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

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:

"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:

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.

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