Solaris 11 ecosystem ...for SysAdmins

Solaris 11 Express came out in November 2010, with the Solaris 11 release being imminent - it is a vehicle for getting introduced to technologies that are shaping the Solaris ecosystem going forward. There are technologies that constitute the fundamental basis for value-rich stack present in Oracle products, by Oracle as well as by a number of customers \*today\*. Here is a great video describing the relevance with specific examples to be aware of, particularly how new architecture provides an integrated system and offers simplified administration. Rick Ramsey interviews Markus Flierl, Liane Praza and Dan Price from core Solaris Engineering.



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"Immanent"? Really? With neither the Sun Ray stack nor VirtualBox working properly on Solaris 11 Express, what makes the release immanent? Unless Oracle has done extreme fix-up work internally under Oracle's infamous Cone Of Silence, it will be a while yet. But then, Cthulu forbid Oracle says \*anything\* until it's already out the door. :-(

Sitting on a currently useless investment of three Sun Rays from Sun...

Rainer

Posted by Rainer on March 16, 2011 at 01:13 PM EDT #

Rainer,

It is "imminent" because the industry has spoken and the thirst to consume innovation needs to be quenched by following a lifecycle model that makes business sense while delivering value. While certain pieces of software don't yet work with Express, that's ok - because it's not the intent of Express to be the release where everything will just work - it is a milestone that introduces a platform, with newer underlying architectures (around various segments of the OS), that is then used by developers and ISV to bake their goods on - in time for the General Availability release. This concept is not new, nor is it unique to Solaris. Additionally, if customers develop proprietary s/w that they know will benefit from facilities and capabilities in S11 Express, we offer enterprise-grade support. We also have an active beta program for select set of customers across industries, which is a win/win. A large portion of development continues to be available via Opensolaris.org

VirtualBox and Sun Ray software work is ongoing. Thank you for your business & investment in Sun Ray technology -- what platform do you run them on?
How do you measure the useless-ness of your investment in just 3 Sun Rays? Do they no longer serve the purpose of solving business problems they did at the time you acquired them? Or have your requirements (or something else?) changed?

Posted by Isaac on March 16, 2011 at 02:53 PM EDT #

Oracle made it quite clear that the next version of Solaris would be a fine tuning of Solaris 11 express. Various software difficulties, including the two mentioned above, made it clear that much more than just fine tuning is needed. With things this broken, developers and ISVs cannot bake their goods based on this. Don't even start me on how Oracle threw OpenSolaris.org out into the cold. I don't care what anyone says; Ellison is not open source friendly. As for the Solaris lifecycle model, Oracle broke that the moment they bought Sun.

I currently do not run them on anything. I have been a Solaris and OpenSolaris user for years, but the newest Solaris 11 express is completely broken. My three sunrays are now sitting here doing absolutely nothing but collecting dust. I am a home user, so a multi-thousand dollar support contract is not an option. (I would never have installed Solaris 11 express at work. Just as well, as I had no idea it was this broken.) Unfortunately, I upgraded my ZFS pools on my server before I discovered that the Sun Ray Stack wouldn't work. And now I can no longer go backwards.

Ellison says that he is committed to sunrays, and to Solaris. Why anyone could have let this version out the door without testing this basic functionality astounds me.

Rainer

Posted by Rainer on March 16, 2011 at 03:26 PM EDT #

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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


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