Oracle plans Solaris 11 release for 2011

Oracle plans Solaris 11 release for 2011

John Fowler, Oracle’s executive vice president, Systems, outlines the comany’s product road-map through 2015 in Palo Alto, Calif. Oracle is speeding up development of the next release of the Sun Microsystems-developed enterprise operating system Solaris, planning to release Oracle Solaris 11 in 2011, Oracle Executive vice president for Systems, John Fowler, announced at the company’s Next-Generation Data Center event in Palo Alto, California, on August 10.

“It represents as large of a product release as Solaris 10 was,” Fowler said. Solaris 11 will feature new capabilities in the networking stack, virtualization, scalability and file system among other additions. The goal is to create an OS “to give us scaling to thousands of threads and many terabytes of memory”.

An early-deployment program will “start soon”, according to Fowler, to give enterprises time to get used to it. The new OS will be updated every year, at least through to 2015.

The announcement was part of a broad description of Oracle’s post-Sun-acquisition product road-map five years into the future. The company bought the Silicon Valley IT hardware maker in April 2009.

Oracle’s trajectory through to 2015 puts it on the path toward delivering a complete and integrated stack that includes both software and hardware that is optimized to run it. The stack includes applications, middleware, database, operating system, virtualization, servers and storage.

With hardware, Oracle plans to continue on the path taken with the second version of its Exadata database storage server announced in September 2009. The machine was built by Oracle and Sun to provide both data warehousing and fast online transaction processing. It includes Sun hardware and Oracle software.

As it did with Exadata, Oracle plans to continue engineering hardware and software optimized for Oracle applications but compatible with other vendor’s applications.

Oracle’s goal is to increase server performance from 32-core servers today to 128 cores in 2015 on a 64-socket server.

The company has set goals to reach substantial capacity and performance improvements to both archive and tape solutions. Within the next five years, Oracle says it hopes to reach two-exabyte capacity at 1380TB per hour for StorageTek SL8500, a Sun-built storage system.

Fowler said the company plans to reach 15x improvements in storage-controller throughput and 50x improvements in controller capacity by 2015.

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