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Posted by Richard Fichera on November 18, 2010
Oracle recently announced the availability of Solaris 11 Express, the first iteration of its Solaris 11 product cycle. The feature set of this release is along the lines promised by Oracle at their August analyst event this year, including:
So, game changer? By itself, probably not. But, while the bulk of the work had been started before the acquisition, its release, on schedule, is a good omen for I&O groups inclined to defer their SPARC/Solaris migration programs or interested in running Solaris on x86. With the release of Solaris 11 Express, Oracle bolsters their claim to have the most mature “UNIX-like” (this is to avoid the howls of outrage that will ensue if I describe Linux as being a variant of UNIX, but we need some way to acknowledge the similarities) OS on an x86 platform.
Taken in conjunction with the drumbeat of product announcements from Oracle of integrated HW/SW stacks, SPARC road maps, and now Solaris 11, my earlier sentiment that SPARC and Solaris users now have a multi-year window within which to evaluate their plans remains unchanged. As noted in earlier posts, one of the most important milestones will be late next year or early 2012 when the first of the new Fujitsu/Oracle SPARC CPUs and accompanying servers are due to be released
We’d like to hear from you about your plans for Solaris and SPARC. Thumbs up, thumbs down, or wait and see?
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