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Sun releases Solaris 9

Sun Microsystems has released version nine of the Solaris operating system—its biggest upgrade in several years with more than 300 additional features.

Sun Microsystems has released version nine of the Solaris operating system—its biggest upgrade in several years with more than 300 additional features. With this version, Sun has attempted to align itself more closely with the open-source environment and simplify networking procedures through the inclusion of security and management features into its operating system.

The new features will enable networks to run with less intervention from administrators and is estimated to lower the acquisition as well as operating costs of customers. Solaris 9 will include an integrated J2EE-compliant application server, with a single server deployment license to speed up innovation as more developers begin to write to the J2EE architecture. The application server, which is scheduled for release later this year, will be delivered through a regular Solaris update.

Savings with the new Solaris licenses are also said to be significant. “In the Web tier the savings per server is up to $21,000, $15,000 to $175,000 a server at the application tier level and, at the data management tier, between $6,000 and $101,000 a server,” stated Anil Gadre, vice president of Solaris software, Sun.
The version will now include Solaris Flash and Live Upgrade. Security features will come with tools, scripts and an enterprise firewall.

A secure shell is also included, secure LDAP access, improvements to the Kerberos V5 server, an 128-bit IPsec and IKE with strong cryptographics. Sun is also integrating Java, XML and Web technologies into Solaris, including Java API's for XML processing. An optimised Apache Web server has been incorporated, as is a new volume manager and file system enhancements, including new snapshot as well as logging capabilities.

The new improvements and features from Sun will help it to move closer to integrating its environment with Linux. The vendor, although devoted to the Solaris environment, so far, is gradually beginning to accommodate the upstart Linux operating system as well and is developing a low-end computer running on Linux, which is scheduled for release in July.

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