Solaris 10 to Get PostgreSQL

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-11-28 Print this article Print

Sun follows up on its open-source pledge by including an open-source database with its Solaris 10 operating system.

Sun Microsystems Inc. has lived up to its promise made earlier this year to include an open-source database with its Solaris 10 operating system.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced in mid-November that the PostgreSQL Global Development Groups open-source PostgreSQL database will be available as a downloadable add-on for OpenSolaris later this month and will be integrated into Solaris 10 in the first half of next year.

However, Sun is not stopping at offering just one open-source database for Solaris 10. "While PostgreSQL is the first open-source database to be included for now, others will be included going forward," Glenn Weinberg, vice president of Suns operating platforms group, said last week.

Sun will also continue to work with the PostgreSQL community to take advantage of technologies in Solaris 10, such as predictive self-healing, Solaris Containers and Solaris DTrace (Dynamic Tracing), he said. "We also want to be clear about the fact that this is not Suns PostgreSQL but PostgreSQL running on Solaris. We do not plan to diverge from that in any way," said Weinberg.

Josh Berkus, a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team who is based in San Mateo, Calif., said the team is looking forward to collaborating with Suns engineers on both optimizing PostgreSQL on Solaris and improving PostgreSQL performance in general. "Solaris reputation for reliability and scalability [makes] it a very desirable platform for expanding the PostgreSQL user base into new and larger enterprises," Berkus said.

John Loiacono, Suns executive vice president of software, stressed that Oracle Corp. had been told of Suns plans to include PostgreSQL before the Redwood Shores, Calif., company announced it had chosen Solaris 10 as its preferred development and deployment platform. "While we at Sun would have liked to use an open-source database from Oracle, that did not happen," Loiacono said.

Sun has also integrated Solaris ZFS (zettabyte file system), the new 128-bit file system with error detection and correction capabilities, into OpenSolaris. The new file system will be fully integrated into Suns branded Solaris in the May quarterly update.

The company has been testing ZFS with customers over the past two years, Loiacono said, adding that its reliability, self-healing and data protection features will bring enormous changes and benefits for users.

In addition, Sun plans to integrate Solaris Containers for Linux Applications, a feature that allows organizations to run Red Hat binaries unmodified in Containers on Solaris 10, into OpenSolaris by years end and into Solaris with an update next September. This will allow customers to consolidate multiple environments onto a unified platform and leverage Solaris, while preserving application compatibility with internally developed or off-the-shelf Linux applications, Loiacono said.

The next update of Solaris 10, which will be made available next month, will include support for a wide range of systems, including the recently announced "Galaxy" servers and the Sun Update Connection.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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