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22 Apr 2013
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How Oracle Solaris Engineering Thinks [30532]
Solaris Engineer Liane Praza Pulls Back the Curtain

In two brief videos (both about two minutes long) recorded at Oracle Solaris Innovations Workshop, Solaris Engineer Liane Praza explains why Oracle Solaris engineering continues to build virtualization capabilities into the OS instead of adding more features and better management to the hypervisor and then explains what it is about Solaris that makes it such a good platform for managing virtual machines . As Rick Ramsey notes, this is a perfect opportunity to glimpse how Oracle's engineering staff think about Solaris and the other solutions that emerge from their shop.
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22 Apr 2013
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Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance [30626]
Larry Wake draws attention to Steve Sistare's three-part blog

Larry Wake draws attention to Steve Sistare's three-part blog "Massive Solaris Scalability for the T5-8 and M5-32," in which he discusses scaling a general purpose operating system to handle a single system image with thousands of CPUs and tens of terabytes (TB) of memory; in Part 2 he explains how improvements to Solaris enable superior performance and scaling on T5 and M5 systems, and in part 3 he focuses on enhancements made in the Scheduler, Devices, Tools, and Reboot areas of Solaris.
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22 Apr 2013
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Upgrade Paths to Solaris 11 for Solaris 10 Customers [30524]
Collection of Video Interviews with Solaris Engineering Team Members

There is a collection of six brief videos by various hands that consider Solaris innovations from the engineering point of view. Speakers include Bart Smaalders of Core Solaris Engineering on why engineering did not provide a direct upgrade path to Oracle Solaris 11; Markus Flierl of Solaris engineering on innovations in Solaris for Oracle database and middleware; Liane Praza of Solaris engineering on Manageability and Analytics throughout the "stack"; Don Kretsch of the Solaris Studio team on SPARC T5 optimizations; Larry Wake of Solaris Product Marketing on continued business value of SysAdmin skills; and Mike Palmeter of Solaris Product Management on OS relevance.
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22 Apr 2013
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Solaris 10 1/13 Patchset Released and Latest Solaris 10 Kernel PatchIDs [30429]
Download Available for Solaris 10 1/13 as Alternative

Oracle has releases a patchset of all the patches contained in Solaris 10 1/13 (Update 11) for both SPARC and x86 systems. The patchset includes an important post-S10U11 patch - 150125-01 (SPARC) / 149637-02 (x86) - and a fix for ZFS Bug 15809921. According to Gerry Haskins' post, this patchset can be applied to any existing Solaris 10 system to bring all pre-existing packages up to the same software level as Solaris 10 1/13. As an alternative to using the patchset, users can instead download Solaris 10 1/12, which will additionally install any new packages delivered in the Update.
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21 Mar 2013
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Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13 Upgrade Integrates with Oracle Solaris at Kernel Level [30251]
Offers Faster, More Accurate Failure Detection and Mitigation

Oracle has just released Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 3/13, an update specifically designed for use with Oracle Solaris 10, Larry Wake posts. The update features an expanded disaster recovery solution with ZFS Storage Appliance replication; new agents for Oracle Web Tier for Oracle Fusion, PeopleSoft Job Scheduler, and SAP NetWeaver; multi-cluster dependency management for Oracle Database 11g through Oracle External Proxy; automated set up and configuration for application agents through configuration wizards for PeopleSoft and WebLogic Server; faster deployment of virtualized HA configurations via the zone cluster configuration wizard; and faster failure detection and failfast for storage devices.
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08 Mar 2013
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Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 [30069]
Still Plenty of Life Left in the Old OS

Among the attributes of the recently released Oracle Solaris 10.1.13 are the inclusion of the Oracle Solaris Zones Preflight System Checker; the Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade Preflight Checker; and improved transfer speed rates for SSH, SCP, and SFTP in moderate (50ms) to high latency environments. Oracle testing shows scp transfer times of Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 are 1/8 the times of a similarly configured Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 system for multi-megabyte file transfers. Read Glynn Foster's post to learn about the abundant life still left in Oracle Solaris 10 OS.
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