Oracle Solaris 11  Speed Up & Protect Your Enterprise Applications

Speed up and Protect Your Enterprise Applications
Run your business reliability, securely and efficiently on an enterprise-grade platform.


Datacenter Efficiency

Oracle Solaris Zones have the unique capability of enabling very high consolidation ratios and scaling from very small environments to the largest instances all at near-zero overhead. This type of virtualization technology is therefore ideal for use in the datacenter where workloads need to be consolidated and stacked to drive the efficiencies needed. This is also where scaling is important to unlock the business potential of new techniques like In-Memory processing. Combine this with the partitioning capability of Oracle VM Server and Oracle Solaris can deliver a complete solution to fit any virtualization need.

As more and more workloads are being consolidated on to the same systems the need to differentiate between their network traffic increases, especially as traffic flows that would go over different networks get combined onto a single bigger pipe. With Application-Driven Software Defined Networking (SDN) the traffic from these workloads can now be separately measured and controlled by either their packet characteristics (For example IP address and port number) or even indicated by the application itself. So you can, for example, prioritize heartbeat traffic over bulk backup traffic coming from the same application.

Another way of driving the efficiency of a datacenter is by minimizing downtime, with the new network based package management system called Image Packaging System (IPS), Solaris 11 drastically reduces planned downtime through the whole lifecycle, reducing both complexity and time to manage the patch level of the system. It also leverages ZFS to create Boot Environments out of Oracle Solaris ZFS’s clone capability for every change it makes; so it’s very easy to move to a previous state before the patch was applied.


Your Applications Just Run

An important part of running your applications on Oracle Solaris is that we understand businesses need to rely on their applications for a long time.

Oracle Solaris has a Binary Compatibility Guarantee in place that states that we guarantee that applications that run on Oracle Solaris 2.3 or later will run on any newer Oracle Solaris version including Oracle Solaris 11. Oracle Solaris has an Application Binary Interface (ABI) which is kept stable so that if an application written to it, which most applications are, the application keeps on working on newer versions of Oracle Solaris. Additionally, the Oracle Solaris Preflight Application Checker tool can help you to determine the Oracle Solaris 11 readiness of an application by analyzing a working application on Oracle Solaris 10.

In some cases customers don't have the time to go through an application move from an older version of Oracle Solaris to a newer one, or the expertise how to install the application has left the company. In these cases if you want to still easily move to Oracle Solaris 11 you can use Oracle Solaris 10 Zones. You take a backup of your current environment, this could be a tar or a flash archive file and create a Zone on Solaris 11 with a Solaris 10 brand. This will allow you to unpack the backup into the Zone and run the application unchanged on a Oracle Solaris 10 userland on a Oracle Solaris 11 kernel.


Advanced Security and Compliance Reporting

In a modern datacenter making the systems compliant and showing they stay compliant is an ever increasing burden on the IT department. This is why in Oracle Solaris we’re working to make it easier to install and make your systems compliant with Secure by Default as well as provide an OpenSCAP reporting tool to validate the system meets specific compliance criteria. This greatly alleviates the often time consuming process of proving compliance to auditors.

Oracle Solaris 11 has fully integrated encryption which allow applications to use a single API for all their cryptographic operations. This allows the administrator to, at a later point for example, switch cryptographic algorithms without needing to rewrite the application. This also allows seamless integration with new hardware acceleration. This same technology is used by Oracle Solaris ZFS encryption that gives a very low overhead way to encrypt data at rest.

Immutable Zones allow the Global Zone administrator to lock down an individual zone into a read only mode in which the applications within the zone can only read but not write, or only write into certain directories. Especially for internet facing applications this can greatly limit impact of intrusions.


High Availability

Oracle Solaris 11 is a complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale enterprise environments. It offers highest level of availability in single systems thanks to its numerous reliability features in server, networking and storage fault management. Oracle Solaris Cluster, fully integrated with Oracle Solaris, extends its reliability across multiple systems and sites to provide high availability and disaster recovery to applications and virtualized environments. Oracle Solaris Zone clusters are the perfect environment to consolidate multiple applications or multi-tiered workloads into different virtual clusters onto a single physical cluster configuration.

This integrated high availability starts at the base with Fault Management Architecture (FMA) the monitors for hardware issues, and is connected to the Service Management Facility (SMF) that monitors and corrects issues with software services on the same system through to Oracle Solaris Cluster that covers multiple systems, all the way to multi-site clusters that handle Disaster Recovery of complex applications with multiple storage replication policies and service dependencies within this application.

Oracle Solaris Cluster gives Built-in Protection for enterprise applications as it includes off-the-shelf support for an extensive portfolio of applications and databases. Examples include, but not limited to, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Databases, PeopleSoft, Weblogic, MySQL, iPlanet Web server technologies, Apache, and SAP. For custom applications, an easy-to-use tool kit enables integration into the clustering framework in just a few clicks.


Scalable Data Management

Oracle Solaris ZFS is now the default file system for Oracle Solaris and is integrated to all aspects of Oracle Solaris, including IPS and Oracle Solaris Zones. It also has powerful built-in services like Oracle Solaris ZFS compression, encryption, snapshot and clone. Which means that all other services that now live on top of ZFS can transparently take advantage of these services again driving up the efficiency of running your applications on Oracle Solaris.

COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target) is a software framework that sits on top of ZFS that enables the ability to turn any Oracle Solaris host into into a target device that can be accessed over a storage network. The COMSTAR framework makes it possible for all SCSI device types (tape, disk, and the like) to connect to a transport (such as Fibre Channel) with concurrent access to all logical unit numbers (LUN) and a single point of management. Support for a number of protocols has been added: iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) and SCSI RDMA Protocol (SRP) for hosts that include an InfiniBand Host Channel Adapter, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).



Resources

 What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.2 Guide
 Oracle Solaris 11 How to Guides
 Oracle Solaris 11 Technology Spotlights



 Oracle Solaris Cluster
 Oracle Solaris Preflight Application Checker Tool
 Oracle Solaris Developer and ISV Resources