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1.  Introduction to Oracle Solaris Cluster Security

Overview of Oracle Solaris Cluster and Security

General Security Principles

Secure Installation and Configuration

Security Features

Security Considerations for Developers


Overview of Oracle Solaris Cluster and Security

The Oracle Solaris Cluster environment extends the Oracle Solaris Operating System into a cluster operating system. A cluster is a collection of one or more nodes that belong exclusively to that collection.

The benefits of the Oracle Solaris Cluster software include the following:

A cluster offers several advantages over traditional single-server systems. These advantages include support for failover and scalable services, capacity for modular growth, the ability to set load limits on nodes, and low entry price compared to traditional hardware fault-tolerant systems.

In a cluster that runs on the Oracle Solaris OS, a global cluster and a zone cluster are types of clusters. Clusters can be global clusters, zone clusters, or a combination of both. To learn more about the benefits of configuring a zone cluster, see Oracle Solaris Cluster Concepts Guide.

General Security Principles

The following principles are fundamental to using the Oracle Solaris Cluster application securely.