Thursday Apr 23, 2015

Webinar: Learn More About Oracle Solaris and Puppet

You may already know that the popular configuration management system Puppet is now integrated into Oracle Solaris (to much excitement).  But do you know everything there is to know about how this can simplify your life?  Here's your chance to find out more.

On this coming Tuesday, April 28, IOUG will be hosting a webinar: Managing Oracle Solaris Systems with Puppet, featuring Glynn Foster from the Oracle Solaris team.  If you're new to Puppet, here's how you can discover more about what it is; if you've been using it with other systems, you can see what's manageable in Oracle Solaris and what the recommended best practices are.

Puppet integration is just one more way that Oracle Solaris 11 continues to simplify enterprise computing, and makes it easier than ever to incorporate Oracle Solaris into your data center.  Register today, and join Glynn on Tuesday to see what's new.

IOUG Webinar: Managing Oracle Solaris Systems with Puppet
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Monday Feb 09, 2015

February 11, 2015: Developers Virtual Technology Summit

If you're familiar with the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Sysadmin Days that have been held in the past, you know a bit about what this is about: a series of hands-on, proctored labs brought straight to your desktop on the web.

But did you know they've expanded in scope? Of particular interest to enterprise developers is that this time around, there's a track aimed straight at you.

This Wednesday, February 11th, Oracle will be holding a Virtual Technology Summit, and one of the tracks is on Oracle Solaris Studio.  That means you can go through a live, hands-on exercise with experts standing by to help you out, from the comfort of your home, office, or coffeehouse -- anywhere you can sit down and connect up.

Of note in this session: hands-on experience with the Code Analyzer for software analysis, and the Performance Analyzer for optimizing application performance.

Just as before, this event is free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand, including downloading a virtual image.  Rick Ramsey explains what you need to know and do at the OTN Garage blog.

This day's event will run from 9 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific time, but click through to the registration page to see upcoming event dates that will run at times that may be more appropriate for your location (or circadian rhythms).

(By the way: not a C, C++ or Fortran kind of developer? Check out the parallel tracks on database, middleware and Java.)

Sign up now and start your prework, and join us on Wednesday!

Oracle Technology Network
Virtual Technology Summit

Wednesday February 11, 2015
9:00am (PST) / 12:30pm (EST)

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Will Oracle Solaris 11.2 Revolutionize Meat Printing?

A simple icon to reprent Meat Printing, designed by H Y P E R M O R G E N from the Noun Project

"Meat printing" may be one of the most awesome phrases of the 21st century so far, and now there's an icon to go with it.

If you haven't been following emerging trends of the near future, don't worry; a group called HYPERMORGEN has you covered. As part of their "NounProject," they've come up with a set of simple icons to visualize trends such as the aforementioned meat printing, as well as "slime mold computing", "autonomous cars", and many others. They've produced some very clever images...

...but this is a blog about Oracle Solaris news, after all, so in order to stay at least nominally on topic, I'm limiting myself to meat printing.  (Sorry, slime mold computing fans!)

Briefly put, "meat printing" is about printing... meat. Simple, no?  It's also known as "3-D bioprinting," and there's actually a lot more to it, of course, but it all really comes down to the fact that you're using computers to help generate lunch. And if you're like me, you may feel this also generates... issues.

What you need here, clearly, is the best platform to keep everything kosher, as it were.  So, I started working on a listicle:

11.2 Ways Oracle Solaris 11.2 Can Improve Meat Printing

1. Reduce Human Error. Studies have shown that this is the number-one cause of downtime; we certainly don't want it to get in the way of supper. With Oracle Solaris we've done a lot of work to simplify tasks and commands, which significantly reduces opportunities for errors.

You know what a pain file loss can be.  We also want to eliminate filet loss.

2. Data Corruption Protection. Bit rot is bad enough when it doesn't involve actual food.  "19 nines" datapath protection is critical, in the data center or on the dinner table.

3. Security. Do you really want someone hacking your meat printer? Didn't think so.

4. Scale Up, or Scale Out. Otherwise known as "Club Sandwich vs. Sub Sandwich".

5. Comprehensive Open-Source Utilities. In Oracle Solaris 11, we've made sure that the administration tools that you're familiar with are at your fingertips, such as the CUPS printing facility.

In the future, all UNIX/Linux platforms will need to step things up to support 3-D entrée bioprinting, with the pioneering new PLATES technology...

...well, you can see where this was going. 

In a previous post, I mentioned that for those of you who won't be able to join us in New York City, and are registering for the webcast instead, we unfortunately can't serve you web-based lunch. But our time will come; our time will come.

But my point, as far as I can remember, is that we've done some very cool things in Oracle Solaris already, and we think Tuesday's lunch, er, launch will show how we're continuing to accelerate the pace of innovation.  Cloud-based meat computing: dare we dream?

Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Question of the Day: "Big Solaris Launch... for a Dot Release??"

"This is only a dot release, right?" the question goes. Well, yes and no.

For those who tuned in late: on April 29th, we'll be launching Oracle Solaris 11.2 in New York City and on the web. But don't let the dot fool you—there is some very significant stuff that we're putting in.  Significant enough that yes, the idea of calling this "Oracle Solaris 12" did come up.  But, c'mon, gratuitously revving the number just because we felt like it?  Who'd do that*?

In fact, what the dot really means is that we've incorporated some noteworthy changes in such a way that we're not leaving anything, or anyone, behind. This is Oracle Solaris 11, only moreso. The reason that it's a dot is that there are no concerns for existing "11" end users and developers about how to integrate this into their environments.  IPS is your friend. And for those of you who haven't upgraded yet, the Solaris Application Guarantee Program assures you that we stand behind you as you do.

And, as it turns out, this whole compatibility and interoperability thing is part of our news on the 29th.  So, please join us then, on the web or in person.  It's "only a dot", but it's more than a dot.


*As someone in the Twittersphere helpfully pointed out, Sun once did something in this vein: we lopped the whole dang major release number off the marketing name, going from Solaris 2.6 to Solaris (not-two-dot) 7 in one shot.  But underneath the hood, it was SunOS 5.6 to SunOS 5.7.  Join us for the SunOS 5.11.2 launch, won't you?

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

You're WEBvited: April 29, Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch

For those of you who can't join us in person in New York City for the launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2: registration for the live webcast is now open! Here's an invitation from Markus Flierl, head of Oracle Solaris core engineering:

The event will kick off at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT (sorry, no web-based lunch service), led off by Mark Hurd. He'll then turn it over to John Fowler and Markus, who will take us through a tour of what makes this release key for those looking for the best platform for enterprise cloud services.

Join us on Twitter during the event, hashtag #solaris .

Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)

Monday Apr 07, 2014

April 16 Webcast: Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

At last year's Oracle OpenWorld, we introduced the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, or "OVCA" for short, an engineered system designed to radically simplify virtual deployments of Windows, Linux or Oracle Solaris general purpose workloads.  By engineering together unique technology such as our x86 systems, Oracle Virtual Networking, Oracle VM and Oracle VM Templates, we deliver a solution that you can take from power-on to production in about an hour -- a significant advantage compared to competing offerings.

We've got an opportunity coming up for you to learn more: a webcast, with the very direct title "Simplify your cloud deployment with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance."  In a 60 minute session, you'll hear from Charlie Boyle and Premal Savla, who will take you through the advantages in time, simplified management, and consolidation in using OVCA in your IT infrastructure.

Register today, join us on Wednesday April 16th, and find out more about Oracle's "wire once" engineered system designed to speed your cloud deployments.

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Webcast: Modernizing IBM AIX/Power to Oracle Solaris/SPARC

As I've mentioned before at least one or two times, this is a great time to take a look at moving from IBM POWER servers to Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems.  We'll be discussing this very topic in an upcoming webcast:

Modernizing IBM AIX/Power to Oracle Solaris/SPARC
Wednesday April 2, 2014
10:00am (PT) / 1:00pm (ET)

Oracle's Ken Kutzer and Randal Sagrillo will give an overview of not only what the benefits are of moving to Oracle's systems, but what the simple transition process is to get there.

Meanwhile, while you're waiting for Wednesday, here's a video to check out.  Learn how one company used Oracle's SPARC servers with Oracle Solaris to architect a more robust cloud solution, at a lower cost, compared to x86 servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

Friday Mar 07, 2014

March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa

In case you're new to this: the Oracle Technology Network Virtual Sysadmin Days are a series of hands-on, proctored labs for systems administrators, brought to you on the web.  They're free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand.

The next one in the series is coming up on Tuesday, March 16th and will start at 9 AM GMT, so we're calling this the "Europe/Middle East/Africa" edition, although we never discriminate -- jump in from wherever you are then, and we'll be there.

As always, you'll have three tracks to choose from: Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. The theme for this edition's Oracle Solaris session is the typical tasks and challenges of a sysadmin's daily life.

If you want to get a head start, there are some recordings of previous Virtual Sysadmin Day events on the Oracle Solaris YouTube Channel.

Register for the event, browse the recordings, do the prework, and join us on the 16th!

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Tuesday March 18, 2014
9:00am (GMT) / 1:00pm (GST) / 10:00am (CET)

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Oracle Solaris Web Forum -- Did You Miss It?

Image credit: WikimediaEarlier this week, we had the latest Oracle Solaris web forum.  Is it possible that you weren't there?  Was something more pressing on your agenda, such as, I don't know: work?  Or, if you're in a different time zone: sleep?

Did you, in fact, miss out on the whole thing?

No. No, you did not.

Thanks to the power of computers, the Internet, and our great behind-the-scenes teams, we now have the on-demand replay of the web forum available, for you to replayOn demand!

You can see all three sessions:

  • Oracle’s Investment in Oracle Solaris - Best Enterprise UNIX for Oracle Systems and Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle Software
  • Oracle Solaris: Optimized for Oracle’s Enterprise Systems

Plus, you'll have access to the transcripts from the live Q & A. If you're ready, we are, too:

Oracle Solaris Web Forum Replay: View Now

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Web Forum, August 7: Oracle Solaris Update

We're back with the next installment of our very popular Oracle Solaris web forum series. It's our way to check in with everyone and let you know what we've been doing lately, and it's also the a way for you to interact with Oracle Solaris engineers and get your most interesting questions answered in our live Q&A session that takes place throughout the forum.

This one takes place on Wednesday August 7th, at 9 AM PT, and features Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris Core Engineering. Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Oracle Solaris Product Management, Duncan Hardie, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Solaris, and Rob Ludeman, Principal Product Manager in Oracle Systems.

Markus will bring us all up to date on the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11, followed by Michael, Duncan and Rob, who will discuss the payoffs of the last few years of co-engineering among our OS, software and hardware teams.

Register today -- it looks like it should be another great session.

Web Forum: Oracle Solaris and Oracle Systems: The Best Platform for Oracle Software
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9-11 a.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. ET

Friday Jun 21, 2013

June 27 Webcast: Announcing Oracle's Fastest Engineered System

What happens when you take the world's fastest microprocessor and build an engineered system around it? We'll find out next week, but I'm guessing the word "fast" will be involved.

Maybe even "fastest" -- yep, there it is:

Live Webcast: Announcing Oracle SuperCluster T5-8
Thursday June 27, 2013
10:00am PT / 1pm ET


Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Don't Forget: July 15 is Virtual Sysadmin Day!

There are those who cynically claim that Virtual Sysadmin Day is just something made up to sell greeting cards and flowers, but I think it's a lovely holiday, and a chance to show the virtual sysadmins in your life that you care. Be sure to give your virtual sysadmin a call, and...

No, wait, that's not right at all. I'll come in again.

In the past, the folks at Oracle Technology Network have gone on the road, holding "Sysadmin Days" -- several hours of hands-on, proctored labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators -- in various cities around the world. They've been very well-attended and well-received, but the problem is that there are always more cities one could hold these in than there are days in the year. And what about those of you on farms? Or in Antarctica, or in undersea habitats?

Thus: Virtual Sysadmin Days, harnessing the power of the Internet. OTN held their first Virtual Sysadmin Day earlier this year, and it was a hit. So, on July 15th, they're doing it again.

Now, what's exciting to me is that Pavel Anni and Glynn Foster spent some time thinking about how to make the Oracle Solaris track even better than before, and this time around, instead of approaching the day from a "feature" point of view, they designed the agenda as a task-oriented flow: what if you need to set up a secure, multi-level application?

That's what this day (OK, half day) is going to be all about. Your mission will be to deploy a web-based application and its supporting database, leveraging the intrinsic features of Oracle Solaris, in three steps:  storage and web; database and application; and, finally, resource monitoring and packaging. Just like the non-virtual days, the labs are proctored, so you'll have a chance to ask questions and get help as you go along.

Even if you participated in the earlier Virtual Sysadmin Day, you may find this to be worth attending, to approach existing or new skills from a different direction.

Like the previous virtual (and non-virtual) Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. And just like last time, there's some prework for you to do ahead of the actual day, so register now and get ready.

Find out more at the registration site:

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Monday July 15, 2013
9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 1:00pm (BRT)

Oh, and if you do happen to attend this from Antarctica or an undersea habitat: send us a card.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2013

More on the March 26 Webcast: "New SPARC Servers with the World's Fastest Microprocessor"

Let's be real.

If, in March 2010, Oracle had made an announcement about the "world's fastest microprocessor," you might have been left scratching your head.

It turns out that SPARC T3 did come out later that year, and it was a significant boost over the existing UltraSPARC T2 --"a 2x increase in performance over the previous generation of SPARC T-Series systems" -- but no one was saying it was the industry's fastest. However, what was notable was that its release date and performance lined up with the SPARC roadmap issued at the time of the Sun acquisition, which isn't always the norm in this business.

If, in March 2011,  Oracle had made an announcement about the "world's fastest microprocessor," you still might have been skeptical.

But yet again, just a few months later, we announced the SPARC T4, which did set a world record in Java performance.  And it not only kept to the 2010 SPARC roadmap, it exceeded it, smashing the performance levels of the T3. Hmm.

But now it's March 2013.  And the title of the event is "Announcing New SPARC Servers with the World’s Fastest Microprocessor."

That's pretty bold... but given what's been happening in recent SPARC history, is it as hard to believe as it might have been three years ago?

Tune in and find out.

Oracle Live Event: Announcing New SPARC Servers with the World's Fastest Microprocessor
Tuesday March 26, 2013
1:00pm PT / 4pm ET



UPDATE: There will be all sorts of people live-tweeting the event, using hashtag #SPARC. Got questions as you watch?  Send us a tweet, including that hashtag.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

March 26 Webcast: "Breakthrough with Extreme Performance"

Save the date -- on Tuesday, March 26th, join Larry Ellison and John Fowler as Oracle unveils a new standard for extreme performance. There will be a live webcast at 1:00 PM PT, or if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area that day, you can register to attend in person at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores.

Oracle Live Event: Breakthrough with Extreme Performance
Tuesday March 26, 2013
1:00pm PT / 4pm ET



Friday Feb 22, 2013

March 14: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Asia/Pacific region

The folks over at Oracle Technology Network (OTN) have been holding a very popular series of "Sysadmin Days" -- road shows for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, featuring a packed agenda of hands-on labs.  This was great news for people in certain cities, but what about the rest of the world?

Solved! Last month, they took the same material and put together a "Virtual Sysadmin Day", which by all accounts was a smashing success. Not only were the hands-on labs available for anyone to join in on from the comfort of the web, there were virtual proctors available to chat with during the event itself.

So far so good, but even on the intartubez, geography matters, what with timezones and whatnot. So on Thursday, March 14, the third Virtual Sysadmin Day will be held at an Asia/Pacific friendly start time: 9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney).

(This is also excellent for, say, New York night owls who prefer to dig into such things at 11 PM.)

Like the previous Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. One other thing: there's prework, so register now and make sure you're ready to go.

More information at the registration site:

Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day
Thursday March 14, 2013
9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney)


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