Sunday May 15, 2016

How to seamlessly Transition to Solaris 11..

For those new to Solaris 11, the following article is a fabulous introductory way to kick the tires of Solaris 11 :

Taking Your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11

Migrating to Solaris 11 ..Step-by-Step (From AIX, RedHat Linux, HP-UX) :

.. with Porting Guides, OS Comparisons, and Hands-On Demo Labs .. 

The following Transition Guide is an invaluable reference to follow according to Oracle's Solaris team "Best Practices" :

Transition Guide from S10 to Solaris 11.3 :

For those System Administrators that just want to cut to the chase and see any side-by-side differences between S10 & S11 : 

Differences between S10 and S11 for Admin's :

.. and a HUGE Treasure Trove of "How To" articles for Admins

Index of Solaris 11 "How to" Articles :

Converting Jumpstart to Automated Installer (js2ai utility demo!) :

Saturday Mar 05, 2016

Solaris 11.3 : THE Cloud OS .. OpenStack, Puppet, World-Record Performance/ Availability/ Scalability..

For those that haven't yet benefited from the MANY advantages that Solaris 11 (available since 2011!) offers your IaaS->PaaS+ initiatives, the following will rapidly bring you up to speed regarding World-Record Performance / Availability/ Scalability.. not to mention the fully supported inclusion of OpenStack, Puppet, ...

From Markus Flierel's blog entry, he outlines the high level benefits of what Solaris 11.3 offers :

 Solaris 11.3 is taking things to the next level by making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform. We are introducing a number of critical enhancements in the following areas:

1. Security and Compliance: 

x Verified boot for Kernel Zones

x BSD Packet Filter

x Tailoring of compliance policies

2. Virtualization:

x Secure (encrypted) live migration of Kernel Zones

x Zones on Shared Storage via NFS

x Live reconfiguration of I/O resources

3. OpenStack: There are a number of major enhancements:

x Automated upgrades to the newer versions of OpenStack

x Support for orchestration of services (Heat)

x Support for bare metal provisioning (Ironic): This is already in S11.3 but not yet in the beta

We are also working on integrating DBaaS with Trove and Murano. On the latter I had provided an overview at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit back in May.

4. Networking: 

x Private VLANs

x Flows support for DSCP Marking 

5. Deep integration with the Oracle stack, for instance: 

x Up to 6x faster DB restart and shut-down by leveraging the latest Virtual Memory Management(VM2) capabilities

In addition to that we are providing early access to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) components that we are shipping with Solaris. 

Beyond these highlights, the full "What's new" can be found here :

What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3

Solaris 11.3 FAQ :

Solaris 11 Training, Screencasts, Podcasts, Demo's ..and more :

Tuesday May 20, 2008

Solaris 10 Throughput tested 50 \* Greater than Linux !! (Article)

The recent article from Enterprise Linux News demonstrates a customer that has migrated production systems to Solaris 10.. formerly being an ALL Linux shop.

The resons noted include :

  • Advanced Lights-Out Manager (ALOM) that enables them to manage the server without the need to shut it down first.
  • Zones (Containers) Partitioning, where they adopted Zones to create separate environments on the same machine.
  • The ZFS File system where they implemented ZFS to facilitate programs that perform massive file caching.
  • and MOST importantly .... Solaris 10 had a throughput that was 50 times better than production #'s using Fedora Linux on AMD cpu's.


One additional item that should be noted is that the target platform tested was using Sun's T1 cpu, which offers 8 cores, each with 4 HW threads of execution (aka.. 32 HW threads within one CPU).

Sun's latest Coolthreads/CMT CPU's (T2's) offer roughly double the performance of the former T1 cpu's (up to 8 cores per cpu, each with 8 HW threads = 64 threads/cpu).. and above and beyond single socket 5120 and 5220 T2 (cpu) based systems, Sun now offers dual socket T2 systems including the T5140 and T5240 systems (totaling up to 128 HW threads of execution in a single 1U or 2U system !!!).

 To read the article in it's entirety click here :,289142,sid39_gci1313798,00.html

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