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16 Mar 2012
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Mobile Tornado Adopts Oracle Solaris Cluster, ZFS File System, Solaris Zones [25685]
Improves RAS and TCO

The adoption by Mobile Tornado, a provider of instant communication services for mobile devices of Oracle Solaris Cluster, the ZFS file system and Solaris Zones enabled the company to improve the high availability of its application, provide better workload distribution for scaling the application and reduce its application's TCO on the Oracle hardware and software stack, Frederic Pariente posts. "The usage of Solaris Zones in combination with advanced SPARC T4 CPUs allows Mobile Tornado to consolidate its IPRS PTT server and Oracle database in same machines, reducing TCO with higher level of performance," says Mobile Tornado R&D Manager Shlomo Birman.
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16 Mar 2012
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Compilation of Links to Solaris 11 Resources [25687]
Includes Numerous Developer Resources

In addition to links to several aspects of the release of Oracle Solaris 11, readers will also find links to Oracle Solaris 11 Developer Resources, as of March 2012, all of which Eric Reid has assembled in a single post.
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05 Mar 2012
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Considering Oracle Solaris 11? [25622]
Blogger Marshals Arguments in Favor

It would require some effort to argue, in the face of the numerous points Marius Sholtz catalogs (most of them in links) for implementing Oracle Solaris 11. The synergistic combination of Solaris 11 and Oracle's SPARC systems is but one of the several reasons Sholtz offers, which range from ROI to investment protection, to virtualization in support of his contention that Solaris 11 is a solution that is entirely deserving of serious attention from CTOs and other IT professionals.
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31 Jan 2012
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Sun ZFS Storage Appliances Earn Highest Ratings for Enterprise and Midrange NAS Systems [25334]
Oracle Beats NetApp and EMC in Storage Magazine Quality Awards for NAS

Storage magazine has awarded top honors to Sun ZFS Storage Appliance solutions for both enterprise and midrange NAS. EMC and NetApp received lesser marks for their storage technologies. Oracle outperformed its rivals in terms of initial product quality, features, reliability, technical support and sales force competence. More than 3.000 customers have discovered that Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, the only NAS products engineered together with Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, and optimized for Oracle VM and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, run fastest and most efficiently on Oracle storage.
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26 Dec 2011
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A Stop-gap Measure for Archive Creation and Recovery in Oracle Solaris 11 [25084]
Until Flash Archive Installation Functionality Is Added

In the absence of a Flash Archive Installation (FLAR) in Oracle Solaris 11, jbutler draws readers' attention to a set of steps that can be utilized to create re-deployable archives of installed systems. FLAR, Butler writes, was initially meant to simplify patch deployment, a notably difficult process in patching a Solaris system. FLAR allows a system administrator to patch up a system and then create an archive of it, which can be used to install subsequent systems. One side effect of this is that a full archive of the given system is created, which can be utilized to restore the system in case of catastrophic failure. In this way, many admins have utilized FLAR as an element of their disaster recovery plan. The remedy Butler cites is "How to Perform System Archival and Recovery Procedures with Oracle Solaris 11." Butler describes this document as containing " ... a set of operations which can be scripted if required. Otherwise, the manual steps described therein may be utilized as a stop-gap until some of the functionality finds its way into Solaris 11."
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21 Dec 2011
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Iowa Network Services Gains Performance Efficiencies with SPARC T-Series Implementation [25112]
Consolidates 36 Servers Onto Four for Nearly 99.999% Availability

Iowa Network Services, an ISP, has implemented Oracle Solaris on Oracle's SPARC T-Series servers and improved the availability and reliability of their services, achieving close to 99.999% uptime for their 80,000 subscribers. Thirty-six servers have been consolidated onto four SPARC T-series servers, reducing its footprint by more than 85 percent, and reducing support costs, decreasing power and cooling requirements and improving personnel efficiency, resulting in a 15% reduction in operational costs. Consolidation has increased the flexibility of server resources and provided a 25% performance improvement.
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