Sun to Soup Up Solaris
Focus on enhanced scalability, network performance, management and security.SAN FRANCISCOSun Microsystems Inc. is readying a series of new features for its Solaris operating system, some of which will become available to participants in its early-access program in the next three to four months, said Mark Tolliver, executive vice president of marketing and strategy. Speaking on Wednesday at the SunNetwork 2003 Conference and Pavilion here, Tolliver discussed Solaris direction while calling it "the foundation of network computing." That direction includes a focus on enhanced scalability, network performance, management and security. A feature called Trusted Containers will provide a layer on top of Solaris where applications can be run in isolation while on the same operating system, said Andy Tucker, a Sun distinguished engineer who worked on the feature. It will allow system administrators to create a zone for given applications or services that will appear distinct with its own security and virtual file system, he said. A single system could have as many as 4,000 of the containers.
"We think of this as an important building block for where were going with N1," Tucker said, referring to Suns data center management strategy.