Announcing OpenSolaris 2008.11

Today, Sun announces the general availability of the most exciting release of Solaris since the original Solaris 10 — OpenSolaris 2008.11. opensolaris_cdimage1

This release builds on the success of 2008.5, which is being used by enormous numbers of developers. That release was specifically oriented to developers, incorporating the latest free open source technologies and our own innovations. The 2008.11 product we are announcing today takes the developer capability and raises it to a new level – with innovations for the developer, the deployer, and the systems administrator. For the first time, you can get one open operating environment with both the latest technologies and the ability to deploy into mission-critical production.

People developing and deploying with Solaris today enjoy core capabilities like ZFS and DTrace to radically simplify their storage and understand their running systems. OpenSolaris 2008.11 unlocks these capabilities for a much broader set of users with ease-of-use tools like Time Slider and DLight. Breakthrough packaging and update technology, superior installation and maintenance, and a new I/O subsystem are just a few in a long list of top-to-bottom major improvements, providing significant visible value to virtually every customer.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is quick and easy to download, deploy and use — and is perfectly suited to not just students and developers, but also to the system / storage admins who will deploy it in in a variety of enterprises. With five world record benchmarks already, it also delivers the performance that demanding customers need. For production customers who need support, globally-delivered subscription support services are just a few clicks away.

Through collaboration with Intel, OpenSolaris 2008.11 is the first operating system shipping which is already optimized for Intel Nehalem, a new processor to be released by Intel in 2009.

I hope you will check out these exciting new products yourself – I encourage you to download and install VirtualBox and OpenSolaris.

Congratulations to the OpenSolaris team and community on this enormous upgrade in our operating system offering.

John Fowler

EVP, Systems Group

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