Solaris on IBM Servers

FAQs for Sun Solaris on IBM Servers


1.
Q:
Why would Sun want to do a deal with a direct competitor to its hardware business?
A:
This OEM agreement expands the market for Solaris, providing greater choice for customers, more market opportunities for ISVs, additional revenue streams for Sun, and increased Sun Connections.
2.
Q:
Who is going to provide the support once the customer has installed?
A:
The customer will come to Sun for all levels of support. IBM will provide presales support to the customer to make the sale and may provide initial technical support when the problem has not been determined to be a Solaris or a hardware issue.
3.
Q:
What hardware products from IBM will be certified for Solaris? Who is doing the certification?
A:
IBM will support the Solaris 10 OS on select x86-based IBM System x and BladeCenter servers, including: BladeCenter HS21 and LS41; and System x3650, x3755 and x3850. Sun and IBM will invest in testing and system qualification to enable Solaris reliability and performance for BladeCenter and System x servers.
4.
Q:
How does the Support Subscription that IBM will distribute compare to what Sun sells?
A:
They are exactly the same for Standard and Premium support (this agreement does not include the Basic subscription).
5.
Q:
How do customers get patches?
A:
IBM is providing Sun Support Subscriptions so customers will continue to have the choice of getting them through the Sun Connection or through SunSolve. IBM has the right to include patches and updates in the copies of Solaris they offer to end users, but only for use on certified IBM systems and only in the form provided by Sun. End users can only get patches from Sun.
6.
Q:
Is there any other software included in the Agreement?
A:
No, this is a Solaris Binary and Support Subscription distribution agreement only.
7.
Q:
Where can I find more information about support and service offerings for Solaris 10?
A:
A comprehensive set of Support and Service offerings are available during the entire life cycle of a Solaris Operating System milestone version. Visit the Solaris Subscription web site to learn more about Sun support and service offerings. You can also take advantage of self-help resources and additional Sun Services.
8.
Q:
What is the current status of Solaris on the x64/x86 platform?
A:
Solaris 10 supports Sun's x64- and x86-based systems, as well as a growing list of third-party hardware, including systems from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM. The Solaris Hardware Compatibility List is available on the BigAdmin site.
9.
Q:
Where can I find the list of third-party applications for Solaris on x64/x86?
A:
A complete list of third-party applications for Solaris is being updated as momentum for Solaris on x64/x86 continues to grow.
10.
Q:
What is the roadmap for Solaris on x86 systems?
A:
The Solaris Operating System has a single code base for all systems. This means that Solaris has the same features and functionality on x64/x86 systems as it does on SPARC systems, and it follows Sun's normal software life cycle policy. Thus, Solaris shares a common roadmap on x64/x86 and SPARC systems; the same features and functionality are found on all platforms. However, there are instances where a certain type of hardware does not support certain system specific functionality. For example, the GNU GRUB boot loader is currently only present on x86 systems.
11.
Q:
Does Sun Services support open source software on Solaris?
A:
Yes, for those open source products that are integrated into the Solaris OS; examples include BIND, Sendmail, Apache, PostgreSQL, Tomcat, and Samba. In addition, the Solaris Software Companion CD includes many popular open source packages, for example, GNU tools and squid; this category of open source software is not currently supported by Sun Services. Visit sun.com/solaris/freeware for additional information on support.
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Q:
Will Solaris SPARC applications run on x86 systems?
A:
SPARC binaries will not run on x86 systems or vice versa; however, source code developed on one platform can be easily recompiled to run on the other. Sun has worked and continues to work with ISVs to ensure broad application support for Solaris on both SPARC and x86 systems.

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