme application observability and enhances developer productivity. Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 is optimized for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems to deliver:

  • Up to 300% faster SPARC T4 and up to 150% faster x86-based applications with Oracle Solaris Studio C, C++ and Fortran compilers
  • Oracle Database application development with support for Oracle Database connection management, database browsing and Pro*C
  • Remote development to enable creation of server-appliations from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS desktop
  • New Code Analyzer tool to quickly identify common coding errors, including memory leaks and memory access violations
  • Improved Performance Analyzer to collect system-wide performance data
  • 20% faster compilation of applications compared to earlier releases
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3:

- Accelerates Application Performance
Generate SPARC- and x86-based applications, including SPARC T4, up to 3x faster with Oracle Solaris Studio C, C++ and Fortran compilers and libraries.

- Improves Application Observability

Gain extreme observability into your applications with advanced performance, memory, and thread analysis tools. The new Code Analyzer identifies common coding errors, such as memory leaks, on covered code while highlighting productive steps to increase code coverage.

- Enhances Developer Productivity
Remote development features enable edit, compile, debug, and analyze functionality of server-applications from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS operating system. New tooling streamlines C and C++ database application development for the Oracle Database. Oracle Solaris Studio also reduces compilation time up to 20 percent.

Download Today!

To learn More:

Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

New Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Videos: Engineering and Customer Panels

Engineer panel, with Daniel Price, Markus Flierl, Liane Praza and Darren Moffat

When we launched Oracle Solaris 11 on November 9th, the live launch event webcast featured only the executive keynote.

We actually had two more great sessions: a panel of some of our top engineers discussing what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and a panel of customers discussing why they chose Oracle Solaris for their mission critical services.

We've now (finally!) posted the videos of those sessions (plus the executive keynote).  You can find all three at:

Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 for Oracle Solaris 11 Now Available

This morning, we announced the availability (no pun intended) of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, bringing additional High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) capabilities to Oracle Solaris 11.

The combination of Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 goes right to the heart of enterprise cloud computing.  Oracle Solaris Cluster allows you to create not only clusters of physical computers, but also virtual clusters, making it ideal for secure, reliable deployment of mission critical services in public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 takes advantage of the new Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System, making installation, updates, and fixes even easier and error-free.

And of course, it has all the virtues Oracle Solaris Cluster has always been known for: 

  • Fast, accurate failover, via kernel-level integration
  • "Out-of-the-box” support for a wide range of Oracle and third-party software products
  • Easy integration of additional commercial and in-house applications
  • Built-in disaster recovery across unlimited distances

To learn more:


Oracle Solaris 11 Summit Day is Streaming Now!

The Oracle Solaris 11 Summit Day at USENIX LISA Conference has begun! Join the Stream if you couldn't make it today.  See below for the agenda:

 Time  Topic  Presenter
 9:00 -9:30 am
 Oracle Solaris 11 Strategy  Markus Flierl
 9:30 - 11:00 am
 Next Generation OS Lifecycle Management with Oracle Solaris 11  Dave Miner/Bart Smaalders
 11:00 am  - 12:00 pm
 Data Management with ZFS
 Mark Maybee
 12:00 - 1:00 pm
 LUNCH  All
 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Oracle Solaris Virtualization and Oracle Solaris Networking
 Mike Gerdts/Sebastian Roy
2:30 - 3:15 pm
Security in your Oracle Solaris Cloud Environment

 Glenn Faden
 3:15 - 3:30 pm
 BREAK  All
 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Oracle Solaris - The Best Platform to run your Oracle Applications David Brean
 4:15 - 5:00 pm
Oracle Solaris Cluster - HA in the Cloud Gia-Khahn Nguyen
 5:00 - 5:30 pm
 Oracle Solaris 11 Kernel
 Bart Smaalders

Reception to follow - 5:30 - 6:30 pm Sponsored by Oracle Solaris Cluster


Friday Dec 02, 2011

Register Today for the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 Launch Webcast!

Register today for the Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 Launch Webcast and learn about Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, the first release providing high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11, the first cloud OS.  Bill Nesheim, VP, Oracle Solaris Platform Engineering will present how Oracle Solaris Cluster extends Oracle Solaris to provide the HA and DR infrastructure required for deploying mission critical workloads, in private, public and hybrid clouds deployments as well as enterprise data centers.

Register Now!



Sunday Nov 20, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Summit Day at the LISA Conference 2011-Register Today!

LISA '11We have successfully launched and shipped Oracle Solaris 11!  Come to the LISA 2011 Conference in Boston, MA to learn about all the latest and greatest Oracle Solaris 11 technologies.

On Tuesday, 12/6/11 we are hosting our 2nd annual Oracle Solaris 11 Summit Day! It's a Free full day of sessions covering the latest OS technologies, and a chance for you to meet key members of the Oracle Solaris engineering team as they conduct a deep-dive exploration of core Solaris features. See agenda below -Register Today!!

 Time  Topic  Presenter
 9:00 -9:30 am
 Oracle Solaris 11 Strategy  Markus Flierl
 9:30 - 11:00 am
 Next Generation OS Lifecycle Management with Oracle Solaris 11  Dave Miner/Bart Smaalders
 11:00 am  - 12:00 pm
 Data Management with ZFS
 Mark Maybee
 12:00 - 1:00 pm
 LUNCH  All
 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Oracle Solaris Virtualization and Oracle Solaris Networking
 Mike Gerdts/Sebastian Roy
2:30 - 3:15 pm
Security in your Oracle Solaris Cloud Environment

 Glenn Faden
 3:15 - 3:30 pm
 BREAK  All
 3:30 - 4:15 pm
Oracle Solaris - The Best Platform to run your Oracle Applications David Brean
 4:15 - 5:00 pm
Oracle Solaris Cluster - HA in the Cloud Gia-Khahn Nguyen
 5:00 - 6:30 pm
 Reception  All

Saturday Nov 19, 2011

Great Blogs About Oracle Solaris 11

Now that Oracle Solaris 11 has been released, why not blog about blogs.

There is of course a tremendous amount of resources and information available, but valuable insights directly from people actually building the product is priceless. Here's a list of such great blogs.

NOTE: If you think we missed some good ones, please let us know in the comments section ! 

Topic Title Author
Top 11 Things

My 11 favourite Solaris 11 features

Darren Moffat
Top 11 Things

These are 11 of my favorite things!

Mike Gerdts
Top 11 Things

11 reason to love Solaris 11    

Jim Laurent
SysAdmin Resources

Solaris 11 Resources for System Administrators

Rick Ramsey
Overview

Oracle Solaris 11: The First Cloud OS

Larry Wake
Overview

What's a "Cloud Operating System"?

Harry Foxwell
Overview

What's New in Oracle Solaris 11

Jeff Victor
Try it !

Virtually the fastest way to try Solaris 11 (and Solaris 10 zones)

Dave Miner
Upgrade

Upgrading Solaris 11 Express b151a with support to Solaris 11

Alan Hargreaves
Oracle Solaris 10 Zones

Solaris 10 branded zone VM Templates for Solaris 11 on OTN

Jeff Savit
Boot Environments

The most inviting Solaris 11 features - Part I, BootEnvironments

Karoly Vegh
IPS

The IPS System Repository

Tim Foster
IPS

Building a Solaris 11 repository without network connection

Jim Laurent
IPS

IPS Self-assembly – Part 1: overlays

Tim Foster
IPS

Self assembly – Part 2: multiple packages delivering configuration

Tim Foster

Security

Immutable Zones on Encrypted ZFS

Darren Moffat

Security

User home directory encryption with ZFS

Darren Moffat
Security

Password (PAM) caching for Solaris su - "a la sudo"

Darren Moffat
Security

Completely disabling root logins on Solaris 11

Darren Moffat

Security

OpenSSL Version in Solaris

Darren Moffat

Security

Exciting Crypto Advances with the T4 processor and Oracle Solaris 11

Valerie Fenwick
Security

SPARC T4 OpenSSL Engine

Dan Anderson
Security

Solaris AESNI OpenSSL Engine for Intel Westmere

Dan Anderson
Security

Optimizing AES modes on Solaris for Intel Westmere

Dan Anderson
Performance

Critical Threads Optimization

Rafael Vanoni
Performance

SPARC T4-2 Delivers World Record SPECjvm2008 Result with Oracle Solaris 11

BestPerf Blog
DTrace

[[ Several blog entries on the DTrace tcp provider ]]

Alan Maguire
Performance

Recent Benchmarks Using Oracle Solaris 11

BestPerf Blog
Predictive Self Healing

Introducing SMF Layers

Sean Wilcox
Predictive Self Healing

Oracle Solaris 11 - New Fault Management Features

Gavin Maltby
Desktop

What's new on the Solaris 11 Desktop?

Calum Benson
Desktop

S11 X11: ye olde window system in today's new operating system

Alan Coopersmith
Desktop

Accessible Oracle Solaris 11 - released!

Peter Korn

Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11: The First Cloud OS

This morning we announced the immediate availability of Oracle Solaris 11.  What's more, we've put a new stake in the ground, calling it "the first cloud OS."

What exactly does that mean?

The simple answer: Oracle Solaris 11 is the first operating system engineered with cloud computing in mind.  We believe you should expect more from your OS -- especially as you start considering public, private and hybrid clouds for enterprise-class workloads.

So what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and how does that connect to the cloud?

  • New provisioning and update capabilities: the integration of Oracle ZFS, Zones, and IPS -- the new network repository and update system -- makes cloud deployment fast, reliable, and reproducible.  And it's designed to tie in to not just Oracle Solaris and the Oracle stack, but all the third party software, and SPARC and x86 hardware, that's supported on Solaris.
  • New, integrated network virtualization.  Create an entire high-performance, low-cost data center topology within a single OS instance -- no extra software or hardware required.
  • Connected cloud management -- All the tools you need to build and manage an internal or public cloud backed by the vast knowledge and technology base of Oracle support. Not just managing multiple OS instances, but managing all of them as an integrated whole.
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, now included with all Oracle OS, systems and Oracle VM support, provides converged systems management for enterprise-wide, centralized control over hardware, OS and virtualization resources.
  • Security features that extend from traditional infrastructure into the cloud. Oracle Solaris 11 locks down services from first install boot, and provides role-based root access and low impact auditing for both cloud and traditional data center deployments.
  • Service and workload isolation. Both within your organization, and to securely support multiple companies' data on the same server.
  • Designed to get the most out of both x86 and SPARC-based systems, including Oracle’s Exadata, Exalogic and SPARC SuperCluster engineered systems.
  • Runs at cloud scale. True linear scalability across massive horizontal deployments and vertical scale systems, and designed for next-generation hardware and the next leaps in CPU, bandwidth, and memory capacity.

And of course, the virtues you've come to expect from us that have made Oracle Solaris the #1 enterprise OS:

  • Oracle Solaris ZFS, the ground-breaking enterprise filesystem introduced in Solaris 10, with ultimate data integrity and flash-enabled tiered storage pools, and designed to handle limitless amounts of data, now includes built-in line speed encryption and deduplication, as well as additional resiliency features and performance improvements. Oracle Solaris 11 delivers cloud scale for both compute and data.
  • Oracle Solaris DTrace, delivering safe, low-overhead, and comprehensive observability, letting you track activity from the depths of the kernel to the heart of your applications.
  • Predictive self healing, to detect and mitigate software and hardware problems before they affect services.  And for additional protection, Oracle Solaris Cluster, providing local to geographic protection of both physical and virtual application deployments.
  • Investment protection: still the only OS in the industry to guarantee both application and cross-platform source code compatibility.
And what's most important: all of this is integrated, engineered and optimized to work together: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  It's the power of this that makes Oracle Solaris unique.

Find out more:

Launch event is starting!

Follow us as we live-tweet:

#solaris

We'll do our best to answer your questions.

Thursday Nov 03, 2011

11 Reasons Why Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Isn't Being Released on 11/11/11

As I may have mentioned before, the Oracle Solaris 11 launch is this coming Wednesday, November 9th.  Unsurprisingly, more than a few people have pointed out that just two days later, the 11th, is "11/11/11" -- a seemingly perfect day to launch a product named... well, you know.

So here's why we didn't go with that date.  (Two of these are actually the real reasons.)

  1. Whoa -- we never thought of that!
  2. We just couldn't wait.
  3. Friday -- not a good day for a product launch.
  4. Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day -- not a good day for a product launch.
  5. Sony Pictures begged us not to release on the same day as the new Adam Sandler movie.
  6. We figured the launch parties would keep going for three days.
  7. Dyscalculia. Dysnumeria.
  8. Hoping to ride the coattails of the commemorations of Louis the Bavarian's defeat of his cousin Frederick I of Austria at the Battle of Gamelsdorf in 1313.
  9. "11" is actually 9--in octal.  OK, that one's exceptionally weak.
  10. November 9 is Inventors' Day!  (Which is held on this day because it's the birthday of actress Hedy Lamarr, who invented frequency-hopping spread spectrum signalling in 1942.  I am not making this up.)
  11. "No... that's just what they'll be expecting us to do."

I hope that explains things adequately.

Anyhow, do join us in New York City at historic Gotham Hall if you can, or if you can't, be sure to tune in to the webcast.

On the 9th.

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