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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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:
Why We Build Virtualization (more...)
Today I conclude this series on M5-32 scalability [
] with enhancements we made in the Scheduler, Devices, Tools, and Reboot
areas of Solaris.
The Solaris thread scheduler is little changed, as the architecture
of balancing runnable threads across levels in the
processor resource hierarchy
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...)
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...)
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...)
Last time, I outlined the general issues that must be addressed to
achieve operating system scalability. Next I will provide more
detail on what we modified in Solaris to reach the M5-32 scalability
level. We worked in most of the major areas of Solaris,
including Virtual Memory, Resources, Scheduler, Devices, (more...)
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...)
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...)
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.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: Why Engineering (more...)
｢Oracle Database & DBA Developer Day｣(通称：”DDD”）の動画コンテンツとプレゼンテーション資料ご紹介の第３弾です。
Oracle Solaris 技術トピックス
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center で始める、次世代 Oracle Solaris 統合管理システムの構築
オラクルのハードウェアと OS、仮想化リソースを包括的に管理するソフトウェアである Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c と Oracle Solaris を組み合わせた統合管理システムについて説明します。
Ops Center 12c を導入することにより、物理ハードウェアやオラクルが提供する仮想化環境を資産として一元化することができ、効率的なシステム運用が可能となります。
また、Oracle Solaris の最新情報も併せて紹介します。
Oracle Solaris 仮想化環境と OS プロビジョニング環境の構築
本セッションでは、Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c
How do you scale a general purpose operating system to handle a single system image
with 1000's of CPUs and 10's of terabytes of memory? You start with
the scalable Solaris foundation. You use superior tools such
as Dtrace to expose issues, quantify them, and extrapolate to the
future. You (more...)
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...)
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:
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...)
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...)