Oracle Reintroduces Solaris Support for non-Oracle x86 Hardware
What is different from before the merger is that Oracle intends to offer support directly to all users. In the past for example, other companies would have provided front-line support. But now Oracle will take on that role and thus keep a direct relationship with all non Sun hardware x86 Solaris customers as a result.
Any x86 server can apply for Solaris certification. If the server isnā??t already certified on the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility List, the certification process involves the client downloading and running the Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS)...
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Posted 2010-09-01, 21:41 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
OpenSolaris now on Toshiba laptops
The laptops will be available in the US from early 2009 and will come with the latest version of OpenSolaris: 2008.11. "Toshiba and Sun are announcing that we're going to pre-configure and optimise OpenSolaris for certain Toshiba models," said Jim McHugh, Sun's vice president of datacentre software, in a promotional video.
Posted 2008-12-14, 22:37 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun, IBM Ink Solaris Distribution Agreement for Servers
While Sun has been testing and certifying that Solaris 10 will run on various X86 and X64 servers from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and others, are finding that having Sun or the OpenSolaris community attest to the usability of Solaris on a particular box is not the same thing as having the maker of that box actually sell the operating system on the machine and guarantee that the drivers all work. Such a guarantee requires an official reseller agreement as well as some engineering, and this is precisely what IBM has signed up for with Sun.
Specifically, IBM will officially support Solaris 10 on its System x3650 (two-socket Xeon), x3755 (four-socket Opteron), and x3850 (four-socket and higher Xeon MP) rack-mounted servers. IBM is also selling and supporting Solaris 10 on its BladeCenter HS21 (Xeon-based) and LS41 (Opteron-based) blade servers; the HS21 is a two-socket Xeon blade, while the LS41 is the result of linking two two-socket Opteron blades together to create a four-socket blade.
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Posted 2007-12-01, 11:56 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Dell Finally and Officially Supports Solaris
HP has what Sun classifies as an "arm's length" agreement with Sun with regards to Solaris and its ProLiant rack, tower, and blade servers, which means Sun or partners certify the box and ProLiant customers have to buy Solaris from Sun and get support from Sun as well. Now that Dell has jumped on the Solaris bandwagon, HP will probably do it next, and then the most obvious company that should support Solaris on X64, Fujitsu, and its server partner in Europe, Siemens, might see the wisdom in getting Solaris 10 certified and preinstalled on the Primergy server line as well. Fujitsu-Siemens has been reluctant to do this because it wants to push the PrimePower and now Sparc Enterprise servers to Solaris shops.
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Posted 2007-12-01, 11:54 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun and Dell benefit from Solaris OEM deal
The recently sealed OEM deal between Sun Microsystems and Dell will widen the appeal of Solaris for x86-based system users, and will benefit both vendors, Gartner has reported.
"The agreement between Sun and Dell is another indication of the momentum Solaris has gained on x86," said Errol Rasit, a senior research analyst at Gartner.
"Increasingly, x86 Solaris is viewed as a viable Windows/Linux alternative, which is likely to add to independent software vendor participation, further accelerating the increase in Solaris adoption.
Posted 2007-11-26, 07:36 GMT by Mariusz Zynel