SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle has released version 11.1 of its Solaris enterprise server platform, including improved support for cluster systems and better optimisation for cloud computing deployments.
Among 300 the new capabilities brought by the update will be an expanded RAM capacity of 32TB and improved support for the Oracle VM virtualisation platform. Additionally, the update will bring new tools for scanning, auditing and reporting records on systems.
Oracle executive vice president for systems John Fowler said that many of the components in the OS have been designed to complement Oracle's database platform as well as the ExaData hardware unveiled earlier this week by the company at the OpenWorld conference.
"The Oracle Solaris engineering team has worked closely with the Oracle Database engineering team to deliver unique value that customers can only get from an Oracle solution," said Fowler.
The release also marks the first major update to Solaris 11, a milestone which could help to boost sales as many enterprises choose to wait until the first major update of a platform before migrating their systems.
Speaking on a panel discussion at the conference, system administrators hailed the performance and management virtues of the Solaris 11 platform. Rob Murray, head of Unix administration for AIB, said that his company would be taking advantage of the stability and uptime improvements in Solaris to dramatically reduce its database footprint.
"Before if we wanted to shut down on of our old nodes it was a real nightmare of change management," he said.
"Now we are moving into a situation where the users won't really feel the impact and the systems will be up all the time, rather than having 80 databases we will now have maybe 10."
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