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October 29, 2012

Oracle releases Solaris 11.1, Solaris Cluster 4.1

Solaris 11.1is engineered together with Oracle Database, middleware, applications to automate support for Oracle deployments

By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle has released its Solaris 11.1 and Solaris Cluster 4.1 that are claimed to deliver Oracle database and Java enhancements, expanded mission critical cloud management.

The cloud OS, Solaris 11 is claimed to allow customers to build large-scale enterprise-class Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds on SPARC and x86 servers and Oracle engineered systems.

Release 11.1 increases the performance, availability and I/O throughput of the new Oracle Database technology, optimises Oracle Database performance and enables Oracle Database administrators to identify I/O outliers and isolate network or storage bottlenecks, the company said.

The optimised shared memory interface between the Oracle Database and Oracle Solaris 11.1 provides 8x faster database startup and shutdown, as well as online resizing of the Oracle Database System Global Area (SGA).

Solaris 11.1 includes a new Oracle Solaris DTrace plug-in for Oracle Java Mission Control to enable customers to profile Java applications on Oracle Solaris production systems.

It also includes new cloud management features that will maximise network resource utilization and manage bandwidth in cloud environments, while the the built-in memory predictor monitors application memory use and provides optimised memory page sizes and resource location to speed overall application performance.

Release 11.1 supports 32 TB of RAM, several CPUs and unlocks the potential of Oracle’s latest server systems.

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Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 extends high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of Oracle Solaris and includes virtual cluster features supporting efficient application consolidation with enhanced availability.

It features new Oracle Solaris 10 Zone Clusters that will allow customers to consolidate mission critical Oracle Solaris 10 applications on Oracle Solaris 11 cloud environments.

The expanded disaster recovery operations using Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance services along with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 to coordinate failover of applications and data to a remote disaster recovery site.

Solaris Cluster 4.1 offers faster application recovery with improved storage failure detection and resource dependencies management, the company said.

The new labeled security capability in Oracle Solaris Zone Clusters provides military grade application separation in consolidated mission-critical deployments using Oracle Solaris 11 Trusted Extensions.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center provides cloud management capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11, while Solaris Studio delivers compiler optimisations, multithread performance and enhanced analysis tools for native development, optimised application performance and reliability on Oracle Solaris 11.1 systems.

Solaris 11 guarantees binary compatibility with previous Oracle Solaris versions through the Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee Program, which provides customers with an upgrade path and the investment protection.

Oracle Solaris Legacy Containers allows older Oracle Solaris environments to be brought forward onto latest generation hardware to provide power, cooling and footprint consolidation savings.

Solaris Knowledge Zone provides Solaris tools and resources for OPN memebers, while Oracle Solaris Remote Lab provides a secure cloud environment for OPN members to test and validate their applications with Oracle Solaris 11 in SPARC and x86 virtual environments.

Oracle Systems executive vice president John Fowler said Solaris 11.1 delivers over 300 new performance and feature enhancements and is engineered together with Oracle Database, middleware, applications to increase performance, streamline management and automate support for Oracle deployments.

"The combination of the secure, highly available capabilities of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 and the built-in virtualization of Oracle Solaris 11.1 helps customers bring their most mission-critical applications into a cost effective, agile cloud environment and delivers extreme availability for enterprise applications," Fowler said.

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