Sun Rolls Out Solaris 10 through Software Express Program

4/8/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the sixth update to the Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) for SPARC and x86 systems, and the availability of next generation Solaris functionality through the next release of Software Express for Solaris. With the Solaris 9 update, customers will benefit from improvements to Solaris volume manager, performance enhancements and additional platform support for the new Sun AMD Opteron(tm) processor and UltraSPARC IV processor-based systems. Additionally, Software Express allows customers to begin early usage of new, innovative enhancements coming to the OS, including N1 grid containers, dynamic tracing (DTrace) and a cryptographic framework with process rights management, which can enable system administrators to achieve higher levels of utilization, performance and tighter controls for system and data security. To date, there have been more than 10,000 downloads of Software Express for Solaris.

"As the only Enterprise-class UNIX available on the x86 platform, Solaris 10 is uniquely positioned as the logical alternative for HP/UX and AIX customers that have been abandoned by their vendors on AMD Opteron processor-based and Intel systems," said John Loiacono, executive vice president, software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun is able to help customers ensure a consistent, secure and high quality migration to the x86 platform on AMD Opteron processor-based systems, or expansion and growth on the SPARC platform."

As Sun prepares to release Solaris 10 later this year one Solaris for SPARC and x86 platforms it continues to see growth and increased demand for the Solaris OS on x86 systems. Currently there are more than one half million registered licenses for Solaris 9 x86 and approximately 200 compatible third-party hardware systems, further enabling flexibility and choice for customers. In addition, through Sun's alliance with AMD, the two companies plan to provide customers with a seamless growth path to 64-bit x86 computing at compelling price points, while enabling 32-bit and 64-bit application co-existence. Customer adoptions are also showing that Solaris x86 is providing the reliability and uptime that customers are looking for.

"As a long distance provider to more than 11,000 customers, bigredwire can offer some of the lowest rates in the country by keeping costs down and managing customer interactions through our Web site including customer service, billing, services and account maintenance," said Chris Cheshire, manager of software development and network operations, bigredwire. "The ability to offer lower rates and still remain profitable is a key competitive edge for bigredwire. To keep overhead costs down, we chose Solaris x86 as our operating system of choice, to protect our investment and help ensure future scalability and reliability. With the launch of Solaris 10 just around the corner, we expect to see new, innovative features that can offer additional cost savings and improved performance."

Solaris 10 OS Released Through Software Express For Solaris
Today's release of the latest update to the Solaris 10 OS is available through the Software Express program, which has provided customers with access to the latest code base from the Sun development team through regular monthly updates since last fall. New features in Solaris 10 include N1 grid containers, which can allow administrators to divide a given system into more than 8000 software partitions per single instance of the OS; predictive self healing technologies that enable isolation, diagnosis, and self-healing of both software and hardware faults; process rights management technology for new levels of security; and a new suite of dynamic tracing capabilities for analyzing and diagnosing elusive problems in real-time. New features added in the latest updates to Software Express for Solaris help reduce complexity and risk of the OS. These include an innovative web interface for installing and patching software, new technology that reduces SPAM email as it arrives from the network, and automatic file system logging which, by default, will increase performance and disaster recovery resilience.

Solaris 9 OS for SPARC and x86 Systems
The newest release of the Solaris 9 OS, designed to help customers drive down their cost of operations while delivering higher service levels, includes:

The March release of Software Express for Solaris is available at: The April release will be available after April 12th. The sixth update to Solaris 9 is available immediately for download at:

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