Thursday Oct 27, 2011

Come join us as we launch Solaris 11 in New York!

We are gearing up to launch Oracle Solaris 11.  Here is a formal invitation to join us at a live event for this 6+ years-in-the-making occasion.
Join Oracle executives Mark Hurd and John Fowler along with Oracle Solaris engineering personnel at the Oracle Solaris 11 launch event in New York, Gotham Hall on Broadway, November 9th and learn how you can build your infrastructure with Oracle Solaris 11 to:

   * Accelerate internal, public, and hybrid cloud applications
   * Optimize application deployment with built-in virtualization
   * Achieve top performance and cost advantages with Oracle Solaris 11–based engineered systems

The launch event will also feature exclusive content for our in-person audience including a session led by Markus Flierl,  VP of Core Solaris development and his engineering leads on Solaris 11 and a customer insights panel during lunch. We will also have a technology showcase featuring our latest systems and Solaris technologies. The Solaris executive team will also be there throughout the day to answer questions and give insights into future developments in Solaris. Come meet the folks behind the scenes and spend the day with us as we illustrate how the upcoming release of Solaris is ready to address tomorrow's business problems.

Following Executive Staff from Solaris organization will be available for customer conversations:

John Fowler, Markus Flierl, Bill Nesheim, Chris Armes, Lynn Rohrer, Charlie Boyle, Scott Tracy, Marshall Choy

Following Solaris Engineers will be on-hand and available for customer conversations:

Liane Praza, Bart Smaalders, Daniel Price, Nicolas Droux, David Comay, Leonid Grossman, Mark Maybee, David Brean, Ethan Quach, Jan Setje-Eijers, Rafael Vanoni, Darren Moffat

Following Solaris Product Managers will be on-hand and available for customer conversations:

Joost Pronk, Glynn Foster, Alex Barclay, Dominic Kay, Larry Wake, Isaac Rozenfeld

Don't miss the Oracle Solaris 11 launch in New York on November 9.

Friday Sep 17, 2010

Solaris Zones at Oracle OpenWorld 2010

Happy to report that a joint proposal to speak at Oracle OpenWorld on the topic of how Solaris Containers (aka Zones) have been used by our customers has been accepted earlier this year!  Next week I am being joined by two of my colleagues, Duncan Hardie - Solaris Product Manager, and Jeff Victor - Solaris Virtualization Specialist, to deliver a talk on this subject. The title of our talk is: Optimizing Legacy and Modern Application Environments with Oracle Solaris Containers

We are speaking on Tuesday at 2pm PST and if you're attending OpenWorld, JavaOne or Oracle Develop and are interested in learning about metrics and approaches to getting better performance while reaping cost savings for Solaris application environments, do come down and see us - Moscone South, Room 301

The session link is:

The session abstract is: 

The Oracle Solaris OS includes support for Oracle Solaris Containers, a virtualization technology that provides isolated and secure runtime environments in a single OS instance. With Oracle Solaris Containers, administrators can manage separate workloads, control resource usage, and maintain IP network separation. These features let multiple applications--or even multiple instances of the same application--securely coexist on a single system, for server consolidation savings. Customers win by leveraging a unique way of effectively and efficiently running applications, even those from legacy environments. This session explores benefits others have seen by using Oracle Solaris Containers to effectively move legacy applications to new systems.

I look forward to connecting with many customers and colleagues attending this event and am hoping to see you there! Shoot me a note if you're coming down to the Bay area and would like to connect at OOW: isaac {at} sun {dot} com


Update: 10/1/2010 - The presentation from the Oracle OpenWorld session has been posted here The talk had the following outline/agenda with the following sections comprising the talk:
Business Challenges
• Oracle Solaris Containers
   - Capabilities and Value Drivers
• Using Oracle Containers Today
• Deployments in Financial Services

Saturday Aug 11, 2007

Zones on Demand (ZoD) - Self-sufficiently Get Your Own Zone in 20 seconds!

Last week I had an opportunity to meet with and present to one of our interesting financial customers (who will remain nameless for non-disclosure reasons). Subject of the meetings had been Solaris, virtualization, container management, processor roadmap discussions (and so forth).

 During the meeting we discussed how Solaris Zones are being used with a real business strategy in mind. Although Zones are a nice feature of Solaris, when taken at face value it doesn't really stand out until you do something creative with it, something so customer-specific (yet amazing!) that vendors typically do not offer out of the box.   What I am referring to here is facility that's been developed [in-house] that focuses on empowering lines of business units to self-sufficiently create Solaris Zone environments for themselves, via  a webtool. 

Not only that, but what had been demo'ed to me actually appeared as a working, really thought through, solution that, at its core, has business drivers in mind.  One of the key deliverables of this webtool is that it leverages inexpensive technology to enable the consumer to request an instantiation of a pre-defined zone profile (and there are a few), with storage, processing power, memory, IP allocation, etc. - self-sufficiently via the intranet web! On top of that, a Zone gets provisioned and becomes available for use in less then a minute!  

How does this exponentiate the coolness factor ?  It allows the customer to expedite the time to requisite hardware/processing space in the datacenter and shrink that from what it would otherwise be (and you know how long that may take) ...down to 20 seconds!

I was amazed.   The idea is really straight forward - there are a number of servers, SAN storage and IP address pools that are allocated for LOB's as a co-operative. Leveraging Solaris Zones (often referred to as Containers), the tool offers up an opportunity for end-users to pick a pre-defined Zone profile (there's a set, reflecting typical types of applications that are of utmost interest, held in a cpio archive).  An end-user access the internal website, chooses an available profile, fills out some basic information about a zone and submits a form. Within seconds, the work is done. The user sees progress of zone creation, gets notified by email when the process is complete. Because it is a shared environment, a zone has an expiration date (think: leasing) that can be adjusted (if needed).



8/12/07 - Update and a response to comments -


I understand the tools were pretty much  PHP and CGI-like scripts on the backend to call things like zonecfg(1M) and zoneadm(1M).  I do not have specifics as to the effort, however I inquired as to the timeframe for getting this sort of thing done and I understand it was done in a matter of a few months, by one key person working on this often on their own time - as a pet project.

Since this is based on the Solaris 10 11/06 release (which backported\* a ton of Zone/ZFS integration code from OpenSolaris/Nevada), the zone clone feature is leveraged, so is the ZFS filesystem, which is what zones get deployed to and how reservation and quotas are enforced. They also provide storage for data on ZFS so its easier to manage and delegate complete control of ZFS filesystems to the Zone administrator - voila!

\*For those that may not be aware of this fact, a currently available commercial release of Solaris does get features from the next release currently in development. As such, Solaris 10 does get certain features from the next release of Solaris  being developed in the OpenSolaris community. The codename for the SunOS 5.11 kernel is Nevada and that is where new features appear first, prior to getting (if appropriate) backported/integrated into the Solaris 10 codebase. See for more.



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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