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Sun's Solaris 10 Advances Virtualization and Network Performance, Incorporates Open Source PostgreSQL Database
Sep 11, 2007 (10:09 AM EDT)


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. , the creator of Solaris(TM), today announced the latest update to the free and open source Solaris Operating System (OS) -- Solaris 10 8/07 -- to deliver an operating system that is optimized for virtualization, performance and resource management.

The update makes it easier for new customers to migrate to Solaris, while enabling existing customers to reap the power of Sun's continuing investment in innovations for Solaris without disrupting operations. The update also makes Solaris even better suited to data intensive environments where price and performance are driving factors, enabling more cost-effective and agile datacenters.

"Enterprises seeking ways to reduce data center power, cooling, and floor space needs are increasingly looking to virtualization as a way to accomplish their goals," said Marc Hamilton, vice president of Solaris Marketing for Sun Microsystems. "With the latest update to Solaris, the virtualization capabilities of Solaris Containers technology have matured, and are now even better adapted to our customers' needs. Customers can immediately see increased service and server utilization levels, improve system and application performance, and leverage both commercial and open-source solutions by moving to Solaris 10."

Among the new technology features are Solaris Containers for Linux Applications, new networking enhancements, and an updated version of the open source PostgreSQL database with significant performance and cost advantages.

New Virtualization Features

New for Solaris 10 8/07 is Solaris Containers for Linux Applications, enabling customers to run existing Linux applications on x86 systems running the Solaris OS without modification, allowing them to leverage both the industry leading portfolio of Solaris Ready (SM) applications as well as applications they may be running on legacy Linux systems. The new feature provides greater flexibility for customers migrating to the Solaris OS, and facilitates cross-platform development by extending the observability innovations of Solaris 10, such as Solaris (TM) Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), to Linux applications. Solaris 10 8/07 also delivers IP Instances -- the ability to run multiple network stacks on a single system -- providing the foundation for better virtualization control and observability. In addition, customers can now use the Solaris Live Upgrade feature to deploy new patches to systems running with Solaris Containers, dramatically decreasing system downtime. To learn more about Solaris Containers for Linux Applications, visit http://opensolaris.org/os/community/brandz/ .

Improved Network Performance

With the new ability to run multiple independent network stacks on a single system, Sun continues to enhance Solaris high performance networking capabilities. The new Large Send Offload feature reduces the workload of a system's CPU by offloading networking processing operations to network interface card hardware, enabling systems with limited CPU resources to better utilize high-bandwidth connections. Other network improvements to Solaris 10 8/07 include Jumbo Frame support, and optimizations to provide high-speed packet forwarding. Coupled with leading Sun systems technologies such as CoolThreads servers and Sun's Multithreaded 10 GbE Networking Cards, the Solaris 10 OS offers an ideal platform for data intensive enterprises and Web environments.

Solaris and PostgreSQL 8.2: More Unique Features at a Significant Value

PostgreSQL 8.2 is fully integrated with Solaris, now offering improved warm standby capabilities, online index builds, and support for DTrace probes. Sun delivers world record price performance advantages with PostgreSQL 8.2 database, which has been updated to deliver a 20% improvement in online transaction processing (OLTP) tests. The combination of Solaris and PostgreSQL 8.2 delivers all the unique features of Solaris, high performance, free licensing, and Sun's wide range of support options. For a list of Solaris 10 price and performance world records, visit sun.com/solaris/benchmarks.

Solaris has offered guaranteed binary compatibility between Solaris releases for nearly a decade, making it easy to move existing applications to Solaris 10. Sun maintains source code compatibility between SPARC and x86 processors, helping to enable applications to be easily supported on every platform Solaris 10 runs on, including those based on the latest AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processors, and CoolThreads systems. Solaris 10 is supported on more than 890 x64, x86 and SPARC(R) systems from Sun, Dell, Fujitsu, HP and IBM. For a complete list of new features in Solaris 10 8/07 or to download Solaris visit: http://sun.com/solaris .

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bob Wientzen Sun Microsystems (303) 272-9471 bob.wientzen@sun.com

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CONTACT: Bob Wientzen of Sun Microsystems, +1-303-272-9471, bob.wientzen@sun.com

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