October 31, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 31 -- Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced the latest version of the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) -- Solaris 10 10/08. The new version builds on the core strengths of the Solaris 10 OS to help customers maximize asset usage and systems performance, manage datacenter complexity, preserve business continuity and reduce costs. Solaris 10 10/08 includes numerous product updates and enhancements, several of which were done through the OpenSolaris community (www.opensolaris.org). Solaris 10 10/08 is available now on Sun systems and will be available for download in early November at: www.sun.com/solaris.
"Now more than ever, companies are under pressure to do more with less -- from deploying new services faster and complying with new regulations, to adding more servers within their same datacenter space -- all while their budgets are shrinking and headcount is frozen," said Jim McHugh, vice president of Datacenter marketing at Sun. "With the latest virtualization enhancements, updates to ZFS file system and Intel system optimization, Solaris 10 10/08 is an ideal platform to help customers with consolidation and datacenter simplification."
The Solaris 10 10/08 release is the result of the collaboration between Sun engineers and OpenSolaris community members. All the new features Sun is delivering with this release were first delivered into OpenSolaris before being included in the enterprise Solaris 10 10/08 release.
New features in Solaris 10 10/08 include:
Compatibility continues to be a key feature of the Solaris 10 OS. Through the Solaris OS update model, customers can easily upgrade to Solaris 10 10/08 without requiring additional hardware/software upgrades or recertification of existing projects and applications. In addition, Solaris 10 10/08 preserves full compatibility with over 7,000 third-party products and customers internally-developed applications.
With built-in, open source, no-cost virtualization via Solaris Containers and Sun Logical Domains (LDoms), Sun and Fujitsu's recently announced Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server is an ideal platform for consolidating hundreds of existing enterprise-class workloads onto a single system. Additionally, for existing Solaris OS customers, the Solaris 8 and 9 Containers capability enables customers to run multiple Solaris 8 or 9 environments on a single SPARC-based system. As a result, customers can quickly and easily move existing physical environments to virtual containers on Solaris 10 and take advantage of the performance, scale and cost savings of new SPARC Enterprise CMT-based servers today.
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About Solaris 10
The Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) is a proven,industry-leading operating system designed to help customers maximize asset usage and systems performance, manage datacenter complexity, preserve business continuity and reduce costs. The Solaris 10 OS includes key components such as: DTrace, Solaris Containers, ZFS file system and Solaris Predictive Self-Healing, along with advanced security features. The Solaris OS is supported on over 1,000 x86 and SPARC-based platforms and runs over 7,000 unique applications -- more than any other open operating system. The Solaris 10 OS is used by customers around the world in industries such as: financial services, government, web infrastructure and manufacturing. In addition, Solaris Subscriptions provides expert technical support, interoperability assistance,and online resources to help customers optimize performance and improve availability for the Solaris OS on x86 and/or SPARC systems. For more information visit: http://sun.com/solaris.
About Sun Microsystems Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.
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