Schwartz then took the stage and also took a walk down memory lane. In an address titled "Solaris 10: Putting You 10 Steps Ahead," he said Solaris major goal is increased performance. The fact that it had been dubbed Slowlaris by some made that issue abundantly clear, Schwartz said. Sun would also guarantee the $80 billion in customer investments in Solaris: that all Solaris versions and applications will be compatible. One way of achieving this was using DTrace, which gives developers new diagnostic tools so they can zero in on performance issues and hard-to-find bugs. This allows problems to be diagnosed in minutes rather than in hours or days. Don Fike, the technical director and chief technical architect at FedEx Corp., which has moved off Sun products in several key areas, took the stage and said performance and availability had improved over the past few years.Schwartz said Solaris 10 contains 80 percent of the code and features of Trusted Solaris, with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense running both Solaris and Trusted Solaris. Openness is all about choice, Schwarz said, calling on HP and IBM to follow the lead of Egenera, which on Monday announced that it would add support for Solaris 10 to the Egenera BladeFrame system (PDF form) in the second half of 2005. The Egenera BladeFrame now will dynamically and automatically deploy and redeploy the Solaris, Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems across servers in real time. Egenera also will resell both Solaris 10 running on the x86 platform and the Sun Java Enterprise System. Sun soon will be announcing that Solaris is LSB-compliant, ensuring that all of the applications out there for Solaris could then be migrated across, Schwartz said, adding that Sun also has expanded its alliance with SAP. Chris McClain, senior vice president and general manager of SAP America, took the stage to say that SAP will port the mySAP business suite and SAP NetWeaver to Solaris 10. There have been 6.5 million cumulative shipments of Solaris since 1996, Schwartz said, before turning to the Linux Application Environment (formerly Project Janus), which allowed them to run Linux unmodified on Solaris. Read more here about the Linux Application Environment. In conclusion, Schwartz showed a graphic of two tombstones, which had RIP HP-UX and RIP AIX on them, referring to HP and IBMs Unix offerings. "Both these operating systems are dying, and they have nothing to replace them with. We are now letting them focus on cease-and-desist letters," Schwartz said. For its part, Sun expressed confidence that its free binary, right-to-use binary for Solaris 10 would be well-adopted and would drive the adoption of the operating system as well as the ecosystem around it. "Solaris is back," Schwartz said. "Sun is back, and what we showed you today is all about innovation." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Fike also said he was pleased to be able to see early Solaris 10 code through the Software Express release, and its internal testing showed that it outperformed anything on Intel, AMD and SPARC hardware.