Oracle Solaris 11: The First Cloud OS
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Nov 09, 2011
This morning we announced the immediate availability of Oracle Solaris 11. What's more, we've put a new stake in the ground, calling it "the first cloud OS."
What exactly does that mean?
The simple answer: Oracle Solaris 11 is the first operating system engineered with cloud computing in mind. We believe you should expect more from your OS -- especially as you start considering public, private and hybrid clouds for enterprise-class workloads.
So what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and how does that connect to the cloud?
- New provisioning and update capabilities: the integration of Oracle ZFS, Zones, and IPS -- the new network repository and update system -- makes cloud deployment fast, reliable, and reproducible. And it's designed to tie in to not just Oracle Solaris and the Oracle stack, but all the third party software, and SPARC and x86 hardware, that's supported on Solaris.
- New, integrated network virtualization. Create an entire high-performance, low-cost data center topology within a single OS instance -- no extra software or hardware required.
- Connected cloud management -- All the tools you need to build and manage an internal or public cloud backed by the vast knowledge and technology base of Oracle support. Not just managing multiple OS instances, but managing all of them as an integrated whole.
- Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, now included with all Oracle OS, systems and Oracle VM support, provides converged systems management for enterprise-wide, centralized control over hardware, OS and virtualization resources.
- Security features that extend from traditional infrastructure into the cloud. Oracle Solaris 11 locks down services from first install boot, and provides role-based root access and low impact auditing for both cloud and traditional data center deployments.
- Service and workload isolation. Both within your organization, and to securely support multiple companies' data on the same server.
- Designed to get the most out of both x86 and SPARC-based systems, including Oracle’s Exadata, Exalogic and SPARC SuperCluster engineered systems.
- Runs at cloud scale. True linear scalability across massive horizontal deployments and vertical scale systems, and designed for next-generation hardware and the next leaps in CPU, bandwidth, and memory capacity.
And of course, the virtues you've come to expect from us that have made Oracle Solaris the #1 enterprise OS:
- Oracle Solaris ZFS, the ground-breaking enterprise filesystem introduced in Solaris 10, with ultimate data integrity and flash-enabled tiered storage pools, and designed to handle limitless amounts of data, now includes built-in line speed encryption and deduplication, as well as additional resiliency features and performance improvements. Oracle Solaris 11 delivers cloud scale for both compute and data.
- Oracle Solaris DTrace, delivering safe, low-overhead, and comprehensive observability, letting you track activity from the depths of the kernel to the heart of your applications.
- Predictive self healing, to detect and mitigate software and hardware problems before they affect services. And for additional protection, Oracle Solaris Cluster, providing local to geographic protection of both physical and virtual application deployments.
- Investment protection: still the only OS in the industry to guarantee both application and cross-platform source code compatibility.
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