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.
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."