Sunday Sep 28, 2008

OpenSolaris Flying with the FAA

How the FAA Is Bringing Its Air Traffic Systems into the 21st Century: "Sun's open-source OpenSolaris/ZFS/SunFire server/Thumper storage infrastructure -- which features built-in, state-of-the-art virtualization capability -- was a key building block on which the FAA IT evaluation group settled. Some of the new software is already being used in the air traffic system; ZFS (Sun's open-source Zettabyte File System) is being used in the FAA's air traffic data center. 'The FAA uses a large quantity of Sun Solaris servers in a variety of configurations to support some of our noncritical business applications,' Andy Isaksen, manager of the Communications Infrastructure Engineering Team for NADIN and architect of the original mainframe system, said. 'ZFS is being used on at least one service within the Air Traffic Organization Enterprise Data Center.'" -- eWeek, September 24, 2008

Cool. The article also points out that Sun is teaming up with Cisco on this new system. Seems like a pretty important deployment for OpenSolaris that will potentially help support all air travelers in the United States.
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