Category Business

How to safely reboot during a Solaris 11 deployment via a First Boot script

(This is a re-post of an earlier blog entry I wrote while at Oracle. Originally published on February 11, 2013 at )   With the cost and performance benefits of the SPARC T4 and SPARC T5 systems undeniably validated, the banking sector is actively moving to Solaris 11.  I was recently asked to help a banking […]

Solaris 11.2 Network Virtualization screencasts

I’ve had a real blast working with members of Oracle Solaris engineering over the past 16 years, especially most recently with the Solaris Network engineering team.  In preparation for April 29th announcement of Oracle Solaris 11.2, I had participated in the production of a number of artifacts, including the below screencasts that I wanted to share with […]

Application-driven SDN and Network Virtualization in Solaris 11.2

In February I had blogged about our excitement for OpenStack and areas of intersection with networking. Just hours ago in New York City we’re proud to have announced the next update to Oracle Solaris, named Oracle Solaris 11.2 and the Beta is available now.  (You can read the What’s New highlights here.)  It includes a ton of […]

Business Ready Convergence with Oracle Solaris 11

The goal of this blog entry is to familiarize the reader with the reasoning and methodologies behind easing deployments of Oracle Solaris, as enabled by technologies in Oracle Solaris 11.  The entry is intended to build awareness and instill confidence for deploying Oracle Solaris 11 technologies in large installations; whether on the SuperCluster platform or […]

How-To: Using Solaris’ built-in load balancing service

In addition to basic networking services like routing, bridging, firewall services (among others), the Oracle Solaris 11 Networking technologies portfolio provides an in-kernel Layer 3/Layer 4 load balancer, with support for multiple load-balancing algorithms.  It also has built-in health-check capabilities and is configured and managed using the ilbadm(1M) command.  We also provide support for Virtual Router Redundancy […]

DevOps system updates simplified with Solaris 11

One of the computing industry’s dirtiest little secrets is that the total time spent nurturing a system is largely comprised of the time it costs to maintain it vs. the time it takes to deploy it.  Managing change, delivering updates, rolling back due to unforeseen circumstances or scripts gone astray — all are just examples […]

Avoiding data loss with built-in data protection in Solaris

It is often really important to have assurance from the types of built-in capabilities that an operating system provides out-of-the-box, as many additional examples of end-user value are constantly being engineered into (and innovated on top of), in this case, Oracle Solaris. One of the older 32-bit Intel Pentium-based systems running an earlier version of […]