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.

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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