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December 22, 2011

Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle Corporation has announced Oracle Solaris 11, the first cloud OS.

Below is the summary of key features/benefits of Oracle (cloud) Operating System.

User Environment
  • Popular Open Source Software Packages - Java SE 6 and 7, GCC 4.5.2, Python 2.7, Perl 5.12, Ruby 1.8.7, PHP 5.2.17 and complete web stack
  • Enhanced Desktop Environment
  • Default $PATH and User Familiarity
  • Default Shell - bash shell for users
  • Removable Media
  • New Sound System
  • Search for Content in Manual Pages
  • Virtual Console Terminals
  • Time Slider Snapshot Management
  • CUPS (Common UNIX Printing SystemPrinting
  • libc Familiarity
  • paths.h Path Name Definitions
  • Locales and Languages
  • TrueType Fonts

Installation of Solaris 11 or upgradation/migration to Solaris 11 made easier.
  • Automated Installer
  • Jumpstart Migration Utility
  • Interactive Text Installations
  • Live Media Installation
  • Distribution Constructor

No more patching! when installing & updating software, IPS manages dependencies and image instances to keep installations running smoothly.
  • Image Packaging System (IPS)
  • SVRPackage Compatibility

Oracle Solaris 11 virtualization enables the deployment of less hardware to perform the work that used to be distributed among many hardware systems.
  • Oracle Solaris 10 Zones
  • Zone Physical-to-Virtual (p2vand Virtual-to-Virtual (v2vPre-flight Checker
  • NFS Server in a Zone
  • Exclusive-IP Zones by Default
  • Automatic VNIC (virtual network interface controllerCreation for Zones
  • Administer Network Flows within Non-Global Zones
  • Delegated Administration
  • Zone Boot Environments (ZBE)
  • Improved Zones Dataset Layout
  • Immutable Zones
  • Shutdown Zones Cleanly with zoneadm
  • Monitoring a Zone with zonestat
  • Zones Statistics Librarylibzonestat

Oracle Solaris 11, with it's File system, DTrace and predictive self-healing features, ensures that the cloud's services are always available.
  • ZFS (Zone File SystemDataset Encryption
  • Save Space with ZFS
  • ZFS Shadow Migration
  • ZFS Backup with NDMP (Network Data Management Protocol)
  • Temporary ZFS Mounts
  • ZFS Snapshot Alias
  • Recursive ZFS Send
  • ZFS Diffs
  • NFSvClient and Server Migration Support
  • Built-in CIFS (Common Internet File System) for Microsoft Interoperability
  • DTrace Storage Providers
  • COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI TargetSCSI Target Framework

Oracle Solaris 11 provides unmatched security for cloud.
  • Role Authentication
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
  • Labeled IPsec
  • IPsec Supports AES GMAC (AES Galois/Counter ModeCryptographic Algorithm
  • New Kerberos DTrace Providers
  • Trusted Extensions Enhancements
  • Support for ssh X.509 Certificate Extension
  • Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework
  • In-Kernel pfexecForced and Basic Privileges

Oracle Solaris 11 keeps the cloud eco-friendly with zones & network virtualization.
  • Network Virtualization and Resource Management
  • Manual and Automatic Networking
  • Default Names for Datalinks
  • Changing MAC Address with dladm
  • InfiniBandEnabled and Optimized
  • Registration of Virtual LANs
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDPSupport
  • New Sockets Architecture
  • Load Balancing
  • Link Protection
  • Bridging and Tunneling
  • IP Observability
  • IP Multipathing (IPMP)
  • IPMP Administration through ipadm
  • IPMP Transitive Probing for Less Restrictive Availability
  • Improved Availability for in.mpathd
  • I/O Enhancements to netcat
  • New FTP Server Implementation
  • DTrace Networking Providers

System Configuration
With Oracle Solaris 11, the first cloud operating system, users sees only what they actually use, and use only what they actually need.
  • Layering of the Service Management Facility (SMF) Repository
  • System Configuration in the SMF repository
  • Resetting System Configuration
  • SMF and FMA Notifications

Kernel/Platform Support
Solaris 11, from Oracle Corporation, has been optimized for Oracle Database.
  • SPARC TSupport
  • Critical Threads
  • Single-root I/O Virtualization
  • NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory AccessI/O
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • Dynamic Intimate Shared Memory (DISMPerformance Improvements  - useful for Dynamic SGA in Oracle Database
  • Suspend and Resume to RAM
  • Improved Hardware Support
  • Measuring System Latency
  • DTrace cpc Provider