Oracle Solaris 11: Too Little, Too Late?

November 11, 2011: It’s taken the better part of 14 months from preview to general availability, but Oracle is now shipping Solaris 11, which it is calling the first fully virtualized cloud operating system. Solaris 11 is already in production at more than 700 companies and deployed on thousands of Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, as well as on the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and X2-8 and the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems. Oracle Solaris 11 Express, which started shipping in November 2010, added network virtualization and resource management, as well as new availability features to reduce planned downtime by up to 50%.

The database giant, which acquired the software along with Sun’s hardware business 20 months ago, says this release is engineered for Oracle VM sever virtualization on both x86- and SPARC-based systems, and the Oracle Solaris Zones virtualization scales up to hundreds of zones per physical node at a 15 times lower overhead than VMware. Other features in the operating system include Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center systems support for centralized control over hardware, OS and virtualization resources, and Oracle Solaris ZFS, which delivers data integrity, flash-enabled tiered storage pools, line speed encryption, and the scalability to store and manage unlimited amounts of data. The company says with ZFS deduplication, customers can reduce their storage requirements in virtualized environments by 10 times.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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