Key Features of the New Solaris 10 10/08
Article by George Norman
On 03 Nov 2008
According to an announcement made by Sun Microsystems, their latest iteration of the Solaris operating system will be made available for download as of this month. Machines running on Sun systems can already get Solaris 10 10/08; other people that want to take a look at the OS will have the chance to download it in the first half of November.

According to vice president of Datacenter Marketing with Sun, Jim McHugh, IT specialists are pressed to implement new services at a greater pace, increase the number of servers allocated to their datacenter space, while at the same time respecting strict rules and regulations, keeping on budget, and working with a limited number of employees. The overall goal is to reach the same target with less resource consumption, and that is where Solaris 10 comes in. Thanks to the ZFS(TM) file system updates and increased Intel(R) system optimization, it is ideally suited for customers who are looking to consolidate and simplify their datacenters on a budget.

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There are 3 main features in the Solaris 10 10/08 operating system that we need to focus upon:

1. Enhanced ZFS File Systems

Thanks to contributions from the OpenSolaris community, the ZFS File System can now provide amplified data integrity, boot support, fully integrated disaster recovery, and can be used as a root file system. In layman’s terms it improves the data management capabilities of the OS, at no cost for the end user.

2. Virtualization and Solaris Containers Updates

The ease of moving one’s work files from one Solaris system to another has been on the mind of Sun Microsystems, and that is why Solaris Containers and other virtualization technologies have gotten some new features.

3. Optimized Intel Architecture

Solaris 10 10/08 now has support for the latest Xeon processors to be marketed by Intel. This translates into enhanced functionality, power efficiency and improved system reliability.



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