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By user12611852 on May 24, 2007
Those who have seen me speak to customers, know that I have a
"mantra" when asked to compare Solaris to various Linux
distributions. It goes like this:
- Solaris does more than Red Hat
- Solaris costs less than Red Hat
- Solaris is open source like Red Hat
- Solaris runs on more Intel, AMD and Sparc platforms than Red Hat.
| Standard service |
(5 x 12)
|Premium service |
(7 x 24)
|Solaris 10 (up to 2 sockets)||$720||$1080|
|Solaris 10 (unlimited sockets)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (up to 2 sockets)
|$799||$1299 || 11-20% more than Solaris|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (unlimited sockets)||$1,499||$2,499||13-26% more than Solaris|
Hmmmm.... So much for the idea that "Linux is cheap or free."
Other important notes about Solaris 10:
- It supports (in addition to our own AMD based workstations, servers and blades) those by Dell, HP, IBM and more.
- It also runs on our scalable (up to 144 processors and 2 TB of RAM) Sparc servers and workstations
- It is FREE to download and use in production without paying the license or service support contract. (Sparc or X86)
- With each update of Solaris 10 you can download the new update (which include rolled up patches) for free as well
- Solaris 10 includes a binary compatibility guarantee as well as indemnification
Red Hat touts a number of new features in RHEL 5 that Solaris has had for years including:
- Multi-level security which was first built into SunOS 4 back in the early 90s and is now included in Solaris 10 in the form of Trusted Extensions.
- Real-time processing which was first featured in Solaris 8 over 7 years ago
- Virtualization which was introduced in Solaris 10 in 2005
- Open source development model which Solaris introduced 2 years ago
- Integrated LDAP directory which Solaris 8 included in the year 2000
- Auditing features which have been built into Solaris since version 2.3
- SystemTap profiler which is a poor substitute for Solaris 10 advanced, award winning Dynamic Tracing Facility
Other advanced, open source features in Solaris 10 include:
- ZFS, an advanced, easy to manage scalable file system
- Service management facility to simpify operation and security
- Secure by default to control network services out of the box
- Predictive self-healing to provide the highest RAS available.
- A large collection of third party applications
In short Solaris is a better "Linux than Linux"
Why should you care?
If you are interested in a data center quality operating system used for years by the most demanding customers at a low price, Solaris should be your first choice.
If you have more questions about Sun's strategy for Solaris and are a US Federal Government customer, contact Sun Federal at 703 204 4100 in McLean VA.
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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