Oracle Solaris 11 What's New Built for Clouds

Build a Secure, Efficient, Mission-Critical Cloud

Oracle Solaris is the best platform for the cloud because it combines key computing elements - operating system, virtualization, networking, storage management, and user environment - into a stable, secure, mission-critical foundation that customers can depend on. Learn more about Built for Clouds.


Simplified Deployment

The Automated Installer is a new modern enterprise-class installation framework for automated system provisioning into the cloud. Automated Installer reduces complexity with improved integration with other Oracle Solaris technologies, helping to reduce up-front and on going costs of deployment. Using a network installation service, systems can be installed according to a specified installation manifest, which details system configuration, what software should be installed, and any virtualized environments that should also be provisioned.

The Distribution Constructor is a command-line tool for building pre-configured, bootable customized Oracle Solaris 11 installation images for x86 and SPARC. Using a manifest description, administrators can customize target disks, software package selection, and basic system configuration to create a set of installation media that act as golden install images in the data center.

Image Packaging System (IPS) is a network based package management system that dramatically simplifies software installation and system updates. Spanning the complete software lifcycle, IPS helps to reduce the complexity of managing software in the cloud, with integrated patch management and package dependency checking. Integrated with Oracle Solaris Zones, which benefit from even faster update in Oracle Solaris 11.1, IPS helps minimize the work needed for administrators to manage and update software across many virtual environments. Taking advantage of ZFS file system cloning capabilities, Boot Environments help to reduce planned and unplanned system downtime during necessary system updates.

Built-in Virtualization

Whatever the needs of your cloud infrastructure, Oracle has a comprehensive suite of built-in virtualization technologies to compliment your business requirements. Choose from Oracle Solaris Zones, OVM Server for SPARC, OVM Server for x86 and OVM VirtualBox. With Oracle Solaris Zones, administrators can rapidly provision secure and isolated virtual environments in which to deploy cloud applications and services. Fully integrated with the operating system, Oracle Solaris Zones is an efficient virtualization solution with zero performance overhead. Administrators can quickly configure or clone new environments, and get up and running faster, with the option to place them on shared storage devices for maximum access. Each zone contains a complete application environment with independent software and exclusive IP networking stacks, IP addresses, and network settings, that an administrator can delegate the administrative rights to giving a new level of flexibility in cloud environments.

Network virtualization allows for more efficient sharing of network resources, enhancing the ability to consolidate server workloads. Integrated into the operating system, the basic building blocks of virtual network interface controllers (VNICs), virtual switches, VLANs, and link aggregation and IPMP, entire distributed network environments can be created on a single system lowering costs and management complexity. With the introduction of support for Edge Virtual Bridging, Data Center Bridging and SR-IOV the network truly extends into the cloud. 

With each virtual environment, administrators can easily manage access to resources such as CPU, memory, networking and storage. Network resource management ensures cloud managers can meet quality of service goals, by setting bandwidth limits, or assigning specific CPU resource to different network traffic or network flows. These flows can be classified by IP address, port number, transport protocol or other attributes.


Users of cloud services need visibility into resource availability and consumption, to track services consumed and dollars spent. As a result, cloud providers must be able to capacity plan and charge back for services used. In Oracle Solaris 11, new tools such as zonestat allow administrators to view a wide range of information including a high level summary with per zone breakdown, network device utilization with per zone breakdown, or detailed utilization on datalinks, virtual links and zones. Coupled with Oracle Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), Oracle Solaris provides an unprecedented level of observability and ability to adjust and control computing resources. In addition, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center manages across the stack from firmware, operating systems, and virtual machines, to servers, storage, and network fabrics providing a holistic view of the cloud infrastructure. Together these tools provide fine-grained, production-safe observability for the cloud.

Tailored Security

With Oracle Solaris 11, the administration of Oracle Solaris Zones becomes much more flexible with Delegated Administration. You have the ability to delegate common zone administration tasks for specific zones to different administrators using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). With delegated administration, for each zone, a user or set of users may be identified with the permissions to login and manage that zone. These specific authorizations will be interpreted by the appropriate commands running in the global zone to allow access at the correct authorization level to the correct user.

For Internet facing applications locking down the write access is crucial. Immutable Zones, or read-only root for zones, adds support for read-only file systems for non-global zones using Mandatory Write Access Control (MWAC), a policy enforced on non-global zones by the global zone. While the default for any new zone creation is to have a writeable root dataset, administrators can now use two new zone properties to define this behavior and protect the on-disk configuration of a zone.

Enterprise Class Cloud Control

Converged hardware management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c offers the advanced capabilities to enable IT departments and end-users to take advantage of the many benefits and cost savings of IaaS. Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c addresses this challenge with a converged approach that integrates hardware management across the infrastructure stack, helping organizations to streamline operations, increase productivity, and reduce system downtime.

Based on business-driven policies, unique and comprehensive application-to-disk management capabilities come together within Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c to further simplify administration, increase efficiency, and break down barriers between management silos.

Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Deployment

The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure (ECI) provides a complete, fully documented, pretested, and tuned architecture built on proven best practices which can dramatically reduce the time required to architect, deploy, and manage Infrastructure-as-a- Service clouds - and ultimately both lower TCO and improve agility for enterprises and cloud service providers.

ECI allows you to maximise the benefits of consolidation and virtualization by taking advantage of cloud agility and flexibility. As a result you will save up to 50% on acquisition costs and up to 50% lower overall TCO compared to multi-vendor alternatives.


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 White Paper - Oracle Solaris 11 Built for Clouds
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 Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c