Financial Services is probably the vertical industry with the most successful early adopters of Solaris 10 x86 --like Murex e.g., a leading Risk Management vendor, with several customers in production with Solaris x86 today-- and remains a strong area for Solaris x86 adoption. It is now the turn of Avaloq, the Swiss market leader in integrated banking software, to announce that it has released its Avaloq Banking System on Oracle Solaris 10 x86-64.
"Oracle Solaris 10 x86-64 as an enterprise class Operating System is a decisive advantage for banks."
Klaus Rausch, CTO, Avaloq Evolution Ltd
If you are a Solaris Sparc ISV today, Solaris x86 is your safest and quickest path to leverage commodity x86 hardware and its price-performance advantages, where it makes sense --the traditional RISC architecture, the novel CMT architecture and the standard x86 architecture indeed all have different design points and each has the best price-performance when applied to the appropriate workload.
Safest because you retain all of the Solaris enterprise-class features that your customers love, notably the Solaris binary compatibility --the Oracle Solaris 10 Binary Application Guarantee Program still accepts submissions until May 2011 by the way. Quickest because you maintain a single source code, i.e. no porting is needed --check out the Oracle Solaris 10 Source Application Guarantee Program, also valid until May 2011.
If you are a Windows or Linux ISV today, Solaris x86 is probably your best bet to differentiate yourself. Whether it is with respect to virtualization with Containers, security with the ZFS filesystem, availability with SMF, Oracle Solaris 10 has an award-winning technology that can help you better meet the needs of enterprise customers. The Avaloq press release points particularly to the Solaris "optimisations for the new Intel processors [that makes Solaris 10] a secure, energy-efficient and highly scalable base for mission-critical IT systems which reduces a bank's TCO significantly."
Avaloq's Architect Martin Büchi is in fact talking at Oracle Open World 2010 today at 1PM PST. To discuss database application development. Still, if you happen to be there, ask him about Solaris x86.