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Scott Genereux discusses what's key about the evolution of Oracle Solaris from enterprise-class OS to complete cloud services platform, including full OpenStack integration.
; By Scott Genereux, Senior Vice President for Oracle’s Hardware Systems Business Group Infrastructure software has evolved from the days when computers could take hours to crunch numbers, spit out answers, and otherwise provide “decision support.” Today, the software needed to manage IT services is more than just an operating system (OS). [...]
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Thanks for the detailed response!

I certainly agree that there are incredible advantages to using Solaris over other flavors of UNIX for virtualization and management tasks. The biggest value-add Solaris provides (for me) has been and continues to be ZFS. To that end, I suppose my criticism here centers around some of the limitations in tapping into the power of ZFS directly for virtualization. It seems it's a catch-22 in my case: If I want to use the Oracle Hypervisor in Solaris, I am limited to Solaris as an OS, but I can use local ZFS pools for my instances and zones. If I want a mixed OS environment,  I would need use OracleVM (XEN) or some other HyperVisor (KVM, ESXi, HyperV), but I then lose all the cool ZFS stuff, native to Solaris. 

Joyent has been doing some interesting things with their port of KVM to Solaris, but it's not 100% perfect either, as it it limited to older ZFS versions, doesn't work with all CPUs, and only allows you to use local storage for VMs. 

Regardless, it's very exciting to see all of these technologies coming together, and I am looking forward to what future enhancements will be forthcoming in 11.3! 
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Do you know about Oracle Technology Network's "Virtual Sysadmin Days"? They're live events on the web: hands-on labs that allow you to learn more about a range of OS and virtualization topics.

We've held three different rounds of these so far.  But if you missed any or all of them, don't despair.  The videos for the Oracle Solaris portion of all three sessions are online, on the Oracle Solaris YouTube Channel.

Here's a link to the latest set, which just got posted today. The theme for this session is the typical tasks and challenges of a sysadmin's daily life.
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Did you miss our webcast yesterday? It's now available for on-demand viewing.  AND, we've now got a bunch of new videos, short and long, talking about the latest news about Oracle Solaris 11.2, its new features, and what it all means for enterprise cloud deployment and management.

You can go directly to the webcast replay at: http://oracle.com/goto/solaris-11-2 .  See all the videos on our YouTube channel.
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If you can't make it to New York City on April 29th, registration is now open for the live webcast!  Sign up today -- this will include not only the live launch event, but additional technical "deep dive" sessions afterward for those who want to learn more from the Oracle Solaris engineering team.
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Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 is on its way -- learn more about what's new, including C++11 support, and new features for remote development, and parallel/multithreading programming.
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We're at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta this week -- and as we let everyone know on the jobs board, we're hiring!  Learn more at http://bit.ly/openstackjobs
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A trio of screencasts on new Oracle Solaris 11.2 networking features have just been added to the Oracle Solaris YouTube channel.  Take a look at the current playlist on this topic.
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IBM finally announced new Power8 systems last week. Check out this blog post to see why it may not be the "smart(er)" choice: http://ora.cl/NG5
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Friday Fun: Have you ever wondered how Oracle Solaris can help you with your meat printing needs?

No?

Here's your chance to find out.
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Our IHV engineering team is always hungry for new projects.

Great av, by the way.
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Registration is now open for the launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2 -- a live event in New York City on April 29th.  Join Mark Hurd, John Fowler, and Markus Flierl as they show why Oracle Solaris is
"Engineered for Cloud."

Space is limited for this live event -- sign up today!
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Oracle Solaris 11 - Engineered for Cloud

Brings the security and scalability of the #1 UNIX OS to the cloud.  Unique innovation that matters, for the fast and reliable delivery of enterprise services.  Deep co-engineering and integration with both the Oracle stack and with industry standard cloud technologies such as OpenStack, SDN, Puppet and Chef, makes Oracle Solaris the ideal foundation on both x86 and SPARC servers for efficient, open, and affordable cloud deployment and management.