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.

Monday Oct 17, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2011!

Oracle Solaris 11 had some exciting news at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 this year!  If you missed the John Fowler keynote or the Oracle Solaris 11 sessions - you can still catch all the highlights from links below.

NEW - Oracle Solaris 11 White Papers:

NEW - Oracle Solaris Article:




Monday Sep 26, 2011

Oracle Solaris at Oracle OpenWorld 2011

This will be the second Oracle OpenWorld that Solaris will be officially part of.
And we'll have a lot to talk about, especially about the upcoming Oracle Solaris 11 release.

For all information related to Solaris, check out the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" document (pdf).

Some Highlights:

  • Keynotes of Larry Ellison (Sunday, Oct 2) and John Fowler (Tuesday, Oct 4)
    -> checkout live streaming options if you are not attending.
  • Oracle Solaris General Session (Monday, Oct 3, 12:30pm PT, Moscone South, Room 103)
    -> with Markus Flierl, VP Oracle Solaris Engineering and Senior Engineers
    .
  • Meet The Experts of Oracle Solaris (Monday through Wednesday, Oct 3-5)
  • 15 Solaris Sessions
  • 5 Solaris Hands-On-Labs
  • 5 Solaris Demo Pods
  • Solaris Partner Pavillion

We hope you can join us, there was never a better way to get direct access to so many Oracle Solaris experts !


Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

"What's New in Oracle Solaris 11" Training at Oracle OpenWorld

You are attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this year ?
You travel to the SF Bay Area, or live nearby ?
You are interested in the upcoming Oracle Solaris 11 release ?

Take advantage of this one-day training by Oracle University, on Sunday October 2.

Course Description:
This 1-day seminar provides a detailed look at the newest key features of Oracle Solaris 11 and how to use these features within your deployments. You will learn how to implement the new packaging system, how using the default file system, ZFS, will improve your data management capabilities, how to deliver fully virtualized networking, and how to use the advanced user, application, and device security.

Add Oracle University to your conference pass or choose a standalone pass to
take advantage of this exclusive training opportunity.
Times, location, registration option and prizing can be found here.

Monday Apr 25, 2011

Managing your application and service lifecycles with Oracle Solaris IPS

We've been chatting with a number of customers recently through our Oracle Solaris Strategy Council and various Customer Advisory Boards. One clear area of focus for several of our enterprise datacenter customers is Lifecycle Management of their applications and services -- the ability to quickly design, test, deploy, manage and retire application and services in the datacenter.

After a couple of decades of using the SVR4 software packaging model we went back to the drawing board with Oracle Solaris 11 to create a modern 21st century software packaging system that addresses those lifecycle needs. Now you can quickly install Oracle Solaris on your favorite SPARC or x86 system, add only those packages you need for your application or service environment and quickly move through your lifecycle process.

In Oracle Solaris 11 the new Image Packaging System (IPS) has several helpful features:
  • Just enough OS -- We now install the bare minimum packages to get your system up and running. As you decide which application or services you want running on the system IPS locates those packages and add just what you need for your application. This helps harden the system from a security perspective so that you are only running the software packages you need for your application.
  • Network repositories -- Installation and updates to your system are now quick and simple using our new network repository model. No network? No problem. You can install an Oracle Solaris 11 system from our DVDs which contain our full Oracle Solaris 11 repository. You can also create a local repository to house your applications and Oracle Solaris packages and update just the local repository from the internet to further firewall your internal systems. Updates with the network repositories are quick and painless. You'll be notified as new packages become available through our Oracle Solaris support repository.
  • Robust dependency checking -- Full dependency checking is built into the IPS model so when you install a software package you automatically pull down the dependent packages the application needs to run. No more guessing at which packages are needed.
  • Oracle Solaris ZFS Boot Environments -- In addition to our new packaging system we integrated our new default file system -- Oracle Solaris ZFS -- with our packaging and installation systems so we can create a snapshot of the system software on your system and then apply new package updates to the new snapshot. (ZFS snapshots are easy and take up very little space.) This approach creates boot environments that allow you to test drive the new updates without losing your existing configuration. If you like the new updates then you can just keep using the new boot environment. If you want to roll back to your prior configuration you can quickly boot that older boot environment. Risk free updates.
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Completing the Lifecycle Management picture for Oracle Solaris 11 Express is the use of Oracle Solaris Zones to quickly create a new application or service environment, install your software, test the service and then deploy the new application/service zone into production. We've spent a great deal of time integrating IPS with Zones to create an agile virtual application environment.

For a much more in-depth introduction to IPS check out our Oracle Solaris 11 Express Technology Spotlight -- Oracle Solaris 11 Express Package Management with Image Packaging System (IPS). You'll find videos, podcasts, whitepapers, demos and screencasts there to help you start planning your new approach to Lifecycle Management.

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