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

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, 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
 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
 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
 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
 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

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