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.
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 http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
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.