A busy week for zones

This is turning out to be a busy week for zones related news. First, the newest version of Solaris 10, the 8/07 release, is now available. This release includes the improved resource management integration with zones that has been available for a while now in the OpenSolaris nevada code base and which I blogged about here. It also includes other zones enhancements such as brandz and IP instances. Jeff Victor has a nice description of all of these new zone features on his blog.

If that wasn't enough, we have started to talk about our latest project, code named Etude. This is a new brand for zones, building on the brandz framework, and allows you to run a Solaris 8 environment within a zone. We have been working on this project for a good part of the year and it is exciting to finally be able to talk more about it. With Etude you can quickly consolidate those dusty old Solaris 8 SPARC systems, running on obsolete hardware, onto current generation, energy efficient, systems. Marc Hamilton, VP of Solaris Marketing, describes this project at a high level on his blog but for more details, Dan Price, our project lead, wrote up a really nice overview on his blog. If you have old systems still running Solaris 8 and would like an easy path to Solaris 10 and to newer hardware, then this project might be what you need.
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