OpenSSL on Oracle Solaris 11.3

As with Solaris 11.2, Solaris 11.3 delivers two versions of OpenSSL: the non-FIPS 140 version (default) and the FIPS 140 version.  They are both based on OpenSSL 1.0.1o (as of July 7th, 2015).

There are no major features added to Solaris 11.3 OpenSSL; however, there are a couple of things that I would like to note.

EOL SSLv2 Support


SSLv2 protocol has been known to have issues for (more...)

Changes to ZFS ARC Memory Allocation in 11.3

New in Solaris 11.3 is a kernel memory allocation subsystem called the
kernel object manager, or KOM. The first consumer of this subsystem is the
ZFS ARC.

Prior to Solaris 11.3, the ZFS ARC allocated its memory from the kernel heap
space using kmem caches. This has several drawbacks: first, internal
fragmentation can result in memory used by the ARC not being reclaimed by the
system. This problem is particularly acute if large (more...)

Friday July 10 Live Demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud

On Friday July 10, Oracle is offering a live PLM demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud.  Registration is required, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this unique cloud-based solution.

Most portfolio decision makers have poor visibility into the new project pipeline.  Without the right analysis or data, it's nearly impossible to achieve your targeted return on innovation spending.  Oracle Innovation Management Cloud provides insight to (more...)

Friday July 10 Live Demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud

On Friday July 10, Oracle is offering a live PLM demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud.  Registration is required, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this unique cloud-based solution.

Most portfolio decision makers have poor visibility into the new project pipeline.  Without the right analysis or data, it's nearly impossible to achieve your targeted return on innovation spending.  Oracle Innovation Management Cloud provides insight to (more...)

Solaris 11.3: rtc(1m) no longer warps the time by default

On x86 hardware Solaris derives the time-of-day from the "real-time-clock (RTC)"; traditionally, this clock is defined ticking in "local time".

 That has always been problematic when you have multiple OSes installed on the same hardware. All OSes will want to change RTC when they believe that we have just crossed one of the day-light-saving time boundaries. With Solaris 11's new boot environment, it is even a problem when you only have one OS installed but (more...)

Upgrading OpenStack from Havana to Juno

Upgrading from Havana to Juno - Under the Covers

Upgrade from one OpenStack release to the next is a daunting task.  Experienced OpenStack operators usually only do so reluctantly.  After all, it took days (for some - weeks) to get OpenStack to stand up correctly in the first place and now they want to upgrade it?  At the last OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, it wasn't uncommon to hear about companies with large clouds still (more...)

What’s New in Solaris OpenStack Juno Neutron

The  current update  of Oracle  OpenStack  for Oracle  Solaris updates  existing
features to the OpenStack Juno release and adds the following new features:

  1. Complete IPv6 Support for Tenant Networks
  2. Support for Source NAT
  3. Support for Metadata Services
  4. Support for Flat (untagged) Layer-2 Network Type
  5. Support for New Neutron Subcommands

1. Complete IPv6 Support for Tenant Networks

Finally, Juno  provides feature parity between  IPv4 and IPv6. The  Juno release
allows tenants to create networks and associate (more...)

Configuring the Neutron L3 Agent in Solaris OpenStack Juno

The Oracle Solaris implementation of OpenStack Neutron supports the following deployment model: provider router with private networks deployment. You can find more information about this model here. In this deployment model, each tenant can have one or more private networks and all the tenant networks share the same router. This router is created, owned, and managed by the data center administrator. The router itself will not be visible in the tenant's network topology view as (more...)

OpenStack Juno in Solaris 11.3 Beta

It's been less than year since we announced availability of the Havana version of the OpenStack cloud infrastructure software as part of Solaris 11.2 and we've since continued to see what can only be described as a startling amount of momentum build in the OpenStack community. It's an incredibly exciting space for us, and for Oracle as a whole, as we watch the benefits of cloud based infrastructure and service management transform the way (more...)

Remote Administration with RAD and Oracle Solaris 11

As organisations look for increased agility in their IT operations, many are turning towards more cloud like environments with shared compute, network and storage, and the ability for self-service users to quickly provision new virtualised environments on demand. With this increased virtualization sprawl, it's imperative to have a set of tools to allow administrators to effectively manage these environments, ensure they remain highly available, secure and observable.

There's hundreds of tools that have been created (more...)

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta Now Available!

We've done it again! Oracle Solaris 11.3 beta has been released today! The beta program is a great opportunity to download the latest release, try it out, and give us some feedback.

We've crammed in hundreds of new features into this release including some of my favourites: an updated OpenStack distribution (Juno), live migration support for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones and hosting them over NFS using shared storage, bigger compression ratios with LZ4 support (more...)

Introducing Secure Live Migration

Secure Live Migration with Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones

Hopefully you have heard about the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta release but if not you can learn more here.

One of the key features of the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta release is the introduction of Secure Live Migration for Kernel Zones. This feature brings with it a couple of things of note.

First the obvious part - with live migration system administrators can limit the (more...)

New features in Oracle Solaris Zones

 New Oracle Solaris Zones features

In case you missed it, and how could you, the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta was made available today. You can find the details here.

As always the Oracle Solaris Virtualization team has been very busy and there is a great list of things that they have delivered. Here are a few highlights:

  • Secure Live Migration: Kernel Zones can now be moved around the datacenter without causing an outage. (more...)

Top 10 Things You Might Be Overlooking in Oracle SQL Developer

The engineers don't want to work with you, mostly.

The engineers don’t want to work with you, mostly.

You do your job. You take the requests from the customers, and give them to the engineers.

Wait, that’s me.

Your job is probably something more like, you write SQL and PL/SQL, you build databases, you create reports, forms, and applications, you keep all of this running, you make it work, and you make it ‘fast enough.’

For much of your work, you live in (more...)

Selected FOSS Evaluation Packages

Today Oracle announced a new program to provide customers with evaluation copies of new and updated versions of selected FOSS components ahead of officially supported Oracle Solaris product releases.

The first set of packages -- utilities, services, productivity tools, and developer tools -- will be available today at the Oracle Solaris product release repository for customers running Oracle Solaris 11.2 GA. The source code used to build the components is available at the Solaris (more...)

Solaris new system calls: getentropy(2) and getrandom(2)

The traditional UNIX/Linux method of getting random numbers (bit streams really) from the kernel to a user space process was to open(2) the /dev/random or /dev/urandom pseudo devices and read(2) an appropriate amount from it, remembering to close(2) the file descriptor if your application or library cached it.  Solaris 11.3 adds two new system calls, getrandom(2) and getentropy(2), for getting random bit streams or raw entropy. These are compatible with APIs recently introduced (more...)

OpenSSH in Solaris 11.3

Solaris 9 was the first release where we included an implementation of the IETF SSH client and server protocols, I led that project and at the time I was also the document editor for the IETF standards documents. We started with OpenSSH but for various reasons it ended up over time being a Solaris specific fork called SunSSH. We have regularly resynced for features and bug fixes with OpenSSH, but SunSSH remains a fork.

Starting (more...)

Release of Solaris 11.3 Beta

Today is a very exciting day for the Solaris team: This morning we've released a beta for Solaris 11.3, less than a year after we released Solaris 11.2.

With Solaris 11.2 we turned Solaris into a comprehensive cloud platform which includes virtualization, SDN and OpenStack. Since the release of Solaris 11.2 I've seen a rapid uptake of these new features. A lot of customers a using Unified Archives for deploying (more...)

Ne négligez pas le face-à-face !

Un post de Pascal Hary, CX Sales Development Manager Oracle

Même à l’ère du numérique, les enquêtes montrent que les échanges avec les commerciaux constituent, parmi les points de contact, le premier levier d’influence pour les clients B2B.

Dans un monde connecté, renforcer la numérisation et l’automatisation représente de nombreux avantages pour votre entreprise. Mais il ne faut surtout pas oublier l’importance de la bonne vieille tactique de vente du B2B : le contact humain (more...)

Are we on the edge of a tipping point or just another hype cycle?

The month of June (2015) is like a blur to me.  There were so many conferences and events for higher education where Oracle had a presence that I barely had enough clothes to reload my suitcase each week.  

Despite the crazy schedule, there were some very interesting themes that emerged from all of the meetings.  First off, let me describe each of the conferences.  In early June, Ovum sponsored the first ever Future EdTech (more...)