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If you are not currently working with Oracle to get listed as Certified on the HCL and want more details on how to participate, please contact the HCL team.

Hardware Compatibility List Overview

The Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) identifies SPARC & x86 hardware that is compatible with the Oracle Solaris Operating System (the Oracle Solaris OS) and provides information about available software support.

Browsing the Lists

The HCL is available for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS and Oracle Solaris 11.1 releases.

HCL Structure

When you click View the HCL, you see that the HCL for the Oracle Solaris OS is organized into Systems and Components. Within each of these two main categories, you have two ways to organize the HCL data:

  • Sort Order. At the top of each table - below the All Results tab and above the Manufacturer column - is a list that enables you to select the order in which you want to see the data displayed in the table. By default, the HCL entries are displayed in the order in which they were submitted to the HCL, with the most recent submission at the top of the table (Last Updated). When you click Manufacturer, the entries are displayed alphabetically by manufacturer name and secondarily by last updated date. When you click Model, the entries are displayed alphabetically by model name. Components tables also can be sorted by Technology. For example, Storage technologies include Fibre Channel, RAID, SCSI, and USB.

  • Tabs. The tabs at the top of each table select a subset of the data for that category. See below for detailed descriptions.

The following list shows the tabs that are available in each category:

Systems Categories

  • Oracle Systems. These are SPARC and x86 systems that are manufactured by Oracle.

    Tabs in this category are:

    • SPARC. Click this tab to display only SPARC systems.
    • x86. Click this tab to display only x86 systems from Oracle.
    • Server Systems. Click this tab to display only server systems from Oracle.
    • Desktop Systems. Click this tab to display only desktop systems from Oracle.

  • Non-Oracle Systems. These are products from non-Oracle system vendors, which have been tested with Oracle Solaris and Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) and test results reviewed, audited and approved by Oracle for listing. Please contact the vendor for Hardware support.

    Tabs in this category are:

    • Servers. Displays only server systems from Non-Oracle system vendors.
    • Desktops. Displays only desktop systems from Non-Oracle system vendors.
    • Laptops. Displays only laptops from Non-Oracle system vendors.

  • All Servers

    Tabs in this category are:

    • Oracle Systems. Displays all SPARC and x86 server systems from Oracle.
    • Non-Oracle Systems. Displays all server systems from Non-Oracle system vendors.
    • Reported to Work. Displays only server systems that have been registered by an end user or developer as "reported to operate with the Oracle Solaris Operating System." These systems have not necessarily received formal testing.

  • All Desktops. Tabs in this category are the same as above: Oracle Systems, Non-Oracle Systems, and Reported to Work.

  • All Laptops. Tabs in this category are Non-Oracle Systems, and Reported to Work.

  • All Motherboards. Tabs in this category are Non-Oracle System and Reported to Work.

Components Categories

All the components categories have tabs that enable you to display only the Certified components or only the Reported to Work components.



Support for Certified Systems

Software Support is available for Oracle & Non-Oracle Certified systems listed on the HCL. Information on support for Oracle sytems can be found here. For details of support available for Non-Oracle systems go here.


Statement of Policy

Oracle HCTS certification requires 64-bit Oracle Solaris OS.

The HCL lists some system configurations and products that require third-party device drivers. If the third party elects not to continue support for their drivers for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS, Oracle cannot guarantee ongoing interoperability between the third-party device and the Oracle Solaris OS running on a system that contains the third-party device.


Lifecycle Management

System configurations may change over the lifetime of a product; Oracle is not guaranteed to receive product change notifications from third parties. Software support will continue for systems under contract in the original configuration listed in the HCL, but additional certification may be required for modified configurations.

Oracle may decide to remove systems from the HCL. This happens only rarely, for example, in cases of obsolescence or a vendor going out of business. Software support will continue for contract customers for their installed base of systems, noting that Oracle may not be able to resolve hardware related issues.

Device driver support in Oracle Solaris is continually being updated to address new chipset versions and additional vendors. Device drivers, and consequently certain systems, may be removed according to published lifecycle policy. Notice of such transitions is provided in the Oracle Solaris 10 Release Notes in the Oracle Solaris 10 Release and Installation Collection.


Certification Using the HCTS (Hardware Certification Test Suite)

Following are the guidelines for a successful system or controller certification:

  • All certifications should be done with the latest Oracle Solaris release. Contact Oracle if you have questions about certification with earlier OS versions.
  • Certification of systems for Oracle Solaris 11 can be obtained by running HCTS 5.4 and following the submission process outlined here.  Systems currently certified for Solaris 10 will need to be certified with Oracle Solaris 11 and HCTS 5.4, following the submission process, to be listed as Certified.
  • Any drivers needed for a system/controller should be available from:
  • Modifications to the Oracle Solaris image or drivers are not permitted. System or controller submissions with such modifications can be listed only as Reported to Work.
  • To list your hardware as Certified, do the following steps:
    • Download and run the Hardware Certification Test Suite.
    • Oracle HCTS certification requires 64-bit Oracle Solaris OS.
    • Follow all HCTS instructions that apply to your certification.
    • Submit the test results to Oracle.
    • On the submission form, select "Yes" to answer the question "Have you run the Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) ?"
    • Oracle will contact the submitter directly regarding any additional requirements.

Submitting Hardware as "Reported to Work"

The HCL can accept "Reported to Work" entries for systems and components that operate with the the current shipping versions and Oracle Solaris 11.1 releases of the Oracle Solaris OS.

Users must download and install the Oracle Solaris OS and can then submit the results so that others can gain from their experience. Either complete systems or components can be submitted using the HCL submission form. On the submission form, select "No" to answer the question "Have you run the Hardware Certification Test Suite?"

There is no requirement to run the HCTS. However, submission forms must be completed in full, noting that the HCTS was not run.


Adding Notes to HCL Entries

The Detail view for each HCL entry has a link to allow any user to submit additional information and updates.

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