Solaris: Why it's so successful.

Why is Solaris 10 so successful in the market?  It's all about platforms, developers, OEM providers and application availability.

Platforms

Solaris 10 runs on the major volume platforms in the industry: Sparc, Intel and AMD.  Contrary to popular opinion (and competitive FUD), the Sparc architecture is NOT a proprietary architecture.  It is an industry standard and open source architecture that anyone can replicate (and have already).  On the other hand, the Intel X86 architecture (while a defacto standard) is propriety and can only be replicated using an expensive and legally difficult clean room reverse engineering process.

Developers

Solaris 10 supports developers by being available for free download, being able to run on low-cost x86 laptop and desktop systems and providing a vibrant open source community for developing new enhancements.  Don't forget our great development toolkit.

OEM Vendors

Solaris 10 can be purchased from the major hardware vendors in the industry through OEM agreements: Sun, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu/Siemens and Intel.

Applications

Solaris 10 has a larger application catalog than any other Unix or Linux product in the market place.

Solaris Ready Application Catalog
All Results 6620 Apps
SPARC 5653 Apps
X64 3527 Apps

Why should you care?

You don't buy hardware or operating systems because they're cool or keep your data center warm.  You buy for applications.  Choosing a platform that is available from major vendors, runs on a variety of platforms (large and small), supports your developers and has a larger application catalog should be high on your list.


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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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