Overall, keynote speakers at Oracle?s Open World 2010 emphasized their satisfaction with Sun. Mark Hurd, one of several keynotes speakers, had little to say. Perhaps his new employer was afraid the drama surrounding Hurd might detract from the company?s spotlight. As you will recall, Hurd left HP accused of improper involvement with a female contractor and questionable expense reports. Nonetheless, he is now a president at Oracle, hired by Larry Ellison, CEO.
Hurd briefly introduced Oracle?s newest Exadata Database Machine, the X2-8, then left the stage. Other keynotes included John Fowler, VP of systems who said Oracle and Sun are collaborating to build systems for the future data center, from silo applications using virtualization technology like hypervisors, moving towards true cloud computing. Sun brings underlying technologies, from Java, hardware, and microprocessing, while Oracle handles infrastructure maintenance, Fowler explained.
While on stage, Fowler announced a rearchitectured Solaris 11 with a virtual memory subsystem able to handle systems with thousands of terabytes of memory, the ability to handle thousands of threads, and deal with network speeds of hundreds of gigabytes per second, all surpassing today?s standards. Solaris 11 is part of Oracle?s storage product and will be in ExaLogic and ExaData products soon. Next year, it will be available for the x86 and SPARC [Scalable Processor Architecture] platforms.
The Sun/Oracle Sparc T3 volume microprocessor, claimed to be the world?s first 16 core volume processor, is described as a complete system on a chip for mission critical performance. The T3 processors include cryptographic security. Some Sparc T3 systems will run Solaris and Oracle VM for Sparc and can handle up to 128 virtual machines on a single physical server. Hurd said: "Database security is a big issue, and we offer full database encryption for security."
Edward Screvener, Oracle’s chief corporate architect, pointed out that Oracle went with a Linux engineering team ten years back to "make it a better operating system for customers, we wanted to make it a lot more like Solaris" Screvener, an Oracle staple since 1986, is responsible for Oracle’s open source businesses including Unbreakable Linux, Virtualization, MySQL, and Open Office. Solaris came out with Linux two years ago, "making its version of the OS ?completely Red Hat < http://www.redhat.com/rhel/ > compatible", Screvener says, but "the company has to wait for Red Hat?s community innovations before it can upgrade its own Linux kernel to ensure compatibility."
Thus, Oracle announced the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux. Customers can chose from the Oracle solution or the Red Hat solution. Oracle claims their offering is more reliable and has built-in data integrity. Oracle is only running their Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for testing and development, even though they will "continue to certify Red Hat Linux" per Screvener. More than 1,000 SPARC and x86 systems from other hardware systems providers have been tested and certified for running Oracle Solaris.
The gauntlet has been thrown. In the meantime, Java seems to be taking a backseat. Although that is denied, only time will tell.