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Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 11, the "First Cloud OS"


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Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris 11, which the company says can meet the security, performance and scalability requirements of cloud-based deployments and enable customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds.

"With built-in server, storage and now, network virtualization, Oracle Solaris 11 delivers the industry's first cloud OS," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle, in a statement released by the company. Engineered for Oracle VM server virtualization on both x86 and SPARC based systems, Solaris 11 provides deployment flexibility and secure live migration. "Customers can simplify their enterprise deployments, drive up utilization of their data center assets, and run Oracle and other enterprise applications faster all within a secure, scalable cloud or traditional enterprise environment," noted Fowler.

According to Oracle, Oracle Solaris Zones virtualization scales up to hundreds of zones per physical node at a 15x lower overhead than VMware and without artificial limits on memory, network, CPU and storage resources. And, new, integrated network virtualization allows customers to create high-performance, low-cost data center topologies within a single OS instance for flexibility and bandwidth control.

Oracle Solaris 11 provides "secure by default" features, including start up, role-based root access and low impact auditing for both cloud and traditional data center deployments. Oracle Solaris and Oracle software applications are designed together, tested together, can be deployed together and supported together to provide faster fail-over, improved reliability and up to 10x better application performance; and Oracle Solaris development teams have worked on co-engineering efforts to increase Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and Java-based application performance, availability, security and manageability on Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris 11 offers comprehensive management across the entire infrastructure - operating system, physical hardware, networking and storage, as well as the virtualization layer.

According to Oracle, the new connected cloud management ensures that customers always have the latest Solaris updates from Oracle and proactive services help customers achieve maximum uptime.

Oracle Solaris and Oracle software applications are designed together, tested together, can be deployed together and supported together to provide faster fail-over, improved reliability and up to 10x better application performance, says Oracle. Oracle Solaris development teams have worked on co-engineering efforts to increase Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and Java-based application performance, availability, security and manageability on Oracle Solaris.

Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and Oracle VM software are included as part of systems support with all of Oracle's Sun servers, providing customers with built-in cloud capabilities. Oracle Solaris 11 is certified on SPARC and X86-based platforms as conforming to the UNIX 03 product standard, effective November 8, 2011, per The Open Group. Details are available at http://www.opengroup.org/openbrand/register/


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