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Jeff Victor , Jeff Savit , Gary Combs , Simon Hayler , Bob Netherton
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1 Sep 2010 013708188X 978-0137081882 1
Virtualization and related technologies like hypervisors, which create virtual machines on a single hardware machine, and containers (also known as zones), which create virtual operating systems running on a single operating system, are a totally new area for many system administrators.

 

Oracle® Solaris™ 10 System Virtualization Essentials provides an accessible introduction to computer virtualization, specifically the system virtualization technologies that use the Oracle Solaris or OpenSolaris operating systems. This accessible guide covers the key concepts system administrators need to understand and explains how to

 

  • Use Dynamic Domains to maximize workload isolation on Sun SPARC systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for SPARC to deploy different Oracle Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris environments on SPARC CMT (chip multithreading) systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for x86 or xVM hypervisor to deploy a server with heterogeneous operating systems
  • Use Oracle VM VirtualBox to develop and test software in heterogeneous environments
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to maximize efficiency and scalability of workloads
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to migrate Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 workloads to new hardware systems
  • Mix virtualization technologies to maximize workload density

 

Starting with a discussion of system virtualization in general terms—the needs of consolidation, the benefits of virtualization, and a description of the most common types of computer virtualization—this book also covers many of the concepts, features, and methods shared by many implementations of system virtualization.

 

Oracle’s computer virtualization technologies that are directly related to the Oracle Solaris OS are described in detail along with a discussion of the factors that should be considered when choosing a virtualization technology. Finally, several examples of these technologies and an overview of virtualization management software are provided, as well as a history of virtualization.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (1 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013708188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137081882
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Virtualization and related technologies like hypervisors, which create virtual machines on a single hardware machine, and containers (also known as zones), which create virtual operating systems running on a single operating system, are a totally new area for many system administrators.

 

Oracle® Solaris™ 10 System Virtualization Essentials provides an accessible introduction to computer virtualization, specifically the system virtualization technologies that use the Oracle Solaris or OpenSolaris operating systems. This accessible guide covers the key concepts system administrators need to understand and explains how to

 

  • Use Dynamic Domains to maximize workload isolation on Sun SPARC systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for SPARC to deploy different Oracle Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris environments on SPARC CMT (chip multithreading) systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for x86 or xVM hypervisor to deploy a server with heterogeneous operating systems
  • Use Oracle VM VirtualBox to develop and test software in heterogeneous environments
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to maximize efficiency and scalability of workloads
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to migrate Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 workloads to new hardware systems
  • Mix virtualization technologies to maximize workload density

 

Starting with a discussion of system virtualization in general terms—the needs of consolidation, the benefits of virtualization, and a description of the most common types of computer virtualization—this book also covers many of the concepts, features, and methods shared by many implementations of system virtualization.

 

Oracle’s computer virtualization technologies that are directly related to the Oracle Solaris OS are described in detail along with a discussion of the factors that should be considered when choosing a virtualization technology. Finally, several examples of these technologies and an overview of virtualization management software are provided, as well as a history of virtualization.

About the Author

<>Jeff Victor is the principal author of Oracle® Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials and 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. His blog can be found at http://blogs.sun.com/JeffV. Jeff received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he builds and launches high-power rockets. Jeff lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

 

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 Fine-Tuning, 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.

 

Simon Hayler is a principal sales consultant for Oracle Corporation. Previously, Simon was a principal field technologist for Sun Microsystems. Simon has a telecommunications engineering background, encompassing the design, configuration, and implementation of multitiered information systems. His role at Sun over the past 12 years has included pre- and post-sales consulting, architectural design and implementation for both high-end commercial and high-performance computing, and, more recently, specialization in virtualization solutions.

 

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.


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By Tom
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I thought the book was well written, but sadly reflects the problems with the transition from Sun to Oracle. Internal URLs/links in the book point to the now defunct SUN domain - so less than helpful.

There seemed to be massive differences in emphasis in sections with the 1st 3rd of the book going into detail on specific hardware arrangements and other sections just fizzling out like the author didn't want to put the effort in to finish it.

All in all, if this were re-written with updated references, it would be better and also I wonder if it would have been better split across the different topics with more effort in the LDOMS area. It is however a good book, it does have gaps for me, but I found it very useful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Covers Only the Basics 23 Nov 2011
By GWW - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book, if you are looking for the basics of Oracle's virtualization technologies all in one place. However, the material is extremely sparse and everything I have referenced is covered in Oracle's documentation. A great start, if you are new to Oracle's technologies. However, check out Oracle's documentation and white papers, first. This book is not very useful if you are looking for supplemental material.

I was hoping to find more guidance and real-world experience applied to Oracle technologies, as the preface suggests. For each of the virtualization technologies, the author typically picks the easiest implementation methods and only summarizes other options. Very little is provided regarding why or how to pick one implementation option over another. One example of this is virtual disk options.

Solaris 10 could have been dropped from the title. The Xen-based Oracle VM Server for x86 is also covered. Though, the author does show you how to implement a Solaris 10 guest.

One final point...links to Sun's websites abound throughout the text. The majority of them are no longer valid and finding the information on Oracle's website can be difficult. However, once you do, bookmark the new web page!
5.0 out of 5 stars A great virtualization resource 18 May 2014
By Michael Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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A great overview of not just Solaris and other Oracle technologies, but virtualization technologies as a whole. Worth a read for anyone interested in virtualization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely covers all concepts and features of system virtualization 18 Jan 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials is a pick for any college-level technical collection strong in Oracle Solaris engineering. It provides a fine introduction to the topic of computer virtualization and the systems that support it, offering administrators and oracle Solaris support staff a key to understanding operating systems, migration processes, and security and scalability of workloads. It completely covers all concepts and features of system virtualization and is key to any in-depth understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well needed 2 Nov 2011
By Jeremy Loukinas - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers all topics related to Solaris Virtualization. The section on Oracle VM Server for Sparc has been extremely helpful for me. The docs online are very sparse on the subject. Couldn't have lived without this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely helpful volume... 23 July 2011
By RouxTheDay - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well-written, well-organized, and extremely helpful. Getting up to speed on Sun/Oracle's virtualization technologies isn't easy, especially when their product lines support different mechanisms and features. This book touches on all of them.
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