Sun Adds Open Networking, New Features for Next-Generation of Solaris

OpenSolaris 2009.06 includes new technologies for advanced network virtualization and resource management

June 1, 2009

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SAN FRANCISCO - June 1, 2009 - At the 2009 CommunityOne West conference, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the latest release of the OpenSolaris 2009.06 operating system, delivering industry leading features in networking, storage and virtualization, along with significant performance enhancements and developer productivity updates. Central to the new release is the inclusion of Project Crossbow, the most significant networking technology development in Solaris in this decade. Extending the features that made the Solaris Operating System the world's leading technology platform, OpenSolaris 2009.06 is a major step forward for enterprises looking to deploy the next-generation of Solaris that includes the latest innovations from Sun and the OpenSolaris community. Get OpenSolaris 2009.06 today at: http://opensolaris.com/get.

"Building on a strong tradition of enterprise computing, OpenSolaris 2009.06 delivers advanced networking capabilities, world-record performance and best-in-class virtualization features built directly into the operating system," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Systems at Sun. "This preview of the next-generation of Solaris demonstrates Sun has the leading platform designed for the latest hardware technologies that power scalable and secure multi-threaded applications in a virtualized and networked world."

Project Crossbow Takes Networking to a New Level

As a follow on to Sun's ZFS technology, which reinvented the fundamental concept of file systems, Project Crossbow's complete re-architecture of the network stack becomes the new standard for how networking at the operating system level is done. This project delivers for the first time the networking capability designed for virtualization in combination with highly scaled, multiple-core, multithreaded processors connected with extremely fast network interfaces. More information on Project Crossbow is available at: http://opensolaris.com/learn.

Project Crossbow's virtual network interfaces provide full resource management to simplify administration of complex deployments of multi-tiered applications on a single machine or an entire data center. Combined with the ability to scale the workload of single or multiple network interfaces across multiple core and processor systems, up to the largest systems available in the world today, customers can increase network efficiency and performance. Available today, both of these networking enhancements are major milestones for an enterprise operating system and are sure to set a new standard for next-generation operating system platforms.Major Enhancements Continue in Storage

OpenSolaris 2009.06 provides dozens of enhancements to the breakthrough technology of ZFS and encompasses it with a complete architecture of connectivity and protocol support. New, fully integrated flash storage support in ZFS helps to optimize large scale pools of very high performance storage by designating flash devices as write accelerators and read accelerators. These pools are automatically managed by ZFS to achieve extreme levels of performance across many workloads, making the need for small caches on RAID controllers obsolete.

Native support for Microsoft CIFS has been added as a full peer to NFS, as a high performance kernel with integrated features and support for Microsoft Windows semantics for security, naming and access rights, allowing transparent use and sharing of files across Windows, Linux and Solaris environments. To round out the complete storage capability, Sun has designed new, very high performance support for iSCSI and Fiberchannel block protocols into the Solaris kernel, allowing systems running OpenSolaris to participate as both a client and a target for virtually any storage topology.

All of these storage features are integrated into the Solaris Platform and take full advantage of its core functionality including: fault management, networking, multi-threaded scaling, performance, security, and resource management capabilities.

Comprehensive Approach to VirtualizationWith this announcement, Sun continues to deliver on a holistic, built-in virtualization design for networking, storage and application abstraction, raising performance and scale to new highs for the industry. Building on the advances in networking storage virtualization, the OpenSolaris platform delivers key server virtualization technologies in the form of Solaris Containers, Logical Domains (LDoms) for Sun CMT systems and the Xen-based hypervisor to give users a complete virtualization platform built directly into the OpenSolaris OS. One of the most widely deployed virtualization technologies in the world, Solaris Containers provide lightweight, agile, software-defined boundaries that can be used to create virtual servers for consolidating hundreds of existing enterprise-class workloads onto a single system.

OpenSolaris Performance

OpenSolaris is fully supported on a variety of systems, including all shipping Sun x86 and SPARC systems, delivering world-record performance and reliability, with the highest levels of service and support.

New Support Services offerings for OpenSolaris 2009.06

Sun has expanded its SunSpectrum Support portfolio to include Year OpenSolaris Subscriptions, providing global enterprise level assistance that scales from the developer to the datacenter with our comprehensive global support - and proactive online and telephone services. SunSpectrum Support provides a differentiated approach via a proven combination of technology, knowledge base, process, and partners to help customers quickly resolve problems and maximize their success across system products and Operating System technologies. More information about these OpenSolaris services is available at: http://www.sun.com/service/opensolaris/index.jsp.About OpenSolaris

OpenSolaris is an open source project created by Sun Microsystems in 2005 to build a developer community around the Solaris Operating System (OS). In May 2008 the community delivered the OpenSolaris Operating System, a single distribution for desktop, server and HPC deployments. OpenSolaris, based on the Solaris kernel and created through community collaboration, delivers an unrivalled development and deployment environment offering the right mix of rapid innovation, platform stability and support to meet business and development needs. There are more than 10,000 new packages in OpenSolaris software repositories and xxxx community members registered on OpenSolaris.org.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

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