At OpenWorld today, Oracle shined a spotlight on the polished fruits of its Sun acquisition with its official announcement of Solaris 11. The platform, Oracle asserts, has been groomed for cloud computing with superior scaling and performance -- not to mention easier overall maintenance, thanks to features such as dependency-aware patching and upgrade tools.
Like nearly every enterprise company, Oracle clearly has its head in the cloud, as evidenced by the company's emphasis on Solaris 11's cloud friendliness. The forthcoming platform, Oracle says, includes capabilities ideal for "building, deploying, and maintaining cloud systems."
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Those features include giving users the ability to create self-contained, multitier application environments on single systems, linked via virtual networking. According to a blog post by Oracle director of product management Dan Roberts, creating a virtual network is possible through Solaris's ability to virtualize NICs and switching "in a completely standards based way so your existing network management tools can see your network." The end result, he writes, encompass higher levels of control and more visibility into your virtualized application infrastructure.
Oracle also boasts that the platform will be suited for future hardware, capable of scaling to tens of thousands of hardware threads, hundreds of terabytes of memory, and hundreds of gigabits of I/O.
Additionally, Oracle is heavily hyping Solaris 11's new maintenance tools, designed to reduce downtime and ease patching and upgrades. Among the operating system's new features are tools aware of the dependencies among hardware and software.