Monday Apr 15, 2013

Solaris and Python

Loved being at last month's PyCon2013 in Santa Clara, CA. For many on our team this hadn't been the first Python conference, but it was the first time we were actually showcasing how Python lends itself to being a language of choice for systems programming and development of Oracle Solaris. We had about a dozen folks from the Solaris deployment technologies teams attend sessions, talk with exhibitors and attendees, and discuss how Solaris provisioning and software lifecycle management tools are written in Python.

Rick Ramsey, our OTN mechanic, caught up with Drew Fisher of the Solaris Deployment team to discuss benefits of choosing Python for developing OS installation tools. 

We are also looking for Python coders to grow our Deployment team in Solaris. Hear from Martin Widjaja, a manager of the Solaris Install team below:

And here are some of the photos from the event, courtesy of Martin himself.  Unfortunately not all team members who were at the event actually made it to the "photo shoot"; here are a few of the folks in action besides me, BJ Wahl, Swati Sarraf, Danek Duvall, Karen Tung, Jesse Butler, Ginnie Wray.







Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Ready.Set.Move: Solaris 10 to Solaris 11

As you begin to consider moving from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11, remember to check out the End of Feature Notices we posted here, in order to help you plan properly. Example: If you have SunOS 4 binaries you're running on Solaris 11, you'd need to run them in Solaris 10 Zones (that in turn run on top of Solaris 11).

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Deploying an application in Solaris 11

My colleague Glynn Foster recently recorded a youtube tutorial, showing how an application can be deployed in Oracle Solaris 11 whilst taking advantage of core OS capabilities, such as IPS, SMF and, of course, virtualization via Zones. Hardware abstraction and virtualization are hot and so why not take advantage of this concept when considering a deployment scenario -  not just from cost-savings and multi-tenancy point of view but just as importantly: security, isolation and management.

Glynn takes his time to provide a thorough explanation to anyone who might be entering the world of Solaris 11 and is interested in seeing how things can be put together. Glynn goes over IPS components such as actuators, facets, variants, mediators, a family of pkg* commands, reviews SMF elements such as manifests, profiles, and svcbundle, as well as ties everything into building a zone and performing basic resource management on how the zone consumes network bandwidth.   Grab a snack and set aside 30 minutes for a joyride of your work day :-)

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

New ISV applications for Solaris 11

 

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to make the following announcement:

Folks working in our ISV engineering group have recently shared some new developments; there's a number of new 3rd party applications have been released with support for Oracle Solaris 11 just this March'13


    * HP; GlancePlus 11.10; SPARC, x64
    * HP; Performance Agent 5.0, 11.10; SPARC, x64
    * Oracle; Oracle Cloud File System (ACFS,ASM Cluster File System) 11.2.0.3 PSU5; SPARC, x64
    * Holland House; Unispool;SPARC, x64
    * AKI GmbH; PrinTaurus for ERP Systems; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; Storage Foundation Cluster File System 6.0.3; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; Storage Foundation for Oracle 6.0.1; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; Storage Foundation for Oracle RAC 6.0.3; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; Storage Foundation for Unix 6.0.3; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) 6.0.3; SPARC, x64
    * Symantec; VeritasVolume Replicator (VVR) 6.0.3; SPARC, x64

 You can keep up with similar announcements on our PartnerTech blog


Monday Apr 01, 2013

Solaris Innovations straight from engineering


We recently held this year's Solaris Innovations workshop at Oracle's (formerly Sun's) Santa Clara, California campus. A couple of engineers took a few moments to talk about the work they're doing.  In this brief 5-minute interview, Bart Smaalders, of Core Solaris Engineering, talks about the journey we've been on in enhancing Solaris upgrade paths for Solaris 10 customers

More details and How-To papers are available at the Simplified Installation section of Oracle Technology Network, here

Additionally, the following interviews should be of interest:

Markus Flierl - Solaris engineering, on innovations in Solaris for Oracle database and middleware

Liane Praza - Solaris engineering, on Manageability and Analytics throughout the "stack"

Don Kretsch - Solaris Studio team, on SPARC T5 optimizations

Larry Wake - Solaris Product Marketing, on continued business value of SysAdmin skills

Mike Palmeter - Solaris Product Management, on OS relevance

Thanks to Rick Ramsey, of OTN, for providing his Camera-as-a-Service cloud infrastructure to get these captured.


Building out Solaris 11 using existing Solaris 10 estate

Some news in the How-to-help-customers-move-to-Solaris-11 department, we have published a How-To document that provides steps on using existing Solaris 10 JumpStart servers to provision new Solaris 11 systems, without having to build a Solaris 11 Automated Install server system first (which may have been a chicken-and-the-egg scenario for some customers).  This article describes a tool called Oracle Solaris 11 Provisioning Assistant for Oracle Solaris 10 which can be downloaded from My Oracle Support and is available at no extra cost for customers whose systems are covered by Oracle support.  Grab the above-mentioned How-To, and pick one of the desired versions - one for SPARC and one for x86.   Log into My Oracle Support and search for these:

Patch 16575713:

ORACLE SOLARIS 11 PROVISIONING ASSISTANT TOOL FOR ORACLE SOLARIS 10 (SPARC)

Patch 16575721:

ORACLE SOLARIS 11 PROVISIONING ASSISTANT TOOL FOR ORACLE SOLARIS 10 (X86)

Pretty straight forward.   Let me know what you think and how it helps you! 

About

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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