Monday Sep 20, 2010

OOW Day 1 highlights: Systems announcements

With over 40000 attendees, 1800 OpenWorld and 700 JavaOne and Developer sessions, Oracle OpenWorld + JavaOne + Develop is off with a bang! The enormity of the event is fairly mind boggling and you have to experience it to appreciate it! Here I will focus on things closer to my division, especially HW systems and OS events...

There were plenty of new systems related announcements, some of them are:
  • Biggest bang of the conference has been the Big Announcement on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
    • 96 cores in smallest config (Quarter Rack) to 360 cores in a full Rack
    • 2 to 8 Racks in a configuration, tied together using Inifiniband
    • 768 GB to 2.8 TB RAM
    • 40TB Disk Storage
    • Stack includes OEL, Solaris, Elastic Cloud SW, JRockit/HotSpot, WebLogic Server, Coherence
    • All of this with Enterprise Management SW
  • Introduction of Oracle Exadata Database machine X2-8
    • 2 CPUs, 8 chips/64cores per system, 2TB RAM
    • 14 Exadata Storage servers with 168 cores and 336 TB of storage capacity and 5TB of Smart Flash cache for performance
    • 40Gb Infiniband based internal connectivity and 10Gb external connectivity
    • Choice of Solaris 11 or OEL
    • Best for OLTP, Best for Warehousing, Best for Consolidation, Ready to Run Complete Systems
  • Unveiled new Processor: UltraSPARC T3 followup to T2+
  • Outlines Solaris 11 Preview
    • Over 2700 projects and 400 new inventions
    • More than 1000 SPARC and x86 hardware systems tested and certified
    • Powering the Oracle Exadata and Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems
    • Improved I/O support , scales to 1000s of threads
    • Improved maintainability with a new administrative model introduced in OpenSolaris
    • Integrated full Oracle stack tested together
  • New Sun Ray models introduced. See the description for SunRay 3i here and for SunRay3 here . Additionally, using the Sun Ray Software , literally thousands of Sun Ray devices can be managed from a single, centralized environment.
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Linux Kernel for improved performance, reliability, scalability characteristics while maintaining full compat with RHEL
Other than this, I wondered around OOW, JavaOne and Develop locations (including an Unconference in a nearby hotel) and tried to absorb as much as I could. It is really overwhelming. The first day was fun, lets see how the others turn out to be (they will be hectic, for sure).

Wednesday Jun 16, 2010

NetBeans 6.9 IDE released

The final release of NetBeans IDE 6.9 is now available for download.  Some highlights:

To reiterate, NetBeans 6.9 works on Solaris, Windows, Linux, MacOS platforms, so you can  use it from any of the popular platforms of choice. If you have not tried NetBeans before or if you have not used it in a few years, give this release a try; you might be surprised by what it offers.

Monday Mar 01, 2010

Blogging implications moving forward

Oracle has a different blogging policy than Sun did.
Justin Kestelyn has done a great job of discussing it here.
In some contrast, Tim Bray laid out Sun's philosophy beautifully back in 2004 in this blog.
I just wanted to point out some points here:
  • Oracle bloggers (formerly Sun bloggers) will continue to use blogging to be part of an industry conversation.
  • There are restrictions to blogging that applied during the Sun days, similar common sense restrictions apply today as well: Dont reveal company secrets, dont break financial (and other) laws, dont get the company into trouble in any way, dont put down any Oracle products.
  • As before and I dont know how much it really helps to say this, but its worth reiterating at this point: These are my opinons and do not represent Oracle's official policy. This isnt just a disclaimer, but its also common sense.
And a couple more that are more directly relevant:
  • Oracle has a different way of handling roadmaps and product futures and features. Whereas I didnt really indulge in future, feature speculation even earlier, we did talk about things we were going to release as part of Express, for example. This might change.
  • And, there are some things that Oracle may not choose to open source, going forward. There is a change here that now the focus is back on delivering value through our IP
Given these new changes, I suspect there will be a subtle change in how we all have our conversations in blogland. As I've endeavored to do before, I will try to keep the focus on what is interesting and important for us and for our users.

Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

Developer Community FAQ and Product Strategy Webcasts

Are you wondering what is changing for Sun developers in the new Oracle world? This FAQ will help answer some of the questions. It will answer many of the "Is Oracle going to continue the Sun program/product/brand " type of questions.

Another excellent resource to understand the emerging vision around Sun's products in Oracle and how the products will integrate is this series of Product Strategy Webcasts for specific information about Java, Operating Systems, Developer Tools (including NetBeans), Cloud, Virtualization, etc.

Pretty much each product at Sun, user group and community that Sun supported, will continue to see enhancements, going forward. (Parenthetically, that is technically not true since the number of product offering combinations -popularly called SKU- has shrunk, but that is because most of these did not have a market and will not have a market, moving forward. However the intention here was to say that the prominent Sun technologies that used to excite and serve Sun's base of customers, community and developers will continue to be invested in). Another thing to note here is that Sun TechDays, JavaOne and Oracle Open World will merge over the next year and include all three programs under a common tent.

Monday Feb 15, 2010

Hello World, Oracle

Oracle Sun Logo
Today, the US offices of Sun are a fully owned legal entity of Oracle! Over the weekend, we - the US employees of Sun, who are still at Oracle- received our last Sun-stamped paycheck (I'm holding onto mine as a keepsake) and other things (like cashing out on the remainder of vacation as Sun employee, etc).

Its time to start a new phase. For me, personally and professionally. And for this blog, as an Oracle employee now.
Its not exactly a blank slate, but its the closest we will come to it, in this transition.

Having given my all to my previous employer, I fully expect to be able to do no less here at Oracle. The one thing that I am most looking forward to is stable predictability so I can plan my product(s), my group(s) and my own career in a more reliable manner. In 2009, I changed managers 5 times and whereas I shielded my group as much as I could, the turmoil of these changes, the RIFs (Reductions in Force, aka layoffs) at Sun and the rapidly changing environment in the last months at Sun was too much for even the admirably tenacious and resilient colleagues that I interacted with.

Now I hope and expect that phase is behind me. And the new dawn brings a new future.

My blogs have mostly talked about the Sun products that I have been associated with and moving forward, I hope to redouble my effort along these lines and maintain the same focus. So, here's to a new career in blogland!

PS. Ellison just brought back the America's Cup to America! This is a wonderful thing to associate with starting work for a new boss!

I have worked with Sun and Oracle for 25 years now; in compilers and tools organization for most of these years followed by a couple of years in Cloud Computing. I am now in ISV Engineering, where our primary task is to improve synergy between Oracle Sun Systems and our rich ISV ecosystem


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