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26 Jul 2013
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Video: Oracle Solaris 11 for ISVs [31964]
Why Port to Solaris 11?

Why certify your application on Oracle Solaris 11? John Shell, Sr. Director of Partner Enablement, invites Mike Mulkey, Sr. Manager of Solaris Partner Adoption, to understand the value to ISVs of certifying their applications on Oracle Solaris 11.
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19 Jul 2013
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IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide [31868]
Preparing for the Move to Oracle Solaris 11

Aimed at technical IT managers, IT architects, and system administrators tasked with moving - or evaluating the move - to Oracle Solaris, this guide compares the key tools and technologies commonly used in AIX 7.1 environments with those used in Oracle Solaris. Different concepts, processes, and technologies that are essential to successful Oracle Solaris platform deployment are identified. For each topic area, AIX features and tools are mapped to their Oracle Solaris 11 counterparts, with discussion centering on similarities and differences in functionality to help technical staff quickly identify where appropriate, equivalent resources (product and technology information, manuals, and training) are needed to support deployment.
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17 Jul 2013
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The Case for Running Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Solaris [31863]
By Rick Ramsey

Rick writes, "You may have already seen some of these individually, but here are several resources that explain why Oracle Database 12c runs so well on Oracle Solaris and SPARC..."

Rick provides links under the headings:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 + SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle Solaris 11 + Oracle Stack
  • Article: How Oracle Solaris 11 Makes Oracle Database So Fast
  • Screencast: Outliers

These interviews "with experts, videos, architectural papers, technical articles, and other resources to help you understand the optimizations between the OS and hardware layers that make Oracle Solaris and SPARC such a winning combination..."
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20 Jun 2013
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How the OS Makes the Database Fast [31492]
by Ginny Henningsen

Ginny Henningsen writes, "Is choosing an operating system all that's important any more? After all, virtualization lets sysadmins choose the OS that best matches the workload they plan to put on each virtual machine. And Red Hat Linux on Intel is cheap and ubiquitous enough to work for most anything. Right?

We don't think so.

Operating systems were once the glue between the hardware and the applications, parsing out the underlying hardware resources to the application. Over time they evolved to support the entire Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stack, including server and network virtualization, resource management, advanced file systems, and storage management. While operating system capabilities have broadened in many respects, one aspect has remained the same: the OS can still have a dramatic impact on application performance. Whether deployed on bare metal or in a virtual environment, the OS is a critical factor in boosting or impeding application performance and data center resource efficiency..."
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15 Jun 2013
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Comparing Solaris 11 Zones to Solaris 10 Zones [31399]
Solaris 10 Whole-Root, Solaris 10 Sparse-Root, Solaris 11, Solaris 11 Immutable Zones

Jeff Victor writes, "Many people have asked whether Oracle Solaris 11 uses sparse-root zones or whole-root zones. I think the best answer is "both and neither, and more" - but that's a wee bit confusing. This blog entry attempts to explain that answer.

First a recap: Solaris 10 introduced the Solaris Zones feature set, way back in 2005. Zones are a form of server virtualization called "OS (Operating System) Virtualization." They improve consolidation ratios by isolating processes from each other so that they cannot interact. Each zone has its own set of users, naming services, and other software components. One of the many advantages is that there is no need for a hypervisor, so there is no performance overhead. Many data centers run tens to hundreds of zones per server!..."
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04 Jun 2013
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Instant Automated Installer Zone for Oracle Solaris 11.1 [31299]
By Larry Wake

Larry Wake writes, "One of the biggest differences between Oracle Solaris 11 and previous releases is how provisioning tasks are handled. It's safe to say that just about any installation or update function you can think of has gotten at least an order of magnitude faster, easier, safer, smarter and more powerful -- but still, there's that word "different" ... .

The key new provisioning technology, as you may already know, is the Image Packaging System (IPS). It's the framework for installation, maintenance and removal of software on an Oracle Solaris 11 system. Another key technology is the Automated Installer (AI), which replaces JumpStart for hands-free installation of large numbers of systems.

We've just introduced something new to make it easier to start working with AI..."
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