Tuesday Jul 24, 2007

Solaris and OpenSolaris - What's coming ?

These past few weeks have been interestingly eventful.


In June Brian Gupta and I kicked off an OpenSolaris User Group for the New York area. 

In July we had Ian Murdock and Sara Dornsife visit us while in New York.
As a quick reference, Ian Murdock is a founder of Debian distribution and a former Chief Technology Officer at the Linux Standards Base, whilst Sara runs OpenSolaris Marketing.

Details and some initial responses from the July meeting have been interesting, to say the least. We were very pleased to have had a number of members of the New York Linux User Group and UNIGROUP communities with us. This is what communities are all about. Thank you to all who make events such as this educational and fun.

A day later we had an all-day Sun/Solaris marketing event in our New York office, followed by a pipe explosion a block away from our office. NOT fun!

Earlier that day, I had a 40 minute time slot to present to a room full of customers on the features and futures of Solaris. For obvious reasons I can not distribute content in writing that alludes to future-available features and timeframes, but I have sanitized it to the extent that, I think, allows me to confidently portray the types of things that we are expecting in a Solaris update really-soon-now. What's interesting is that a good number of features that will be showing up in Solaris have actually been out there in the OpenSolaris world for a while. This is how we develop Solaris and if you're not yet an OpenSolaris community member, what is stopping you?

You're welcome to take a peak at the slides if you missed it when I presented it in New York (and Somerset, NJ the next day).

Let me know what you think.

Sunday Apr 01, 2007

April Fool's Day

Ah, April 1st ...

Who would like to be teased? 

Ever wonder why so many blogs are about cats and dogs that people have and adore? Well, I don't have a dog, nor do I have a cat, but.... my sister has a Rottweiller so I guess that qualifies for a blog entry related to dogs.   And yes, he has been to my datacenter.  Sniffed quite a bit actually, all without causing any downtime.

Monday Nov 20, 2006

"Web 2.0"'ing Project Blackbox at the UN

Hi there, -
I am quite excited to help spread the word about our recent innovations in datacenter virtualisation space (Project Blackbox).

Please check out some of the videos that give you a closer in-depth look into what Project Blackbox is all about. Thanks to Dave Douglas and everyone on the team who helped make this happen!!

Today I am acting as a point person at Sun's exhibit table at the United Nations in midtown New York, where AIT Global is holding its 18th Annual Conference, Workshops & Exhibit.

This year's topics include: Best Practices & Solutions for SOA, IT Infrastructure, InfoSec and Web4Development.
Glenn Brunette (Sun's Distinguished Engineer) and Michelle Dennedy(Sun's Chief Privacy Officer) are both speaking today.

With only 3 hours into the event, I've already seen so much interest in this that I've almost ran out of most of the collateral I brought to give out.

The picture boards for the exhibit are quite indicative of the phenomenon.
See for yourself! (please pardon the resolution - I am doing this from the event itself!)










This is the setup.... and this is I with Glenn Brunette 

Friday Sep 29, 2006

CEC - Sun's Customer Engineering Conference 2006

Sun's annual Customer Engineering Conference is taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this year. For those who may not know what this is, it is an annual event that involves a broad range of employees from across all spectra of Sun's technical community across the world.

The event acts as one of the platforms that we, at Sun, use to continually invest in our employees' ongoing technical advancement. One of the unique characteristics of this particular event is that it is primarily targeted toward customer-facing engineers - while a majority of speakers are themselves in customer-facing roles. This allows for an open forum for exchange of ideas, fueled by a vast array of experiences on the use of different client's requirements and technology implementations.

This year the conference is taking place September 30th through October 4th. My contribution will be a presentation on the subject of Solaris 10 Minimization: Lessons Learned from the field. The subject of Solaris minimization is near and dear to many of our customers' hearts, especially those in the Financial services space.

The topic is not something that is new, yet it has grown in visibility and importance due to increased audit and compliance requirements that financial clients need to exercise in their IT infrastructures.

Two of my back-to-back sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd - and are as follows:

Session Id: S284161
Session Title: Solaris 10 Adoption and Minimization: Lessons Learned
Room: 2010
Date: 03-OCT-06
Start Time: 16:50

Session Id: S284161
Session Title: Solaris 10 Adoption and Minimization: Lessons Learned
Room: 2010
Date: 03-OCT-06
Start Time: 18:00 

As in the past, the event promises to be really exciting and I am looking forward to it.

Thursday Oct 13, 2005

Sample SRM Reports

So I've been working with Solaris Resource Manager for a few years now, and as part of my ongoing work with it, I have developed a utility that captures SRM statistics overtime and produces nice reports in HTML and ASCII (that could be input into a spreadsheet or a data-processing engine for chargeback, etc.)

I DO have Sample SRM reports produced by SRM Reporter (based on SRM 1.3 product from Sun, which works on Solaris 2.6 - through Solaris 8 (inclusive). I am working on adapting the utility for being able to do the same on Solaris 10 (and 9).

For now, sample reports are available at the following URL: http://unixability.com/SRM

How to navigate the available SRM reports:

Once there, you'll be presented with a list of hosts, each host containing Daily, Weekly, Monthly report types.

You should select the host named "malish" and look at all three types of reports for that host.

All other hosts listed there are used as place holders for future development. (Currently I only have SRM running on one machine, namely, "malish").

Once you click on one of three report types, you'll be presented with a list of available reports of that type, for that particular host. The available reports are sorted by date.

Please note - since I use this machine for many experimental purposes, some reports may appear to show questionable data. If you do come across a report that looks questionable, please let me know and I'll be happy to clarify.

Any questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.


Tuesday Sep 13, 2005

Watch out DELL - how Sun marketing types have all the fun...

well... maybe not just Sun marketing... but I must admit that it is quite pleasant to see us make some investments in advertising, eventhough not all ad submissions end up being accepted.

If you haven't heard, on 9/12/05 (at our quarterly launch) we have announced availability of the next best thing since sliced bread.

Great job everyone!


Isaac Rozenfeld is a Product Manager for Oracle Solaris; current responsibilities include the portfolio of networking and installation technologies in Solaris, with a focus on easing the overall application deployment experience

You can follow Isaac on Twitter @izfromsun


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