Oracle Solaris 11 System Virtualization Essentials

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-02-06
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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A Concise, Up-to-Date Guide to Oracle Virtualization Technologies, Including Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Physical Domains, and Oracle VM Virtual Box


Oracle® Solaris 11 System Virtualization Essentials, Second Edition, has been fully updated for Oracle 11 and is a complete, practical, and up-to-date guide to selecting, implementing, and applying today’s Oracle virtualization technologies to real-world business problems.


Four Oracle experts thoroughly cover current Oracle Solaris virtualization options. They help you understand key use cases, including consolidation, asynchronous workloads, software development, testing/staging, workload mobility, legacy OS support, provisioning, scalability, fine-grained OS changes, and security. They also compare and address each leading approach to virtualization: OS virtualization, hypervisor-based virtual machines, and hardware partitioning.


The authors illuminate the use of virtualization with many Oracle software applications and engineered systems, including SuperCluster, Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Exalytics, Oracle Database, and security hardening scenarios.


Bringing together case study examples and in-the-trenches experience, this guide explains how to

  • Leverage Oracle Solaris Zones to improve security, deployment, resource usage, and management
  • Use Logical Domains to deploy different versions of Oracle Solaris on SPARC systems
  • Maximize workload isolation on SPARC systems with Physical Domains
  • Use Oracle Solaris Zones to optimize workload efficiency and scalability
  • Improve data center flexibility with live migration
  • Develop and test software in heterogeneous environments with Oracle VM Virtual Box
  • Mix virtualization technologies to maximize workload density
  • Migrate Solaris 10 workloads to new hardware via Solaris Zones

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Author Biography

Jeff Victor is a principal sales consultant at Oracle Corporation. Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff was a principal field technologist for Sun Microsystems. He is an OpenSolaris Zones Community Leader, the creator of the zonestat open-source program, and a regular author, contributor, and speaker at corporate and industry events. Jeff received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jeff Savit has more than 25 years of experience in operating systems, virtualization, and performance on multiple platforms, and is a principal sales consultant at Oracle Corporation specializing in these areas. He was previously a principal field technologist at Sun Microsystems with a similar focus. Before joining Sun, Jeff was a vice president at Merrill Lynch, where he had roles in development, systems management, market data, and web applications. He also managed a department responsible for the firm’s virtual machine systems, wrote market data portions of Merrill Lynch’s Internet trading applications, and created one of the Internet’s first stock quote websites. Jeff is the author of the Sun Blueprint Energy Efficiency Strategies: Sun Server Virtualization Technology, and the virtualization chapter of the Datacenter Reference Guide Blueprint. Jeff has written or coauthored several books, including Enterprise Java, VM and CMS: Performance and FineTuning, and VM/CMS Concepts and Facilities, and his work has been published in SIGPLAN Notices, a journal of the Association of Computing Machinery. He has a master’s degree in computer science from Cornell University.

Gary Combs is a SPARC specialist at Oracle Corporation. He specializes in midrange and high-end SPARC servers, which include the popular M-Series. Gary also covers virtualization technologies that are implemented on these platforms: Dynamic Domains, Logical Domains, and Oracle Solaris containers. Prior to joining Oracle, Gary was with Sun Microsystems. He has more than 15 years of direct sales support experience as a systems engineer. For the last 10 years, Gary has held marketing positions in product management, product definition, and technical marketing.

Bob Netherton is a principal sales consultant at Oracle Corporation specializing in Oracle Solaris, virtualization, open-source software, and Linux interoperability. Prior to joining Oracle, Bob was a principal field technologist for Sun Microsystems, and was one of the architects and content developers of the Solaris Boot Camp and Deep Dive seminar series. In addition, he has developed several best practices guides for Solaris as well as an advanced Solaris training curriculum. Bob is also involved in several OpenSolaris users groups in the American Midwest and Southwest. Bob received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri, and he is a regular blogger on Solaris, virtualization, and open-source technologies.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to Virtualization
1. What is Computer Virtualization?
2. Uses of Virtualization


Part II. Virtualization with Oracle Solaris 11
3. Physical Domains
4. Oracle VM Server for SPARC
5. Oracle Solaris 11 as a Host or Guest of Oracle VM VirtualBox
6. Oracle Solaris Zones
7. Oracle Solaris Network Virtualization
8. Choosing a Virtualization Technology
9. Virtualization Management


Part III. Practical Virtualization
11. Virtualization in Engineered Systems
12+. Use of virtualization technologies with Oracle software


A. History of Virtualization
B. Illustrative Scripts

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