Oracle Solaris 11
 Enterprise Cloud

Enterprise Cloud

Deploy a large scale cloud and maximize your data center resources without compromise.

Enterprise OpenStack Distribution

Oracle Solaris 11 includes an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution that is tightly integrated allowing administrators to set up a complete private cloud in a matter of minutes. OpenStack is a popular open source project that provides infrastructure to pool and manage compute, network and storage resources within a central web dashboard. OpenStack also enables self-service users to log in and provision their own VM environments, including network configuration and storage. With strong vendor support, administrators can also manage 3rd party hypervisors, networking technologies and storage under the same dashboard.

Oracle Solaris Zones is the primary technology used for the Nova compute service with zero virtualization overhead. A new feature of Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones, provides support for independent kernel versions and patch levels that are ideal for self-service VM environments. The block and object storage services, Cinder and Swift, are both built on top of the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system. With integrated data services such as compression, encryption, shadow migration and deduplication, ZFS is an excellent choice for ensuring data integrity and security across the enterprise cloud. The extensive network virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris are the integration points for the Neutron networking service, including Elastic Virtual Switch and VXLAN support to allow flexible networking and traffic isolation between VMs on distributed compute nodes. Unified Archives are a new archive format in Oracle Solaris 11 enabling system cloning and disaster recovery, and are the image format used for the Glance image repository to deploy to VMs.

Zero Overhead Virtualization

Cloud computing offers the huge benefit of flexibility and ability to consolidate data center workloads. But these benefits have always come at a cost, and traditional hypervisor solutions have been prone to inefficiencies, both in terms of performance overhead and integration up and down the hardware and software stack. Oracle Solaris Zones takes a different approach, with integrated OS virtualization that has zero overhead costs leading to higher VM density and better scalability. Oracle Solaris Zones are recognized license boundaries leading to further costs for software licensing.

The introduction of Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones increases flexibility with the ability to run different kernel versions side by side without losing that all important zero overhead performance advantage. For highly dynamic environments, zones provide powerful resource management with the ability to share or completely isolate resources for storage and network I/O, CPU and memory allocation. Kernel Zones can be created and managed using the existing zone administration commands.

Application Driven Software Defined Networking

Oracle Solaris 11 includes extensive networking and SDN technologies enabling administrators to design complex networks that are agnostic to the location of physical systems and without requiring expensive physical network devices. From the basic building blocks of Virtual Network Interfaces Controllers (VNICs), Elastic Virtual Switches, VLANs and VXLANs, Link Aggregations and IPMP, administrators can quickly react to changing application demands and meet quality of service goals in their cloud environments by setting bandwidth limits, or assigning specific CPU resource to different network traffic or network flows.

Oracle Solaris 11 SDN automatically optimizes for performance and takes advantage of intelligence in the network fabric when available. These SDN optimizations have also been driven up into the application layer with a new socket-level flow API option, SO_FLOW_SLA, allowing the applications themselves to determine their own service level agreements. This helps to minimize manual administration, reduce human error and automate network traffic in the cloud.

Secure and Compliant Application Deployment

Oracle Solaris 11 greatly simplifies lifecycle management, reducing the overall cost of management across physical and virtual environments in the cloud. The Image Packaging System is an integrated package management solution that helps unify the entire software stack, from the firmware, operating system and virtualization layers through to the applications. With a single update mechanism, administrators can quickly patch their systems and virtual environments with ease with an added rollback capability should it be required.

Secure, end-to-end provisioning is also ensured with Oracle Solaris 11 and the Automated Installer, ensuring complete installation integrity in a multi-tenant cloud. This fast provisioning has been optimized for cloud environments, and with the integration of Unified Archive support, administrators can quickly create complete application archives and deploy them with ease with seamless physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-physical transformations across systems of the same architecture.

These lifecycle management technologies, when combined with capabilities such as Immutable Zones or read-only root zones, allow administrators to control an application environment from development and test through to production and optimize this for compliance right from the very start of the lifecycle. A new compliance framework based on the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) included in Oracle Solaris helps administrators greatly reduce the overhead of assesssing systems and virtual environments against common compliance regulations including PCI (Payment Card Industry).


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