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Is Oracle putting Oracle Solaris Cluster on an EOL trajectory?

Created: 04 Oct 2012 • Updated: 11 Jun 2014 • 1 comment
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"Is Oracle putting Oracle Solaris Cluster on an EOL trajectory?"

What a question to begin a blog! So what’s happening? What has Oracle done? Oracle has made significant changes to the purchase and support of Oracle Solaris Cluster:

First, Oracle is now charging for Sun Cluster (with no maintenance discounting) at $3,000 per CPU core! (Source: For example, the perpetual licence cost for Oracle Solaris Cluster on a two-CPU Solaris T-4 system with 32 cores, (that’s 2*32*$3,000) is $192,000 at list price! A very significant cost, even after discount, for a product that used to be free!

Second, Oracle has dropped support for Symantec's Storage Foundation with Oracle Solaris Cluster v4. Storage Foundation is the industry’s leading and independent volume and file system management solution.

So, customers have to change or become unsupported, and be charged $660 per CPU core for the maintenance. Thanks Oracle.

That is not thanks from our joint customers as they will not be happy. They are forced by Oracle to make changes to their business critical environments. That thanks is from Symantec as you have gifted Symantec a huge opportunity. To show our customers that High Availability and Disaster Recovery is core to Symantec’s business and that a HADR strategy based on Symantec technology is a better, safer choice.

Customers of Oracle Solaris Cluster are left with 2 primary choices. Swap out Storage Foundation for the appropriate Oracle file system (ZFS, ASM, ACFS, or QFS perhaps), or swap out Oracle Solaris Cluster for Veritas Cluster Server from Symantec.

There’s so much that could be compared at a technical level and I would recommend every customer to test them side by side.  There will be one clear winner. Only Symantec provides:

  • A single volume manager and file system for all possible requirements
  • Cluster File System that provides RAW like performance for the database and also allows the data to be accessed simultaneously across multiple nodes.
  • An analyzer showing how to stack your Oracle DB’s on fewer servers without impact performance.
  • An easy to deploy and manage clustering solution that scales from simple mirroring to complex bunker mirrored transatlantic clusters.
  • Widest choice of storage and operating systems to maximize cost reduction.
  • Industry leading multi-pathing solution with pro-active path managements that detects faults faster.
  • Management of multi-tier applications (across different operating systems too) with Veritas Operations Manager and Virtual Business Services. The impact of an application failure is understood and that the complete service is recovered in the fast possible time
  • Visibility and reporting on storage utilization (vs allocation) including how much real data there is in your Oracle DB.
  • Automated recovery of thin provisioned storage back to the ‘free pool’ without impacting services.
  • Advanced clustering technology for arbitration of shared infrastructure, preferred sites, concurrency violations and instant notification of faults.
  • Complete High Availability and Disaster Recovery to protect your applications and services across multiple sites.

I could continue on… and I will!

Upgrading Oracle Solaris Cluster means upgrading to Solaris 11 and that means customers may need to upgrade their server and storage hardware! Any Oracle Databases? They may need upgrading too. That’s a lot of change and a lot of complication! Moving to a cluster solution with Symantec is less impactful and gives a much lower cost of change for our customers. There’s no requirement to change your operating system, servers and storage hardware - Symantec provides the industry’s widest hardware and software compatibility list. Customers will also benefit from rolling upgrades, i.e. no downtime for cluster software upgrades.

Given the market shift to Linux, maybe our customers would like to take the opportunity to swap out Solaris. Symantec makes that easy to achieve with the Portable Data Container technology in Storage Foundation.

This is the huge opportunity for Symantec. To help our customers reduce the substantial costs of the imposed changes from Oracle. To help our customers move to a commodity operating system and commodity hardware with the required confidence to run their enterprise applications and services.

Simply a better, safer choice.

So, is Oracle putting Sun Cluster on an EOL trajectory? In my opinion, yes. And, probably another nail in the coffin for Solaris.

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Venkata Reddy Chappavarapu's picture

That seems to be the case. They have anounced free Oracle clusterware at Oracle Open World along with their servers and making it general purpose cluster. I got an opertunity to talk to Oracle folks at OOW on this. Oracle clusterware still lacks some features like GCO, DR and it may take sometime to catch on this before they anounce EOL for Solaris cluster.

Please note this is just my inference based on my discussion with Oracle folks. They did not officially mentioned this.



Venkata Reddy Chappavarapu,

Sr. Manager,

Information Availability Group (VCS),

Symantec Corporation


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