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Sun Lays Runway for Solaris 10 Takeoff

Sun Lays Runway for Solaris 10 Takeoff

Sun has reached the sixth update to Solaris 9, which, it says, supports the company's new Opteron systems as well as doubling the performance of scientific workloads on x86 machines and fully supporting Intel's Hyper-Threaded Xeons.

That ain't nothing though. Sun's next-generation Solaris 10, due later this year, is supposed to be - according to Sun - the "premier operating system for Opteron- and Intel-based systems where the competitive Unix systems HP-UX and AIX don't play."

It says Solaris is the only enterprise-class Unix available on the x86 platform. So much for Linux.

Sun has a foretaste of Solaris 10 features available. The next release of Software Express, which should be posted on April 12, window shoppers and the committed can get early use of N1 grid containers, dynamic tracing and a cryptographic framework with process rights management that supposed to make higher levels of utilization and performance possible and give sys admins tighter control over system and data security.

Sun brags that Software Express has been downloaded 10,000 times so far. It also says that there are currently a half-million registered licenses for Solaris 9 x86 and pointed out that there are roughly 200 compatible third-party hardware systems.

Rackable Systems, one of those many compatible systems makers whose rack-mount servers go into large-scale data center deployments, has signed up to sell its boxes with Solaris x86 in addition to Windows and Linux.

Sun's VP of software systems marketing Ann Wettersten claims Sun is seeing a surge in interest in Solaris from system builders and integrators.

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