By unixman on Oct 08, 2010
Its 11 minutes past 11 pm here...
Solaris 11 was announced just before Oracle Open World this past month. For many, it is the most anticipated Solaris release YET, primarily because of its introduction of a completely new package management system that Solaris engineers have been working on for the past number of years, known as Image Packaging System (IPS). Contrary to many of the other features that are, while important and relevant, won't be as key in the user's initial introduction to the release, IPS is really really critical and essential. It directly ties into the installation experience (which is, by itself, new and improved with Automated Installer technologies), as well as the presence of the ZFS file system being the root file system (not default, which may suggest a non-default option), but actually THE one and only option - THE root file system. While other file systems for data devices are quite common, if we learned anything from releases of OpenSolaris distributions that had been out in the open for the last number of years, ZFS is absolutely key to solving software and data management challenges. Its approach to handling storage as pool of storage blocks/devices and the operations possible on said devices illustrates the beginning of the next milestone in operating system innovation. Much of this has already been seen through products such as the Sun ZFS 7000 Storage appliance. For a taste of other innovation that has been brewing, have a look at what OpenSolaris distributions have been offering for sometime - have a look and take a OpenSolaris for a spin. This quick entry is not meant to be an exhaustive list of things to come - one could get a pretty good flavor of that by looking at OpenSolaris releases that had been trickling over the past few years. If anything, Solaris 11 Express should be a great vehicle to get ISVs and most consumers of OpenSolaris back in the driver's seat to experience what cool new OS technologies will power the datacenters in the not-too-distant future. If you are in the NY/NJ area, keep your eyes out on an event we're looking to be putting together in the months ahead - similar to the Developer Days we have previously held. Better yet, make sure to subscribe to the NY OpenSolaris User Group mailing list to ensure you get an invite when the time is right.