GoCloud’s Weekly Hosted Desktop News roundup: #10

Oracle OpenWorld event, OpenStack certification now available

This week has seen the annual Oracle OpenWorld event, held in San Francisco and hearing from a number of speakers over the course of four days. One of the biggest announcements of the event was the news that Oracle are to release their latest version of Solaris.

Oracle Solaris 11.1 will include more than 300 enhancements and existing customers can upgrade easily using the built-in upgrade tools that were shipped with Solaris 11. Oracle describe the software as being the “first cloud OS that allows customers to build large-scale enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)”.

Solaris 11.1 has also been improved to allow for the creation of compliance reports for auditing with OpenSCAP, support for 32TB of RAM and 1000s of CPUs and a built-in cloud infrastructure, to name but a few.

The new cloud infrastructure features add to the previous version’s virtualization capabilities and include support for the new, open standard Federated File System (FedFS).

Existing Oracle customers will also have use of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Centre at no extra cost so that they can effectively manage all aspects of enterprise hardware, OS and virtualisation resources.

“Oracle Solaris 11 is the best UNIX operating system to run Oracle applications, deploy mission critical cloud infrastructure and protect customer investments,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle.

“The Oracle Solaris engineering team has worked closely with the Oracle Database engineering team to deliver unique value that customers can only get from an Oracle solution. Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers and our engineered systems – Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 – offer customers the best solutions for their mission critical cloud infrastructure.”

Oracle will host a webcast on November 7th 2012 at 8am Pacific time on Solaris 11.1.

Also at the event …

Oracle boss Larry Ellison made an impassioned speech on Tuesday for the company’s next generation Fusion Applications, which he says surpasses all of the competition. Oracles apps, he explained, represent a more “modern approach to cloud-based software” than rival companies.

"Oracle has more SaaS applications than any other vendor," he said. "Everything you need, top to bottom, to run your enterprise in the cloud."

The Fusion Applications launched for general availability last year and Ellison said that it has been licensed by around 400 customers so far, with 100 having gone live with it. Two-thirds of these are deploying the software in Oracle’s cloud.

He went on to talk about the announcement that Oracle will be offering private cloud, which copies Oracle’s public cloud and places it behind a customer firewall.

"We're the only one who gives you a choice of deployment," he said.

OpenStack certification now available

Rackspace has announced that it would like IT pros to get certification in OpenStack and have everything in place to help them to obtain it. However, the qualifications can only be obtained at one of Rackspace’s classes for $2500 per student, or at a private facility for $45,000.

The training and certification program first came about a year and a half ago, after Rackspace’s Tony Campbell was asked to make a start on it. The course will be based on teaching materials that Rackspace have amassed internally and will be called OpenStack Fundamentals.

The course runs for four days and includes six hours of one-to-one instruction. Whilst some of the material has already been made available, the test that actually gets you the certification won’t be available until December, it’s also unknown how much the exam will cost as yet.

Once a student has finished the course and successfully passed the test, they will have the right to add ‘OpenStack Certified Technician’ to their name.

It seems that this could be just the beginning and Campbell is also considering certification courses for “more in-depth operations of OpenStack clouds”, OpenStack app development, DevOps engineer and OpenStack architect.

Those wanting to offer OpenStack certification training in the future can also join Rackspace’s partner program, which will allow partners to use the company’s coursework. Partners will get a royalty fee for running training programs and this is also expected to launch this coming December.