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Oracle Solaris, Solaris 10, Solaris 11 Express, Solaris 11, Oracle VM for SPARC and Illumos resources, news, and support articles.

Best Practices for Oracle Solaris Network Performance with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

A new document has been published on OTN: "How to Get the Best Performance from Oracle VM Server for SPARC"
by Jon Anderson, Pradhap Devarajan, Darrin Johnson, Narayana Janga, Raghuram Kothakota, Justin Hatch, Ravi Nallan, and Jeff Savit.

It's time already

(Sorry for the political/religious slant this post takes... I've been trying to stay focused on technology, but sometimes events are simply too large to ignore...)
The execution of John Foley is just the latest.  But for me, its the straw that broke the camel's back. 

kstat changes in illumos

One of the nice changes to the kstat (kernel statistics) command in illumos is its conversion to C from perl. There were several areas in the illumos (nee OpenSolaris) code where perl had been used. But these were too few to maintain critical mass and it is difficult for interpreted runtimes to change at the pace of an OS, so keeping the two in lockstep is simply not worthwhile.

ZIO Scheduling and Resilver Workloads

Latency and performance problems in storage subsystems can be tricky to understand and tune. If you've ever been stuck in a traffic jam or waited in line to get into a concert, you know that queues can be frustrating to understand and trying on your patience. In modern computing systems, there are many different queues and any time we must share a constrained resource, one or more queues will magically appear in the architecture.

Install Firefox 30 (latest version) onto Oracle Solaris 11

As you know Oracle Solaris 11 (11.1, 11.2) comes with Firefox 17 ESR and Mozilla 17 ESR, which is very good news. I have had no problems with this version until now when I upgrade our Oracle Database 12c to 12.1.0.2 and found out that I could no longer access the Enterprise Manager Database Express via the browser since you require Firefox 24+.

POSIX 2008 locale support integrated (illumos)

A year in the making... and finally the code is pushed.  Hooray!

I've just pushed 2964 into illumos, which adds support for a bunch of new libc calls for thread safe and thread-specific locales, as well as explicit locale_t objects.   Some of the interfaces added fall under the BSD/MacOS X "xlocale" class of functions.

Announcing Oracle VM 3.3

Oracle VM 3.3 was
announced today,
providing substantial enhancements to Oracle's server virtualization product family. I'll focus on a few enhancements to Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC that will appeal to SPARC users:

  1. Improved storage support: The original Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC systems only supported NFS storage. While Oracle VM Server for SPARC has long supported other storage types (local disk, SAN LUNs, iSCSI), the support in the Manager did not.

Lessons from a decade of blogging

I started my blog June 17, 2004, tempted by the opportunity of Sun’s blogging policy, and cajoled by Bryan Cantrill’s presentation to the Solaris Kernel Team “Guerrilla Marketing” (net: Sun has forgotten about Solaris so let’s g

Why you should Patch NTP

This story about massive DDoS attacks using monlist as a threat vector give an excellent reason as to why you should apply the patches listed on the Sun Security Blog for

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