Monday Jul 11, 2011

Oracle Solaris Webcast Series

UPDATE: this is now available as a replay, at your convenience, here.


Building on top of the highly successful Oracle Solaris Online Forum, we're kicking off a new webcast series.


The first event will already happen this Thursday, July 14, 9am Pacific Daylight Time
(happy "Quatorze Juillet" to my French friends !)


The Topic:
Extreme Solaris Virtualization Performance, with Features that Can’t Be Matched


Hear some of Oracle’s leading technical experts discuss how to:



  • Utilize the built-in, unmatched virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris

  • Consolidate your existing environment with levels of efficiency you may not have thought possible

  • Increase business agility with the latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC

  • Take advantage of Oracle’s latest industry-leading, powerful SPARC
    and x86 systems to quickly bring modern cost/performance levels to even
    your oldest legacy applications

You can register and attend here.


Wednesday Mar 23, 2011

Our First Ever Oracle Solaris Online Forum

I'm quite excited to announce our first ever Oracle Solaris Online Forum.
Great agenda, great speakers, direct access to speakers through a live chat !


Learn about Oracle’s commitment to an increased R&D investment in Oracle Solaris, as well as to provide an update on the advanced Oracle Solaris 11 features that have been in development for over five years and will increase Solaris' lead in the market place.

April 14 2011
Please note that for time zone challenges, all sessions will be available on demand after the event as well.


To register now, and for more info,  please go here.



Agenda


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PT:   Oracle Solaris Strategy Overview
Bill Nesheim, VP Oracle Solaris Engineering

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PT:   An Industry Analyst's View of the Operating System Market
Gary Chen, IDC

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. PT:   Manage Your Deployments With Image Packaging System and the Automated Installer
Bart Smaalders, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Dave Miner, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Glynn Foster, Oracle Solaris Product Management
Isaac Rozenfeld, Oracle Solaris Product Management

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT:   Get More out of Your Oracle Solaris Environments With Virtualization
Dan Price, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Nicolas Droux, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Duncan Hardie, Oracle Solaris Product Management

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT:   Learn How All New Features in Oracle Solaris 11 Raise The Bar For Operating Systems
Markus Flierl, Sr. Director Oracle Solaris Engineering
Liane Praza, Oracle Solaris Engineering
Joost Pronk, Oracle Solaris Product Management

Wednesday Sep 08, 2010

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 is here

Today, the latest update to Solaris was announced and released, Oracle Solaris 10 9/10.


The first release since Sun was integrated into Oracle. There are therefore quite a few interesting new features.


To complete the Oracle Solaris familiy of products, updates to Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio also have been made.


Details of all can be found here.



Tuesday Feb 16, 2010

Solaris 10: One of eWEEK's Top 25 Technologies Of The Decade


It's not just us, or plenty of our customers that think that way, but also eWeek.


Quote:



"During the latter half of '00s, Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10 sat at the
leading edge of operating system technologies, with unique capabilities
that include Containers virtualisation, Dtrace system instrumentation
and the ZFS file system. Solaris 10 also helped put a stamp of
inevitability on the x86-64 architecture and on the
open-source-as-a-platform licensing strategy."






And now, with Oracle heavily investing in Solaris, its future looks good.







Thursday Oct 08, 2009

Solaris 10 10/09 is here

Today, October 8 2009, coinciding with my personal 10 year anniversary in the US, Solaris 10 10/09 has been released and is available for free download here.



Major new features are around ZFS improvements and enhancements, and patching and packaging improvements.


Lots of info in the press release.


Here is also great overview.


And, as always, there is plenty of information on the Solaris 10 web page.

Solaris Technologies at Oracle Open World 2009

With Oracle's pending acquisition of Sun, its publicly claimed interest in Solaris, and with the latest Solaris release out of the door just today, it should be no surprise that both Sun
technologies and Solaris specifically have a major presence at this
years Oracle Open World in San Francisco, CA, Oct 11 - 14.


In fact, Sun is an Innovation Sponsor.


So, if you attend, make sure to check out the plenty of Solaris demonstrations at Sun booth, and listen to the plenty of Solaris talks in the different meeting rooms.

For a great overview, check out the Solaris OOW page.

Sunday May 31, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06 Performance

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

One rather important, and interesting question is, 'how good or bad performance are we seeing in OpenSolaris' ?
Well, that is a though question to answer as there are many perspectives of performance, nonetheless there are interesting projects in the OpenSource community like the LibMicro Project that can help you analyze and compare different operating systems, or SysBench for Database performance.

Common practices include running Industry Standard Benchmarks, like those from The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation or the Transaction Processing Performance Council, or in some cases, partial components of their benchmarks.

Here's some information I got from within Sun:

Given that we didn't have much time since we got the final release of OpenSolaris 2009.06 until the launch date, we did some partial tests to analyze the performance of OpenSolaris.
Please note that these are only partial results and that official benchmark results using industry standard benchmarks will come after the launch !

For example while running SysBench OpenSolaris outperformed RHEL5 by 18% in multi-threading, while running WRF OpenSolaris 2009.06 shows 35% better memory management results over RHEL 5, another result now from MCF demonstrates 22% of Integer Arithmetics for OpenSolaris over RHEL5.

In the near future, there should be many more Benchmark results and LibMicro tests with other popular operating systems.

What's New in OpenSolaris 2009.06 ?

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


So what's actually new in this version ?


Well, a lot. Find below two screencasts, one focusing more on what's new on the desktop and developer site, and one screencast focused more on the datacenter and deployer.


Developer / Desktop:




Datacenter / Deployer:




How to upgrade OpenSolairs 2008.11 to 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


Of course you can get an iso or usb image directly from opensolaris.com, and many other places, but if you want to upgrade from an existing OpenSolaris 2008.11 instance, here is how you can do that:




Contribute to OpenSolaris: SourceJuicer

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

Did you ever wonder how you can contribute code, or a ready application, to the
OpenSolaris community ?
Well, with the online tool SourceJuicer, it's fairly easy.
Check out the link, there is lot of information online, and also watch this screencast on how you can use this new tool:



Rapid Service Provisioning with Logical Domains on OpenSolaris 2009.06.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.


One of the new features or technologies is that now, OpenSolaris can run, and is supported, on UltraSPARC machines, which of course also
includes the Sun T-Series servers, with the UltraSPARC T[1,2,2+] chips.

Why is that important ?


That means you now can configure and run Logical Domains, or LDoms, on an OpenSolaris 2009.06 machine, and use this OS as control, service, or guest domain.

Watch a short demo in the below screencast, how you can use LDoms, and underlying ZFS, to very rapidly create new guest domain, or virtual machines, and therefore application services. This demo is also shown at pod # 340 during CommunityOne and JavaOne.




Logical Domain Mobility between Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is launched at CommunityOne West, San Francisco, on June 1 2009.

One of the new features or technologies is that now, OpenSolaris can run, and is supported, on UltraSPARC machines, which of course also includes the Sun T-Series servers, with the UltraSPARC T[1,2,2+] chips.

Why is that important ?

That means you now can configure and run Logical Domains, or LDoms, on an OpenSolaris 2009.06 machine, and use this OS as control, service, or guest domain.

This also means you can migrate domains (Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris 2009.06) from a machine running a Solaris 10 control domain, to machine running OpenSolaris 2009.06, and vice versa.

Watch the screencast to see this in action:



Thursday May 07, 2009

CommunityOne West 2009 - San Francisco June 1 - 3

This exiting event is getting closer and closer.

It's free, and you get very interesting keynotes and sessions, lots of technology showcases, and what looks like a great party !

And of course, that thing called OpenSolaris 2009.06.



CommunityOne West - June 1-3, 2009
Learn more about OpenSolaris at CommunityOne West.


Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Sun VDI 3 (part 3 of 3): Usage

Finally the third (and likely final) screencast about the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3 (VDI 3). The focus this time is how you can use it, and how you can access your virtual desktops.


Again, this builds on top of part 1 and part 2 of this little screencast series.


I hope, of course, that this is useful for people. Bear in mind though of course, actual configuration and therefore usage also depends heavily on your own technical and business decisions.




Monday Apr 27, 2009

VirtualBox 2.2 now in the OpenSolaris /extra repository

Now that my everyday work laptop is a new Toshiba Tecra M10 with OpenSolaris 2008.11 pre-installed and supported, and that part of my job is to use and promote VirtualBox, I wanted to make sure to have the latest version availlable of course.

Software like Sun VirtualBox is now made available through the /extra repository.

See here for information on how to subscribe to that.

VirtualBox has been made available there since version 2.1.4 (I believe), and that's what I had so far on my OpenSolaris laptop. But since recently, 2.2 is now available in that repository. I quickly wanted to make sure that the upgrade works properly, and it absolutely did. I created a few screenshots of the steps I took.

First, a printout about the OS version, the package repositories I subscribed to, and the currently installed version of VirtualBox:





Then, I opened the OpenSolaris Package Manager, pointed to the "extra" repository, and selected the packages for VirtualBox and the VirtualBox kernel module, and hit "Install/Update":





That took about a minute or so, and now I have the latest version installed:




Easy !!


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