Oracle sheds light on the upcoming Solaris 10 operating system and pledges to deliver an Express version of the OS by the end of 2010.
FRANCISCO-At Oracle OpenWorld 2010
the database and systems giant assured its base of Solaris customers that the
operating system is not going anywhere and shared a road map for Oracle Solaris
John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle, said
is increasing its investment in the Oracle Solaris operating system and is
preparing for the planned availability of Oracle
in 2011 by releasing Solaris 11 Express, to provide customers
with access to the latest Solaris 11 technology.
Solaris 11 is scheduled to contain more than 2,700 projects with more than 400
inventions, and will be the result of more than 20 million person hours of
development and over 60 million hours of testing.
Solaris 11 is expected to increase application throughput, improve platform
performance, and maximize overall platform reliability and security through
joint engineering and integration testing with the Oracle software stack,
Oracle said in a press release.
addition, Oracle Solaris 10 will virtually eliminate patching and update errors
with new dependency-aware packaging tools that are aligned across the entire
Oracle hardware and software stack to reduce maintenance overhead.
Solaris is the number one enterprise operating system, and customers everywhere
know that if their systems must run, they run Solaris," Fowler said in a
statement. "Solaris 10 set the bar for operating system reliability,
scalability and security, and Oracle Solaris 11 is now raising that bar by
increasing system availability, delivering the scale and optimizations to run
Oracle and enterprise applications faster with greater security and delivering
unmatched efficiency through the completely virtualized operating system."
Solaris 11 will help reduce maintenance windows by eliminating the need for up
to 50 percent of system restarts. It also will recover systems in tens of
seconds rather than tens of minutes with Fast Reboot. And users will receive
proactive and pre-emptive support that reduces service outages from known
issues via My Oracle Support telemetry integration with the Oracle Solaris in-depth
fault management architecture.
its part, Oracle Solaris 11 is being engineered with many new capabilities that
are designed to make it ideal for building, deploying and maintaining cloud
systems, Fowler said. Oracle Solaris 11 will be optimized for the scale and
performance requirements of immediate and future cloud-based deployments,
allowing customers to reduce costs and increase security by creating
self-contained, multitier application environments in single instance systems
linked by virtual networking.
Oracle Solaris 11, users also can increase Oracle
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and Java-based application performance through jointly
engineered improvements, such as memory management and I/O enhancements. And
they can achieve maximum performance and scale for future hardware that will
scale to tens of thousands of hardware threads, hundreds of terabytes of system
memory and hundreds of gigabits of I/O.
addition, Oracle said more than 1,000 SPARC and x86 systems from other hardware
systems providers have been tested and certified for running Oracle Solaris.
the first Oracle Solaris 11 Express release, expected by the end of calendar
year 2010, will provide customers with timely access to the latest Oracle
Solaris 11 Express features with an optional Oracle support agreement. This
release is expected to be the path forward for developers, end users and
partners using previous generations of Solaris and OpenSolaris releases.
11 will be powering the newly announced Oracle
Exadata X2-2 and X2-8 Database Machines
, as well as the Oracle Exalogic
Elastic Cloud machine. Customers invested in Oracle Solaris will find these new
offerings very attractive to standardize their operating system and simplify
their IT operations.