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03 Nov 2012
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Some Advice on Updating to Solaris 11.1 [28309]
Changes to Included FOSS Packages Require Special Attention

Before upgrading from Oracle Solaris 11.0 to 11.1, Alan Coopersmith advises users to have a look at "How to Update to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Using the Image Packaging System" by Peter Dennis. Still, Coopersmith writes, updating Solaris 11 is much easier than updating Solaris 10. Coopersmith includes a detailed side-by-side list that shows most of the changes to the FOSS packages between Solaris 11.0 and 11.1. Some were excluded for clarity, he notes, or to reduce noise and duplication, adding that the FOSS packages whose version numbers did not change in their packaging info are not included.
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31 Oct 2012
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Getting Started with Automated Installer in Oracle Solaris 11 [28292]
Hands-on Lab by Isaac Rozenfeld from Oracle OpenWorld

The slide set is now available online for Isaac Rozenfeld's hands-on lab at Oracle OpenWorld on Large Scale Installation and Deployment of Oracle Solaris 11. Rozenfeld writes that the lab was designed to build awareness and instill confidence in users facing the challenges of rolling out and maintaining traditional Solaris installations across the enterprise. He covers recently introduced package management innovations and reviews the built-in tools provided for transitioning to Oracle Solaris 11, commenting along the way on the specific technical projects in Oracle Solaris development that have become the foundation for solidifying the installation and lifecycle management capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11.
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26 Oct 2012
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Download Oracle Solaris 11.1 [28191]
Links to Resources Also Available

Oracle Solaris 11.1 is in GA and available for download, Oracle has announced, bring such improvements as the following:

  • 8x faster database startup and shutdown and online resizing of the database SGA with a new optimized shared memory interface between the database and Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • Up to 20% throughput increases for Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Expanded support for Software Defined Networks (SDN) with Edge Virtual Bridging enhancements
  • 4x faster Solaris Zone updates with parallel operations shorten maintenance windows
  • New built-in memory predictor monitors application memory use and provides optimized memory page sizes and resource location

Existing customers can quickly and simply update using the network based repository.
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22 Oct 2012
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IDC White Paper Finds Growing Customer Comfort with Oracle Solaris Operating System [28183]
Integrated, Optimized Solutions for the SPARC and x86 Systems Are Proving Attractive

With a demonstrated commitment to the Solaris OS on both SPARC and x86 systems, and to Linux on x86, Oracle is clearly gaining the confidence of IT customers that the company is prepared to assist users to more fully implement its deep bench of software products, integrated and optimized with Oracle hardware, to run in enterprise applications, conclude Gary Chen and Al Gillen of IDC in their white paper "Oracle Delivers Unique Value with Oracle Solaris." The authors cite the increased level of consumer comfort vis-a-vis Oracle Solaris and competitive Unix solutions revealed in IDC's 2012 Server Platform Migration Multiclient Study.
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18 Oct 2012
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Oracle Solaris Videos on YouTube [28091]
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There are 23 videos on YouTube dealing with a number of Oracle subjects ranging from Conor Nolan's three presentations on ZFS boot environments, branded zones on Solaris 11, and ipkg zones and beadm on zones. Others include several Oracle executives presenting overviews of the company's plans for its various offerings; Glenn Brunette on Oracle SPARC Supercluster data protection; the Geek Fest discussion of the T4 and T5 SPARC processor design; Oracle Solaris 11 zone provisioning with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center; the two-part video on moving from Solaris JumpStart to Automated Installer ... the list grows weekly. Check out this accessible, free resource.
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03 Oct 2012
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Oracle Solaris 11.1 [27910]
Best Performance, Availability and I/O Throughput of any UNIX Platform Running Oracle Database

Oracle Solaris is now available in version 11.1, which features the newest round of enhancements for the latest database technology, delivering the best performance, availability and I/O throughput of any UNIX platform used to run the Oracle Database. Improvements include:

  • Oracle Real Application Clusters lock latency improved by 17%
  • Ability to resize the Oracle Database SGA without a reboot
  • Use DTrace to observe and understand database I/O bottlenecks
  • Send system audit results to the Oracle Audit Vault to simplify compliance reporting
  • Create compliance reports quickly to meet auditor requirements with OpenSCAP
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