Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Docker coming to Oracle Solaris

It seems like you can't stop the good news at the moment. Hopefully you've already seen the announcement about Oracle joining the Open Container Initiative; to follow that appetiser today we announced that we will be bringing Docker over to Oracle Solaris.

For me the last year or so has been fascinating as the other parts of the industry first discovered and then got really excited about OS virtualization and containers, something we've had in Oracle Solaris for a long time. The move to the cloud, the rise of DevOps, microservices and all the ecosystem around that just seems like the perfect storm for container adoption. Could it be the silver bullet that some IT people are looking? Possibly, it certainly is a significant step in the right direction. On a personal level it is also satisfying to see a technology I have so much personal faith in go "mainstream".

Which brings us to our own mature container technology Oracle Solaris Zones (originally called Solaris Containers). It started out being used as a virtual environment for developers but its zero overhead, scalability and - very important in today's climate - high security meant it soon moved to facilitating consolidation and running every kind of app, from small web servers to gigantic databases. Our customers then showed their smarts and brought business agility to the picture with things like rapid deployment and flying zones, extending the value of zones in the data center. Just recently we had an addition to the family, Kernel Zones which, unsurprisingly gives you a zone with an independent kernel. You can now check them out doing secure live migration in our Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta release. Finally (well I can't mention everything we've done that would be a book not a blog) it all underpins the Oracle Openstack for Oracle Solaris distribution we made available.  

And so we come to our latest adventure and our announcement that we will bring Docker over to Oracle Solaris. The combination of Docker and Oracle Solaris is particularly nice because on the one side Oracle Solaris delivers a great undercloud: secure, speedy and simple. And on the other Docker helps get your apps distributed, packages them up, makes them available to all, and avoids inconsistencies across different platforms in a way that is open. Now you can get your applications securely into production faster than ever.

It's great to join the Docker party, I'm certainly looking forward to working with the Docker community and watching this project grow and develop. Hopefully you'll join us on the ride.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11.3: Securing and Simplifying the Enterprise Cloud

This morning, we’ve opened up access to the beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3.  If you’ve been following along (and if not, why not?), you know there have been some big advances in Oracle Solaris 11, including lightning-fast intelligent provisioning and maintenance, and some key additions to our already highly-regarded “defense in depth” security.

Most notable for the latter is the work we’ve done to simplify compliance checking and mitigation, making it possible for administrators to quickly and easily check system security configurations against industry standards, and get a “report card” showing compliance, with guidance for any areas that may need addressing.

Oh, and did I mention fully-integrated OpenStack?  This is a win in two ways: it not only brings access to the fastest growing open cloud platform to Oracle Solaris users, it brings the incredible breadth of Oracle Solaris enterprise capabilities to the fingertips of OpenStack users.

…and that of course brings to mind some of the above-mentioned Oracle Solaris 11 features, such as built-in, zero-overhead virtualization, a new and super-powerful Unified Archive capability for rapid, safe, compliant deployment, and all the things we’ve done in terms of performance and administrative ease to make Oracle Solaris the best platform for deploying both Oracle’s own and 3rd party software.

So what’s left to do?  In this beta release, you'll find we're taking those capabilities and making them even better.

OpenStack: We’ve moved forward to the OpenStack Juno release, and also done some behind-the-scenes work to make it easy to continue to bring you new OpenStack goodness quickly and reliably.

Virtualization: In Oracle Solaris 11.2, we introduced “Kernel Zones”, making it possible to deliver hypervisor agility while still maintaining the low overhead and ease of administration you expect from Zones.  In 11.3, we introduce secure live migration for Kernel Zones,  live zone reconfiguration, and verified boot.

And, we’ve extended the new Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS) capabilities.  You can now place zones on FC-SAN, iSCSI, or NFS devices.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is all about “more”, so now you have more flexibility and more security in your virtualization.

Database: If you’re an Oracle Database fan, you know we’ve been giving you “more” for years: more observability, more performance, more flexible administration.  Now we’re also giving you “less” — less down time.  We’ve slashed database startup and shutdown times.  These are not only faster than it’s ever been on Solaris; it’s faster—a lot faster—than on any other platform.

Security: We’ve extended the compliance capabilities mentioned above, so that you can more easily tailor compliance policy configurations to suit your site’s requirements.  Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio are also ready for Software in Silicon application data integrity (ADI).  To learn more about this and start working with it today, visit the SWiS Cloud.

Data Management: You've already come to know and love what Oracle Solaris brings to the table with the first 21st century filesystem, ZFS.  In Oracle Solaris 11.3, we extend its built-in compression capabilities to include LZ4 support, we give you the ability to compare snapshots recursively, and have introduced a wealth of scalability and performance improvements to make it faster than ever. We’ve also enhanced its monitoring features, and upgraded its built-in SMB support.

There’s more than this, but this should give you a taste of what we’ve got in store for you today.  You can download it now, and take a look at the “What’s New” document to see what we’re doing to make your data center cloud-ready, secure, fast, and simple.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Thursday

Wednesday's winding down.  The engineering panel was a hit once again, and the room was packed.  Lots of show attendees are getting ready to head out to Treasure Island--but there's one day left.

No keynotes on Thursday; we just dive right into the last round of technical sessions (all of which are at the Hotel InterContinental).

SPECIAL OFFER: Tomorrow morning, I'm going to be at the Virtual Compute Appliance demo, part of the Engineered Systems showcase in Moscone North, at the foot of the big staircase, at 7:30 AM (!).

As an earlybird special for anyone joining me at that hour, after having been appreciated the night before: the first three people to greet me with the exact phrase:

"Yo, dude. I read your blog."

...will receive a valuable Oracle Optimized Solutions -logoed electronic tchotchke of my choosing.

And that, as they say, is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the show this year; I'll share more of what was announced over the next few days.

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Come See Us Next Week at VMworld 2014

If you're at VMworld 2014 next week in San Francisco, come drop by booth 205.  We'll have folks from both the Oracle Solaris and Oracle ZFS Storage teams, so you can learn a lot more about what's new in Oracle Solaris 11.2, plus what the storage team has been up to, as they unleash their "it's perfect for virtualization" architecture, with a series of new VMware API integrations, that crushes both the other big-name storage vendors and the all-flash start-ups.

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Partners Weigh in on Oracle Solaris 11

Here's a quick rundown on some recent news from some of our friends outside of Oracle:
In this video, Marcel Hofstetter of JomaSoft gives his views on when to use Zones and when to use Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

Another video; in this one, Henning Voss of Portrix Systems, Oracle's 2012 German Partner of the Year, shares how their customers benefit from Zones, virtualization and DTrace.

Infosys Finacle addresses banks’ specialized needs in easy-to-configure modules. In this white paper, you can read about how the Infosys software on proven Oracle infrastructure delivers strong performance, scalability, and consolidation opportunities.

We'll keep checking in with more success stories; meanwhile, there's an ever-growing list of ISVs who support Oracle Solaris 11 available for you to peruse at any time.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

"Systems Central" at OOW13

This year, the Westin San Francisco Market Street is going to be the OpenWorld hub for engineered systems, server, and storage content, which includes both operating systems and virtualization.  We're thinking of it as "Systems Central."

This is where you'll find not only the bulk of the Oracle Solaris breakout sessions, but it's also where our Oracle Solaris engineers and executives will be making themselves available for one-on-one conversations before and after the sessions.

Protip: lunch will be served for attendees here, so this is a chance for you to get some quieter moments away from the throng, and hang out with Oracle Solaris developers after a less hectic meal.

The weather looks like it's going to be nice this year (70º in the city on Monday), so the short stroll from Moscone to the Westin will be a perfect prelude to a deep dive into Oracle Solaris content.

Wednesday Sep 11, 2013

What's the Can't-Miss Oracle Solaris Session at OpenWorld 2013?

If you're looking to find out more about where Oracle Solaris is headed in the near future, you won't want to miss this year's general session, "Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap." What's the "next big thing" for Oracle Solaris?

No, not new colors.

I talked with Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris core engineering, who will be hosting this session, and "C" is still for "cloud" in our alphabet. He says that among other things, the session will focus on how Oracle Solaris has evolved from a cloud OS to a cloud infrastructure, with examples of customers who are building SaaS, PaaS and IaaS clouds with Oracle Solaris today.

You'll also find out why the Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC and x86 systems are the best platform for Oracle deployments, as integration drives database and Java functionality more deeply into the OS and silicon layers.

And of course, the session will give an outlook on what's being worked on for future Oracle Solaris updates, such as next-generation OS virtualization, built-in SDN solutions, and integration with current and emerging standards for cloud technologies.

All in all, a good place to be on Monday; follow the link below to add it to your schedule. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 23rd, 12:15 PM - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap
(GEN9021 Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II

Monday Aug 12, 2013

More About Tomorrow's New Engineered System Webcast

Don't forget -- we've got another webcast coming up at 10 AM PT tomorrow morning, as Oracle introduces new technology for enterprise virtualization.

Webcast: Virtualization and Cloud Made Simple and Easy with Oracle's Latest Engineered System
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Monday Feb 11, 2013

Webcast, Wednesday, Feb 13: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center

Cloud computing opens up new opportunities, but it doesn't eliminate the traditional challenges of managing a data center. In fact, it intensifies them. The Oracle Optimized Data Center provides a strategic roadmap for IT organizations to simplify infrastructures.

In Wednesday's webcast, you'll learn how to secure your data, apps, and cloud-based services, reduce deployment time by up to 75 percent, reduce risk, and meet and exceed service level agreements. You'll also hear from a customer's perspective how Oracle's optimized data center strategy influenced and improved their business.

Oracle Webcast: Unleash Innovation with the Oracle Optimized Data Center
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET

Saturday Sep 29, 2012

Down to the Wire - Yet More Solaris Things to See at OpenWorld (and JavaOne!)

San Francisco is bracing for the annual invasion. The airport's jammed, the tweets are flying, and the numbers are crazy: more than 50,000 attendees and 2,500+ sessions, taking over Moscone Convention Center, two streets, Union Square, and seemingly every hotel in town (98,000 hotel room nights).

So yeah, it's busy.

And it's not just OpenWorld--we've also got JavaOne, MySQL Connect, and four other sub-events going on as well.

Speaking of JavaOne, you can find Solaris-related activity there, too -- I've highlighted one hands-on lab below.

Here's a last pre-event roundup of activities for consideration; enjoy the show(s)!

(Remember, Schedule Builder is your friend; use it with the session numbers below to register.)

Monday, October 1st:

3:15 PM - General Session: Accelerate Your Business with the Oracle Hardware Advantage
(GEN9691, Moscone North Hall D)

John Fowler, head of Oracle's Systems organization, will talk about Oracle hardware technology and how it's co-engineered with other key technologies, including Oracle Solaris.

Tuesday, October 2nd:

10:15 AM - Building an IaaS Platform with SPARC, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC
(CON4431, Moscone South 270)

Get the birds-eye lowdown (whatever that means) on how U.S. Cellular  built its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery platform with Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers, Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Cluster 4, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The session covers the high-level design, business case made, implementation details, and lessons learned.

11:45 AM - Oracle Solaris 11 Panel: Insights and Directions from Oracle Solaris Core Engineering
(CON8790, Moscone South 252)

This has been one of the livelier Solaris-related sessions in years past (and I'm not saying that just because I get to moderate it this year). A panel of core engineers responsible for a wide range of key Solaris technologies will talk about some of the interesting work they've been doing -- but mostly we keep time open for the panel to take questions from attendees, because that's the fun part.

Wednesday, October 3rd:

10:00 AM - Tracing Your Java Application Tuning on Oracle Solaris with DTrace
(HOL10214, Hilton San Francisco, Franciscan A/B/C/D)

This JavaOne hands-on lab will show how to use the DTrace framework to dynamically trace your Java applications on Oracle Solaris and uncover new tuning opportunities.

Thursday, October 4th:

12:45 PM - Oracle Solaris 11: Optimized for Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java
(CON8800, Moscone South 252)

Explore how Oracle Solaris 11 has been built to be the best platform for the cloud and enterprise applications, with built-in optimizations to improve performance and deliver unique functionality with Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Announcing Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, 5/11

This week we're announcing the latest update (5/11) to
Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 -- our unrivaled high availability solution
for Oracle Solaris.

In addition to providing cluster support for the largest portfolio of enterprise applications and databases, Oracle Solaris Cluster also delivers a unique HA solution for virtual environments. Key differentiators for Oracle Solaris Cluster include:

  • Sub-second failure detection and shorter service recovery time through Oracle Solaris kernel-level integration
  • Increased service levels for Oracle Solaris Containers and Oracle VM for SPARC
  • Secure cluster wide virtual environment with fault and resource isolation and separate administrative domain
  • Out-of-the-box support of extensive set of leading applications and databases eliminates lengthy scripting to deploy application in a clustered environment
  • High Availability for key enterprise application in pre-tested, pre-engineered optimized solutions with Oracle Sun SPARC and x86 servers and Sun storage
  • Significantly reduced recovery time in disaster situation through automated take over by surviving site

New features in Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, 5/11 include:

  • Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance as a NAS box
  • Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System (Oracle ACFS)
  • Extended cluster validation tool
  • New Oracle Solaris Containers-cluster options for file systems and dependencies
  • Out-of-the-box support in Oracle Solaris Containers clusters for all currently available application agents
Application Integration
  • New supported application and database versions including Oracle Database and SAP
Disaster Recovery
  • Oracle Data Guard replication with Oracle Database single instance in geographic clusters
  • Storage-based replication options for Oracle Solaris ZFS with Hitachi Universal Replicator with campus and geographic clusters
  • New topology: Three-data-center (3DC) configuration
 Ease of Use
  • Configuration wizards for Oracle 11g Release 2 HA for Oracle/Oracle RAC
  • Full support of Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions

Download Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, 5/11 today and bring mission critical availability to your virtual environments.

Wednesday Mar 16, 2011

Networking the Future

In Oracle Solaris 11 Express we introduced several key features to scale, virtualize and manage your networking resources. Our headline feature is network virtualization which allows you to create these virtual networking components:
  • VNICs - Virtual Network Interface Controllers (VNICs), the fundamental building block of network virtualization, are created and assigned IP addresses as communication end points
  • Virtual Switches - the capability for VNICs to communicate with each other as if they were connected through a physical switch
  • Etherstubs - a special type of data link that can be used instead of a physical NIC to create VNICs and the virtual switches that connect them
  • Flows -  Per link (virtual or physical) management to attain Quality of Service (QoS) goals by setting bandwidth limits for different types of traffic flowing through the datalink

These technologies offer a couple of key business benefits:
  • Drive costs out of your networking infrastructure with virtual implementations for NICs and switches
  • Obtain the best utilization from your physical NICs by carving up the NIC and assigning a virtual NIC to an application or zone
  • Improve your QoS capabilities to reliably deliver network bandwidth to your customers so they get just what they need and don't monopolize network resources
We've tightly integrated network virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones to provide complete, tunable, manageable and independent networking engines for each zone on your system.

In addition to the new network virtualization capabilities in Solaris 11 Express we've added these networking features:
  • Enhanced the Solaris Infinband stack to improve Sockets Direct Protocol (SDP) allowing the transparent redirection of TCP/IP usage to SDP and the efficiencies that brings. We also now implement the RDSv3 protocol providing better performance and observability for Oracle RAC databases on both general purpose hardware and Exadata systems
  • Added the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) to provides high availability to our integrated L4/L3 load balancing and integrated router technologies
  • Introduced Network Auto-Magic (NWAM) to simplify and automate network configuration by allowing users to automatically discover and connect to networks
  • Improved visibility in to your networking configuration to view all IP traffic sent on real and virtual paths using common packet sniffing tools such as etherreal, snoop and wireshark. We also provide tools that give you statistics for data links including detailed per-VNIC usage of a physical NIC all the way down to per-hardware rings statistics. Other tools and commands provide detailed, real-time statistics for flows and configuration information for datalinks and flows
For a more complete overview of networking features in Solaris 11 Express check out our Spotlight on Oracle Solaris 11 Express Networking Virtualization Technology.

Monday Feb 14, 2011

Virtualization in Solaris 11 Express

In Oracle Solaris 10 we introduced Oracle Solaris Containers -- lightweight virtual application environments that allow you to consolidate your Oracle Solaris applications onto a single Oracle Solaris server and make the most of your system resources.

The majority of our customers are now using Oracle Solaris Containers on their enterprise systems for applications ranging from web servers to Oracle Database installations. We can also make these Containers highly available with Oracle Solaris Cluster, the industry's first virtualization-aware enterprise cluster product. Using Oracle Solaris Cluster you can failover applications in a Container to another Container on a single system or across systems for additional availability.

We've added significant features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express to improve and extend the Oracle Solaris Zone model:
  • Integration of Zones with our new Solaris 11 packaging system (aka Image Packaging System) to provide easy software updates within a zone
  • Support for Oracle Solaris 10 Zones to run your Solaris 10 applications unaltered on an Oracle Solaris 11 Express system
  • Integration with the new Oracle Solaris 11 network stack architecture (more on this in a future blog post)
  • Improved observability with the zonestat management interface and commands
  • Delegated administration rights for owners of individual non-global zones
  • Tight integration with Oracle Solaris ZFS to allow dedicated datasets per zone
  • With ZFS as the default file system we can now provide easy to manage Boot Environments for zones
This quick summary is just to whet your appetite to learn more about Oracle Solaris 11 Express Zones enhancements. Fortunately we can serve a full meal at the Oracle Solaris 11 Express Technology Spotlight on Virtualization page on the Oracle Technical Network.


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