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SUN SOLARIS LEGACY CONTAINERS is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can see the whole picture and analyze the data. Valuable Features:I can run the database, run a query, run the report, see the whole picture, and analyze the data.Improvements to My Organization:I can see the whole picture and analyze the data. I rely on those a lot. With this database, I feel like I can see the entire database.Room for Improvement:I would like it to be faster; sometimes it takes a while, including making a connection. It can be complicated at times, too.Stability Issues:It is very stable. Once in a while, I see IT is involved in a ticket but I don't think it's happening all the time.Previous Solutions:I think we used to use Sybase and then we transferred to Oracle. Now, they no longer use the Sybase servers.I’m not so sure why they switched from Sybase to Oracle, maybe the technology required them to move from Sybase to Oracle. It could have been more stable, more space or something like that.Other Advice:I like it. If someone asked me for advice, I’d encourage them to use the Oracle.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Using it in conjunction with Oracle Solaris Cluster, our organization can achieve the best possible Oracle database performance, security and failover capabilities. Valuable Features:Reliability, safety, support offered, speed, endurance. Overall, if I’m forced to make an automotive industry comparison, from my perspective Oracle Solaris is the “Volvo” of operating systems.Reliability – because referenced operating system was always trustful to host assigned applications, in the most desirable waySafety – penetration test performed against related platforms never get the chance to pick any vulnerabilities. Attempts were logged on system log, daily check scripts pick those and send to monitoring team, investigations was performed to pinpoint the offending host. All the times the host was the one used to perform penetration testing. Other layers of infrastructure security prevented the attackers to rich the Solaris environments, but never heard about proper configured OS like this to get on its knees due to such.Support Offered – Oracle SPARC platforms come with free support for Solaris operating system, and in contrast with the saying “there is no free lunch”, the support offered is at the highest standards. In some of the rare occasion when high severity incidents ( with root cause proven to be triggered from application side), the customer on organized conference requested a Service request to be opened with Oracle, so the issue to be cornered from both directions. I can say that have nevered encountered a new or known bug on OS side during those experiences.Speed – Living the hardware and storage capabilities out of the equation, the responsiveness and agility of Solaris operating system is one in the top of my preferences.Endurance - Years of uptime (except planned downtime related to recommended patch set applying) say it all.After all of the above, hope that the comparison from automotive industry will not be considered forced at all.Improvements to My Organization:Using Oracle Solaris OS in conjunction with Oracle Solaris Cluster, we are able to offer our organization full OS support so they can achieve the best possible Oracle database performance, security and failover capabilities. This way, their business doesn’t suffer due to unexpected and unplanned IT infrastructure-related downtime.Room for Improvement:Since Solaris Volume Manager is the obvious choice for a shared filesystem, I would love to see improvements in SVM so that filesystems can be increased or migrated without downtime for the environment - in a similar way that ZFS is capable of.Offering more GUI applications might help adoption of Oracle Solaris by professionals coming from the Windows “world”.Also, adaptation of behavior of commands similar to those from Linux would add familiarity for Linux system administrators aiming to use Oracle Solaris as well. (E.g., in Linux, the ifconfig command with no parameters returns the output for all interfaces. In Oracle Solaris, it causes an error and usage help).Use of Solution:I have used it for 3.5 years.Deployment Issues:Encountered issues were back in the time when not enough experience was available for related OS, and some due to bugs that were fixed by patches released.Technical Support:I will rate technical support as excellent.Previous Solutions:IBM AIX was also considered, but x86 platform support from Oracle Solaris (for laboratory, test, DEV and QaS environments) added an advantage that leaned the scales toward Solaris. Proprietary hardware came with an added list of tasks you need to consider and be aware of during live use.Initial Setup:The initial migration project came with lots of organizational challenges, but from a technical perspective, the well-organized “My Oracle Support” and attached community provided the needed answers to go along with a successful pilot environment. From that point on, we needed only to be patient, trigger and organize interactions between various teams, and solve performance issues related to layers other than the OS.Implementation Team:There was an in-house implementation. My advice is to boldly adapt Oracle Solaris OS if the cost fits the organization budget, because this will save lots of future costs related to fixing issues and malfunctions. During implementation, adopters can count on professional support from the vendor using the “My Oracle Support” tool.ROI:ROI, pricing and licensing are variables in an equation that changes from one case to the other. In my case, I wasn’t involved in the accounting part of this; therefore, I cannot provide more details.Other Advice:Before adopting Oracle Solaris, extensive pre-testing is needed in order to gain the necessary experience. Ideally, certification on Oracle Solaris for related IT team members is desirable.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Valuable Features:Undoubtedly, Solaris is a very stable, extremely fast, and secure operating system. I have worked as a Solaris instructor for 16 years, and certainly I can assure you that it is incomparable.An interesting point is that Oracle has been constantly introducing new features for Solaris, and this crucial fact makes Solaris a reference product in the market.Improvements to My Organization:Fantastic features are contained in Solaris, such as Zones and LDOM, which have given solutions to companies for which I have provided consulting services. By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Additionally, by using the built-in resource manager feature from Solaris, it's possible to control and set up limits for CPU and memory consumption. Finally, installing packages and patches into a virtualized system are very simple tasks.Solaris has made the administration simpler, easy and intuitive. Its innumerable security and performance features provide conviction to companies that they're moving forward in the right direction.Room for Improvement:During my many years of use, I've suffered with small problems while implementing the advanced features of Solaris. They were always, however, resolved by referring to the old and legendary Sun Solve and, today, to the excellent Oracle documentation website (http://docs.oracle.com).Use of Solution:I've worked with it for exactly 16 years since version 5.7 (Solaris 7). I've had the opportunity to follow dozens of features being implemented during this long period of time. Better yet, I have a good perspective about next new features which will be introduced in the near future, so I am sure Solaris will continue alive and strong for many years.Deployment Issues:I've had the small problems in the Areas for Improvement section, but other than that, I haven't had issues with deployment.Stability Issues:I've absolutely never had any issues with stability. Solaris is a very solid and stable operating system, and its release schedule ensures that all potential stability problems are resolved as soon as possible. Additionally, the Solaris kernel is one of most interesting and featured kernels that I have ever seen because almost everything is made and implemented by taking into account security and stability.Scalability Issues:One of the more remarkable advantages of Solaris is the fact that it scales almost linearly. New SPARC processors introduce more cores and Solaris' performance responds proportionally. In particular, I have observed a huge performance gain while processing mathematical applications.Customer Service:They're straightforward. Honestly, I don't have constant contact with customer services, but the few contacts that I have had were fair enough. Oracle professionals always had a suitable behavior and an appropriate attention to problems.Technical Support:When my clients needed technical support, the level of customer service was excellent because most field engineers are ready to solve any problem almost instantly.When critical problems come up and the first level of engineers is not able to solve the issue, the problems are forwarded to more experienced specialist and it is enough to solve the issue quickly.Previous Solutions:A long time ago, an open Linux distribution was the main option for running most hosts, but raw performance and security problems forced us to migrate most critical systems to Solaris.Initial Setup:The initial setup was not complex in any way. All Solaris implementations are extremely straightforward, easy to install, and well documented. Most Solaris commands are kept from older versions, which is a big advantage because we can reuse past knowledge.Implementation Team:I always implement solutions by myself because have enough knowledge about Oracle solutions. Nonetheless, most vendors team that I could work together have an appropriate knowledge about all Oracle products.ROI:The ROI of my customers have been very high. As Oracle Solaris provides a total integration with the remaining Oracle portfolio, the necessary time to implement any Oracle solution is very short. Furthermore, as Oracle Solaris is very solid and stable, usually the downtime is insignificant and all investment is recovered by keeping their business working well.Cost and Licensing Advice:Before thinking about pricing and licensing, we should try to understand whether the return of investment will be enough and fair. For example, I have provided technical consulting services for several companies that, at first, chose another operating system, but after some time, they implemented Oracle Solaris because they understood the importance of an operating system which provides security, performance, and total integration.Other Solutions Considered:No, I didn't. Usually, I try to understand the customer's environment before making any choice, but most of the time I can use Oracle Solaris and part of its features as the more suitable solution.Other Advice:Before implementing Oracle Solaris, my best recommendation would be to know all its available features for making the right choices. I have seen several implemented solutions which are working, but they could have implemented better techniques and methods if more appropriate features had been chosen for the specific project.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I'm a paid instructor for Oracle.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The DTrace feature offers performance and fault analysis. With fewer faults, we reduced maintenance fees. Valuable Features:* ZFS: It is very stable and scalable. It provides excellent security, and cool deduplication, compression, encryption and recovery capabilities.* DTrace: It is the best for performance analysis and fault analysis.* Zone containers: The feature is stable and can provide the service with fewer resources.Improvements to My Organization:* Improved transaction processing performance* Fewer faults (reduction in maintenance fees)Room for Improvement:* GUI or menu configuration support* Management tool visualizationUse of Solution:I have more than 15 years of experience with Solaris, including three years of experience with Solaris version 11.Stability Issues:I have never encountered any stability issues; stability is perfect.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues. Scalability is powerful and very simple.Technical Support:I rate technical support in Korea very high.Previous Solutions:We used Linux on x86. Linux is very good, but this project is very important from the security, stability and scalability points of view.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very simple and clean.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Linux. The issue was cost.Other Advice:The Solaris Unix platform is very powerful, simple, and scalable. The on-premise environment is optimized, but the cloud environment is not.If you need a Unix platform, I recommend Oracle Cloud. Oracle Cloud only supports Unix platforms.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review about Oracle Solaris Valuable Features:the osImprovements to My Organization:our database is fast nowUse of Solution:5 yearsDeployment Issues:nopeStability Issues:NOPEScalability Issues:NOPECustomer Service:4 starsTechnical Support:5 starsPrevious Solutions:Yes, linuxInitial Setup:straughtImplementation Team:in houseROI:n/aCost and Licensing Advice:great pricingOther Solutions Considered:yes, linuxOther Advice:noDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Valuable Features:Solaris includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Solaris Zones is ideal to separate applications and to migrate from older to current hardware. LDoms is very efficient because it uses the hardware hypervisor of the SPARC servers.Improvements to My Organization:We are able to deploy new environments very quickly and securely. Using the virtualization features, we can migrate the environments very flexibly between our servers.Room for Improvement:The new LDoms feature, vHBA (Virtual HBA), doesn't support MPxIO disk devices yet. I hope to see this in the next release.Use of Solution:I've been using Solaris for 15 years, and have been using the current version since it became available in 2011.Deployment Issues:Updating Solaris to newer versions can be done in minutes using the powerful ZFS and BootEnvironment with the Failback option if troubles occur.Stability Issues:We had no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:Solaris is very robust and scalable. No issues so far scaling it.Technical Support:Oracle offers a good online support portal called "My Oracle Support", which includes a big knowledge base. Because Oracle is a very large organization, it sometimes takes a bit too much time for support requests to reach the right support engineer.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward. Oracle has in-depth admin manuals. To speed up deployments, we implemented our own deployment and management framework.Implementation Team:We implemented it with our in-house team based on Oracle's best practices documents. With virtualization, we recommend to first define a standard on how to deploy and then to deploy using that standard, avoiding any variation. There are so many options, but our favorite is the fully-virtualized LDom with applications installed into Solaris Zones.Cost and Licensing Advice:When buying a server from Oracle, all the software is included -- OS, virtualization and patches. There are no hidden costs. We like the long life cycle of Solaris and the SPARC servers. There's no need to replace the hardware every two to three years, and we have a life cycle of five years and more.Other Advice:Use deployment tools for automation and avoid doing everything manually. Deployment tools help to create a standardized environment.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're an ISV Partner of Oracle. I'm nominated as an Oracle ACE Associate for Solaris.
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Valuable Features:Undoubtedly, Solaris is a very stable, extremely fast, and secure operating system. I have worked as a Solaris instructor for 16 years, and certainly I can assure you that it is incomparable.An interesting point is that Oracle has been constantly introducing new features for Solaris, and this crucial fact makes Solaris a reference product in the market.Improvements to My Organization:Fantastic features are contained in Solaris, such as Zones and LDOM, which have given solutions to companies for which I have provided consulting services. By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Additionally, by using the built-in resource manager feature from Solaris, it's possible to control and set up limits for CPU and memory consumption. Finally, installing packages and patches into a virtualized system are very simple tasks.Solaris has made the administration simpler, easy and intuitive. Its innumerable security and performance features provide conviction to companies that they're moving forward in the right direction.Room for Improvement:During my many years of use, I've suffered with small problems while implementing the advanced features of Solaris. They were always, however, resolved by referring to the old and legendary Sun Solve and, today, to the excellent Oracle documentation website (http://docs.oracle.com).Use of Solution:I've worked with it for exactly 16 years since version 5.7 (Solaris 7). I've had the opportunity to follow dozens of features being implemented during this long period of time. Better yet, I have a good perspective about next new features which will be introduced in the near future, so I am sure Solaris will continue alive and strong for many years.Deployment Issues:I've had the small problems in the Areas for Improvement section, but other than that, I haven't had issues with deployment.Stability Issues:I've absolutely never had any issues with stability. Solaris is a very solid and stable operating system, and its release schedule ensures that all potential stability problems are resolved as soon as possible. Additionally, the Solaris kernel is one of most interesting and featured kernels that I have ever seen because almost everything is made and implemented by taking into account security and stability.Scalability Issues:One of the more remarkable advantages of Solaris is the fact that it scales almost linearly. New SPARC processors introduce more cores and Solaris' performance responds proportionally. In particular, I have observed a huge performance gain while processing mathematical applications.Customer Service:They're straightforward. Honestly, I don't have constant contact with customer services, but the few contacts that I have had were fair enough. Oracle professionals always had a suitable behavior and an appropriate attention to problems.Technical Support:When my clients needed technical support, the level of customer service was excellent because most field engineers are ready to solve any problem almost instantly.When critical problems come up and the first level of engineers is not able to solve the issue, the problems are forwarded to more experienced specialist and it is enough to solve the issue quickly.Previous Solutions:A long time ago, an open Linux distribution was the main option for running most hosts, but raw performance and security problems forced us to migrate most critical systems to Solaris.Initial Setup:The initial setup was not complex in any way. All Solaris implementations are extremely straightforward, easy to install, and well documented. Most Solaris commands are kept from older versions, which is a big advantage because we can reuse past knowledge.Implementation Team:I always implement solutions by myself because have enough knowledge about Oracle solutions. Nonetheless, most vendors team that I could work together have an appropriate knowledge about all Oracle products.ROI:The ROI of my customers have been very high. As Oracle Solaris provides a total integration with the remaining Oracle portfolio, the necessary time to implement any Oracle solution is very short. Furthermore, as Oracle Solaris is very solid and stable, usually the downtime is insignificant and all investment is recovered by keeping their business working well.Cost and Licensing Advice:Before thinking about pricing and licensing, we should try to understand whether the return of investment will be enough and fair. For example, I have provided technical consulting services for several companies that, at first, chose another operating system, but after some time, they implemented Oracle Solaris because they understood the importance of an operating system which provides security, performance, and total integration.Other Solutions Considered:No, I didn't. Usually, I try to understand the customer's environment before making any choice, but most of the time I can use Oracle Solaris and part of its features as the more suitable solution.Other Advice:Before implementing Oracle Solaris, my best recommendation would be to know all its available features for making the right choices. I have seen several implemented solutions which are working, but they could have implemented better techniques and methods if more appropriate features had been chosen for the specific project.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I'm a paid instructor for Oracle.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware. Valuable Features:The most valuable features for me are:Virtualization (Containers, Zones, Security, PDOM's, LDOM's)Performance, ZFS, Debugging with DtraceImprovements to My Organization:I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware.I've worked with servers E25k, T5, M5, M5-32 and some other older servers. All of them have excellent performance in virtualization, zones, and LDOMs.Solaris lets you isolate zones and migrate them to other servers. You can also move old releases of OS's from obsolete hardware to containers installed in new hardware.Room for Improvement:There are some areas that could use some improvement. As with Solaris 10, you can install Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 systems, but the number of non-Oracle x86 systems certified up to this point is less that with the previous version. In spite of that, you can still install Solaris 11 on a varied number of systems as 'bare metal' or you can resort to virtualization via many of the softwares available for that in the market. The certification of third-party hardware is usually a lengthy process and requires a lot of resources, so it would be understandable if this takes a long time.Use of Solution:I've used it for more than fifteen years. I started working on release 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8, 9, 10, up to the latest version 11, which I currently use.Solaris 10 had the largest number of changes in the area of administration, particularly services (FMRI), but Solaris 11 really changed everything or almost everything about how to write commands in the OS administration.Deployment Issues:I've never had big problems with the implementation of any releases. Solaris guarantees its binary compatibility with previous releases for each version.Clusters are more complex, but after finalizing the configuration, they don't require too much attention.Stability Issues:Solaris is very stable, and most of the "panics" are caused by third-parties, generally when information security applications add modules into the kernel or when some hardware failure occurs.Scalability Issues:Oracle Sparc servers are the best for scalability. With Solaris, for example ZFS, it's a filesystem of 128 bits that allows storage of 256 trillion zettabytes, metadata are assigned dynamically, so it's not necessary to assign nodes beforehand or to limit the filesystem scalability when it's created. The directory can have up to 256 billion entries and there isn't a limit to the number of filesystem or file that may be in ZFS.Customer Service:Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone and web service where you can open a case, upload files, and an engineer can be assigned in less 3 hours depending on severity of the case.Technical Support:The technical staff and field engineers who interact with customers are really professional, capable, have very good dispositions and they work with a high level of excellence.Previous Solutions:I worked on various Unix systems, but I feel very comfortable working on Solaris. I'm aware of the evolution of Linux systems in the world because of the cost, but I don't feel the need to change for the time because this OS offers me compatibility and scalability that the company needs where I work.Initial Setup:When I decided the work on the Solaris platform, it was a personal decision. I didn't stop other Unix systems becuase of the complexity of these OS's, but rather by a timely challenge I had to build a cluster between 2 nodes of SunFire 6800. After that the E25k servers arrived and then the virtualization, and I liked working on Solaris more each time.Implementation Team:When we do an implementation, we work together with an Oracle team and my colleague, Nicolas, and I start by connecting the power cords to the installation and configure the OS. We also provide support to development teams to this applications.About the level of technicians, the level is excellent and they all provide great value with their experience.ROI:The economic investment is not my area of expertise, but I can talk about investment if I think about everyday learning working on this OS which return me the invest time on the initial installation and the low administrative maintenance, so I can spend less time to solve problems that software and hardware can have.Cost and Licensing Advice:I can't talk about prices. Solaris is free for final users, and in the case of OEM licenses, you should visit www.oracle.com ( http://www.oracle.com ).Other Solutions Considered:I always evaluate other options with Sparc. I analyze if one server is more convenient than another or what cards to add. At my company, one specific area evaluates the costs of an implementation and then it decides the direction to take, so when the road leads to Solaris, my evaluation can help them to make a decision.Other Advice:I always recommend Solaris because of its robustness, high availability, scalability, virtualization, excellent support, security and very good hardware.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-04-19
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