solaris podcasts are like london buses

You wait and wait, then all of a sudden three show up.  Well that’s not exactly true as I highlighted the first Solaris podcast in early August and had just noticed a new one this week and then lo and behold a third quickly followed on Friday.

Although there does seem to be some gremlins as the last two don’t show up on main podcast page, you have to point to the feedburner site to see them:   Oracle also seems to have consolidated Solaris into a “Servers, Storage, and Solaris” Podcasts category too.  Nothing like making it hard for folks 😉

In the second podcast, SPARC Integration and Optimizations, Dan Roberts is again joined by Bill Nesheim and Chris Armes to give a high level update on Sparc and highlight some key items:

  • By building the Sparc chip, Oracle has been able to design items into the chip
  • Reliability, redundancy, availability and scalability are a combination of chip, system and application level design and integration
  • Sun Sparc Enterprise M9000 server, with SPARC64 VII processors scale to 512 threads and 2TB of memory

In the third podcast, Dan is joined by Bill, Chris (as above) and Robert Barrios and give an update on the Solaris testing and integration over the last 6 months:

  • Patch testing:  now added Oracle Certification Environment and Oracle Applications Test Suite, which means 55,000 test cases are being run per week on patches
  • Systems testing: Stress and fault injection tests on a variety of configurations are now being performed on Solaris and Solaris updates
  • Global IT:  A lot of work has been done migrating and moving servers and applications to Oracle data centres, utilising the best practices. The consolidation means systems are moving to the Utah compute facility, which contains 25,000 square foot at 8kW per rack.  IT are also migrating the backup media servers to Solaris and using the Sun Unified Storage 7000 series.

All of this means that best practices are fully developed, tested and integrated giving real world use cases – which will be documented once completed so customers can get the benefits too.  This means that customers can spend their time on business issues, rather than getting their components and IT infrastructure working together.

For more info check out the Oracle Solaris White Papers page or the main

If you have any feedback on the Solaris podcasts or suggestions for guests, please send an email to solaris_podcast-at-oracle-dot-com.

Also mark your calendars for September 8, to watch the Webcast of John Fowler, Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems, discuss Oracle Solaris.  I haven’t seen a link to sign up yet, stay posted for further details.

For those in San Francisco, there is the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld & Oracle Develop, September 19-23.  Register here, detailed Oracle Solaris sessions here (pdf).  I look forward to seeing the output and I’m hoping for some video of the events 😉

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