What If I Want to Update Just Java?

| May 28, 2013

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Sometimes all you want to update is Java, and not your entire Oracle Solaris environment. But Java is packaged as part of the Oracle Solaris systems software, and Oracle recommends that you update all the system software at once, since it was tested together.

What can you do?

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Should I Disable RPC Devices to Increase Oracle Solaris Security?

| May 15, 2013

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Recently someone asked me what Oracle's official position was regarding disabling RPC devices to increase security on Solaris 10 and Solaris 11.

Oracle has no official position on securing your Oracle Solaris 11 systems; however, I recommend the standard security best practice of removing network facing services that are (more...)

How to Build A Cloud for Family and Friends Using Oracle Solaris 11

| Apr 30, 2013

When we talk about cloud, we tend to focus on The Cloud. Enterprise. Government. Scalable. Fast. Big. Bigger. Fastest. That's all wicked impressive, but it's not something I can do on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Now, I like and use Dropbox. There are other easy-to-use cloud services out there similar (more...)

How Oracle Solaris Engineering Thinks: Liane Praza

| Apr 11, 2013

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It's not often you get a glimpse into how the brightest minds at Oracle think. And Liane is certainly one of the brightest minds at Oracle. In these two short videos (about 2 minutes each), taken at the recent Oracle Solaris Innovations Workshop, she explains:

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What Sysadmins and Netadmins Spend Their Time Doing

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This survey covers a wealth of topics, including how the jobs of sysadmins and netadmins are changing.

A large percentage of both sysadmins and netadmins agree that their jobs are getting more complex and they are spending more time on the job performing more duties with fewer resources.

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Migrating to Oracle Linux: How to Identify Applications To Move

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One of the first things you need to make when migrating from SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux is an inventory of your applications. A package management tool such as Yet Another Setup Tool (YAST) is a big help here. So is the rpm command. Here are some ways to (more...)

The Screaming Men of Finland and Oracle SPARC Chips

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In response to the release of Oracle's SPARC T5 and M5 chips, which are dramatically faster than those of IBM, IBM responded by saying that speed was not as important as other qualities. Forbes begged to differ:

Forbes Article: For Big Data Customers, Top Performance Means High Speed And (more...)

Miss MoneyPenny and the Oracle Solaris 11 Provisioning Assistant

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In the following video, Bart Smaalders, from the Oracle Solaris core engineering team, explains why they decided not to provide a direct upgrade path from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11, and the best way for a data center to perform an indirect upgrade.

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Oracle To Acquire Ducati

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"To handle all that speed and power, today's high-performance motorcycles need traction control, active suspension, ABS, and a multitude of electronic systems that gather an enormous amount of data. Oracle Database is uniquely positioned to process that data at the speeds today's riders require to remain competitive. And, with (more...)

Is Tape Storage Still Harder to Manage Than Disk Storage?

| Mar 28, 2013

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-guest post by Brian Zents-

Historically, there has been a perception that tape is more difficult to manage than disk, but why is that? Fundamentally there are differences between disk and tape. Tape is a removable storage medium and disk is always powered on and spinning. With a removable (more...)

Why Become a Solaris Sysadmin?

| Mar 27, 2013

On the one hand Oracle is telling you that Solaris is the key component of the Oracle stack, that we've been investing heavily in it, and that it provides the best platform for managing the stack. Watch these videos:

How to Protect Your Oracle Solaris Zone Cluster

| Mar 21, 2013

We just published an article by Subarna Ganguly that describes how to build a secure zone cluster. In other words, a zone cluster with trusted extensions. If you want to go straight to the article, scroll down to the bottom of this blog. If you're new to zones, clustering, or (more...)

What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud

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That's what your private cloud will look like if you do it wrong. And there are so many things that can go wrong.

Oracle offers several ways to set up your own private cloud. Richard Friedman describes what's involved in not only deploying it with Oracle VM, but managing it.

Article: What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud

Here are three excerpts:

"A few days ago I had dinner with my friend Dave. He’s a systems administrator for his company’s private cloud. Until recently, his company had relied on a mashup of customized applications, scripts, and (more...)