Oracle Offers Preview of Solaris 11.3 Unix OS Features

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2015-07-20

Although Oracle has its own Linux operating system, it continues to push forward on its Solaris Unix OS. Oracle recently rolled out a beta preview release of the next-generation Solaris 11.3, which builds on improvements and innovations that Oracle has been developing since the Solaris 11 release in November 2011. The Solaris 11.1 debuted in October 2012 and provided incremental updates to the Unix platform. The Solaris 11.2, which debuted in July 2014, included an integrated OpenStack Havana cloud distribution. In Solaris 11.3, Oracle is updating the OpenStack distribution to the Juno cloud milestone. While the cloud is a key focus in all Solaris 11.x releases, so too is file system performance with Oracle's ZFS, or Zettabyte File System. In Solaris 11.3, ZFS is enhanced with LZ4 compression support to further boost storage capabilities. While Solaris can run on both x86 and on Oracle's Sparc silicon, only Sparc users will benefit from Solaris 11.3's new application data integrity (ADI) feature. ADI works with the SPARC M7 processor and can help detect common memory errors. Take a look at key features in Oracle's Solaris 11.3.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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