IDC Recommends Oracle Solaris 11

IDC published a research report this week on Oracle Solaris 11 and described it as "Delivering unique value."  The report emphasizes the ability of Oracle Solaris to scale up and provide a mission critical platform for a wide variety of computing.

Solaris built-in server and network virtualization helps to lower costs and enable consolidation while reducing administration costs and risks.

Learn more about Oracle Solaris and the recently announced 11.1 update.

In their conclusion, IDC reports:

Today, Oracle is a multi-OS vendor that is adjusting to the opportunities presented by a significantly expanded product portfolio. The company has a long history of supporting Unix operating systems with its broad product portfolio, but the main difference is that now Oracle has direct control over the destiny of the Solaris operating system.

The company has made a strong commitment to Solaris on both SPARC and x86 systems, as well as to Linux on x86 systems, and expects to continue to enhance Oracle Solaris 11 with update releases once a year as well as Solaris 12, which is already on the road map.

Oracle is working to help its customers understand its strong commitment to Oracle Solaris and the product's role as a single operating system that runs on both SPARC and x86 processors. While Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux are critical assets, the company's crown jewel is the deep collection of software that runs on top of both Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux, software that creates a robust application environment. The continuing integration and optimization of the software and hardware stack is a differentiator for Oracle and for customers that run an Oracle Solaris stack.


I just called Oracle to try to get a support license for Solaris when running it as a guest os under Vmware ESXi. They told me that I have to purchase a license for every socket on the underlying hardware, even though I will only be exposing a single cpu to Solaris. This is ridiculous. They should charge you for the number of cpus in use by solaris, NOT for cpus which the OS will never touch.

I was willing to hand over $2k to Oracle a year for the privilege of running a supported OS on two cpus due to great features like ZFS and dtrace. But it is ridiculous to have a model in which you pay for sockets which are never touched by the OS.

I guess I will have to use one of the open versions of solaris :(

Posted by guest on February 05, 2013 at 05:27 PM EST #

Thanks for your comment. I have passed it on to Solaris product management.

Posted by Jim Laurent on February 06, 2013 at 12:53 PM EST #

I have to work on a consolidation project where I have more than 1000 Sun Legacy Servers ranging from Sun Fire V240, 440,490,880,890,1280,2900 and 6900. I need to know the approch how many new servers I have to take for this.

I am plannig to use T4 Series .

Please suggest.


Posted by guest on March 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM EST #


Thanks for posting on my blog. Obviously, the solution to your more problem is more complicated than I can answer here and you should contact your local Oracle sales account team. They can analyze your HW and Oracle SW requirements and make a recommendation.

Of course, you can use the T4 built in virtualization capabilities to consolidate a large number of smaller systems onto a platform such as a T4-1. We have done models for customer consolidating as many as 10-15 V240 onto a single T4-1 platform assuming that security and availability requirement don't preclude it. Oracle VM for SPARC (aka LDOMs) is an excellent (no charge) solution for you.

Also, keep your eyes open in the near future for an announcement of our new T5 based platform.

Posted by Jim Laurent on March 07, 2013 at 08:47 AM EST #

Slightly related to the first comment. I'm not trying to run Solaris in a VM. But by keeping Solaris workstations in our infrastructure, it was very expensive with the lack of the ability to buy an Oracle workstation after buying Sun. The license per workstation was $2k each. Not a crisis for a large organization, however, it makes it an expensive option if you wanted to run Solaris at home on either a PC or in a VM. This erodes the inroads Sun had made with getting interest in Solaris again via the license, and the various projects on OpenSolaris. If Oracle makes Solaris an attractive option for students and developers, there would be more growth. Whereas right now, Oracle gives the impression it wants to port Solaris features to Oracle Linux and drop Solaris.

Posted by guest on May 22, 2013 at 03:15 PM EDT #


Thanks for your comments. I have passed them on to Solaris product management.

Posted by guest on May 22, 2013 at 03:18 PM EDT #

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).


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