IBM, Sun Deliver OpenSolaris Prototype for IBM Mainframes
IBM and Sun Microsystems deliver a prototype of OpenSolaris running on the IBM System z mainframe, with the help of a consultancy named Sine Nomine Associates.IBM and Sun Microsystems have made good on a promise to make open source code from the OpenSolaris operating system available on IBM System z mainframes. Enlisting the help of Sine Nomine Associates, a consultancy out of Ashburn, Va., IBM and Sun on Nov. 3 announced the availability of OpenSolaris-based prototype code running on an IBM System z mainframe. SNA developed the prototype with equipment and financial assistance from IBM and technical assistance from Sun, the companies said.
In November 2007, at the Gartner Data Conference, IBM, Sun and SNA demonstrated the early stages of the OpenSolaris-based prototype running on an IBM mainframe, illustrating the OpenSolaris operating system and the IBM mainframe's proven ability to virtualize the data center, the companies said.
IBM officials said OpenSolaris runs as a guest on the mainframe's z/VM, which allows many virtual images to run simultaneously. Moreover, with the release of the code, developers throughout the open-source community can now participate in the project and help extend the port. "We are pleased that our collaboration with Sine Nomine Associates and Sun has reached a key milestone by creating this OpenSolaris OS prototype for IBM's z/VM, and we look forward to the active participation of the open-source community on this project," said Bernard Meyerson, IBM fellow and chief technologist in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, in a statement. Also in a statement, David Boyes, chief technologist and president of Sine Nomine Associates, said, "The delivery of OpenSolaris OS for IBM's System z hardware augments the scope of the extensive research that SNA has done on massive-scale data center virtualization, extending our initial scalability work on Linux for IBM System z and expanding the tools and skills that can be brought to bear on today's enterprise computing problems."