Get it whilst it's hot!

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is available right now. There has been tremendous work by the OpenSolaris Team to get this ready and usable. I use OpenSolaris everyday on my laptop. I definitely come across a few growing pains (see my blog), but there is an amazing rate of improvement. This makes Solaris look and feel like a modern development Operating System.


There are a definite bunch of changes and improvement to the core OS. COMSTAR is now shipping as part of the core OpenSolaris. There are several highlights from the storage community:


  • COMSTAR and Fiber Channel target support
  • ZIL + L2ARC support for ZFS (support for separate read and write caches especially to utilise FLASH/SSD)
  • NPIV (virtualisation of FC ports)
  • MMS (Media Management System)
  • Multipathing for Tape
  • Storage FMA
  • NFS over RDMA
  • CIFS significant performance improvement over 2008.05

We also created a few meta-packages for storage:


  • NAS
  • All storage packages

I strongly encourage everyone to go and check it out. The CD can be run as a live CD so you don't need to futz around with your disk to try it.

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