Ten things to know about Solaris 10 OS:
The constant demonstrated innovation within the Solaris OS pays off by delivering benefits that can save companies time, hardware costs, power and cooling, while preserving investments in software and training. In short: innovation matters, because it saves you money.
Solaris 10 support pricing is 20% to 50% lower than equivalent support from other open OS vendors. No-cost end user licensing lowers barriers to entry, while overall efficiency lowers costs of operation.
The Solaris OS code base is the foundation of the OpenSolaris™ open source community (visit opensolaris.org). In addition, the Solaris OS includes the leading Web 2.0 open source packages, ready to run and optimized for the over 1,000 x64 and SPARC system platforms supported by Solaris 10.
Application Compatibility — guaranteed
The Solaris OS delivers binary compatibility from release to release and source compatibility between SPARC® and x86 processors; with the Solaris Application Guarantee backing it, it's something you can count on. And for the ultimate in conversion ease, use Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers on Solaris 10, a “Physical to Virtual” way to quickly and easily run your existing application environments on the latest SPARC systems.
One Solaris — same features on hundreds of systems
With a single source code base, the Solaris OS runs on x86 and SPARC and processor-based systems — and delivers the same features on all platforms. You can develop and optimize applications on the Solaris OS for use on over 1000 system models from leading vendors such as Sun, HP, IBM, and Dell.
Designed to run securely all the time
The leading-edge security features in the Solaris 10 OS help you reduce the risk of intrusions, secure your applications and data, assign the minimum set of privileges and roles needed by users and applications, and control access to data based on its sensitivity label. Solaris 10 has been independently evaluated at EAL4+ at three Protection Profiles, one of the highest levels of Common Criteria certifications.
Designed for observability
Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) technology makes it fast and easy to identify performance bottlenecks, especially on production systems. System administrators can use this to troubleshoot even the most difficult problems in minutes instead of days; developers can use it to optimize applications, with significant performance gains possible — real-world use has yielded increases up to 50 times previous performance.
Designed for Virtualization
Solaris 10 has powerful virtualization features built in at no additional charge. With Solaris Containers, you can maintain a one application per virtual server deployment model while consolidating dozens or even hundreds of applications onto one server and OS instance. Share hardware resources while maintaining predictable service levels; increase utilization rates, cut system and licensing costs while gaining the ability to quickly provision and move workloads from system to system. Logical Domains and Xen-based paravirtualization support add even more virtualization flexibility.
Designed for high availability
Predictive Self Healing is a key feature in the Solaris 10 OS that helps you increase system and service availability. It automatically detects, diagnoses, and isolates system and software faults before they cause downtime. And it spans the full range from diagnosis to recovery on SPARC, AMD Opteron™ and Athlon, and Intel® Xeon® and Core Duo processor-based systems.
Designed for performance
The Solaris 10 OS has set over 244 price performance records since its release, unleashing even more power from existing applications. Download the latest Sun™ Studio compilers and developer tools to bring even greater performance to your applications.
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