US Air Force Saves money/space with Solaris containers

As an OS Ambassador for Sun Federal, I'm frequently asked the questions:

Are Solaris containers "certified" for use by the US Government or DoD?

  • Short answer: Yes!  Read on for the long answer.
  • Solaris 10 has received the highest commercial level of Common Criteria Certification.  This is known as EAL4+ and we did this using 3 protection profiles:
  • If you review our documentation and security target, you'll find that the "Trusted Extensions" component of Solaris 10 which implements the LSPP is based upon Solaris containers.  We use Solaris containers in a unique manner by providing each container with a security label which cannot be violated by a user inside the container.
  • In addition, you should note that Sun includes the GUI, Multi-level desktop (Gnome and CDE), LDAP server and management tools in our evaluation.  Red Hat's CC evaluation is for a command line installation only.
  • I'm unaware of any other government "certification" which would apply to Solaris containers.  If you know of any, please let me know.

Who is using Solaris containers in the US Government?

Is Solaris 10 (or MySQL or JCAPs other other Sun product) on my federal agency's "approved products list?" 

  • Whenever I get this question I ask my own questions:
    • For which agency?
    • Please show me a public web site that hosts the "approved products list."
    • Whom should I contact to have my product added to the "approved products list?"
    • What are the specific requirements to be on the "approved products list?"
  • In many cases I'm met with blank stares and the person who asked me the question doesn't know where to find the APL. Sometimes it doesn't actually exist.  In other cases there are waiver procedures available to bypass the APL. While I'm not saying that there are no APLs in federal agencies, I believe that a lot of people believe that there is when there isn't.  There most certainly is NOT one big APL for the federal government or DoD.
  • One example of an APL is the DoD's Joint Interoperbility Test Command's IPv6 APL.  There you will find Solaris 10, and we are in the process of adding additional products.

Summary

Solaris 10 is in use today in a wide variety of government and DoD applications including many of its advanced features such as containers, ZFS, SMF and much more.

Download Solaris 10 today and try it or look into the future with OpenSolaris.


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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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