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Four Reasons Why the New Oracle Solaris Is a Top Choice for Cloud Applications

Oracle Solaris 11.2 is now available as part of an open beta release, leading up to a full general release scheduled for the summer. The latest version extends the widely used operating system with significant new features for rapid cloud implementations, high performance, easy management, and high availability.

"Having all these new capabilities integrated within the operating system makes Oracle Solaris an ideal platform for agile cloud deployments," says Larry Wake, Oracle senior principal product marketing director. "IT departments can deliver cloud services in minutes rather than weeks, while also providing enterprise-class security, performance, and reliability using familiar management tools."

Enhancements include four innovations to help IT managers meet or exceed service-level agreements.

  • Tight OpenStack integration. This open source, industry-standard computing platform supports a variety of virtualization technologies to help IT departments create and manage cloud resources. Oracle integrated major modules of this platform with the service management facility and unified archive components in Oracle Solaris 11. "Because Oracle Solaris 11.2 is OpenStack ready, IT managers can use management software they're already familiar with to deliver cloud services in minutes," Wake says. "And for UNIX/Linux shops new to Oracle Solaris, they'll find familiar management tools such as Puppet and Chef, plus the platform is OpenStack enabled."
  • Application-driven software-defined networking (SDN). SDN is already an important feature in Oracle Solaris, but the new version provides greater flexibility and control over network resources to facilitate cloud deployments. For example, expanded network virtualization capabilities in Oracle Solaris 11.2 include elastic virtual switching technology, which extends to the cloud the capabilities of enterprise applications to dynamically configure network resources within parameters preset by IT administrators. "The IT staff never has to touch physical pieces of equipment to adjust resources to match prevailing workloads," Wake says.
  • Extended virtualization technologies. Oracle Solaris Zones, one of the key virtualization technologies built into Oracle Solaris 11.2, now offers full-fledged hypervisor capabilities without creating performance or management overhead, or additional licensing costs.
  • Hardware and software engineered to work together. Oracle Solaris 11.2 improves on the fast performance available with Oracle Database and Java middleware. Enterprises can take advantage of the new technologies to create database-as-a-service and in-memory database offerings.
Read more about the latest features in Oracle Solaris 11.2, and download white papers, data sheets, and other Oracle Solaris resources.

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