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  1. What is the Solaris Operating System?

    For customers facing challenging business and technical requirements—such as lowering costs, simplifying system administration, and maintaining high service levels—the Solaris 10 OS is the ideal cross-platform choice. Its innovative, built-in features deliver breakthrough virtualization and utilization, high availability, advanced security, and industry leading performance to meet these stringent requirements—all at a great price.

    To learn more about Solaris 10 visit our Solaris Adoption Learning Center.

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  1. What is the OpenSolaris Operating System?

    The OpenSolaris Operating System is a leading-edge open source release that is free to acquire and run, but that also offers the range of support options that enterprises value. The latest enhancements to Solaris features such as Solaris ZFS, Solaris Containers, and Predictive Self Healing, will be found in OpenSolaris first. Project Crossbow brings network virtualization and resource management to OpenSolaris for the first time. The OpenSolaris OS contains features that are not planned to be included in the Solaris OS until the release following Solaris 10, such as the new Solaris installer, the latest GNOME desktop enhancements, and support for the latest wireless networking technologies.

    To learn more visit OpenSolaris.com.

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  1. What's unique about the Solaris OS in comparison to other operating systems?

    Some of the highest regarded include: Solaris ZFS, Solaris DTrace, Solaris Containers, Predictive Self Healing, Solaris Trusted Extensions, and Logical Domains (LDoms). The unique features of the Solaris OS are designed to deliver breakthrough enterprise functionality as well as flexibility in a wide range of business environments. Solaris advantages are not just on the technical side; it also provides operational benefits to businesses: unique among operating system vendors, Sun protects your IT investments by guaranteeing that existing Solaris applications will run unmodified on Solaris 10, and provides a support life cycle oriented toward deployment longevity.

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  1. Does Solaris run on third-party x86 and x64-based hardware?

    As of September 2009 there are more than 45 OEMS and over 1250 systems on the Solaris Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) which enables partners and customers to test and self-certify their hardware platforms, to ensure they can be listed as certified systems on the HCL. Customers can purchase service plans for Solaris deployed on third party x86-based systems that are listed in the HCL. Sun OEM partners, including Dell, HP, IBM and Fujitsu, now offer Solaris as an Operating System choice.

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  1. Where can I learn about support and services for Solaris?

    A wide range of support plans are available for Solaris 10. Visit the Support & Services resources page for more information.

    Support plans are also available for OpenSolaris.

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  1. How do I obtain patches for Solaris?

    If you already have a Solaris support plan, go to the Sun Support Center. If you need Help Now, access SunSolve for technical support resources, documentation, software updates and other services. If your product is under support coverage with Sun, be sure to login to gain full access to premium content.

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  1. Where can I learn more about current and upcoming Solaris virtualization technologies?

    Sun has incorporated several virtualization technologies in the Solaris OS such as Solaris Containers, Sun xVM Server / Sun xVM Ops Center and Logical Domains (LDoms). In addition Sun offers through Sun xVM Virtualbox the ability to run a wide variety of operating systems as virtual machines. Sun also offers Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, a technology to virtualize desktops.

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