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Nov 9 2011   3:41PM GMT

Oracle claims Solaris 11 is “first” cloud operating system

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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After this morning’s news of the Red Hat Fedora 16 operating system and its relevance and applicability to cloud computing and virtualisation, further news in this zone appears to have surfaced.
Notwithstanding Fedora’s perhaps more modest mention of its cloud relevance, Oracle has this afternoon followed up with what it calls the “first” cloud operating system in the shape of Solaris 11.
According to Oracle, Solaris 11 is designed to meet the security, performance and scalability requirements of “cloud-based” deployments allowing customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds.
As to who wins the “first-to-market” badge here let us not pay too much heed. Let us at least point out that Solaris 11 is indeed the a fully virtualised operating system (OS) with what the company lists as “comprehensive built-in virtualisation capabilities” for OS, network and storage resources.
“Oracle Solaris 11 is the most significant operating system release of the past decade. With built-in server, storage and now, network virtualisation, Oracle Solaris 11 delivers the industry’s first cloud OS. Customers can simplify their enterprise deployments, drive up utilisation of their data centre assets, and run Oracle and other enterprise applications faster all within a secure, scalable cloud or traditional enterprise environment,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, systems, Oracle.

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