Oracle Solaris Containers and OpenStack

By Glynn Foster
Principal Product Manager, Oracle Solaris

The IT industry is moving fast—faster than perhaps anyone had thought possible. As companies look towards the next wave of disruptive innovation, application developers and data center admins alike are wrestling with concepts like application containers and micro-services, with an eye toward the best ways to migrate their operations to the cloud, to take advantage of all the promise it brings—whether that’s on-premise, public, or hybrid cloud computing.

If you feel like your organization is still looking at virtualization as only a tool for consolidation, it may seem like the world is not moving fast enough. How can you find out how to kick-start your own cloud revolution? Or if you’re already on the move, how do you find out what’s new, what’s working, and what’s coming down the road?

We’re fully committed to OpenStack, with complete distributions included in Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux, and a variety of driver integrations across its hardware portfolio, including the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and Oracle Tape Solutions—we can bring both horizontal and vertical scale to your workloads!

In bringing OpenStack to Oracle Solaris, we’re making it easier than ever for existing Oracle Solaris users, and new users alike, to quickly take advantage of all of the production-proven technology innovations we have to offer, like zero-overhead virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones, hardened security with read-only VMs and integrated compliance reporting, and scalable and reliable data management with ZFS.

For organizations who see IT as their advantage, there’s never been a better time to be in the business, with a slew of technologies, platforms, and solutions all providing increased agility and flexibility. OpenStack has brought standardization to the infrastructure layer, allowing different vendors and technologies to interoperate with each other across compute, network and storage, to bring a true self-service capability no matter what the underlying infrastructure is.

We see OpenStack as a massive benefit to customers to be able to simplify the management of a diverse set of infrastructure and expose that increased agility to developers. And in the next wave, it is the developers that really matter.

With the introduction of the Open Container Initiative, we’ve seen similar progress for standardization efforts for container technologies. As you probably know, we’ve been investing in container technologies for quite some time with Oracle Solaris Zones and we are excited to be a part of this effort. There’s no doubt that application containers are going to fuel the next wave of application deployment into the cloud. We’ve also just announced that we’re integrating Docker into Oracle Solaris, giving developers the best of both worlds–the speed of development and deployment with Docker, and the enterprise class security, reliability, analytics and resource management of Oracle Solaris.

In the past couple of years we have been working on a new strategy that we call “Software in Silicon,” bringing application features onto the SPARC processor, powering workloads with on-chip encryption and decryption acceleration and protecting memory from illegal access. With our upcoming Sonoma chip, we’re bringing this powerful compute power to a selection of low cost platforms, ideal for horizontal scale cloud computing. Combined with Oracle Solaris, this provides a fully integrated cloud environment that doesn’t compromise security and enterprise reliability for cost. Exciting times!

So come chat with us in booth E4 at OpenStack Silicon Valley. We’d love to show you what we’re doing and the types of problems that we’re interested in tackling for the enterprise.

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