Feeds

Oracle and HP make a deal for Solaris on ProLiants

Dell does deal for PowerEdges, too

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The inscrutable plan of Oracle for Solaris 10 on x64 servers became more... scrutable this morning. The company announced that Dell and Hewlett-Packard would be certifying and reselling Oracle's Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems, as well as its Oracle VM implementation of the Xen hypervisor on their respective PowerEdge and ProLiant servers.

In the story from earlier this week, when IBM announced it would stop selling Solaris 10 on its System x rack and BladeCenter blade servers, a few comments popped up referring to Joerg Moellenkamp's c0t0d0s0.org blog posting asserting that HP had renegotiated its Solaris distro contract.

The Reg contacted Oracle for confirmation of this and got stonewalled, as usual, and after three days all that HP would say is: "HP is committed to helping customers manage and transform their IT environments and we are always evaluating partner relationships to support this. We will share more detail regarding Solaris support in the future."

Well, in about 16 hours, as it turned out.

So Oracle's yanking of HP's Solaris 10 OEM contract back in May or early June (the precise time was never made clear) was less about HP being in the Unix business, competing with Solaris, and more about HP peddling the whole Oracle operating system and virtualization stack. Something Oracle clearly wanted HP to do, and something that HP must have balked at or it wouldn't have gotten its OEM deal yanked in the first place.

With Oracle's database driving a large percentage of midrange and high-end server sales and Solaris perhaps driving more than a few ProLiant sales, HP can only push Oracle so far.

If you read the text of the Oracle announcement carefully, it says Dell and HP will certify and resell Oracle's Solaris, Enterprise Linux, and VM as well as Oracle's premier support contracts for these products. It is not clear how the support money is carved up, and who is paying for the certification. Dell, HP, and Oracle representatives were not available for comment as El Reg went to press. Presumably the terms of the OEM contracts are different - and likely to favor Oracle - or the Sun contracts would have still be in effect.

The current Dell PowerEdge operating system support matrix shows Dell supporting Solaris 10 Update 6 and 7 on a mix of the currently shipping Xeon and Opteron rack servers, with Update 8 only being available on the PowerEdge R910. Dell also has Solaris 10 Update 7 certified on its M605, M610, M710, M805, and M905 blade servers, with Update 6 on the three Opteron-based machines and Update 8 on none of the blades. No Dell tower servers have ever been certified to run Solaris 10 as far as we know, and but it could happen if customers ask for it.

Over at HP, the ProLiant operating system compatibility matrix has Solaris 10 Updates 6, 7, and 8 on ProLiant G5, G6, and G7 rack (DL) and blade (BL) servers and two tower boxes as well. Older Solaris 10 releases going back to 2006 and 2007 have a smattering of support, too, on older iron.

Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 has somewhat thinner support, as you can see here. HP certified OEL on selected ProLiants back in 2006, and gradually expanded support through 2007.

Now that HP and Dell are certifying and supporting Solaris 10 on their respective x64 platforms, that portion of the Solaris customer base that was running on x64 iron outside of the Sun/Oracle fold will no doubt let out a sigh of relief.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, IBM does to renegotiate a Solaris certification and OEM contract with Oracle. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay
Goog Wallet apparently also spurned in NFC lockdown
IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!
Don't be so sure, so-surers
Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?
China's Memblaze says they've got it in PCIe. Yow
Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER
Sky's the limit with unrestricted space in the cloud
This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO
If the web giants need it to work, hey, maybe it'll work
'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage
Friday night LIVE? Nope. The only thing streaming are tears down my face
Google roolz! Nest buys Revolv, KILLS new sales of home hub
Take my temperature, I'm feeling a little bit dizzy
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?