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
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
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
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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