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SAPOSCOL on Oracle Solaris Enhanced with New Features

SAPOSCOL has been enhanced to better detect OVM virtualization and Oracle Solaris Zones (previously only Zones were detected). This enhancement is available with SAP HOST AGENT 7.20 SP188 for Solaris x86 and SPARC. For more information, see SAP Note 2031893 Collection of Virtualization Configuration in SAPOSCOL on Solaris.

Two New Oracle White Papers on Security Available

Awareness about the topic of security among business and IT teams did not start with the NSA scandal – Oracle Solaris already comes with built-in security features as standard. You just have to know how to use them. So to help customers make better use of these existing features, we have released two white papers:

New White Paper "Minimal Required Oracle Solaris Packages for SAP Installation with Oracle Database 11g"

This paper provides instructions and best practices on how to install SAP with Oracle Database 11g using the minimum required packages and services for the Oracle Solaris operating system. The goal of this document is to increase security on the Oracle Solaris operating system by minimizing the required packages and disabling unnecessary services on the system. This strategy makes your system safer.

You can download the new white paper here.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Released

Oracle Solaris 11.2 has been tested and is fully supported to run SAP applications. Applications certified for Oracle Solaris 11 do not need to be recertified when updating to Oracle Solaris 11.2 or later, due to the Oracle Solaris Binary Compatibility Guarantee.

Solaris 11.2 includes the following key features:

  • Kernel zones - certified for SAP applications
  • Unified Archive
  • Compliance Report
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Open Stack

For more information, see SAP Note 2047465 - SAP Software in an Oracle Solaris 11.2 Kernel and the details here.

New World Record SAP SD Benchmark with Solaris / SPARC Achieved

On March 26, SAP and Oracle announced the result of another benchmark for Solaris / SPARC systems, based on the SPARC M6 processor and Solaris 11. This shows the performance gain achievable for an SAP system when using both Solaris and SPARC, underscoring the sound platform offered by Solaris / SPARC for SAP applications.

Details of the new world records for SAP SD benchmarks with Oracle's SPARC T5 and M5 / M6 servers:

Installing New SAP Application Server Instances with SAP LVM 2.0 on Oracle Solaris

Oracle is working with SAP to make Oracle resources and IT infrastructure available for SAP LVM. With the integration of Oracle virtualization and SAP LVM, it is possible to automate SAP processes running on Oracle infrastructure, such as Oracle Solaris, Oracle storage, and Oracle servers. This paper provides instructions and best practices on how to use the functionality for SAP LVM Application Server Instance Provisioning with Oracle Solaris 11. It describes the necessary steps to install an additional AC-enabled application server. You can download this installation guide here.

Optimization of SAP Build for 7.21 EXT Kernel for Solaris (SPARC) Yields 10% Performance Increase

Starting with SAP Kernel 7.21 EXT patch level 130 (and higher), the Solaris binaries are further optimized to provide higher throughput and lower latencies for ABAP workloads.
Currently this new optimization is only available on the 7.21 EXT line (Solaris, 64-bit, unicode). However, SAP Kernel 7.21 EXT is downward-compatible and can be used for all SAP products based on NetWeaver 7.00 - 7.31.
The new binaries are fully supported and already available on SAP ServiceMarketplace at:
SAP Software Download Center -> Support Packages and Patches -> Browse our Download Catalog -> Additional Components -> SAP Kernel -> SAP KERNEL 64-BIT UNICODE -> SAP KERNEL 7.21 EXT 64-BIT UC -> Solaris on SPARC 64bit.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3, Cluster 4.x and Clusterware Certified by SAP for Integration with SAP NetWeaver

The integration for the high availability (HA) products Solaris Cluster 4 and Solaris Cluster 3.3 as well as Oracle Clusterware 11g has been certified for integration with SAP NetWeaver via the SAP integration scenario NW-HA-CLU 730. This certification confirms the existence of product features in accordance with SAP certification procedures. The certification test is documented in report no. 20155146 and expires March 7, 2016.
Certified functions:
  • Integration of sapstartsrv in vendor product
  • Start/stop SAP instance via SAPControl
  • Manual failover test via vendor product
For more information, see the SAP Partner Information Center and search for "Oracle". 

Oracle Solaris Supported for SAP LVM Platform Library Now Available on SMP

The Solaris Platform Library for LVM (including the support for system clone / copy / refresh) is now released for customers and can be downloaded from the SAP Service Marketplace:

http://service.sap.com/swdc -> Support Packages and Patches -> Browse our Download Catalog -> SAP Technology Components -> SAP ADAPTIVE EXTENSIONS -> SAP ADAPTIVE EXTENSIONS 1.0

For detailed information, see the related SAP Note 1786220.

The following Solaris versions are supported with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris 11 x64
  • Oracle Solaris 10 SPARC
  • Oracle Solaris 10 x64

New Solaris Cluster 4.0 for SAP Available

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 expands the high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11 by adding application and service recovery for Oracle Solaris enterprise deployments. Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0 offers built-in support for cloud implementations through virtual clusters enabling secure deployment of mission-critical workloads and best availability for enterprise applications with instant system failure detection for fastest service recovery. It includes out-of-the-box support for the Oracle Database and is pre-tested with Oracle Sun servers, storage, and networking components.
Fully integrated with Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Solaris Cluster offers a unified installation experience, and leverages Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
to enable quick deployment of cloud environments and simplified lifecycle management.
You can find the new cluster installation guide here.

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