The Technical Details: April 29 Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch

| Apr 19, 2014

You may have already heard that we're going to hold the Oracle Solaris 11.2 launch in New York City in a few days, and that there will also be a live webcast of the event.

One of the things that the webcast will feature that won't be part of the live event will be additional technical presentations where Solaris engineers will go into more detail about some of the new features that are being (more...)

New White Paper Compares SPARC/Solaris to Power/AIX Costs. Guess Who Wins?

| May 15, 2013

One thing that's been clear since the launch of Oracle's new Sun SPARC T5 and M5: it got IBM's attention. Judging from their response, they seem to be... I'm going to go with concerned.

And as I've said before, I don't blame them. A company with a long history behind (more...)

Oracle Solaris Security Recommended Reading

| May 10, 2013

A few recent security-related items you may not have seen yet:

First off, we have a new paper on security standards compliance using Oracle Solaris 11: Oracle Solaris 11 and PCI DSS Compliance.

This paper specifically takes a look at how customers can use Oracle Solaris 11's extensive security feature (more...)

Oracle Solaris and SPARC performance, Part 4½

A couple of quick pointers to wrap up this series, at least for now.

First, Steve Sistare's added a couple of meaty posts to his blog, on "Massive Solaris Scalability for the T5-8 and M5-32":

And I'll let Rick Ramsey at OTN Garage (more...)

Oracle Solaris and SPARC (and x86) Performance, Part 4

East or West?

I admit it. Being a bit removed from my days as a system administrator, and not necessarily steeped in the day-to-day existence of network design, I was slightly perplexed when I first saw the original of the illustration on the right.

This was shortly after we'd acquired (more...)

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 3

Moving on from database, more world record performance, this time with Java. From the BestPerf blog:

And there's a new white paper available, which discusses the specific advantages for Java performance that Oracle (more...)

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 2

Continuing on the performance theme: Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server is now the world's fastest single server for Oracle Database.  In a server-to-server comparison, T5-8 has a sevenfold price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database.

This is a perfect example of what we can do by (more...)

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 1

In the wake of the SPARC T5/M5 launch last week, there's a lot we can discuss, especially related to performance.

To start with: we've just released an update to Oracle Solaris Studio, with compiler optimizations specifically designed to get the most performance out of applications on Oracle T5, Oracle (more...)

Boom!

| Mar 28, 2013

The big SPARC launch took place earlier this week. As usual with these events, it was a lot of fun to attend, even if no gimongous tents were involved. I was standing in the back, next to the control booth; as the music went up and the lights went down, (more...)

There Were Giant Flying Businessmen in Those Days

| Mar 26, 2013

One of the side effects of choosing the name "Solaris" for our OS is that we share it with several other companies in unrelated fields: sunglasses, snack bars, roofing shingles and the like--and the book, of course. I hear there were even movies.

Just for fun, I collected a few (more...)

More on the March 26 Webcast: “New SPARC Servers with the World’s Fastest Microprocessor”

| Mar 19, 2013

Let's be real.

If, in March 2010, Oracle had made an announcement about the "world's fastest microprocessor," you might have been left scratching your head.

It turns out that SPARC T3 did come out later that year, and it was a significant boost over the existing UltraSPARC (more...)

“uptime: 3737 days…”

| Mar 15, 2013

What were you doing in late 2002?  Well, these guys were booting up this SPARC/Solaris server. They finally had to shut it down for the first time in over 10 years -- to move it.



Some thoughts:

1. This was Solaris 9. More uptime goodness added in 10 and 11... and wait till you see what we've got up our collective sleeve.

2. "But what about all those critical kernel fixes they missed?", you might ask.  Yes, that's a challenge. See the last part of #1.

3. Glad we fixed the lbolt thing.

4. They brought it (more...)

It’s That Time Again: Share Your Great Solaris Story at Oracle OpenWorld SF

| Mar 14, 2013

The Oracle OpenWorld Call for Proposals is now open, through April 12th. What does this mean to you, the Solaris person? This is a chance for you to share your experience with your peers, and to interact with some of the top Oracle Solaris experts in the world.

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is a unique experience in a unique city, and if your proposal is accepted, you'll get a complimentary pass to the show (you can also submit proposals for JavaOne and MySQL Connect).  OOW is September 22nd-26th this year.

Learn more about Oracle OpenWorld 2013


Announcing Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13

| Mar 13, 2013

Today we released Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13 (that's a lot of threes!). This update is specifically for use with Oracle Solaris 10, delivering even more high availability and disaster recovery capabilities for mission-critical application deployments.

What makes Oracle Solaris Cluster better? It's integrated with Oracle Solaris at the kernel level, offering faster and more accurate failure detection and mitigation. Oracle Solaris 10 of course has groundbreaking availability features such as predictive self healing built into it; combine that with Oracle Solaris Cluster and you've created an environment that stands up to surprises such as facilities outages and (more...)

March 26 Webcast: “Breakthrough with Extreme Performance”

Save the date -- on Tuesday, March 26th, join Larry Ellison and John Fowler as Oracle unveils a new standard for extreme performance. There will be a live webcast at 1:00 PM PT, or if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area that day, you can register to attend in person at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores.

Oracle Live Event: Breakthrough with Extreme Performance
Tuesday March 26, 2013
1:00pm PT / 4pm ET

REGISTER FOR THE WEBCAST

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