Wednesday Jul 27, 2011

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Beta - Now Available!

The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Beta release is now available for download!

We are excited to launch the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Beta Program.  Key focus areas for this release include performance, reliability and developer productivity.  

Feature Highlights:

Accelerates Application Performance:

  • Compiler and library optimizations for the newest Oracle Sun Enterprise Servers
  • SPARC-based systems (incl. SPARC T4): accelerates application performance up to 3x over gcc, with up to a 40% boost over Sun Studio 12
  • x-86 based systems: delivers application performance up to 1.5x over gcc and up to 20% faster than Sun Studio 12

Improves Application Observability:

  • Code Analyzer (New): improves application reliability by identifying common coding and memory access errors
  • Performance Analyzer: application concurrency graphs and multi-process application profiling

Enhances Developer Productivity:

  • Development of Oracle Solaris application via remote access from a Windows desktop
  • Oracle Pro*C & OCI/OCCI Database development in Solaris Studio IDE
  • Updated support for key open source runtime libraries, including BOOST and Apache C++
  • Build applications up to 20% faster than Studio 12.2 and up to 20% reduction in debug information size

Available for Solaris and Linux operating systems, including Solaris 11 Express and Oracle Linux
Learn more:
- Beta Readme: lists systems requirements, instructions for installation, and new/updated features in this release
- Code Analyzer Tutorial: new tutorial, with sample source code, on using the Code Analyzer to produce high-quality software 

Thursday Mar 17, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11 Express Image Packaging System

Oracle Solaris 11 Express OTN webpage will be featuring a different technology for the next several months with various resources.  This gives customers an opportunity to see what's new within Oracle Solaris 11 Express cutting edge core technologies.

The month of March Oracle Solaris 11 Express Image Packaging System is being featured on the Oracle Solaris 11 Express spotlight page . Check out the resources available on the technology.  White papers, one liner cheat sheet, screencasts, podcasts and more!!

Image Packaging System (IPS) is a new network based package management system included in Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11. It provides a framework for complete software lifecycle management such as installation, upgrade and removal of software packages.

  • Safe system upgrades with ZFS boot environments
  • Network package repositories of software
  • Efficient downloads and automatic dependency checking
  • Support for disconnected data center environments
  • Extensive package publishing tools

Tuesday Mar 15, 2011

Oracle Solaris LIVE OTN Techcast Show today at 1:00 pm PT!

Oracle Solaris IPS featured on LIVE OTN Techcast show Today!

Bart Smaalders, IPS Senior Principle Software Engineer will be discussing Oracle Solaris 11 Express -Package Management with Image Packaging System

Date: Tuesday, March 15th
Time: 1:00pm US Pacific Time (PT)
To log on and watch the show please click here

Please join us for an interactive LIVE show!!!  Chat available to ask your questions.

Wednesday Dec 08, 2010

Oracle Solaris Summit Video Segments and slides

Below are the slides and video clips from LISA conference 2010 that folks have been asking for from the Oracle Solaris Summit.

Agenda

9:00 - 9:30 am - Introduction to Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Markus Flierl - slides - video

9:30 - 11:00 am - Image Packaging System, by Bart Smaalders - slides - video

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in the Enterprise, by Dave Miner - slides (video from OOW)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Advances in Solaris Networking with Crossbow and Beyond, by Nicolas Droux - slides - video

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Dan Price - slides - video

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - BREAK

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - ZFS Features in Oracle Solaris Express, by Cindy Swearingen - slides - video

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm - New Security Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Glenn Faden - slides - video

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm - Deploying Applications Using SMF and Other Solaris 11 Features, by Liane Praza - slides - video (starts at ~31 mins)

Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

New Rockin' Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express for Sys Admins

Check out the new video with Rick Ramsey interviewing Markus Flierl, Dan Price, Liane Praza from Core Solaris engineering where they discuss the latest and greatest features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express.

Monday Nov 08, 2010

Oracle Solaris Summit will be streaming live at LISA 2010!

The LISA 2010 Conference is Here!  Please join Oracle Solaris this week in San Jose for the Oracle Solaris Summit and visit our booth #103/105. We had such a big demand that we are now going to be streaming from the Summit. See below for the streaming link:


http://www.ustream.tv/channel/solaris-summit-at-lisa10

Come find out how to deploy Oracle Solaris 11 Express at the best sysadmin conference of the year - LISA 2010. November 7-12 at the San Jose Convention Center. Oracle Solaris engineers will be hosting a FREE full-day summit on the technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 Express-Do not need to registered at LISA to attend. We're also hosting several Birds of a Feather sessions about specific Solaris topics and the migration of content from BigAdmin to the Oracle Technology Network.  Come check out the demos at the Oracle booth at LISA - #103/105

Details on the Oracle Solaris Summit  

This FREE all-day event will take deep-dives into each of the major technologies in Oracle Solaris 11 Express that you'll need to understand to deploy Oracle Solaris 11 in the enterprise. Each discussion is led by a Solaris engineering or technical expert.

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 in Ballroom A4/A5, San Jose Convention Center.

Agenda:

    \* 9:00 - 9:30 am - Introduction to Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Markus Flierl
    \* 9:30 - 11:00 am - Image Packaging System, by Bart Smaalders
    \* 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Deploying Oracle Solaris 11 in the Enterprise, by Dave Miner
    \* 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - LUNCH BREAK
    \* 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Advances in Solaris Networking with Crossbow and Beyond, by Nicolas Droux
    \* 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Dan Price
    \* 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - BREAK
    \* 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - ZFS Features in Oracle Solaris Express, by Cindy Swearingen
    \* 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm - New Security Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, by Glenn Faden
    \* 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm - Deploying Applications Using SMF and Other Solaris 11 Features, by Liane Praza
    \* 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Beer and Snacks Reception for ALL

Birds of a Feather Sessions:


Title: Solaris 10 and Beyond Engineering Panel
Date: Tuesday, 11/9 7:00 pm
Location: San Jose Convention Center - Ballroom  Salon I/II
Speakers:
    \* Dan Roberts - Moderator
    \* Dan Price
    \* Bart Smaalders
    \* Nicolas Droux
    \* Liane Praza

Abstract: This engineering panel discussion will give attendees insight to the new features with Oracle Solaris 11 and an opportunity to ask questions of some of the kernel engineers leading Oracle Solaris 11 development.

Title: Image Packaging System/ Installation
Date: Wednesday, 11/10 7:00 pm
Location: San Jose Convention Center - Blossom Hill (upstairs)
Speakers:
    \* Bart Smaalders
    \* Dave Miner

Abstract: This BoF will focus on how the Packaging and Install components in Oracle Solaris 11 have been redesigned. This session is a chance to talk with the architects and find out how this will simplify deployment and maintenance of Oracle Solaris 11.

Title: DTrace and Performance with Oracle Solaris 11 Express
Date: Wednesday, 11/10 8:00 pm
Location: SJ Convention Center - Blossom Hill (upstairs)
Speaker: Jim Mauro

Abstract: This BoF will focus on Oracle Solaris Performance topics, with special focus on DTrace, the dynamic tracing framework built into the OS. It's also a great chance to talk with Jim Mauro, co-author of "Solaris Performance and Tools: DTrace and MDB Techniques for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris" and of the upcoming book "DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD."

Title: Where Did BigAdmin Go?
Date: Tuesday, 11/9 8:00 pm
Location: SJ Convention Center - Salon I/II
Speaker: Rick Ramsey

Abstract: Q&A plus discussion.  Where content from BigAdmin was moved to on the Oracle Technology Network.  How to find it.  What didn't get moved.  Where'd the HCL go?  Other aspects about the Oracle Technology Network of interest to BigAdmin fans.  How to stay informed and contribute content or suggestions.  What would you like us to focus on?

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday Jul 06, 2010

Check out the NEW Oracle Solaris Virtualization Whitepaper

A NEW Oracle Solaris Virtualization Whitepaper is now available.  Virtualization with Oracle Solaris 10 discusses how Oracle offers the most complete portfolio of end-to-end virtualization solutions available today. With full stack management from applications to disk, Oracle solutions can help companies consolidate systems, gain greater efficiency, rapidly deploy solutions, and more. Each virtualization technology comes with its own set of advantages–making it important to understand when and how they can best be deployed. Providing varying degrees of flexibility, availability, and security, these technologies can be used separately or together to affect better resource utilization and reduce infrastructure complexity. Solutions are available at every layer of the infrastructure–from operating system and resource virtualization, to virtual machines and hard partitioning, to desktops and storage.

More information and resources on Oracle Solaris Virtualization available here



Monday May 24, 2010

Oracle Solaris Virtualization featured on OTN TechCast Live Show May 25th@10:00 am!

You will not want to miss out on the OTN TechCast Live Show taking place tomorrow, May 25th @ 10:00 am!!  Oracle Solaris Virtualization will be featured.

Get up close and personal with Joost Pronk, CTO Oracle Solaris while he discusses Oracle Solaris Virtualization.
Oracle  Solaris Virtualization safely consolidate multiple applications onto one system and increase your utilization rates with the advanced functionality of Oracle Solaris 10.  Joost will be discussing Oracle Solaris Virtualization offerings, what the advantages are for Oracle, Oracle Solaris Containers and much more! Tune in on May25th @10:00 am - Will also be available on demand.

Tune in tomorrow!

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010

New White Paper - How to Optimize Oracle Solaris Applications for Intel Platforms

It has been awhile since I have blogged as well as having some writers block during my Sun to Oracle transition. I was fortunate to land in Solaris where I was prior-which I am so thankful for.  In my new role at Oracle working on the Solaris Technical Content Team - I am focused on delivering Solaris technical content for Virtualization and Security- working with some excellent people by the way!

I wanted to give an inside to some new cool collateral that is being delivered by others from my team.  Mike Mulkey, one of my partners in crime just worked with a team of folks at Oracle and Intel on delivering How to Optimize Oracle Solaris Applications for Intel Platforms.

This is a technical guide for developers and sysadmins that explains how to use the capabilities of Solaris to optimize the scalability, performance, reliability, security, power efficiency, and virtualization of applications running on Intel's Xeon processor family (5600 and 7500 series).

Here is a snapshot of what the paper touches on. This paper discusses the major Solaris capability and describes how it has been optimized. For example ...

  • How Solaris enhances Intel multicore processor capabilities—up to 8 processor sockets, each with up to 8 cores and 2 threads per core—as well as Intel Hyper-Threading, QuickPath, and Turbo Boost technologies.
  • How Solaris Fault Management Architecture (FMA) integrates with the Intel Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery features, enabling systems to automatically monitor, report, and recover from hardware errors to maintain data integrity and keep missioncritical applications and services online.
  • How Solaris takes advantage of the dynamic power management capabilities of the Intel processors.
  • How Solaris takes advantage of the latest Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) features and enables the highest consolidation ratios.

To download white paper it is available on this page


Monday Aug 25, 2008

Intel Dave - Another great video!

Another great video that David Stewart has put out on Xeon and OpenSolaris.  He talks about the "marriage" of the two - how they may a great partnership and drills down on key features that really work well together.  Check out the video from David Stewart  on Xeon and OpenSolaris.
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