Articles about Solaris

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OSNEXUS: Storage upstart that funded itself before gaining angel wings

Take one ambitious Citrix engineering director who wanted to start his own storage company, sprinkle in $2m of angel funding and seven years later you find a IBM SoftLayer-blessed 20-person startup competing with DataCore. Nexenta and $100m+ funding, and other VC-backed software-defined storage vendors. How did that happen? …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2016

InfiniBand-on-die MIA in Oracle's new 'Sonoma' Sparc S7 processor

Oracle's Sparc S7 processor codenamed Sonoma will not feature on-chip InfiniBand interfaces as expected. The CPU, designed for scale-out systems and revealed in detail by The Register in August, was due to sport an integrated InfiniBand controller capable of shoveling 28GBit/s directly between the processor and other nodes and …
Chris Williams, 29 Jun 2016
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Open MPI gets closer to exascale-ready code

Big iron sysadmins: there's a significant upgrade to OpenMPI in the works. Late last week, OpenMPI released v2.0.0rc3, which brings a full Version 2 of the message passing interface closer to fruition. Open MPI is an open source implementation of the MPI Forum's message passing standards. It covers a variety of 32-bit and 64- …
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The B-side of storage containerisation

Blog B as in back-end, of course... My attraction to this technology started when it was first introduced on Sun Solaris and I had the opportunity to work with it. Now, of course, it is more appealing and portable than back in 2005. Indeed containers are quickly becoming one of the most compelling revolutions to hit IT in the last …

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss

Salesforce.com has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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Xen patches theoretical bug

The Xen Project has revealed a new bug but says it knows of no operating system that is vulnerable to it. XSA-176 means “guest user mode code may be able to establish mappings of arbitrary memory inside the guest, allowing it to elevate its privileges inside the guest.” The problem's roots lie in the Page Size (PS) page table …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.04, it's worth pausing to reflect on what's missing: Scopes online search, now off by default. That means no more potentially socially awkward search results when all you really wanted was to open Brasero (speaking of which, Brasero is gone too). Scopes, introduced four years ago, …
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016

Patch Java now, says Oracle. Leave the Easter chocolate until later

Oracle is urging Java users to upgrade, ASAP, to crimp a very nasty bug in the desktop and browser plug-in versions of the software. Labelled CVE-2016-0636, the flaw scored a 9.3 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System bug severity rating. That high score comes about because the flaw means attackers “can impact the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2016

Oracle fires big red Solaris support sueball at HPE

A new outbreak of hostility between former partners Oracle and HPE has seen Big Red fling a flaming sueball at Hewlett Packard spin-out over who has the rights to support the Solaris operating system. The basis of the spat is that an HPE-backed a third company, TERiX Computer, has pitched itself as offering Solaris support but …
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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

This Damn War My first proper job was at the university at which I'd been studying; when I graduated in Computing Science there were a couple of tech support jobs going and I managed to bag one of them. I started as the Unix guy (these were the days when SunOS was still SunOS – the Solaris name was yet to come) but later on I gravitated into …
Dave Cartwright, 14 Mar 2016

Oracle gives apps a ticket to ride on Sparc M7's SQL warp drives

Oracle will today release, in its words, "a free and open API and developer kit" for the hardware-accelerated SQL-crunching engines in its Sparc M7 processors. You can register to grab the goodies, here. "We're opening up the interfaces to enable programmers using C/C++, Java and Python to effectively use these accelerators," …
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2016
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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

Oracle has been telling a number of organisations running its database software that they are breaking the company's licensing rules – and therefore owe it millions of dollars in unpaid licence fees. The issue hit the headlines in January after US confectionery giant Mars took Oracle to court in the US over claims Mars had …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2016
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Scale-out storage: Proprietary? Commodity? Or both?

There is no doubting that scale-out storage is now thoroughly achievable. Indeed, scale-out is pretty much the norm for object storage, plus it is now the primary option when it comes to huge volumes of file-based NAS, where scale-out means a highly-scalable file system that supports clustering. It is growing in popularity for …
Bryan Betts, 11 Feb 2016

'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

Some heralded Docker's acquisition of UK-based Unikernel Systems last week as the golden dawn of a post-container era. Others showed healthy skepticism. One person firmly in the latter camp is Bryan Cantrill, who typed up a long blog post on why he believes unikernels are "unfit" for production. Cantrill is chief technology …
Chris Williams, 27 Jan 2016
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Debian daddy Murdock joins the unstoppable Docker crusade

Debian daddy Ian Murdock has joined Linux container shop Docker. Murdock, who founded Debian in 1993 and led the project for three years during its birth, has taken up position as a member of Docker’s technical staff. Details of Murdock’s role or responsibilities were not available at time of writing. Docker, though, has a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2015
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Docker launches Universal Control Plane at enterprises

Docker flew from the cloud into on-premise computing with the unwrapping of its Universal Control Plane 1.0, which it promised would allow real companies to deploy real containerized apps in real data centres. The vendor said the product/service/whatever - debuted at the DockerCon EU event in Barcelona - would give IT ops folk …
Joe Fay, 17 Nov 2015
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Oracle hardwires encryption and SQL hastening algorithms into Sparc M7 silicon

OpenWorld Oracle execs used the final keynote of this week's OpenWorld to praise their Sparc M7 processor's ability to accelerate encryption and some SQL queries in hardware. On Wednesday, John Fowler, veep of systems at Oracle, said the M7 microprocessor and its builtin coprocessors that speed up crypto algorithms and database requests …
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2015
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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

Mark Hurd reckons Oracle and one “other” will own all the cloud pies in 10 years. Hurd seems to have based this statement on his belief that by 2025, 80 per cent of “production apps” will be on the cloud. Oracle is big on production apps, ergo Oracle will be big on the cloud. Oracle is a member of the old guard and it’s the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2015

Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

Analysis Oracle insists it really is going to sell computers powered by Sparc M7 processors – the same chips it started talking about in 2014. On Monday, Big Red breathlessly unveiled hardware powered by the beefy microprocessor, and on Tuesday, its supremo Larry Ellison lauded the 64-bit CPU's security defenses. One of these defenses …
Chris Williams, 28 Oct 2015
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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

Comment The odds of paying Oracle top dollar to keep updating your database or business software shortened this week, despite Oracle’s victory over Rimini Street. Larry Ellison’s giant secured $50m in damages from Rimini in a case that has rattled on for five years. $14m of that will be paid by Rimini’s charismatic chief executive, …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2015
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EMC NetWorker 9 emerges from obscurity

Australian backup blogger Preston de Guise has been able to take version nine of EMC's NetWorker backup software for a spin. NetWorker is EMC's enterprise backup product. Version 8.2 emerged mid-year, but EMC's not made a great deal of noise about just when a successor might emerge. The product now seems to be available, if …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2015
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Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry

Comment Mainstream storage arrays are being harassed by a wolf-pack of sleeker competitors. Looking at storage is like looking at a dog walker on the beach with a hundred howling dogs of all sizes and breeds on the leashes. Some are puppies, some young and sleek, some old and fat. They bark and growl and run in all directions …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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DDN: Quicker storage access passes HPC buck to CPU makers

Comment At a DDN user group meeting in Frankfurt earlier this year, Alex Bouzari said high-performance computing (HPC) exhibits an enduring tug-of-war between compute and storage. The co-founder and CEO of DataDirect Networks – which makes fast-access and capacious storage for supercomputing and HPC – speaks from the storage side of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Hackers exploiting wide-open Portmap to amp up DDoS attacks

Security watchers have warned about a new class of DDoS amplification attack threat which only exists because too many users are failing to follow basic safeguards. Improperly configured services such as DNS or Network Time Protocol (NTP) have been exploited to launch a string of DDoS attacks over the last couple of years, the …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2015
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Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant

The more I look at Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure, the more confused I get. The analyst's take on Huawei's relevance to virtualization is particularly puzzling. Not so much because I disagree with Huawei's inclusion, but because many of the organizations left out are even more …
Trevor Pott, 31 Jul 2015
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Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris

Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix. Docker arose out of the Linux world, and its original implementation takes advantage of a number of Linux kernel features, including LXC, cgroups, and …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2015
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Now listen, Gartner – virtualisation and containers ARE different

Comment Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualisation Infrastructure. In it, the mega analyst lumps together hypervisor-based virtualisation and containers. This is wrong, and as I've discussed before virtualisation and containerisation are different. Even if you consider all the differentiators in the …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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Open Container Project renames, says standard is just weeks away

One month after launching an industry-wide consortium aimed at creating a common runtime and image format for application containers, Docker and the Linux Foundation say the effort is making rapid progress. One big(ish) change is in the name. The group launched in June as the Open Container Project. Henceforth it will be known …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

After a swift beta process, Oracle's VirtualBox desktop hypervisor has reached its fifth edition. VirtualBox's fourth iteration emerged in 2010, so in April Oracle decided it was due for some proper attention. That decision resulted in four betas and three release candidates emerging in short order, before Thursday saw the new …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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Donatelli's Oracle arrival leaves Fowler in corporate no man's land

An Oracle EVP has become a non-person after David Donatelli was appointed EVP for converged infrastructure at Larry’s Redwood Shores palace. Donatelli will be responsible for Oracle’s infrastructure offerings, including engineered systems, server, storage, networking and tape products, and help the company respond to customer …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2015
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Second-hand IT alliance forms to combat 'bully' vendors

Second-hand IT providers have formed an alliance to combat what they claim are increasingly aggressive tactics by big vendors desperate to claw back falling revenue. Tomas O'Leary, secretary of Free ICT Europe, and chief executive of independent provider of IBM software maintenance Origina, claimed big vendors have stepped up …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2015

Oracle joins OpenStack Murano directory push

Oracle’s thrown its not inconsiderable mass and influence behind a project building a catalogue to list cloud-ready OpenStack apps. The database giant is today expected to pledge its support for Murano, the OpenStack project letting you publish cloud-ready apps in a browsable directory. Murano is an open-source project started …
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2015
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How NVMe tamed the cowboy world of the flash card

It all started with flash devices upsetting the cosy disk world. Flash was faster than disk at responding to IO requests, if not at streaming data, and the easiest way to put flash drives, solid state drives, into servers and storage arrays was to use disk drive bays and interfaces such as SAS and SATA. This was practical but …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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Docker ascendancy's ignites a flak-in-the-box cloud arms race

Containerisation has taken the data centre by storm. Led by Docker, a start-up that's on a mission to make development and deployment as simple as it should be, Linux containers are fast changing the way developers work and devops teams deploy. Containerisation is such a powerful idea that it's only slightly hyperbolic to …
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VirtualBox v. 5.0 beta 1 spins up for desktop virty lab chuckles

Snoracle has decided the time is right to upgrade its VirtualBox desktop hypervisor. VirtualBox is a favourite among home lab types, developers and virtualisation fanbois because it is very good at running guest operating systems and has a significant price advantage over rivals like VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2015
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Nutanix looking for a way to burst VMware's bubble

Comment Rumours are circulating about a hypervisor built by Nutanix, and Nutanix open-sourcing its software; two intriguing moves. Why would Nutanix make these moves as VMware ratchets up its attack on hyper-converged vendors with EVO:RAIL? Start-up Nutanix is a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) supplier, widely-regarded …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2015
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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

More vulnerabilities were discovered in Google Chrome last year than any other piece of core internet software – that's according to research that also found 2014 clocked record numbers of zero-day flaws. The Secunia Vulnerability Review 2015 report [PDF] is built on data harvested by the company's Personal Software Inspector …
Darren Pauli, 26 Mar 2015

Joyent's Triton ships Docker containers on cloudy bare metal

Cloud outfit Joyent has launched Triton, a new software and service offering that provides what Joyent describes as "container native infrastructure," where the Linux container – not a server or a VM – is the atomic unit of hosting. "In a sentence (albeit a wordy one), Triton lets you run secure Linux containers directly on …
Neil McAllister, 24 Mar 2015
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Oracle finds a port in the SDN/NFV storm with two new ethernet switches

Who said Ethernet was dull? Oracle certainly doesn't: it's floated a couple of switches down the slipway and off into the oceans of the data centre. It's nearly refreshing to have something as vanilla as an Ethernet switch, sorry two Ethernet switches, announced among all the foam emitted by aspirant supplanters of the handful …
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Joyent: Never mind those other forkers, Node.js has a foundation now, too

The popular, open source Node.js JavaScript runtime engine is getting a new foundation to manage its development, in a move that could help mend the recent schism in the project's community. To date, Node.js has been sponsored and overseen by Joyent, the infrastructure-as-a-service company where Ryan Dahl, the software's …
Neil McAllister, 10 Feb 2015
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Cannonbridge sells us a dummy – great premise, crap ending

Book review When you set up a central mystery in a story, make it the crux of your tale and drop tantalising clues about it all the way through, you’ve set yourself a difficult task. You’ve made a promise to the reader from page one that the answer to your mystery is a good one, you’ve beckoned them from page to page with the assurance …
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Oracle tosses its Linux into Docker's repository

Oracle sometimes seems to be a bit miffed by enthusiasm for Linux container darling Docker because its own Solaris “Zones” have done containers for ages. Big Red also knows in its heart of hearts that Solaris isn't for everyone, but reckons its own Linux is for anyone who fancies robust, well-supported Torvalds-spawn. And given …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Feb 2015

Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

TV Review My favourite moment in Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis' new two hour film about Afghanistan – is a clip of a posh British graduate teaching conceptual art to a class of Afghan women in traditional dress. She shows them Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. You know – the dirty urinal. One shakes her head. The others just stare politely. “It …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2015

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems' software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison & Co gobbled the former server heavyweight. Although Sun …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm. Oracle's gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

Dedupe, dedupe... dedupe, dedupe, dedupe: Oracle polishes ZFS diamond

Oracle's ZFS is widely lauded as a great file system even though several suppliers that use it for their own products have replaced its deduplication code with their own. One such was GreenBytes, a startup which developed an all-flash array for virtualised servers and focused on VDI. It switched to a software-only model after …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
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What benchmarks CAN tell you about your solid-state drives

When it comes to storage, what benchmarks to use, how to configure them and how to interpret the results has been the subject of many a heated debate. Benchmarks are supposed to provide empirical data that can be used as evidence for drawing rational conclusions. Of course, if you torture data long enough it will confess to …
Trevor Pott, 02 Dec 2014

Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

Sysadmin Blog Docker, meet hype. Hype, meet Docker. Now: Let's have a sit down here and see if we can work through your neuroses. For those of you who don't yet know about Docker, it is a much-hyped Silicon Valley startup productising (what a horrible unword) Linux containers into something that's sort of easy to use. Containers aren't a new …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014

Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

After Symantec published its report on the Regin super-spyware, there were many questions raised. Who coded it? What can it do? And – above all – why did it take so long for security vendors to notice it? Regin is a sophisticated piece of software. It can be customized for particular missions by inserting into its framework …
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2014