Oracle has detailed the latest version of its Solaris enterprise Unix platform with cloud-focused enhancements, including a full OpenStack distribution and application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology.
Although Oracle announced Solaris 11.2 at an event in New York, the platform is currently only available to download as a beta from the Oracle Technology Network. The full production code is expected later this year.
Oracle described the latest Solaris release as a complete, integrated platform for building cloud-computing infrastructure, with industry-leading virtualisation and SDN capabilities.
Perhaps the key new feature is OpenStack integration, which brings the OpenStack cloud framework with its management capabilities to Solaris environments.
But Oracle is several versions behind the rest of the OpenStack community, integrating the Grizzly version of the platform that debuted in 2013, rather than the newer Havana or Icehouse versions. This means that it currently lacks the Swift object storage module, as well as newer technologies that have since debuted in the platform.
In addition, OpenStack on Solaris 11.2 only currently supports the Nova compute module with Solaris Zones container technology, according to Oracle. Support for Oracle VM for Sparc will be added in the future.
However, Solaris 11.2 does includes hypervisor support for virtual machines on both Sparc and x86 systems, in addition to Solaris Zones.
Meanwhile, Solaris 11.2 introduces application-driven SDN capabilities that integrate with Oracle Java, Oracle Database and Oracle Applications in order to deliver application-level quality of service, the firm said.
Oracle claimed that customers can seamlessly upgrade to Oracle Solaris 11.2 within minutes and take full advantage of the new cloud capabilities.
Solaris 11.2 is only the second update to Oracle's enterprise Unix platform since version 11 shipped in 2011. The latter was the first major update of the platform since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and the Solaris platform two years earlier.
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