Solaris 10

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-30 Print this article Print

Next up at the event was John Loiacono, the senior vice president of Suns operating platforms group, focused his talk on Solaris 10 and low-cost computing, or Solaris 10 on x86 hardware. Sun also had a project under development, known as Janus, which was essentially a migration tool that allowed Linux applications to run natively on Solaris x86, he said. Sun already offered a two-processor Solaris x86 solution and would be offering a four-processor solution sometime soon.
In addition, Sun was creating an engine that ran on any processor the customer wanted and was driven by the Java Enterprise System, he said.
Turning to Suns Linux strategy, Loiacono said the company had ended its own Sun Linux distribution and was supporting distributions from both Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc.s SuSE Linux group, adding that all Sun software will run on Solaris and Linux. Loiacono said the company has joined the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), and would promote the Linux Standards Base (LSB) as well as offer both Linux and Solaris at the same price. "Whatever people have seen in feature and functionality upgrades in previous versions of Solaris, this will be dwarfed by the move from Solaris 9 to Solaris 10. "The really cool stuff in there is dynamic tracing and fixing, known as DTrace and which is a dynamic optimization and diagnosis tool; a 10G bit Ethernet at wire-speed; the Next Generation file system, a trusted file system that is simple and allows administrators real simplicity and dramatically simplifies the volume management level functions; policy-based security; self-healing; and fault management as well as fine-grain partitioning," he said. Some 70 to 80 percent of the features in Trusted Solaris will now also be found in Solaris 10, Loiacono said. In a demonstration, he created three containers, each of which saw itself as independent, and provisioned individual applications for each one. If one of the containers is taken down by a virus or for some other reason, the other containers would continue to operate independently, he said. Also, the customer could patch the operating system once and all the containers would be updated, Loiacono said. He also reconfirmed Suns commitment to offering its Solaris solutions on both the x86 and SPARC hardware platforms at the same time. While "we are not there yet, we are headed in the right direction to achieve that goal," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

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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