Oracle has made available the latest release of its Solaris enterprise Unix platform, which adds a number of enhancements including integration with the OpenStack cloud-computing framework.
The major new feature in this release is integration with the OpenStack platform, turning it into a complete, integrated and open cloud platform engineered for large-scale enterprise cloud environments, according to Oracle.
In addition to OpenStack support on both x86 and Sparc systems, Solaris 11.2's cloud credentials include, application-driven software-defined networking (SDN) technology, clustering support, and built-in zero-overhead virtualisation.
Since April, Oracle has also updated the version of OpenStack in Solaris from Grizzly to the newer Havana release, according to Solaris product director Larry Wake, writing on the firm's Solaris blog.
While Solaris is still not using the most up-to-date OpenStack release (Icehouse), Havana did bring a number of enhancements, such as the Heat orchestration module.
Meanwhile, Solaris 11.2 enables customers to get a cloud up and running in as little as 10 minutes, using a new feature called Unified Archive template.
"This gives our customers the ability to create a single system archive that can be installed over the net or booted locally, and then installed in either physical or virtual environments," said Wake.
Virtualisation has also been given a boost in this release with Kernel Zones, a feature that offers greater isolation and independence of virtual environments, according to Oracle.
"Zones can now have their own separate kernel instance, allowing them to be updated separately and run at different version levels than the global zone or other zones," Wake explained.
The SDN capabilities in Solaris 11.2 provide for application-driven service level agreements (SLAs). This provides new application programming interfaces (APIs) allowing software such as Oracle Database and Java applications to define how they use the network.
Finally, Oracle said that by providing all these capabilities, it was saving customers the cost of putting it all together themselves.
"With Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle eliminates the need to buy these various technologies separately from other vendors, which can result in integration and management complexity and associated costs," the firm said in a statement.
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