Thursday Aug 11, 2011

Oracle Solaris On Amazon EC2 In Transition

Hi everybody, it's the ISV Engineering EC2 team here, with some commentary on the current situation with OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2.

 We've made some changes this summer as the result of continued integration of Sun business units and initiatives into Oracle.  While I'm not always able to say what's coming in the mid-term,  I can tell you what we have done over the past few months and where we stand at the moment.

 I'll start with the web site.  You've no doubt noticed by now that the sun.com website has been decommissioned.  Some of our content moved to the Oracle Technology Network; other content is simply removed because it is no longer relevant in the context of Oracle, as it was in the Sun days.  Similarly, sun.com aliases work for a little while longer, but eventually will go away.  This blog, however, remains intact: it was originally a Sun blog and we moved to our new landing pad at blogs.oracle.com/ec2.

Next, the changes in OpenSolaris, and the impact on our EC2 AMIs.  As we're sure you are well aware, Oracle has discontinued the OpenSolaris efforts within the company in order to focus our resources on the Solaris 11 product.  Solaris 11 is built from the OpenSolaris heritage so if you have had the chance to try Solaris 11 Express, you'll see lots that you are familiar with from a technical and usage perspective.  Licensing terms have changed, however, to better fit into Oracle's commercial use model for all the rest of our software products.

As part of the change in product direction and focus, we are no longer making OpenSolaris available.  The impact on our EC2 initiative is immediate: this summer, we removed our OpenSolaris-based AMIs from Amazon Web Services.  If you had an AMI that you copied, then you would have already agreed to the previous license agreement terms, and you should be able to continue using that copied AMI.  If you were using one of the AMIs we posted and simply launched it every time you wished to use OpenSolaris on EC2, then you are no longer able to launch OpenSolaris.  Those AMIs are no longer available in the EC2 catalog.

 At present, the Solaris 11 general availability release is not yet out; Solaris engineering is working hard to put fit and finish on the release bits before we go out the door.  We here on the EC2 team won't be able to begin any real release work until that product exists, because we have to wait for the engineering bits and more importantly, for the licensing terms to be settled.  So for the time being, we wait.

 We have gotten generous feedback from many of you who have been using OpenSolaris on EC2.  I can tell you that we on the EC2 team very much wish we could still provide OpenSolaris on EC2, but this is part of a fairly major product transition, and the best we can tell you right now is that we are taking your feedback seriously and making sure Solaris product management is aware of the demand for the operating system on Amazon's cloud environment.

We don't have an estimated time of arrival (ETA) yet for when we would offer Oracle Solaris 11 on EC2.  We will attempt to update you via this blog about progress as soon as we hear it, and as always, we welcome comments here on the blog.

That's the news for now; if you have questions or any other feedback, please let know.  We always love hearing from you.


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