Solaris 11 Express the result of focused R&D, Oracle says

16 Nov 2010

Oracle says it has demonstrated its commitment to the former Sun Solaris platform by deploying the latest Oracle Solaris 11 Express, which is also available on Oracle Exadata and Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development for more than five years in an easy to use, production-ready package, allowing customers to immediately use the latest Oracle Solaris features to deploy new applications.

New availability features greatly reduce planned downtime by up to 50pc, virtually eliminating traditional patching and maintenance-related reboots and vastly improving system boot time to tens of seconds.

Oracle Solaris 11 Express adds network virtualisation and resource management to the complete, built-in virtualisation capabilities of Oracle Solaris, providing the highest performance virtualisation environment with the lowest overhead.

Solaris is the No 1 enterprise operating system, providing mission-critical availability, security and performance on both SPARC and x86 systems.

SPARC it up

It preserves guaranteed binary compatibility with more than 11,000 third-party products and customer developed applications on more than 1,000 SPARC and x86 systems from Oracle and other hardware providers.

“We are excited to announce the release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express to enable our customers to deploy the new advanced features of Solaris 11 across a broad set of platforms, as well as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic,” said John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems, Oracle.

“Through the same engineering disciplines that achieved legendary mission-critical reputation for Oracle Solaris, we are expecting Oracle Solaris 11 to further reduce any downtime by being quicker and easier to deploy, maintain and update; and deliver a highly efficient, virtualised operating system to meet the scale and performance requirements of immediate and future virtualisation and cloud-based deployments,” Fowler said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years