ORACLE HAS RELEASED its Solaris 11.2 Beta, extending the proprietary Solaris Unix operating system that it inherited when it bought Sun Microsystems in 2010 into the enterprise cloud market.
Solaris 11 is Oracle's version of Sun's formerly open source Opensolaris Unix operating system that was based on Solaris 10 and ran on Sun SPARC and Intel x86 hardware systems. Oracle took Solaris 11 behind closed doors again in August 2010 and has continued to develop it as a proprietary version of Sun Solaris, which was based primarily on AT&T Unix SVR4.
In announcing the beta release, the firm said that Oracle Solaris 11.2 is "a modern cloud platform that melds efficient virtualisation, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology and a full Openstack distribution".
Openstack is a cloud computing integration framework and community of vendors that collaborate to develop and extend data centre management functions and capabilities.
Oracle claimed, "This powerful combination of an enterprise-class operating system and other components creates a highly efficient, compliant, secure, open and affordable software platform for cloud computing.
"With deep integration among Oracle Database, Java and Oracle Applications, businesses can use Oracle Solaris 11.2 to deliver the most reliable, high-performance, efficient and secure IT services and accelerate time-to-market for new deployments."
Some advantages that Oracle claimed Solaris 11.2 will offer to enterprises are clustering, an integrated hypervisor for "zero-overhead" virtualisation on both SPARC and x86 systems, and application-driven software defined networking that integrates Oracle's proprietary database, Java language and enterprise applications software packages, along with Oracle's ZFS storage appliances, to "deliver services from 'zero to cloud' in minutes rather than weeks, with enterprise-grade reliability, security and performance".
Oracle maintains that Solaris 11.2 is "engineered for cloud". The Solaris 11.2 Beta is available for customers to download now ahead of the operating system's general release, which is expected sometime this summer. µ
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