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Sun launches Solaris 10

The Middle East & North Africa operations of Sun Microsystems has launched Solaris 10, the new version of its flagship operating system, which boasts of more than 600 new features and available for free download over the internet.

The Middle East & North Africa operations of Sun Microsystems has launched Solaris 10 the new version of its flagship operating system (OS). Designed for modern data centre workloads, Sun claims Solaris 10 is the fastest operating system ever released by Sun in its 22-year history.

“Solaris 10 is the most anticipated product release in the history of Sun and is the result of more than US$500 million in research and development, demonstrating how superior engineering can deliver real customer advantage,” says Hein Vandermerwe, Sun Microsystems MENA’s senior data centre architect.

With more than 600 new features, the operating system offers 'Solaris Containers' based on virtualisation technology, which promise to enhance datacenter utilisation from 20 to 80%. In terms of throughput, Solaris 10 offers 40% faster than Solaris 9 OS in web server performance on both SPARC and x86 systems from Intel and AMD according to Sun.

Under the vendor's new business model, starting next month, Solaris 10 will be commercially available to regional customers at no charge, changing from a fee-based structure to one that is based on services. Costs will be based on support levels, and computing capacity based on the number of CPUs.

The tenth version of Solaris also boasts of military grade security previously only available in Trusted Solaris is now available in Solaris 10, free to all users. Sun’s OS will also run on all the major architectures such as the SPARC servers from Sun, x86 servers from more than 270 vendors including Dell, HP and IBM.

To accommodate for the increasing uptake of Linux customers, Sun claims to offer the best Unix-to-Linux interoperability with the Solaris Linux Application Environment, formerly known as Project Janus. Linux applications will be able to run unmodified on Solaris 10.

Solaris is available free to existing and new customers. Sun's new annual subscription-based pricing model for Solaris is expected to bolster adoption with customers and developers outside of Sun's current installed base. In addition to traditional purchase licensing, customers can now subscribe to Solaris 10 through a purchasing program based on the level of desired support.

Sun also announced the addition of 140 business software applications for Solaris 10 adding to the 12,000 plus applications already available to Solaris users. With its regional channel development provider (CDP), Tech Access, Sun plans to kick off a series of customer and channel events in early 2005 to promote Solaris 10.

“As the link between Sun and its channel community in the Middle East, regional adoption of Solaris 10 bodes well for Tech Access. We’ve witnessed tremendous interest in Solaris, with more than 5000 downloads of the Solaris Express program across the region,” says Kumar Mani, sales manager, Tech Access.

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