Sun Announces Support for Postgres Database on Solaris 10

Adds New Technology to OpenSolaris Including Solaris ZFS, Solaris Containers

for Linux Applications, and Xen Virtualization Support

Nov 17, 2005, 00:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To further
 accelerate the adoption of the Solaris (TM) 10 Operating System (OS), Sun
 Microsystems (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced that it will distribute and
 support the open source Postgres database with its Solaris OS.  Sun also
 announced the integration of Solaris ZFS, a revolutionary new 128-bit file
 system with virtually unprecedented error detection and correction
 capabilities, into OpenSolaris(TM).  In addition, Sun announced 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 year end. Additionally, Sun demonstrated the provisioning
 and management of the Solaris OS to a virtualized server environment, a result
 of its active participation in the Xen open source project.
     "We continue to redefine how people think of the operating system," said
 John Loiacono, executive vice president of Software for Sun. "I don't see how
 any vendor can survive long term without offering a full spectrum of services
 -- ranging from the file system, networking, management, virtualization,
 observability, provisioning and database, widely available and open source."
     Postgres Database Integrated Into the Solaris 10 OS and Supported by Sun
     Today Sun announced that it will be integrating the Postgres open source
 data base into the Solaris 10 OS and providing world-wide 24x7 support for
 customers who wish to develop and deploy open source database solutions into
 their enterprise environments.  Sun is working with the PostgresSQL community
 to take advantage of the advanced technologies in the Solaris 10 OS, such as
 Predictive Self-Healing, Solaris Containers and Solaris Dynamic Tracing
 (DTrace).  The recent move by Oracle to select the Solaris OS as its preferred
 open source 64-bit development and deployment environment combined with Sun's
 support for Postgres confirms the position of the Solaris 10 OS as one of the
 premier platforms for hosting high-performance, mission-critical database
     "We look forward to collaborating with Sun's engineers, both in optimizing
 PostgresSQL on Solaris, and improving PostgresSQL performance in general,"
 said Josh Berkus, PostgresSQL Project Core Team. "Solaris' reputation for
 reliability and scalability make it a very desirable platform for expanding
 the PostgresSQL user base into new and larger enterprises.  Even more, we're
 very excited to have a new company with Sun's stature joining the global
 PostgresSQL community."
     Run Linux Applications on the Solaris OS
     Solaris Containers for Linux Applications enables Red Hat applications to
 run seamlessly and unmodified on the Solaris OS. Now customers can consolidate
 multiple environments onto a unified platform and leverage the reliability,
 scale, observability and manageability of the Solaris OS, while preserving
 application compatibility with internally developed or off-the-shelf Linux
 applications. The Solaris OS can now become the premier platform for
 developing, testing, deploying and managing Solaris and Linux applications,
 helping to greatly reduce cost and complexity.
     Xen and the Art of Virtualization
     Sun is actively participating in the Xen project, an open source community
 developing new virtualization technologies that allow multiple operating
 systems to run simultaneously on a single hardware system. Xen also makes it
 possible to migrate an operating system environment to another hardware system
 quickly and easily with almost no downtime. Virtualization helps maximize the
 use of high-performance hardware and speeds server consolidation.  Sun today
 demonstrated the Solaris 10 OS running in this virtualized environment and the
 use of its recently announced Sun N1(TM) System Manager to provision Xen with
 multiple operating systems in a Xen virtualized environment across Sun's line
 of AMD Opteron servers.
     "We welcome Sun's announcement of a commercial commitment to Xen," said
 Nick Gault, President & CEO, XenSource Inc. "Sun and XenSource intend to
 partner to deliver a cross-platform, commercial virtualization solution of
 compelling value to Sun's customers. XenSource will assist Sun in the
 development of the solution and will support Sun and its customers when the
 solution goes to market."
     Solaris ZFS - One of the Most Advanced File Systems on the Planet
     Sun today released its next generation file system, Solaris ZFS, to the
 OpenSolaris community.  The ground-breaking capabilities of Solaris ZFS
 include self-healing data through advanced error detection and correction,
 task automation that dramatically simplifies storage management -- in some
 cases reducing task times from hours to seconds -- and built-in storage
 virtualization that eliminates the complexity of a volume manager.  ZFS will
 be broadly available to customers in the first half of 2006.
     "Solaris 10 provides material enhancements from prior releases. It
 highlights Sun's commitment to continuous innovation and puts Solaris ahead of
 the competition," said Michael Minichino, IT director at Parago.
 "Incorporating ZFS into the Solaris Operating Environment presents a
 compelling value proposition as it will compete with other solutions cost
 burdened with expensive software such as Veritas Volume Manager and File
 System at a much lower price point. This combined with Sun's new server
 products will put a high end UNIX(R) solution within reach of cost conscious
 small and medium enterprises."
     The Solaris 10 OS on a Roll
     Sun has distributed over 3.3 million licenses for the Solaris 10 OS to a
 broad range of customers, developers and students around the world.  The
 Solaris 10 OS is now supported on almost 500 Sun x86 and AMD Opteron processor
 systems from a variety of vendors including IBM, HP and Dell.  In addition the
 OpenSolaris community, launched less than 5 months ago, already boasts nearly
 10,000 members.
     Recently several key executives spoke about these important new
 technologies on the Solaris 10 OS.  To hear an audio playback of Sun
 executives, John Loiacono, Tom Goguen, Glenn Weinberg and Tim Marsland,
 discussing Sun's open source strategy, progress and the news of the day,
 please call to listen to the playback at 800-642-1687 (U.S.) or 706-645-9291
 (International) and reference the conference call ID number 2476727 before
 November 23, 2005 at midnight Eastern.
     The next update of the Solaris 10 OS -- available in December -- will
 include the Sun(SM) Update Connection, providing ready access to all the
 latest Solaris 10 OS fixes and features over the network. The update will
 integrate support for new systems, increased network performance and improved
 memory management functionality.  Additionally the update will include the
 Grub Boot Loader, which speeds the adoption of new Sun x86 hardware platforms
 and peripherals.
     Working with the Xen and PostgresSQL communities, Sun intends to
 distribute Postgres for the Solaris 10 OS this month and integrate it into the
 Solaris 10 OS in the first half of 2006.  Additionally Sun intends to make Xen
 support for Solaris 10 and Solaris Containers for Linux Applications available
 to the OpenSolaris community in December.
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