Oracle Solaris 11 enhances its existing, integrated software defined networking technologies to provide much greater application agility without the added overhead of expensive network hardware. It now enables application driven, multi-tenant cloud virtual networking across a completely distributed set of systems; decoupling from physical network infrastructure; and application level network SLAs. All built in as part of the platform. Enhancements and new features include:

  • Network virtualization with Virtual NICs (VNICs) and virtual switching
  • Network resource management, integrated QoS to enforce bandwidth limits on VNICs and traffic flows
  • Cloud ready: a core feature of the OpenStack distribution included in Oracle Solaris 11
  • Application driven, multi-tenant cloud virtual networking with Elastic Virtual Switch and VXLANs
  • Application level QoS with Application Driven SDN
  • Tight integration with Oracle Solaris Zones and Oracle Solaris 10 Zones


App Driven SDN and Network Virtualization in Oracle Solaris video 
Using Datalink Multipathing to Add High Availability to Your Network
Doing More with Datalink Multipathing
How to Script Oracle Solaris 11 Zones Creation for a Network-In-a-Box Configuration
How to Control Your Application's Network Bandwidth
How to Get Started Configuring Your Network in Oracle Solaris 11
Advanced Network Monitoring Using Oracle Solaris 11 Tools
Oracle Solaris Elastic Virtual Switch - Part 1 screencast
Oracle Solaris Elastic Virtual Switch - Part 2 screencast
Oracle Solaris 11 Networking documentation
Strategies for Network Administration in Oracle Solaris documentation


Nicolas Droux's blog
Jeff Victor's blog
Oracle Solaris Official blog
Oracle Solaris Users blog (The Observatory)

Demo and Hands-On Labs

Consolidating the Data Center with Network Virtualization demo
Oracle Solaris 11 in the Cloud hands-on lab
Combining Virtual OS, Network and Storage in Oracle Solaris 11 hands-on lab